Okay, so yesterday I woke up screaming.

In a good way.

Marvel’s second trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron  was released 2 days ago, and all of us comic nerds have been fanning ourselves for hours. Let’s chat about the new trailer, and what it could mean, but if you don’t want spoilersclose this browser immediately after watching the trailer 27 times.

You have been warned. 

Last night, I received a frantic text message from a friend, telling me that he had something I needed to see. That ‘something’ turned out to be two minutes of pure heart palpitations.

Yes, the long-awaited trailer for the second Avengers film–which wasn’t supposed to be released until next week–quickly made its way across the interwebs, soon finding itself on twitter and Facebook. Marvel quickly caught on to the leak, and posted this apropos response on their official Twitter account.

Within hours, Marvel officially released the trailer on their Youtube channel, and it is now up to over 3 million hits. Holy Hulking Bruce Banner, that’s a lot for six hours! When my heart recovered, I watched the trailer again. And again. And again. If you’ve been reading our blog, you know I’m a Marvel girl, and yeah, I’m gonna have a bit of geek out now. No apologies needed or warranted.

If you don’t want to know anything about Ultron or the Scarlet Witch, I suggest closing this tab on your browser, because spoilers

Source: comicvine.com
Source: comicvine.com

Natasha Romanoff, perhaps better known as the Black Widow, is everything I ever wanted in a comic book heroine. If you don’t know much about her, here’s a quick bio:

Born in Stalingrad, Natasha was trained by Russian Intelligence operatives and became a sleeper agent for the Black Widow Program (one of her instructors was none other than Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier). Eventually she was influenced enough by Hawkeye to rebel against her superiors, and began freelance work for S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury until teaming up with the Avengers.

Property of Marvel
Property of Marvel


Now, since Scarlett Johansson has taken on the role of the assassin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, interest in the character has grown exponentially. So much so, in fact, that
the Black Widow got her own comic series which launched in January 2014.

If you follow The Collective (@nerdwrldprblms) or my own acct (@dearcollectress) on Twitter, you’ve probably seen my increasing number of tweets about the Diva’s and my Avengers cosplay, which we first did for WonderCon. 

The Collectiva Diva and I have fallen  in love with cosplay (OK so maybe I was already in love and I gripped Diva tight and pulled her into the rabbit hole with me), but as struggling bloggers and writers with full-time jobs in the academic world, it’s hard to find the time (and money) to make a costume. Most of you can probably relate. So I decided that I would make my costume as inexpensive and DIY as possible, so I could share my knowledge with the cosplayers on a budget.

When I went to WonderCon, I had my Widow’s Bites made as per Kit Quinn’s tutorial on YouTube, but I quickly discovered a flaw in that design–when the bandolier bullets aren’t securely fastened to something, they come undone and fall off your wrist! So before I put the catsuit on again, I made some adjustments to the bracelets, and they are now perfectly secure and more comfortable!

Here’s a short tutorial on how I made my Widow’s Bites (pictured below.)

Update: there is now a tutorial for Widow’s Bites 2.0

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What You’ll Need:

  • Plastic bandolier bullet belt (available here on Amazon)
  • Flat (matte) black spray paint
  • 2-inch wide black elastic
  • Velcro strips
  • Super glue (or hot glue if you prefer it)