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Real Name
Natalia Alianovna Romanova (Shostakova) ("Natasha" is the informal version of the name "Natalia", and is used by her close associates. Sometimes she has chosen to Anglicize her last name as "Romanoff." She has dropped her married name of "Shostakova.")[1]
Current Alias

Aliases
Yelena Belova, Natasha Romanoff, Natasha, Tasha, Madame Natasha, Nancy Rushman, Laura Matthers, Nadine Roman, Tsarina[2], "Oktober", Black Pearl[3]

Identity

Alignment


Relatives
Alexi Shostakov (aka Red Guardian, husband, divorced), Vindiktor (Brother, deceased),

Universe

Base Of Operations
Mobile

Characteristics
Gender

Height
5' 7"

Weight
131 lbs (60 kg)

Eyes

Hair

Status
Citizenship

Marital Status

Occupation
Adventurer, intelligence agent, former ballerina

Education
College graduate

Origin
Origin
Natasha Romanoff is an expertly trained intelligence agent.

Place of Birth
Volgograd (Stalingrad), Russia (former USSR)

Creators

First appearance

Tales of Suspense #52
(April, 1964)

Contents

History

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Early Years

Daredevil and the Black Widow

It was rumored that Natasha Romanoff (Romanova) was somehow related to the last ruling czars of Russia, but was never proven. Nothing else was known about her prior to World War II.

Nazis set the building she was in on fire in Stalingrad, and a woman threw her out the window to a Russian soldier before dying in the fire. The soldier’s name was Ivan Petrovitch, and he watched over her for her entire life, to this day remaining by her side as her chauffeur.

While under Ivan's protection, many adversaries attempted to attack her. Baron von Stucker abducted Natasha and presented her to the Hand in Madripoor. There, she was to become their Master Assassin until Captain America, Logan, and Ivan saved her.

As Natasha grew and matured, she proved to be an amazing athlete and scholar, while gaining distinction in the USSR as a ballerina. Eventually, she married Alexi Shostakov, a distinguished Soviet test pilot.

KGB

Soviet government intelligence (KGB), decided that the skill set of this couple would make them superb special operatives, and split them up while Alexi was away on a mission. Trained as the Red Guardian, Alexi became the Soviet Union’s answer to the United States’ Captain America.

Natasha was told that her husband died in an experimental rocket crash, and was drafted into the KGB. She became their best operative from being trained in the infamous Red Room Academy, becoming excellent at fighting and information gathering. During this time she had some training under the Winter Soldier.[4] It was there she was first dubbed the “Black Widow.”


The man named Logan resurfaced in America years later without any memory of his past, and in danger from Hydra assassins. She saved him and came upon him again when he stole the Red Storm Project from Russia alongside Carol Danvers and Ben Grimm.

Avengers

Black Widow’s first field assignment was to assist Boris Turgenov in the assignation of Professor Anton Vanko for defecting from their country by infiltrating Stark Industries in America. Tony Stark, the original Iron Man, continually foiled her schemes against Stark Industries. She even attempted to use Hawkeye, a well-known criminal at the time, to help her in her schemes.

Her fourth mission to the U.S. was a momentous one. Not only was it the first time she operated in costume, but it was the first time that she felt her love for Hawkeye weakening her loyalty to her country. Soon, they would both seek amnesty in the Avengers.

Soon thereafter, the Black Widow was brainwashed by intelligence of the People's Republic of China, who had her attack the Avengers. She freed herself from their grip, but felt that she could be better utilized by S.H.I.E.L.D..

Natasha later found out that her thought-dead husband was not only still alive, but actually the Red Guardian. Along with the Avengers, she opposed the Red Guardian and his bosses, and he died in the midst of the encounter. His death caused her to abandon her Black Widow identity just before becoming an official member of the Avengers. She was thrown into despair, her romance with Hawkeye ended, and though she tried to find happiness and a partner in Daredevil, it was no use. She worked with the Champions of Los Angeles, who disbanded due to bankruptcy, and attempted a relationship with Hercules without success.

After these two failures, Natasha decided to stay on her own and freelance as an agent for awhile.

It was during this time that an enemy from her time alongside Daredevil kidnapped Ivan to lure her to her death. Damon Dran planned to bring Natasha to his island so a small army of female combat specialists could destroy her. Once she was out of the way, he would send a fake Black Widow back to SHIELD to assassinate Nick Fury. Unfortunately for Dran, Natasha defeated the army, saved Ivan, and notified Fury (who in turn bombed Dran's island).

On a freelance mission, the Black Widow attempted to prevent the Hand from stealing the long-dead body of their Master Warrior, Kirigi. Utilizing deadly poisons, Natasha was killed by the Hand. She was revived by Stone of the Chaste, and joined forces with Stone and Daredevil to stop the Hand from reviving Elektra. Natasha knew that they failed in this endeavor, but kept the information from Matt for his well being.

On a mission, Natasha found her husband Alexi Shostakov alive. Little did she know that it was only a Life Model Decoy created by Russian agents to blackmail her back into service of mother Russia. Once she finished the tasks they gave her, the Russians told her the truth and attempted to kill her. With Ivan’s assistance, she defeated the Russians and destroyed the LMD.

