Black Widow
Real Name Natalia (Natasha) Romanova
Portrayed by Scarlett Johansson
Gender Female
Place of Birth Stalingrad, Russia
Date of Birth 1928
Aliases Natasha Romanoff, Natasha Rushman, Nadine Roman, "Nat," Tsarina, Oktober, Laura Matthers, Nancy Rushman, Black Pearl, Natalia Shostakova, Natuska, Czarina. And many more!
Origin Altered Human
Current Location Avengers Mansion, New York City
Occupation S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent
Team S.H.I.E.L.D., The Avengers
Alignment Hero
Known Relatives
Significant Other
Known Abilities A whole slew of spy-related skills, as well as a skilled fighter

Character Details

*Natalia Romanova was Born in Stalingrad in 1928. Just an ordinary girl with talent for dancing. When the Nazi's attacked Stalingrad in 1942, her home was destroyed and her father died.

*Rescued from her burning home by a Russian soilder (named Ivan Petrovitch) who would become her foster father and one of her most trusted confidantes.

*Two years later, she was kidnapped by Baron Von Strucker (along with other talented young ballerinas) to bring to Madripoor, to be trained by The Hand as assassins. Fortunately she was rescued by Ivan, Captain America, and a man named James Howlett, who she would encounter several more times over the years.

*Despite this incident, Natasha managed a normal life for a few years, gaining some fame as a ballerina. She married a famous test pilot by the name of Alexi Shostakov. Her life was about to take a drastic turn, however.

*KGB agents had been observing the couple, and decided they would make excellent agents. They approached Alexi first, and persuaded him join... this included faking his death (during an experimental rocket test flight), and then becoming the Red Guardian (the Soviet version of Captain America). Forbidden to contact his wife, Natasha would grieve deeply. She decided to apply to join the KGB of her own accord, but found herself unable to make the grade. Somewhat randomly aided by the meddling Amora the Enchantress of Asgard, young Natasha was able to eventually impress her skeptical instructors. Devoting herself to intensive training with The Red Room Academy of the KGB, she would eventually become one of their best recruits, and was specially selected to receive a Russian variant of the Super-Soilder Serum (much like the one given to Captain America), and given the codename Black Widow.

*During the Cold War, Natalia gained a deadly reputation within the KGB and CIA. she was frequently employed to get close to men to gain all sorts of information and then in many cases killing the men after, as befitting her codename. Going on numerous missions for the Soviets, she would meet numerous spies. This also included an encounter with (and against) James Howlett, who referred to himself as Logan (from the Weapon-X memory-wipe). At the end of the Cold War, while still working for the Soviets, she began to have many doubts about her work.

*Sent on a mission to assassinate a Russian defector scientist who'd begun working with Stark Industries (Professor Anton Banko), Natasha first encountered Iron Man, who foiled her plot. In planning to face the emerging challenges of metahumans, Natasha seduced the young archer known as Hawkeye, who was perceived as a villain, and the two battled together against Iron Man and The Avengers. However, unlike anybody she'd previously seduced, she began to fall to in love with him. Combined with her mounting distrust of her employers, she decided to leave the organization. Russian intelligence attempted to recaptured her, but she eventually bought her freedom with threats of blackmail.

*While she worked with The Avengers for some time, she eventually broke away from the team (along with Hawkeye) when Nick Fury offered her a place with S.H.I.E.L.D. as an agent. Resettling in the United States, she arranged the new identity of Natasha Romanov. Now a freelance agent, she began a solo career, occassionally helping The Avengers. She would eventually be given full membership when aiding them in a battle against Magneto.

*Natasha began a romance with Daredevil, and they would work together as partners based in New York, and later moving to California. After the relationship ended, she formed a new superhero team called The Champions wherein she dated one of the members, Hercules. This group's awkward personality dynamics caused it to disband, and she returned to New York and worked with both S.H.I.E.L.D. (with Level 9 clearance) and The Avengers extensively.

*With The Avengers, Widow would confront a wide variety of villains, especially HYDRA. She eventually became a deputy leader of the team, and was even briefly the leader of The Avengers during a time when Captain American had resigned.


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Date Title Characters Summary
01/06/13 19:00 Natasha Returns Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Captain America After being away for two months, Natasha is welcomed back
06/17/12 21:30 Welcome to Our Parlor, Black Widow Ms. Marvel, American Dream, Black Widow American Dream comes in from patrol, and Black Widow returns to the Mansion, as Carol is going over intel reports on the MGH Investigation.
06/19/12 21:30 MGH Plot: Who Would Do Such a Thing Ms. Marvel, Black Widow, Vision Black Widow and Vision catch Carol up on what they've found so far on the MGH investigation.
06/21/12 Manhattan Under Siege Pt. 3 Spider-Man, Black Widow, Night Thrasher, Wolfsbane The Heroes are almost overrun by shadow creatures
06/24/2012 Thinking of then, Thinking of now Black Widow, The Vision The Vision and Black Widow speak about past teams and current affairs.
10/10/12 08:04 NEWS - Interview with the Avengers Now Magazine Spider-man Exclusive


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