Which MCU character regrets most

Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff)

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Surname: Natalia Alianovna Romanoff
Date of death: 2014 (based on time travel from 2023)

Black Widow mastered many martial arts and became one of the most efficient agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. through the years. While on a mission, she was sent undercover to Stark Industries to watch Tony Stark over fear that he would die. Had during this mission Natasha Romanoff Greatly helped stop Ivan Vanko's terrorist attacks against him. When Loki declared war on Earth, Black Widow was recruited into the Avengers after her friend and colleague Clint Barton had just been taken hostage by Loki and used as a pawn against the team. Romanoff helped recruit Stark and Bruce Banner for the team. Together they managed to catch Loki and eventually save Barton from his clutches. After Loki's entire plan was uncovered, Romanoff joined the team during the Battle of New York and was instrumental in destroying the portal created by the Tesseract over the city and ending the entire invasion while Loki was defeated and captured .

After the successful Avengers victory over Loki, Romanoff had her work with S.H.I.E.L.D. continued, this time with Captain America. While working together, Romanoff and Rogers discovered a conspiracy following an assassination attempt on Director Nick Fury, and they also discovered that Hydra had somehow infiltrated their entire organization. Despite the Winter Soldier's efforts to stop them, Romanoff helped clear the plans of Alexander Pierce and many other documents from S.H.I.E.L.D. to reveal to the world, which also resulted in their own morally dubious story being revealed to the world. As a result, Romanoff was forced to go into hiding again to begin rebuilding their cover.

On the run from Hydra.

Romanoff eventually joined the Avengers, working to destroy various Hydra cells around the world, and helping capture their leader, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. Before she could develop a romantic relationship with Bruce Banner, however, the renegade artificial intelligence Ultron was created by Tony Stark and Banner, forcing Romanoff and the rest of her team to team up and defeat him. Despite the capture, Romanoff was able to inform the team of Ultron's location in Sokovia, resulting in one final battle in which the Avengers defeated Ultron once and for all. Unlike most of the original Avengers, Black Widow remained a member and formed the team's second incarnation.

When many of the world's governments asked the Avengers to sign the Sokovia Accord after their recent battles, Romanoff agreed to the terms and signed the deal. She later joined Iron Man in a fight against Captain America because of his differences of opinion over the agreements and his criminal activities with the Winter Soldier, whom Rogers was trying to protect. As the factions of the two Avengers fought, Romanoff betrayed the Iron Man team to help Captain America find the instigator of the team's fight. As a result, Black Widow had to flee the government for helping her old friends. While she was on the run, Romanoff soon joined the fugitive Rogers and Wilson in an attempt to stop terrorists.

As the Thanos threat neared Earth, Romanoff, Rogers and Wilson protected the android Vision, who carried the thought stone in his forehead that Thanos was after. They later defended Wakanda from the attack and managed to kill all of Thanos' forces, but unfortunately Thanos effortlessly overpowered Romanoff and the other heroes when he came to Wakanda in person and destroyed half of all life in the universe with the consummate Infinity Glove. Romanoff remained one of the few survivors of the act.

After meeting Captain Marvel, Romanoff was part of the ambush on Thanos to try to retrieve the Infinity Stones and undo the decimation to no avail. Some time later and after five years, Widow leads the Avengers, which now consist of Okoye, Rocket, Nebula, War Machine and Captain Marvel. To undo the decimation, the remaining Avengers split into teams to get all the stones from an alternate timeline. Romanoff was sent to retrieve the Soul Stone on Vormir with Hawkeye. After being notified of a sacrifice for the stone by Red Skull, she and Hawkeye fought to be the victim, which ultimately resulted in Romanoff throwing himself off the cliff, resulting in her death in exchange for the soul stone.

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Early life

Romanoff in Russia.

Natalia Alianovna Romanoff was born in Stalingrad in 1984. At a young age, Romanoff was recruited by the KGB. [The Return of the First Avenger] In a facility in the Red Room, she received both training and indoctrination into the world of espionage. Romanoff excelled in this rigorous training environment and was soon seen as a master spy and one of the greatest assassins in the world. Her ruthless effectiveness in later years earned her the code name Black Widow. [The Avengers] As a final graduation ceremony, Romanoff was sterilized to avoid distractions and to focus solely on her missions, which she greatly regretted later in life. [Avengers - Age of Ultron]

Because of her expertise and the growing threat to global security, Romanoff quickly appeared on S.H.I.E.L.D. and arranged for Headmaster Nick Fury to send agent Clint Barton, better known as Hawkeye, to eliminate them. Hawkeye disregarded this order, recognized her abilities, and recommended her for recruitment for S.H.I.E.L.D. and at Fury's behest, she ran away from Russia and joined the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D. a. From that moment on, she developed a lasting partnership with Barton and they became best friends. Together they had missions in Budapest, Abidjan and many other places. Natalia eventually began to work under the name "Natasha". The couple got so close that Romanoff was the only other person to tell Barton about his family. She became a close family friend and adopted a relationship similar to that of an aunt's with his children. [The Avengers]

First contact with the Winter Soldier

The Winter Soldier.

