Marvel admits that Black Widow’s name does not make sense without forces

Natasha Romanova, Black Widow and Squirrel Girl go on adventures to discover their own significance in Marvel Comics’ anthology Women of Marvel # 1.

It is no surprise that the famous Black widow would take a lead role in the thesis Women of Marvel # 1 comic one-shot, but it’s not Natasha Romanoff’s military career that is being questioned, it’s the true meaning of her superhero codename. Or more specifically, what the ‘spider’ code name is do not do mean, courtesy of the sole Squirrel girl.

Black Widow’s names have been questioned several times over the years for a number of reasons (Natasha’s last name is ‘Romanoff’ defying Russian surnames conventions). After nearly sixty years, Marvel reveals that more than a few superheroes have some misconceptions about her power set. While it’s true Black Widow has superpowersher choice of code name is misleading in a world with a whole spider verse of arachnid superhumans.


That Women from Marvel anthology cartoon collects stories from seasoned veterans and forward-thinking female talents. They give their own spin in fun character-creating adventures of powerful women in the Marvel universe and their relationships, while fighting evil and solving problems that have been in the minds of comic book readers for decades. For “Comb Foot”, one of the short stories by Charlie Jane Anders, one may wonder if Black Widow’s name makes sense with Natasha Romanoff’s abilities.

Jody Housers Web of Black Widow # 1 explained the name was intended to associate Natasha with the spider’s infamous mortality along with its ability to escape warning (and strike all the faster and more deadly for it). Since then, however, Natasha has transformed the name into her own purposes – a mission to regain her past and identity in name, as much as in substance, psychology and morality. The story explains that Natasha takes the name (given to her by “very bad people”) and gives it a meaning she decides on.

Whatever Black Widow’s name means to her, it can evolve and change with the character she deems appropriate. Like Iron Man, which is not just a description of his hard outer shell, it is an appropriate name for a person who possesses similar inner emotional qualities. As fandoms evolve and inclusion is more acceptable now than ever before, many fans will pass on Natasha’s words to Squirrel Girl, Doreen Green: “That’s what identities are: You can make them your own by living as hard as you can. And swearing at anyone who tries to define you.”

Women of Marvel # 1 is available in comic book stores now.

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