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Black Widow

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Natalia Romanova
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Natasha Romanoff, Natalie Roman, Nat


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Base Of Operations
Triskelion, New York

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First appearance

Astonishing Avengers #1


History


Early Life

Little is known of her early life, S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps her file very secure, all that is known that she was born in the slums of Latveria. There have also been rumors she is related to the Von Doome family.

The Red Room

Another account establishes her as being raised from very early childhood by Latveria's "Black Widow Ops" program, she was apparently raised alongside 28 other female orphans, where she is trained in combat and espionage at the covert "Red Room" facility, there, she is bio-technologically and psycho-technologically enhanced. .

LSF

Natalia was then drafted into the Latverian Special Forces (LSF) as an assassin, Natalia spent five years performing hits and earned the name 'Black Widow'. Due to both her expertise and her growing threat to global security, Romanova quickly appeared on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s radar, prompting Director Nick Fury sent his most elite S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to eliminate her, she managed to kill all of them but one, the last agent managed to subdue her.

Instead of killing her, he saw the potential and decided recommended S.H.I.E.L.D. recruit her, feeling gratified that she was given a second chance, Natalia defected from Latveria and joined the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D. and eventually rose up to Fury's very own second in command.

The Avengers Initiative

After the Mole Man Invasion and the Fantastic Four's reveal to the world and the ever growing population and potential threats of mutants and enhanced. Nick Fury used this as an opportunity to try and get his Team of enhanced off the ground, the U.S government approved of this and so Nick Fury created his team.

Nick Fury created a dossier of all of his candidates to join the team, Fury sent Natalia to recruit them. Those individuals were; Tony Stark, Dr. Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne, Dr. Bruce Banner and Thor.

Discovering Captain America

After being recruited, Fury sent the team on their first mission, there had been disturbances in the Atlantic and were sent to investigate with Black Widow leading the team.

Being the wild card of the team, Bruce agreed to only transform into the Hulk when absolutely necessary. The Team went to the Atlantic and discovered that an Atlantean named Namor and other Atlanteans had been attacking human archaeologists, the Team battled Namor which led to Bruce having to transform into the Hulk and help out which led to the Hulk smashing a landscape of ice and leading Namor to flee. After Hulk smashed the ice, the Team ended up discovering a frozen Captain America, Iron Man alerted Nick Fury and he immediately told them to bring him back to America in the Quinjet.

Fury would later inform her that Captain America will be leading the team.

Attack of the Avengers

After a few months of black ops missions the team had grown comfortable with each other. Hank had came up with the idea of creating an A.I that could alert S.H.I.E.L.D. of incoming and potential alien threats, he asked Tony and Bruce if they wanted to help him in creating this A.I. to which they agreed and named the A.I. Ultron.

Ultron became sentient and began questioning his existence and purpose. Ultron began researching Earth’s history through the internet where he came to conclusion that humanity was a destructive species that caused more harm than good and needed to be destroyed. Ultron then caused a massive black out at the Triskelion and hijacked Tony Stark’s inactive Iron Man armour and began attacking S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, being the only one on duty Captain America engaged in a fight with Ultron. While battling him, Ultron explained to Captain America about his plans for humanity and as Cap used his shield to knock off the Iron Man helmet, Ultron uni-beams Captain America and flies away.

Fury then called in the rest of the Avengers and briefs them on what happened, Steve explains that the attacker called itself “Ultron” and must have hacked into the Iron Man armor and that Ultron believed that humanity needed to be extinct. Realizing the Ultron had become sentient, Pym, Stark and Banner come clean that they were the ones who created Ultron as an A.I. that could monitor potential alien activity. Fury, even more infuriated, orders the team to locate Ultron immediately.

With his armour now gone, Tony Stark called in a new and improved armor that he had been building for awhile now. A week later, using his tech skills Tony also managed to locate Ultron in Latveria. The Team then took the Quinjet and travelled to Ultron’s hideout in Latveria. Ultron was aware that they were coming and was waiting for them, the Team attempted to negotiate with Ultron to which he wasn’t complying and ordered his Ultronbots to attack the Team while he attempted to escape although Iron Man and Thor followed him and then engaged in battle with him in the sky, Ultron held his own and managed to hack into Iron Man’s armor and shut it off and caused him to fall through the sky, Thor chased after Iron Man to save him while Ultron escaped.

Iron Man and Thor return to Ultron’s hideout to see that the rest of the Team had defeated the Ultronbots, Ant-Man then stated that Ultron’s plan was to eradicate humanity so they need to find out exactly how he plans on doing that, Iron Man hacks into Ultron’s mainframe and discovers that he plans on detonating a prototype bomb compromised of Kree technology over Manhattan, Captain America then realises while Ultron had them distracted he must have smuggled the bomb while they were battling the Ultronbots. The Team informed Fury to evacuate Manhattan and that they will be heading there now.

