Nebula (Marvel)


Nebula is a comic book character that was created for Marvel. She made her first appearance in July 1985 in Avengers #257. She was created by Roger Stern and John Buscema. Roger Stern is also known for his other Marvel work like The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, Captain America, Doctor Strange,… You might know John Buscema’s work from Tarzan, Thor, Silver Surfer,…

You can recognize Nebula as a female who looks a lot like a cyborg but originally she had black hair with blue skin and blue eyes. It has been a common misunderstanding as she wasn’t a cyborg from her first appearance. She is 6’1″ or 185 cm in height and weighs around 185 lbs or 83 kg. She is part of a species called Luphomoids who lived on the planet Luphom. Luphom was eventually destroyed by Galactus.


Thanos had previously been in charge of Sanctuary II, a huge spacecraft that Nebula had taken over and turned it into a base for her space pirates and mercenaries. Nebula stated that Thanos had been her grandfather, even though he was thought to be deceased at this time.

In The Infinity Gauntlet storyline, Thanos, who had just been revived, was irritated by Nebula using his name in vain. With the help of the Infinity Gems, he took back control of his spacecraft and came dangerously close to destroying Nebula. In an instant, his powers rendered her in a horrifying corpse that was barely conscious, leaving her wounded and barely alive.

The Gauntlet was seized by Nebula when Thanos beat Eternity and exited his body. She used the Gauntlet to completely restore herself to life and tried to take control of the universe herself. The Gauntlet was ultimately taken away from her by Adam Warlock and she was captured by Starfox and brought back to Titan to stand trial.

Doctor Mandibus turned Nebula into a cyborg after she was rescued from jail by her crew. They found her in a comatose condition after being confronted with her past.

Interesting facts about Nebula

Nebula has always been jealous of her “sister” Gamora and Thanos never made it a secret that he favoured Gamora over Nebula. This is the reason why Nebula made up several schemes to kill Gamora like telling her where to find the Badoon.

In Thanos volume 2, we also find out that Nebula killed Thanos his son Thane. Thane conned her into helping him attack Terrax’s vessel in order to steal a Phoenix Egg. When Nebula discovered the truth about the egg, she murdered Thane to stop him from opening it. However, Thane’s death just accelerated the hatching process, allowing the Phoenix Force to take control of him.

Powers & Abilities

  • Superhuman powers: Even before her bionic enhancement by Dr Mandibus, she already was a force to be reckoned with thanks to her superhuman strength, agility and durability
  • Expert in Martial Arts and Weapons: Just like Gamora, she has been training for years in martial arts and weaponry
  • Bionic enhancement: Thanks to her bionic enhancement, she even became stronger and faster than before and was upgraded with wrist blasters


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