The Mantis from Marvel comics is a Vietnamese and German woman who was adopted by the Kree cult to be the potential mom of the Celistial Messiah.
She was trained and had her memory erased to have a clean slate. The Kree cult sent her to venture the universe to be well versed, and that’s where she met the Avengers.
Mantis meets Jacques Duquesne who’s a swordsman while she was working as a barmaid at a Vietnamese bar.
The two of them go back to the United States after Mantis helps Jacques regain his self confidence. Jacques joins the Avengers and so does Mantis due to her sexual attraction to the Vision.
Little did Mantis know that the swordsman she helped out had feelings for her. This was revealed only when Jacques was dying on his deathbed by the hands of Kang the Conqueror while looking for Madonna.
After the confession Mantis learns that she’s the Celestial Madonna and flees Earth with Cotati so the Celestial Messiah could be born.
The Celestial Messiah
Mantis changes her name to Mandy Celestine to stay under cover and names the child that she’s carrying Sequoia.
Mantis gives Sequoia to some Priests of Pama so that she can be raised while she goes on adventures with the Silver Surfer.
She starts a new relationship with the old herald of Galactus after her powers changed and she started becoming depressed. A massive explosion that she was situated with made the Silver Surfer think that Mantis was dead.
Mantis actually lives on through the explosion but with all of the stress that she’s been through she gets fragmented into various versions of herself.
Each version has a different part of her personality and memories. One of the versions of Mantis ends up on the West Coast Avengers team for a little bit before she started to raise her own son.
After a period of time, Mantis gathers all of her fragmented selves and combines into one person again. She then rejoins the Avengers and stops Thanos from killing her son.
While all of that was happening, Mantis tries to get back with Vision but stops as soon as she realizes that Vision and Scarlet Witch have a real connection despite being away from each other.
Major Story Arcs of Mantis
Guardians Of The Galaxy
Mantis travels through space and is captured by Kree. She stays locked up until the tech-organic Phalanx controlled by the Ultron commander start their conquer over the Kree Empire.
Mantis joins up with the Star-Lord’s commando unit as one of the most vicious warriors they’ve had.
Mantis frees people with the holder of the Captain Universe power, Gabriel Vargas, after they were captured by some Phalanx.
As the situation gets more and more dire, Mantis tries to destroy the Phalanx’s Babel Spire with her group. Vargas gets killed while Star-Lord gets detained right in front of her eyes.
Using all of their skills and might, they free Star-Lord and hit the Spire as hard as they could. Mantis gets seriously injured by Ultron during the climatic battle.
War Of Kings
Starhawk was a prisoner of the Guardians of the Galaxy who escaped while they negotiated with the Imperial Guard and Inhumans to stop the War of Kings.
Starhawk brought The Guardians of the Galaxy and Mantis to her future to witness the Fault which had caused a rip in space-time.
Starhawk then gets the Guardians to help him take down King Black Bolt who he blames for the cause of the Fault again.
The group send a message back in time since their time machine was broken. As they send the message the Fault swallows the Universe.
Powers And Abilities
The Celestial Madonna Mantis was trained personally by aliens of the Kree, or The Priests of Pama specifically.
All of the vigorous and stressful training with the Priests of Prana made Mantis a master of her own body and physiology.
She somehow learns to forcefully heal herself when injured as well as control her blood flow, gain super strength, stamina, speed, agility, and reflexes.
Other than the specified abilities that Mantis developed from training with the Priests of Pama, she is exceptional at martial arts too.
She uses this art to focus on nerve endings and pressure points when fighting her opponents. This can be seen when she effortlessly stuns people who are far more powerful than her such as Thor.
Mantis has a special way of traveling through space via her abilities. She can send her consciousness to other planets and make a new body for herself out of just the vegetation.
This makes it so that Mantis is super empathetic to whatever planet she goes to and can understand the biosphere and plants.
Being one with a planet’s biosphere lets her control nearby vegetation and allows her to become telepathic.
Along with that Mantis is seen in the Annihilation: Conquest event with telekinetic, pyrokinetic, and precognitive abilities.
Mantis In The MCU
The 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy movie introduced Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot to the Marvel Cinematic Universe of.
In the second volume of Guardians of the Galaxy, the group adds new members but Mantis is the only one that remains a permanent member.
The Mantis of the Marvel movies is very different than the one in the comic books. Pom Klementieff’s version of Mantis is fully alien and more attractive than others in her universe.
The Mantis design was meant to have a peculiar look in the second volume of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Other than Mantis’ looks, she’s completely different in The Avengers #112 made by Don Heck and Steve Englehart. Steve has said it himself that the Mantis he made for the comics is way different than the one in the movie.
Though Steve Englewood enjoyed the Marvel movies, he stated that he’s not happy with how they made Mantis.
The Mantis in the movie is not the same person as she is in the comics, and Steve doesn’t know why they would even call her Mantis if she’s someone totally different.