The impact of Russian sex bombs deployed to take out enemies can be measured in the millions. Take into account the James Bond film series, Anna Chapman and Natasha of the Bullwinkle cartoons. Ride the wave to fame by appearing as Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow from the blockbuster film The Avengers this year.
An Avengers Black Widow costume consists of:
- a skintight black jumpsuit
- a small utility belt
- thigh garters holding pistols
- wrist cuffs (the so-called ‘Widow’s Bite.’)
Her shoulder-length red hair and knee length black boots are also important parts of the costume.
Start with a long sleeve black unitard, available at a dance supply store or online for $20-30, but beware: if your Widow’s Bite is more like a bite of donut, this is not the right costume for you. Scarlett Johansson has personal trainers and a costuming department, while you will be alone with no superpower to stop muffin top in your unitard.
An Army-Navy surplus store is a great resource for your utility belt and spent ammunition cartridges, which can be glued onto a strip of cloth for wrist cuffs. Black water pistols glued to
two-inch black elastic bands make excellent thigh garters, and any standard knee high combat boot will do.
This costume lends itself well to groups. Ideas for group costumes with a Black Widow include being accompanied by Hawkeye, her archer boyfriend; teaming up with Iron Man, Hulk or Thor; or for establishment of excellent geek credibility, several other girls in identical Black Widow costumes.
True followers of the series will remember that Natasha is just one of a series of identical fighters bioengineered by the Soviets, including her frenemy Yelena Belova, with whom she switches identities at one time. To keep up appearances in costume, limit alcohol consumption. It is said that Romanoff’s enhanced metabolism allows her to drink a tremendous amount without impairment, and of course, dodging a bullet at point blank range and other tests of agility are more difficult after a round of shots.