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Quote1.png Face it, Greenie. There's only room for one strongest woman... and it ain't you! Quote2.png
Titania[src]

History

Early Life

Mary MacPherran was born prematurely in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Mary was often overlooked as the smallest of her siblings and would immerse herself in fantasy books. She grew little over the years, remaining short and scrawny compared to her peers; a popular girl at school named Vanessa Ashwood gave Mary the nickname "Skeeter" (a slang word for mosquito) because of this. Her only real friend was Marsha Rosenberg, who was similarly unpopular (in her case for being awkward and overweight). Consistently mocked and humiliated since childhood by the wealthy Vanessa and her social clique, Mary (and Marsha) had to take menial jobs to survive. Mary grew bitter over her hard life, and fantasized about something improbable in her favor such as winning the lottery. These fantasies soon turned to gaining superpowers to be admired, and to exact revenge on her tormentors.[2]

When the second Spider-Woman Julia Carpenter began to make appearances in Denver, Rosenberg remarked that her hair was the same color as Mary's. Mary falsely confided in her friend that she was secretly Spider-Woman, and when Rosenberg spread the rumor, Mary saw her popularity grow and was invited to a party by Vanessa and her clique.[2]

Secret Wars

In the midst of the party, however, their suburb of Denver was ripped from Earth and used by the alien Beyonder to create the makeshift planet Battleworld. When the real Spider-Woman arrived on the scene and saved the guests from falling debris, Vanessa and her friends realized they'd been duped and chased MacPherran and Rosenberg into the forests of Battleworld. Frightened and exhausted, the two young women were found by the villain Doctor Doom, who was looking for recruits for his army of supervillains; he offered the girls the chance of gaining superhuman powers, and they accepted Doom's offer.[2]

Doom recreated both women using highly advanced alien technologies found in the aptly named "Doombase", which were powered by immense energies from a ferocious alien storm outside. Able to use the technology entirely as he desired, Doom induced high-level metahuman abilities of a specific and particular design. While Rosenberg (now known as Volcana) received a fiery form composed of ionized plasma, MacPherran became far taller, muscular, and more buxom than average. She now had an incredibly high level of superhuman strength and durability, but the change also affected her mentality. Where Mary MacPherran had been small and timid, the newly-named Titania was proud and confident, perhaps to extremes. Soon after, she challenged Carl Creel, the Absorbing Man, to a fight, but he refused, reasoning that he had "nothing to prove...to a dame."[6]

The time did come for her to try her new powers in battle, first against She-Hulk (marking the beginning of a long rivalry between the two), and then against Spider-Man, but during both fights Titania realized that strenght wouldn't be enough to defeat her enemies and that her arrogance was getting the best of her.[2][7]

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After her run-in with Spider-Man, she grew close with Absorbing Man, who tried to sheer her up,[8] and, after she decided to deliver payback against Vanessa for the years of abuse, she was talked out of going further by Creel.[2]

Return to Earth

The pair did not settle down to the quiet life, instead joining Baron Zemo and his latest incarnation of the Masters of Evil. Their first assignment was to recruit the powerful Moonstone into the group.[9] Later on, Zemo kept them at large to field new recruits, which prevented them from joining the main group in the assault on Avengers Mansion.[10] To kill time, Titania robbed a jewelry store, only to come to the attention of Spider-Man; too afraid to fight, she ran from combat, only to encounter the hero again in LaGuardia Airport. There, once more Titania tried not to fight, having Creel do so on her behalf; yet the sight of his near-defeat at Spider-Man's hands was enough for Titania to temporarily overcome her arachnophobia, charging into combat. It was a moot point, though, since Creel ended the fight by threatening to destroy a plane full of innocents if Spider-Man refused to leave the scene, which he reluctantly did.[11]

The villainous couple received another assignment from the Masters: this time, they were to kill the Avenger Hercules, who had been gravely injured previously by the Masters, and was in a coma in hospital. Hercules was saved by a guard of only the diminutive heroes Ant-Man and The Wasp; Creel was stung by the Wasp as he switched from liquid to human form, and Titania was shrunk to the size of an insect and then blasted through a wall by Wasp. The villains were easily subdued, with Titania taken to the Vault, a superhuman penitentiary.[12]

The Vault

Titania's stay in the Vault was not to last long, however. When Tony Stark, Iron Man, began the Armor Wars - the battle to destroy or disable all enhanced armor types based on stolen Iron Man designs - this inevitably led him to the Guardsmen, the Vault's wardens. The ensuing conflict, while successful from his point of view, created a power failure, allowing Titania and Mister Hyde to escape. While Captain America, then known as The Captain, managed to subdue and capture Mister Hyde, his colleague Demolition Man was humiliated when he tried to apprehend the far stronger Titania; when allowed the opportunity for a rematch later, a scared Demolition Man simply let the villainess escape.[13]

