Spectrum

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  • Real Name: Monica Rambeau
  • AKA: Captain Marvel, Photon, Pulsar, (Impersonated) Daystar, Auntie Monica, Avengers Mom, The Lady of Light, Sun Goddess
  • Family: Frank Rambeau (father); Maria Rambeau (mother)
  • Base of Operation: Taa II, Formally Triskelion, New York City, New York; Gem Theater, Manhattan, New York City, New York; Avengers Mansion, Manhattan, New York City, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Identity: Public
  • Citizenship: American
  • Martial Status: Single
  • Occupation: Adventurer, charter fishing operator; former shipping company executive, cargo ship captain, harbor patrol officer (lieutenant)
  • Education: College and Police Academy graduate
  • Gender: Female
  • Height: 5′10″ (1.78 m)
  • Weight: 130 lbs (58.97 kg) (59 kg)
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Hair: Black
  • Unusual Feature:
  • Origin: Human mutate exposed to an energy disruptor device, giving her the ability to transform herself into electromagnetic energy
  • Universe: Marvel Prime Universe (Earth-616)

She is not only the first black person to lead the Avengers, but also the first black female woman to lead them. Introduced in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 (1982) by Roger Stern and John Romita Jr., Monica Rambeau was a member of the Coast Guard when she helped a professor infiltrate a Roxxon Oil rig. They were found but Monica destroyed their equipment with her bare hands which bombarded her with strange energy given her powers. She used these powers to defeat Roxxon and would be dubbed Captain Marvel by a local newspaper. (She is the second person to take the mantle after Mar-Vell’s death.)

She traveled to New York to get help from Reed Richard but since he wasn’t there The Thing sent to the Avengers where Iron Man siphoned off the excess energy. She was invited to become an in-training member of the Avengers but soon proved her worth and became a full member of the team. When Captain America stepped down as team leaders, he nominated Monica to the role. She would lead the team for quite a while but eventually lost her powers following Namor’s bride, Marina’s rampage. She would leave the team soon after.

She returned home and began working for a cargo ship when it was attacked by Powderkeg. Her powers would return, and she returned to being Captain Marvel. She would help the Avengers when they needed but would eventually give up the Captain Marvel role to Mar-Vell’s son, Genis-Vell. She took the name Photon, later Pulsar, and continued to be a part time Avengers. She would later be kidnapped by the Beyonders and made led Nextwave but her memories of the events were erased. After a time with Marvel’s Diva, she would take up the name Spectrum and would join Luke Cage’s Mighty Avengers. She would also begin a relationship with Blue Marvel.

Her memories of Nextwave returned and she would confront the Beyond Corporation with her teammates. After Secret Wars, She would join Black Panther’s Ultimates team and would later be one of the Avengers to help battle Nyx after she tried to plunged the universe into darkness. She would join Strikeforce soon after before being recruited by Hawkeye to co-lead the new Thunderbolts team.

Monica Rambeau is quite a popular character that has unfortunately very little figures over the years. Her only ML was part of the A-Force box set that was exclusive to Toys-R-Us.


Spectrum – Might Avengers II

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Toys-R-Us Exclusive Marvel Legends A-Force box set – Monica Rambeau with She-Hulk, Singularity, Lady Sif, Lady Loki and Elsa Bloodstone

  • Background:
    • Monica was a member of the Mighty Avengers when her memories of the events of Nextwave suddenly returned. Angry that part of her life had been erased and manipulated, she used her powers to change her costume into this.
  • Why do you need it for your collection?
    • If you want a Monica Rambeau for your collection, this is currently the only one. You will need it for your Avengers, particularly the Mighty Avengers. You can also use it for your Strikeforce, Thunderbolts or Ultimate team. If you are a fan of Captain Marvel, you will also need it for that collection.
  • Does it need a remake?
    • No but a re-release would be nice.

Needs

Below you will find a gallery of suits that still need to be made. I have included what I think are the possibilities of them being made. Note that these are my personal opinions and not facts. Please let me know if I have missed anything.