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"Is there anything you actually know, Ross? Not supposition. Not guesses. Genuine hard evidence. Dazzle me with your wisdom. I really want to know. The woman saved my life and now you want my resources to bring her in along with Rogers and the others."
Hawley to Thaddeus Ross[src]

Black Widow Prelude is a comic mini-series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is set before Black Widow.

Synopsis

Part 1

TRACE THE BLACK WIDOW’S HISTORY IN THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE!

From spy to Avenger, the enigmatic BLACK WIDOW has lived many secret lives. But how do these disparate episodes add up to the life of the heroic Avenger, and what is the thread that connects her past to her future? Get ready for MARVEL STUDIOSBLACK WIDOW solo film with this glimpse into the storied history of NATASHA ROMANOFF in this tale set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Part 2

THE HUNT FOR THE BLACK WIDOW! Follow the trail of NATASHA ROMANOFF’s exploits in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! As the facts are considered, the question remains: is the BLACK WIDOW really a threat? Get ready for MARVEL STUDIOSBLACK WIDOW solo film with the conclusion to this prelude story!

Plot

Part 1

Inside the Triskelion, Alexander Pierce discusses Project Insight with the World Security Council. Suddenly, Councilwoman Hawley attacks the guards and holds Pierce at gunpoint. She deactivates her Photostatic Veil, revealing herself as Natasha Romanoff.

Years later, after the Clash of the Avengers, Thaddeus Ross and Councilwoman Hawley watch the security footage of Romanoff infiltrating the World Security Council. Hawley finds the story of the Avengers Civil War in a newspaper and shows it to Ross, claiming that Romanoff folowed his orders and saved many lives. She refused to offer Ross resources to help him find and bring in Romanoff. However, Ross did not give up, as he believed Romanoff helped Steve Rogers escape.

Moving to the conference room, Ross offers Hawley vital information about Natasha Romanoff. He tells her about the Red Room and the various reasons Romanoff may have joined S.H.I.E.L.D., although the real incident remained unknown. Ross recalls the Ambush in Odessa. He states that after the unfortunate incident, Romanoff was reassigned to an easier job: monitoring Tony Stark. Ross claims that that was the starting point for Romanoff in the superhero life.

Part 2

Thaddeus Ross continues discussing Natasha Romanoff with Councilwoman Hawley. The conversation touches on Whiplash, the Tesseract and Bruce Banner. Ross quickly evades questions about the relationship between his own daughter and Banner and begins to explain how Romanoff helped to retrieve Banner from Kolkata as per Nick Fury's orders.

Back in 2012, Romanoff calmly approaches a distrustful Banner and explains that S.H.I.E.L.D. needs his help to track down the Tesseract. After a brief outburst, Banner and Romanoff come to a compromise with Banner reluctantly agreeing to assist. Romanoff reveals that there was a S.H.I.E.L.D. team waiting to subdue Banner if necessary but expresses gratitude that she did not need them.

Ross recalls that Romanoff did indeed end up meeting the more dangerous side of Banner and was forced to escape from him, thankfully with no serious injuries. Thor was able to assist with distracting and containing Banner.

Ross remembers that the Avengers were able to stop the alien invasion together and calmly mentions that he was aware that Hawley planned to destroy the city with an atom bomb as she did not trust the Avengers to handle the situation. Ross and Hawley bring up the fact that Romanoff appeared to be the only one able to calm Banner down after he had entered his Hulk state, however this did not stop him from escaping after the Battle of Sokovia. While Ross argues with Hawley about whether he could trust Romanoff, Hawley praises Romanoff's work with Steve Rogers on the Lemurian Star where she assisted to save hostages and take down a group of criminals, however, Ross points out that her priority appeared to be saving S.H.I.E.L.D. intel over civilians. Hawley brings up Romanoff's work in South Korea where she assisted Rogers again during a battle with Ultron, but Ross brings up the disaster in Lagos where many civilians were killed in an explosion. Ross accuses Romanoff of always being there when disasters occur. After Ross and Hawley disagree and part ways, Ross contacts Tony Stark and then announces that his team will track down Romanoff in order to unveil the Sokovia Accords.

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