Natalia was born in Stalingrad, Russian SFSR, USSR. Her father was a Russian spy and a assassin. She reportedly began training towards the life of an assassin by her father when she was just a child. After her father passed away, she began to follow her dad's footsteps and became an assassin for the soviet army. she became ruthless effectiveness in later years and earned her the codename, "Black Widow."
During the Cold war, Natalia was an assassin for the Soviet terrorist group, lead by MalikThe Soviet Red Skull. This life underwent a dramatic change when she was targeted for assassination herself, and the agent sent to kill her was the similarly gifted soldier, Clinton Barton. Instead of killing her, Barton spared her life and the pair helped the U.S.Army take down Malik and developed a lasting partnership from that moment on. Following Barton a few years later,the Black Widow was drawn into a new life as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Her past, however, would remain a touchy subject for her, and Widow tried to start a new life going by the name "Natasha Romanoff."
Invasion of the Skrulls
The Widow seems to have genetic or cybernetic enhancements that allow her to coordinate herself in combat far better than the average human, being able, for instance, to leap across the gap between two high-rises. She was originally part of the Avengers' covert operations ("black ops") team, but later was chosen to be the member of the Avengers when a hostile alien race known as the The Skrulls thretened to take over Earth. When the Skrulls revealed themselves and moved to attack New York and other parts of the world, Romanoff found herself again battling in close quarters, this time against aliens bent on world domination. The martial arts skills and small arms of the Black Widow were ideal for battling the Skrulls in the streets, and when her own weaponry was spent, she made good use of Skrull armaments turned on their previous owners. Natasha and the team later learned from the Skrull captured by the others that they would use a weapon that would kill all meta-humans. Her teammate Iron Man asked Thor to help him dispose of the Skrull bomb so Thor teleported it to the skrull mothership from above and detonates it. Where its detonation caused only a small ripple and the destruction of their core ship deactivated the cybernetic Skrulls. When the battle was over, Romanoff gathered with the others to see off their captive Talos. The threat had been neutralized and for a time the world would have little need of its protectors. The others went their separate ways, while Romanoff and Barton returned to S.H.I.E.L.D.
Black Widow became a frequent comrade-in-arms of Captain America when they were assigned on missions together. They became the co-leaders of the counter-terrorist team The Invaders. After the Pakistani-an President was murdered, Black Widow and the Invaders team were assigned to Pakistan help Captain America retrieve stollen Pakistani nuclear warheads before any go missing. When director Nick Fury was gunned down and captured by an assassin, Black Widow and Captain America went to retrieve Fury from his captives and brings him to in a rundown gym in Brooklyn New York and set up base of operations. Based on Steve's description of the assassin, Fury identified the killer as the Winter Soldier and that Hydra were the ones behind his kidnapping. Widow and her team were later branded fugitives after the president of the United States accused them for stealing the nuclear warheads.
Natasha deduces that someone could be impersonating the President. So Fury leads them to one of his secret safe houses who provides them with weapons and helps them infiltrate a fundraising event in Washington D.C. that the President will be attending, where Natasha Romanoff steals a sample of his DNA and confirms that he Dmitri Smerdyakov, a Hydra agent disguised as the president while the real president could be held up in a Hydra base somewhere. They escape before they were caught. The following night, Natasha, Steve, Sam Wilson and John Walker encountered a roadblock and were attacked by Crossbones SHIELD/HYDRA Agents and a red headed woman known as Sin, HYDRA's dangerous assassin and the trio were met with a hail of gunfire at the highway. However the four heroes were easily captured by S.H.I.E.L.D., but while being transported under guard they were rescued by a disguised life model decoy of Nick Fury and bring them to a hideout. Sin was also in the van with them and was taken into custody by the heroes where it was revealed in their interrogations that Sin was actually Sinthea Schmidt, and that the Red Skull is her father. After a short investigation, the team found out that Red Skull and HYDRA planned to use Protocol Genesis to bring about HYDRA's new world order. It involved seven SHIELD Hellicarriers armed with a weapon that could drop a Tungsten rod with a force equivalent to a nuclear bomb. It would launch them on different targets across the world, including United States. Sin also reveled that Baron Von Strucker and Hydra recovered a hidden cache of high tech Soviet era weapons gleamed from an alien artifact and The Winter Soldier just so happened to be one of them. Sin was forced to give them a flashdrive where they discover the location of Strucker and the weapons in Kaliningrad. Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson went to go recover the weapons from Strucker while Black Widow, Maria Hill, John Walker and Clint Barton goes to Washington D.C. to stop Hydra from detonating the Tungsten rods. They succeeded and the real President is put back into power. Natasha later appeared before the ceremony in Washington D.C. where she and alongside Cap and her team were honored as heroes. Later, Natasha met up with Steve and gave him a dossier on Bucky and the Winter Soldier program. He, Natasha and Sam then decided to try to track Bucky down and end Hydra's reign of terror for good.
