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Real Name
Current Alias

Aliases
Skeeter, Thunder Girl; Spider-Woman

Identity

Affiliation
Partner of Absorbing Man, former member of Masters of Evil, Frightful Four

Relatives
Carl 'Crusher' Creel (aka Absorbing Man, husband)

Universe

Base Of Operations
Mobile; formerly Denver, Colorado; New York City

Characteristics
Gender

Height
6' 6"

Weight
545 lbs (248 kg)

Eyes


Status
Citizenship

Marital Status

Occupation
Professional criminal

Place of Birth

First appearance

Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #3
(July, 1984)

Contents

History

As a citizen living in a suburb of Denver she was taken to the Beyonder's makeshift World. There her and her friend Marsha Rosenberg were offered superhuman powers by Doctor Doom. After gaining powers she was introduced to the other villains that were assembled there on the planet including her future husband the Absorbing Man. While on the Beyonder's battleplanet she made an enemy out of She-Hulk and was defeated by Spider-Man which gave her a complex about being defeated by him.

Using the highly advanced alien technologies found in "Doombase", the appropriately-named villain headquarters, powered by immense energies from the ferocious alien storm outside, Doom recreates both women; able to use the technology entirely as he desired, Doom induced high-level metahuman abilities of specific and particular design. While Rosenberg (now known as Volcana) received a fiery form composed of ionized plasma, MacPherran gained powers in diametric opposition to her previous incarnation - where once she had been "the scrawny one who got her face rubbed in the dirt", she was now far taller, muscular, and buxom than average.

The changes were not only physical, but mental in nature. Where Mary MacPherran had been small and timid, the newly-named Titania, so called because of strength like a titan, was proud, and confident, perhaps to extremes. No sooner had Volcana melted machinery into a large pile of red-hot slag, than Titania picked it up, boldly ignoring the slight possibility of injury, and hurled it through the wall; soon after, she challenged Carl "Crusher" Creel, the Absorbing Man, to a fight which he refused, reasoning that he had "nothing to prove...to a dame."

Titania began to work for Doom in earnest, battling the superheroes, with her most impressive conquest being Jennifer Walters, the She-Hulk; she did not know it, but this would be the beginning of a long rivalry.

Yet, when the heroes later stormed Doombase to rescue She-Hulk, Titania tried to face up against veteran super-hero Spider-Man; despite her massive strength and durability advantages, Spider-Man's highly-increased speed, agility, and long experience against more powerful foes, allowed him to not only dodge her attacks, but to be able to attack her with impunity, culminating in throwing her through an exterior wall. During this fight, Titania's attitude and newfound arrogance quickly evaporated, giving way to what Spider-Man called the "whining little wimp-ette" - it was clear that the arrogance could only last while Titania had the upper hand, otherwise a reversion to her previous character would occur. Mindful of this beating, Titania would harbor a fear of Spider-Man for some time.

After her run-in with Spider-Man, a previously hinted-at relationship between the Absorbing Man and Titania began; Titania seemed fairly dependent on Creel at this point. Once Owen Reece, the Molecule Man, managed to seal off the chunk of Denver, and begin to navigate it back to Earth, Creel and MacPherran revealed that they were done with Doom and his war, and simply wanted to go home.

Once back on Earth, however, 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, which also prevented them from joining the main group in the assault on Avengers Mansion. To kill time, Titania robbed a jewelery store, only to come to the attention of Spider-Man; too afraid to fight, she ran from combat, only to encounter him 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 (Spider-Man) reluctantly did.

The villain couple received another assignment from the Masters: to kill Hercules, who had been gravely injured previously by the Masters, and was in hospital. Yet despite a guard of only Scott Lang (Ant-Man), and Janet Van Dyne (the Wasp), Hercules survived; with Creel stung by insects in human form, and Titania shrunk to the size of Wasp, the villains were easily subdued, with Titania taken to the Vault, a superhuman penitentiary.

Her 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 The Captain (Steve Rogers) managed to subdue and capture Mister Hyde, his colleague D-Man was unsuccessful in apprehending Titania; when allowed the opportunity for a rematch, D-Man simply let the villainess escape.

Using her newfound freedom, Titania travelled to Washington D.C; losing a succession of battles with She-Hulk, Titania promised to never attack her again, and to return to jail.

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 Professor Gregson Gilbert's creation Dragon Man, and Aron, the 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.

However, this stay in The Vault was as permanent as earlier ones - a conspiracy between Loki and the Wizard saw Titania free once more, in 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. Yet Doom managed to stoke her pride and anger, allowing her to overcome her fear and engage Spider-Man; it was unfortunate that at this time, 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 lost her fear of Spider-Man.

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

Escaping The Vault once again, Titania, ever the team player, joined Superia's Femizons, as foes of Captain America and the Paladin; this did not work out, however, and so Titania resolved to track down her old flame - the Absorbing Man. Finding him battling the Eric Masterson Thor; when she appeared injured by a blow from Mjolnir, Creel admitted his love for her, which she gladly reciprocated. Seeing this, Thor allowed them to leave.

While Creel made an attempt to live a normal life, Titania went back to robbing jewelery 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, ultimately Titania remembered her love for Creel.

Drawn to an AIM convention in Boca Caliente, Titania joined with the Abomination and Gargantua to battle the Town Called Hulk; 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. 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.

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. 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.

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 the Jade Giantess 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.

Titania was last seen 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, to reduce 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.

She has since appeared post-Civil War as a member of The Wizard's latest Frightful Four. Still shrunken to her diminutive form, she was reunited with his husband Creel, clashing again with She-Hulk.

She battled she-hulk and while shrunk is grabbed by Jazinda (a female skrull) and thrown to a shark who eats her.

Powers and Abilities

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Powers

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

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.

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.

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.

Power Grid [1]
Intelligence
 2
Strength
Speed
 2
Durability
Energy Projection
 1
Fighting Skills

Abilities

Titania is a formidable hand to hand combatant, having undergone training from the Fallen One. She is particularly experienced in using street fighting techniques that allow her to make full use of her great strength.

Paraphernalia

Transportation

Conventional vehicles.

Notes

Trivia

  • Before the mutagenic alteration provided by Doctor Doom, Mary weighed about 95 lbs and was called Skeeter by the people who knew her. After becoming Titania, she hated that nickname.

Links

Discover and Discuss

  1. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 12

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