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Quote1 Lady, you are crazy! And I have an M.D. in psychiatry... So when I say you're crazy... You're crazy. Quote2
Ms. Marvel[src]

Karla Sofen was a renowned psychiatrist, who enjoyed manipulating her patients into paranoia rather than helping them.[9] Her unethical behavior led her to be an assistant to the villainous Doctor Faustus,[10] who improved her manipulative skills. This allowed her to pave her way to Lloyd Bloch, the powerhouse villain known as Moonstone. Drugging Lloyd with hallucinogens, Sofen persuaded him into giving her the Moonstone, the Kree device that granted him immense powers.[11] As the new Moonstone, Sofen became a prominent super-criminal, being recruited into Baron Zemo's Masters of Evil and facing the Avengers on several occasions.[12] When the Avengers went missing, the Masters of Evil pretended to be super-heroes, naming themselves the Thunderbolts. Moonstone reinvented herself as the fake super-hero Meteorite.[3][13]

The Thunderbolts' hoax ultimately lead them into genuine heroic activities.[14] However, Moonstone's villainous side flourished again when the Thunderbolts' leadership fell into Norman Osborn's hands.[15] When Osborn decided to create his own Dark Avengers team, Moonstone was invited to the team to act as Ms. Marvel.[16] Through the years, Moonstone was a member of several iterations of both the Thunderbolts and the Dark Avengers.[17][18][19][20]

More recently, Moonstone seized control of a health facility in order to carry on experiments to raise the dead. Her experiments affected Monica Rambeau's powers and Strikeforce investigated Moonstone's activities. She was defeated by the Strikeforce and incarcerated at the Ravencroft Institute.[21] However, since Norman Osborn was in charge of Ravencroft, Moonstone became part of Ravencroft's staff.[22]


Immoral Psychiatrist[]

Born to a couple of domestic servants, Karla Sofen grew up in Hollywood, living in the luxurious mansion owned by the privileged family of oscar-winning producer Charles Stockbridge. Her mother Marion was a maid and her father Karl worked as a butler. Karla was forced to be a companion to Deanna Stockbridge, the family's daughter who was her age. Deanna saw Karla as a true friend, but Karla chafed at being so close to wealth but being unable to enjoy it as her own. From a very early age, she developed a talent for manipulating the naïve Deanna for her own amusement and advantage. After Karl Sofen died of a heart attack, Marion and Karla were dismissed and replaced by another family. Returning to her parents' home in Van Nuys, California, Marion Sofen overworked multiple jobs to provide her daughter with the opportunity of getting an education. Karla Sofen graduated college, studying psychology to understand and manipulate others, promising to never stupidly put herself behind others like her mother had done.[23]

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Karla Sofen's first appearance from Captain America #192

Although she became thriving psychiatrist, Sofen's success hid a horrible truth: she enjoyed manipulating her patients for her own ends. As an example, since she could not afford for her jealous housewife patient to be cured of her paranoia, Sofen would sporadically call the house pretending to be a lover of her patient's husband in order to keep her coming back for more sessions. As a recently formed therapist, she attended a lecture held by Leonard Samson about ethics in psychically treating others, but devalued his remarks.[9] Sofen and Samson became acquaintances by attending other events, without him suspecting she had unscrupulous plans and methods.[1] Sofen eventually became under the tutelage of the criminal brainwasher Doctor Faustus. She assisted Doctor Faustus in his grandiose attempt to take financial control of Manhattan Island. Faustus' plans never came to fruition however, due to the efforts of Captain America, who was by chance in Faustus' charter flight. As Captain America rounded up Faustus' men,[10] Sofen hid herself inside the baggage compartment of the doctor's private 747, thus evading capture.[11]


With no criminal records and a reputation as a renowned psychiatric credentials, Sofen gained access to the prison cell of Lloyd Bloch – the Moonstone. Using hypnosis, she convinced Bloch that he was in fact a hideous, loathsome monster. The psychological trauma was so severe that it caused him to reject the moonstone within him that gave him powers. Energized by the emotional rush, Karla Sofen was able to absorb the essence of the moonstone through a sheer act of will, granting her the armor and the abilities that once belonged to Bloch. With Bloch now powerless, Karla Sofen became the new Moonstone.[11]

