Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher

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Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher
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Japaneseアベンジャーズ コンフィデンシャル: ブラック・ウィドウ & パニッシャー
HepburnAbenjāzu Konfidensharu: Burakku Widō & Panisshā
Directed byKenichi Shimizu[1]
Produced byTaro Morishima
Screenplay byMitsutaka Hirota[1]
Story byMarjorie Liu[1]
StarringMiyuki Sawashiro
Tesshō Genda
Hideaki Tezuka
Hiroki Tōchi
Masashi Sugawara
Music byTetsuya Takahashi
CinematographyKenji Fujita
Distributed bySony Pictures Home Entertainment[2]
Release date
  • March 25, 2014 (2014-03-25) (North America)
  • September 3, 2014 (2014-09-03) (Japan)
Running time
83 minutes[3]
Box office$1.1 million[4]

Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (アベンジャーズ コンフィデンシャル: ブラック・ウィドウ & パニッシャー, Abenjāzu Konfidensharu: Burakku Widō & Panisshā) is a 2014 direct-to-video superhero anime film by Madhouse. The film is produced by SH DTV AC BW&P Partners, another partnering of Marvel Entertainment with Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan and Madhouse, following up on the Marvel Anime series. The film was released in North America on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on March 25, 2014.[2][3]


Punisher is taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody after interfering in a S.H.I.E.L.D. secret mission. In exchange for his release, the Punisher and the Black Widow are teamed up to take down the terrorist organization Leviathan, which plans to auction stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. technology.[1][2]


Role Japanese Voice Actor English Voice Actor
Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow Miyuki Sawashiro Jennifer Carpenter
Frank Castle / Punisher Tesshō Genda Brian Bloom
Elihas Starr / Egghead Hiroki Tōchi Grant George
Orion Masashi Sugawara JB Blanc
Cain Ryūzaburō Ōtomo Kyle Hebert
Tony Stark / Iron Man Keiji Fujiwara Matthew Mercer
Amadeus Cho Daisuke Namikawa Eric Bauza
Maria Hill Junko Minagawa Kari Wahlgren
Clint Barton / Hawkeye Shūhei Sakaguchi Matthew Mercer
Bruce Banner / Hulk Yuichi Karasuma Fred Tatasciore
Ren Hisashi Izumi
Nick Fury Hideaki Tezuka John Eric Bentley

In addition, Thor, War Machine, Captain Marvel, Grim Reaper, Graviton, Griffin, Taskmaster, Count Nefaria, and Baron Helmut Zemo also appear in uncredited roles.



The discs has two featurettes: "Espionage and Punishment" and "The Vigilante Vs. The Spy", while the Blu-ray has an additional bonus, the Conceptual Art Gallery. "Espionage and Punishment " shows the adaptation of the characters to anime and a "making of" the film including early concept art and storyboards. "The Vigilante Vs. The Spy" profiles Frank Castle (The Punisher) and Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow).[3][5]


IGN awarded it a score of 8 out of 10, saying "Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher is a complex and effective animated offering from Marvel."[6] Den of Geek awarded it a more negative score of 2 out of 5, criticising the dialogue and characterisation but praising the fight scenes.[7]

The film earned $723,507 from domestic DVD sales and $635,698 from $635,698 domestic Blu-ray sales, bringing its total domestic home video sales to $1,359,205.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d McMillan, Graeme (January 21, 2014). "'Avengers Confidential' Offers Black Widow Some Time in the Spotlight". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Busis, Hillary (January 21, 2014). "'Marvel's Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher': See the trailer here! EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Gallagher, Brian (January 22, 2014). "Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher Trailer!". MovieWeb. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  4. ^ "Avengers Confidential Black Widow & Punisher Video Sales". the-numbers.com. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  5. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (January 22, 2014). "Black Widow and The Punisher Team For Animated Feature Film". IGN. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  6. ^ Wheatley, Cliff, 14 March 2014, "AVENGERS CONFIDENTIAL: BLACK WIDOW AND PUNISHER REVIEW" (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/03/14/avengers-confidential-black-widow-and-punisher-review). IGN Accessed 17 October 2016.
  7. ^ Jasper, Gavin, March 26, 2014 "Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, Review" (http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/avengers/234129/avengers-confidential-black-widow-punisher-review). Den of Geek. Accessed 17 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Avengers Confidential Black Widow & Punisher (2014) The Numbers listing". The Numbers. Retrieved October 1, 2017.

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