Ms. Marvel (Marvel)(02 - Sharon Ventura)
Real Name: Sharon Ventura
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Sharon Ventura’s natural abilities were boosted to their highest levels, and she was also granted super human strength and durability through radiation treatments. When she was exposed to cosmic rays and transformed into a She-Thing, her strength and durability were increased to the levels of the Thing before he was mutated into his spiky-hided version.
Raised solely by her father, a strict military man who demanded the absolute best from his daughter, Sharon Ventura had a hard time pleasing him and his impossibly high standards. She was expelled from military school for not turning her roommate in for cheating, and her father would not tolerate her anymore so the two became estranged for nearly a year. Her father died during their time apart, and Sharon felt an extreme amount of guilt over his passing, but she was determined to show him that she could be the best at whatever she set out to do without all his rules and regulations. She spent the next several years of her life still looking for approval from her father by taking on incredible challenges, and dangerous physically active professions hoping all the while that if he were alive, her father would say that he was proud of her. It was a moment that she knew would never come.
After leaving a circus, Sharon Ventura joined up with the professional motorcycle stunt team, the Thunderiders. When the Thing (Benjamin Grimm) showed up looking for her, as Sharon was a physical twin to an "ideal woman" that he fell in love with on a distant planet called Battleworld, he made a play to join the team. The Thunderiders had to decide between Ben and another rider called the Champ, and Sharon was the final vote. She thought Ben would be the perfect choice to replace her in the group. Leaving the Thing and the Thunderiders behind, Sharon went on to chase other pursuits.
The Thing also left the Thunderiders and joined the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation, and Sharon secretly attended his matches, but it wasn’t until Ben had a match against the Beyonder that she had showed herself. Saving him from a choice he would have regretted for the rest of his life, Sharon calmed Ben down before he killed the being he blamed for all his recent problems. She took Ben on a vacation to watch her as a stunt woman on the set of Devil Dinosaur, the movie, and the two of them grew close, but Sharon only wanted a friendship where she knew Ben wanted more. Still, she was by his side every chance she got including a time when the female brawlers of the U.C.W.F., the Grapplers, thought Ben was responsible for murdering one of their members. Sharon tried to help Thing against the super powered women, and her feisty attitude got her noticed by Auntie Freeze, caretaker to the U.C.W.F.’s women wrestlers. Auntie gave Sharon the name of a man called the Power Broker and told her that he could make her strong enough to join the Grapplers and the U.C.W.F. When Sharon told Ben about the Power Broker, he was only trying to look out for her when he told Sharon not to go, but Sharon refused his help and resisted his romantic advances.
Sharon decided to see the Power Broker and be made physically better, but she was attacked outside his offices by three thugs. Sharon was almost able to handle things on her own, but when Lieutenant Michael Lynch showed up, he finished what she started and chased the goons away. Continuing on her chosen path, Sharon agreed to the Power Broker’s terms and completed her phase one radiation treatments given by Dr. Karl Malus. When it was time for phase two’s chemical injections (which would have addicted her to a drug the Power Broker supplied, thus placing her under his control, as he had previously done to most of the U.C.W.F. wrestlers), Sharon changed her mind and used her new-found strength to break free from her restraints. She fled throughout the compound looking for an escape, and if not for the timely arrival of the Thing and Lt. Lynch, she might have been recaptured. Ben stayed behind to hold off the Power Broker’s men while Sharon and Lt. Lynch made their way back to Auntie Freeze’s hotel room. Auntie made a costume for Sharon resembling the costume of Ms. Marvel, so that is the name Sharon adopted for herself, but soon Auntie and the Grapplers turned on Sharon when the Power Broker put a price on her head. The Thing found out from Demolition Dunphy, another U.C.W.F. wrestler who got his powers from the Power Broker, that Sharon was in big trouble, and the Thing had to save her one more time.
During a brawl with the remaining U.C.W.F. wrestlers, Thing began to mutate further and Ms. Marvel managed to get him to a hospital. The She-Hulk eventually found out about Ben’s recent problems and went to help, but Ms. Marvel tried to stop her, knowing how bitter Ben felt towards the Fantastic Four at this time in his life. Even though she had super strength, Ms. Marvel was no match for the She-Hulk, but her athletic prowess and wrestling skills kept her from being beaten. The two women decided to call a truce, but it was too late to help Ben as he ran away from the hospital only wanting to be left alone. Sharon felt guilty thinking it was partly her fault Ben left like that, but it wouldn’t be the last time she saw him.
Ms. Marvel and her new boyfriend, Lt. Lynch, had set out to destroy the Power Broker for getting so many people addicted to his drug-related experiments which she had been lucky to avoid all together, but Lynch sold her out. Again a prisoner of the Power Broker’s mad scientist, Karl Malus, Sharon was not only a victim to his experiments in an attempt to take her powers away, but she became a victim to his henchmen who subjected her to unspeakable tortures while in captivity. However, Captain America soon stood by her side, and together they brought the Power Broker to justice. Even though she accomplished what she had set out to do, the nightmares of her abuse would stay with her forever.
Traveling to New York, Ms. Marvel happened to be in the right place at the right time to save the Thing and the rest of the Fantastic Four from being killed at the hands of Diablo and his Elementals. With her new hatred of men, she almost killed the villain, but Ben stopped her and offered her a place on his team. Diablo used a potion to heal himself, and turned the hospital he was brought to into a castle full of deathtraps to slay the Fantastic Four. With Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman on sabbatical, it was up to the Thing’s new team including Ms. Marvel, Crystal, and the Human Torch to take care of business. The Fantastic Four held their own, but it was Ms. Marvel who defeated the villain once again. The teams next threat would come in the form of a living television image named Fasaud, and with this new villain would come a new change for Sharon Ventura.