Iron Man teamed up with Black Widow to prevent an agent named “Oktober” from attempting to start World War III by launching missiles. The missiles were launched, but Iron Man kept them from detonating. Oktober ended up actually being Natasha under some old KGB reprogramming that had been dormant in her mind. Together, they captured the agent responsible.

In time, Black Widow came back to the Avengers and became a co-leader, managing ops at home base while Black Knight lead in the field. When the majority of the Avengers were killed during the Onslaught saga, she was unable to rebuild the team while fighting off lawsuits from the Maria Stark Foundation. She always felt as if the Avengers dissolution was solely her fault.

The Black Widow then vowed to apprehend all of the Avenger’s former foes, and ran into Daredevil while hunting the Grey Gargoyle. Matt feared for her mental state as he noticed how obsessive she became about bringing the Gargoyle down. As he attempted to help her, his girlfriend, Karen Page, became increasingly more angry and jealous. Natasha acknowledged Matt's love for Karen and left them to be together. Later, Natasha would even offer to help Karen clear her name from a murder Mr. Fear framed her for.

Once the Avengers who were thought killed returned, Natasha was more relieved, but decided to work with SHIELD instead, assisting them in destroying Freedom Light by pretending to be Ebon Flame.

Daredevil would come into her life once again when he needed her to take care of Baby Karen, who he believed to be the Antichrist. He would eventually come back to attempt to kill the child, and Natasha stood in his way. While they were fighting, Bullseye killed the child and Natasha was badly beaten. Upon the child’s death, Matt realized what he was doing, and he and Natasha reconciled. While she could admit that she still loved him, they both decided they would never be together.

Another Russian agent would claim the mantle of Black Widow, which brought her up against Natasha. Yelena Belova tried to keep Natasha from retrieving the Endless Fury Serum but failed.

A short time after, Natasha would capture Yelena and have their faces surgically swapped in an effort to find out what General Stalyenko was doing with the Rhapastani Government in the Hudson River Valley. After meeting with who he thought was Yelena, Stalyenko figured out it was not really her and attempted to kill her. Even though her plan failed, Natasha was able to prevent Stalyenko from selling the Cold War nuclear weapons he was hiding in the valley to Rhapastan.

The government of Bulgaria later captured Madame Hydra and requested an exchange with the United States for the Black Widow. As part of a sting to find out who it was that was going to allow Natasha to be exchanged, Daredevil and SHIELD teamed up with Natasha and found out that her husband, Alexi had orchestrated the entire exchange. Alongside the Avengers, SHIELD, and Daredevil, Natasha took Alexi into custody.

The stress of seeing her once-dead once-living once-dead once-robot now-alive again husband drove Natasha to retirement. She lived for a short time in Arizona before agents from the Red Room began tracking down ex-Black Widow agents and killing them. Natasha recruited Phil Dexter, an associate from SHIELD, and attempted to track down the killers. In her hunting, she found Sally Anne Carter as well as Antonovna Kudrin, who was the former head of bio-tech for the Red Room. It turned out that the Black Widows included twenty seven girls trained to be perfect killers. They were implanted with false memories, psychochemically conditioned, and chemically enhanced to be loyal and perform perfectly for the program. Even pheromonal locks and keys were implanted into the Black Widows as a control mechanism to keep them from rebelling. While taking Lyudmila to SHIELD, Natasha learned that Nick Fury had used the pheromonal keys to make her defect from her home country and begin working for SHIELD. She also learned that Sally Anne was kidnapped and Phil was killed in the process.

The trail of Black Widow killings lead to Vassily Ilyich Ulyanov from the Red Room and Ian McMasters, CEO of Gynacon. Natasha caught up to them on his yacht and killed them, making her the number one most wanted criminal in the United States.

Natasha sought help from Yelena Belova in Cuba. Yelena was running a lingerie company and soft pornography television channels at the time. In return for a place to stay, Yelena asked Natasha for help in exporting stolen medical supplies from Miami. To her surprise, Natasha found the medical supplies to be from Gynacon and that Sally Anne was actually taken by the mafia. Kestrel and Martin Ferris captured Natasha in Miami and attempted to alter her mind using drugs to find out what she knew. With the help of Yelena, Daredevil rescued Natasha, who then tracked and killed Kestrel and Ferris. In all the madness, Natasha learned that Sally Anne had been experimented on by Gynacon but had escaped.

Black Widow was assigned to track down the Tinkerer in an effort to find the financier behind the super-villains of America.

When Matt Murdock’s identity as Daredevil was leaked to the press, the government came to arrest him along with Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Foggy Nelson. Natasha was able to keep everyone but Matt from going to jail.

Mighty Avengers

Natasha, still one of the world’s most sought-after espionage agents alive, was recruited by Iron Man and Ms. Marvel to be on the newest team of Avengers alongside the Sentry, Ares, the Wasp, and Wonder Man. She immediately proved herself in battle against the Mole Man's biological creatures and continued to do so when taking command of SHIELD during the an Ultron crisis.

