Originally Posted by Savage
Who says Black Widow was brainwashed? I got the impression that she did that stuff of her own free will. She had a specific skill set and she didn't care who used it for what.
When Hawkeye was talking about how horrible it was having someone go into your head, take you out and scramble up what was left to turn you into something else, he said something along the lines of, "Do you know what that feels like?" And she replies, as if lost in thought, "You know I do."
I thought it was pretty obvious, actually, that she had gone through some bad stuff in her earlier days.