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  • Ivan Somodorov (First appearance)

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Enter the world of the Avengers' iconic master spy...

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world's most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow's infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average. The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn't really the big sister type.

Until now.

When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned-and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava's dreams....

Black Widow: Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.


  • The sequel to this novel is Margaret Stohl's Black Widow: Red Vengeance, however the events of Red Widow: The Last O.P.U.S. take place between the two books and lead into Red Vengeance.
  • Although Margaret Stohl initially confirmed that the universe designation for this book was Earth-199999,[1] it was later revised following two interviews in which she subsequently retconned the associated novels such that they are now to be considered set in Earth-616 continuity; however, as adaptations, the content could still be considered apocryphal.[2][3]

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  1. Forever Red set in the "Marvel TV universe"
  2. Phegley, Kiel (22 April 2017). Secret Empire Goes Global To Draw In Emma Frost, Polaris & More. Retrieved on 23 May 2017.
  3. Marston, George (23 May 2017). MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL Revisits Her Military Roots Before GENERATIONS. Retrieved on 23 May 2017.
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