Using her newfound freedom, Titania traveled to Washington D.C., where she wrecked havok to attract She-Hulk's attention for a rematch. After losing a succession of battles with She-Hulk, however, Titania promised to never attack her again, and to return to jail.[14]

Frightful Four

Broken out yet again, Titania joined with the Wizard, Klaw, and Hydro-Man, to become the new Frightful Four. Battling the Fantastic Four, the team only won due to help from Dragon Man, Professor Gregson Gilbert's creation, and Aron, a renegade Watcher; in the rematch, the Fantastic Four prevailed, only to have both Fours imprisoned by Aron in suspended animation, using clones of the Fantastic Four to act out adventures he wished to witness. When both teams were freed, Aron chose to witness the dreams of his clones instead, transporting the Frightful Four back to the Vault as a service to the Fantastic Four.[15]

Acts of Vengeance

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However, this stay in The Vault was as permanent as earlier ones - a conspiracy between Loki and the Wizard, among other villains, saw Titania free once more, as part of Loki's Acts of Vengeance plan. Teaming supervillains to fight enemies not usually their own, Titania was dismayed when Doctor Doom, her partner, told her she would face not She-Hulk, but Spider-Man. Doom managed to stoke Titania's pride and anger, allowing her to overcome her fear and engage Spider-Man; unfortunately, Spider-Man had temporarily bonded with the Uni-Power, making him Captain Universe. This granted him the power to render Titania unconscious in one massive energy discharge; the only benefit of the situation was that Titania had lost her fear of Spider-Man.[16]

This time, Titania did not even make it back to the Vault; she was freed by Graviton, who also collected the Trapster and the Brothers Grimm, all of whom had been humiliated by Spider-Man in his Captain Universe guise. Along with Chameleon and Goliath, they attempted to take revenge, only to fail; Titania was humiliatingly defeated by a collision with a speeding bus.[17]

Reunion With the Absorbing Man

Escaping the Vault once again, Titania, ever the team player, joined Superia's all-female army the Femizons, as foes of Captain America and Paladin.[18] This did not work out, however, and so Titania resolved to track down her old flame - the Absorbing Man. She interfered with a battle between him and Eric Masterson, who was Thor at the time, and, when she appeared injured by a blow from Thor's hammer Mjolnir, Creel admitted his love for her, which she gladly reciprocated. Seeing this, Thor allowed them to leave.[19]

While Creel made an attempt to live a normal life, Titania was more concerned with getting payback from She-Hulk and robbing jewelry stores; concerned, Creel attempted to "scare her straight", collaborating with Thor in a ploy involving a Guggenheim exhibit. While the appearance of Spider-Man and special police unit Code: Blue complicated matters, Titania ultimately remembered her love for Creel.[20][21]

Drawn to an A.I.M. convention in Boca Caliente, Titania joined with the Abomination and Gargantua to battle the Town Called Hulk;[22] once this was done, Titania came to her senses somewhat, asking Creel to marry her. The wedding was attended by many supervillains; while the Avengers interrupted the ceremony, they left the couple alone.[23] In their new life, the pair seemed not to be able to stay under the radar, assuming the guises of Thunder Girl and Lightning Bolt in order to hunt Spider-Man for the reward offered by Norman Osborn. Despite contracting severe skin burns as a result of this escapade, this was not the end of the pair's villainy; committing more robberies, Titania also clashed repeatedly with She-Hulk again.[24]

Illness & Recuperation

However, this was not a permanent state of affairs; despite her enhanced durability, Titania contracted a terminal illness: cancer. Without health insurance and no money, she was quickly forced to move from the hospital to an abandoned building.[25] Slowly weakening, but still massively strong, she fought through the illness with the help of doctors provided by Thor; as a result, the Absorbing Man repented to Thor, bowing to the new Lord of Asgard.[26]

Power Gem

However, Titania proved unable to stay away from She-Hulk, and underwent an intense physical regimen to boost her abilities. However, She-Hulk had done so more efficiently, briefly reaching levels almost approaching those of the Hulk himself. Battered and inadvertently humiliated by her, Titania was offered the chance at revenge after obtaining the Power Gem, one of the legendary Infinity Gems, from its former owner, the former Champion of the Universe, now known as the Fallen One because of his own defeat at the She-Hulk's hands. The Fallen One had agreed to cease using the Power Gem as a condition of his defeat, but was free to gain his own revenge by proxy through Titania. After an initial defeat by the newly-empowered Titania, She-Hulk tricked her into believing that she had killed her in a second battle; Titania's initial rush of triumph suddenly melted into uncertainty, as she realized that her life now had no meaning or focus without the object of her obsessive hatred. The She-Hulk then took advantage of Titania's confusion to pluck the Power Gem from the criminal's forehead, and proceeded to use the Gem's power to knock Titania out with a single punch.

