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Origin of Phyla-Vell
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Origin of Phyla-Vell

Real Name: Phyla-Vell

First Appearance: Captain Marvel #16 (December, 2003) 

Powers: Superhuman Strength, Energy Projection and Absorption, Flight, and Cosmic Awareness.

Affiliation: Guardians of the Galaxy, United Front. 

Did You Know? Her name comes from the taxon Phylum, or a classification of life. 

A Little History

The origin of Phyla-Vell is pretty straightforward. 

Phyla-Vell was created by Peter David and Paul Azaceta and first appeared inside the pages of Captain Marvel, Volume 5, #16 back in 2003.

A long time ago, Elysius, the former lover to Mar-Vell, conceived a son. That son, Genis-Vell, was made up of the genetic material from Mar-Vell and artificially accelerated to adulthood with the memories of growing up on Titan. After Elysius was killed by the Negative Zone’s Lord Syphonn, Genis-Vell took the name and mission of Captain Marvel. Now known as Captain Marvel, Genis-Vell gave aid to the beings Entropy and Epiphany and recreated the Universe. In the process of recreation, Genis-Vell resurrected his mother and made it seem like she had never died and/or was resurrected right after death. 

In this new reality, Elysius once again underwent artificial pregnancy, this time giving birth to a daughter, Phyla-Vell. Phyla-Vell, like her brother Genis-Vell, was put through an accelerated aging process and given the memories of growing on Titan.

Unfortunately, Genis-Vell retained some memory of his previous reality and struggled to accept that he was not the only offspring of Elysius. His conflicting memories caused him to go insane. Now not of right mind, Genis-Vell stormed across the galaxy laying waste to all who stood in his way. Elysius, along with Starfox pushed Genis-Vell to Titan where he encountered Phyla-Vell. Seeing what her brother was doing and feeling he brought disgrace to the name Captain Marvel, she took the name for herself.

A battle took place between the siblings and before things could get out of hand Elysius and Starfox intervened. Upon their arrival, Genis-Vell opened a portal to Nth Space and the four fell into it. Now inside the Nth Space, the three overcame Genis-Vell and helped him through his insanity. 

Once back on Titan, Phyla-Vell, believing that she was capable of being Captain Marvel, kept the name.

And that’s it. The origin of Phyla-Vell.

Title Image © Marvel

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