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"I am the Queen of Attilan! No one tells me what to do!"
―Medusa to Auran[src]

Medusalith "Medusa" Amaquelin is the wife of Black Bolt and the Queen of the Inhumans. An elegant and intelligent adviser to her husband, she struggles to find her place outside of their relationship, as others tend to view her as just a pretty face. Strong and resourceful, she’s not afraid to break the rules when the situation demands it. [1]

Biography

Early Years

Conflict with Royalty

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Medusa and Crystal running from Agon and Rynda.

Medusa and her sister Crystal were born to a pair of Inhumans in the city of Attilan. Her parents believed in tearing down the caste system and overthrowing the royal family that had ruled Attilan for centuries. Her parents were then executed by the king and queen at the time. Medusa and her sister were spared from the fate of their parents.

Terrigenesis

Medusa, like most Inhumans went through Terrigenesis. She emerged from her cocoon with the ability to control her hair. Due to the caste system of Attilan she placed in the upper part, a place of comfort and relaxation. It was during this time or shortly before it that she befriended Maximus.

Meeting Black Bolt

Shortly after Black Bolt accidentally killed his parents Medusa went to visit him. She told him that everyone in Attilan feared him but she didn't. In actuality she went there to gloat about the deaths of Agon and Rynda as they had effectively made her an orphan. However, she saw pain in Black Bolt's eyes, the same pain she felt after her parents death. So instead of gloating she befriended the silent king. They developed their own sign language and became very close. This closeness eventually developed into a romance and then into marriage.

Queen of Attilan

Terrigenesis Ceremony

Many years after her marriage to Black Bolt Medusa ruled alongside him as Queen of Attilan, doing so required many responsibilities and duties. One of those duties was overseeing the Terrigenesis ceremony. At one of these ceremonies, Bronaja and his sister Iridia went through Terrigenesis. Irdia emerged with butterfly wings and Bronaja at first appeared to manifested no abilities. However, Maximus touched him in an act of reassurance but this caused Bronaja to collapse on the ground and his eyes to go completely white. Bonaja recovered but he told Maximus that "snakes had him pinned against a wall".

Later at dinner Medusa was informed of the apparent demise of her cousin Triton. It was here that Medusa was informed by Black Bolt of an Inhuman Outbreak on Earth. Inhumans who stayed behind on Earth when much of the Inhuman population fled to the moon had descendants with dormant Inhuman genes. Something was now causing these genes to activate and give these descendants powers, however this was often met with violence. Black Bolt had sent Triton to bring these new Inhumans back to Attilan. This revelation led to a heated debate between Maximus and the rest of the Inhuman Royal Family as realistically Attilan could not support a growing population. Maximus favored going to Earth and conquering it while Black Bolt favored staying on the moon.

Maximus' Advances

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Medusa choking Maximus with her hair.

After Black Bolt sealed himself away in his private chamber to consult on Triton's apparent demise, Medusa is approached by Maximus, who makes more advances towards her. In disgust, Medusa used her hair to restrain him and told him to leave her alone.

Uprising in Attilan

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Medusa's head is shaved by Maximus.

Maximus and several soldiers corner Medusa who manages to fend them off, until Pulsus used his powers to subdue her. As the guards restrain Medusa, Maximus shaves her head, effectively robbing her of her powers.

Stranded on Earth

"Black Bolt? It's me. I'm here on Earth, somewhere, I'm safe. I'm in a crater, I think. Are you here? Can you hear me? Please, just let me know you're okay. Thank you."
―Medusa to Black Bolt[src]
Her sister Crystal soon arrived with Lockjaw and teleported Medusa to Earth. She soon contacted Black Bolt and informed him of her escape. She promised to find him soon and started making her way out of a crater on the island of Oahu. She made her way onto a bus where Crystal contacted her, telling her of everything that had happened on Attilan after Maximus took over. Medusa soon realized that Auran was tracking the call and told Crystal not to contact her again for fear of being found. She ended the call and left her communicator on the bus in preparation of te confrontation between her and Auran.

Attack on Medusa

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Reuniting with Royal Family

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Fighting Back

Sending a Message

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Triton's Return

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Returning to Attilan

Confront Maximus

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Attilan's Demise

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New Life on Earth

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Personality

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Powers and Abilities

Powers

Medusa is an Inhuman who achieved her genetic potential upon undergoing Terrigenesis, gaining superhuman powers.

  • Enhanced Durability: Medusa did not sustain any injuries, after jumping out from the second floor of a motel, and landing on her feet, a fall which would have broken regular human bones.

Former Powers

With her hair being shaved off by Maximus, Medusa remains powerless until it regrows to a usable length.

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Medusa controlling her hair against Maximus

  • Hair Manipulation: Medusa can manipulate the movement and length of her own hair, allowing her to utilize it as an additional limb to carry out a large range of tasks, such as handling small devices and combat. Her hair is also rather strong, as she was able to use it to strangle Maximus and knock down a series of charging guards. Despite this, Medusa's hair is still vulnerable to being cut off should she be rendered inert, which will effectively rob her of her power.

Abilities

  • Sign Language: Medusa understands sign language as she speaks for Black Bolt, due to his powers forcing him to be mute.
  • Skilled Combatant: Medusa has some skills in hand-to-hand combat. She was able to fight almost on par with Auran, a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist in her own right, however, the latter was proven to be the superior combatant, as Medusa was forced to use a knife that she had concealed to win the fight; catching Auran off-guard.

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Trivia

  • Medusa's nickname of "Snakes" is a reference to her namesake Medusa, who had snakes for hair.
  • In the comics, Medusa was first seen as a member of the Frightful Four (which also consists of Wizard, Sandman, and Trapster) when she had amnesia. In later comics, Medusa becomes a member of the Illuminati, a group made of the smartest and most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe, including Blackagar BoltagonTony StarkBruce BannerStephen StrangeHank Pym and T'Challa.

Behind the Scenes

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