Black Widow


  • Real Name: Natalia Alianovna “Natasha” Romanova (birth name); Natalia Alianovna Shostakova (married name)
  • AKA: Black Cat, Yelena Belova, Natasha Romanoff, Tasha, Madame Nikita, Nancy Rushman, Laura Matthers, Nadine Roman, Natalya Romanova, Oktober, Black Pearl, Ebon Flame, Lottie Hederman, Ms. Heck, “Nat”, Tsarina, Red, Natasha Shostakova, Natuska, Czarina, Babette, War Widow
  • Family: Unnamed mother (deceased), Ivan Petrovitch (“foster father”), unnamed brothers (possibly deceased); Vindiktor (alleged older brother, deceased), Nikolai (1st ex-husband, deceased), Rose (stillborn daughter), Alexi Shostakov (2nd ex-husband), Natalia Romanova (Dr. Bong clone, deceased), Natalia Romanova (Red Room clone)
  • Base of Operation: Formerly Red Room, Moscow, Russia; Little Ukraine, New York City, New York; North Shore Mansion, San Francisco, California; S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier; Savage Land; Avengers Tower, Manhattan, New York City, New York; Infinite Avengers Mansion; Thunderbolts Mountain, Colorado; The Cube; Quincarrier; Lighthouse, Earth Orbit; The Mount, Nevada
  • Identity: Public Identity
  • Citizenship: Russian, Soviet
  • Martial Status: Widowed then Divorced
  • Occupation: Adventurer, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, intelligence operative; former schoolteacher, fashion designer, ballerina, assassin, mercenary
  • Education: College graduate, intensive espionage training through Taras Romanov, the Red Room Academy, and others
  • Gender: Female
  • Height: 5′ 7″ (1.70 m)
  • Weight: 131 lbs (59.42 kg)
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Hair: Red (formerly dyed black)
  • Origin: Human; Russian Super-Soldier, expertly trained intelligence agent, recently revealed to be a series of clones.
  • Universe: Marvel Prime Universe (Earth-616)

She may have started out as a KGB spy but he soon turned her efforts to working for SHIELD, becoming their greatest agent. Introduced in Tales of Suspense #52 (1964)  by Stan Lee and Don Hecks, Natasha Romanova (or Romanoff) was raised by Russia’s Red Room cell into being their greatest spy. As a child she was rescued by Captain America and Wolverine. She trained in espionage as well as being a talented ballerina and her body was enhanced, which slowed down her aging. She later met Bucky, who was being used as the Winter Soldier, and began a long relationship with him. She was later sent to spy on Tony Stark, who the Russian believed could turn the tides of the Cold War. She tricked Hawkeye into helping her but eventually fell in love with him and defected to the West. She soon joined SHIELD.

Black Widow teamed up with many heroes over the years, including a long romance with Daredevil, Iron Man and flirting with Cap. After a brief stint in the Avengers, he helped formed the short lived team of the Champions. She would also be on a number of Avengers teams, even leading it for a while when Onslaught had “killed” the rest of the team. She was later recruited by Iron Man and Ms. Marvel (Danvers) to join the Mighty Avengers. She later infiltrated the Thunderbolts, run by Osborn, when she pretended to be Yelena Belova (the other Black Widow).  She later rejoin the Avengers as a member of Cap’s Secret Team. She later was forced to defect from SHIELD, when she was framed for being a double agent but cleared her name. She has recently believed to have been killed by the evil Steve Rogers.

Black Widow always been a strong fan favourite thus has had a load of figures over the years. TB release one in their series 8. Hasbro ran a fan poll in which they showed a number of figure that people choose to be released, which Black Widow won second place. It not only came with a Winter Soldier figure but there was a variant with her in her grey 80’s costume. It would be years later after Hasbro focused more on her MCU appearances, but they then released not one but 2 figures, one in the Vintage Line and another in the upcoming Riders sub-line.



Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Vintage Wave 1 Black Widow

  • Background:
    • Having defected and retired from being a spy, Natash grew tired of the boredom. She decided she would began again as a hero and designed a new costume to show this off. This costume with become her signature design to which all that came after it would be based off of.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • If you are a Black Widow fan then this is a most as it is her most signature costume. It also would work for many of her earlier teams memberships (and alot of later ones too). However, this is part of the Vintage line, which was focus more for MOC collectors, and was the only “new” figure for that line so it might be hard to find.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.

Grey Suit

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Walmart Exclusive Marvel Legends Black Widow

  • Background:
    • During the 80’s almost all of Marvel’s character had a redesign. This is one that Black Widow wore for most of the 80’s and the 90’s. It is also the costume she wore during the Resurrection of Elektra storyline in Daredevil. She would later turn up in a Captain America story wearing this with a jacket.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • While this was released previously in a 2-pack with Winter Soldier, I recommend getting the new Walmart version as it is a much better version. Get this for your 80’s collection with Daredevil and Cap as well as 80’s Avengers. If you are a Black Widow fanatic, then this is an absolute most. I would also recommend getting this for the accessories alone.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.


Recommend Figure: Hasbro Target? Exclusive Marvel Legends the Avengers: Beyond Earth’s Mightiest Anniversary Line – Black Widow

  • Background:
    • Black Widow had tried to build a new team of Avengers after it was believed that the old team had been killed by Onslaught. However, she was forced to stop after being threatened to be sued by the Maria Stark Foundation. This caused her to become extremely stressed and when the heroes returned, she quit the team. She would later return to being an agent of SHIELD with an updated classic costume.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • You could get this as part of your Black Widow collection as well as Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, SHIELD and more.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • no.

Deadly Origin

Recommend Figure:  Hasbro Target Exclusive Marvel Legends Deadly Origin Black Widow

  • Background:
    • After her debut in the MCU in Iron Man 2, Marvel launched a new series detailing Widow’s origin as well as her work for the Red Room. During her days with the Russian government, she would wear a white costume. It is also based on the iconic variant cover shown above. This would later go onto inspire the white costume from the BW movie.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • If you are getting the White costume from the movie and want the comic counterpart, then you can get this. Another figure for Black Widow fans and for accessories but other then that can be skipped.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.

VS Weeping Lion

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Riders set Black Widow

  • Background:
    • In Mark Waid’s most recent Black Widow storyline, Natasha was framed for being a double agent and was forced to defect and flee from SHIELD. She later was blackmail by the criminal Weeping Lion and learned that the Red Room, now know as Dark Room, was still up and running. She worked to stop the program and prevent an assassination of the US President, clearing her name.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • This or the vintage wave is the ones I recommend getting. While the vintage wave is cheaper, this one will come with a really nice bike as well as being a more updated costume for her.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.


Below you will find a gallery of suits that still need to be made. I have included what I think are the possibilities of them being made. Note that these are my personal opinions and not fact. Please let me know if I have missed anything.

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