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I am an accidental queen, Karnak. I never asked for this office. Ahura will take his father's place on the throne as soon as he is of age. I will not allow anyone to usurp his succession. So I am queen, and I will hold the throne in faith for my son. And I will stay queen until he is fit to rule.
~ Medusa to Karnak.
How dare you?! I don't think so! You destroyed our home. You set off the Terrigen Bomb, giving the world every excuse to fear the word Inhuman. You did this things, and did not tell me why. Then you vanished--Allowed me to think you were dead. While, in fact, you were just a mile away, having adventures with you maniatical brother. You left me to hold our nation together. To bury the dead. To rebuild what was left of our city and hold it in the face of attacks from Humans and Inhumans alike. To deal with the thousands of new members of our race appearing all over the world. I did all these things and did them well. And now you return, and you... And you... Think you still have a throne? I don't think so.
~ Medusa to Black Bolt.

Queen Medusalith Amaquelin-Boltagon, also known as Medusa is a fictional character and villain turned anti-heroine from the Marvel comics and universe, appearing as a major character in the Inhumans comics.

She is an Inhuman who's gift is the ability to manipulate her hair, and is close to her cousin Black Bolt and her younger sister Crystal. When the Trikon revolved, Medusa battled him and loss her memory after crashing her sky sled, and joined the Frightful Four under the leadership of the Wizard. Though originally an antagonist to the Fantastic Four, she would regain her memories, return to the Inhumans, and redeemed herself.

She was created by the late Stan Lee and the late Jack Kirby, and first appeared in Fantastic Four #36.

Biography

Early Life

Medusalith "Medusa" Amaquelin was born on Attilan Island in the Atlantic Ocean, and was the first of two children born to Quelin and Ambur, two Inhuman nutritionists. Quelin and Ambur elected to expose Medusa to the Terrigen Mist when she was an infant, which endowed her with hair she could animate, and give her enhanced metabolism. Medusa would later have a younger sister named Crystalia Amaquelin, better known as Crystal. When she was young, Medusa developed a close bond with her second cousin, Black Bolt, that later blossomed into love when he was allowed out of his cell at the age of eighteen.

Joining the Frightful Four

When the Alpha Primitive worker race revolted, Medusa battled the Trikon, the leader of the worker race. Her sky sled crash in the battle, and she became amnesiac, and wandered until the Wizard found her on a Mediterranean Island. The Wizard was creating a group of supervillains to be an evil version of the Fantastic Four, he decided to recruit Medusa into his team - the Frightful Four. Medusa and the team attempted to defeat the Fantastic Four, but failed numerous times, but their actions caught the attention of the Inhumans.

Her cousin Gorgon appeared and chased her along with the Human Torch, but the fight between them awakened Dragon Man. The Dragon Man associated Medusa with Invisible Woman, who had previously been kind to him. He protected Medusa against Gorgon and the Fantastic Four, but Gorgon was able capture Medusa due to the Dragon Man later capturing the Invisible Woman.

Return

She met with the Inhumans and helped them fight against the Fantastic Four, who had arrived to save the Human Torch. The Human Torch fell in love with Crystal, who revealed that Triton had been captured by the Seeker, Medusa gathered her family and teleported to Attilan by using Lockjaw. Once there, Maximus gloats over his theft of the crown, due to Black Bolt's losing his voice. Black Bolt wasn't impress with his brother gloating, and snatched the crown from Maximus and reclaim his place as the leader of the Inhumans.

The Fantastic Four then arrived and Maximus fired his atom-gun, trying to destroy humanity, but the machine didn't work. Medusa realized that it proved that Inhumans and humans were the same race and that all humans weren't evil, much to Maximus' anger. He proceeded to reverse the machine, creating a Negative Zone around Attilan that rapped the Inhumans within the refuge. The Fantastic Four barely escaped, and Black Bolt was forced to use his powerful voice to destroy the barrier surrounding Attilan.

Becoming a Hero

Medusa was sent to study human society by the Council of Elders, and her ego led her into conflict with Spider-Man. She was captured by Maximus, but was rescued by Black Bolt by using his powerful to free her. Later on, she left Attilan on her own to attempt to restore Black Bolt's vocal cords, and later became a member of the Lady Liberators under the influence of Enchantress. When the Invisible Woman left the Fantastic Four, Medusa took her place, but she later left the team after encouraging Mr. Fantastic to reconcile with his wife.

Portrayals

Television

  • In the 1981 Spider-Man animated series, she was voiced by B.J. Ward, who also voiced Scarlett in the 1980s G.I. Joe animated series and specials, Betty Rubble in A Flintstone Family Christmas and Cow and Chicken, Velma Dinkley in the Scooby-Doo series and Johnny Bravo.
  • In the 1990s Fantastic Four animated series, she was voiced by Iona Morris.
  • In Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., she was voiced by Mary Faber.
    • Faber also voiced the character in Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.
  • In Guardians of the Galaxy, she was voiced by Catherine Taber, who also voiced Zoe in Spyro: Reignited Trilogy and Female Jesse in Minecraft: Story Mode.
    • Taber also voiced the character in Avengers Assemble.
  • In ABCs The Inhumans, she was portrayed by Serinda Swan.
  • In the anime series Marvel Future Avengers, she was voiced by Hiroko Ushida (who also voiced Marron in Dragon Ball Z Kai), and Erica Lindbeck (who also voiced Ashley in WarioWare, Windblade in Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Cheetara in Thundercats, and Cassie Cage in Mortal Kombat 11) in English.

Motion Comics

  • In the Inhuman motion comics, she was voiced by Lisa Ann Beley, who also voiced Chi-Chi in the Dragon Ball Z series.

Video Games

  • In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, she was voiced by Nancy Linari.
  • In Marvel Avengers Academy, she was voiced by Amber Lee Connors, who also voiced Akane Hiyama in Love Tyrant, Mai Kawakami in Myriad Colors Phantom World, and Yuinshiel Asteria in Regalia: The Three Sacred Star.

Gallery

Trivia

  • In Ultimate Marvel, she is close to her namesake, having green skin and snakes for hair.

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