by Ryan Rigley
As Marvel Studios proved with their decision to go forward with a "Guardians of the Galaxy" film, sometimes it just doesn't matter whether people know the characters or not. If it makes sense within the grand scheme of things and will prove to be interesting for fans both old and new, then by all means, go forth.
Case in point: Moondragon, a character who's been on both the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers that virtually nobody has ever heard of before. First appearing in an issue of "Iron Man" back in 1973, Moondragon is an extremely powerful telepath who is perhaps best known for mentally enslaving Thor and forcing the God of Thunder to be her lover.
Can you imagine a scene like that taking place in the "Avengers" sequel? We sure can! Click past the jump for more on Moondragon!
Born in Los Angeles, California, Heather Douglas was but a young girl when her parents were unjustly taken from this world. After witnessing Thanos' spaceship land in the middle of the desert, the Mad Titan blows up the Douglas' car which kills both of Heather's parents instantly. Luckily, Heather was thrown from the vehicle during the explosion, emerging from the wreckage virtually unscathed.
Feeling horrible about his son's misdeeds, Thanos' father (Mentor) finds Heather and brings her back to their home world (Titan) in order to be raised by the monks of Shao-Lom. In time, these monks help train Heather to the peak of perfection in both body and mind. Not only is she fully versed in the ways of chemistry, genetic engineering and martial arts, but she's also been able to tap into her latent psionic powers, developing her telepathic abilities far beyond that of even her advisers.
Well, besides the fact that both of her parents were killed by Thanos (like that isn't reason enough), Moondragon is arguably the most powerful telepath in the entire Marvel universe. In the past, she's demonstrated willpower and spiritual strength on par with the likes of Doctor Strange and has managed to pierce through the psionic shields of Galactus himself; a feat that the joined forces of Professor Xavier and Magneto could not even hope to accomplish. Not to mention the fact that she's a one-time wielder of the mind gem (one of the six infinity gems of the Infinity Gauntlet) and has the ability to turn into a freakin' dragon.
As we mentioned earlier, Moondragon is a former member of both the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers. With that said, it would make almost too much sense to be introduced to Moondragon during James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy" in 2014. Plus, with Thanos' appearance already confirmed, we could even potentially get a scene where Moondragon confronts Thanos about his murdering of her parents. That way, when she makes her appearance in "The Avengers 2," we'd already be well up to speed on her story and completely ready to see her locked in a cosmic battle with the Mad Titan.
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