Marvel has announced the introduction of a new heroine, the Red Widow, who is set to make her debut in Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1.
The comic is a one-shot which drops in September, part of a group of one-offs intended to celebrate S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel has revealed to The Mary Sue that the Red Widow will be making her debut in the comic, before playing a major role in Margaret Stohl’s upcoming young adult book Black Widow: Forever Red. According to Stohl, the Red Widow is not only a “powerful new female superhero for the Marvel universe,” but also one that is both distinct from and connected to the Black Widow.
— Andrew Heard (@HeardAndrew) August 18, 2015
“In many ways, she’s the opposite of the Black Widow — she actually chooses to become the Red Widow — but both Widows share a mysterious bond and a history, and will change the course of each other’s lives, moving forward. And of course, this is just the beginning for this enigmatic and deadly new character.”
According to Bleeding Cool, the Red Widow will feature prominently in Black Widow: Forever Red. Though the book isn’t set to be released until October 13, its cover copy has already offered some insight into the origins of the Red Widow.
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— Wade W. Wilson (@Deadpool_Kills) August 18, 2015
“Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average. The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments – until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type.”
The introduction of Red Widow no doubt comes as a welcome surprise to Marvel fans, some of whom have been critical of the lack of female superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Widow has recently been prominently featured in the first footage to debut from Captain America: Civil War, which was shown to fans at this weekend’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, as the Inquisitr previously reported.
— PR-Gamer (@realprgamer) August 18, 2015
Fans will get their first chance to meet the Red Widow on September 2, when Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1 hits shelves.
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