Yellowjacket (Rita DeMara)

Fictional character biography

When first seen, Rita DeMara was a reluctant supervillainess who was most notable for her brief affiliation with two incarnations of the Masters of Evil. She had stolen one of Henry Pym’s Yellowjacket costumes, and modified it, making it more feminine (and removing the insect emblem).

Yellowjacket participates in a takeover of the Avengers Mansion, assisting one of the more powerful versions of the Masters of Evil. Defeated, Yellowjacket is sent to prison but is freed by the Fixer, who has amorous intentions. She flees and tries to gain revenge on the Wasp, by way of the Black Knight. Furious at being rejected, the Fixer tries to kill her. Black Knight helps Yellowjacket defeat him and the two part on possibly romantic terms.

During a time when no Avengers were active, her costume receives a call for help from an automated system at an old Avengers base. She finds herself teaming up with The Beast, The Captain, Falcon, Hercules, The Hulk and Jocasta. They battle the High Evolutionary, who wishes to jumpstart humanity’s evolution through worldwide catastrophe. Yellowjacket helps battle through the Evolutionary’s underground submarine base, fighting against dozens of his soldiers. Eventually the Evolutionary is defeated by Hercules, the two evolving out of reality.

Her second affiliation with the Masters of Evil begins and ends during the Infinity War. Her team, lead by Doctor Octopus, confronts the Guardians of the Galaxy inside the Avengers Mansion as the Masters had wished to take it over. Yellowjacket is soon betrayed by her side. Moments later, both teams are overwhelmed by waves of evil aliens. These aliens were impersonating all the superpowered beings involved. Each double wishes to take over the relevant body. Despite many aliens being slain, more show up.

The Guardians and the Masters both work together to stay alive. Events in the Infinity War series stop the flow of aliens. When Doctor Octopus desires to continue the fight, his men turn on him, not wanting to hurt those who had helped them. Yellowjacket is left behind and joined the Guardians.

She went to the 31st century with them. She further proves her worth when she saved the life of Charlie-27 by shrinking, flying inside his throat, and performing “surgery” on a massive blood clot with her stings. She forms a close friendship with Nikki. She later uses 31st century technology to redesign her costume, making it look less like Henry Pym’s design (she even found a way to fly without installing wings on her costume).

She used her powers as a valued member of the team, until, homesick, she attempts to return to the 20th century. On the way, she stopps in the near future and learns that a disaster was about to happen to the Avengers in her target time. On her return to the present, she confronts Iron Man, who is under the control of Immortus, a powerful time-traveling being in the guise of Kang the Conqueror. Iron Man kills Yellowjacket.


Powers and abilities

Similar to her predecessor, Rita had the ability to shrink to the size of an insect. She could fly at high speeds, and fire bioelectric “stinger” blasts. She also demonstrated growing powers on occasion. However, due to the strain this placed on her heart, she rarely used them.


Other versions


Mutant X

In this darker reality, Rita joins with Doc Samson and Stingray to create the Defenders, a team intended to take up the slack left by the defeated Avengers.

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