In a surprise announcement appropriate for an espionage master, Yelena Belova is coming back to the Marvel comics universe in White Widow #1 this fall. The announcement of this four-issue limited series marks the first-ever solo title of Yelena Belova as the White Widow after Kelly Thompson’s Black Widow run back in 2021 where she was first introduced with the new name monicker.
As revealed yesterday by The Mary Sue, writer Sarah Gailey (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Eat the Rich) will be penning her story and working together with artist Alessandro Miracolo (Obi-Wan, Yoda) for an entirely new tale seeing Yelena strike out on her own and outside of the shadows of The Black Widow. But who will she choose to be? And what does Marvel have in store for her character now that she’s struck out on her own and is leading the Widow franchise in the MCU? Only time can tell.
“I am beyond exhilarated to launch White Widow into her own series!” said Sarah Gailey in an interview with The Mary Sue. “Yelena Belova is an incredible character who deserves independence, community, and the opportunity to kill on her own terms. Getting the chance to work with this team at Marvel is a thrill. I can’t wait for the world to see what Alessandro and I have in store!”
Fans may remember the character in the MCU in the previous Black Widow film and Hawkeye TV series, where she’s played by Hollywood breakout sensation, Florence Pugh. The character seems to be leading the way in the MCU as a major figure for the current Marvel Phase 5, transitioning to an unknown film in Phase 6. At the moment, she is slated for two more movies, one of which, is the highly anticipated Thunderbolts adaptation.
WHITE WIDOW #1 (OF 4)
Written by Sarah Gailey
Art by Alessandro Miracolo
Cover by David Marquez
On Sale 11/1