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Quote1 I’ve been to hell before, little girl. It was called the Red Room. Quote2
-- Black Widow src

History

Origins

Red Room (Earth-616) Black Widow Deadly Origin Vol 1 2

Red Room training.

The Red Room (Красная комната) was one of the Department X's espionage training facilities. It which plays a critical role in Natalia Romanova’s life. For decades the Red Room been a Cold War program to train the deadliest female spy in the world. It was created due to the success of their previous sleeper agent and assassin the Winter Soldier.[1]

Black Widow Ops Program

They recruited 28 little orphan girls to make them undetectable deep-cover agents to infiltrate China and the West.The core methodology was designed by Professor Grigor Pchelintsov, a leader in the field of psychotechnics, and allowed for imprinting people with almost completely fabricated memories. [1] They were made to believe that they were trained in ballet in the Bolshoi Theatre.[2][3][4] During her training, Romanova was contacted by the Enchantress, who manipulated her simply for the sake of it suggesting that Romanova may be freed only to prevent her from escaping - however, Romanova's effort attracted attention of the program's organizers, who would had otherwise "discard" Romanova.[5] Natasha was placed with a handler Ivan Petrovitch.

Enhancements

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Furthermore, the girls all received a special treatment designed by Dr. Lyudmila Kudrin, a biochemist.The Kudrin treatment could make women stay young for many decades, as well as superhumanly healthy and resilient.[4]

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Red Room training.

Wolf Spider Ops Program

Niko Constantin was the only male trainee of the Red Room's male equivalent dubbed "Wolf Spider", Niko Constantin proved to be an effective killer, but impossible to handle or control, leading to the program to be declared a failure. Years later, he was found to be imprisoned in a Russian gulag, leading a gang of convicts dubbed the Wolf Spiders, and holding a grudge against James "Bucky" Barnes, one of the trainers for the Wolf Spider program.[6]

Yelena Belova

The K.G.B. continued the Red Room still operated in the late 1970's. The new Black Widow program was making a reality out of the disinformation, thus helping hide what the real project had been. This Red Room program successfully trained their agent, Yelena Belova, though she soon left the service.[7]

North Institute

Natasha, weary of espionage and adventure, retired to Arizona but was targeted, as were the other Black Widow subjects of the Red Room, by the North Institute on behalf of the corporation Gynacon. Natasha’s investigations led her back to Russia, where she was appalled to learn the previously unimagined extent of her past manipulation, and she discovered the Widows were being hunted because Gynacon, having purchased Russian biotechnology from Red Room’s successor agency 2R, wanted all prior users of the technology dead. After killing Gynacon CEO Ian McMasters, she clashed with operatives of multiple governments to help Sally Anne Carter, a girl Natasha had befriended in her investigations, whom she rescued with help from Daredevil and Yelena Belova. [8]

The Red Room was revealed to have been started by the long lived mutant; Romulus who had long ties to Wolverine.[citation needed]

Omega Red

The Red Room bought the mutant, Super-Soldier Omega Red's freedom with the hopes of using him to their own ends. Wolverine, Colossus, and Nightcrawler encountered him after he has freed himself from his master, however, and they engage in combat. Omega Red was largely impervious to Wolverine's claws; the Red Room had been experimenting on his body in an effort to enhance his healing factor. After Nightcrawler intervenes and knocks Omega Red unconscious, he is returned to S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.[9][10][11]

Dark Ocean Society

The Red Room was the site of mass killings of K.G.B recruits. Surveillance video reveals the killings are carried out by the Dark Ocean Society lead by a new Ronin.[12] However before their investigation is completed the group is attacked by the Supreme Soviets and are forced to split up.[13] Hawkeye and Black Widow travel to Sapporo, Japan, the base of operations of the Dark Ocean Society and Mockingbird and Dominic head to the tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula following mass Russian troop movements.[14] The group reunites on the disputed Kuril Islands and discover that the identity of the new Ronin is Alexi Shostakov , the original Red Guardian and Black Widow's ex-husband. Shostakov revealed he intended to force a war between Russia and Japan that will restore Russia's former glory. A battle ensues as the heroes take on a combination of the Dark Ocean Society and the Supreme Soviets. During the battle Hawkeye receives a critical blow to the head, Widow however manages to take down Shostakov with the help of Fantasma.[15]

Nadia Pym

Nadia Pym (Earth-616)'s backstory from All-New, All-Different Avengers Vol 1 9

Nadia Pym is the daughter of Hank Pym and his first wife, Maria Trovaya, who was kidnapped during her honeymoon and subsequently killed by foreign agents, Nadia was raised in the Red Room in Russia, where she was being trained to become a Red Room agent herself. When Nadia started to read, she showed great aptitude for science, so her handlers, believing her skills to be genetic, informed her of her famous heritage and began encouraging her to emphasize her studies more. Learning of her parentage only increased Nadia's drive to escape the Red Room, and she was eventually able to obtain a black market Pym Particle sample, which she studied enough to master its size-changing properties and used to escape the facility.[16]

Residents

Scientists

Teachers

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Wolf Spider Ops Program

Alternate Realities

Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999)

Red Room Academy (Earth-199999) from Marvel's Agent Carter Season 1 5 001

Red Room Academy

The Red Room Academy, in Belarus, USSR was visited on a mission by the SSR and the Howling Commandos. It was the training facility for the Black Widow Ops Program located in Belarus in which orphaned girls, including Dottie Underwood, were selected and trained to become deadly female spies. During the encounter here, one of the students stabbed Dum-Dum Dugan and killed Junior Juniper.[17]

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