Monica Rambeau Explainer


Monica Rambeau a.k.a Captain Marvel a.k.a Spectrum is the focus. This energetic powerhouse is the first Black female leader of the Avengers!


With the release of WandaVision on Disney Plus, I thought it would be nice to highlight Agent Rambeau on Super. Black. once again. The S.W.O.R.D agent has deep roots in the Marvel Universe. I know what you are thinking: since she is in WandaVision, does Monica Rambeau become a superhero?

The answer is a resounding yes! Played perfectly by Teyonah Parris, she will leave you wondering, “why isn’t Monica Rambeau Captain Marvel in this scene?” Listen to one of our first episodes and bask in the glory of Spectrum!


Say hello, Monica Rambeau. The first black female leader of the Avengers. This episode tackles (not literally, she’s made of energy) Auntie Monica, a.k.a Captain Marvel, a.k.a Spectrum! Check out the io9’s article on her. It was so eye-opening that I thought doing an episode on her was prudent.

Who is Monica Rambeau in Marvel?

A simple question deserves a long, drawn-out answer. Check out all the aliases our Monica went by over the years.

  • Captain Marvel
  • Photon
  • Pulsar
  • Daystar
  • Sceptre
  • Lady of Light
  • Monica Marvel
  • Auntie Monica
  • Sun Goddess
  • Spectrum

She swaps names constantly. Monica may very well have the most aliases in the Marvel universe. Many people also wonder, was Ms. Rambeau the first Captain Marvel? The answer is no. That distinction goes to some fool named Mar-Vell. That goof is nowhere near as interesting as Auntie Monica.

How did Monica Rambeau get her powers?

How did Monica Rambeau get her powers?

In the MCU, the Captain Marvel film introduced Monica as a child. She makes a guest appearance as an adult in the WandaVision series, gaining her powers by phasing through the hex dome Wanda Maximoff creates around the small New Jersey town. When she exits the other side, Monica is forever changed, imbued with the power to shift her physical form into any other form of energy. It’s pretty great for walking through some static.

In the comics her power origins are a bit different. OK, a lot different. The WandaVision explanation is some nonsense. Long story short, Rambeau destroys an energy weapon and, in the process, is bombarded with extra-dimensional energy, causing her powers to manifest. See? Way more plausible.

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Captain Marvel: Monica Rambeau as Spectrum
Captain Marvel: Monica Rambeau as Spectrum

Did you know? Spectrum is immortal!

Monica Rambeau’s powers make her pure energy. Energy cannot be destroyed, only transformed. In that, Monica is technically immortal.

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Episode Length: 20:20 mins

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Forge Theme: “Strength & Iron”

End Theme: “Victory in flight!”

For more on Spectrum, check out her run in The Ultimates!

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