The New Avengers
REAL NAME: Natalia “Natasha” Alianovna Romanova
("Natasha" is the informal version of the name "Natalia," and is used by her
close associates. Sometimes she has chosen to Anglicize her last name as
"Romanoff." She has dropped her married name of "Shostakova.")
KNOWN ALIASES: Natasha Romanoff, Nancy Rushman, Laura Matthers, Oktober, Tsarina, Natalia Shostakova
IDENTITY: Publicly known
OCCUPATION: Adventurer, intelligence agent, former ballerina
CITIZENSHIP: Former citizen of the U.S.S.R. who defected to the United States; she now lives in the United States under an extended visa authorized by S.H.I.E.L.D.; she has a criminal record in the United States for her espionage activities for other nations, but was granted amnesty through S.H.I.E.L.D.'s intervention.
PLACE OF BIRTH: Stalingrad, former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics now Volgograd, Russia
MARITAL STATUS: Widowed
KNOWN RELATIVES: Unnamed parents (presumed deceased), Alexi Shostakov (alias Red Guardian I, husband, deceased), Vindiktor (alleged brother, deceased)
GROUP AFFILIATION: Avengers, former member of the “Marvel Knights”, Queen’s Vengeance, Champions of Los Angeles, Lady Liberators, and K.G.B., former partner of Daredevil frequent freelance agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
BASE OF OPERATION: Mobile, but maintains a home in New York City
EDUCATION: College graduate
FRIST APPEARANCE: Tales of Suspense Vol. 1 #52 (1964)
HEIGHT: 5 ft. 7 in.
WEIGHT: 131 lbs.
HAIR: Red-auburn (formerly died black)
STRENGTH LEVEL: The Black Widow possesses the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise.
SUPERHUMAN POWERS: The Black Widow has received a variant of
the Super-Soldier Serum which enabled her to remain in peak physical condition
for the past several decades, as well as slowing her aging process to some
ABILITIES: The Black Widow is an Olympic class athlete
WEAPONRY: Bracelets that contain both the “widow’s line” which fires her cable, and the “widow’s bite” which releases electric bolts to stun her adversaries with a charge of up to 30,000 volts. Her gloves and boots are equipped with miniature suction cups which enable her to cling to surfaces. Her belt contains plastic explosives.