After Me Comes the Flood (10035 words) by monanotlisa
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Iron Man (Movies)
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Natasha Romanov, Steve Rogers & Sam Wilson, Natasha Romanov & Sam Wilson
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov, Maria Hill, Clint Barton, Nick Fury, James “Bucky” Barnes
Additional Tags: Partners to Lovers, Espionage, Action/Adventure, Romance, Bisexual Steve Rogers, Bisexuality, Post-Canon, Canon Compliant, Canon Related, Character Study, POV Female Character, Female Protagonist, Friendship, Food, Hurt/Comfort, Kissing, Post-Movie(s), POV Third Person, Sexual Content, Wordcount: Over 10.000, Healing Cock
Summary: She’s an international spy who just burned herself. He’s a national hero who just burned down a government agency. Together with their friend who flies like a bird, they fight crime. Or: Happy birthday, Steve Rogers!
So I’ve decided fandom will forever be confused about Natasha’s name. Not, uh, coincidentally, comics writers have been confused about it for even longer.
The tricky bit is this: Natalia and Natasha are both forms of the Russian name Наталья. The Natalia/Natasha equivalency doesn’t exist in English, leading to all kinds of tail-chasing confusion re: which is real and which is fake. Natasha is a diminutive form of Natalia the same way Bill is for William. “Natalia” is not more authentic or more Russian, it’s just a bit more formal. And “Natasha Romanoff” is not an alias the way “Nadine Roman” or “Nancy Rushman” are.
The Romanoff/Romanova issue is just a question of transliteration. The Russian surname is Рома́нов, which is written as Romanoff or Romanov depending on your history book. Traditionally, Russian ladies take feminine endings to match their grammatical gender— Ivan Belov becomes Yelena Belova, Aleksandr Belinsky becomes Aleksandra Belinskaya. But the feminine endings often get dropped in English translation, e.g. Nastia Liukin, not Nastia Liukina. It’s a matter of preference.
If that’s too confusing, don’t worry, until about 1998 the comics had no idea what they were doing either.
We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that.
Link to the actual article here.