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Cap, Fury, and Black Widow Get Winter Soldier Posters as the Falcon Stands in the Corner and Sighs


The full posters are behind the jump, because Black Widow exudes an almost religious majesty in hers that I don’t want to spring on an unsuspecting reader. If you have sunglasses, put them on now.

Don’t worry, Falcon. You’re still a newbie. It won’t be too long before you get a poster of your very own. I hope.

The chestal region looks a little… off. Like she has bowls lodged in her jumpsuit. But, more importantly, she looks like she’s descending from heaven as a righteous figure of vengeance, her hair wafting gently as the North Wind carries her toward whatever baddies deserve a thrashing on this particular day. I approve.

Nick Fury just glares his enemies into submission.

And Cap is, yet again, brooding and serious. Someone get this guy to a karaoke machine.

(via: USA Today)

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  • http://svalb.org/ Tomb Svalborg

    She is doing the COME AT ME BRO!-pose.

  • Morgan Dunbar

    Only problem I have with the Widow poster is the clear “liquifying” of her waist so her upperbody isn’t quite connecting properly. But hay we can’t win them all. lol

  • http://bittersweetfountain.blogspot.com/ Bittersweet Fountain

    Sad that there is no poster for The Winter Soldier himself. :(

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I want that Black Widow poster really badly. Weird boobs and awkward waist aside, that is a glorious badass poster and I NEED IT NOW.

    ….also maybe the Cap poster….to stick rainbows around to cheer him up….
    ….and the Nick Fury poster…to glare me into doing homework….

    …..and please let Falcon get a poster next. I’m really excited for him and I’m really bummed by his lack of presence in the publicity stuff.

  • Katie Frederick

    Fingers crossed for the next poster batch. Seriously there HAS to be a Winter Soldier poster. Same for Falcon!

  • Katy

    No butt shot!!!!! PROGRESS!

    As well, have the movies ever explained Black Widow’s wrist things? I think in Avengers they show her turning them on, but don’t provide explanation. Forgive me, I can’t remember exactly what they are called and I’m too lazy to look it up right now.

  • Tasali

    Gotta protect the girls somehow…

  • aerinha23

    The Widow looks so badass…but she looks so much more badass when she hasn’t been airbrushed into Barbie or, say, Lady Cassandra.

  • BlackCat29

    I would LOVE to sing karaoke with Steve Rogers!

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    The Falcon is shaping up to be the next Hawkeye, what with the near complete lack of attention and marketing. I guess bird-name heroes always get second-string tweetment.

  • http://bcauseboomerangs.tumblr.com/ Thaddottir

    I’m just glad Black Widow got a poster at all. Target has started carrying Cap 2 toys, and I looked through the action figures hoping for a Widow, but all they had were Cap, The Winter Soldier, and Red Skull. So I looked on the net to see if they were just out of stock, and alas, no, Black Widow (and Falcon, for that matter,) action figures do not exist for Cap 2.

  • Anonymous

    Take heart! Black Widow IS getting a figure, but it’s in the second wave. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=HAS23647&mode=retail

    Falcon is getting a Diamond Direct figure of his Winter Soldier incarnation. If the Hasbro figs are popular enough, who knows, he could end up in a future wave as well:
    http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=DMC12070&mode=retail

  • http://bcauseboomerangs.tumblr.com/ Thaddottir

    Awesome, thanks for that!

  • Anonymous

    When the the movie came out I heard them called “Widow’s Bite” but I think they go by other names too. They’re basically taser guantlets.

  • Anonymous

    Widow looks like Venus on the half shell. With guns. I like it!

  • Lup Lun

    I’m not an art expert, but I think that’s called contrapposto- basically, a standing figure depicted with most of it’s weight on one foot. It shows up a lot in ancient Greco-Roman statuary of gods and goddesses and such, as a more realistic and humanizing alternative to having them stand bolt upright, like a monolith. The poster artist probably chose it specifically for that connotation. Note also that she’s leaning back very slightly, giving the impression that you have to crane your neck back to look up at her. Very nice work, actually.

  • Adrian

    Honestly, if it’s in the budget for you or for a gift giver, I would concentrate on the Hot Toys figures, especially of Black Widow. The detail is amazing.

  • Adrian

    I’m not too worried just yet. Posters sometimes come in waves and these are the three main characters of the film.

    I imagine that Falcon will be featured along with the Winter Soldier and a few more characters soon.