Having to travel into space to destroy a satellite responsible for Fasaud’s teleportation abilities, the Thing and Ms. Marvel used a shuttle which would become damaged by an attack from their new foe. Rocketing uncontrollably toward Earth, the shuttle, and its occupants, was bombarded with the same cosmic rays that gave the Fantastic Four their powers and upon crash landing in Wakanda, both Ms. Marvel and the Thing had mutated. Ms. Marvel now resembled Ben Grimm when he first mutated into the Thing so many years ago, and she was horrified by her transformation. The two were attacked by an android called a Trans-Human Robot, and Ms. Marvel tried to get it to kill her, but the Thing wouldn’t allow that to happen. When the Black Panther showed up he shut down the android and stopped the fight.
Doctor Doom was also in Wakanda since he was expelled from his country of Latveria by the imposter Kristoff Vernard, and he offered Ms. Marvel a chance to join him in destroying Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four in exchange for curing her, but she violently refused. Returning home, the Fantastic Four soon found themselves at odds with Doom, but with the combined help of the Black Panther and X-Factor, Doom was defeated and Ms. Marvel accepted her new form.
Standing side by side with the Four, she found herself in battle with menaces like the Frightful Four, Master Pandemonium, Graviton, and Kang. She’s been to distant planets, subterranean lands, and even to the Negative Zone. Sharon eventually rethought her position about starting a relationship with the Thing now that they had similar forms, and they finally found love. Eventually, Ms. Marvel became the only “Thing” on the team, when Ben was transformed back to his human self. Sharon eventually went to Dr. Doom for a cure but Ben followed, and ironically she was cured while Ben was again transformed into a Thing. Sharon remained with Ben as a normal woman for some time until Ben's old girlfriend, Alicia Masters, returned and attempted to resume that relationship. Uncomfortable, Sharon left.
Dr. Doom contacted Sharon, demanding she serve him in exchange for the cure she'd been given, and she agreed, hoping to convince Doom to cure Ben as well. She was soon sent to spy on the Fantastic Four, and the trusting heroes welcomed her once more into their lives. Doom and the Four inevitable fought, and in a key moment in battle with the Fantastic Four, he commanded Sharon to turn on the team she once was so proud to be a part of. Sharon refused and attacked Doom instead, and he swore his revenge before being defeated. With her secret out in the open Ben had a hard time forgiving her, but when Sharon went missing, his feelings for her compelled him to find her. He discovered her in an alley- Doom had mutated into a grotesque form more monstrous than that of the She-Thing, and her will to live had left her again. Sharon decided to end her hopeless existence by throwing herself onto the third rail of the subway tracks. Ms. Marvel electrocuted herself, but in her mutated form, her hide was tough enough for the jolt to only render her unconscious. Mister Fantastic placed Sharon in suspended animation until he could find a way to cure her of her mutation. When Reed was presumed killed not long thereafter, the Wizard freed Sharon and recruited the confused she-brute into his new Frightful Four. In her second fight against the Fantastic Four, Wyatt Wingfoot talked her back to her senses and she quit both groups, staying with Wyatt on his Keewazi reservation while she came to grips with who and what she was inside and out.
Under undetermined circumstances, Sharon eventually evolved back into her rocky She-Thing form and even attended a "girl's night out" with the Invisible Woman and She-Hulk. In this form, she amicably attended Ben Grimm's bar mitzvah on the thirteenth anniversary of his becoming a Thing. A human-looking Sharon Ventura (or someone else in the Ms. Marvel costume), was seen with a group of individuals who refused to register with the Superhuman Registration Act right before Iron Man and S.H.I.E.L.D. raided their underground base. At this time, it is unknown if this person was captured along with some of the other heroes.
First Appearance: The Thing (1983) #27
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#7 Captain America (1968)
- 'Victor Mancha to Phantazia'
#328 Damage Control (vol. 1) (1989)
- 'The Hard Way!'#330
- 'Night Shift'#331
- 'Soldier, Soldier'
#2 Fantastic Five (1999)
- 'In It Up To Arrears'
#4 Fantastic Five (2007)
- 'The Startling Secret of Reed and Sue Richards'#5
- 'In Search of Doom!'
Fantastic Four (1961)
Annual 22 Fantastic Four Unlimited (1993)
- 'Atlantis Attacks'Annual 23Annual 26
- 'Dreadface Lives! / Riddle of the Celestials'#306
- 'The Marvel Rage!'#307
- 'Danger on the Air!'#310
- 'Things to Come!'#311
- 'I Want to Die!'#326
- 'The Illusion'#333
- 'The Dream is Dead, Part Two'#345
- 'The Mesozoic Mambo!'#346
- '70 Million Years BC ...and then some!'#350
- 'The More Things Change...! Or It's The Real Thing...'#352
- 'No Time Like the Present! Or.. It Ain't Funny How Time Slips Away!'#353
- 'So Little Time, So Much To Do! Or... If I Could Save Time in a Klein Bottle!'#354
- 'The Cross-Time Express!'
#5 Secret Wars II (1985)
- 'The New, Nefarious, And Downright Nasty Frightful Four'
#7 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'Charge of the Dark Brigade!'
#9 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Molecule Man to Owl'
The Thing (1983)
#27 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'The Thing and The Thunderiders'#30
- 'Above and Beyond'#31
- 'Devil Dinosaur: The Movie'#32
- 'Battle of the Sexes'#34
- 'Dual Duel'#35
- 'Power Play!'#36
- 'Going for Broke'
West Coast Avengers (1985)
#10 What If...? (1989)
- 'The Search for The Thing!'
#47 X-Factor (1986)
- 'What If Magneto Took Over the United States?'
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Marvel Ultimate Alliance (2006)
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Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation (UCWF)
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