Big House

Titania was later incarcerated in the Lang Memorial Penitentiary, a.k.a. the Pym Experimental Prison #2, a prison in which superhuman inmates are shrunk with Pym particles to less than an inch in height. This reduced both their chances of escape and their threat to guards and the public if they do escape, since inmates can only be returned to their full size by prison technicians or the few others who have access to Pym Particles.[27]

Civil War

Still shrunken to her diminutive form, she was reunited with her husband Creel, clashing again with She-Hulk. While shrunk, she was grabbed by Jazinda (a female Skrull) and thrown to a shark, who ate her.[28] Titania survived this somehow, as she encountered X-Factor Investigations[29] and was later at the Raft, commenting along with other female inmates on the prowess of the new warden Luke Cage.[30]

Skirn: Breaker of Men

Fear Itself

When the Serpent was freed by Skadi, he called seven hammers to Earth. Titania was transformed by one of these hammers, becoming one of the Worthy: Skirn, Breaker of Men. She then set off with the Absorbing Man to find the Hammer destined for him.[31]

Following the final battle with the Serpent, the hammer of Titania is taken from her as well as the other hammers of the other Worthy. She was then returned to the Raft where she suffered a nervous breakdown, and claimed `they` were going to take her hammer, moments before Sin's forces attacked.[32]

Illuminati

After one too many times of getting caught by the Avengers and imprisoned, Titania decided to go legit and stop her criminal career. She was released from prison on parole, and managed to convince the Absorbing Man to reluctantly promise to follow her footsteps once he got out as well. However, her past didn't help in trying to live a normal life, having trouble finding a job, and a decent lifestyle.

She-Hulk managed to get her a job at a pawnshop, which was shortly thereafter assaulted by a band of robbers. While Titania used her powers to stop the robbers, the pawnshop owner blamed her for the attack, and Titania ultimately came to blows with Luke Cage and Iron Fist, displaying new levels of powers. She was rescued by the Hood, the person who had secretly set up the robbery in the first place, and managed to convince her to return to her life of crime, and become a member of his Illuminati.[33]

Following a failed attempt at stealing Asgardian weapons,[34] the Hood helped Titania rescue Absorbing Man from a prison known as Pleasant Hill, but she remained hesitant to trust the Hood, after discovering he had secretly upgraded her powers. When Robbins tried to amass an army with the villains that had been imprisoned at Pleasant Hill, he proposed to target the families of their enemies. Titania confronted Robbins, believing that to be a line that shouldn't be crossed. During an ensuing discussion, the Hood revealed to Titania that he had set her up to lose her job. Mary forced the Hood to teleport them away from their pase, and during a fight, she defeated him and destroyed his cloak, losing reverting to her previous level of power. When the police arrived to the scene, Titania realized that it was impossible for her to live a normal life, and decided to embrace her criminal career together with the Absorbing Man.[35]

Black Bolt

Sometime later Titania was told of her husband's heroic sacrifice by the Inhuman Black Bolt and alien telepath Blinky. She mourned his death and arranged his funeral, which was attended by Captain America, Thor, and the Wrecking Crew. After the funeral, Black Bolt was attacked by Lash. Titania helped fought off the Inhuman villains, but was unable to prevent them from kidnapping Blinky.[36] Soon the Jailer possessed Blinky's mind in order to kill Black Bolt, so Lockjaw took Titania to Parkwood Cemetery where Absorbing Man suddenly emerged from his grave. Absorbing Man and Titania helped Black Bolt fight a Jailer-possessed Blinky until they managed to drive Jailer out of her.[37]

Immortal Hulk

After her husband had joined Gamma Flight, she reunited with him and also joined the team. Following Shadow Base's latest attack on the Hulk, Gamma Flight retrieved Rick Jones's Abomination shell. However, as Titania and Carl were having a conversation, General Fortean in the Redeemer Armor broke in and incapacitated them with the rest of the team and stole the shell. After recovering themselves, they found out that their teammate, Dr. Langkowski had been killed by Fortean. They the decided to attack Shadow Base and during the attack, they were joined by Hulk, Harpy, Rick Jones and Jackie McGee. However, they were eventually overwhelmed by Fortean as the new Abomination and his soldiers. The battle ended when Hulk killed General Fortean and took control of Hulk Operations.[38]

Titania and Gamma Flight later aided Hulk and his allies in fighting monsters sent to wreak havoc in Phoenix, Arizona by Roxxon. Titania took down one of the monsters by shoving a large ball of steel bars into its mouth.[39]

