Originally born under the name Azura, her father Zuras had her name changed to resemble that of Zeus' daughter Athena to seal the treaty between their two peoples. Due to this, she has often been mistaken for Athena. The city of Athens was apparently built for her, not the goddess, although Thena later allowed it to be conquered by the Spartans in 404 B.C.
She encountered the Deviant Kro in Babylon 2,500 years ago. He had a chance to slay her, but did not; as the years passed, the two of them grew closer together. Thena and Kro made love during the Vietnam War, resulting in Thena becoming pregnant with twins. She placed them inside of Ms. Ritter, an infertile woman, who raised them as her own twin children, Donald and Deborah.
When Kro led his armies in an attack on New York after the arrival of the Fourth Host of Celestials, Thena opposed him. After Kro called a truce, she decided to reveal their races' existence to humanity via Professor Samuel Holden. Kro showed her Ransak the Reject, a genetically stable Deviant. Thena was convinced by the Deviant Karkas to grant both of them sanctuary. After Zuras' death & the subsequent departure of most of Earth's Eternals, Thena became Prime Eternal, but she was traumatized by her father's death and was being subtly influenced by a Brain-Mine Kro had placed upon her. She turned against Ikaris to help save Kro's life, but later relinquished her title to Ikaris. When she learned of the Brain-Mine, she was furious with Kro, but has since forgiven him.
Like Sersi and Makkari, she was affected by Sprite's reality warping to have no memory of her past as an Eternal. Thena was married to Thomas Eliot, with a son named Joey, and was employed as a researcher at Stark Enterprises.
After being released from a hostage situation by Iron Man, she regained her costume and powers. Following the awakening of the Dreaming Celestial, Thena had a heated argument with Zuras over keeping her son, as he is born a mortal, which the outcome comes in favor for her as she swears that she will continue to love and parent Joey until his death at old age.
When the countless bodies of Celestials rained down on the Earth to herald the arrival of the Dark Celestials, the Eternals learned a dark truth that drove them mad: that the true purpose of their kind was to cultivate humankind, since the First Host of Celestials allowed humanity to thrive because they saw in their genetic makeup the potential to act as antibodies against the Horde. In their madness, the Eternals either turned against each other or committed suicide, including Azura.
|Power Grid |
Thena is an Eternal, who is capable of manipulating cosmic energy for a variety of purposes. As well as possessing skills which were learned over the course of millennia of living.
- Superhuman Strength: Thena is superhumanly strong and can lift around 1200 pounds without supplementing her strength with her other powers. However, by channeling cosmic energy into her strength, Thena is able to lift around 25 tons.
- Superhuman Durability: Thena's Eternal body is highly resistant to injury due to her psionic control over her body's molecules. She is mostly invulnerable to conventional weaponry and can only be killed by dispersing her body's molecules over a wide area.
- Superhuman Speed: Thena is able to move and accelerate at speeds greater than an Olympic athlete.
- Superhuman Stamina: Thena possesses incredible stamina, allowing her to operate at her peak for far longer than an ordinary human.
- Superhuman Agility: Thena's flexibility, balance, and overall agility are far greater than that of an ordinary human.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Thena's reflexes are similarly enhanced, allowing her to react at blinding speeds.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Thena's psionic control over her body's molecules allows her to rapidly regenerate from virtually any injury short of having her molecules dispersed over a wide area, even while asleep or unconscious.
- Immortality: Thena is immune to aging, poisons, toxins, and disease.
- Flight: By using her powers to levitate herself, Thena is able to fly at high speeds.
- Cosmic Energy Manipulation: Thena is capable of controlling cosmic energy for a variety of purposes:
- Photokinesis: Thena can manipulate cosmic energy to produce light.
- Thermokinesis: Thena can use cosmic energy to produce heat.
- Concussive Blasts: Thena can produce blasts of pure concussive force.
- Molecular Manipulation: Thena is able to psionically rearrange the molecules of an object, transforming it from one thing to another, though she is not as talented as Sersi in this regard.
- Telekinesis: Thena is able to manipulate objects with the power of her mind alone. She is also able to use this power to create force fields.
- Telepathy: Thena is able to send and receive thoughts to any mind weaker than her own and is also capable of casting sophisticated illusions. She often uses this ability to disguise herself and her Deviant attendants as normal humans.
- Teleportation: Thena is able to teleport herself and other vast distances. However, using this power is uncomfortable and drains much of Thena's stored cosmic energy.
Thena was an excellent hand to hand combatant with knowledge of combat methods and weaponry used during various periods in Earth's history.
Thena's seeming immortality, like that of other Earth born Eternals, depended upon the mental control her maintained over her bodily molecules. If an Eternal's control is broken and suffers a fatal injury during that time, he or she will not be able to heal from it.
Teleportation, although doing so with her own power is unpleasant.
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- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #11
- ↑ Eternals Vol 3 #2
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- ↑ Eternals Vol 2 #12
- ↑ Eternals Vol 3 #1
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- ↑ Avengers Vol 8 #4
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