Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher
is a superhero anime
film released as a joint production between Marvel Comics
and Japanese studio Madhouse
A tie-in to the live-action Captain America: The Winter Soldier
, the movie sees Black Widow
and The Punisher
teaming up to take on the terrorist organization Leviathan, who plan on selling stolen S.H.I.E.L.D.
tech to the highest bidder. Though the film is focused on those two, a few of Black Widow's fellow Avengers
, Iron Man
, War Machine
, the Hulk
, and Captain Marvel
) are confirmed to appear in some capacity.
The film is the most recent collaboration between Marvel and Madhouse, who previously worked together on the Marvel Anime
meta-series and Iron Man: Rise of Technovore
. Not related to Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers
, the Avengers anime Marvel is producing with Toei Animation
- Adaptation Distillation: Like most of Marvel's mass-media productions, the film draws from the Ultimate Marvel and Marvel Cinematic Universe continuities in addition to the classic Earth-616 universe. Nick Fury is once again black, and Hawkeye is wearing his leather Ultimate outfit like his movie counterpart.
- Badass Normal: Black Widow and Punisher are, for the most part, normal humans, albeit well trained, highly skilled, and very experienced. This is also why Nick Fury wanted them working together - if they were to be brainwashed, it would be easier to take them down, as opposed to someone like the Hulk.
- Call Back: Iron Man helps The Punisher to return the favor for helping him at Karachi.
- Composite Character: This movie's Elihas Starr takes the name and occupation of the villainous Egghead and the physical appearance and history of Black Widow from Alexei Shostakov, a.k.a. the Red Guardian, and brings them together.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Amadeus's dog.
- Expy: Leviathan is similar to HYDRA.
- Eye Scream: The Punisher kills Orion by shooting him in his eye.
- The Heavy: Elihas Starr. Leviathan would not have made the progress they did without his research, and he only joined them because he felt too weak to date a superhero like Black Widow.
- Heel Realization: "Then what did I do all this for?"
- Heroic Sacrifice: Elihas took Orion's blast for Black Widow.
- I Just Want to Be Special: The reason Elihas joined Leviathan is to become worthy of Black Widow's love.
- Might Makes Right: Orion's belief.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
- The Punisher, when he was brainwashed into killing several SHIELD guards (including a fellow ex-Marine) and nearly killed Black Widow.
- Elihas, when he realized his mistake for working with Leviathan.
- Nebulous Evil Organization: Leviathan
- Powered Armor: Iron Man and War Machine.
- Psycho Ex-Boyfriend: Black Widow's Old Flame, the Red Guardian.
- Role Reprisal:
- The Stinger: Punisher finally shoots the weapons dealer.
- Superhero Speciation: Defied. In a rare instance, both Iron Man and War Machine are on the same team.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Black Widow and the Punisher don't like each other, but have to work together under Fury's orders.
- Thigh-High Boots: Captain Marvel is rocking a pair.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The only reason Leviathan became so close to their goal was because of Elihas, who only did it all for Black Widow. And she wasn't happy to be in some ways responsible.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Black Widow found out Nick Fury withheld several information from her, and calls him out on it.
- Wolverine Publicity: The film is ostensibly about Black Widow and Punisher, but Marvel made sure to slap "Avengers" in the title. They do show up to help in the climax, so it's somewhat justified.
- Wretched Hive: Madripoor