Real Name: Phthira

Identity/Class: Terrestrial insect mutate (? - see comments)

Occupation: Queen of the World Hive

Group Membership: The Bug Lords (Crematrix, Ve'trock)

Affiliations: The Bug Lords, Macrothrax

Enemies: Swarm (Fritz Von Meyer);
    (while under Macrothrax's control): Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Stinger (Cassie Lang)

Known Relatives: None (see comments)

Aliases: "Queen of the Biting Wingless"

Base of Operations: The Husk-Place, Savage Land, Antarctica

First Appearance: (cloudy image seen): Ant-Man II#3 (May, 2020);
    (fully seen): Ant-Man II#4 (July, 2020)

Powers/Abilities: Phthira is a gigantic insect with large claws and horns capable of completing rending and devouring other gigantic insects. Due to her size and form, Phthira also possessed an unspecified degree of superhuman strength and durability.

Height: 12'0" (by approximation)
Weight: 575 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Red
Hair: None

History: (Ant-Man II#3 - BTS) - After their agent Macrothrax failed to retrieve Swarm on their orders, Phthira and the other Bug Lords sent a message to Macrothrax using scents. When the insect carrying the message surrounded Macrothrax in the message scent, Macrothrax saw cloudy images of Phthira and the other Bug Lords expressing their anger at Macrothrax for losing Swarm and drawing the attention of the heroic Ant-Man. The message also ordered Macrothrax to stop Ant-Man and his allies from finding the Bug Lords.

(Ant-Man II#4) - Macrothrax traveled to the Savage Land, where he met with the Bug Lords Phthira, Ve'trock and Crematrix as ordered. While Ve'trock expressed contempt for Macrothrax, Phthira expressed confusion and asked if Macrothrax had now succeeded in retrieving Swarm. When Macrothrax informed Crematrix that the human Ant-Man and his allies were no longer a threat, Phthira expressed contempt for Macrothrax as well and accused Macrothrax of speaking muddled thoughts, reminding Macrothrax that the Bug Lords thrive outside of humanity. Macrothrax then revealed his plan to use Pym Particles to make all insects as powerful as the Bug Lords and lead them in conquering humanity, which only angered Phthira and the Bug Lords, who accused Macrothrax of blasphemy.

When Ant-Man and his daughter Stinger followed Macrothrax to the Savage Land, Macrothrax stole Stinger's helmet and ventured back into the Husk-Place base of the Bug Lords, who accused Macrothrax of leading humans to them. Instead of obeying Ve'trock's orders, however, Macrothrax used Stinger's helmet to control the minds of Crematrix and Phthira, ordering them to remove Ve'trock's head. Forced to comply, Phthira and Crematrix turned on Ve'trock and Macrothrax offered up Pym Particles, referring to them as Phthira and Crematrix's "communion." Enlarged to roughly the size of a continent by the Pym Particles, Phthira and Crematrix exploded from the Husk-Place and, under the control of Macrothrax, began a rampage across the Savage Land.

(Ant-Man II#5) - Phthira and Crematrix continued to rampage through the Savage Land, traveling the Antarctic mainland. When Stinger confronted Macrothrax atop Crematrix, Macrothrax ordered Phthira to squash Stinger. Before Phthira could succeed, however, Ant-Man, covering in a giant armor made of insects on the dying Ve'trock's wishes, grabbed Phthira and piledrove Phthira into the nearby waters. As the downed Phthira lay in the water, Crematrix attacked Ant-Man in Phthira's defense while Stinger reacquired her helmet. Using her helmet to order Crematrix and Phthira to deal with Macrothrax, Stinger watched as both Crematrix and Phthira willingly agreed with Stinger's orders. Turning on Macrothrax, Crematrix and Phthira announced their demands for justice regarding Macrothrax's perceived blasphemy and the two queens devoured Macrothrax before departing.

Comments: Created by Zeb Wells and Dylan Burnett.

It was not clear what exactly the Bug Lords were. They were obviously insects of some sort and rulers of the insect World Hive but it was not clear whether they were extraterrestrial insect gods that somehow made it to Earth and decided to rules the insects, or perhaps ancient terrestrial insect mutates, or what exactly. Their agents were insect hives mutated into humanoid form.

In terms of relatives, Ve'trock was explained as the World Hive king with Phthira and Crematrix the queens, but who knows if insects have marriages like humans so I chose not to list Ve'trock or Crematrix as actual relatives of Phthira.

Profile by Proto-Man.

Phthira has no known connections to:

images: (without ads)
Ant-Man II#4, p7, pan3 (Phthira in her base, main image)
Ant-Man II#4, p8, pan2 (Phthira, headshot)
Ant-Man II#4, p18-19, splash page (Phthira enlarged by Pym Particles)

Ant-Man II#3 (May, 2020) - Zeb Wells (writer), Dylan Burnett (art), Darren Shan (editor)
Ant-Man II#4 (July, 2020) - Zeb Wells (writer), Dylan Burnett (art), Darren Shan (editor)
Ant-Man II#5 (August, 2020) - Zeb Wells (writer), Dylan Burnett (art), Darren Shan (editor)

First Posted: 01/31/2021
Last updated: 01/31/2021

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