Marvel Studios is allowing their possess techniques out the door as they promoted the upcoming Black Widow movie by revealing Rachel Weisz’s character on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Melina (Rachel Weisz) in Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW, in theaters and on Disney+ with Leading Obtain. Photograph courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Kimmel, obviously examining a script, introduces Weisz to the show stating, “Our to start with visitor tonight is an Oscar winner who is about to leap into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

“She plays Melina Vostokoff in Black Widow. It opens in theaters and Disney+ Premiere Obtain on July 9th. Please welcome Rachel Weisz. Hi Rachel. How are you?”

After being released, Weisz attempts to generate some mystique all around Kimmel’s reveal of her character’s final title.

“I’m pretty perfectly. I assume we are not allowed to say Melina’s next identify however, appropriate?” She then proceeds to wink at Kimmel.

Kimmel then performs dumb claiming he cannot listen to her. He states, “What’s that? Will you say that all over again? Sorry, I could not listen to.”

Weisz responds, “I imagine we are prohibited from declaring Melina’s next name. I feel it is a Marvel Cinematic Universe secret?”

Kimmel then asks, “Is it a magic formula that I just ruined?” Weisz replies, “I imagine so. Oh very well. You have finished it now.”

Supply: Black Widow

The entire point is a marketing ploy as the closed captions from the trailer launched back again in April 2021 reveals Weisz’s character’s identify is Melina Vostokoff.

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As for who Melina Vostokoff is, she was at first born Melina Vostokova, but generally goes by the name Iron Maiden. She first appeared in Marvel Fanfare #11 back again in 1983.

In her brief introduction in the sequence she’s explained as a “former Russian agent [who] for a long time lived in the shadow of the Black Widow — and now dreams redress for her grievance.”

Source: Marvel Fanfare #11

In her initially visual appearance she’s one particular of a group of assassins employed by Damon Dran to assassinate Black Widow.

We get a little little bit additional data about her in Marvel Fanfare #12.

She tells Black Widow, “You realized me after as Melina Vostokoff. We both equally toiled in the assistance of the Soviet point out then — ahead of you defected to the West, and I grew to become an independent agent. For decades my achievements went unnoticed, overshadowed always by the much more flamboyant exploits of the Black Widow. Now I shall avenge those slights — and demolish you in the approach.”

Resource: Marvel Fanfare #12

And she almost does defeat Black Widow with the help of her exo-skeleton fit.

She’s only prevented from doing so by Agent Jimmy Woo and a team of brokers from S.H.I.E.L.D.

Source: Marvel Fanfare #12

Whilst the Iron Maiden escapes, Widow places a tracker on her and she and Woo monitor her into a sewer. But the Iron Maiden anticipated Widow’s shift and ambushes her. A further struggle ensues and the Iron Maiden has the higher hand as soon as once more.

The good thing is, Woo bails out Widow, yet again albeit at her information. He fires a gap in the sewer that creates a whirlpool and sends the Iron Maiden spinning down the drain.

Resource: Marvel Fanfare #12

It will be interesting to see if there is anything at all to the title expose.

The advertising content for the movie has portrayed Weisz’s character as a mom determine and ally to Natasha as effectively as another assassin qualified in the Crimson Space by the Soviet Union.

Nonetheless, it could all be a deception and she’s actually seeking revenge on Widow.