Like her twin brother and their best friend, Mary Batson was also destined to become a hero. By saying the ancient wizard’s name, she becomes Mary Marvel, receiving the powers of the following six gods and heroes: the stamina of Selene, the strength of Hippolyte, the courage of Ariadne, the speed of Zephyrus, the power of Aurora (which includes her invulnerability) and the wisdom of Minerva. Her powers are equal to those given her brother and Freddy Freeman, yet, like Freddy, she remains a young teen when she changes into Mary Marvel, giving her the advantage of being underestimated by a foe because of her youth and petite stature.
Mary is one of the best students at one of the finest private schools in the five Boroughs: the Rosemont Academy for Girls. However, in spite of all the advantages she’s had, her life is a somewhat less than idyllic. Adopted as a six-month-old by Edward and Carol Bromfield, she’s spent more time with her adopted parents’ servants than with her adopted parents. Neither the Bromfields nor Mary knew about her being “Baby Girl Batson”, the nickname the FBI and the press gave the girl after she was stolen.
Mary’s best described as being a “doll-pretty” 13-year-old, and she heavily favors her birth mother with her long auburn curls, a turned-up nose and bow-shaped mouth, but she has her father’s lightning-blue eyes instead of her mother’s green ones. Like her twin brother, she is kind, courageous, brash to the point of recklessness, resourceful and she doesn’t take garbage from anyone. After reuniting with her twin brother, Mary practically begs the Bromfields to have her last name legally changed back to Batson.
Even at only five feet, two inches tall, she has tremendous confidence in herself, her own abilities and in the powers old Shazam granted her, and treats being a hero as fun. She is the last person on Earth to become hysterical for more than a moment, but her natural calm can give way to anger, especially when she’s provoked and she will explode when she’s angry.
In both of her forms, Mary is a bright girl who likes showing off her intelligence. Two of her favorite pastimes are reading and drawing, and she’s often seen with either a book or a drawing pad and a pencil in her hands. She even sketched a picture of herself in her Marvel costume months before she said her magic word for the first time. She sometimes draws pictures to go with Freddy’s stories, and the pair are even thinking of collaborating on a self-published comic book.
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