BLACK WIDOW

 
Full Name: Natasha Romanova
Codename: Black Widow
Nationality: Russian
Organization: SHIELD
Occupation Agent

Creator: Stan Lee
Time Span: 1990 - 2018
ABOUT THE SERIES

       The Black Widow is a freelance agent.
       Sometimes. Sometimes she becomes closely affiliated with an organization and other times she heads out on her own and do not even try to get in her way.
       The woman is a beautiful collection of contradictions and confusion but considering how long she has been active, that is not unexpected. Being a product of the comic book / graphic novel world and its penchant to "retcon", that is also not surprising. For those not in the know, a retcon is a "retroactive continuity" which is comic-speak for "forget whatever we told you before, this is the new truth".
       When a new writer/artist comes along and wants to use the character and gets the okay, it often means a new twist to the storyline. In the case of the Black Widow, the twisting has been impressive.
       First, what is her name? Natasha Romanova is the most comely agreed upon name. Natasha Romanoff is an alias used for a while. Natalya Romanova is another one. And Natasha Romanov (minus the 'a') is around as well. Considering she is a secret agent, though, having different names is not uncommon.
       Second, what is her origin? At first we are told that she is of Russian birth (and no amount of retcon-ing seems to change that). But which Russia? The Soviet Union was her homeland for much of her early adventures so we should begin there.
       The Soviets had a Black Widow program where they trained beautiful, feisty, kick-butt ladies to become deadly weapons to be thrown at an adversary and take him down. It had the straight-forward name of the "Red Room" but while the title is simple, the training was not. It was intense and constant and no one graduated who was extremely good at a very large number of things. Natasha (we will use that from now own) became the very best and earned the sobriquet.
       The first person that we read about her going after was Tony Stark. This was in his early days as Iron Man, before the world knew the two were the same. She was sent, along with her cohort, Boris, to destroy Stark and a "traitor", the Crimson Dynamo. (Boris and Natasha - this is half a decade after a similarly named pair plagued a talking moose named Bullwinkle).
       She goes up against Stark/Iron Man a couple of times before hooking up with another partner-in-crime, a newbie named Hawkeye. Hawkeye wanted to make a name for himself and Natasha needed an able body so she entices him and he becomes her stooge. Over time, Hawkeye reforms and joins the good guys but Natasha remains an agent of the Reds and continues to plague the West with her plots, usually now including costumed villains enthralled with her charms.
       A couple of years pass and the Black Widow shows up again but now she has reformed as well. Using her renewed friendship with Avenger member Hawkeye (now the warm feelings are for real) she seeks to become one of the good guys but suspicions are hard to subdue. She will eventually get her shot.
       So, the Avengers add an extremely athletic and resourceful non-powered female member to their team and for a while she fit right in. But Natasha is very much a wandering soul and soon the desire to head to other places took hold and she left the Avengers (becoming a reserve member, of course, which lets her keep her passkey). Her farewell with Hawkeye, now Goliath, is rather harsh as to save his heart, she felt she had to break it. (They will remain friends.)
       Now comes the days as a true freelancer. People call. Jobs come and go. She gets bored and then really busy and then bored again. She runs into numerous bad guys which she pounds on and a few good guys which she pounds on and generally stays active.
       She becomes for a while the (really) close companion of Daredevil. At another time she takes up with the Olympian demigod, Hercules. She pairs up with, though not romantically, with Captain America (still friends from her Avenger times) and a couple others in the Marvel Universe or just goes solo and shows everyone that though her hair style and color changes constantly, her abilities stay strong. This even includes a stint on the West Coast where she puts together her own band of heroes called the Champions.
       Then comes the SHIELD days and after that, her reputation and her position in the scheme of things is set. Natasha Romanova, the Black Widow, is set for, apparently, a while.
       Of course, in the comic world, nothing stays for long and that holds true with Natasha. Things change a lot for her but through it all, she stays the Black Widow.

       Except for the other Black Widow, a replacement for Natasha when she went rogue but she died.
       And except for the retcon that says Natasha was really born in the late 20's and was the product of some secret serum that keeps her young and she was friends with Captain America in the 40s but neither remembered decades later and she palled around with a mutant dude named Logan long before he became known as Wolverine but then they forgot each other as well.
       Life does get strange in the comic universe especially after 50 real years go by. But regardless of which rendition of the Black Widow you read, she stays awesome.

