Well, we’ve got Green, Yellow, Orange, Black, Indigo and Red down – just Blue, Violet, and White left! So today we’ll do…. VIOLET/Star Sapphires. This one is Carol Ferris by Francis Manapul.
It’s that time again. To reiterate, every Friday the Cupcake Rogues will randomly pick 2 characters to do battle – whether it be Marvel, DC, female, male, mutant, human, or human that pretends to be a mutant with magic (I’m looking at you, Juggernaut), they are all possible. Once we’ve randomly selected our two, they will go head to head in several categories with one being deemed winner. The winner will live on to fight another day, but a warning – with 200 possible characters, it may be awhile before round 2 🙂
Twenty-fourth week in the random selection:
Star Sapphire vs. Black Widow
|Star Sapphire||Black Widow|
|Origin||Carol Ferris grew up the spoiled daughter of Carl Ferris – owner of Ferris Aerospace. She was beside Hal Jordan the day his father’s plane crashed. Carol had an active role in Ferris Aerospace and found herself in love with Hal Jordan, who had gone on to be a reckless test pilot himself. Carol would become possessed by the Star Sapphire as the inhabitents of Zamaron wanted her to fight and defeat the Green Lantern. Luckily, GL was able to rid her of the Star Sapphire everytime they fought. Later, when the Star Sapphire was turned into a violet power ring/power battery, Carol accepted a violet ring willingly.||Natalia “Natasha” Alianovna Romanova (aka Natasha Romanoff) was born in Stalingrad, Russia. Her parents were killed in a fire when she was a child. She was saved by Ivan Petrovitch, who then raised her. In her revised origin, she is raised by the U.S.S.R.’s “Black Widow Ops” program along with Petrovitch. She was a Soviet agent trained as a spy, martial artist and sniper. She is biotechnologically and psycho technologically enhanced in the program. Natasha married Soviet test pilot Red Guardian, who becomes a Soviet operative, and thus is no longer able to contact his wife. Natasha is told that he died. Later, she is sent to America to seduce and kill Tony Stark. She meets Hawkeye and tricks him into fighting Iron Man with her. She eventually defects to the US and joins the Avengers.|
|Edge?||Black Widow – I think I saw a movie on her, it was called Salt.|
|Powers/ Abilities||Star Sapphire’s powers are based on love. The Violet Power Rings imbue the wearer with the ability to fly, form protective barriers and create energy constructs. If an energy construct is destroyed, it releases a type of hallucinogen that allows the ring bearer a chance at escape. Star Sapphire’s are also able to teleport and restore life to the recently deceased by drawing on the energy of ones who loved them. They are also able to transform anyone into another Star Sapphire.||Natalia has slowed aging and an enhanced immune system due to biotechnology enhancements. She’s also in peak athletic condition and extensively trained in military, martial arts and espionage. She also carries enough gadgets to make even Batman proud.|
|Edge?||Star Sapphire – Black Widow can have all the enhancements and gadgets she wants, all Star Sapphire has to do is encase her in crystal and POOF! We’re adding another member to the Star Sapphire corps.|
|Love Interest||Hal Jordan – These two break up more than Sean Penn and Robin Wright. Yet they are constantly drawn back to eachother. When Hal died as Parallax, Carol attempted to move on and married another man. When Hal was brought back, they tried to remain “just friends” but Carol divorced her husband pretty quickly after that.||Daredevil – the two have a long career of fighting alongside one another. Natasha ends up breaking it off with Murdock because he wouldn’t treat her as an equal in battle. They later reconcile, but never restart their relationship on more than a platonic level. Natasha has also been the love interest of Hawkeye, Hercules, and even Bucky *giggles*|
|Edge?||Star Sapphire – Daredevil is lame, and Bucky automatically = FAIL.|
|Costume||Star Sapphires’ costume is a very revealing violet colored bodysuit. Sometimes there are sleeve s and sometime there aren’t, but thigh high boots, major cleavage and belly button bearing seem to be a constant.||Black Widow has Femme Fatale to an art form – tight, black suit and lots of firepower.|
|Edge?||DRAW – Natasha is low-key sexy while Carol is in your face sexy. It’s all up to personal preference here.|
|Most Entertaining Personality||Carol seems a bit wishy-washy. She either wants to be with Hal or she doesn’t. She wants to be a straight-laced girl or a wielder of a violet power ring.||Natasha is cool and calculating and all business, but we don’t know a lot about her personality. She’s slow aging – she was a teenager during World War 2 – and she seems to carry a lot of experience with her. She is trained to be a leader and executes as so. And she kicks ass. Literally.|
|Edge?||Black Widow – there’s nothing entertaining about wishy washy.|
