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Black Widow created by Lee, Rico and Heck & is © Marvel Entertainment.

I remember attending Toronto Comicon shortly after the release of “Captain Marvel” and seeing a five-year-old girl who’d come in a handmade Captain Marvel outfit with her hair moussed up – and I totally got the need for this book, for this hero. Someone who looks like her, and acts like her. So, in a way, “Captain Marvel” helped pave the road to the expanded role of female leads. “Ms. Marvel,” “Black Widow,” “Elektra,” “She-Hulk,” the all-female “X-Men” book — female heroes anchoring their own series have never been as prevalent in the Marvel Universe, and there’s more to come. There’s a thirst out there for strong female characters, and it’s not just female readers who crave them. Marvel readers want a good story, that’s all.
— Axel Alonso, Axel-In-Charge 3/14/14


I believe when one female character gets a chance at wider visibility in the industry, the argument should never be that another female character “deserves” the spotlight more (I’m looking at you, Captain Marvel “fans” who were tearing down Black Widow after the most recent rumors of her solo film). The best response is “good, now also [this other character].” To quote the Tumblr refrain: “Why not both?” It’s even meaner to pit Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown against each other because, when they both existed in the same universe, they were close friends.
Quite frankly, I don’t think female characters are a hard sell; any new launch requires utmost execution to stick, whether it features a female character, a male character or team of characters. The challenge in launching a series featuring a female lead is that very few of them have the built-in Q-rating of a perennial character — like Spider-Man, Captain America or Hulk — and the market is, of course, largely dominated by perennial characters. In that sense, it’s the same challenge whether you’re launching “Elektra” or “Moon Knight,” “She-Hulk” or “Red Hulk.” There’re lots of vocal fans for all those characters, but you have to appeal to a larger audience. That said, “Black Widow” #1, #2 and #3 have all gone to second prints, so if you build a quality book that gets some buzz, you might be building a perennial.
— Axel Alonso, Axel-in-Charge


If there was any justice, Black Widow would have stolen James Bond’s franchise by now, never mind gotten her own. Black Widow could bring us the superespionage movie. A story of intelligence trumping extrahumanity, where all-powerful idiots are countered by cunning instead of by someone who’s even better at being a hammer.