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Marvel’s Latest Animated Movie is Marjorie Liu-Written Black Widow & Punisher

On the one hand, Marvel Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher was written by long-time X-Men and Dirk & Steele series writer Marjorie Liu and features not just Black Widow in a major role, but also Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel. That’s very intriguing. On the other… well I wouldn’t say the trailer glorifies, exactly, but it certainly doesn’t hide the fact that the movie’s got a serious case of Physics Defying Boobs. I mean, technically there’s no evidence of Gainaxing in its most classic form, but trailers that pan up the lead female character’s body but cut away before we see her face set off my alarms. Hopefully Liu’s writing will be the most noticeable thing about the full film.

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  • Katie Frederick

    Marjorie Liu is especially notable because she wrote “The Name of the Rose”, which many fans consider the best Black Widow solo arc in recent years. So definitely excited to see her name on the credits.

    (though yeah, I’m seriously side-eyeing the animation as well, but at least I have enough experience watching anime that a good story can make up for it, hopefully)

  • Anonymous

    I’m interested and happy to see that Captain Marvel is up there with the movie characters. No seriously, look at the Avengers featured in it. Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and War Machine. And then Nick Fury and Maria Hill. Marvel is the only hero there who hasn’t been featured in the MCU, and they’re still pushing her alongside their more recognizable mainstream faces. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

  • Laralock

    I LOVE Liu’s work! I have been reading her even since she was this fanfic writer at wolverineandjubilee dot com! It’s amazing how far she’s come,

    I have high expectations on this! :D

  • Anonymous

    Did I just see The Guardian?
    Also, I’m not loving the animesque Ms. Marvel (Is she Capt. Marvel yet?).

  • DonnaBrazileRocks

    It’s cute how MadHouse decided to interpret the designs. Carol is wearing her Ms. Marvel domino mask and boots and Natasha has SHIELD patches. You’re so close!

    I don’t know a lot about animation or how the whole MadHouse agreement works but I do remember that Phil Bourassa did some character designs for Flashpoint and I think that was still animated overseas? That probably would have fixed those (admittedly minor) inconsistencies. ANYWAYS, I am more than willing to look past some questionable anime physics for a Marjorie Liu story (that seems to be exploring Black Widow’s past!!!!). It does almost seem like they are testing the waters for female headlined movies …

  • Cowtools

    If you think these character designs are a tad on the, uh, Gainaxing side, then check out the X-Men anime series this company did. Trust me, this could be a LOT worse.

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  • Rob Payne

    I am not a fan of Marvel’s anime-style series/movies. It’s like they settled on a look, similar to how DC used that modified Bruce Timm style for years on everything, and just didn’t care if it was actually any good. It’s colorful! There’s so much contrast! Ooh, lighting effects! The physics is just poop-flavored frosting on a poop-filled cake.

  • The Gaf

    I love the MadHouse anime style. Not for the boobs. I just like the style. Again, not for the boobs.

  • Anonymous

    Is there a comparable term to “Gainaxing” as pertains to the buttocks, because I can only describe the action at the 0:55sec mark as globe-tasticly gravity defying. BW could have really used an ass-bra here and I’m not even trying to be funny.

  • Travis

    Punisher looks too much like a pretty-boy, but it looks okay otherwise.

  • Aeryl

    I’m glad to hear that about that arc, because I bought it for my daughter sight unseen because of Liu’s name.