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Confidant of the Black Widow. Ivan Petrovitch (Russian: Иван Петрович Безухов) met Natasha when the infant was thrown to him from a burning building during World War II. Ivan became the infant's father figure and protector. Much later when the Black Widow moved to New York City, Ivan continued to be her protector and chauffeur. When the Widow moved to San Francisco with Daredevil, Petrovich also moved into their mansion. He continued to travel and accompany the Widow, moving back to New York City with her and again to Los Angeles where he befriended her teammates the Champions[1].

It was while with the Champions that he was confronted by his son Yuri, whom he had believed dead. Yuri had become the new Crimson Dynamo and captured first the Black Widow and then the rest of the Champions[2].

Ivan subsequently disappeared for years after realizing that the Widow would never reciprocate his long unexpressed romantic feelings for her, seeing him purely as a father figure. He eventually resurfaced having gone insane and had himself transformed into a cyborg monster, and the Widow was forced to kill him in order to stop him unleashing nuclear devastation on the world.


  • Ivan received the same age retarding Serum as Natalia in 1956. It was provided by Winter Soldier to save Ivan's life who was mortally wounded in exchange for both Ivan's and Natalia's loyalty. Ivan wanted to refuse but Natalia accepted for them both as Ivan passed out[3]
  • Ivan Petrovitch enjoyed lifting weights and watching old movies. His exposure to classic movies led to him having an unusual dialect. One acquaintance described him as a Russian who sounded like "Bogart".


The Official Index To The Marvel Universe:The Avengers,Thor & Captain America#6(11/10) says that Captain Petrovitch (Captain America Comics#26(5/43)Captain America 3rd story) resembles Ivan Petrovitch.


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