Natasha Romanoff is a female comic superhero who features in Marvel Comics.
Natalia Alianovna Romanova (Russian: Наталья Альяновна "Наташа" Романова; alias: Natasha Romanoff; Russian: Наташа Романофф)
In 1941, she was abducted by Baron Strucker in Madripoor during a time when Hydra was attempting to form an alliance with the Hand. Natasha had been taken so that she could be given to the Hand as they intended to make her into one of their master assassins. Ivan sought to rescue her where he came to be aided by a fledgling Captain America and a man named Logan who were able to save Natasha with her being taken to a getaway plane to escape from her pursuers. (Uncanny X-Men v1 #268)
Whilst undergoing training, she was actually failing the brutal sessions and was gradually demoted to the point that her supervisors considered her an expendable trainer for the higher ranking subjects. As a result, Natasha had the real potential of dying within the Red Room. This was until she was visited by the Enchantress who was bored with the Asgardian immortal deciding to entertain herself by intervening in Natasha’s life. She cast a spell that gave Natasha perfect skills that she would gain once fully trained and bade her to try to escape past the fence whereupon she would teleport her to safety. Natasha agreed and escaped her cell where she managed to beat the guards but as she approached the fence she was betrayed by the Enchantress who took away her power. The Enchantress stated that this was her lesson to her that beauty lies and Natasha was taken back into the Red Room where her superiors became impressed at her attempted escape leading to her being upgraded to a higher level as well as deemed a recruit with great potential. (Black Widow and the Marvel Girls v1 #1)
One of her noted trainers was Alexi Bruskin who went by the name of the Commissar as he came to value her as a student and as a friend. (Champions v1 #8)
Personality and attributes
Her old friend and trainer Alexi Bruskin used to refer to her as Black Pearl. (Champions v1 #7)
She came to call her teacher Alexi Bruskin as a close friend with him once being a Russian KGB chief. (Champions v1 #8)
Powers and abilities
- The Natasha Romanoff Black Widow was created by Stan Lee, Don Rico and Don Heck where she made her first appearance in Tales of Suspense v1 #52 (April, 1964).
In other media
- In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Black Widow appeared in the animated television series where she was voiced by actor Vanessa Marshall.
- In Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Black Widow appeared in the animated television series where she was voiced by actor Ashleigh Ball
- In Avengers Assemble, Black Widow appeared in the animated television series where she was voiced by actor Laura Bailey.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, Black Widow appeared in the animated television series where she was voiced again by actor Laura Bailey.
- In Spider-Man, Black Widow appeared in the animated television series starting from the episode "Spider-Island Part 2" where she was voiced once more by actor Laura Bailey.
- In Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, the Natasha Romanoff Black Widow appeared in the anime film where she was voiced by actor Jennifer Carpenter.
- In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, the Natasha Romanoff Black Widow appeared as a character in the video game where she was voiced by actor Nika Futterman.
- In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, the Natasha Romanoff Black Widow appeared as a character in the video game where she was voiced once again by actor Nika Futterman.
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