It’s Black Widow release day, so it’s time to give Natasha a time to shine!
Name: Natasha Romanoff
Superhero Name: Black Widow
Created By: Stan Lee, Don Rico and Don Heck
Played By: Scarlett Johansson
Powers: Decelerated aging, enhanced healing, immunity to nearly all infections, diseases and illnesses, master martial artist, skilled spy, high intellect, expert marksman.
Mini Bio: Natasha was raised by a man called Ivan Petrovich, who took her to a place called Department X, where she was brainwashed and trained in espionage in the Red Room. There, she was experimented on, which led to her slow aging and enhanced healing. During her time there, she also met and trained with the Winter Soldier, the two fell in love and had a short romance, and to this day still share a tight bond.
To ensure loyalty, Natasha, along with every other Black Widow, was given false memories to ensure loyalty. So, while she believes she was a trained ballerina and met her husband Alexei all on her own, neither were actually true.
Years later, Natasha met Hawkeye, who was a criminal at the time. The two tried to battle Iron Man, and they nearly succeeded, until Natasha was injured. When Hawkeye dragged her to safety, Natasha started to fall in love with him, and starting considering defecting from Russia. When the Red Room heard about this, they attempted to gun her down, leaving Natasha and Clint seeking refuge with the Avengers, which was reluctantly granted.
Since then, Natasha has worked with the Avengers and the Champions, joined S.H.I.E.L.D., and had romantic relationships with the Winter Soldier, Daredevil and Hawkeye. She’s saved the world from multiple threats, supported the Superhuman Registration Act, and has helped people like Yelena and Bucky recover from their own experiences with the Red Room and Hydra.
First Comic Appearance: Tales Of Suspense, issue 52 (April 1964)
Most Common Team Ups: Avengers, Champions, Heroes For Hire, Secret Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D.
Comic Recommendations: Marvel Knights: Black Widow (1999), Black Widow: S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Most Wanted (2016) and Black Widow: No Restraints Play (2019)
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