Florence Pugh's Black Widow character became Black Widow in the comics

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Each superhero has its own extended cast and the first Marvel Studios trailer " Black widow He gave the wider world his first look at Natasha Romanov. David Harbor's Red Guardian was prominently displayed in his red and gray suit, but there was another hidden superhero given the promising billing: Yelena Belova.

Although he only appears in the standard casual spy attire in the teaser, Yelena, played by Florence Pugh, is a character with a long history in Marvel Comics, and that story includes taking Natasha Romanoff's Black Widow mantle, not once but twice .


Yelena Belova, wearing a Black Widow outfit, shows a gun. Behind her, Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow makes a collage of explosions and enemies, in an enveloping variant of Black Widow # 1, Marvel Comics (1999).

Yelena, on the right, with Natasha on the left.
J.G. Jones / Marvel Comics

Who is Yelena Belova of Black Widow?

Yelena was created by writer Devin Grayson and artist J.G. Jones, and his first important role was in the 199 solo miniseries of Black Widow. Yelena saw herself as the true successor of the Black Widow's name, which, in her opinion as a loyal agent, Natasha had lost the moment she defected to work with the Avengers. Then, Yelena prepared to claim the title of Mother Russia and the Red Room.

What is the red room?

Like most real countries that appear in the Marvel Universe, Russia's comic version is … different.

In Marvel Comics, the Red Room is the most infamous spy school in Soviet Russia. There, Russian officials prepare young women to become elite spies of deep coverage, through a mixture of spy training, biochemical interference and manipulation of their memories. Many of the candidates of the Black Widow of the Red Room, including Natasha, have implanted memories of having been trained as dancers for the Russian Ballet.

Before he could get to the defect, Natasha had to resist all that psychological conditioning. When Yelena appeared to fill her Soviet boots, Natasha helped: OK, manipulated – to realize how little your government values ​​girls in the Red room. At the end of his first story, Yelena leaves and retires to Cuba.

But in the universes of the comic, very few characters remain in the bank forever. Yelena got involved with SHIELD, became a super-powerful villain, came to the high council of AIM and then, when Natasha died at the hands of an evil Captain America, she continued her good work as Black Widow, killing Hydra officials.

Marvel Studios has no plans for a Black Widow sequel

This movie seems to be Scarlett Johansson's swan song for the character. But with Florence Pugh playing Yelena Belova, Natasha's "sister" of the Red Room, in Black widow, they have a … what is a properly Russian way of saying this?

They have a Black Widow from Chekov, ready and ready to go.

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