Better known as Natasha Romanoff, Natalia Alianovna Romanova made her comic debut in 1964 in Tales of Suspense #52. Black Widow was created by Stan Lee, Don Rico and Don Heck.
However, Nat wasn’t always the hero we’ve come to know and love. She actually began her journey as a villain; a Russian spy who was an early antagonist of Iron Man. Natasha later defected to the U.S., joining S.H.I.E.L.D. and eventually becoming an Avenger.
Nat has gone by many names over the years and has evolved quite a bit. She is one of the most complex characters in Marvel Comics. Where other heroes are bright and colorful, with clear allegiances and motivations, Black Widow is different. She is darker, more enigmatic, and has proven time and time again that she doesn’t need powers to be super.
Although Natasha has flown under the radar for much of her existence, Scarlett Johnasson’s portrayal of the character has popularized her quite a bit. The future of the MCU seems to be a bit more female-friendly, but up until Black Panther, it had largely been a boys’ club. Even still, Black Widow has proven that she can hold her own against her male counterparts both on page and screen.
Natasha’s history is just as complicated as she is. There is little about this particular Avenger that is straightforward. Even her basic physiology has been altered since her inception. Little that was true about the character at the time of her creation remains so today, from her backstory to her abilities.
Here are 20 Weird Facts About Black Widow’s Body.