  • Anonymous

    It’s par for the course. Aside from one of the collector-oriented Hot Toys figures I don’t think the Falcon has gotten much in the way of merchandising either. *Sigh*

  • Adrian

    Exactly. I know people like to react but posters tend to come in waves and it’s good for marketing and profit to make lots of posters.

  • Laura Truxillo

    I think there’s been a leaked photo of a Halloween costume. I’m really looking forward to seeing kids running around dressed as Falcon and Cap.

  • Joe Quesadilla

    Those are SWEET!

  • Laura Truxillo

    I think part of the problem is the light coming in from her side sort of…fades her waist in places and makes her shape look all odd.

  • Anonymous

    Diamond Select is making a 7″ figure of him & a Minimate. Hasbro is making a 3.75″ figure. http://io9.com/get-a-super-close-look-at-falcons-wings-from-captain-a-1511921857

  • Katie Frederick

    Yep, Widow’s Bite is correct. They’re pretty much her signature weapon in the comics, since they can fire energy blasts/projectiles and grappling lines. But I guess they decided that wouldn’t transfer well to live action, so now they’re pretty much tasers in the MCU like you said.

  • Anonymous

    Cap just has all teh Feels, everyone…”On the next episode of ManPain”. Black Widow does look absolutely Boss in that poster.

  • Anonymous

    I still think the best live action Nick Fury is Captain Franky from Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow.

  • Leslie

    I’m so glad Black Widow took the time to straighten her hair. As a curly haired girl, I can’t get enough of people making me feel like straight hair is the only attactive type of coif.

  • Anonymous

    Which songs/ artists? I can imagine some Patsy Cline in there, even though she was a bit past his time. :)

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    I still hate her hairdo, though. :)

  • Charlotte Van Zee

    We’re still early into this game remember. I was pretty shocked when I went to Target and saw that there were toys CA:WS, period. A month before I could see having them in stores, but this baby ain’t due till May. It took me 9 months to track down a Hasbro Black Widow after the first Avengers movie (thank you local grocery store), so we’ve got plenty of time for product ramp up, before and after the film comes out. Falcon’s going to make it.

  • aerinha23

    Her Avengers hair was so much better. I mean, who straightens their hair to go whoop evil ass? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

  • BOBRACHA

    Get that man a rainbow, stat! And make it a double!

  • Anonymous

    Well all know men are not allowed to have emotions. Shame on Cap.

  • Anonymous

    *groan*

  • Important Film Maker

    Two things: The posters state the characters’ names instead of the actors- kinda odd and cartoonish. Also, I misreading “brooding” as “boring,” but I feel it still applies for Cap.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    I hate the flat hair! I loved it when it was all bouncy, even if it was wildly impractical in IM2(I mean seriously, it was in a chignon moments before, why was that NOT BETTER?)

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    During the Chitauri fight, you see her on the shoulders of one, shocking the crap out of him.

    And since they couldn’t get the butt in the shot, they had to throw her breasts all out of proportion.

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    I have no egrets.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Yeah, but you don’t do it with boob armor that transfers all the energy to the sternum. You do it with flat plates, like everybody else.

  • http://www.commonplacebook.com electrasteph

    Even with that, her waist is so narrow she doesn’t appear to have ribs. It’s odd.

  • Ruby Dynamite

    Exactly — I really liked Natasha’s hair in Avengers – slightly different from Iron Man 2 but still quite pretty. I mean, honestly, doing what she does, that super-long hair would have been really impractical anyway — not that it isn’t still impractical, with the curls/hair getting in her face, but maybe slightly less so xp

  • Anonymous

    Nope, that’s not what I’m commenting on. While I don’t know for sure what’s eating at the Cap, I do know in his first movie and The Avengers, there was some brooding over Peggy Carter. I imagine it’ll be something similar, where the women in the audience will feel the ache of our gender being central to a man’s story…again. I can only imagine this being equally as frustrating to men, as well.

  • Geo

    I find it amusing the only ones bitching about her hair are women. I love her hair.

  • Geo

    Yet again a female hates her hair. Every guy I know loves her hair like this.

  • Anonymous

    How is that relevant to what the original poster said?

  • Giana

    Men’s opinion on women’s hair is so irrelevant it doesn’t even blip on TMS’s radar.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Good for you. Some people don’t. Get over it.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Good for you. Some people don’t. Get over it.

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    Yeah, weird, almost like women have been brainwashed from childhood to care about things like hair and beauty.