When she was used to protect a nuclear scientist in 2009, she was attacked by a mysterious assassin known as the Winter Soldier, who was supposed to kill the scientist. Though she and the scientist were pushed over a cliff, Romanoff managed to save both himself and the man she was protecting. When the Winter Soldier saw this, he fired an entire magazine through Romanoff's stomach and at the scientist, killing him with it. After that encounter, Romanoff continued trying to track down the Winter Soldier for an indefinite period of time, but had to give up after she accepted that he was more elusive than any other enemy she had encountered. [The Return of the First Avenger]

As Natalie Rushman at Stark Industries

Black Widow next to Pepper Potts.

Romanoff worked under the name "Natalie Rushman" from 2005 to 2007 as part of an undercover operation model in Tokyo, Italy, France and the USA. [Iron Man 2] Romanoff was then sent on one of their usual missions to prevent an operation on the Ten Rings. She boarded a terrorist plane and caused an explosion there. Just as she was fighting one of the terrorists on the plane, Nick Fury called on her to infiltrate Stark Industries. Under the guise of "Natalie Rushman", Romanoff was hired by Bambi Arbogast as a notary. Romanoff worked in many ways to get to Tony Stark, including secretly making Samantha Carlisle ill to deliver documents to Stark. [Comic: Iron Man 2: Black Widow: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.]

The idea behind her appointment was to keep an eye on Tony Stark after he turned his company over to Pepper Potts. In reality, Romanoff had been tasked with assessing whether he was eligible for an Avengers initiative. For his part, Stark had also researched her and discovered that she was fluent in French, Italian, Russian and Latin and had some model jobs in Japan. Romanoff became Stark's assistant shortly thereafter. [Iron Man 2]

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First meeting with Captain Marvel

Black Widow meets Captain Marvel.

After the Battle of Wakanda, Romanoff returned to the New Avengers Facility along with Steve Rogers, James Rhodes, and Bruce Banner. After discovering the pager that Nick Fury had activated before he died, the Avengers bypassed the pager's battery so it could continue to broadcast its signal. When Rogers and Romanoff saw reports of the consequences of the decimation, Rhodes, who was monitoring the pager, informed them that the pager had stopped transmitting the signal. Rogers requested that they restart the pager and resend the signal. But Banner replied that they had no idea what the signal was for. When Romanoff explained that Fury knew who the signal was intended for and that she also wanted to know who it was, Captain Marvel suddenly showed up, demanding to know where Fury was. [Captain Marvel]

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The totality of Romanoff's character is difficult to distinguish, considering how often she lies and deceives people. She is able to convincingly portray friendly and flirtatious, shy, vulnerable and scared. For the most part, she is a level-headed, strong-willed, and independent woman. Romanoff usually maintains a controlled, almost emotionless personality to keep what she thinks a secret unless she's around people she absolutely trusts. Although she is more than ready to engage in deadly battles and other missions for S.H.I.E.L.D. She's not completely fearless about falling, as she was visibly afraid of the Hulk at first.

Black Widow with Captain America.

Despite being a very serious agent, Romanoff is by no means musty and has a sarcastic sense of humor that usually comes up when she's on Captain America or Hawkeye. Romanoff is very smart and loyal. Although tough and at times reckless, she is still a good person and can be quite heroic herself. Her close loyalty to Rogers and Barton was shown in "The First Avenger - Civil War", where she was ready to help her faction, even though she was forced to flee before the United Nations afterwards. As a result of her childhood, she thought the Avengers were her family and was desperate to keep them together when the Sokovia Accord was due to be signed, and was struck when Tony Stark refused to call her a friend and made it clear that he would no longer help her in the future would.

Romanoff was sterilized as part of a ritual for her graduation in the Red Room. She was deeply affected by this event. Despite her espionage lifestyle and working in the shadows, Romanoff's adaptability influenced her views on the Sokovia Accord. Romanoff recognized the difference between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers and wanted to calm public opinion by signing and did so because she did not want conflict with her close friends and teammates like Barton and Rogers. This caring for Captain America eventually led Romanoff to betray Stark's team and help them escape. As a result, she eventually became a fugitive.


  • In the comics, Black Widow is the product of a Soviet super soldier experiment and has had relationships with Bucky Barnes, Daredevil, Tony Stark, and Hawkeye.
  • In "The Return of the First Avenger," Black Widow wore a necklace with an arrow pendant symbolizing her friendship with Hawkeye.
  • Black Widow has had a different hairstyle in each of her previous film appearances, one per film.
  • Black Widow, Black Panther and Spider-Man are the only characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to receive a solo film only after their debut.

Behind the scenes

  • Scarlett Johansson was pregnant while filming Avengers - Age of Ultron, so many of her scenes were planned early in the set before her pregnancy could be seen. In order to later hide her pregnancy while filming, three stunt doubles were hired. This caused some confusion for the other actors, who believed that all stunt women looked very similar to Johansson.
  • The role of Black Widow was originally offered to Emily Blunt, but she turned it down.
  • According to their S.H.I.E.L.D. Black Widow can speak English, Russian, Italian, Latin, German, French, Mandarin, Kashmiri and many more languages.

Appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe