COMICS: Fred Van Lente Details THE AVENGERS Tie-In, "Black Widow Strikes"

COMICS: Fred Van Lente Details THE AVENGERS Tie-In, "Black Widow Strikes"

Writer Fred Van Lente reveals a few new details about the upcoming comic book tie-in and also comments briefly on Black Widow's role in The Avengers movie.

Marvel's The Avengers: Black Widow Strikes will be published as a serial in the Russian version of Maxim before being released as a three issue comic book this May. Written by Fred Van Lente and with art by Wellinton Alves, Renato Arlem, Neil Edwards, Steve Kurth, Ron Lim and Agustin Padilla, the tie-in will be aimed at a slightly different audience than you might expect from this type of series. "It's more risqué material than the typical licensed comic. Let's just say I spent an entire morning going through the photo galleries of nightclubs in Moscow, and 'all-ages' are not the first words that leap to mind to describe them."

"The basic premise of the story is that Natasha's hunting down bootleg Stark Industries technology created by Justin Hammer and Whiplash from Iron Man 2, Van Lente revealed. "So there's kind of a bridge between Iron Man 2 and Marvel’s The Avengers here." The Black Widow will also run into a brand new enemy during the course of the series who is described as, "a younger female super-spy who is kind of her groupie; who worships Black Widow and wants to take the mantle away from her." S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Agent Coulson and Nick Fury are also expected to appear.

Of course, to write a series such as this one, Van Lente was granted a great deal of access to The Avengers film. One of the perks of the job included being able to read director Joss Whedon's script, and while he understandably refused to reveal anything too specific, he did let slip the fact that Black Widow has been give a "huge, important" role in the upcoming big screen adaptation. For more, be sure to click on the link below to head on over to Newsarama.


Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Ramanoff/Black Widow
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Tom Hiddleston as Loki

RELEASE DATE: April 27, 2012. (UK) May 4th, 2012. (US)

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FrankGarret - 2/27/2012, 10:40 AM
Yelena Bolova, perhaps?

Never been impressed with Van Lente, or movie comic tie-ins, for that matter.
MassExecutions - 2/27/2012, 10:54 AM
@Nomis - I don't know for sure, but I think it is a legal issue. I seen it on some of the toys and other products, too. Like "Marvel's Frost Giant" or "Marvel's The Destroyer" on the Thor stuff. I think it's only for the more generically named stuff, not the heroes.
Rhinoman - 2/27/2012, 11:12 AM
Curious if this will be adapted into a motion picture. The Cinematic Universe has not always been sequential IE: Released Incredible Hulk before Ironman 2. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been good as gold and there has been talks of a Black Widow solo film. Could see Marvel soon releasing three a year and Black Widow is not exactly that far out there so would not need to be a big summer release and can be more of an October-November-February deal. Have to think that with John Carter,etc losing money that they will use more Avengers based characters.

With the comics being canon with the universe, would lead to a problem if would reuse the villain down the line
Giraffehead - 2/27/2012, 2:30 PM

If you truly believe that only people with powers matter in comic books, then I am truly grateful that you don't write them.
CoolantTech - 2/28/2012, 1:05 AM
Of course you can be a superhero without powers, you just have to be born into some super rich tycoon family with parents that either died on you early in life, or just never gave a shit, then you have to go through some life altering revelation so you can be obligatorily psychologically compromised- feeling the need to compensate for the void that was left (which would make you a moral freak) & the rest is history

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