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Black Widow Writers Reveal Series' Villains

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With the release of Marvel Comics' Black Widow #1 just under a week away, series writers the Soska Sisters, Jen and Sylvia, have teased which villains readers can expect to see Natasha Romanoff run into over the course of the new limited series.

While speaking with Sana Amanat and Judy Stephens of the Women of Marvel podcast, the Twisted Twins themselves dropped a few names of Marvel baddies that Black Widow may encounter on her trip to Madripoor.

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"She's a trained killer and she's smart enough to not hurt people that don't deserve it," said Sylvia. "And Madripoor has a lot of people that really deserve it. "People like Sabretooth," she continued.

"Sabretooth's a good guy now," Jen interjected.

"People like Baron Zemo," Sylvia continued. "He's never good. Like, as soon as you see him there, you're like, 'I'm sure he's the villain of this.'"

"I love Taskmaster," said Jen. "He's such a fun character, 'cause he's so ultimately capable and he just throws it in everyone's face... He talks some very good trash."

"Yeah, and Madame Masque... It's almost like they're throwing a party for supervillains," Sylvia added.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Soska Sisters explained that this new series had actually been in the works for a while, but only recently got the go-ahead. They also assured readers that, true to form for both Natasha and the Soskas, the book would be as relentless as they could get away with.

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"We came up with this pitch that we thought was too much," Jen shared. "And for a moment, it was set aside and it was told, 'It's brilliant, but it's just... not right now.'"

"And then [Editor Jake Thomas] came back and said, 'We're doing the Black Widow story! But we're gonna have to some changes,'" she continued. "And I thought, 'Oh, we're gonna tone it down. We're not gonna kill this person or that person...'"

"And he's like, 'No, Nat's dead. She's a clone now,'" Sylvia added. Jen added that, "He said, 'We want her to go far. As far as you'd like."

Written by Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska with art by Flaviano, Black Widow #1 hits comic shops on Jan. 16.

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