Considering she's been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since her introduction in Iron Man 2 back in 2010, Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, remains one of the least known characters. Aside from the fact that she's one of the longest-running members of the Avengers on screen too, fans know she's also got a wealth of backstory to explore centring around brainwashing and terrible childhood trauma, only officially touched upon in last year's Age Of Ultron during a dream sequence.
But as it turns out, cinema-goers were almost offered up further insight into Romanoff's origins in recently-released Captain America: Civil War but such a sequence was cut from an early version of the script.
According to Movie Pilot, the scene reportedly saw an exchange between Romanoff and Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans).
"Natasha studied Cap's expression of resolve," the publication details. "Finally, she said, "In Russia, in the Red Room, there were dozens of us. All girls, all young. We lived together. They let us be friends. Then they dropped us in the tundra, two weeks' walk from home, with just enough supplies for one of us to survive." Cap looked at her, understanding her meaning. "Don't let them push us into the cold," she said.
While vague, the sentences can't help but conjure up the idea that Romanoff might have had to have fought or maybe even killed her fellow classmates in order to survive, when they were forced to live out in the frozen wilderness and find their way back to the school. Similarly, it also explains why she was so keen to stay neutral during the Iron Man/Cap conflict during Civil War and eventually allowed Rogers and pal Bucky Barnes to escape the airport battle toward the end of the film, despite being on Team Stark previously.
It's certainly not definitive but this isn't the first time that Romanoff's backstory has been referred to as being dark and something she wants to move past and redeem herself for either. Back in Avengers Assemble, Tom Hiddleston's Loki taunts her while being held captive, asking her why she thinks saving Hawkeye will make up for the horrors that are a part of her.
"Dreykov's daughter, Sao Paulo, the hospital fire? Barton told me everything. Your ledger is dripping, it's gushing red and you think saving a man no more virtuous than yourself will change anything? This is the basest sentimentality," the Asgardian trickster shouts. "This is a child at prayer... pathetic! You lie and kill in the service of liars and killers. You pretend to be separate, to have your own code.. They are a part of you, and they will never go away!"
Interestingly, a deleted scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier also touches on the subject of a health care institution, with Cap asking Romanoff: "If you do this, none of your past will remain hidden. Not Budapest, not Osaka... not the children's ward. Are you sure you're ready for the world to see you, as you truly are?"
It's no secret that Marvel movie fans are desperate to see Black Widow have her own standalone movie within the franchise – just as Thor, Cap and Iron Man have done – so here's hoping that they're consistently cutting out fascinating insights to her character for the sake of unveiling them later. Even if we have to wait several years to see it on the big screen, it will undoubtedly be worth it by the sounds of things.
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