  • Duke Red

    They should have had Black Widow standing on a clam shell.

  • Anonymous

    Who needs a poster of the Falcon when Black Widow can apparently fly through the air just by shooting at the ground, Yosemite Sam style?

  • Adrian

    Based on the trailer and recent interviews, I’d say it has more to do with Cap and him wondering if he fits in this new world.

  • Guymelef

    Big hate for the hairdo. Avengers hair was pretty awesome. This looks too much like a wig, and not as practical as Avengers hair.

  • Adrian

    As a guy, I’m slightly afraid someone is going to rudely point out that my opinion on her new hairdo doesn’t matter, which I know it doesn’t in general, but …

    She’s had curly hair, short hair, and now long-ish, straight hair. So, I mean, she’s representing a fan of those styles equally, so I don’t get the outrage.

  • Guymelef

    What what WHAT. Red Skull action figures for Cap 2? If this is the case, jeez, way to spoil the surprise, Marvel toys manufacturers… Unless of course, the inclusion of Red Skull in the movie has already been announced.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, most armor hides breasts pretty well. I don’t see AS much of a problem with it on BW since seduction is part of her MO. But in general, it’s really annoying, since it’s just straight objectification.

  • Guymelef

    So you have asked all the guys you know what they think of BW’s hair in the upcoming Captain America movie?

  • Guymelef

    I personally hated IM2 hair. Avengers was the best for me. Practical yet stylish. And it didn’t look like a wig!

  • Guymelef

    But the question is do you like or dislike it? :)

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, that whole using projection to turn women’s team fears into men’s fake ones “for the lolz!” is blatantly obvious, and insulting. Please stop. Your opinion DOES matter, until you make this whole thing about your privilege. I urge you not to go down that road.
    (Wish to credit Melissa McEwan from Shakesville for the first sentance)

  • Anonymous

    Damn that Black Widow poster looks just like a comic book cover! She looks exactly like she’s supposed to. Marvel keeps knocking it out of the park!

  • Adrian

    What road? It’s something I’ve seen before and I hope doesn’t happen to me, is all, since I’m afraid of confrontation like so.

    The reason the first “paragraph” points that out is because I’ve seen what happens sometimes when it doesn’t.

  • Anonymous

    Then you need to learn how to cope with confrontation, especially righteous anger.

  • Adrian

    Well, okay. Did I anger you? Or are you talking in general?

  • Adrian

    All her hairstyles have seemed fine to me. No matter what, Marvel makes it a point that she kicks all kinds of ass and does it well.

  • Anonymous

    Well, at least there’s no booty shot.

  • Ashe

    I think it’s because men lack empathy about women’s representation

    and whoosh we’re right back to where we started

  • Anonymous

    QUICK HE NEEDS 20ccS OF KITTENS STAT!!

  • MeatyStakes

    Her waist just looks wrong… it’s like the same size of her head, They took the photoshop way too far.

  • http://bcauseboomerangs.tumblr.com/ Thaddottir

    Unfortunately, Marvel toys have had spoilers in the past (Iron Man 3 Lego toy sets had a couple pretty big spoilers,) so it wouldn’t surprise me at all.

  • http://bcauseboomerangs.tumblr.com/ Thaddottir

    I was looking for the Black Widow figure for my 4 year old daughter (because her favourite is of course one of the harder to find of merch of any kind,) but I have been wanting Hot Toys figures for kyself for ages. Those things are fantastic looking.

  • Anonymous

    Your puns are most fowl, sir. You interrupted a most pheasant conversation to drop these puns. You’ve made this a hawkward moment, and just like owlways, it’s just going to escalate…

  • Anonymous

    Talking in general. If I was going to be honest, I was more frustrated then angry.

  • Anonymous

    I hope it is, since that is far more interesting and truthful.

  • Anonymous

    Gotta love the derogatory use of the word “b*thing” in there, too….Also, you loving her hair is relevant how?

  • Anonymous

    Gods, it’s almost like armor is supposed to protect the human body, even if that body is female! O.o

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    I hope nobody gives him the bird for that…

  • Janelle S

    As opposed to the scene in IM2 when she has straight hair/cover costume in the limo, and emerges with oddly curled hair/black jumpsuit? Hair change-ups are clearly part of her process.

  • Anonymous

    I agree. It’s way too thin.

  • http://www.fangirlwithtea.com/ Pamela

    Well, you’ve certainly changed everyone’s opinions here. Thanks for dropping in and expressing your male opinion all over the place!

