Black Widow and other Marvel heroes and villains from Russia

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Did you know that the beginnings of Marvel’s Earth-616 base universe did not come from otherworldly threats like the Celestials, Infinity Gauntlet or even Mutants, but from… Russia?

It was Reed Richards’ persistence in beating the Russians in a space race that indirectly resulted in the formation of the Fantastic Four (The Fantastic Four # 1, 1961).

At the time, the ongoing Cold War between the United States and the former USSR meant that the role of Russians in mainstream comics was mostly villainous in nature. Case in point: The Abomination, Chameleon, Kraven the Hunter, Rhino, and even Black Widow, who made her comic book debut as a villain.

There were exceptions, of course, including Black Widow’s eventual heroic “turn” and the likes of Colossus, Magik, and the Soviet Super Soldiers. With the Black Widow solo film finally released in Malaysian theaters, there may be a resurgence of interest in Russian Marvel characters. Here are some of the most important to date.

Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff)

Natalia Alianovna Romanova, or Natasha Romanoff, debuted in the 1964s Tales Of Suspense # 52, in which she was a Russian agent who used her charms to distract Tony Stark while his comrade, Boris Turgenov attempted to assassinate Anton Vanko (aka the original Crimson Dynamo), who had defected to the United States.

However, it was not until the 1970s The Amazing Spider-Man # 86 that The Black Widow we know today – red hair, tight black suit, and wrist shooters – debuted, and she hasn’t looked back since.

After his heroic sacrifice in Avengers: EndgameNatasha will arguably be best known among modern Marvel fans as one of her most senior members, and although she is without a superpower, the Widow’s ability to lead Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to repeatedly is commendable. However, her death also means that the Avengers now have a Black Widow-shaped void to fill their ranks.

Black Widow 2 (Yelena Belova)

With Black Widow finally out, all eyes will now be on Yelena Belova (played by Florence Pugh), who will take Scarlet Johansson’s place as the new Black Widow.

In the comics, Yelena is another Russian agent who went through the same Red Room training as Natasha. She made a cameo appearance in the 1999s Inhuman # 5, but didn’t make its full debut until 1999 Black Widow three-part miniseries under the Marvel Knights imprint.

Initially an assassin seeking Natasha’s head, Yelena later joins her instead, and has since been linked to various spy-based organizations such as SHIELD, Vanguard, and HYDRA, and has even undergone a ridiculous transformation into a Super -Adaptoid. Fortunately, the film version is doing better.

Colossus (Peter Rasputin)

Arguably one of the most important X-Men characters ever created, Colossus’ film appearance does little justice to his contributions to the X-Men lore.

Since its first appearance in X-Men Giant Size # 1 in 1975, Pyotr “Peter” Nikolayevich Rasputin was one of the pillars of the team’s strength – literally in terms of super strength and “organic steel” bodies, and also in terms of the rich history of the team. archives in which he has been involved in over the years. His gentle giant figure also makes him one of the friendliest mutant characters.

Magik (Illyana Rasputin)

One cannot talk about Colossus without mentioning his younger sister, Magik, who also made her debut in X-Men Giant Size # 1. Illyana Nikolievna Rasputin is probably the “best performer” on this list – she became ruler of limbo at the age of 13 after banning her captor, Belasco.

Armed with her trademark Soul Sword, the Witch has also taken on people like Beyonder and even wielded the Phoenix Force. We can’t wait to see her onscreen when New Mutants finally releases.

Red Guardian

The United States has Captain America, Russia has the Red Guardian. While Steve Rogers will always be best associated with Captain America, the character of Red Guardian is obviously much more interchangeable – there have been a total of seven versions of this character so far.

Alexei Alanovich Shostakov is arguably the most popular, mainly because he was married to Natasha Romanoff. Interestingly, the third Red Guardian was a female – Dr. Tania Belinsky, who also goes by the superhero code name Starlight.

Soviet super soldiers

Meet Russia’s Mightiest Heroes! This Russian version of the Avengers also has an ever-evolving lineup, which began with the founders, Vanguard, Darkstar, Crimson Dynamo, and Ursa Major.

However, despite an explosive debut in 1981 facing off against the Hulk (The Incredible Hulk (vol.1) # 258), the team did not enjoy the success and adulation gained by their American counterparts.

Crimson Dynamo (Anton Vanko)

As the soldiers crumbled, the Crimson Dynamo sizzled, especially the first version of the character – Anton Vanko.

Vanko made his first appearance in Tales of Suspense # 46 (1963), but in his first mission fails to defeat Iron Man and steal the secrets of Stark Industries. Vanko later decides to defect to the United States out of fear of what awaits him in his homeland, a move that opened the floodgates for defection and paved the way for other heel turns, namely Black Widow. , Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Hawkeye.

Omega Red (Arkady Rossovich)

Wolverine’s Russian nemesis debuted in 1992 X Men (vol.2) # 4. In a somewhat failed Soviet super-soldier experiment, Russian mutant Arkady Rossovich underwent an augmentation process that gave him superhuman powers, as well as retractable carbonadium tentacles that allow him to suck life energy from his enemies.

Cursed by an insatiable need for life energy, Omega Red is constantly on the search for a cure, leading to many crossroads with Wolverine’s former Team X.

Kraven the Hunter (Sergei Kravinoff)

Kraven is remembered for being the only person who buried Spider-Man … alive. While he didn’t kill Spidey, Kraven’s twisted code of honor makes him a difficult character to read. While readers of the classic Kraven’s Last Hunt the story would recall that he had committed suicide in the end, he has since been resurrected and killed again.

Chameleon (Dmitri Smerdiakov)

Yes, Spidey’s first super-villain is a Russian and also happens to be Kraven’s half-brother. Dmitry Smerdyakov aka the Chameleon, made his debut in The Incredible Spider-Man (vol.1) # 1 (1962), and who has spent the past six decades infiltrating Spidey and even Peter Parker’s personal life.

Unlike other enemies, who only want to beat the Wall Mech, the Chameleon takes sick satisfaction from slowly tormenting Peter by pretending to be himself or his loved ones. Coincidentally, the last Spider-Man: Far From Home The movie also included a character named Dimitri (played by Numan Acar) who may have been our “villainous mystery”.


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