After the events of Red Winter transpired, the Avengers reassembled and had been serving the United States government as part of its "police" force in the War on Terror, thus alienating the entire international community and controlling natural resources from Third World countries.
Talo's Staff which had been part of the conflict during the Skrull Invasion, fell into the hands of Hydra's Baron Strucker, and Romanoff soon rejoined her Avengers teammates in trying to recover it. Their mission took them to Strucker's Hydra research base where the alien device had been used in experiments to create enhanced soldiers. Romanoff herself helped fight a multitude of Hydra soldiers outside the base while Iron Man and Ant-Man penetrated the old castle and recovered the Staff.
Black Widow was later revealed to be a traitor, responsible for framing Thor and Captain America, and aiding the Thunderguard in their invasion of America. When Iron Man captured her, and brings her back to S.H.I.E.L.D. she revealed that she was blackmailed by her ex-husband Nikolai Krylenko, a member of the Thunderguard known as R ed Guardian. When asked what were the're motives,she tells them that the Avengers actions in alienating Third countries and the aftermath of Project Genesis ultimately led to several nations secretly forming their own superhuman team known as the Thunderguard. A team formed to cripple the country that crippled and turned Mother Russia into a bankrupt nation.
Immediately afterword, the Thunderguard quickly damaged the Triskelion and captured the Avengers and almost all of America's superheroes. However, the team bounced back and Natasha regained their trust helped counterattack the Thunderguard and stopped Thor's evil half-brother known as Loki the god of mischief, the one who orchestrated the entire event just so he could prove himself as the god of mischief and to prove his brother Thor that he was better then him.
Having experienced that working with the U.S. government and its resulted upbringing, The Avengers decided to leave S.H.I.E.L.D., and continued to work as a independent superhero team instead. Natasha on the other hand decided that she's is no longer a member of the Avengers and became an ally for when they need her, though she also didn't agree with The Avenger's "No-Killing" rule.
Powers and Abilities
Natasha Romanoff is a high level trained combatant and S.H.I.E.L.D. operative. She is fluent in multiple languages including Russian, Italian, and Latin. She also possesses high level computer training and psychologist training. She is deceptively strong, though not superhuman. The Black Widow is a master martial artist, an expert marksman, a natural actress, an infamous seductress, and a gifted veteran spy.
- Master Martial Artist: Natasha is an expert in the field of multiple martial arts. Using a series of non-lethal weapons she was able to take down nearly a dozen of Armed Hydra Grunts with ease, and without being hit at all. She is proficient in karate, judo, aikido, ninjutsu, savate, muay thai, boxing, and multiple styles of kung fu.
- Master Acrobat: She is an Olympic class athlete, gymsast, acrobat and aerialist capable of many difficult feats.
- Master Marksman: Natasha is a very accurate marksman skilled in sharpshooting and knife throwing.
- Multilingual: She is fluent in Latin, Russian, English, French, German, Italian, and various other languages.
- Expert Tactician: She is a very effective strategist, tactician, and field commander.
- Talented Hacker: Natasha can hack into any computer systems without tripping any firewalls or security with ease.
- Talented Seductress: She is an expert in the field of seduction. Natasha 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: Natasha is a dangerous secret agent trained in espionage, stealth, disguise, infiltration, and demolitions. Her talents and years of experience have enabled her to reach a high ranking as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Weapon Adaption: While she usually excels in pistols, Machine Guns and her martial arts skills, she can adapt to using weaponry she is not used to.
Black Widow has the strength level of a woman her size and weight that engages in intense regular exercise.
- Combat Suit: The combat suit is been augmented to be highly resistant to damage even small arms fire and high temperatures.
Transportation: Natasha uses her Widow's Line, a grappling hook with a retractable line, to swing along rooftops for increased mobility. Assorted S.H.I.E.L.D. aircrafts and jetpacks
- Black Widow's Gauntlets: These Gantlets includes Retractable grappling hook and cable connected to the gauntlets, Radio Transmitter,and a electrostatic charge that also act as percussive energy blasts, that it effects can be felt for at least a month. It can deliver charges up to 30,000 volts. it can be be set to deliver minor shocks that causes stunning or high voltage currents that can be lethal.
- Explosives: Widow carry's grenades and other types of explosives that can damage an opponent
- Tear gas grenades: She also carry's Tear Gas grenades that can cause blindness when released. It can also cause the opponent to be knocked unconscious.
- 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.
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- Her Real name is Natalia Romanoff.
- It is yet to be unknown how her dad died.
- Natasha and Clint Barton were the only agents in S.H.I.E.L.D. history to not need an extraction team when they went on missions,
- Appearances of Natasha Romanoff (Earth-981)
- Character Gallery: Natasha Romanoff (Earth-981)
- Quotations by Natasha Romanoff (Earth-981)
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