Natasha was among the Avengers infected along with hundreds of other New York citizens by a symbiote virus, but were cured by Iron Man. Natasha became very suspicious of Jessica Drew, who was later discovered tobe the Skrull impostor, Veranke.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Artificially Enhanced Physiology: Natasha has received the Red Room's variant of the Super-Soldier Serum. As a result, many of her body's physical capabilities have been heightened to the peak of human capability.

Peak Human Strength: Her physical strength is heightened to a level that is beyond the natural physical limits of a woman of her height, weight and build. She is capable of lifting up to 500 lbs.

Peak Human Speed: Her speed is also enhanced to the peak of human capability. Natasha is as fast as a human can be without being classified as superhuman.

Peak Human Agility: Natasha's natural agility is heightened to the peak of human capability. She is as agile as a human being can be without being classified as superhuman.

Peak Human Reflexes: Her reaction time is similarly enhanced and functions with the peak of human efficiency and capability.

Peak Human Durability: Natasha's bodily tissues have been augmented to the pinnacle of human development. Though she can be injured in the typical ways other humans can be, she is as physically tough as a human being can be without being classified as superhuman.

Peak Human Senses: Her five senses are enhanced and function at peak of human perfection.

Peak Human Immune System: While she is susceptible to disease like all other ordinary humans, her ability to resist and recover from them is heightened to the peak of human capability.

Extended Longevity: The Super-Soldier serum variant has also extended her lifespan by dramatically slowing her natural aging process. Although she is almost 70 years old, she has the youthful appearance and vitality of a woman in the physical prime of her life.

Power Grid [5]
Intelligence
 3
Strength
 2
Speed
 2
Durability
 2
Energy Projection
 3
Fighting Skills

Abilities

Master Martial Artist: Natasha is an expert in the field of martial arts. She has mastered karate, judo, aikido, savate, boxing, and multiple styles of kung fu.

Expert Acrobat: She is an Olympic class athlete, gymnast, acrobat and aerialist capable of many difficult feats.

Expert Marksman: Natasha is a very accurate marksman skilled in sharpshooting and knife throwing.

Multilingual: She is fluent in Russian, English, French, German, Chinese, and various other languages.

Graceful Dancer: Natasha is a profound ballet dancer.

Expert Tactician: She is a very effective strategist, tactician, and field commander. She has lead the Avengers and even SHIELD on one occasion.

Talented Hacker: Natasha can hack into most computer systems without tripping any firewalls or security.

Master Seductress: She is an expert in the field of seduction. Natasha has been infamously known to bend many different men to her will and sometimes even get them to do her bidding for her. Hawkeye and Iron Man are two examples and living proof of this. She sometimes continues deceiving certain men through means of acting if she still has a further use for them.

Expert Spy: Natasha is a dangerous secret agent trained in espionage, stealth, disguise, infiltration, and demolitions. Her talents and years of experience have enabled her to reach a high ranking as an agent of SHIELD.

Weaknesses

Though the serum has kept her in her physical prime, it's effects on her body have made pregnancy impossible without taking immuno-suppressants.

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Costume Specifications: Synthetic stretch fabric which has been augmented to be highly resistant to damage even small arms fire and high temperatures. Microscopic suction cups on her costume allow her to scale walls and cling to ceilings, just as her namesake.

Transportation

Natasha uses her Widow's Line, a grappling hook with a retractable line, to swing along rooftops for increased mobility. Avenger's Quinjets. Assorted S.H.I.E.L.D. aircraft.

Weapons

Personal Weaponry: The Black Widow's wrist cartridges contain various tools of the spy trade: tear-gas pellets, a radio transmitter and spring-loaded cable.

Special Weaponry: Various automatic weapons and firearms, combat knives and explosives as needed. She also uses a device often referred to as the Widow's Bite that is capable of emitting highly potent electric shocks with a maximum of about 30,000 volts.

Source of Paraphernalia: Formerly Soviet Union, S.H.I.E.L.D., Avengers.

Notes

Maintains a home in New York City, New York; formerly San Francisco, California; Currently , living in US with an extended Visa

Trivia

Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff)

Video games

  • The Black Widow appears in the 2005 The Punisher (video game) video game for one level, as a non-playable character (NPC) who fights alongside the Punisher. Credits are listed for the vocal performers, but not specifying which character(s) they voiced.

Live-action

  • In 2004, Lions Gate Entertainment announced that a Black Widow motion picture was in the script stage by screenwriter-director David Hayter.[6] [7] Lions Gate subsequently dropped the project.[8]

Other

  • In the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, a group of female jewel thieves rob a jewel in slick, leather jumpsuits. According to the DVD audio commentary, director Kevin Smith claimed the costume designer had based these suits on that of Marvel's Black Widow.

Links

Discover and Discuss

  1. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Hardcover, Volume 2
  2. Avengers Vol 3 #2
  3. Champions #7
  4. Captain America Vol 5 #27
  5. OHOTMU Daredevil 2004
  6. Lions Gate press release (March 2, 2004)
  7. The Z Review: Black Widow
  8. IGN.com (June 5, 2006): "The Word on Black Widow"

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