|“||My name is... Madame Natasha... but you... can call me The Black Widow!||„|
|~ Black Widow.|
|“||How many more jobs... How long will it take... I don't know if I can do it... Even if I could forgive myself... This is what I am now. And you'll never know who I was before.||„|
|~ Black Widow.|
|“||I know what I am. And I think I'm done for the night. You have fun playing the hero. I'm still dead.||„|
|~ Black Widow's Red Room Clone to Captain America.|
Black Widow (real name "Natalia Alianovna "Natasha" Romanova") is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics Universe. She is a highly trained and former russian spy, who was originally an antagonist of Iron Man and other heroes. Eventually became a superheroine, defecting to the United States and became the partner of Captain America, Daredevil, Winter Soldier and Hawkeye. In addition, Black Widow became an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and later the superhero group, the Avengers.
The Black Widow was created by the late Stan Lee, the late Don Rico, and the late Don Heck, and first appeared in Tales of Suspense # 52 in 1964.
The character has been featured in several incarnations of her own various comic book series. Black Widow has been adapted for several animated TV shows, films and video games.
Black Widow was trained from a young age to be a Soviet spy and secret agent with no equal. She was, along with fellow future Avenger Hawkeye, an early antagonist of Iron Man due to the Soviets desiring his technology. Like Hawkeye however, Black Widow defected to the United States and since then has become a freelance agent who acts largely in their interests, though she has also long been associated with both the Avengers and the world-wide peace-keeping organization SHIELD.
Widow's past is one that she often struggles to remember in detail, and there is some evidence to suggest that it may in fact be a lie. This is supported by the fact that she has been shown to be not the only Black Widow but rather one of many. Another Black Widow, Yelena Belova, is a recurring enemy of Natasha.
Black Widow recently lost her memories of her associate, mentor, and lover Bucky Barnes, and has yet to get them back.
During Secret Empire where she attempt to kill a HYDRA influenced Captain America, with the help from one of the Champions members like Miles Morales (New Ultimate Universe's Spider-Man) and Amadeus Cho (Totally Awesome Hulk), she sacrifice her life saving Miles from Captain America while also preventing Ulysses Cain's vision of Spider-Man killing Steve Rogers from happening, with Cap's shield breaking her neck, killing her off. Despite this, Black Widow was cloned by the Red Room, and the clone retained her past memories of the original Natalia.
Powers and Abilities
The Black Widow is a world class athlete, gymnast, acrobat, aerialist capable of numerous complex maneuvers and feats, expert martial artist markswoman, and weapons specialist as well as having extensive espionage training. She is also an accomplished ballerina.
Widow's list of known fighting disciplines includes karate, judo, ninjutsu, aikido, savate, various styles of kung fu, and boxing, and she has had training from Winter Soldier and Wolverine in addition to the Soviets. This makes her a versatile fighter, though she is not without her limits; Diamondback has held her own against her and both Daredevil and Winter Soldier soundly defeated her. Nevertheless, she is a capable fighter, holding her own against fellow Black Widow Yelena Belova and defeating Clint Barton as Ronin.
The Black Widow uses a variety of equipment invented by Soviet scientists and technicians, with later improvements by S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists and technicians. She usually wears distinctively shaped bracelets which fire the Widow's Bite electro-static energy blasts that can deliver charges up to 30,000 volts, as well as "Widow's Line" grappling hooks, tear gas pellets, along with a new element introduced during her ongoing series during the "Kiss or Kill" arc called the "Widow's Kiss"; an aerosol instant knock-out gas she has modified.
She wears a belt of metallic discs, some with disc-charges containing plastic explosives, others have been shown to be compartments to house other equipment. Her costume consists of synthetic stretch fabric equipped with micro-suction cups on fingers and feet, enabling her to adhere to walls and ceilings. In the 2006 "Homecoming" mini-series, she was seen using knives, unarmed combat, and various firearms, but she has since begun using her bracelets again.
While in disguise as Yelena Bolova when infiltrating the then Osborn-sanctioned Thunderbolts during "Dark Reign" she used a specialed multi-lense goggle/head-carapace that demonstrated various technical abilities enhancing vision and communication. Later, she has used a modified gun based on her Widow's Bite wrist cartridge, during her adventures alongside the new Captain America.
Natasha has received the Red Room's variant of the Super-Soldier Serum. As a result, her physical and mental abilities had been enhanced slightly beyond human limits. Due to this serum, the white blood cells in her body are efficient enough to fight off any microbe, foreign body, and others from her body, keeping her healthy and immune to most, if not all infections, diseases, and disorders. Also, it takes quite a bit for Natasha to become intoxicated.
The Black Widow has been enhanced by biotechnology that makes her body resistant to aging and disease and heals at an above human rate; as well as psychological conditioning that suppresses her memory of true events as opposed to implanted ones of the past without the aid of specially designed system suppressant drugs, attempts to do so result in extreme biological reactions, indicated as vomiting and black-outs. Soviet experimentation has rendered her body infertile.
Her agility is greater than that of an Olympic gold medalist. She can coordinate her body with balance, flexibility, and dexterity easily. Natasha's reaction time is similarly enhanced and functions with the peak of human efficiency and capability, bordering on the superhuman level. It is possible for Natasha to dodge a bullet even at point-blank range.
Natasha has a gifted intellect. She displays an uncanny affinity for psychological manipulation and can mask her real emotions perfectly. Like Steve Rogers, she possesses the ability to quickly process multiple information streams (e.g., threat assessment) and rapidly responds to changing tactical situations.
Natasha is an expert tactician. She is a very effective strategist, tactician, and field commander. She has led the Avengers and even S.H.I.E.L.D. on one occasion.
Within 2010's Black Widow: Deadly Origin miniseries, another level to the Biotechnology is that Natasha has been subjected to wear "nanites", designed to be passed from her body with even the slightest touch. These nanites were a part of something called the "Icepick Protocol" and when activated could incite someone to homicidal rage. A counter form of these was also introduced to her body so as she could neutralize the activated nanites in another.
- Ranked 42nd in "The Top 50 Avengers".
- Ranked 74th on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes in 2011.
- Ranked 176th greatest comic book character in Wizard magazine.
- Ranked 31st on Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.
- She is classified as a power level seven by Nick Fury, and a Level 10 S.H.I.E.L.D. operative.
- Despite her death in the Secret Empire, she returned by having a Red Room clone that holds her past memories.
- Black Widow (Marvel Cinematic Universe) - Movie version of her.
- Black Widow (Anime) - Anime version of her.
- Black Widow (The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes)
- Black Widow (2010 Marvel Animated Universe)
- Black Widow (Marvel) - Her dark side in Villains Wiki.
- Black Widow (Ultimate Marvel) - Dark version of her in Villains Wiki.