Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human (Russian)

Occupation: Assassin, Russian agent

Group Membership: Winter Guard (Chernobog, Crimson Dynamo/Dmitri Bukharin, Darkstar/Laynia Krylenko, Perun, Ursa Major/Mikhail Ursus, Vanguard/Nikolai Krylenko, Vostok)

Affiliations: The Executive Security Committee, the Winter Guard 

Enemies: The Avengers (Black Panther/T'Challa, Blade/Eric Brooks, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, Ghost Rider/Robbie Reyes, Iron Man/Tony Stark, She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters, Thor/Thor Odinson), Defenders of the Deep (Andromeda/Andromeda Attumasen, Bloodtide, Echidna, King Crab, Namor/Namor McKenzie, Orka, the Piranhas, Tiger Shark/Todd Arliss), Dracula (Vlad Tepes Dracula), the Legion of the Unliving (Baroness Blood/Lily Cromwell, Boy-Thing, the Carpathian, the Rat Bomber, Sarge, Shadow Colonel/Xarus, Snowsnake)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Moscow, Russia

First Appearance: Avengers VII#10 (January, 2019)

Powers/Abilities: The Red Widow has not displayed any superhuman powers but she is a highly-trained assassin, skilled in the killing arts as well as several fighting techniques. She is also a skilled espionage agent.

In battle, Red Widow wields daggers that can be charged with an unidentified energy. When charged, the daggers can pierce even the supernatural body of Ghost Rider. She also carried technology that would allow her to detonate the Crimson Dynamo armor if her teammate got out of line.

Height: 6'0" (by approximation)
Weight: 155 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Unrevealed

History: (Avengers VII#10 (fb) - BTS) - The Red Widow originated out of Russia's Red Room assassin training program. When past Russian agents Darkstar and Vanguard went to recruit their former ally Dmitri Bukharin into the newly-reorganized Winter Guard, Russia's Executive Security Committee requested that the Red Widow accompany them.

(Avengers VII#10) - Red Widow accompanied Darkstar and Vanguard as they visited the former Crimson Dynamo, Dmitri Bukharin, and attempted to recruit him for the reorganized Winter Guard group. Dmitri declined to join but Vanguard pressed the matter, explaining how Russia was prepared to make Dmitri the Minister of Superhuman Defense and have him lead the new Winter Guard, prompting Dmitri to ask what the Red Widow had to say about his recruitment on behalf of the Red Room. Vanguard explained that the Red Widow rarely spoke and that her presence there was a request from the Executive Security Committee. Dmitri responded by suggesting Red Widow's presence was more likely so that she could slit his throat should he get out of line. Regardless, Dmitri ultimately agreed to suit up as the Crimson Dynamo alongside Red Widow, Darkstar and Vanguard as part of the Winter Guard. Once fully assembled, the Winter Guard were sent to handle a situation at the Hydropolis research facility involving the Avengers and Defenders of the Deep. While the other Winter Guard members assisted the Avengers against the Defenders of the Deep, Red Widow sat down unnoticed, observing her teammates in action and noting their performance in battle. When the Crimson Dynamo noticed Red Widow sitting there not participating in the battle, he demanded to know what she was doing before a fight broke out between Winter Guard members Chernobog and Perun, forcing Crimson Dynamo to focus his attention elsewhere. After a fight broke out between the Avengers and Winter Guard, Ghost Rider noticed Red Widow sitting up on a ledge and opted to join her outside the battle, only to be stabbed by an energy-charged dagger wielded by Red Widow. She then regrouped with the Winter Guard and before the fight could continue, Red Widow announced the Winter Guard's operations ended, angering team leader Crimson Dynamo, who had not ordered the end of operations. When Crimson Dynamo tried to further argue, Red Widow ordered him to return to Moscow lest she detonate his armor. Red Widow and the Winter Guard then teleported away via Darkstar's Darkforce powers.

Unaware America's General "Thunderbolt" Ross was reviewing photos of the earlier threeway battle, Red Widow later reported her observations about the battle and the performance of the Winter Guard to her superiors, noting that the Winter Guard was not ready but promising that she could get them ready. She then suggested being allowed to kill one or two of her teammates to keep the others in order. When Red Widow informed her superiors that she could list those she wished to kill in order of personal preference, her superiors said they would see about allowing killings and released her.

(Avengers VII#11 - BTS) - During an international superhuman summit in which Ursa Major, representing Russia, attacked the Black Panther and was teleported to Siberia in response, China's Collective Man remarked on how he heard the Winter Guard's Red Widow was calling the Winter Guard's shots.

(Avengers VII#14 - BTS) - After Ursa Major and the Red Widow caught a pack of vampires trying to cross the Russia/Ukraine border, Darkstar and Vanguard were placed on guard duty at the border to watch for any more vampires attempting to venture into Russia.

(Avengers VII#15 - BTS) - Iron Man infiltrated the Russian prison holding the vampire lord Dracula and, following a Dracula-incited riot, Crimson Dynamo punched Iron Man in the stomach when Iron Man acted arrogant regarding the Winter Guard's comments on arresting him. Leaving Iron Man on the floor, Crimson Dynamo remarked that Iron Man was lucky Ursa Major or the Red Widow were not there, or punched in the stomach would have only been the beginning.