Notes:
       For the record, while Natasha/Natalia Romanova/Romanoff is the Black Widow, she is not the only one in Marvel's comic history.
       In the 1940 a Black Widow named Claire Voyant was a servant of Satan who killed bad people and brought their souls to her master. She would be retconned a couple of time over the decades but she was always not a nice person and never a spy.
       Monica Chang-Fury is a Black Widow in the Ultimate Marvel Universe but she did not do much or get much on-page time and she is killed.
       Jessica Drew is a clone of Spider-Man in the Ultimate Universe again who liked going by the alias Black Widow (why she thought that was a good idea ...).
       Marvel had a series set in the future, 2099, and there was a Black Widow there as well but she also was not a spy and liked to eat human males after sex.
       Finally, there was a second Black Widow in the same Universe as our Romanova, one about whom a separate section is worth so you can check out Yelena Belova in her own page.

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2010
Last Appearance:2013

The only books (prose) that I have found with the Black Widow as a character are novelizations, first of the second Iron Man movie and then of the graphic novel which was the basis for the Captain American - Civil War movie.

1 Iron Man 2 Iron Man 2
Written by Alex Irvine
Copyright: 2010

Novelization of the movie Iron Man 2 where Tony Stark must deal with the government demanding his suit technology, his best friend Rhodey taking their side, and a Russian with vicious tech of his own out to kill the billionaire playboy.

2 Civil War Civil War
Written by Stuart Moore
Copyright: 2013

A novelization of the graphic novel story that blows the Marvel Universe apart when The Avengers takes sides and split into two group. It is the basis for the movie titled Captain America - Civil War. The book was printed again in 2015 with an illustrated edition.

YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

Number of Books:11
First Appearance:2010
Last Appearance:2016

       For someone who has been around as long as the Black Widow in other media (1964 in real time and 1928 in the Marvel Universe) she has not had much prose written about her. Perhaps now that Scarlett Johansson has made her so popular, there will be more.

1 Iron Man 2: The Junior Novel Iron Man 2: The Junior Novel
Written by Alex Irvine
Copyright: 2010

Novelization of the movie Iron Man 2 but written for a younger audience.

2 Black Widow Joins The Avengers Black Widow Joins The Avengers
Written by Clarissa S. Wong
Copyright: 2012

A Team-Up Book for very young readers - The Russian Spy known as the Natasha Romanova with the codename of Black Widow becomes a member of the earth's mightiest heroes known in the Marvel Universe as The Avengers.

3 The Avengers - The S.H.I.E.L.D. Files The Avengers - The S.H.I.E.L.D. Files
Written by Scott Peterson
Copyright: 2012

An illustrated book for younger readers. Black Widow and another 5 individuals have been brought together by the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. with the Avengers Strategy. Read the top secret files on each member of the group known as The Avengers and find out about the foe they must face.

4 The Avengers Assemble The Avengers Assemble
Written by Thomas Macri
Copyright: 2012

For a younger audience and based on all of the following 6 movies: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and Marvel's The Avengers.

5 The Avengers - The Movies Storybook The Avengers - The Movies Storybook
Written by Thomas Macri
Copyright: 2012

A storybook that is based on the 1st Avengers movie.

6 The Avengers: Battle Against Loki The Avengers: Battle Against Loki
Written by Tomas Palacios
Copyright: 2012

An illustrated book base on the 1st Avengers movie that relates the story about how Loki fought with his brother Thor and other Avengers.

7 Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Movie Storybook Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Movie Storybook
Written by Adam Davis
Copyright: 2014

A storybook based on the 2nd Captain America movie with a team-up of him and the Black Widow when they go up against the Winter Soldier.

8 Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Falcon Takes Flight Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Falcon Takes Flight
Written by Adam Davis
Copyright: 2014

A very young child's book in the World Of Reading series that is also a level 2 book. In this story Falcon joins Black Widow and Captain America to fight against the Winter Soldier and his army.

9 This Is Black Widow This Is Black Widow
Written by Clarissa S. Wong
Copyright: 2015

A very young child's book in the World of Reading series by Marvel Comics. This gives a quick intro to the origin of the Black Widow

10 Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron - The Movie Storybook Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron - The Movie Storybook
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 2015

A storybook based on the 2nd Avengers movie. The Avengers must team-up again to fight a new enemy.

11 Black Widow - Forever Red Black Widow - Forever Red
Written by Margaret Stohl
Copyright: 2015

Now an agent of SHIELD, the Black Widow wants to atone for the work she did before but that means going up against her mentor, Ivan. When she saves a young girl from an explosion, her life becomes even more dramatic.

