|“||Sloppy.... pretending to fail. The ceremony is necessary for you to take your place in the world.||„|
|~ Madame B before having Romanoff sterilized.|
Madame B is a posthumous antagonist in the 2015 Marvel film Avengers: Age of Ultron. She is a Russian military commander assigned to work in the Red Room program, and the one responsible for training Black Widow into the ruthless assassin she is well-known today.
She was portrayed by Julie Delpy.
Madame B was assigned by the KGB to train young Russian girls into becoming ruthless assassins. During the 1990s, she witnessed a young Natasha Romanoff excelling in martial arts and weapons training for months.
Because of this event, Madame B developed a certain respect towards Romanoff, believing that she could be the next assassin called Black Widow and ensured she received the best training which involves taking down targets, despite Romanoff's reservations over the training course and her fear of failing.
During the graduation ceremony, Madame B is disappointed to hear that Romanoff has failed her physical tests, but soon finds out that Romanoff has deliberately failed her tests as she doesn't want to go through the ceremony (which involves sterilization).
Realizing this, Madame B puts Romanoff through the ceremony as planned, getting her sterilized before deploying her out in the field to become one of the most dangerous assassins in Russia.
It is unknown what became of Madame B afterwards as she was never seen or mentioned again. And despite Romanoff's great reputation as a dangerous assassin, Romanoff's memory of her experiences and of Madame B haunted her for the rest of her life, an event that led her to defect from Russia and join the high ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D. (on the advice of Clint Barton and Nick Fury). Romanoff would later relive the memory (thanks to the powers of Scarlet Witch) during the Avengers' fight against Ultron and his army of Sentinels.
- It's currently speculated that Madame B may be making an appearance, possibly the main antagonist in the upcoming Black Widow film, which will delve into Black Widow's origins. If she indeed is to appear, however, it's most possible that the character will be recast or that Julie Delpy will be digitally de-aged just like other MCU actors have been in previous movies.
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