(Avengers VII#16) - After Dracula requested to speak to the man in charge of his prison, the Winter Guard brought him to meet with the Red Widow. Remarking that he did not ask for a meeting with Red Widow but rather, the man in charge, Dracula was informed by the Widow that his status as former Lord of Transylvania meant that he dealt with the Red Widow instead. Killing vampires right in front of Dracula, the Red Widow explained that she was providing "asylum" to the vampires that had fled into Russia and asked why she should give Dracula anything different. Dracula insisted that his knowledge was worth far with him alive and when the Widow suggested he prove it, Dracula revealed knowledge of who within the Russian government claimed allegiance to him. When the Red Widow replied that they had their own informants, Dracula further revealed that he knew what the Red Widow's masters truly desired and also promised to bring the Red Widow the Avengers. The Red Widow then asked Dracula what he wanted in return for his knowledge and when Dracula asked only for a safe place to be alone for the remainder of his life, the Red Widow seemingly considered his offer. Moments later, the Red Widow had Dracula's vampire consorts brought in and viciously killed one as Dracula watched. The Red Widow then demanded Dracula reveal every bit of valuable knowledge he possessed in exchange for the Widow killing his former consorts quickly. She then informed Dracula that once he had done so, they could talk about the rest of his "reward." Dracula was then remanded to the Red Widow's custody.

(Avengers VII#17) - The Red Widow killed Dracula's former consorts one by one, leaving a huge bloody mess on the floors, and by the end of the interrogation, Dracula claimed to have revealed every dark secret he had acquired in the last 500 years. Dracula then asked to be led away to somewhere else, not wishing to see anymore blood, and the Red Widow remarked that Moscow had accepted his offer of information in exchange for a safe place to live. She then ordered Dracula taken away and as he was wheeled away by Vostok, the Red Widow asked Ursa Major if he disapproved of her methods. Ursa Major replied that he had no problem with the Red Widow's methods but felt as if Dracula had turned out to be a big disappointment. The Red Widow then asked where one would put a monster so that the world would never have to look upon them again and, when Ursa Major asked if the Widow wished for him to eat Dracula, the Red Widow replied that Moscow wanted Dracula to remain alive in case he might ever prove useful again. The Widow then asked Ursa Major what he felt was a quiet place to send Dracula and soon after, Dracula was deposited in the Ukraine's Chernobyl exclusion zone.

Not long after, the Shadow Colonel's Legion of the Unliving transformed nearly an entire Russian prison into vampires and the Winter Guard was called in to quell the riots. During the subsequent battle, nearly all of the Winter Guard was incapacitated in some way but the Red Widow stood silent until approached by the Shadow Colonel himself. The Red Widow then offered Dracula but asked for something in exchange and the Shadow Colonel asked if sparing her life was not enough. Ever stern, the Red Widow suggested the Shadow Colonel stick to killing vampires, as he was out of his league with her. The Shadow Colonel then asked what sort of deal the Red Widow could offer him but their discussion was interrupted by the arrival of the Avengers.

(Avengers VII#19 (fb) - BTS) - The Red Widow began keeping Ursa Major close to her, leading Ursa Major to think that the Red Widow did not fully trust him.

(Avengers VII#19 - BTS) - The Black Panther's agent, Gorilla-Man, met with the Winter Guard's Ursa Major to discuss information Ursa Major was to share with the Avengers. When Ursa Major remarked on how he must be a fool to betray his country, Gorilla-Man reminded Ursa Major that they both knew the Red Widow did not have the Russian people's best interests in mind. Ursa Major then explained how the Red Widow had recently been keeping him very close, remarking that perhaps the Widow did not trust him. Admitting that getting kicked out of Avengers Mansion helped him build trust with the Red Widow, Ursa Major continued, informing Gorilla-Man that he still was not sure what exactly the Red Widow was after.

Comments: Created by Jason Aaron, David Marquez, Ed McGuinness, Frazer Irving, Adam Kubert and Andrea Sorrentino.

Red Widow's eye & hair color were impossible to determine, as she was never seen without her mask/hood.

Profile by Proto-Man.

Red Widow has no known connections to:

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Avengers VII#16, p9, pan2 (Red Widow, main image)
Avengers VII#10, p21-22, pan6 (Red Widow, headshot)
Avengers VII#10, p4, pan1 (Red Widow, walking)
Avengers VII#10, p19-20, pan1 (Red Widow leaping)
Avengers VII#10, p28, pan4 (Red Widow standing in water next to Ghost Rider)

Avengers VII#10 (January, 2019) - Jason Aaron (writer), David Marquez, Ed McGuinness, Frazer Irving, Adam Kubert, Andrea Sorrentino (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VII#11 (February, 2019) - Jason Aaron (writer), Ed McGuinness, Cory Smith (pencils), Mark Morales, Scott Hanna, Karl Kesel (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VII#14 (April, 2019) - Jason Aaron (writer), David Marquez (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VII#15 (April, 2019) - Jason Aaron (writer), David Marquez (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VII#16 (May, 2019) - Jason Aaron (writer), David Marquez (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VII#17 (May, 2019) - Jason Aaron (writer), David Marquez (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VII#19 (July, 2019) - Jason Aaron (writer), Ed McGuinness (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)

First Posted: 01/29/2020
Last updated: 01/29/2020

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