Black Widow 2020 Part Two
In my last post I talked about the Red Guardian and his ties to the Black Widow and the movie coming out next year. In this post I’m going to talk about his team, the Winter Guard.
The Winter Guard was Soviet Russia’s answer to the Avengers. The team has had a rotating roaster since it’s creation that has mostly been a force for good. The team has been backup and help for the Avengers and other superheroes multiple times over the years.
The team first appeared in Iron Man #9 in October 1998. The team was created by Kurt Busiek and Sean Chen. They created a team that believed in doing good and helping others unlike other soviet superhero teams like Soviet Super-Soldiers or the Supreme Soviets.
The team has a rotating roster but it’s three key players are the Red Guardian (Soviet Captain America), Crimson Dynamo (Soviet Iron Man), and Darkstar (Super Mutant). Every time one of the three heroes dies another citizen is chosen to take up the dead heroes mantle. Thus Russia is never without a hero.
The team has also had members.
Ursa Major who is a mutant who can turn into a bear (a cross between Wolverine and Hulk).
Vostok who is a robot who can control machines (like Vision).
Chernobog who is the Slavic god of chaos and night (a cross between Loki and Cloak)
Perun who is the Slavic god of thunder and lightning (like Thor).
Fantasma who is a sorceress (like Scarlet Witch).
Powersurge who is a nuclear fueled giant (like Hulk).
And Sibercat who is a catlike mutant (like Cheetah from DC comics).
Hopefully we will see the three mainstays of the Winter Guard in Black Widow next year. Maybe if we are lucky we can see more Russian heroes.
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