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A short time later, Moonstone decided to hire herself out to the subversive organization known as the Corporation. The Corporation sent Moonstone on a mission to Gamma Base in New Mexico to purloin a top-secret piece of military hardware known as a Gammavator. She gained access as Dr. Sofen by offering professional help to fellow psychiatrist Leonard Samson, who had been previously impressed by Sofen's heterodox attitude at the Utrecht Conference. Once in Gamma Base, she opposed the gamma-spawned monster, the incredible Hulk, who was Samson's patient. At first, Moonstone was able to provoke the Hulk into a savage frenzy and play victim, thereby earning her the sympathy of Samson.[1] Pretending to be a hero, Moonstone publicly battled the apparently dangerous Hulk, who kept being secretly molested by her actions. Her identity of Dr. Karla Sofen was exposed to General Thunderbolt Ross and she managed to knock him out and blame the Hulk for it, forcing him to run away.[11] Having Samson's trust, Sofen remained in the Gamma Base, which concentrated their efforts in stopping the Hulk.[24]

Another Corporation infiltrator in the base was Senator Eugene Kligger Stivak. Once learning the Hulk had resurfaced in California, Stivak asked Sofen to come along. As Kligger, he took the opportunity to invite Sofen to his branch of the Corporation as part of a plan to reestablish his former influence.[25] They would then go to the Corporation West Coast Headquarters on Alcatraz, where both the Hulk's alter ego Bruce Banner and the Falcon were being held captive. Once Captain America and Marvel Man arrived to save Falcon, Banner changed into the Hulk, and a battle ensued.[26] Once it was clear that the Corporation was outmatched, Moonstone calculated the risks and decided to abandon the site, getting off scot-free.[27]

With problems to get criminal work following the Corporation's dissolution, Moonstone attacked Dr. Connors' lab at Empire State University and stole the portable Enervator in order to enhance her powers. During a subsequent fight against Spider-Man, Moonstone lost the Enervator, and the device was apparently destroyed in a building's wreckage.[28]

Masters of Evil[]

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Meeting Hawkeye

Moonstone was recruited by Egghead to join his Masters of Evil. She acted as his field leader during his campaign against Henry Pym.[12] When Egghead was killed and the scam went south, Karla eagerly volunteered to testify about how Egghead framed Hank Pym for various exchange for a reduced sentence.[29] She was held at Project Pegasus for study. During a diversion elsewhere within Project Pegasus, another prisoner, Blackout, managed to escape his containment cell. Karla managed to manipulate Blackout into deeply and instinctively trusting her, and they made their escape despite the Avengers' presence.[30]

Moonstone used her energy powers to ascertain where they were and helped Blackout navigate them out of the Darkforce dimension to the Earth's moon. Moonstone hoped to augment her superhuman powers on the Moon's surface, but before she could do so, members of the Moon's resident race, the Inhumans, aided by the mutant Dazzler, overpowered the two escaped criminals. Blackout and Moonstone were taken back to Earth and were returned to captivity at Project: Pegasus.[31]

Moonstone joined Baron Zemo's iteration of the Masters of Evil, the group that participated in the infamous siege on Avengers Mansion.[32] While fleeing from Captain Marvel, Moonstone slammed into the side of a mountain and broke her neck, remaining hospitalized for some time.[33]

Following her recovery, Moonstone fought Captain Marvel in Brazil, having been hired to smuggle stolen Stark Tech to a local gangster.[34] Karla was then imprisoned in The Vault, later taking part in an attempted breakout started by Venom.[35] During her captivity, Sofen was targeted by the original Moonstone, Lloyd Bloch, who had gained new powers but still sought revenge, first while she went to court,[36] and later as he was brought into the Vault.[37] Sofen intended to serve the rest of her sentence, but she'd soon change her mind.[38]


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Karla as Meteorite

When most of the world's heroes disappeared after the Onslaught crisis, Sofen again teamed with Baron Zemo, who broke her out of the Vault. Under the guise of Meteorite, she was a founding member of the Thunderbolts, a team of super-villains masquerading as heroes to gain the trust of the people long enough for Zemo to steal sensitive S.H.I.E.L.D. files.[38] Eventually, their cover was broken, but Karla joined most of her teammates in sustaining the Thunderbolts as a true superhero team.[39]