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After Hulk destroyed a surrounding area and killed many people in a gamma blast, Titania and Gamma Flight arrived to apprehend him. Creel restrained Hulk while draining him of gamma energy. Hulk at first didn't fight back until Titania pushed down Jackie McGee who didn't want the press there out of fear for their safety. Hulk flew into a rage and ripped off Creel's arm and punched him into the ground. Titania battled Hulk, smashing him through a power shovel and pummeling him. Despite that, she was defeated by Hulk. Fearing for Titania's safety, Creel decided to absorb the surrounding gamma energy, transforming into a gamma-powered giant.[40]

As Creel battled Hulk, Rick, who was being controlled by the Leader, showed signs of this control. This aroused Titania's suspicion, and she confronted Rick. Leader responded by swatting at Titania through Rick. When Titania tried attacking Rick, Rick was teleported away. Hulk was then severely injured by Puck after Creel pinned him down with a windstorm.[41]

Hulk was taken in custody and held in prisoner in Alpha Flight's space station, but he was able to escape right in front of Gamma Flight by smashing open one of the space station's windows.[42] He and Titania later quit Gamma Flight when Alpha Flight's new commander Henry Gyrich became too obnoxious to work for, especially when Gyrich threatened to have Creel arrested.[43]

Titania and Creel later rejoined Gamma Flight and teleported to Manhattan to aid Hulk and his estranged wife Betty in their fight with the Avengers. During the fight, Titania was eager to fight She-Hulk, but She-Hulk decided to aid her cousin after talking with Betty. Gamma Flight then teleported away to a warehouse in Brooklyn with Hulk, Betty, and She-Hulk, though Titania was reluctant to have She-Hulk tag along due to their past altercations.[44]

Due to choosing to aid Hulk instead of apprehend him, Gamma Flight became wanted by the Alpha Flight Space Program and forced to go on the run. Samson, Absorbing Man, Titania, and Puck later teleported to Austin, Texas to stop a Gamma Mutate running amuck. Samson was able to talk down the mutate and learned that her name was Dionne but was called Stockpile by the organization she escaped from, Green Spring. While Titania fought with the Austin Police Department, Puck and Absorbing Man were teleported by Dr. McGowan but was unable to teleport Stockpile as well. After that, Skaar appeared seemingly repowered to retrieve Stockpile for Green Spring.[45]

Skaar went on the attack, and Titania and Samson were eventually able to restrain Skaar with help from Dionne. Later, Creel and Puck were able to arrive after Creel used his powers to turn himself into a translocator. When the United States Hulkbuster Force arrived to break up the fight, Skaar focused his attention on them. When Gamma Flight and Dionne tried teleporting away through Creel, damage done to Creel by Skaar caused a malfunction that seemingly caused them to disintegrate.[1]

Gamma Flight and Dionne were transported to an astral plane-like dimension for gamma energy connected to the Below-Place. After fighting off gamma-mutated creatures and zombies, Dionne revealed that they were in Thomasville, Texas where Green Spring conducted experiments with gamma mutation that turned the citizens into zombies. They then met General Fortean's spirit who revealed that someone was using his identity to use Green Spring to create an army of gamma mutates. Then everyone was teleported to Gamma Flight's hideout by Dr. McGowan.[46]

Powers and Abilities

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Powers

Due to undergoing Doctor Doom's mutagenic alteration process, Titania possesses various superhuman physical attributes.[47]

Superhuman Strength: Titania possesses vast superhuman strength that has increased over the years due to intensive weight training. Titania was originally strong enough to lift about 85 tons and she can now lift about 100 tons.[47]

Superhuman Stamina: Titania's highly advanced musculature generates considerably less fatigue toxins than ordinary humans. She can physically exert herself at peak capacity for about 24 hours, before the build up of fatigue toxins in her bloodstream begins to impair her.[47]

Superhuman Durability: Titania's body is highly resistant to physical injury. She is capable of withstanding high caliber bullets, falls from great heights, tremendous impact force, and temperatures as high as 1,500 degrees Celsius and as low as -120 degrees Celsius without sustaining injury.[47]

Abilities

Titania is a formidable hand-to-hand combatant, having undergone training from the Champion of the Universe. She is particularly experienced in using street fighting techniques that allow her to make full use of her great strength.[49]

Physical Strength

Class 100

Paraphernalia

Weapons

Transportation

  • Gamma Flight ship, jetpack

Notes

  • She has no connection with Titania (Davida DeVito).
  • Titania was impersonated by the mutant shape-shifter Copycat.[50]
  • Titania showed her evil nature in a major way in Fantastic Four #548, where the Frightful Four were discussing what to do with one of their hostages, Susan Storm. It is Titania that urged that they kill her, but the Wizard refused and insisted that they keep her alive.

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