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Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher is a superhero anime film released as a joint production between Marvel Comics and Japanese studio Madhouse.

This 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 (Hawkeye, Iron Man, War Machine, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain Marvel) make appearances.

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 produced with Toei Animation.


Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher provides examples of:

  • Eye Scream: The Punisher kills Orion by stabbing him in his eye.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: The reason Elihas joined Leviathan is to become worthy of Black Widow's love.
  • Kid-anova: Amadeus Cho, with limited success, while talking to Black Widow.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Come on, it's based on Marvel Comics. Of course Frank and Natasha exchange some not-so-friendly blows during their first meeting.
  • Might Makes Right: Orion's belief.
  • Mook Horror Show: The Punisher vs. a warehouse full of weapon dealers. It's not pretty.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • The Punisher, when he is brainwashed into killing several S.H.I.E.L.D. guards (including a fellow ex-Marine) and nearly kills Black Widow.
    • Elihas, when he realizes his mistake for working with Leviathan.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Numerous shots linger on Black Widows Most Common Superpower. When she is talking to Amadeus Cho, only her breasts are visible. Her legs and her butt get similar attention.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Voiceless: Most of the villains, Captain Marvel, Thor, and War Machine never speak. Rather unusual for Thor.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Black Widow finds 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.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Elihas' mistaken belief that touches off his actions, which ultimately leads to the plot.