Identity: Natasha Romanova
Uniform: Black Widow’s costume is made of a version of the Nomex fire-resistant, triple-weave Kevlar-lined material. Her costume protects against damage, but it is also light sensitive and darkens when there is more light in the area, providing the following:
Excellent Body Armor vs. physical attacks; Good vs. energy attacks.
Blending: The suit is light-adaptive providing Remarkable Blending abilities and +1CS on Stealth
Widow’s Bite, bracelets with various devices:
Electro Blaster: Remarkable energy, 4 areas
Gas-Launcher: Excellent intensity
Cable-Launcher: Incredible strength, 3 areas cable
Wall-Crawling: (gloves and boots) Remarkable
Explosive Belt: (rarely used) Incredible explosive discs.
Weapon Specialist: Widow’s Bite, Martial Arts A, B, E, Detective/Espionage, Military, Multi-Lingual, Leadership
Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil
Natalia Romanova, a descendant of Russia’s royal family, was found as a young child by a Russian soldier known as Ivan Petrovitch. Raised by Petrovitch during the Soviet Union, Romanova grew into a brilliant athlete and scholar, gaining fame as a ballerina teen prodigy. Later, she married the renowned Soviet test pilot Alexi Shostakov. The couple was contacted by the Soviet Intelligence agency, the KGB, to be made into covert operatives. The KGB separated the couple, denying them contact with each other forevermore. Later, Natalia was told that her husband died in the explosion of an experimental rocket. Distraught, Natalia said she wanted to do something worthy of her husband’s heroism, as predicted by the KGB, who then trained her to become the spy code named the Black Widow.
The Black Widow’s first assignment was to infiltrate Stark Industries in the United States to assist in a assassination. Thwarted by the hero Iron Man (in actuality, Tony Stark,) Natalia repeatedly tried to sabotage Stark Industries at various times, only to be foiled each time by Iron Man. At one point, Natalia used the young Hawkeye as an ally in her criminal schemes. However, she began to fall in love with Hawkeye, who soon refused to act as a criminal any longer, which led her to resent her own activities.
Later, Natalia fell into the hands of intelligence agents of communist China and was brainwashed into their service. Directed to attack Hawkeye and Iron Man’s superhero team, the Avengers, she soon freed herself of her brainwashing when reunited with Hawkeye and defected to the United States. After joining the Avengers as an occasional member, she revealed her identity to the U.S. government and joined the international espionage organization SHIELD.
Natalia later enjoyed a brief partnership with the hero Daredevil, becoming lovers for a time. Later still, she joined with other super heroes to lead them as the Champions of Los Angeles. Returning to freelance adventuring after the Champions’ brief tenure, she soon found herself aiding the Avengers, and eventually became the Chairperson for a time.
It was during her leadership that the Avengers fought the supremely powerful being known as Onslaught. In the ensuing battle, most of the Avengers appeared to give their lives to stop the menace. Natalia tried to keep the Avengers going, but failed, and relinquished all Avenger property to SHIELD, effectively disbanding the team. Natalia appeared to have an emotional breakdown, fighting all Avenger-related super villains. In reality, Natalia was playing a front as part of her SHIELD assignment to stop neo-Soviet communists from taking over Russia. With the help of Daredevil, Natalia defeated the communists and partnered with him for a brief time before returning to her freelance spy work.