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Surprising Barton while he was climbing

Relating to these wanna-be heroes, Hawkeye asked to join the team and help them turn to the good side of the law.[40] Although initially reluctant, they agreed to follow his lead and Karla even began a romantic relationship with Clint.[41] With time, the Thunderbolts came to be viewed as true heroes.[42] Because the Thunderbolts operated outside the law and Clint lost his "Avenger's Privileges" when he went over to lead them, he made a deal with the CSA so that he would go to jail but the Thunderbolts would be pardoned for their past crimes. As a result of the pardon some of the Thunderbolts went over to the V-Battalion which was being secretly led by Zemo while others like Karla went back to civilian life.[43]

Graviton approached Karla about training him and she agreed.[44] During the training, Graviton secretly levitated a pebble and used it to murder Karla's childhood "playmate," Deanna Stockridge.[45] Graviton then decided to terraform the world in his image and suspended all the heroes into orbit to trap them. Therefore, the Thunderbolts were the only ones left to confront him.[46] Karla eventually sided with the Thunderbolts and Graviton revealed what he did to Deanna in an attempt to intimidate her. While Karla looked visibly shaken she stated that her death was meaningless to her.[47] During the battle, an alien invasion occurred because they leeched some of Graviton's power to open a gateway. Graviton stopped them and in the process sent all the Thunderbolts except Songbird into Counter-Earth.

On Counter-Earth, she obtained a second Moonstone through deception which increased her power tremendously.[48] Eventually, the Thunderbolts were able to return back to Earth and went through a roster change with Zemo becoming the leader again.[49]

Zemo decided to enact his Project: Liberator which caused a conflict between the Avengers and Thunderbolts. During the battle, Karla became unstable and as a result, the Fixer managed to develop a multi-spectrum phase scrambler to disrupt Karla's intangibility. Hawkeye was then forced to combine it with a special arrow to inhibit her gravimetric field and fired it at Karla which rendered her tangible and catatonic. The Vision was then able to phase through her and removed her moonstones.[50]

The Initiative[]

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New team, new costume

With Karla still comatose from these events, Baron Zemo gained control of the moonstones. From that point on, he manipulated her to do his bidding for him; her mind however, was still not functional.[citation needed] This changed after Songbird sent Zemo into a whirlwind of cosmic time/space releasing Sofen from his control. Her body was retrieved by the Commission on Superhuman Activities and remained in one of their facilities. Songbird was mentally linked through the moonstones' power when betraying Zemo. Karla and her teammate came out of their individual comas, with Karla mentally stable and her powers under control with one of the moonstones in her possession again.[51]

Sofen became the field leader of Norman Osborn's Thunderbolts, which were sponsored by the U.S. Government after the conclusion of the Superhuman Civil War. Although she was initially uninterested, a blackmail from Norman Osborn threatening to remove her moonstone from her body left her with little choice. Although she served her function on the team, she proved less-than-effective as the team leader (she tried to rush through the Thunderbolts' first mission to have sexual intercourse with one of the dockworkers at Thunderbolts Mountain).[52]

Moonstone was among four Thunderbolts members present during an attack on Thunderbolts Mountain by a renegade Skrull sleeper agent Khn'nr who had taken the form of Captain Marvel but had refused to follow his programming and had pledged to defend the human race.[53] During the battle, Khn'nr revealed that her stone was of Kree origin, and used his energy-controlling abilities to shut it down.[54] Later, Bullseye tried to kill Songbird under Osborn's orders. Songbird managed to get into the Zeus aircraft, and blew up part of the Thunderbolts' mountain headquarters. Moonstone survived because Bullseye had warned her to go intangible, and walked away from the team.[55]

Dark Avengers[]

Norman Osborn gave her a spot on the Dark Avengers. She was given the codename and original costume (reclaimed from Ultra Girl) of Ms. Marvel after Carol Danvers had refused to follow Osborn.[16] On the Dark Avengers' first mission, the new Ms. Marvel attacked Morgan Le Fay by blasting her off her dragon, causing her to die in the present.[56]