  • http://www.fangirlwithtea.com/ Pamela

    Ooh good! I’m still mad that Diamond Select didn’t have a Widow figure with their Avengers set. I actually griped at one of the poor guys working the Diamond booth at SDCC a couple of years ago, haha. He said they made a prototype but Marvel didn’t want it.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a comic book Red Skull not a movie figure.
    They also have comic based Baron Zemo, Hydra solider, AIM soldier, & modern Cap.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    I think they’re all overly airbrushed and whoever did them clearly went to the JJ Abrams School of Lensflare because there are weird highlights all over the place. Is Black Widow overdone to the point of appearing unnatural? Yup, but that’s so common that it would have been weirder if she /didn’t/ look like a barbie doll. I don’t think this qualifies as being among the worst examples of what Hollywood airbrush artists have done to women in movie posters, it’s just… meh. Cap looks like his forehead is glowing. Flashing out beams of pure patriotism to smote his enemies, no doubt.

  • Anonymous

    Y’all just had to swan in with these puns – did you make them up on the fly? Oh dear, mine have taken a tern for the worst.

  • CeeV

    I wouldn’t say that Steve’s brooding over Peggy qualifies as manpain. One of the key characteristics of manpain, imo, is that it involves a trauma that affects someone(s)–most often a woman or child; less often an adult male friend or relative; occasionally an entire planet–just as much or more than it affects the male protagonist, but that the narrative nevertheless makes all about him.

    None of which applies to Steve’s feelings about Peggy. In CA1, the most painful emotions she inspires in him are unrequited (as far as he knows at the time) love, jealousy, and sadness. The first and second of those emotions are “all about him” by definition; they may be unpleasant, but they’re certainly not co-opting any trauma of hers. And the last emotion is shared equally by Steve and Peggy. He’s about to die, and they’re both upset about that and about the fact that they’re going to miss out on the life they could’ve had together. (If anything, you could argue that it actually reverses the manpain trope, since his imminent loss is greater than hers but she’s the one crying. That’s an overly simplistic reading of the situation, though. Better to leave it at: they’re both grieving, and their shared grief is well-deserved.)

    Similarly, in the beginning of The Avengers, Steve’s saddened by everything he’s lost, including his relationship with Peggy, but that loss truly is much more immediate for him than for her at this point. Peggy by now has no doubt made her peace with Steve’s “death” and has gone on to live a long, productive, and hopefully happy life. Steve’s the one who’s only just starting to deal with the loss of his home, his friends, his girlfriend, and his sense of purpose.

    You might more successfully argue that Steve’s grief at Bucky’s death is an example of manpain. (Though I’d personally call that an overly simplistic reading, as well, especially considering the complications CA2 will introduce to the situation.) His feelings about Peggy, though? Really not.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    Agreed. And the colour’s different too. I liked that wonderful red she had in Avengers.

  • aerinha23

    I’m willing to let that one slide because there was not a single thing in that movie that wasn’t ridiculous, and that was one of the less painful and possibly more plausible ones. It’s magic!

  • aerinha23

    I was partial to it because it was believable for femme fatale Natasha, hippie seeker tourist Natasha, and kickass Natasha…and also my hair is almost exactly the same, and it made cosplay very easy. :)

  • Mandy

    Ain’t nobody got time for that is right. I know the flowing red hair seems to somehow be part of her signature look but every time I see a long hair hero* with their hair down I just want to throw a hair tie through the screen. How can you kick ass when you can see them?! Pull that shit back.

    *Thor is the one exception to this rule.

  • Mandy

    & it’s almost like women, more than men, have probably dealt with chin length hair or longer at some point in their life and realize how impractical it is to just have it straightened and hanging down when you are trying to kick ass. Or ya know, do anything physical because no doubt hair will end up in your mouth and flying everywhere and getting sweaty and stick to you ect ect.

  • TheChief

    As least Hawkeye has one of the best comic books currently out there.

