Sunday, March 6, 2016
Wait a second...isn’t the Black Widow an Avenger?
And a redhead?
I know she started out as a bad guy in the comics but she got over it right?
This is the second Black Widow, Yelena Belova.
She was created by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee and made her first appearance in 1999 in Inhumans #5.
After the original Black Widow (Natalia Romanova / Natasha Romanoff) went rogue, the Soviets replaced her with another woman trained by the same people that trained Natasha.
Of course one of the first things that Yelena did was to go after Natasha to kill her and take the name "Black Widow" officially.
But despite the fact that she was younger and she thought in better shape and trained better, she couldn't take the original Widow down, which bummed Yelena out to no end.
Yelema is an Olympic level gymnast, highly trained in martial arts and in weapons.
If we dont count the time she was the Super-Adaptoid, (and please, let's don't) she has no superpowers.
Outside of comics, the only place that Yelena has appeared so far is in the 2006 video game Marvel Ultimate Alliance.
Oddly enough, with blonde hair, Scarlett Johansson looks more like Yelena than she does Natasha.
But if they ever do Yelena in live action....I vote for Katee Sackhoff
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