Marvel Cinematic Database
Marvel Cinematic Database

Natalia Alianovna "Natasha" Romanoff, also known as the Black Widow, was a former Russian agent and later an agent working for S.H.I.E.L.D. with her partner Clint Barton, which resulted in her becoming a part of the Avengers.


Early life[]

Red Room Training[]

Natasha Romanoff was born in 1984 in Stalingrad, Russia. At a young age, Romanoff was recruited by the KGB and sent to train in the Red Room. At the Red Room, she endured both an education and indoctrination into the world of spy-craft. Romanoff excelled in this environment and soon became regarded as a master spy and one of the world's greatest assassins. She excelled in her marksman skills, which resulted in her being forced to execute an innocent man, which would later haunt her.

Her ruthless effectiveness in later years earned her the name Black Widow, deriving from the Red Room training  program she went through. As a final ceremony to complete her training, Romanoff was sterilized so as to avoid any distractions and focus solely on her missions, something she deeply regretted later in her life.

On S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Radar[]

Due to both her expertise and her growing threat to global security, Romanoff quickly appeared on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s radar, prompting Nick Fury to send Clint Barton to eliminate her. Barton disobeyed this order, recognizing her skill, and recommended her for recruitment for S.H.I.E.L.D. At the behest of Fury, Romanoff later defected from the Red Room and KGB to joined the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D.

From that moment on, she developed a lasting partnership with Barton, becoming best friends with him. Together, they had tactical missions within Budapest, and many other locations. The pair became so close that Romanoff was the only other person Barton told about his family. She became a close family friend to Clint and his wife, Laura, and had an adopted an aunt-like relationship with their children, Cooper and Lila. The pair even named their third child, Nathaniel, after Romanoff.

Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.[]

The Winter Soldier[]

In 2009, when she was assigned to protect a nuclear scientist, she was attacked by the Winter Soldier, who was sent to kill the scientist. Though she and the scientist were pushed over a cliff, Romanoff managed to save both herself and the man she was protecting. Seeing this, the Winter Soldier fired a single round through Romanoff's stomach and into the scientist, effectively killing him.

After this encounter, Romanoff would go on to attempt to track down the Winter Soldier for an unspecified amount of time, but was forced to give up after accepting that he was more elusive than any other enemy she had encountered.

Natalie Rushman - Iron Man 2[]

Romanoff went undercover while working for S.H.I.E.L.D. to see if Tony Stark would make a good member of the Avengers. She worked for Nick Fury and went by the name Natalia Rushman. She is fluent in many languages including Russian. She helped Stark find a way to live despite the metal in his body and decided he shouldn’t be part of the Avengers. She also helped him fight of many enemies.

(Avengers: Age of Ultron)