Real Name: Natasha (Natalia) Romanov
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #52 (April, 1964)
Powers: Martial Artist, Gymnast, Spy, Contains Wrist Cartridges that fire energy blasts know as Widow’s Bite, Healing Factor, a boost to the Immune System and an Unnaturally Long Life.
Affiliation: Avengers, Secret Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D., Heroes for Hire, Lady Liberators
Enemies: KGB, Yelena Belova, Most Avenger Enemies,
Did You Know: Natasha Romanov was not the first Marvel Character known as the Black Widow. This was actually a character called Claire Voyant.
Her new (and most recognized) costume debuted in Amazing Spiderman #86 (July, 1970).
A Little History
Natasha Romanov was born in 1928 (yes, another happy customer of Rodan and Fields). She would be, like so many before her in comics, orphaned as a child and taken in by another. In her case, it was a Russian named Ivan Petrovich.
Noticing her natural abilities, he sent her to the KGB to be trained in the Black Widow program. Within the program, she would be granted powers that we all want, unlike Wasp’s, whose we don’t want: Healing Factor, a boost to the Immune System and an unnaturally long life.
Ever wonder why?
Well, wonder no more.
As a by-product of the Red Room (the place where she was trained), the Russians made it so that no women in the program could have children. They saw it as a weakness and prevented it.
Noticing the power the women of the Red Room contained, the Russians created a pheromone that would act as a lock and key. Whoever wore the pheromone, would be safe and not end up attacked by these women.
Once Natasha graduated the program, she would reunite (and it felt so good) with her surrogate father, Ivan. This time, however, it would be more Freudian style…he would be her handler…
While on hiatus from the Red Room, she would marry a guy that would go on to become the Red Guardian (the Russian version of Captain America). He would die/disappear (which, as you will see, becomes a trend with the men of the Black Widow).
After his death, she naturally did what anyone would do…she got back into the game.
Her new target?
Hawkeye and Black Widow had a thing going and he convinced her to defect from the KGB.
This, of course, angered the KGB and they sent an assassin to kill her.
Now, I don’t know about you, but when I send an assassin to do a job, I expect it to be done.
The KGB operates just a little differently.
The loser that was sent in didn’t kill her, he only wounded her.
While on the mend, the KGB took her back in and brought her to the Red Room. Once again, she would be brainwashed and sent out to do work for them.
Wonder how she ended up there?
If you have read my post on Nick Fury, you will know what kind of guy he is.
- Orphaned as a child
- Taken in by Ivan Petrovich
- Trained in the Red Room
- Best Assassin on the planet
- Married Red Guardian
- Involved with Winter Soldier
- Involved with Hawkeye
- Turned good, bad and good again.
- Has longevity, enhanced immune system, and quick healing.