Karla as Ms. Marvel

Osborn forced all of the Dark Avengers to undergo Psych Evaluations. After going through some of Karla's memories psychically, Dr. Gerald Wright discovered the memories of her mother's death were locked behind a "Hulk shaped door". He had come to kill the Dark Avengers because they were all made up of criminals, and he made Karla begin choke herself to death. As Karla was choking herself, she tricked him by getting him to go back into her head where she revealed she had killed her mother and hated being seen as a criminal and a failure. After Karla broke free, she asked him if he was prepared to do what she did and shot his right arm off and possibly choked him to death.[57]

After being told by Norman Osborn to find A.I.M., Karla sorted through the original Ms. Marvel's A.I.M. leads and took out an A.I.M. cell in Atlanta, Georgia. There she found baby M.O.D.O.C.'s, enhanced to warp reality. They communicated with her telepathically, telling her that they need Ms. Marvel to save them. It was unclear if they are controlling her, or if she genuinely cared about them, but Karla took them back to her room in the Avengers Tower for safekeeping. Almost immediately her room was blown apart by a strange yellow being.[58] With the aid of Venom, Noh-Varr and Iron Patriot, Karla managed to defeat the mysterious being and after a meeting with the Dark Avengers, the babies were moved to Thunderbolt's Mountain where they were stolen by Deadpool on behalf of A.I.M.[59]

Later while flying through the city, Karla came across a green version of Ms. Marvel's lightning bolt on the side of a building. Karla went back to the Avengers Tower where Osborn informed her Deadpool stole the baby M.O.D.O.C.s. Karla confronted him in Los Angeles. After defeating him, Karla came across the New Avengers and four of the mysterious beings, each one a different color, in an underground A.I.M. base. Trying to save the babies, Karla was too late to reach them as Spider-Man hooked them up to a machine. The four mysterious beings then merged and reform Carol Danvers, the original Ms. Marvel.[60] Refusing to let her title be taken away, Karla attempted to pound Danvers, but strangely, no matter what she hit her with, Danvers survived each and every blow.[61] Eventually, it was discovered that Danvers had a counterpart named Catherine Donovan, who, in close proximity, allowed Danvers to be invulnerable. Donovan, revealed to be a creation of the Storyteller, was killed by Osborn, but then managed to invade Karla's mind as she is fighting Danvers. While trapped in her own body, Sofen is forced to confront her own identity and retakes her Moonstone mantle. As Moonstone, Sofen is able to expel Donovan's consciousness which merges with Danvers upon exit, thus making Ms. Marvel whole again. However, during their battle, Carol uses her own powers to remove the moonstone from Sofen, depowering her in the process. She tells Karla that she learned a great deal about her while in her mind and offers her a chance at redemption. Knowing she will die in 72 hours without the moonstone's support, Carol hides it at the gravesite of Sofen's mother and gives her the opportunity to reexamine her life and stand against Osborn. Sofen finds the moonstone at her mother's grave, and she smashes the headstone.[62]

It is shown that, at some point, Karla started to feel very attracted to Daken. It didn't take long for the two to start flirting with each other and something more sparked in Karla. As an M.D. in psychiatry, Karla started to get fascinated with the mysterious, brilliant and terrible personality of Daken and how she couldn't predict what he was going to do next. Karla demonstrated romantic feelings for Daken, but after a conversation with the mutant, Sofen realized that he was a liar and their relationship and the relation of Daken with the Dark Avengers was nothing but a way for Daken to have fun and achieve his goals. Still interested in Daken but disillusioned, the intimacy of the two turned cold at this point.[63]

Karla was sent out by Osborn to help quell the riots in San Francisco along with the other Dark Avengers and H.A.M.M.E.R. Outside the Castro Theatre, she took out Nekra and Frenzy much to the surprise of Karma, Armor, and Bling.[64] Later she came into conflict with Rogue, accusing her of attacking an unconscious H.A.M.M.E.R. agent and viciously attacked her, though Rogue managed to trick her and escape.[65]