MOVIES

Number of Movies:9
First Appearance:2006
Last Appearance:2016

1 Ultimate Avengers: The Movie Ultimate Avengers: The Movie
Directors: Steven E. Gordon, Curt Geda, Bob Richardson
Writers: Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch, Craig Kyle, Boyd Kirkland, Greg Johnson
Actor: Olivia d as Black Widow
Released: 2006

Animated. Captain America is found frozen and is thawed out to help fight the Chitauri, shape-shifting aliens who once helped the Nazis and are still quite naughty.

2 Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther
Directors: Bob Richardson, Dick Sebast, Will Meugniot
Writers: Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch, Craig Kyle, Boyd Kirkland, Greg Johnson
Actor: Olivia d as Black Widow
Released: 2006

Animated. The nasty Chitauri are trying to take control of Wakanda, homeland of the Black Panther. He enlists help from the Avengers to fight them.

3 Iron Man 2 Iron Man 2
Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: Justin Theroux
Actors: Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson
Released: 2010

Tony Stark must deal with the pressure of his ill health, the world now knowing he is Iron Man, and a man who has unique weapons and a hatred for the Starks.

4 The Avengers The Avengers
Director: Joss Whedon
Writers: Zak Penn, Joss Whedon
Actors: Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Released: 2012

A power-hungry Loki makes a pact with an alien force to invade the planet and Earth's mightiest heroes, under SHIELD'S Avenger Initiative, band together to stop them. Much mayhem ensues.

5 Iron Man: Rise of Technovore Iron Man: Rise of Technovore
Director: Hiroshi Hamazaki
Writers: Kengo Kaji, Brandon Auman
Actors: Matthew Mercer as Tony Stark / Iron Man, Clare Grant as Natasha Romanoff (voice)
Released: 2013

Animated film. Tony Stark is framed by a terrorist and must go on the lam to prove his innocence.

6 Captain America - The Winter Soldier Captain America - The Winter Soldier
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Actors: Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes
Released: 2014

Captain America and the Black Widow team up to hunt down and stop a very dangerous assassin known as the Winter Soldier.

7 Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher
Director: Kenichi Shimizu
Writers: Mitsutaka Hirota, Marjorie Liu
Actors: Jennifer Carpenter as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, John Eric Bentley as Nick Fury
Released: 2014

Animated film. The Punisher disrupts a SHIELD mission and is arrested. To earn his freedom he must join the Black Widow on a mission LEVIATHAN, a global terrorist group with some nasty objectives.

8 Avengers - Age of Ultron Avengers - Age of Ultron
Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon
Actors: Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Released: 2015

Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to resurrect a 'peace-keeping' algorithm which gains its own intelligence and decides humans are archaic. The Avengers must join again to stop his planned destruction of all people.

9 Captain America - Civil War Captain America - Civil War
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Actors: Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
Released: 2016

Because of the damage and loss of life when the Avengers saved the planet twice, political forces around the world want superheroes licensed and watched. Captain America and Iron Man are on opposite sides. When the word comes down that the Winter Soldier is be put away, the heroes clash.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Issues:19
First Appearance:1990
Last Appearance:2016

       For a character who did not have many long-lasting series, in fact who seemed to live on guest-star roles in other hero's mags with the occasional mini-series, the Black Widow really did a ton. Too much to try and cover here. I started to gather all the comics I had where she made an appearance and when I reached 100 and had not yet reached the turn of the century, I sort of stopped.
       There are several excellent sites on the web that cover in greater detail the actions of Ms. Romanova. I suggest that if more information is craved, search the "black widow romanova" and feast upon all that will be forthcoming.
       For my purposes, I include below the first appearance of the lady as a foe to Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, in his comic of origin, Tales of Suspense. I numbered it a 0 to set it apart. The rest are the published collections and graphic novels that have been released.
       The exact order of these can be argued strenuously so I have chosen to list them in the year they came out, not as they occurred.

0 The Crimson Dynamo Strikes Again The Crimson Dynamo Strikes Again
Published by Marvel
Contributors: N. Korok (writer), Stan Lee (writer), Don Heck (artist)
Copyright: 1964

The first appearance of the Black Widow and she does not get mention in the title. She does get a big red (appropriate) arrow pointing her out. A Russian scientist has defected and KGB agents, the Black Widow and Boris, are sent to destroy him and Tony Stark.

