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Madhouse animates new Avengers film

A bit of U.S.-Japan collaboration is in the news this week with the announcement of Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, a direct-to-video film animated by Madhouse.

Madhouse, the famed anime studio co-founded by Otaku USA interviewee Masao Maruyama, has been working with Marvel since 2010, animating the shows Iron Man, Wolverine, X-Men and Blade.

This new film will be directed by Kenichi Shimizu, a longtime key animator and animation director who appears to be making his directorial debut here. It’s written by Mitsutaka Hirota, who worked on the X-Men series and wrote the recent Bayonetta: Bloody Fate.

Black Widow is played by Jennifer Carpenter, best known as “Dexter’s very annoying sister” on Dexter, and Punisher is played by veteran voice actor Brian Bloom.

Black Widow & Punisher
will be released on March 25th.

Source: Anime Anime

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.