Black Widow doesn’t have any superpowers, but her training allows her to take on almost any opponent, including a hero with the powers of DC’s Flash.
Warning: contains spoilers for Heroes Reborn: Siege Society #1!
Heroes Reborn has altered reality within the Marvel Universe, but one thing that remains unchanged is Black Widow‘s fighting prowess. In fact, Natasha Romanoff just proved her incredible skills by accomplishing a nearly impossible feat: taking down an opponent with the powers of DC’s Flash.
The Squadron Supreme take the spotlight in the new reality of Heroes Reborn, where the Avengers never formed. A deliberate pastiche of DC’s Justice League, the Squadron’s main lineup of heroes includes Nighthawk (Batman), Power Princess (Wonder Woman), Hyperion (Superman), Doctor Spectrum (Green Lantern), and Blur (the Flash), who serve as Earth’s (new) Mightiest Heroes. Possessing similar origins, enemies, and abilities to their DC counterparts, each of these heroes’ powers have been significantly amped up from where they were in previous appearances. For example, Blur is now able to pull off many of the same tricks as the Flash, including traveling through time, while also having some new mystical powers as well. But just because the Squadron Supreme’s powers have increased doesn’t mean they’re unstoppable.
Heroes Reborn: Siege Society #1 by Cody Ziglar, Paco Medina, Pete Pantazis, and Joe Sabino takes place in London, England, where Nighthawk has set up a new base for a Squadron Supreme splinter group after an unseen Civil War with Hyperion. Enraged by this perceived invasion by American heroes, Baron Zemo puts together a team of his own to end the Squadron’s influence in Europe and make room for Hydra to take over. In the battle that ensues, the Siege Society manages to wipe the floor with some of the Squadron’s lesser-known members, killing their versions of Aquaman (Amphibian), Zatanna (Arcanna), and Green Arrow (Golden Archer). Once Nighthawk and Blur show up, however, the tide of the battle begins to shift.
While Nighthawk fends off Sabretooth and Zemo, Blur works on taking down the rest of the Siege Society. Quickly knocking Hawkeye and Fire-Ant unconscious, the speedster ends up getting involved in another chase with Silver Witch. Even Wanda Maximoff’s fast-paced magic isn’t enough to slow down Blur, however, as he manages to take her down with just one punch. Black Widow, who’d been hacking into the Squadron’s computers for most of the conflict, decides to pull Hawkeye and Fire-Ant out of the fray, but by the time she finds them, Blur is already back on the scene. Noticing Natasha, Blur runs up behind her, but is caught off guard as she activates a shock gadget that immediately knocks him unconscious. Still reeling from the electric shock herself, Black Widow steals the wings from the Squadron Supreme’s version of Hawkman (Blue Eagle) and makes a clean getaway with Clint Barton and Scott Lang.
Considering how fast Blur is shown to be in Heroes Reborn, it’s astounding that Black Widow is able to pull off this stunt, reacting in the split second the speedster takes to deliver a quip. She admits to having trained for the encounter for six months, but even then, the split-second maneuver seems near impossible. Still, her plan works and she even has the opportunity to kill Blur once and for all, only passing up the chance because she’d rather avoid his teammates’ retribution.
Marvel fans have always known that Black Widow was a force to be reckoned with, and this new feat just drives that point home. Even in this altered reality, her Red Room training shines through and makes Natasha an opponent to be feared. Blur may have Flash-level abilities, but even without powers, Black Widow can take him down, suggesting that under the right circumstances, Natasha’s super-spy training would be enough to take down DC’s speedster hero.
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