Black Widow
SHIELD Agent
Scarlett Johanssen
Played by: Scarlett Johanssen
Name: Natasha Romanoff
Codename: Black Widow
Alias: Natasha
Race: Human
Team: S.H.I.E.L.D.
Occupation: SHIELD Agent
Additional Info: NA

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Name: Natalia "Natasha" Alianovna Romanova
Hair: Red-auburn (formerly dyed black)
Eyes: Green
Height: 5'3"
Weight: 121 lbs
Citizenship: Former citizen of Russia/U.S.S.R., resident in United States of America under extended visa authorized by S.H.I.E.L.D.
Biography:
Born circa 1928, Natalia "Natasha" Romanova was apparently orphaned as a child when she was trapped in a burning building during an early attack on Stalingrad by enemy forces. Ivan Petrovitch Bezukhov, a Soviet soldier, found Natasha in the inferno and rescued her. Although Ivan kept a close eye on Natasha as she grew, by the late 1930s she had attracted the attention of Soviet intelligence, which began her training. In 1941, she was almost brainwashed into serving the ninja clan the Hand, but was saved by Petrovitch.

Following World War II, Natasha was recruited to become part of the Black Widow Program, a team of elite female sleeper agents. Among the Widows many instructors, was James 'Bucky' Barnes (aka the Winter Soldier). Natasha studied as a ballerina to cover for her true occupation. The Soviet state eventually arranged for Natasha to marry Alexi Shostakov, a champion test pilot. After a few years of a happy marriage, the KGB faked Shostakovs death in a rocket test; grief for Shostakov drove Natasha's resolve deeper and she continued her education with the Red Room Academy, finally being appointed the title of the Black Widow.

Eventually, Romanoff would come to discover the truth about both her orphan origins as well as the death of her husband. It was the Russian government that caused both of these. They chose her from birth for a life she had no say in and this is what caused Romanoff to defect from her homeland and leave its service. She greatly misses her homeland, but she will always remind herself of the loss of her family and the family-to-be that were taken from her.

Natasha is currently working for both SHIELD and as a member of the Avengers team. She's one of the top agents in SHIELD and is doing her best to serve the Avengers many powerful mambers in being a quality team-mate and support member. She knows she's not the strongest member of the Avengers, but she also knows she can do a lot more than they may realize.
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