Black Widow (Marvel)(Ultimate)(01-Natalia Romanova
Real Name: Natalia Romanova
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Black Widow's physical and mental abilities - notably her speed, agility, reflexes, stamina, recall and concentration - have been enhanced slightly beyond human limits through unspecified secret technologies. Nanites recently bonded to her body enable her to link with and control her Stark-designed battle armor, even producing the armor as if from thin air on mental command. The Black Widow is a master martial artist, an expert markswoman, a natural actress, an infamous seductress, and a gifted veteran spy. She carries assorted firearms and various miniaturized tools and weapons, such as communications equipment, tear gas pellets, various drugs, an electrostatic discharge weapon, spring-loaded cables and surveillance devices; her costuming has also included microscopic suction cups enabling her to cling to walls and ceilings. Her Stark-designed armor gives her tremendous superhuman strength and durability, the capacity for supersonic flight, and assorted built-in weapons such as repulsor rays, wrist-mounted machine guns and mind-impairing "thought-scramblers".
A descendant of Russian royalty, Natalia Romanova was abandoned as a child and found by soldier Ivan Petrovich. A ballerina in her youth, she joined Russia's K.G.B. and became an elite intelligence operative, a combination of consummate skill and classified government enhancements of her natural abilities. She also became infamous as an often-wed, often-widowed heart-breaker whose husbands (beginning with test pilot turned intelligence agent Alexi Shostakov) tended to suffer "unfortunate accidents", a quirk which may have influenced her choice of long-term code name: the Black Widow. She eventually embarked on a lucrative freelance spy career, which culminated in her infiltration of New York City's Latverian Embassy.
Manipulating the naïve young superhero Spider-Man into helping her escape Latverian security, Natasha used the information she gathered to audition successfully for the American-based international spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. She became a mainstay of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s black ops division, often partnered with Hawkeye (Clint Barton).
After Hawkeye and the Widow led the successful extermination of over five hundred Chitauri extraterrestrial subversives, the duo was promoted to the ranks of the Ultimates, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s celebrity super-agents, with newly falsified personal backgrounds. Alongside the Ultimates, Black Widow helped save Earth from a Chitauri plot. She and teammate Iron Man (wealthy playboy genius Tony Stark) became lovers during the struggle, and later began dating seriously, despite Natasha's mutually hostile relationship with Stark's caustic butler, Edwin Jarvis.
Giving Natasha the female equivalent of his Iron Man battle armor, Stark asked her to marry him and she said yes; however, the bloody massacre of Clint Barton's entire family by a secret traitor within the Ultimates cast a pall over Tony and Natalia's wedding preparations.
Natasha Romanov is the anglicized version of her birth name, Natalia Romanova.
While some characters that debuted in Ultimate Marvel Team-Up may act inconsistently from their other, later appearances, The Official Handbook of the Ultimate Marvel Universe: Ultimate X-Men/The Ultimates 2005 #1 confirms this character's appearance to be in-continuity.
The Ultimate version of this character is not an alternate identity of the regular Marvel character as the Ultimate universe is a distinct reality.
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First Appearance: Ultimate Marvel Team-Up (2001) #14
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Die Ultimativen [GER] (2002)
#9 Official Handbook of the Ultimate Marvel Universe: The Ultimates & X-Men 2005 (2005)
- 'Die Ultimativen Sechs: Prologue'#10
- 'Die Ultimativen Sechs 1'#11
- 'Die Ultimativen Sechs 2'#12
- 'Die Ultimativen Sechs 3'#13
- 'Die Ultimativen Sechs 4'#14
- 'Ultimativer Alptraum '#15
- 'Ultimativer Alptraum 3'#17
- 'Der Prozess gegen den Hulk'#18
- 'Die Defenders'#21
- 'Unter uns... ein VerrĂ€ter'#23
- 'Geboren am 4. Juli'#24
- 'Die Achse des BĂ¶sen'#26
- 'Amerika schlĂ€gt zurĂŒck'#27
- 'Die RĂ€cher'#28
- 'Der Adler und der Falke'
The Ultimates (2002)
#7#8 The Ultimates 3 (2009)
- 'The Experts'#9#10
- 'Devil in Disguise'#11
- 'The Art of War'#12
- 'Persons of Mass Destruction'#13
- 'How I Learned to Love the Hulk'
The Ultimates Omnibus (2009)
Ultimate Marvel Team-Up (2001)
#14 Ultimate Nightmare (2004)
- 'Spider-Man & Black Widow'
#1 Ultimate Secret (2005)
- 'Chapter 1'#2
- 'Chapter Two'#3
- 'Chapter Three'#4
- 'Chapter Four'#5
- 'Chapter Five'
Ultimate Six (2003)
Ultimate Spider-Man (2000)
Ultimate War (2003)
Ultimate X-Men (2001)
#35 Ultimates 2 (2005)
- 'Blockbuster: Part 2'#63
- 'Magnetic North: Part 3'#64
- 'Magnetic North: Part 4'
Annual 01 Ultimates 3 (2008)
- 'The Reserves'#1#2
- 'Dead Man Walking'#3
- 'The Trial of the Hulk'#4
- 'The Passion Play'#6
- 'The Defenders'#7
- 'Wolf in the Fold'#8
- 'Born on the Fourth of July'#9
- 'Grand Theft America'#10
- 'Axis of Evil'#13
- 'Independence Day'
Ultimates Saga (2007)
Ultimate Avengers (2006)
Ultimate Avengers 2 (2006)
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