Origin Story of Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) From Comics: Here is a comparison of Natasha Romanoff’s new backstory in Black Widow from the MCU with her comic book origin tale. Having been a founding member of the Avengers for 11 years, Black Widow now has her own spinoff film. It is set during Captain America: Civil War and follows Natasha as she flees from Secretary Ross after allowing Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes to escape. This is after the airport battle in Germany but before Captain America arrives at the Raft to free his colleagues.

Natasha, however, finds that her new life is in conflict with her past when she receives a mysterious message that transports her back to Hungary and then Russia, where she reunites with her sort-of adopted Russian family, which consists of Yelena Belova, Alexei Shostakov, also known as Red Guardian and Melina Vostokoff. The horrible Red Room and its Black Widow programme in Russia must be destroyed once and for all, but “family” secrets and history may stand in the way.

A significant portion of Natasha Romanoff’s life that has never been examined in the MCU before is finally discussed in the film. It not only clarifies that red in her ledger but also finally explains what occurred to Black Widow and Hawkeye during their long-discussed mission in Budapest. But more than that, it gives Natasha her first real set of roots and grounds her in a manner that previous films haven’t. Having said that, the film significantly alters her origin tale from the comics.

Origin Story of Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) From Comics
Origin Story of Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) From Comics

Black Widow’s Early Years In The Comics

Black Widow’s origin narrative has been changed at least once, as is typical for most popular comic book characters. Her original comic book origin story is still a little hazy, fitting for the intriguing spy. Around 1928, Natalia “Natasha” Anatolian Romanova was born in Stalingrad, Russia. When enemy soldiers assaulted the city and set fire to the home she and her mother shared, little Natasha became an orphan. Just before she passed away, Natasha’s mother shoved the young girl out the window and begged the Russian soldier below to take her in and raise her. That man turned out to be Ivan Petrovitch, who nurtured Natasha until she was an adult and went on to become a successful Olympian and well-known Russian ballerina.

Eventually, the KGB became aware of her abilities, and she was hired by the organization to become a master spy. During World War II, she had encounters with figures like Captain America and Logan, a.k.a. Wolverine. She joined Russia’s Red Room and its Black Widow programme after the war. The Red Room programme was never acknowledged during the first few decades of Black Widow’s appearance in comic books, while other elements of her contradictory past persisted. The scattered bits of her origin narrative were finally put together in the 2004 Black Widow miniseries by writer Richard K. Morgan and illustrators Bill Sienkiewicz and Greg Land. In her revised past, Natasha’s mother actually did perish in the Stalingrad fire. Ivan Petrovitch was given custody of Natasha, but he soon passed her over to Taras Romanov.

Natasha had her early instruction in espionage from Romanov while Petrovitch remained in her life. She even studied hand-to-hand combat from Logan at that time. She was transferred to Department X’s Red Room facility and the Black Widow programme when her training with Romanov was over. As a young girl, she was brainwashed, given false memories of being a ballerina, and had her biochemistry changed so that she would never get ill, age very slowly, maintain her physical perfection, heal rapidly, and have increased agility and stamina.

Origin Story of Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) From Comics
Origin Story of Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) From Comics

How The MCU Changes Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow’s) Backstory

Both of these ideas are combined in a limited way in the Black Widow film. Natasha’s mother did indeed pass away in the comics and the film, but it did so in very different ways. Natasha’s mother voluntarily gives Natasha to the Red Room programme rather than perish in a fire in Stalingrad. Melina reveals that Natasha was selected by the Red Room because one of their algorithms decided she was genetically exceptional and had a lot of potential. In the belief that she was sending her daughter to a better life, Natasha’s mother donated her to the programme.

The movie clearly shows that Natasha inherits her mother’s cleverness; nevertheless, when she lost communication with Natasha and began to suspect something was wrong with the programme, she turned into a thorn in the Red Room’s side. Natasha’s mother eventually posed a significant threat to the Red Room, so they executed her and interred her body in an undisclosed place. Her foster family’s situation has also changed as a result of the film.

She is handed to Melina Vostokoff and Alexei Shostakov, two Russian spies who serve as Natasha’s substitute parents, rather than Ivan Petrovitch, who would have been responsible for raising her. The movie also suggests that Natasha underwent training from an early age before embarking on their “family” mission” in America, whether under Melina and Alexei or someone else. It’s unknown whether the early training she received was the true Black Widow programme or was only an introduction to it, but in any event, it was comparable to Taras Romanov’s training in the comic books.

Origin Story of Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) From Comics
Origin Story of Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) From Comics

Black Widow’s Relationship With Her Family Members Is Very Different In The Comics

In the comics, Natasha has quite different interactions with each member of her foster family than she does in the movie. In both of her comic book origin tales, Alexei served as her spouse rather than her foster father. The KGB sets up Natasha’s marriage to hotshot Russian test pilot Alexei Shostakov; later, after deciding that his talents would be better utilised as a covert agent, they transform him into the Red Guardian and inform Natasha that her husband has perished in a test flight.

Natasha’s love for him is genuine, despite the fact that their marriage was forced upon her, and her sorrow at believing she had lost him makes her even more dependent on the Red Room and transforms her into the ideal Black Widow. The Natasha and Yelena connection might be the one that most closely resembles the comics of the three. Although Yelena Belova is younger and was raised in the Red Room like Natasha, they are not foster sisters like in the movie.

Yelena goes for a mission where she would encounter Natasha because she wants to prove her worth and that she is the legitimate “Black Widow” heir. Natasha employs reverse psychology to make fun of Yelena instead of defeating the original Black Widow, asking her to use her brain and stop being so slavishly devoted to Russia and the Red Room programme. Yelena Belova ultimately assumes the role of Black Widow after Natasha is killed by Captain America’s Hydra double in a final act of remembrance, although this time not to avenge Natasha but to commemorate her. Even though Black Widow dramatically alters their past, they still have a similar love but conflicted connection.

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