1 Black Widow - The Coldest War Black Widow - The Coldest War
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Gerry Conway (writer), George Freeman (artist)
Copyright: 1990


2 Punisher - Black Widow - Spinning Doomsday's Web Punisher - Black Widow - Spinning Doomsday's Web
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Larry Stroman (artist), D, G. Chichester (writer)
Copyright: 1992


3 Daredevil - Black Widow - Abattoir Daredevil - Black Widow - Abattoir
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Joe Chiodo (artist), Jim Starlin (writer)
Copyright: 1993

Graphic Novel - The Black Widow searches for what happened to several former psychic agents of SHIELD. When she goes missing, Daredevil goes looking for her.

4 Fury - Black Widow - Death Duty Fury - Black Widow - Death Duty
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Charlie ADlard (artist), Cefn Ridout (writer)
Copyright: 1995


5 Black Widow - Web of Intrigue Black Widow - Web of Intrigue
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Richard K. Morgan, Gerry Conway, Ralph Macchio (writers), Bill Sienkiewicz, George Freeman, Paul Gulacy, George Penciler (artists)
Copyright: 1999

A collection of a 4-issue mini-series in Marvel Fanfare #10-13, a one-shot story in Bizarre Adventures #25, and a reprint of The Coldest War.

6 Black Widow - The Itsy-Bitsy Spider Black Widow - The Itsy-Bitsy Spider
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Devin Grayson (writer), J. G. Jones (artist), Greg Rucka (writer), Scott Hampton (artist)
Copyright: 2010

The Black Widow is on a mission to Rhapastan where a nutsy leader is planning on using a nasty virus that turns victims into rampaging killers. Also heading there to get the same serum for Russia is the new Black Widow, Yelena Belova, who also plans to kill the first Widow for being a traitor to Russia.

7 Black Widow - Breakdown Black Widow - Breakdown
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Greg Rucka (writer), Devin Grayson (writer), Scott Hampton (artist)
Copyright: 2001

Nick Fury wants to know what a certain Russian spy-master is up to and Natasha Romanova wants to get the new Black Widow, Yelena Belova, to understand what being a spy in today's world is really like. They join in a plan that involves changing the faces of the two ladies so both look like the other.

8 Black Widow - Homecoming Black Widow - Homecoming
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Bill Sienkiewicz (artist), Richard K. Morgan (writer)
Copyright: 2004

Collects the six issues from her second mini-series.

9 Black Widow - The Sting of the Widow Black Widow - The Sting of the Widow
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Stan Lee, N. Korok, Gary Freidrich, Mimi Gold, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway (writers), John Buscema, Sal Buscema, Don Heck, Bill Everett, Gene Colan (artists)
Copyright: 2009

Collection of several early stories about her. The original comics were:
1. Tales of Suspense 52 - the first appearance with her going up against Iron Man.
2. The Amazing Spider-Man 86 - when she first encounters the webcrawler.
3. Amazing Adventures v2 1-8 - her first mini-series.
4. Daredevil 81 - Natasha meets and saves a drowning Daredevil and later fights alongside him against the Owl.

10 Black Widow and the Marvel Girls Black Widow and the Marvel Girls
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Salvador Espin (artist), Paul Tobin (writer), Takeshi Miyazawa (artist), Jacopo Camagni (artist)
Copyright: 2010

A collection from a 4-part mini-series. The Black Widow is joined in an adventure by Storm, She-Hulk, the Enchantress, and Spider-Woman. This is a comic meant for most ages so the action is less dramatic.

11 Black Widow - The Things They Say About Her Black Widow - The Things They Say About Her
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Bill Sienkiewicz (artist), Richard K. Morgan (writer)
Copyright: 2005

Collection of the six issues from her third mini-series.

12 Black Widow - The Name of the Rose Black Widow - The Name of the Rose
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Daniel Acuna (artist), Marjorie Liu (writer)
Copyright: 2010


13 Black Widow - Deadly Origin Black Widow - Deadly Origin
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Tom Raney, Adi Granov, Greg Land (artists), Paul Cornell (writer)
Copyright: 2010

A collection of a 4-part mini-series showing the true origin of the Black Widow from 1928 on.

