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Natasha Romanoff, also known as the Black Widow, often nicknamed Nat, and formelry known as Natalia Alianovna, is a character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is portrayed by cast member Scarlett Johansson and first appears in Iron Man.

Natasha Romanoff is based on Black Widow from the Earth-616 storyline of the Marvel Comics.


Natasha is born Natalia Alianovna Romanoff on November 22, 1984 to unnamed parents in Russia. At a young age, she is trained by the KBG and became known as the assassin, "Black Widow." She was later sterilized to avoid distractions and focused on her missions as an assassin, something she would regret for the rest of her life (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week, The Avengers)

In a later point of her life, she is detected on SHIELD's radar. Knowing her to be the evil Black Widow, Fury set Barton to eliminate her. However, Clint realizes Natalia's many talents and later recommends her to Fury, who accepts her as an agent of SHIELD. Defecting from Russia, and joining their higher ranks, Natasha and Clint eventually become best friends and form a long partnership. Eventually, Natalia changed her name "Natasha" when living in America, and went on many missions with Barton, having one mission in Budapest, Abidjan. The Avengers


Character Notes[]


  • Her codename, Black Widow originates from Natasha's days as a deadly assassin. A black widow is usually a spider who kills silently. 
  • Natasha was originally named "Natalia" before naming herself "Natasha" to have more of an American name.
    • ​Natasha's original named, Natalia is a Russian form of the name, Natalie, which comes from the Latin words natale domini, which translates to "Christmas Day" [1].

Character Notes[]

  • Natasha's adoptive nephew, Nathaniel was named after her and Pietro Maximoff. (Avengers: Age of Ultron)

Production Notes[]

  • Natasha's hair dyed blonde is similar to Yelena, the second Black Widow.