Prior to the Siege of Asgard, Moonstone was flirting with Bullseye,[66] and was caught having sex with him in the Avengers Tower meeting room in front of H.A.M.M.E.R agents as Victoria Hand and Norman Osborn watched on a security camera. This act was perceived as an act of rebellion from Karla against Norman Osborn's rule over the Dark Avengers. Norman sent Victoria Hand to deal with the situation. Hand confronted Moonstone and Bullseye with a group of H.A.M.M.E.R agents. Moonstone disobeyed Hand's orders, which prompted Hand to take out an alien weapon to shoot Moonstone, knocking her unconscious.[67] Moonstone was later approached by Venom who told Karla that he had been waking up 'sticky' after dreams and was wondering if she could help him. At first, she looks disgusted at Mac Gargan's attempts to approach her. While this is happening, Daken walked up to her and called her 'sweetheart'. Karla wrapped her arm around Venom's arm and spurned Daken in the process.[68]

During the Siege of Asgard, Moonstone was seen helping Osborn defeat Thor.[69] She was seen being chased away by Maria Hill, turning intangible to avoid the shots fired at her. Moonstone was one of the onlookers when Sentry tore Ares in half.[70] She was standing beside Norman Osborn when the New Avengers, Young Avengers, and Nick Fury led by Steve Rogers arrived to assist the Asgardians. Captain America hit Osborn with his shield as Karla retreated, prompting her to say "Well, I sure as @#$% saw this coming!" as she engaged in personal combat with Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers). Karla won the exchange when Osborn interfered with the fight by blasting Ms. Marvel with an energy beam. When Osborn reverted back to his Green Goblin persona after being defeated by Iron Man and Captain America, Karla and Bullseye are seen in the distance. Both of them come to the realization that it would be a good time to leave the battle.[71]

The Raft[]

Moonstone, along with the other members of the Dark Avengers, was arrested by the Avengers. After Captain America does away with Norman Osborn, Moonstone and Bullseye took the opportunity to attempt an escape. Carol Danvers gave chase to Moonstone, only to have Karla fire on her with an energy blast. When it seemed she had escaped, Iron Man appeared and punched her, knocking her out. At the same time, Bullseye was struck down by Luke Cage, sending the two villains falling unconscious to the ground, thus ending Moonstone's career as an "Avenger."[citation needed]

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Imprisoned on the superhuman prison known as the Raft, Moonstone was one of the initial recruits selected for a new Thunderbolts program led by Luke Cage.[17] Man-Thing took a liking to her.[72]

She escaped together with several other inmates who were members of the Thunderbolts. Due to a failure of the teleportation technology of their tower (caused by Man-Thing), the tower began to move in time as well as in space. They ended up in World War II teaming up with the Invaders to battle the Nazis.[73] They next ended up in Victorian London,[74] and then went even further back in time to King Arthur's court of Camelot.[75]

They eventually bounced back to the time of the original Zemo-led Thunderbolts team.[76] The Fixer caused a collapse in reality after killing his younger self, which forced him to assume his younger self's place. She returned to the future with the rest of the Thunderbolts.[77]

Dark Earth[]

Moonstone and the Dark Avengers, which had temporarily replaced the Thunderbolts during their time-traveling adventure, were later loaded onto a transport ship, escorted by John Walker and Skaar to be taken to federal prison. When an explosion hit their ship, Man-Thing panicked and opened a wormhole. They found themselves stranded in an alternate Earth. In this world, all the major superheroes had become warlords, fighting over a New York City divided into factions.[18]

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Moonstone as Captain Marvel

Moonstone and Skaar were captured and enslaved by Doctor Strange, with Karla being given the appearance of Carol Danvers once again, albeit in her Captain Marvel identity this time, to attack The Thing's forces as the recently-deceased Carol Danvers of this world, who had been a member of Iron Man's forces. Strange took direct control of Moonstone's body to attack and provoke The Thing's army, tricking him into attacking Iron Man's forces in retaliation and break a truce.[2] Moonstone then confronted Skaar, who was being controlled by Strange to attack Iron Man's forces on behalf of The Thing's.[78]

The Thing's forces brought Moonstone to his base, to use her as a gladiator against his monstrous creatures. After defeating most of his army, The Thing had Moonstone disintegrated.[79] However, Karla survived due to her phasing abilities, which had kicked back in after the nanites suppressing it were neutralized as a secondary effect of Strange's magic. Moonstone also discovered Strange's slave spell was weakened when she was intangible, and used this to her advantage to go back to Iron Man's territory to rescue the Dark Avengers, starting with Ragnarok.[citation needed]

