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Published July 10, 2020

Black Widow-Inspired Workout: Michelle Khare Trains Like Natasha Romanoff

MARVEL Strike Force and Michelle Khare walk you through the Super Spy’s tactical moves!

Black Widow

In celebration of Black Widow’s year, MARVEL Strike Force partnered with content creator Michelle Khare for the launch of the second season of MK Ultra, a series where Khare trains like a Super Hero over a period of time and then tests her skills in a cinematic action scene.

With the oversight of professional stuntman and action designer Christopher Troy, who has worked on properties like Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Khare learns Black Widow’s signature fighting style and acrobatics.

Eagle-eyed MARVEL Strike Force players will recognize Khare emulating Black Widow's abilities Sabotage and Widow’s Bite. Both of these attacks feature Natasha’s famous leg lock technique, in which she takes down larger foes by using their own weight against them. Watch the video above as Khare spends one week learning some of Natasha’s core moves, as seen in the comics, films, and video games, which include parkour shoulder rolls, arm drags, and grapples.

Khare and Troy expressed excitement over taking on the challenge of Black Widow for MK Ultra due to the character’s lack of super powers. Her strength lies solely in her training. That history is “important to her movement,” explained Troy, “Her moves should feel like a deadly dance.”

In addition to Troy’s training, Khare also learned from Michaela McAllister, who stunt doubles for both Florence Pugh and Scarlett Johnansson in the upcoming Marvel Studios’ Black Widow. Her stunt work on the movie involved lots of wirework that utilized her knowledge of Muay Thai, jujitsu, judo, and gymnastics.

Watch Khare’s final cinematic action scene here:

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