Upon arriving in Manhattan, the Team were relieved to see that the city was being evacuated. Steve then ordered Black Widow to help evacuate the civilians, Thor and Iron Man to locate the bomb, Ant-Man, Wasp and himself to be the ground team and combat the Ultronbots and Hulk to trade hands with Ultron, the Team then preceded to get to work. Hulk follows Iron Man and Thor hoping to let off some rage on Ultron, Thor then sees that the bomb had been placed in the middle of Times Square and Ultron was uploading the code, Hulk lands and immediately begins attack and distracting Ultron while Iron Man begins to deactivate the bomb, Iron Man struggles to do this as Ultron had encrypted it heavily, Thor joined Hulk in battling Ultron. With the time until detonation decreasing faster each time Iron Man fails to decrypt it, Iron Man tells the Team that he believes he won’t be able to stop the team in time, Cap then asks if Black Widow had finished evacuating the civilians yet to which she informs him she hasn’t, Cap then tells Iron Man that he has to stop this bomb, Hulk having an understanding of this stops fighting Ultron and leaps to the bomb, grabs it and tears it from the ground as it had been drilled into it takes a massive leap into Earth’s orbit and throws the bomb into space, it detonates and bombards Hulk with Kree energy causing him to transform back into Banner, Iron Man notices this and flies up to catch Banner before he falls to the ground. Thor, over comm asks for assistance against Ultron, the Team then all begin to attack Ultron, Ultron now badly damaged, Thor then uses Mjolnir and redirects lightning at Ultron and destroys his body, Iron Man the uploads a virus he created to destroy Ultron’s digital mind. Before Ultron is deleted his last words state “This isn’t over...he...is...coming...”.

A few days later the Daily Bugle dubbed them the Avengers.

Arrival of Galactus

During a post-mission briefing, Nick Fury is suddenly contacted by the Fantastic Four and the X-Men and tell him of an incoming alien that threatens the safety of the world, Nick Fury asks for a source to which the Fantastic Four says a man who serves Galactus told them and the X-Men say that a man from the future has warned them.

When Galactus arrives, Fury sends Natalia and the other Avengers with the help of the Fantastic Four and X-Men into the field to distract Galactus while Tony Stark, Hank Pym and Reed Richards work on a way to stop him once and for all. Hulk, Thor and the Thing are the heaviest hitters and causing the most damage to Galactus until he blasts them with cosmic energy causing Hulk to revert into Banner and Thor and the Thing to be knocked unconscious. Without their heavy hitters the three teams are decimated by Galactus' powers. As Galactus is about to kill the three teams, the Invisible Woman protects them with a psionic shield bubble. Silver Surfer and Cable arrive to help, Cable is quickly knocked out but Silver Surfer gives Galactus a run for his money, realising he can't defeat Galactus alone, Silver Surfer retreats and uses an untapped power the allows him to teleport himself, the other superheroes (including Spider-Man and Daredevil) back to the Triskelion.

Silver Surfer warns Nick Fury that Galactus sees them as a threat now and will be coming for them. Stark, Pym and Richards notify Black Widow and the other heroes that they have discovered a dimension called the Negative Zone that has no life in it and if they could create a wormhole and find a way to push him inside of it, they can defeat him. Quicksilver then notifies them that if they know how to build it and tell him how to build it, he'll use his superspeed to get it built fast, Stark, Pym, Richards and Banner then begin brain storming on how to create a device that can create wormholes.

Suddenly, Galactus arrives and attacks the Triskelion. Black Widow and the heroes begin battling Galactus to hold him off while the brains attempt to blueprint a wormhole device. After a long battle the heroes are defeated by Galactus but luckily the brains have come up with a way of creating a portal device, they wake up Quicksilver to build the mission, although Quicksilver will need a distraction, Banner transforms into the Hulk in a berserker rage and begins pounding Galactus. From looking at the blueprints, Quicksilver builds the device and activates it creating a wormhole. Hulk with a limited understanding keeps on punching Galactus in the direction of the wormhole and attempts to push him into it, as Galactus falls into the wormhole he grabs the Hulk and with no way to escape his fate seems to be sealed.

Until Silver Surfer zooms in and tackles Galactus into the wormhole going inside with him. Quicksilver quickly shuts down the device closing the wormhole forever, after successfully averting the dystopian future Cable hails from, he begins fading from existence. As he is fading, Cable thanks Daredevil, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iceman and Quicksilver for being a family to him when no one else would in the future and he tells Cyclops and Marvel Girl that he loves them and hopes to see them again soon.

