Flashback Friday: The MCU Edition’s Master Assassin

Hello and welcome to Flashback Friday. Each week I’ll be bringing you a brand new article on a related Pop or Dorbz that’s connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Anything film or television related is fair game. I’ll be doing a short review and then moving on to my thoughts on the piece and series.

When I say the word “Assassin” which character(s) come to mind in the MCU? If I say “Highly Trained” who would you think about? For me, there’s only one character that comes to mind and that’s Black Widow. Today, I’ll be taking a look into her introduction to the MCU, what she brings to the team, and her first Pop Vinyl.

The Black Widow is portrayed by Scarlett Johansson and was introduced to the MCU in Iron Man 2 which was released in 2010. She was already undercover for S.H.I.E.L.D. in the film and was assigned to Tony Stark. She eventually became his assistant. As the film progressed she was revealed to be the Black Widow. As the MCU has developed she’s made appearances and had critical roles in Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War.

Black Widow is very important in the MCU because she’s a grounded, street level character if you will. She doesn’t have any superpowers or outrageous tech. She’s a highly trained agent in the middle of so many impressive characters. She’s also Marvel’s most prominent female hero in the MCU thus far and can hold her own with the best of them. I think Black Widow should’ve had a Pop in the original Avengers line and I’m sure many people were disappointed that she wasn’t featured. Funko and Marvel have since corrected that problem with Pops of Black Widow in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War Pop lines.

Black Widow was first introduced to the Pop scene in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier set in 2014. She is numbered 42 in the Marvel Pop series and the rest of the set includes Captain America (41), Captain America (Barnes & Noble) (Black & White) (41), Captain America (Hot Topic) (Glow in the Dark) (41), Captain America (ToyMatrix.com) (Unmasked) (41), Winter Soldier (Unmasked) (43), and Winter Soldier (44).

Black Widow is wearing a gray suit. The top is gray with a small amount of black. The pants are also gray with a tinge of black and gray belt. She has black shoes and black gun holsters on each of her legs. She’s two guns, one in each hand. Her hair is long and red. Personally, I am not a big fan of this Pop. I don’t like that the outfit is gray. It’s clearly black in the film. Not sure what was going on with that. The newer versions of the Black Widow Pops have thinner legs which look better on the Pops. Hopefully they’ll continue to do that in the future.

For those of you wanting to add Black Widow to your collection here’s the deal. She is currently vaulted which means this Pop is no longer in production. It would be highly unlikely to find her in stores. Your best bet is check eBay and Amazon or our Facebook group https://facebook.com/groups/funkopopvinyltrade for all of your collection needs. This Pop has been selling for $15.00-$30.00. I think it’ll be difficult to find one under $20.00. You should be looking at roughly $25.00 pending condition.

Let us know what you think of Black Widow and her first Pop Vinyl. Did you like or dislike it? Leave a comment below.

See you next week for a special holiday edition of Flashback Friday.

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