The Black Widow Strikes in New Avengers Tie-in Comic

Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Natasha Romanov (aka The Black Widow) in Iron Man 2 and the upcoming Marvel’s The Avengers is set to be featured in an upcoming three-issue miniseries from Marvel, the publisher announced today.

Titled “Marvel’s The Avengers: Black Widow Strikes”, the series will bridge the gap between the two films and tell an original tale of Romanov heading to Russia to prevent an international crisis.

“Black Widow is running down some loose ends from ‘Iron Man 2,'” says writer Fred Van Lente, “namely some bootleg Stark technology that Justin Hammer made. It’s her and Agent Coulson going into Russia, but you’ll also probably see Nick Fury and the other heroes as necessary… I’ve [also] given Black Widow a kind of fan/stalker–a freelance espionage operator who has modeled herself on Black Widow. She’s attempting to usurp the Black Widow title from Natasha, so these two are in competition with one another.”

While the series will hit US comic book stores, it will debut first in issues of Maxim Russia. Check out the (not final) cover art below!