Black Widow Writer Teases an MCU Hero’s Role in Marvel Comic


Black Widow writer Kelly Thompson dishes on Yelena Belova’s future, following her decision to team up with Natasha Romanoff in Black Widow #5.

Black Widow writer Kelly Thompson discussed Yelena Belova’s future in the comic series.

After Yelena teamed up with Natasha Romanoff in Black Widow #5, Thomspon told CBR that their journey together will continue. “Yelena and Nat together are super fun,” Thompson said. “To be honest, for the state Natasha is in right now, she really needs people around her.”

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Thompson shared that while Yelena’s interest in teaming up with Natasha is partially self-serving, she realizes that Natasha needs her emotionally. “I love that about Yelena,” the writer continued. “She’s also incredibly fun to write with her salty Russian practicality, and contrasting that against Natasha, who is of course also Russian, but far more Americanized, is great fun.”

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At the end of Black Widow #5, Natasha was captured by villains and given what appeared to be a perfect life with a husband and son. However, the end of the story found her separated from her dream family and grieving the life she could’ve had.

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Black Widow #6, written by Rafael De La Torre and Jordie Bellaire, will find Natasha dealing with that immense loss while also trying to become the hero that San Francisco needs her to be. Thompson confirmed that a new character named Lucy Nguyen will create some “interesting dynamics” for both Natasha and Yelena in the upcoming Black Widow release.

A character named Anya Corazon, or Arana, will also be introduced in Black Widow #7 — in the middle of Natasha and Yelena’s investigation into the villain Apogee.

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Created by Devin Grayson and J.G. Jones, Yelena first appeared in 1999’s Inhumans #5, before playing a much larger role in that creative team’s Black Widow miniseries. News of her involvement in the Black Widow comic book series comes ahead of the character being officially introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the upcoming Black Widow film. Yelena will be portrayed on screen by Florence Pugh, who is expected to take over the role of Black Widow in future films.

Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, O-T Fagbenle as Mason and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff. The film arrives in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access July 9.

Black Widow #6 is set for release on April 28, while Black Widow #7 hits shelves on May 26.

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