10 things about Ravonna Renslayer that only comic book fans know
Loki continues the Disney + MCU series tradition of incorporating deep traditions of Marvel Comics into their stories. Judge Ravonna Renslayer, played by Gugu-Mbatha Raw, is a key example. Despite being the Chief Justice of the Time Variance Authority, comic book fans know there’s a lot more to the character.
Ravonna has a relatively minor role in the Marvel Comics grand scheme, but a major role in the life of Kang The Conqueror, the time-traveling Marvel villain. Given their important connection, the MCU could capitalize on this by first introducing Ravonna as part of the VAT.
ten Object of Kang’s affection
Ravonna Renslayer first appears in The Avengers # 23, written by Stan Lee and drawn by Don Heck. She is a seemingly minor character at first, the daughter of King Karelius, the ruler of an earthly kingdom in the 40th century (actually an alternate timeline in Earth history).
Kang the Conqueror arrives to take over, as he usually does, and tries to work things out by taking Ravonna as his wife. She doesn’t want anything to do with it or him, but Kang is determined to win her over.
9 Unfortunate consequences
Kang The Conqueror goes to great lengths to impress Ravonna, but most of his efforts, including fighting the Avengers, fall short. When a rebellion breaks out among the forces of King Karelius, things change.
Ravonna sees how committed Kang is to her by fighting the rebels – seemingly to stay with her – at the risk of her own life. When the rebels storm the castle and are about to deliver the final blow, Ravonna sacrifices herself to save Kang. She is left in a coma by a blast of energy from her own soldiers.
8 Grandmaster’s Pawn
In a development somewhat reminiscent of the tragic tale of Mr. Freeze and his wife Nora, Kang The Conqueror then spends the following years trying to revive Ravonna. The Grandmaster plays a pivotal role in the story when he challenges Kang in a game where the winner is in control of life and death.
Kang wins, but chooses the power of death over life so that he can destroy the Avengers. The Grand Master then resuscitates Ravonna and she is stunned by Kang’s selfish actions. She rejects him and prepares her revenge against him.
7 Kang nebula
Ravonna resurfaces some time later as Kang Nebula. As far as the Avengers know, she’s actually Nebula, the character who will end up appearing as Thanos’ daughter in the guardians of the galaxy franchise. She manipulates the Avengers to help her against Kang.
In Avengers # 291-297, she actually infiltrates the Cross-Time Kang Council, which is made up of endless alternate versions of Kang. This concept, along with the Council of Reeds of Fantastic Four, seems to have influenced the Council of Ricks of Rick and morty.
6 The time bubble
His efforts with the Council of Cross-Time Kangs are in part tied to the discovery of a time bubble, a point in the distant future beyond which time travel is impossible. Nebula seeks to find a large weapon hidden behind this point.
While her efforts are initially thwarted by the Avengers, as a Nebula, Ravonna tries to bring in the Fantastic Four to help her. This is relatively easy, as Reed Richards is constrained by the discovery of the Time Bubble in The Fantastic Four # 337-341, written and drawn by Walt Simonson.
5 In the flow of time
The Fantastic Four, Thor, and Iron Man enter the time flow to locate the time bubble in the future. Comic book fans learn as Nebula tries to get the Ultimate Nullifier from Galactus, one of Marvel Comics’ most powerful cosmic beings. The Nullifier may be the ultimate weapon in the Marvel Universe.
Her conflict with the Fantastic Four doesn’t bring her any closer to her goal of revenge against Kang, however. Nebula grabs both the spirit of the human torch and the invisible woman, but is expelled from time and stuck in the past.
4 Peace with Doctor Druid
Ravonna is lost in time alongside Doctor Druid, whom she manipulated with the Avengers to help her infiltrate the Cross-Time Kang Council. Although their relationship is built on lies and deceit, they manage to find peace by building an idyllic world together.
Like their romance, the world is built on deception, so it ends up falling apart. Ravonna throws Doctor Druid, one of Marvel Comics’ most powerful magicians, out of the world. It wouldn’t be the end of the two of them, though.
3 The temptress
Ravonna would return to take revenge on Kang, this time as a temptress. She enlisted Doctor Druid to help her lead the fight directly to Kang in his time empire of Chronopolis. Along with the Avengers, the team would help Ravonna embark on her first real conflict with the original Kang she had met so long ago.
The two face off in a vicious fight, and Kang realizes that the temptress is Ravonna. In a twist of fate, Kang apparently dies saving his life, as she once did for him. This story took place through a series of yearbooks in 1992, including Captain America Annual # 11, Thor Annual # 17, The Fantastic Four Annual # 23, and Avengers Annual # 21.
2 Terminatrix objective
Now calling herself the Terminatrix, Ravonna takes control of Chronopolis after Kang’s death. She faced many challenges, including threats of an alternate future. She also revived Kang the Conqueror.
The two ruled side by side for a long time, but their romance that spanned space and time may not have been all they thought. Kang eventually left her to resume her time conquests, and it seemed their life together was over.
1 Ravonna dies (again)
Ravonna would appear to die again, perhaps permanently, in Avengers forever. This 1998 comic, written by Kurt Busiek and Roger Stern and drawn by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino, features a major battle between Kang and his variant Immortus, which once aided the mysterious Time Keepers.
Kang calls on the Avengers to help him defeat Immortus and in the process, it is revealed that Ravonna has perished and no longer controls Chronopolis. She has yet to reappear in the comics, although with the existence of the multiverse, other versions of her surely exist.
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