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Moonstone (Marvel Comics) Character Review

Moonstone (Marvel Comics) Character Review

Moonstone (Marvel Comics) Character Review

Moonstone (real name Dr. Karla Sofen) is a fictional Character, both a supervillain and superheroine in Marvel Comics' Marvel Universe. More about Moonstone (Marvel Comics) Character Review - keep on reading !!

Fictional Character Biography


Origin - Karla Sofen was born in Van Nuys, California. She grew up in the mansion of Hollywood producer Charles Stockbridge, as the child of Karl Sofen (Stockbridge's butler). After her father died, her mother (Marion Sofen) worked three jobs to put her daughter through college, and Karla vowed never to end up like her mother, to never put another's needs before her own. Despite building a successful practice as a psychologist and psychiatrist, Karla so disliked being dependent on her patients for income that she entered the super-criminal world as an aide to Doctor Faustus. Learning of the original Moonstone (Lloyd Bloch) she became his psychologist and manipulated him into rejecting the source of his powers, an extraterrestrial gem of considerable power, which she then acquired and absorbed to gain the powers of Moonstone. She then battled the Hulk.

It has been revealed that shortly before becoming a Thunderbolt, Karla murdered her mother Marion Sofen by suffocating her and then set her house on fire.

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Ms. Marvel #38 revealed that during Sofen's career as a psychologist, she convinced depressed patients to kill themselves while she watched. While recruiting Sofen for the Thunderbolts, Norman Osborn stated that, to his knowledge, she drove a total of eight patients to suicide and was "instrumental in the therapeutic hospitalization of six more."

Masters of Evil - Karla worked briefly for the Corporation, controlling the Hulk and manipulating General Thunderbolt Ross into a nervous breakdown. She battled Captain America, Falcon, Hulk, and Quasar on behalf of the Corporation. She continued to pursue greater power, stealing Curt Connors' Enervator and searching the moon's surface for further moonstone fragments, but wound up fighting Spider-Man.

Egghead recruited her for the third Masters of Evil and she fought the Avengers. However, her tenure was short-lived as she surrendered after the Masters' defeat. It wasn't long before she broke out of confinement at Project: Pegasus with Blackout, Rhino and Electro, battling the Avengers and escaping into the Darkforce dimension with Blackout. She traveled to Earth's Moon where she battled Dazzler and the Inhumans, and was then returned to Pegasus.

Later, Baron Zemo recruited Moonstone for the fourth Masters of Evil. She participated in the Masters' takeover of Avengers Mansion. She battled Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau) and became paralyzed for a time. She then had a rematch with Captain Marvel. Moonstone later battled Volcana. She was kidnapped by the original Moonstone, now calling himself Nefarius (Lloyd Bloch). She defeated Nefarius, but was recaptured. Eventually, she decided to serve out her prison term and give up her criminal life.

Thunderbolts - When Zemo formed a group of villains to masquerade as heroes, he broke Moonstone out of the Vault and she reluctantly returned to villainy as Meteorite, a member of the Thunderbolts.

Upon encountering a young victim of Arnim Zola's genetic manipulations, a youngster by the name of Jolt, Meteorite nudged Zemo into accepting her in the team. She soon became a mother figure to Jolt and used her enthusiasm to create a power-base inside the team, rallying the others behind her. Zemo exposed the true nature of the team, but Moonstone opposed him, followed by MACH-1, Songbird and Jolt. Zemo had brainwashed the Fantastic Four and the Avengers, but the small team of Thunderbolts, with the help of Iron Man, was able to defeat Zemo and Techno (Fixer), his ally. After the battle the Thunderbolts had decided to pay for their crimes, but they were unwittingly teleported to an alternate dimension.

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In this world, known as Kosmos, Moonstone led the team to safety from the Kosmosian army and eventually executed the Kosmosian Primotur to ensure their return to Earth. Inspired by Jolt, she made the Thunderbolts see that it would be preferable to work for their redemption as heroes, rather than to be in jail. After gaining fake identities for the team, she led them away from S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Lightning Rods, and she managed to defeat Graviton using her psychological skills, making him see that he did not truly have a goal, that he lacked vision. However, the Thunderbolts disagreed with her, for she merely thought of the present and did not care for the future consequences of her actions. When the former Avenger known as Hawkeye joined the team, claiming they would be pardoned if they followed him, she stepped down as leader and allowed him to get the position.

Powers and Abilities (Moonstone)


Moonstone's powers are derived from a Kree gravity stone (found on Earth's moon) which is charged with unknown energy and bonded to her nervous system.

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She can use the stone to fly, and to become intangible so as to pass through solid objects (while intangible she is immune even to some magic-based attacks). She can project laser-like energy beams from her hands (able to penetrate steel plate), and has also shown the ability to discharge non-coherent light omni-directionally in a blinding flash. Additionally, her bond with the stone grants her superhuman strength, stamina, speed and reflexes.

During the period when Moonstone had absorbed a second gravity stone, she displayed the ability to control gravitational forces, enabling her to move and otherwise manipulate matter, to create force fields, to increase gravity around a target and crush it, to generate miniature black holes, and even to transport objects through dimensional rifts. She no longer possesses the second stone, and is currently at her original power level.

Moonstone is vulnerable to astrally-projected beings and energy forms even while in her intangible state. It was revealed that Moonstone's gravity stone is also connected to her own life-force. If she is separated from it for more than a period of 72 hours, she would die without its support.

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In addition to the powers she wields by virtue of her bond with the gravity stone, Karla Sofen has extensive knowledge of psychology and psychiatry, and has an M.D., specializing in psychiatry. She often uses this expertise to manipulate those around her for personal gain.

In Other Media (Film/Movie)

  • Scarlett Johansson (prior to deciding to play the Black Widow) said she'd been interested in playing Moonstone for Iron Man 2.

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