The daughter of Quicksilver
, she is named after the moon, having been born there. Luna is the first child to be born to a mutant and Inhuman, the genetic markers denoting these subgroups in humanity supposedly "canceled out" in her, leaving her a normal human.
Luna Maximoff was created by John Byrne
While Quicksilver, aghast at the thought of having a "flatscan", human daughter, initially sought to expose her to the Inhumans
' mutagenic Terrigen Mists
, he was talked out of this by Gorgon
, impersonating Lockjaw
to make their point. As a normal human and granddaughter of Magneto
, Luna was considered an abomination by mutant extremist Exodus
, who sought to murder her on several occasions. Luna was protected by the High Evolutionary
and his New Men
, who suffered multiple casualties in their successful efforts to shield her from harm.
Major Story Arcs
kidnapped her, causing great damage to the mansion. Luna ended up in Genosha
under the control of Fabian Cortez
and the Exodus. The Avengers
teamed up with the X-M en
and managed to recover her safely.
Son of M
Years later, however, when Luna was six years old, Quicksilver was depowered by the Decimation
of mutantkind. Desperate to get his powers back, he exposed himself to the Mists, and subsequently talked Luna into returning to Earth with him, where he exposed her too. Thanks to the Mists, she can now see the feelings of the people she looks at in terms of colors, as a sort of visual empathy. Having trouble dealing with this, she now must wear shades at all times. Seemingly addicted to the Mist, her continued exposure to the mutagen has apparently enhanced her new found power to the point of being a full fledged empath, able to sense, remove and alter emotions at will. After the events of Son of M
, Quicksilver returned her to Crystal. Currently, the Inhumans are treating her addiction to the Mists, although it is unknown how her body will react to her addiction and if she will retain her abilities longer than baseline humans.
In the Silent War miniseries, Luna still has her aura-sensing empathic ability, and is seen using it to defeat Karnak in a training session. She is used to track Terrigen Crystals. Maximus used her to remove the mental shackles that were placed on his ability to use his mind control powers and also free the evil eye powers of Ahura. She regrets that this has allowed Maximus to take control of the Inhumans away from Black Bolt, who appears to have lost his sanity. When asking Black Bolt what she should do about Maximus and her role in his ascendancy, Black Bolt opens his mouth to answer her.
After the Skrulls
were repelled from Attilan
, Luna was seen with Maximus as Medusa
heads into space to look for where the Skrulls are holding Black Bolt.
Powers and Abilities
As an Inhuman, she was exposed to the Terrigen Mists at a young age and gained the power to see peoples emotions as colours. She later developed this ability and could manipulate peoples emotions. She also displayed other mental powers that appear to mimic telepathy. She could sense Karnak's attacks before he executed them, she used her powers to shield her mind from Maximus' control, she released mental dampeners on Maximus' power, and she could sense how Maximus' abilities affected the minds of others. Magneto, her paternal granfather, suggested that Luna could shut off portions of his brain.
She also has developed an addiction to the Terrigen Mists, and is being treated for this. As she was born human, it is unknown if she will retain her powers or preserve them as she is not of pure inhuman blood. Other humans exposed to the mists died while depowered mutants exposed to the mist regained their powers. Because of her unique heritage she may be immune to adverse effects of the Terrigen mists.
In this reality Luna calls herself Spike, and has the same powers as Medusa.
On Earth-9997, Luna who was now fully grown was betrothed to Ahura Boltagon (Black Bolt and Medusa's son) but unfortunately because it would mean becoming a King like his Father which was something he did not want to become Ahura began neglecting her and in the end ignored her altogether. Eventually the Terrigen Mists mutated her into a humanoid butterfly but even this was not enough to make Ahura want to be with her. In the end Medusa ended up marrying King Britain, thus dissolving Luna's betrothal to Ahura completely. Luna eventually moved on and fell in love with Jack of Hearts, despite the fact that he was by now a very, very old man.