Meanwhile, Doctor Strange had been killed by Ai Apaec, completely freeing both Skaar and Moonstone from his control.[80] The Dark Avengers regrouped and learned that the world they ended up in was created as a consequence of A.I.M.'s temporal manipulations, a pocket universe that was about to collapse due to the presence of the Dark Avengers from the real timeline. The Dark Avengers attacked the A.I.M. outpost monitoring the pocket universe, and used their portal to return to the real world. Under the influence of Toxie Doxie, John Walker refused to bring the Dark Avengers to federal custody as it was originally planned, and decided to keep the Dark Avengers together as a team.[81]

Hydra Empire[]

At some point in time, Moonstone was captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. and incarcerated at Pleasant Hill, their newest super-prison where its inmates had their appearances and memories tampered with by a sentient Cosmic Cube named Kobik, so they could be turned into model citizens.

When the Fixer freed himself from Kobik's control and did the same to Baron Zemo, Zemo began to amass an army of villains to have revenge on S.H.I.E.L.D., one of the initial recruits was Moonstone. After recruiting a handful of villains, Zemo unleashed a coordinated assault on Pleasant Hill, spiraling the town into chaos.[82]

Moonstone remained as one of Zemo's closest allies during the conflict, and remained close to him until the Avengers were finally able to round up the escapees.[83]

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Karla with the New Thunderbolts

After escaping Pleasant Hill, Moonstone joined Winter Soldier's new Thunderbolts alongside Atlas, Mach-X, Fixer, and Kobik. The team continued Nick Fury's Man on the Wall mission in a team format. When on a mission to investigate alien pods in Georgia, Moonstone questioned and challenged Winter Soldier's authority by saying that anyone with her moonstone and powers should be in charge of the team, which led Kobik to rip the stone from her chest.[19] Thinking it was all a game, Kobik claimed to be the new leader of the Thunderbolts, until Bucky shouted at her and urged her to return the stone and heal Karla.[84]

Kobik saved Moonstone from dying and apologized for her behavior,[84] but Karla developed a profound hatred for the cosmic being, which ultimately led her to betray the team for Zemo and let Kobik get captured.[85]

War of the Realms[]

After the Frost Giants took over North America during the War of the Realms, Moonstone arranged a deal with Laufey that she would supervise the captivity of Ymir and the creation of Ice Giants in exchange for keeping the women of Florida as her servants. The operation was eventually crashed by four size-shifting heroes disguised as giants - Sofen's ex-Thunderbolts teammate Atlas, along with Goliath, Giant-Man and Ant-Man - and one of her captives who had equal powers, Ant-Man's daughter Stinger. Karla attempted to preserve Ymir's confinement until Atlas convinced her to drive away the Ice Giants in the stronghold. While the heroes liberated Ymir, who returned to his home realm, Karla escaped.[86]

Ravencroft Institute[]

Hydra's leader Baron Zemo and Mayor Fisk came up with a plan to deal with the Punisher once and for all. Along with other villains, Moonstone was recruited by Zemo to join a new incarnation of the Thunderbolts. She was introduced at a press conference with the other members as Citizen V pronounced that they would end the Punisher's reign of terror and restore order to the city of New York. However, Punisher teamed up with other heroes to counter his disadvantage, and once Zemo ran away Moonstone surrendered.[87]

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As Dr. Sophien

Moonstone's next scheme began by stealing the digital consciousness of Ghost's lover, which had been uploaded onto Roxxon Corporation's servers. Using it as a bargaining chip, she convinced Ghost to aid her in her experiments to upload consciousnesses into the Internet, creating a digital afterlife. Knowing that she was using the bodies of her patients without their consent and with no intention of actually making sure her project worked, Ghost turned on Moonstone and aided the Strikeforce defeat her, in exchange for his lover's consciousness. After her defeat, Moonstone was sent to the Ravencroft Institute, supposedly as a patient,[21] but, since Norman Osborn was in charge of the facility, she actually joined Ravencroft's staff. As one of the people in charge, she was later part of an effort to contain a captive Punisher and then fought what seemed to be the Unwanted, but these were actually telepathically-generated illusions, while the Unwanted launched an invasion of Ravencroft from the institute's hidden basement.[88]