14 Marvel's Avengers - Black Widow Strikes Marvel's Avengers - Black Widow Strikes
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Neil Edwards (artist), Steve Kurth (artist), Fred Van Lente (writer)
Copyright: 2011

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15 Black Widow - Widowmaker Black Widow - Widowmaker
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Jim McCann (writer), David Lopez (artist)
Copyright: 2012

AKA Hawkeye - Mockingbird/Black Widow - Widowmaker

16 Captain America & Black Widow Captain America & Black Widow
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Francesco Francavilla (artist), Cullen Bunn (writer)
Copyright: 2012

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17 Black Widow - The Finely Woven Thread Black Widow - The Finely Woven Thread
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Nathan Edmondson (writer)
Copyright: 2015

A collection of 6 issues from Black Widow (2014) comics #1-6,

18 Black Widow - The Tightly Tangled Web Black Widow - The Tightly Tangled Web
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Mitch Gerads (artist), Nathan Edmondson (writer), Phil Noto (artist)
Copyright: 2015

A collection of 5 issues from Black Widow (2014) comics #7-12, and 1 issue from Punisher (2014) comic #9,

19 Last Days Last Days
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Phil Noto (artist), Nathan Edmondson (writer)
Copyright: 2016

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GAMES

Number of Games:2
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2017

1 Official Marvel Avengers Dominoes Official Marvel Avengers Dominoes
Dominoes
Cardinal Industries
Copyright: 2016

A game with a set of 28 plastic tiles (dominoes) and instructions featuring the Black Widow (Natasha Romanova). She is the only female character in this game. It also features 6 other Marvel characters that are all male. Listed in alphabetical order they are: Captain America (Steve Rogers), Falcon (Samuel Thomas Wilson), Hawkeye (Clinton Francis Barton), Iron Man (Tony Stark), The Hulk (Bruce Banner) and Thor (Thor Odinson). Each title has 2 pictures on it and the game is played by placing the same characters together like the numbers in regular dominoes. The person that gets rid of their titles first is the winner. The game was first packaged in a collectible tin and a year later in a hanging box that can be put on a wall peg.

2 Marvel Avengers - Dominoes Marvel Avengers - Dominoes
Dominoes
Cardinal Industries
Copyright: 2017

The 2nd version of the dominoes game released by Cardinal. In this version the titles (dominoes) are made of cardboard. The 7 characters are all Marvel Avengers and Black Widow is the only woman. Each character is pictured 8 times in the game, or once with each of the other characters and twice on a tile. It is also play like regular dominoes.

COLLECTIBLES

Number of Collectibles:10
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2018

1 Black Widow Character Car Black Widow Character Car
Hot Wheels
Mattel
Copyright: 2015

The 18th in a series of cars that started in 2014 and ended early in 2017. Mattel imagined Marvel comic book Heroes and Villains as cars. This one was their version of the Black Widow. The car is black with red windows and tail lights. It also has 2 gold machine guns or one on each side. In 1:64 scale and made in Thailand, it was the 5th released in 2015.

2 The Black Widow - Combat Medic The Black Widow - Combat Medic
Hot Wheels
Mattel
Copyright: 2015

3rd in a set of 6 from the Hot Wheels Marvel Pop Culture Real Riders series. Based on the original character as first imagined. Made in Thailand of all metal. The vehicle is a delivery van painted blue with images of the character on the sides. The other vehicles in the series are as follows.
1. Dr. Strange - OMG Motorhome
2. Iron Fist - '80 El Camino
4. Ghost Rider - '55 Chevy Panel
5. Hawkeye - "66 Dodge A100
6. The Punisher - Haulin' Gas
All are van type, but the Iron Fist that is a car.

3 Black Widow - 16 Angels Black Widow - 16 Angels
Hot Wheels
Mattel
Copyright: 2015

6th in a series of 8 special edition vehicles for the worldwide release of the 2nd Avengers movie titled "Avengers - Age Of Ultron." The car is black with a red symbol on the roof and doors, plus it has blue windows and lights. The packaging has a picture of Scarlett Johansson on it. The car is in 1:64 scale and was manufacture in Thailand. The other 7 vehicles in this series are as follow;
1. Iron Man - Sting Rod
2. Captain America - Power Rage
3. Thor - Buzz Bomb
4. Hulk - Rockster
5. Nick Fury - Ultra Rage
7. Hawkeye - Growler
8. Vision - Muscle Tone
The Iron Man vehicle is like a Pickup Truck and the Hulk vehicle is like a Hummer. The other 6 are all cars.

