Mantis was trained by the alien Priests of Pama, a sect of the Kree, who believed that she might become the Celestial Madonna. She excelled in her martial arts studies, which landed her the name "Mantis". Being the protectors of the Cotati, the Priests of Pama also taught her telepathy. On her 18th birthday, she was mindwiped and was given false memories to give her appreciation of human life. She was later placed on earth, and lived their for a number of years. When she was 24 her memories and powers began to come back and she later was recruited into the Avengers and later the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Powers and Abilities Edit
- Telepathy: Mantis has repeatedly demonstrated telepathy as well as a variety of other mental powers. She has performed feats as sophisticated as constructing a small telesensual schematic of a Phalanx spire for all of her teammates to see.
- Empathy This enables her to sense the emotions of others, which she feels as psychic "vibrations" which she also uses to communicate with the plant-like Cotati.
- Astral Projection: To travel in space, Mantis projects her astral form from her body, allowing her to travel interplanetary distances. She'd then recreate a body for herself out of the destination planet’s local vegetation. Her fighting skills remain intact, and her empathic abilities' heightened to a superhuman degree and extended to the planet’s flora and biosphere.
- Chlorokinesis: She also possesses the ability to control the vegetation within her vicinity. Mantis was able to accelerate her teammate Groot's cellular growth rate and even alter his sap to make it flammable.
- Pyrokinesis: Mantis burned her teammate Groot's internal sap with her mental powers, immediately lighting him on fire from the inside.
- Precognition: Throughout the Annihilation Conquest series she proved to possess precognition. She was able to foresee almost all the events that would occur during her mission with Star-Lord (Peter Quill) and their teammates. She eventually explained that if she had told him that she knew that some of their teammates would perish on their mission, he would never have embarked on it and taken them with him and she was even accepting that she would perish as well.
- Enhanced Durability: Mantis has physically enhanced durability as well as immunity to mental and metaphysical assaults. This was proved when an Ultron-controlled Adam Warlock teleported to her location with her teammates and struck her in the head. She survived but was left comatose.
- Self-Healing: Mantis can will herself to heal.