Book Review: Marvel’s Black Widow: Forever Red By Margaret Stohl
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Black Widow: Forever Red
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
Written by Margaret Stohl
Marvel Press
Release Date: October 13, 2015

Well, it’s about time, Marvel. Note to the reader: that was my reaction when I first heard of this young adult novel, Black Widow: Forever Red. Tell me there aren’t millions of people, youngsters and adult-ish types, who aren’t jonesing for this Avenger who fights alongside some legendary heroes, without having one iota of superpower or magic or billions of dollars of tech. Black Widow rolls in with guns and an overwhelming amount of badassery. So, yeah. When I saw this book was coming out, I definitely felt it was overdue.

Bestselling author Margaret Stohl penned this book and captured a version of Natasha Romanov to which most comics only eluded. Deeply focused and not a little broken, the reader gets inside the mind of this unstoppable assassin only to find she’s not exactly what you might expect. Whatever her past holds, she is a dedicated and diverse woman who seeks justice and, at times, revenge. This isn’t the movie version of the character; she’s not all sarcastic quips and nonchalant attitude, though there is a fair amount of both. The Black Widow is, above all else, driven. And Stohl goes above and beyond to explore as many nooks and crannies as she can in Natasha’s psyche.

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Marvel’s TV Plans Could Include Punisher, Doctor Strange, Hawkeye/Black Widow, More
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Marvel’s TV plans go far beyond Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Agent Carter, and the four series on Netflix. Following the major success of Daredevil, announcing that the two ABC shows have been renewed, and launching a spinoff series with 12 Years A Slave writer John Ridley, comes a bunch of new rumors surrounding current shows and shows that have yet to air.

Learn more about these shows, plus reaction to them from the higher-ups below.

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‘SNL’: Marvel’s ‘Black Widow: Age Of Me’ Trailer

Every time Saturday Night Live gets a guest host who plays regularly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they just can’t resist getting in a dig or two at the superhero blockbuster factory via a well-produced and hilarious sketch.

In late 2012, they had on Jeremy Renner and the collaboration resulted in an Avengers spoof centered around the relative lameness of Hawkeye. Last September, Chris Pratt was more than happy to participate in one of the show’s Digital Shorts taking comedic aim at his recent star-making turn in the summer smash Guardians of the Galaxy. Most recently, Chris Hemsworth suited up as Thor for another Avengers sketch that portrayed the mighty God of Thunder as a glory-hogging party animal.

This weekend, Scarlett Johansson guest hosted Saturday Night Live to help promote the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, so naturally the show had to feature her in a Marvel-spoofing skit as her MCU character and Avenger extraordinaire Black Widow. True to SNL form, the sketch chose to stick it to Marvel Studios by showing how they would approach making a solo movie starring Johansson as the sultry superspy in the mock trailer for Black Widow: Age of Me.

You can watch it here below.

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The Avengers Play Family Feud On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (Video)
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The Avengers assembled at Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and pretty much took over the show (of course). The stars were there right before they were to “walk across the street” to the The Avengers: Age of Ultron world premiere. Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) participated in The Avengers Family Feud, played telephone, talked to “Super Fans,” and answered some pertinent questions.

Watch all the amazing videos here below, including a post-credits video with Kimmel and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)!

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Black Widow Confirmed For ‘Captain America: Civil War’; Scarlett Johansson Will Return
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Any news following yesterday’s Marvel Cinematic Universe spoiler filled rumor will be sort of a tough act to follow. But when it comes straight from the directors, it tends to be a bit more exciting since that’s very reliable source.

While the recent rumors have yet to be confirmed, sibling directors Anthony and Joe Russo were in Beijing today where they talked to Sina.com about Captain America: Civil War. The two confirmed that Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. She will be joined by Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/The Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier, and Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow, and possibly Jeremy Renner returning as Hawkeye, as well as newcomers Daniel Bruhl, who is playing a mysterious role, and Chadwick Boseman who making his MCU debut as Black Panther.

Hit the jump to see what the Russo brothers had to say.

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