Marvel Girl (Marvel)(02 - Valeria Von Doom)
Real Name: Valeria Von Doom (Richards)
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As Marvel Girl, Valeria von Doom exhibited several superpowers, though the exact extent of her abilities is unknown. She was able to transform into an armored form, with the design of the armor somewhat derivative of Doctor Doom's. She inherited the ability of her mother to project force fields; however, she did not bend light to do so. She actually manipulated time and space fields to create these barriers. She could also use this manipulation to travel back and forth through time. This ability was known as her Time Dance. She never displayed the ability to turn invisible naturally; however, she is shown using a gadget to turn herself invisible. She also seemed to have enhanced strength and durability, being able to punch hard enough to knock down beings with superstrength and survive punches from them; nevertheless, it is possible that her apparent strength and durability were actually simply subtle applications of her force fields and the defense provided by her armor. In addition, Valeria von Doom showed an intelligence and aptitude for invention and technology rivaling that of Doctor Doom or Mister Fantastic.
As Valeria Richards, Valeria is only a child. In Fantastic Four v3 #63 (January 2003), she was tested for superpowers by her father, Mister Fantastic, and found to have no superhuman abilities. It is also not known whether she is a genius like her previous incarnation, Valeria Von Doom, or her father, Mister Fantastic. However in "fantastic four: the wedding" she is seen to complete a rubix cube with her father saying that she will be playing chess by she is two However, as she is only a child, it is possible that she may manifest superhuman abilities in the future. But, in Fantastic Four current #554 (March 2008}, she is about 3-4 years old and can use force fields.
Valeria von Doom first appeared during the run of Chris Claremont and Salvador Larroca on Fantastic Four, suddenly materializing in the Fantastic Four's headquarters, professing to be from the future, and the daughter of Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom) and the Invisible Woman. This was, unsurprisingly, very disturbing to the Fantastic Four, but after an initial period of conflict, the Invisible Woman accepted Valeria into the FF's home, and she aided them on several missions.
It was unknown how Doctor Doom and the Invisible Woman would come together in the future, and how Mister Fantastic would be removed from the picture. Things seemed to be coming together when Mister Fantastic became trapped in Doom's armor, and publicly pretended to be the villain, re-marrying Sue and making her his baroness. At this time, Valeria was sent to Haven, a safe house at the end of the universe, for her own protection, but as events proceeded, Reed was freed from the armor, again calling Valeria's future into question.
While Chris Claremont intended to resolve the storyline, he never got the chance, as Jeph Loeb and Carlos Pacheco took over Fantastic Four and brought Valeria back into the title, changing the character's origins. As it transpired, Valeria was, in fact, the second, unborn child of Reed and Sue Richards, who had been miscarried years before in Fantastic Four v1 #267 (June 1984). Under the guidance of Roma, Franklin had used his powers to save the child, who was taken by Roma, who knew that the girl would serve a great purpose in the future. In the comics themselves, Roma professed to have cared for the girl, but the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe took the opportunity to tie up some loose ends by claiming that Valeria was actually raised in an alternate future as the daughter of Doom and Sue. Loeb and Pacheco brought Valeria back into the book as the FF went up against the cosmic menace of Abraxas, and Valeria fulfilled her purpose by merging her powers with Franklin and recreating Galactus to stop Abraxas. In the restructuring of reality that ensued, Valeria was regressed to a fetus within Sue's womb once again, on the cusp of being born.
As had occurred during the first time she was born, the cosmic rays that gave the Fantastic Four their superpowers made the delivery of Valeria extremely difficult, and because Mister Fantastic was caught up solving a world-threatening crisis, the Human Torch had no choice but to call upon Victor von Doom for help, as detailed in Fantastic Four v3 #54 (June 2002). Doctor Doom was qualified to deliver the baby because of his vast intelligence and his mystical capabilities, and he successfully delivered the baby through a difficult birth.
As the price for his help, Doctor Doom insisted that he be allowed to name the child. He did so, naming her Valeria after a woman he had loved in the past (ironically, Doctor Doom would also eventually be the murderer of this woman). Unknown to the Fantastic Four, Doctor Doom also placed a spell on Valeria, making her his familiar spirit, as revealed in the Unthinkable story arc, Fantastic Four v3 #67-70 and v1 #500 (May-September 2003) by Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo. The Fantastic Four were eventually able to free Valeria from Doom's control.
Due to the numerous supervillains' attacks on the Baxter Building, Child Welfare questioned the safety of Franklin and Val. After much reluctance, Reed and Sue decided to give up their children to Welfare. However, an initial condition was that a "dummy" safe-house was to be set up, and a press release to be announced that the children had already been moved. The decision to actually move Franklin and Valeria was rescinded after the safehouse that they were to be placed in was reduced to a crater (along with everything within a half-mile radius). It is uncertain exactly which of the FF's enemies carried out the attack, or why.
First Appearance: Fantastic Four (1998) #15
Valeria Meghan Richards
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Domination Factor: Fantastic Four (1999)
Fantastic 4th Voyage of Sinbad (2001)
#1 Fantastic Four (1998)
- 'The Fantastic 4th Voyage of Sinbad'
Annual 1999 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Fantastic Four 2005 (2005)
- 'The Keys to the Kingdom'Annual 2000
- 'Betrayal!'Annual 2001
- 'The Devil You Know'#15
- 'A Clash Of Iron'#20
- 'Since The Last Time We Saw Paris --- Itza Been Ruined!'#21
- 'Rascals 4'#22
- 'Lost Hope!'#23
- 'Skull Session'#24
- 'Last Farewell'#25
- 'When Worlds Collide!'#26
- 'I Am Doctor Doom!'#46
- 'It's Too Late to Stop Now!'#47
- 'Just Imagine...'#48
- 'Worlds Apart'#49
- 'Dark Victory'
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