Doctor Minerva

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Doctor Minerva
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceCaptain Marvel #50 (May 1977)
Created byScott Edelman
Al Milgrom
In-story information
Alter egoMinn-Erva
Team affiliationsStarforce
AbilitiesGifted geneticist
Superhuman strength and durability
Enhanced intuition
Ability to pilot various Kree starships and operate high technology of the Kree

Doctor Minerva is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Doctor Minerva is a Kree geneticist. She was an enemy of the rogue Kree agent Captain Mar-Vell, and later became the partner of Captain Atlas.

The character will be played by Gemma Chan in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Captain Marvel set for a 2019 release.

Publication history[edit]

Doctor Minerva first appeared in Captain Marvel #50 (May 1977), created by writer Scott Edelman and artist Al Milgrom.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Minn-Erva was born in Edelix, on the planet Kree-Lar. She became a geneticist and an agent of the Kree Empire. She was stationed on the Kree science cruiser, Ananim. She orbited the Earth in the starship, observing Mar-Vell.[1] She then abducted Rick Jones,[2] and lured Mar-Vell aboard the craft. She revealed to Mar-Vell her theory that the two of them would produce superior offspring capable of advancing the evolutionary potential of the Kree species. She was ordered by the science council head Phae-Dor to abandon her mission, but refused and was neurologically overpowered.[3] She was rescued from the wrecked science cruiser by Mar-Vell.[4] She later rendezvoused with the Kree scientist Mac-Ronn and docile Ronan the Accuser on a farm in Sullivan County, Texas.[5] Later, she observed Ronan revive and escape custody.[6]

Doctor Minerva later became partner to Kree Captain Atlas, serving aboard the Kree light cruiser Ramatam. She incognito commissioned A.I.M. to steal Quasar's quantum-bands.[7] She abducted Quasar and revealed to him how she was transformed by the Psyche-Magnetron. She rendezvoused with Captain Atlas, and tried to remove Quasar's quantum-bands, but was instead banished from Earth.[8]

Doctor Minerva was a member of the Kree Starforce during the Kree/Shi'ar war.[volume & issue needed]

During the Spider-Verse storyline, Doctor Minerva hires a group of human soldiers to assault a medical facility to steal a Terrigenesis cocoon containing an infant Inhuman. As they escape, Minerva is attacked by Ms. Marvel and the fight also draws Spider-Man's attention. As the two superheroes work together to fight her, Minerva reveals her plan of using the genetic material from Terrigenesis cocoons to create a new breed of Kree Super-Soldiers and shows the early results of her work by transforming into a giant creature to attack the heroes.[9] During this time, she used the villain Clash and some unnamed people as her hired henchmen. It was later discovered that Minerva's research is not being sanctioned by the Kree Empire. Doctor Minerva is forced to abandon her plan when Spider-Man threatens to inform Kree-Lar of her illegal activities while Clash takes out the other henchmen upon seeing Ms. Marvel with an Inhuman baby.[10]

Doctor Minerva returned to Earth during the Civil War II storyline. Carol Danvers, now acting as Captain Marvel and heading up Alpha Flight, engaged her in a brief battle in North Fork, California. Captain Marvel was unable to prevent her from unleashing a mutagenic virus on the inhabitants of North Fork, who were transformed into crustacean-like creatures. The attack had been predicted by the Inhuman named Ulysses, and was a key reason for Captain Marvel to support using his precognitive visions as a crime-fighting tool.[11] Doctor Minerva escaped but was tracked to South Boston, where she was planning to spread an upgraded version of the virus through Captain Marvel's hometown. Captain Marvel, Alpha Flight and the Ultimates were able to stop her, though her genetic experiments allowed her to transform into a monstrous being. She was arrested and imprisoned by a friendly faction of the Kree.[12]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Minn-Erva is a member of the alien Kree race, and was also mutagenically altered by the Kree Psyche-Magnetron, giving her superhuman strength and durability and the power of flight through the conscious manipulation of gravitons. The machine is capable of using "nega-energy" for various purposes, and was set to replicate the powers of Carol Danvers. She also possesses heightened intuitive faculties enabling her to guess correctly significantly higher than chance.

Minn-Erva is also a gifted geneticist, and is a graduate of the Kree Science Academy, Vartanos, Kree-Lar. She also has the ability to pilot various Kree starships, and the ability to operate high technology of the Kree.

In other media[edit]


Doctor Minerva appears in the Guardians of the Galaxy episode "Gotta Get Outta This Place," voiced by Marion Ross.[13] This version is an elderly Kree who is the warden and prison therapist of the Kree Monument of Justice.


Gemma Chan has been cast as Minn-Erva in the 2019 film Captain Marvel.[14]

Video games[edit]

Doctor Minerva is a playable character in the 1995 arcade game Avengers in Galactic Storm.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Captain Marvel #50
  2. ^ Captain Marvel #51
  3. ^ Captain Marvel #52
  4. ^ Captain Marvel #53
  5. ^ Captain Marvel #55
  6. ^ Ms. Marvel #19
  7. ^ Quasar #9
  8. ^ Quasar #10
  9. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #7
  10. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #8
  11. ^ Captain Marvel vol. 8 #6
  12. ^ Captain Marvel vol. 8 #7
  13. ^ "Gotta Get Outta This Place". Guardians of the Galaxy. Season 4. Episode 11. April 22, 2018. Disney XD.
  14. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (26 February 2018). "'Captain Marvel': Gemma Chan Joins Cast As Minn-Erva".

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