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And from there she became the Black Widow, which wasn’t just a cool name she got to pick, but was rather something not very creative at all considering the next fact…
If Black Widow was trained within the USSR’s secret Black Widow Program with a bunch of other killer female sleeper agents, then it makes you wonder why her superhero name is “Black Widow.” Was everyone that came out of the Program called Black Widow?
Like any good spy Black Widow has alternate identities and a hidden past, but the one thing that’s clear from Black Widow’s comic origin is that she was born Natalia Romanova in the Soviet Union.
Perhaps westernizing her name when she came to America, perhaps concealing it just enough to keep her past hidden, somewhere along the way Natalia Romanova became Natasha Romanoff, and that’s who we meet in when Black Widow enters the MCU.
For those Black Widow purists out there, if you want to go all the way back to the early '40s you’d find a character named Black Widow that wasn’t Natasha Romanoff at all.
This Black Widow – the original Black Widow – confusingly had another secret identity; Claire Voyant.
The latter explanation is uncovered by Natasha when she finds out that she was implanted with false memories of being a ballerina by the Black Widow Program; although it’s never quite clear why.
While many fans dissected early trailers of to point to a Black Widow origin story, that was ultimately never the case, and perhaps it’s for the best considering how tricky her origin would be to explain in the MCU alongside Captain America, if only because of this next point…
However, at least in the comics – over the course of various decades – we’ve been treated to glimpses at her past and references to her real name and past life. Depending on what origin story you choose to believe about Black Widow, you could spend a long time delving into her past relationships and seeing the difference between the Black Widow of the comics and the Black Widow of the MCU.File this one under “not in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, yet” but Black Widow is very much a traditional superhero in the sense that she’s biologically advanced and not your average human.Having been given a serum very similar to Steve Rogers’ Super Soldier Serum during her time in the Black Widow Program, Natasha Romanoff is actually resistant to aging and disease, and she has the same super-human strength and agility that Captain America has.Was it just Black Widow that got to be called Black Widow?This is confusing and thankfully not addressed in the MCU; instead we’re just left to assume that she’s called Black Widow because she wears black, her hair is red, she’s flexible, and she can kill you if she really wants.