The next day, Black Widow would help Fury rebuild the Triskelion.

Aftermath

A few months after the Galactus incident while the other Avengers were still on their leave of absence, Widow and Captain America were assigned on a mission to Bucharest to intercept some suspicious activity.

Upon arriving and some investigating Widow and Cap learn that the suspicious activity had something to do with Hydra and that they were transporting a mysterious cube-like object. The two would intercept the transfer and take out all the Hydra agents until another a long haired man with a metal arm stepped from the shadows. He would then proceed to attack Widow and Cap, the long haired man would knock Widow unconscious and focus all of his efforts on Cap. Cap would gain the upper hand and knock his mask off to reveal his best friend Bucky, who he thought dead.

When calling out his name, Bucky would only respond with "Who the hell is Bucky?" before attacking him once more, this revelation would leave Cap confused and unfocused which allowed Bucky to defeat Cap and escape with the cube. Still shocked, the only words Cap could muster were "Bucky's still alive."


Powers and Abilities

Powers

Peak Human Strength: Her physical strength is at the peak level of natural physical limits of a woman of her height, weight and build. She is capable of lifting up to 500 lbs.

Peak Human Speed: Her speed is also enhanced to the peak of human capability. Natalia is as fast as a human can be.

Peak Human Agility: Natalia's natural agility is at the level of an Olympic gold medalist. She can easily coordinate her body with balance, flexibility, and dexterity.

Peak Human Reflexes: Her reflexes are at the peak of human ability.

Peak Human Senses: Her five senses are enhanced and function at the peak of human perfection.

Peak Mental Resistance: Natalia is extraordinarily capable at withstanding torture. She is often required to go undercover for S.H.I.E.L.D. and has been extensively trained to endure long-term inhumane interrogation methods.

Peak Human Immune System: While she is susceptible to disease, the Black Widow has been enhanced by biotechnology that makes her body resistant to disease and heals at an above human rate.

Abilities

Master Martial Artist: Natalia is an expert in many fields of martial arts. These include sambo, boxing, karate, judo, aikido, ninjutsu, savate, muay thai and multiple styles of kung fu.

Expert Acrobat: She is an Olympic class athlete, gymnast, acrobat and aerialist capable of numerous complex maneuvers and feats.

Expert Marksman: Natalia is an extremely accurate marksman skilled in sharpshooting and knife throwing.

Multilingual: She is fluent in Latverian, Russian, English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, and various other languages.

Gifted Intellect: She possesses the ability to quickly process multiple information streams (e.g., threat assessment) and rapidly respond to changing tactical situations.

Graceful Dancer: Natalia is a profound ballet dancer.

Expert Tactician: She is a very effective strategist, tactician, and field commander. She has lead the Avengers on one occasion.

Talented Hacker: Natalia can hack into all computer systems without tripping any firewalls or security with ease.

Master Seductress: She is an expert in the field of seduction. Natalia has been infamously known to bend many different men to her will and sometimes even get them to do her bidding for her. She sometimes continues deceiving certain men through means of acting if she still has a further use for them.

Expert Spy: Natalia is a dangerous secret agent trained in espionage, stealth, disguise, infiltration, and demolitions. She displays an uncanny affinity for psychological manipulation and can mask her real emotions perfectly. She is capable of killing in cold blood when the need arises. Her talents and years of experience have enabled her to reach a high ranking as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Strength level

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Weaknesses

None known.


Paraphernalia

Equipment: Costume Specifications: Synthetic stretch fabric which has been augmented to be highly resistant to damage even small arms fire and high temperatures. Microscopic suction cups on her costume allow her to scale walls and cling to ceilings, just as her namesake.
Transportation: Natasha uses her Widow's Line, a grappling hook with a retractable line, to swing along rooftops for increased mobility. Avenger's Quinjets.
Weapons: Personal Weaponry: The Black Widow's Gauntlets are wrist cartridges containing various tools of the spy trade: tear-gas pellets, a radio transmitter and spring-loaded cable.

Special Weaponry: Various automatic weapons and firearms, combat knives and explosives as needed. She also uses a device often referred to as the Widow's Bite that is capable of emitting highly potent electric shocks with a maximum of about 30,000 volts.

Source of Paraphernalia: Formerly Soviet Union, S.H.I.E.L.D., Avengers.


Notes

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Trivia

  • Black Widow was born in 1987
  • Black Widow was temporarily the leader of the Avengers.
  • Unlike her other counterparts, Black Widow wasn't born in Russia nor is she Russian. In this continuity, Black Widow is Latverian.



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