|Best story arch||During the War of Light storyline, Carol was transformed into a Star Sapphire yet again and went to Zamaron to defend it against the Sinestro corps. Sinestro wanted to reclaim his former female team members. Carol battled Sinestro on her own and was able to withstand the influence of her power ring seeing as how she’d built up an immunity to it from all her previous transformations. It was suggested that Carol may be the perfect Star Sapphire, the one who could tame the Predator (The sentient embodiment of love).||Norman Osborn discovered Yelena Belova, another Black Widow, breaking into an abandoned SHIELD facility and offered her the position on his team of New Thunderbolts. On her first mission, she and Ant-Man take control of Air Force One. Shortly after, we see Yelena talking privately to Nick Fury. Later, Osburn orders Yelena to lead the Thunderbolts to kill former member Songbird. Fury orders Yelena to rescue and retrieve Songbird for her information on Osborn and the Thunderbolts. When Yelena finds Songbird, it is revealed that Yelena is actually Natasha in disguise. She tries delivering Songbird to Fury, but the three are captured by the Thunderbolts, who have set her up after finding out about her true identity. Natasha and Songbird are brought to be executed when Ant-Man, Headsmen and Paladin turn on the rest of the Thunderbolts and allow their escape.|
|Edge?||Star Sapphire – Going up against Sinestro and fighting to a standstill? That’s a tough b*tch.|
|Hotness||Carol is your typical raven haired beauty. It doesn’t hurt that she’s wearing a violet concoction from Fredericks of Hollywoods Galactic Stripper collection.||Hot ginger with a Russian accent that’ll kick your ass one minute and make out with you the next. Don’t act like you don’t like it.|
|Edge?||Black Widow – cuz in 20 years she’ll still look close to the hotness she has now.|
|Fiercest foe||Her Power Ring. The Violet Power Ring represents love, one of two emotions on the far ends of the emotional spectrum. As such, it has the greatest pull over its bearer.||Natasha doesn’t have a fiercest foe. She goes by the book and fights who SHIELD tells her to. She doesn’t seem to keep personal vendettas or grudges. The only personal kill she’s gone after was that of the man who was hunting down and killing dozens of Black Widows.|
|Edge?||Star Sapphire – But Carol, maybe quit putting the damned thing on, problem solved.|
|Biggest WTF Moment||The entire Predator storyline…Before the Predator was retconned as a separate entity on the emotional spectrum, it was a subconscious identity created by Carol as a manifestation of her perfect man. The Predator fought Hal Jordan for Carol’s love. When Hal defeated it, it merged with Carol creating the Star Sapphire persona yet again. Later, Carol would discover that she was pregnant, despite not having sex and realized that the child was the unborn life essence of the child conceived when the Predator entity raped the first Star Sapphire. Obviously.||Her first costume was evening wear and a veil. Then later, when she was tired of day to day fighting alongside Daredevil, she took up a career as a fashion designer, but it never took off… wonder why, evening wear and veil lady!|
|Edge?||Star Sapphire – I don’t really think we need to explain.|
|Person who should attempt an on-screen portrayal||Blake Lively has been cast to play Carol Ferris in the upcoming Green Lantern movie.||ScarJo portrayed Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man 2. She did an acceptable job (probably because I was expecting the worst), but it was a HUGE disappointment that, even after being discovered as a Russian agent, she still didn’t have an accent! Boooooooo….|
|Edge?||DRAW – Scarlet frankly wasn’t that impressive, though to be fair she wasn’t given much to work with. As for Blake, she allegedly impressed GL bigwigs so much that they cast her instead of an older actress.|
Star Sapphire: 7
Black Widow: 5
And the winner is…. Star Sapphire, proving that you should always dress for the job you WANT, kids. Wait, what?
Comicbookmovie.com has leaked some spoilers for Green Lantern and while they sound cool, they leave me scratching my head…Darn lice. To summarize:
– Krona becomes the first “host” to Parallax, by way of the Yellow Power Battery. This takes place as a prologue of the film.
– Parallax/Krona attacks Abin Sur’s ship, which causes him to crash land on Earth and die.
– While performing an autopsy on the corpse of Abin Sur, Hector Hammond becomes infected by a fragment of Parallax which causes him to gain exponential telepathic and telekinetic powers.
– Parallax fights Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris on Earth. The fight is unevenly matched until other members of the Green Lantern Corps arrive.
What do you think? Are you excited to see Parallax in all his yellow glory or are they jumping the shark a bit by introducing such an epic bad guy in the beginning of the franchise? Don’t let what happened to Doomsday happen to Parallax.
Also, are fanboys going to be treated to Blake Lively in her Star Sapphire get up from the get go? That last tidbit makes it sound like that might be the case.
Lastly, Green Lantern Corps? Prepare yourself for some KILOWOG!