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Carmilla Black, The Scorpion: The #8 Greatest Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

First appearing in Amazing Fantasy, vol. 2 #7, Carmilla Black was one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s more recent operatives, taking on the role as a field agent when she was searching for information regarding her past. What she learned was that her mother worked for Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.) a terrorist organization; this put Carmilla, codenamed Scorpion, on multiple sides, working as an agent with her own agenda.

Although much of her tech is outfitted with S.H.I.E.L.D. innovations, Carmilla is genetically a product of her mother, a brilliant A.I.M. scientist named Monica Rappaccini and an unknown father. (There have been suggestions that this could be Bruce Banner, but it has not been substantiated.) Her body chemistry has natural defenses against all forms of viruses, diseases, toxins, and poisons, eliminating their effects. She is also been known to feed off them when necessary.

In addition to her natural defenses, she is capable of genetically storing and delivering poisons, usually through the left hand. This was altered, however, when she gained a bio-genetic or bio-cybernetic tail, which also More...

Item of the Day: Scorpion: Poison Tomorrow (New Avengers, World War Hulk)

In her earliest incarnation, Carmilla Black was considered more along the lines of type of teenage mutant, perhaps fitting in to the New Mutants scope of comic book lines. Although her powers were genetically enhanced at birth, she fits the profile with the ability to naturally fight off all kinds of immuno-level threats including those of radiation.

What we eventually learned, though, is that Carmilla is headed in another direction. In this story, we pick up on her origin; how she discovered true parts concerning her heritage, embarking on a quest to open it up and learn everything.

In that venue, she becomes the Scorpion, an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. serving multiple purposes; while she's working on top-level field assignments, she's also, secretly, looking for intelligence concerning her birth.

Carmilla Black, most recently codenamed, Scorpion, is #8 on The Top 10 Greatest Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a countdown provided by The Superheroes List. If you're a big fan of superheroes and are getting ramped up for some super-agent style information, Check out the List!

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