Finally! Black Widow is getting a movie! (Watch the teaser trailer here.) In cas eyou aren’t that familiar with Natasha Romanoff yet, here are some fun facts you might love to know.
13 Fun Facts about Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow) You Night Not Know Yet
13. She was born in Russia.
If you’re only a casual fan of the movies, you might have forgotten that Nat was born in Stalingrad in Russia. After all, she doesn’t have a hot Russian accent in the movies or anything. We’re hoping that the solo movie will have a lot of gorgeous scenery for us to MARVEL at (pun totally intended) because of this little tidbit.
12. Her birth name is actually Natalia Alianovna Romanova.
Nat had to change her name in Russia when she started gaining a lot of attention from her enemies, though some say she just changed it to make it sound more Westernized in America. Either way, like every famous spy out there, her name is merely an Alias. Her nickname is still Nat, though.
11. She’s not the first Black Widow.
The first Black Widow was actually from the the 40s and her name was Claire Voyant.
10. Her weapon is called the Widow’s Bite.
In the MCU movies, Nat is given a weapon by SHIELD; but in the comics, she actually gets the ‘Widow’s Bite’ in Russia, which she wears on her wrists and uses to give her enemies electroshocks.
9. She didn’t have a costume at first.
Nowadays, everyone associates Black Widow with a hot black jumpsuit, but she didn’t have a costume at first. In fact, you’d only find her wearing a gown and a veil when going on missions.
8. She worked undercover as a model in Tokyo.
If you’re a dude, you probably didn’t miss those lingerie photos that Tony Stark was looking at in ‘Iron Man 2’. This was actually an undercover mission – talk about dedication!
7. She moved to the U.S. for Hawkeye.
This may not have played out in the MCU movies as well as the Clint-and-Nat fanatics may have hoped; but in the comics, Clint Barton and Nat are super close – so close, in fact, that she moved to the U.S. for him.
6. She got married.
In the comics, Nat briefly marries a test pilot for the Soviet Union named Alexei Shostakov. However, once he became the Red Guardian, he had to cut off all ties with Nat… which is a good thing, obviously; otherwise, she might have never become an Avenger.
5. She was in a relationship with Daredevil, Hawkeye, Iron Man, and the Winter Soldier.
Not all at the same time, but still. She was never linked to The Hulk in the comics, which is what makes their relationship in the movies so fresh, new, but also confusing. Time to read some comics, guys. They’re fun.
4. She was trained by the Winter Soldier.
Back when Bucky was still brainwashed by the Soviet Union, he helped train Nat. Now her having been in a relationship with him in the comics make more sense, no?
3. Her training in the Red Room was intense.
Nat was trained to use weapons, learn martial arts, and become an expert in espionage in a place called the Red Room (as seen in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’). She has mastered practically every kind of martial art out there, but we haven’t really seen enough of Black Widow’s skills to truly appreciate her. This is probably the most bad-ass thing about her and we hope there will be a lot of Red Room scenes in her solo movie.
2. She does ballet.
We see snippets of Nat doing ballet in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, and this makes sense since she looks pretty flexible. A lot of key art in the comics also show her posing like a ballerina, though it hasn’t really been brought up much. No one knows if, like her modeling stint, it was merely part of an undercover mission or if she actually studied ballet, though a lot of people believe the ballet stuff was all part of the false memories implanted in her during the Black Widow program… but why, though?
1. She is biologically enhanced.
A lot of people who have watched the MCU movies always ask what makes Black Widow so special and why she’s so strong. They don’t touch on this in the movies; but, similar to Captain America, Black Widow was also given a serum during the Black Widow program, so that she doesn’t age or get sick (she actually lived through World War II and was born in 1928). She also has superhuman strength and agility. She’s basically a Russian female version of Cap.
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