CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is set to join the Marvel comic universe.

The acclaimed journalist, who came out in 2012, will appear as himself in the upcoming Black Widow #12 comic.

In the film universe, Avengers team member Black Widow – AKA Natasha Romanoff – is played by Scarlett Johansson.

Writer Nathan Edmondson said: “I found that [Anderson Cooper] was a comic book fan and reader and shared some of my work with him over a year ago.

“Then as we were strategizing upcoming issues of BLACK WIDOW I had this idea for an opportunity to involve him directly in the book.

“He was thrilled with the idea and we were thrilled that he was thrilled and so we set about setting the issue up and going through the steps for approval.

“Fortunately, it was all nice and easy and everybody involved was excited about the idea.”

Anderson and his show and his journalism will be the catalyst for a major event in Black Widow’s journey right now, and as a result of the way in which he exposes her and some of her actions, we’re going to see some pretty significant things change in her world.

“It’s Anderson doing what he does best: looking for the truth and reporting on events.

“We imagine that in Black Widow’s world, as would be the case with many other Avengers, things she does can’t be ignored by the media and all it takes is somebody who knows how to ask the right questions to make her world very uncomfortable for her but in a way that is perhaps not unjust.”

As events in Marvel films sometimes mirror the events of the comics, some fans have started hoping for Cooper himself to make an appearance in an upcoming Avengers sequel.

Black Widow #12 is due out in November.