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Karla's powers are the result of her fusion with a gravity stone designed by the alien Kree. After being absorbed into her body, the stone took on the form of energy that permeates her nervous system. Karla once acquired a second gravity stone, increasing her powers to new limits. However, she currently only possesses one stone and her abilities have reverted to their old levels.[citation needed]

  • Superhuman Strength: Karla possesses superhuman strength sufficient enough to lift around 10 tons.[89] Her strength allows her to perform incredible feats like ripping off the jaw of a dragon and then flipping the dragon itself to crush her enemies.[90]
  • Superhuman Speed: Karla is capable of running and moving at speeds that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.[89]
  • Superhuman Stamina: Karla's musculature produces considerably less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of an ordinary human. She can physically exert herself at peak capacity for about 24 hours before fatigue begins to impair her.[89]
  • Superhuman Durability: Karla's bodily tissues are tougher and more resistant to certain forms of physical injury than those of a normal human. She is able to withstand great impact forces, such as being repeatedly struck with superhuman force, powerful energy blasts or falls from great heights, that would severely injure or kill an ordinary human though she would suffer little to no injury herself. However, she is as vulnerable to conventional ballistic and bladed weaponry as any ordinary human.[89] She has survived multiple blows from a powerful gamma-enhanced individual like Doc Samson and a blast from Penance that projected her through at least two walls but ended up in the hospital for weeks.[91] It seems that her durability increased through the years as she survived a point-blank gunshot to the face without damage[92] and a blast of Hyperion's atomic vision with just some pain.[93]
  • Superhuman Agility: Karla's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete.[89]
  • Superhuman Reflexes: Her reflexes are heightened in a similar manner and are superior to those of the finest human athlete.[89]
  • Gravitational Flight: Karla could also allow the Earth's gravitational pull to propel her through the air at a speed of roughly 500 mph. To the casual viewer this would make her appear to disappear or teleport.[89]
  • Minor Molecular Control: She can instantaneously change into/alter her costume.[89]
    • Shape-Shifting: As an extension of this ability she can take the appearance of another person. She first displayed this ability when under the control of an alternate Doctor Strange she took the form of Captain Marvel.[2]
  • Intangibility: She can make herself and other persons intangible by altering her or the person's synchronization of their body's density.[89]
  • Light Generation: She can generate a blinding luminescence from every inch of her body to blind her opponents.[89]
  • Energy Projection: She can shoot laser-like blasts from her hands that are powerful enough to penetrate a two-inch steel plate in 0.1 seconds when in a narrow beam and generate a concussive force equivalent to 100 pounds of TNT when in a wide beam.[89] She has also displayed the ability to shoot her energy blasts from her eyes.[94] Her energy blast have proved to be powerful enough to cause heavy damage even to the likes of Danger[95] and set Skaar on fire.[78]


Expert Psychologist: Sofen is a trained psychiatrist.[citation needed]

Expert Hypnotist: She is particularly skilled in using hypnosis. Like her predecessor, Doctor Faustus, Moonstone has perfect pitch and modulation in her voice, and was even able to use these talents to cause Thunderbolt Ross to suffer a complete nervous breakdown.[citation needed]


If the stone is removed from her body, Karla will die in 72 hours without its support.[citation needed]



  • Moonstone: The Moonstone is an ancient Kree relic and the source of Karla's powers.


  • The exact nature of how Karla Sofen acquired the moonstone gem was explained in greater detail in the letters column from Incredible Hulk #235.
  • While being part of H.A.M.M.E.R., she was granted Security Clearance Level 5.[69]


See Also

Links and References


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Incredible Hulk #228
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dark Avengers #185
  3. 3.0 3.1 Incredible Hulk #449
  4. Avengers: The Initiative #25
  5. Thunderbolts (Vol. 3) #3
  6. Strikeforce #6
  7. Thunderbolts #15
  8. Avengers: The Initiative #26
  9. 9.0 9.1 Thunderbolts: Distant Rumblings #-1
  10. 10.0 10.1 Captain America #192
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Incredible Hulk #229
  12. 12.0 12.1 Avengers #222
  13. Thunderbolts #1
  14. Thunderbolts #12
  15. Thunderbolts #110
  16. 16.0 16.1 Dark Avengers #1
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Thunderbolts #144
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