'Avengers Confidential' Offers Black Widow Some Time in the Spotlight

New animated home release spins off Black Widow into a co-starring role with the Punisher as the two hunt down a terrorist cell.
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Avengers fans who had been asking for a movie that spotlights the Black Widow and -- unlike the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier -- actually features her name in the title can take some solace in the newly-announced Marvel animated movie, Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher.

Teaming the SHIELD agent (voiced by Dexter's Jennifer Carpenter) with the urban vigilante Frank Castle -- AKA the Punisher (as voiced by Brian Bloom) -- to stop a terrorist organization known only as "Leviathan," the animated movie also features appearances from the rest of the cinematic Avengers alongside the comic book Captain Marvel.

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Created in partnership with Sony Pictures Japan and anime studio Madhouse, Avengers Confidential was adapted by Mitsutaka Hirota from a story by Marjorie Liu, who had previously written a Black Widow comic book series for Marvel. The movie is directed by Kenichi Shimizu.

Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download on March 25.