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Ripley Ryan was a reporter for Ms., a magazine that was hired by Tony Stark to interview Captain Marvel, who wanted to rejoin the Avengers after she had come back from a sabbatical and needed to rebuild trust with the public.

When she met Carol for the first time to interview her, they were attacked by the Nuclear Man, who managed to defeat both Captain Marvel and the Avengers long enough to kidnap Ryan and take her through a portal to nearby Roosevelt Island. Captain Marvel was the only hero able to follow, though Spider-Woman, Hazmat, and Echo were already there.[1] Eventually, Carol was able to defeat Nuclear Man by forming an army of the female civilians and heroes he had captured. Ripley was a part of that fight, and the prisoners were able to return home.[2]

Falling Star

At some point, Ripley found out about Minn-Erva's efforts to genetically engineer Humans into Human-Kree Hybrids. Ripley volunteered for the experiment to receive superpowers and was the only survivor of Minn-Erva's experiments.[3]

Ripley had become a hybrid, but had no superpowers to speak of. Since Minn-Erva had promised superpowers, she decided to utilize those she had stolen them from Carol back when she had unleashed a "Kraken" on New York City with a virus engineered from Kree Power Siphons in its blood,.[1] Carol defeated it, but was infected and the powers siphoned off were given to Ripley.

Minn-Erva wanted Carol to join the Kree's fight against extinction, since Carol was half-Kree herself, so Minn-Erva staged a public relations stunt to turn the public against Carol, hoping when the time came that Carol would join her cause. At the the same time, Ripley appeared as Star, helping battle against an armada of "Kraken" attacking Manhattan. After the downed "Kraken" crashed into the East River, Star stood by as Danvers pulled one of the pilots free who happened to be a Kree.

Star asked Captain Marvel if she wanted her to take the pilot off her hands, but Danvers told her that wouldn't be necessary. When Carol tried to get some answers from the newly fashioned hero, Star told her she had to leave due to some occurrence taking place downtown. This led to Ripley becoming an up-and-coming superhero, quickly rising in popularity as Carol's popularity plummeted.[4]

Carol Danvers (Earth-616) and Ripley Ryan (Earth-616) from Captain Marvel Vol 10 8 001

Star fighting alongside Captain Marvel

When Star found out Minn-Erva planned on recruiting Carol, she nearly killed Minn-Erva, and left the message "You're not as smart as you think you are." written in Minn-Erva's own blood.[5]

Carol brought Minn-Erva to Tony Stark for medical treatment where she revealed her plan to Carol, causing Carol to confront Star in Times Square. The two fought, but Carol was quickly growing weaker from the power siphon. Running out of options, Carol ripped the device from her own chest, severing the connection to Star, causing both women to fall to Earth.

Carol was seriously injured, while Star seemed fine. Star revealed that she had infected all of New York City with the virus, declaring if she can't draw power from one large battery in Carol, she would draw from millions of tiny batteries in all of New York City's citizens.[3]

Carol defeated Star by ripping the device out of Star's chest as well, causing her to lose her powers. Star was sent to the Raft; however, it was revealed Ripley had merged with the Reality Stone and subsequently escaped from the prison.[6]

Birth of a Dragon

Weeks after her escape, Ripley entered the Bar with No Name. Inside, she got into a fight with Titania, but lost due to her inexperience with the Reality Stone and was thrown out back. Outside, Ripley was knocked out by Loki.

Inside a warehouse, Loki attempted to remove the Reality Stone, but failed. He told Ripley he wasn't envious of her position, because of those who will come for the Stone, but when Ripley questioned who that was, Loki simply told her it was a long list. Star thanked him for the information and attempted to destroy him with the Stone, though unbeknownst to her she had only destroyed an illusion of Loki.

Ripley proceeded to Alias Investigation and asked Jessica Jones for help. Jessica refused, stating she knew who Ripley was and what she tried to do to Captain Marvel. The two women fought, but their fight was interrupted by the Scarlet Witch who told Ripley she needed to stop because she was destroying reality.[7]

Ripley herself seemed a polite, average, young woman.[1]

As Star, she first appeared to be a hero, fighting crime and saving lives;[4] however, this was a ruse and her true personality was revealed to be that of an apathetic, power-hungry psychopath who cared little for others and viewed them as tools to further her own agenda. Ripley believed saving people only made them weaker, and got in the way of them helping themselves.[6]

Powers

After merging with the Reality Stone, Ripley now has the ability to alter reality to however she sees fit.[6]

Strength level

After becoming half-Kree, Ripley showed no changes in strength or appearance, despite Kree usually being stronger and faster than the average human.[3]

Weaknesses

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