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Cover of Thor #272 (June 1978)
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance The Mighty Thor
Vol. 1 #419 (July 1990)
Created by Tom DeFalco and Gary Hartle
In-story information
Team affiliations Graces
Notable aliases The Celestial Slayer

possesses living armor

Stellaris is a fictional extraterrestrial warrior appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history

Stellaris first appeared in The Mighty Thor Vol. 1 #419-420 (July-August 1990) and was created by Tom DeFalco and Gary Hartle.

The character subsequently appeared in The Mighty Thor, Vol. 1 #424 (October 1990), Thunderstrike #16 (January 1995), Annihilation: Ronan #1-3 (June-September 2006), Annihilation: The Nova Corps Files (October 2006), and Annihilation: Saga (May 2007).

Stellaris received an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition #25.

Fictional character biography

Her exact origins largely unknown even to herself, Stellaris travels the universe seeking vengeance against the god-like Celestials whom she claims destroyed her home world after judging it "unfit". Eventually her travels lead her to Earth when she pursues a Replicoid, a messenger of the Celestials sent to Earth to summon the heroes Thor and Hercules to the "Black Galaxy". After finding the messenger, she destroys it out of her hatred for the Celestials. Stellaris fought Hercules and was defeated by Thor. The pair allowed her to escape when she threatened to destroy the Earth. Stellaris secretly entered the High Evolutionary's starship New Wundagore, where she freed Nobilus. Stellaris escaped with Nobilus, and follows Hercules and Thor to the Black Galaxy to kill the Red Celestial. In the Black Galaxy, she found a group of Celestials in the process of bringing to life a new Celestial. Stellaris attacks intending to destroy the new Celestial by setting off an enormous explosion, only to find she has inadvertently provided the final energy needed to allow the new Celestial to come to life. She later recovered, and returned to Earth to kill Thor. She fought the original Thor and the third Thor, and then decided to "relax" on Earth for a while.

Some time after her encounter with the Celestials in the Black Galaxy, Stellaris shadows for a period of time on Earth Eric Masterson, a mortal human who had been bonded with Thor at the time when Thor and Stellaris first encountered one another. Stellaris covertly aids Masterson in his adventures as the hero "Thunderstrike" before returning to space once again in order to seek clues to her origin.

When the interdimensional villain, Annihilus, invades outer space Stellaris submits herself to super powered extraterrestrial Gamora becoming one of Gamora's "Graces" to order to oppose the threat. During a battle in the conflict with Ronan the Accuser, Stellaris was seriously wounded.

Powers and abilities

Stellaris is an athletic woman with no superhuman powers, although she is skilled in her native world's equivalent of street-fighting techniques. Stellaris possesses a suit of "living" armor of unknown origin and composition. In one story her armor was assessed by a robot to be identical to the armor of the Celestials. She can mentally will the armor to reshape itself to her specifications, and even cause it to increase or decrease in size and mass. Hence, she can cause the armor to become much larger and more massive than herself, cause it instead resemble a form-fitting jumpsuit, or even cause it to take on the appearance of normal terrestrial clothing. Stellaris can also will the armor to form a vast array of weaponry and vehicles. Examples so far observed include armament that fires blasts of concussive energy and intense heat and a "sonic shatter-pistol." She can cause part of her battlesuit to become an advanced skycycle or even to become a vehicle resembling a normal Earth motorcycle that can nevertheless fly through the air. Stellaris's battlesuit is said to contain power on the level of the Silver Surfer's. The battlesuit contains a self-destruct system that will cause the battlesuit to implode, releasing enough concussive force to destroy a planet. The battlesuit is capable of both atmospheric flight and interstellar travel.