charmed-sisters-sims-3 asked: Hello, I was confused about Natasha's birth dates in the recent marvel films, you see i read somewhere that she was born in 1928 and in the movies she is kind a mystery. She didn't appear in the captain America film either. Also in Captain America 2 a computer thingy identified her to be born in the 80s. Are the movies wrong or are there they two separate widows, or do you think they'll explain this?
The movies just exist on a different timeline— they differ from the comics, but I wouldn’t call them wrong. For example, in the comics Nick Fury was the leader of the Howling Commandos, not Captain America, and he is likewise impossibly aged due to comic book super science. In the movie Captain America was the leader of the Howling Commandos, and Nick Fury is impossibly aged due to Samuel L. Jackson.
Everyone involved in the films, from comic book tie-in creators to script writers to Scarlett Johansson herself, has mentioned that Natasha in the movie continuity is meant to be a contemporary take on an old concept. The comic book Black Widow was introduced in 1964, and wasn’t created immortal; several decades of plot twists made her that way. Because the stories have been running on for long and longer years, dates and times in comics are extra complicated. Natasha’s had at least three separate origin stories and only one of them sets her birthday to 1928. And adaptations of comic book stories tend to pick and choose and invent wholesale to make something that sticks to the screen.
There’s nothing within the universe of the movies that suggest Natasha’s secretly 84, and nothing that suggests she’s not the original Black Widow. Since the films haven’t elaborated much on Natasha’s mystery-flavor past, some fans look to her recent comic book background as inspiration.
I’m skeptical of the date mentioned in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, because I don’t expect them to remember it the next time we see her file. (The’ve mixed up this kind of thing before.) But I don’t think it was put there in bad faith, if that makes sense. Like I said, the people who created her for this have said this Black Widow is just younger than the comic version, and we’re supposed to see more of her origin in this world Avengers: Age of Ultron.
TL;DR: yes, there are two separate Widows, two separate timelines, and both are right.