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Queen Veranke

 

Universe
Marvel Universe

Real Name
Veranke

Aliases
Spider-Woman, The Queen

Identity
Publicly known

Citizenship
Skrulls

Place of Birth
Unrevealed

First Appearance
New Avengers #1 (2005)

Princess Veranke stood against King Dorrek VII. She claimed the words of the prophets predict the destruction of their home world by a devourer or worlds. Dorrek said they were merely children stories and had her removed. Years later, it seemed the prophecies came true when Galactus arrived and consumed the Skrull Throneworld.

Some years later, Veranke was sought out since the Throneworld had been destroyed, and the Skrull armada was virtually wiped out. She was found on a barren planet living alone in a cave. Calling her their Queen, Veranke journeyed to the Skrull world Satriani.

Speaking to her people, she explained how she knew their destruction had been foretold in the scriptures, and she also knew they would survive and have a sacred home the scriptures called "Earth."

She was soon told about the breakthrough by royal scientist, Dro'Ge. After they had obtained samples of members of the Earth team, the Illuminati, he was able to gather more data on human evolution than is even known on Earth. They could strip away the basics of human, mutant, or Inhuman DNA, replicate it, and use it to create a new model of Super-Skrull warriors.

Upon hearing of this plan to infiltrate Earth, Veranke joined the invasion force. Since she was banished from the Empire, she insisted she would lead the invasion. She asked Dro'Ge which Earthling she could pose as to create the most amount of damage and Dro'Ge presented her with an image of Spider-Woman. Using Hydra as a front, several Skrull infiltrators goaded the true Spider-Woman into undergoing a procedure that would give Jessica Drew her power back. Once Jessica was out cold, Veranke underwent a ritual that not only gave her the appearance of Jessica Drew but also all of her memories. During her tenure as Spider-Woman, Veranke manipulated everyone from the Avengers to Hydra in order to create a sense of fear, paranoia and mistrust.

Her path to what she believed would be a solid victory was not without danger. Not only was she nearly imprisoned in the Negative Zone by the Pro-Registration supporters, but she also came very close to death on several occasions during conflicts with villains such as Doctor Doom. This path was also not without heartache as when Veranke learned the Annihilation Wave had completely wiped out what little was left of their already shattered Empire. When the new Avengers discovered a Skrull was impersonating Elektra, Veranke betrayed the new Avengers by stealing the corpse and taking it Tony Stark. Despite her status as triple agent Tony let her join the mighty Avengers, allowing Veranke to do even more damage than before.

Using a decoy transport ship full of mind-wiped Skrulls who had been transformed to look like and believe they were older versions of superheroes like Luke Cage and Ms. Marvel, Veranke was able to lure both Avengers teams to the Savage Land where they would remain trapped as the new "Super-Skrull" army descended upon other parts of the world. During this time she tried manipulating Tony Stark, who had been infected by a Skrull Virus, into thinking he was the greatest Skrull warrior of all time. However before she could wrap him around her finger completely she was nearly killed by the Black Widow. Veranke realized it was time to see how the invasion was going and went to Camp Hammond in Stamford, Connecticut where she was nearly assassinated by the Shadow Initiative.

From there Veranke and Criti Noll made way to New York City just in time to see Thor calling both Earth's heroes and the Skrulls to war in Central Park, igniting the final conflict between the Skrull extremists and Earth's heroes (and villains.) Though she was confident the Skrulls would win, Veranke was completely unaware the Skrull Gods Kly'bn and Sl'gur't had already been murdered by Hercules and his God Squad, which had already shifted the tides of fate in Earth's favor.

Veranke was fatally wounded by Ronin (Clint Barton), while she was fighting Wolverine. This triggered a desperate countermeasure planned by Criti Noll, but Veranke was not out of the fight yet. However, when she tried to counterattack all the heroes were aiming for her, but it was Norman Osborn who killed her by shooting her in the head. With her death, the Skrull invasion and their dream of a new home were finally over. Their back-up plans to destroy Earth (should their invasion fail) were also thwarted, and the Skrulls retreated into the stars.


Contributors: Holo78, Ohitsme and Acotilletta2

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