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  • Mandy

    Oh man. I’m just finishing a project for my Sociology class on the gendering of kids toys and clothes. I get so angry that all the superhero stuff is ALWAYS in the blue boys aisle. And when I check my local Wal-Mart & Target, the only character toys were guy characters. Iron Man, War Machine, Captain America, Thor, Superman, Batman, even Spiderman got some action figures. No Black Widow anywhere. No Extremis!Pepper, no Mary Jane, no Jane Foster, nobody. No girls allowed in the superhero toy section apparently. They even took Black Widow off the team posters completely! Pissed me off. And then higher ups use the excuse that “well girls don’t buy toys” as an excuse not to cater to or include girl fans. IT’S BECAUSE THEY DON’T MARKET THEM TO GIRLS! /rage

  • http://www.lawlessgentile.com/ Ali Miller

    I kind of like that they have the character names as opposed to the actor names. This is the Marvel universe, after all: what’s exciting is not that Scarlett Johansson is in the movie (though I like her very much) – it’s the fact that I get to see BLACK WIDOW on the big screen again. :)

  • Vorkon

    I’m a guy, and I think the hair looks terrible on her. (Or, at least, as terrible as ANYTHING can look on ScarJo.) Even if you ignore the impracticality that so many other posters here have mentioned, her face is very big in relation to the rest of her head, so she looks better with something that frames the shape of her face, rather than just kinda’ hanging down.
    Every guy *I’VE* talked to agrees with me. I have no idea what you’re on about. Yeah, there are probably guys who say she looks good like this. Of course there are; she’s freaking Scarlett Johansen. She could shave her head and replace her hair with a rabid raccoon and still look good. That doesn’t mean she looks BETTER than in previous movies.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    The guy who drew Ren & Stimpy could have snuck an ass shot in there, I’m sure.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I’d appreciate a silly-ass smile from Captain, quite honestly, though I would never expect it. It’s kind of like how most vampire stories are about the ‘woe is me’ undead, lazing around, dreading their next meals, thinking macabre thoughts, reapplying hair dye, ect., every Cap story that deals with his revivification features a somber, disillusioned Captain. I want to see Cap go to the movies and be genuinely alarmed by aliens ripping into Colonial Marines, or thrilled that Polio is (quite nearly) a matter of history rather than an epidemic, or just, like, absolutely appalled by MTV Spring Break. Something beyond, “Woe is me for living such a long life and having such an awesome bod and being world famously great.”

    I’ll still watch it, of course, so I guess it doesn’t matter what they film.

  • Anonymous

    I agree. She would look so much more badass if they hadn’t done weird things to her boobs, waist and arms with photoshop! What’s wrong with her natural figure? Scarlett Johansson is stunning!
    Also, her pose is great in the individual poster but I just saw the group poster which has used exactly the same image and in that context it looks really odd. All the other characters have new images which are properly orientated to the perspective and striding towards us but she is still staring at the sky and standing still. As I said, a really odd choice! :s

  • Anonymous

    Black Widow has had 3.75″ toys for The Avengers movie, Avengers Assemble cartoon, & Marvel Universe comic line. They’re just shortpacked to frustrate everyone. The new 6″ movie one should be out soon.There was going to be a 6″ comic Rescue Pepper along with movie Mandarin & movie concept War Machine but that line is MIA along with Hasbro’s last series of 2013 Marvel Legends & earlier some variants. Movie Mary Jane got 6″ toys for Spider-Man & Spider-Man 3. DST made a 7″ Jane Foster for Thor 2 (ironically there is no Malekith in any scale). Black Cat from the new Spider-Man Legends is ridiculously hard to find & will have a Spider-Girl Arana running change.

  • Anonymous

    Eh, that too. But…I guess I’m trying to explain a balance, since I wouldn’t want to give audience members the idea that their sad feelings are bad and terrible for them (for example, people with depression). I was thrilled when they showed Tony with what seemed like PTSD. I’m cool with the Cap having depression, just in a relatable way. Not silly ManPain stereotypes >.>

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Well, I’m glad things are good. While I don’t agree (and am personally very tickled when my wife calls me the b-word) I find myself at a crossroads: I have a cold, my first in quite a long while, and I’m in a good mood, something else not seen in some time, so I’m very happy to have my opinion, that you have your opinion, and live with that. But I promise to disagree venomously about something very soon.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Agreed, about the ManPain, but I think they can get away with avoiding the melancholy aspects of the story since the Avengers have a nice big cast and it would be nice to see them all react in different but human ways to similar circumstances, however, the latest trailer makes it clear we’re in for a grim and gritty ride, so stoicism is the way it’s going to be. Stoic and manly, like Tom Cruise if he doesn’t have a couch to ride.

    Rereading this post, I suddenly realized I compared “Alien Invasion” to “Trapped In Ice for 50+ Years” as being similar circumstances. I think that gets a pass because these are super people we are talking about, but I am equally appalled and jealous of their stupid bizarre world.