4 Marvel Avengers - Black Widow Marvel Avengers - Black Widow
Action Figure
Hasbro
Copyright: 2016

A 12 inch Action Figure of the Black Widow character with 5 point articulation. The Action Figure is part of the Titan Hero Series and is for ages 4 and older. It's based on the comic book series of The Itsy-Bitsy Spider. Sold by itself and in a 5 Action Figures set. The other 4 Action Figure sold with this one are as follows; 1. War Machine, 3. Iron Man , 4. Black Panther, 5. Vision
This series of Action Figures based on the Marvel Avengers also includes:
Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Ant-Man, Winter Soldier and Falcon.

5 Character Car V2 - Black Widow Character Car V2 - Black Widow
Hot Wheels
Mattel
Copyright: 2016

The 2nd version imagined that represents their idea at Mattel of the kind of car the Marvel character of Black Widow would be. This version is black with blue racing strips on each side and the machine guns or stringer canons are silver. The car was revised for the movie "Captain America - Civil War."

6 Black Widow - 16 Angels V2 Black Widow - 16 Angels V2
Hot Wheels
Mattel
Copyright: 2016

Another version of the car released for the 2nd Avengers movie, yet revised for the 3rd Captain America movie. The car differs only because the character's name appears on the doors in red. It's the 1st car in a set of 5 that are sold together in one package. The other 4 cars in the set are as follows;
2. Captain America - Power Rage (2nd Version)
3. Iron Man - HW40
4. Hawkeye - Growler (2nd Version)
5. Black Panther - Scorcher

7 Marvel Avengers Christmas Tree Ornament: Black Widow Marvel Avengers Christmas Tree Ornament: Black Widow
Holiday Decoration
Hallmark
Copyright: 2016

A Holiday Decoration for your Christmas Tree based on the likeness of Natasha Romanova (Black Widow) drawn by the Artists (J. G. Jones & Scott Hampton) of the TPB called The Itsy-Bitsy Spider. It's a 3D polyresin figure with a satin ribbon so one can hang it on a tree if wished. Quite possibly the Ornament to die for this year and the perfect gift for any fan.

8 The Black Widow Bread Box The Black Widow Bread Box
Hot Wheels
Mattel
Copyright: 2017

3rd in the Women Of Marvel Series and also the same in the 2017 Marvel Pop Culture Real Riders Series. This die cast metal van is kind of like the one produced in 2015. The new or current version of the Black Widow is painted on both sides, but the images are different. It is a lime green color topped in red and has a sun type roof. The other 4 vehicles in these series are as follows;
1. The Wasp Volkswagen Panel
2. Spider-Woman Quick D-livery
4. The Savage She-Hulk Custom 77 Dodge Van
5. Scarlet Witch Combat Medic
All 5 of these vehicles are vans.

9 Marvel Avengers Black Widow Marvel Avengers Black Widow
Nano Metalgifs
Jada Toys
Copyright: 2017

A 100% die cast metal figure that is 1.65 inches tall of the comic book character Black Widow. It weights between 25-30 grams and is painted to look like the character would. It's not the best likeness, yet it is okay.

10 Marvel Gallery Black Widow Comic Statue Marvel Gallery Black Widow Comic Statue
Statue
Diamond Select Toys
Copyright: 2018

A 6 inch figure on a stand, made of plastic, an application of high quality paints and sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. The stylish Natasha Romanova (Black Widow) crouches down to take aim with one of her stinger bracelets. She stands atop her own character logo. Proof that it's not to wise to mess with this former Secret Agent from Russia, who's now a member of The Avengers.

MY COMMENTS

       I did not become a comic book fan until 1965, a year after Iron Man first encountered the Black Widow, but my friend John was already collecting that series and several more and after I promised to wear sanitized gloves in a clean room with mask and gown, he loaned me a bunch, a couple at a time (smart man, John).
       I was not an avid fan following her every appearance over the years but I did enjoy whenever she would pop-up as a guest in someone's storyline. I admired her kick-butt attitude and especially her got-where-she-likes freedom. Some of the writers really knew how to handle her adventures and many of the artists more than did justice to her image (one guy made her look like a Joker-wannabe but for the most part, the depictions were complimentary).
       When some genius decided to make her really born back in 1928 and so on, I groaned. I still shake my head at the oddness. It just proves again the adage that if you play with something long enough, you will break it. 1928? This gorgeous femme fatale who leaps off buildings with Daredevil and skydives with Captain America and pals around with Hawkeye is nearing 90?
       Oh well. Ignore that nonsense if you can and just have a great time with the "real" stories.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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