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BLACK WIDOW

Real Name: Natasha (last name unrevealed, presumably Romanoff/Romanova)

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-730834) human

Occupation: Adventurer;
   formerly HYDRA Agent

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Avengers (Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Tigra, Vision, Wasp, Wonder Man), S.H.I.E.L.D.;
    formerly HYDRA

Enemies: A.I.M., HYDRA, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, Whirlwind

Known Relatives: Alexi Shostakov (husband)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile internationally

First Appearance: Avengers United They Stand#2 (December, 1999)

Powers/Abilities: Black Widow is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant and acrobatic athlete with HYDRA training. She has university-level education (presumably science). Since leaving HYDRA, she uses a grappling hook and cable for acrobatic travel or snaring targets, plus wrist-mounted bracelets that discharge non-lethal bolts (which she dubs "the widow's bite").

Height: 5'7"
Weight: 130 lbs.
Eyes: Green
Hair: Red

History:

(Avengers United They Stand#5 (fb)) - Natasha attended university in Russia and grew enamored with her theoretical physics professor, Alexi Shostakov, and they soon married despite initial disapproval from friends. She adopted his anti-war and anti-communist, yet also pro-HYDRA political views, and followed him into HYDRA when he left academia. When he disappeared and she was told he'd been killed by KGB, she tried to be the best agent she could to make him proud.

(Avengers United They Stand#2) - Taking the name Black Widow, Natasha was one of the few HYDRA agents concerned about the mad scheme of their leader, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, to kill every human on Earth except for those on one HYDRA base, and she became S.H.I.E.L.D.'s contact to eliminate Strucker before he could trigger the bomb. Although Hawkeye was initially mistrustful of her, the Avengers (Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Tigra, Wasp, Wonder Man) secretly met Black Widow at the HYDRA base, but were soon overwhelmed by Strucker and his forces. Black Widow implored the HYDRA soldiers to overthrow Strucker but few responded. Eventually the bomb was neutralized and the HYDRA forces surrendered as S.H.I.E..L.D. forces arrived to mop up. Hawkeye and Black Widow celebrated with a passionate kiss.

(Avengers United They Stand#5 (fb) - BTS) - Black Widow received an official pardon from the US President for helping to save the world. Romance blossomed between Black Widow and Hawkeye and they spent more time together. Hawkeye was hopeful she would eventually become an Avenger.

(Avengers United They Stand#5 (fb)) - Black Widow and Hawkeye stopped a bank robbery by costumed villain Whirlwind. She noted the extra A.I.M. technology in the robber's tech suit, silently linking the distinctive styling to her supposedly dead husband. Eager to clarify this, she quietly rushed off and eventually infiltrated a hidden A.I.M. research base in Canada where she found Shostakov still alive and active, yet she did not tell him of her Avenger liaisons. She sent a short distress call to Hawkeye seeking the Avengers' assistance.

(Avengers United They Stand#5) - The other Avengers did not fully support Hawkeye's rescue proposal, although Scarlet Witch, Vision and Falcon chose to accompany him. The rescue rapidly escalated into a fight and in the confusion, Black Widow managed to usher Shostakov to an empty A.I.M. shuttle. Confronted by Hawkeye, she knocked her husband out using one of Hawkeye's arrows. While declaring her love for the Avenger, she also affirmed her commitment to her husband, believing that she could bring Shostakov back from apparent A.I.M. brainwashing. And with that, Black Widow escaped with her unconscious husband and headed to an unknown destination.

Comments: Created by Created by Ty Templeton (writer), Jason Armstrong (pencils) and Scott Koblish (inks).

It's unrevealed if she kept her Russian citizenship.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Black Widow of Earth-730834 has no known connections to:


Shostakov

Alexi Shostakov

Alexi Shostakov was formerly a professor at a Russian university teaching theoretical physics. Despite disapproval from friends, the student Natasha and teacher Alexi fell in love and married. He was an anti-communist patriot and pro-HYDRA, eventually dedicating himself to HYDRA research and Natasha followed him. However, he disappeared and Natasha was told he had been killed by the KGB, but he had instead apparently been kidnapped and brainwashed to serve A.I.M. Much later, his distinctive research was used in A.I.M. technology supplied to villain Whirlwind and discovered by Natasha, now adventurer Black Widow, who used her Avengers connections to distract A.I.M. so that she could take her husband away from A.I.M. and help his recovery. She escaped with her unconscious husband headed to an unknown destination.

 

 

 

 

 

--Avengers United They Stand#5


Whirlwind

Whirlwind

Whirlwind was a small-time villain whose spinning gyro-suit had recently been amped up with A.I.M. inertia-field technology. After Hawkeye incapacitated him with a scramble arrow, Black Widow noted the distinctive A.I.M. technology that indicated her husband may still be alive, and she rushed off to investigate while the police formally charged the bank robber.

 

 

 

 

 

--Avengers United They Stand#5


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Avengers United They Stand#5, p1 (main image)
Avengers United They Stand#2, p10, pan4 (headshot, HYDRA costume)
Avengers United They Stand#5, p14, pan2 (Shostakov)
Avengers United They Stand#5, p2, pan1 (Whirlwind)


Appearances:
Avengers United They Stand#2 (December, 1999) - Ty Templeton (script), Eric Lewald (story consultant), Jason Armstrong (pencils), Scott Koblish (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers United They Stand#5 (March, 2000) - Ty Templeton (script), Eric Lewald (story consultant), Derec Aucoin (pencils), Walden Wong (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 07/27/17

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