Alexei Romanov was a boy Ava Orlova frequently dreamed about while living on the streets of Brooklyn, although she did not know whom he was.[2]

Going by the foster name, Alex Manor, he was later revealed to be the younger brother of Black Widow super spy Natasha Romanoff, born in Stalingrad during the fall of the Soviet Union.[1]

After Natasha started to work at S.H.I.E.L.D., she wiped both their memories during Project: Blank Slate, gave Alexei his new foster name, and assigned a fellow Agent to go undercover as his foster mother and take care of him under the alias Marilyn Manor.[1]

Alex started fencing not long after, where met the equally competitive Dante Cruz, and in no time they were inseparable best friends, getting into a series of stupid fights, such as arm wrestling during Dante’s sister's Christmas Party.[1]

During their last tournament together, Alex met Ava Orlova and reunited with his sister the Black Widow, though they did not know they were siblings due to the previous mind wipe. Later, when he and Ava escaped the Triskelion and fled to Ukraine, Alex discovered his true identity and past, then finally understood where all those nightmares had come from and why he had woken up with a mysterious hourglass-shaped tattoo.[1]

Sadly after Alexei reunited with his sister, he passed away soon after during a mission for S.H.I.E.L.D. to Sultanahmet where the trio battled with Ivan Somorodov beneath Istanbul, Turkey.[3] Alex left behind his fencing swords, which were claimed by his girlfriend, the Red Widow.[1]

For his bravery, his idol Tony Stark dedicated his new and improved teen hangout, previously the Fort Greene Food Pantry Queen of All Saints in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn where Ava had lived, in Alexei's honor, and S.H.I.E.L.D. placed his name on their monument in memory of their fallen Agents at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy.[1]


Skilled in fencing and possessing adequate self-defense skills.


Selfless, stubborn, and competitive.


Fencing swords.

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