Real Name: Megan McLaren
Identity/Class: Human, citizen of the United States
Occupation: Television reporter
Group Membership: WJBP-tv newscrew (Kenny,
Marty, unidentified others),
Affiliations: Betty Brant, Captain America (Steve
Rogers), Derek Chiang, Citizen V (Baron Helmut Zemo), Ken
Ellis, Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), Terrence Gerard, Marcia
Hardesty, J. Jonah Jameson, Peter Parker, She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters),
Trish Tilby, Chili Storm, Stunt-Master
(George Smith), Ben Urich
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: New York City, New York.
First Appearance: Thunderbolts I#1 (April, 1997)
Powers/Abilities: Megan McLaren possesses no known
superhuman abilities. A trained, determined television journalist with
an eye for metahuman related news, she is not afraid to ask tough
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'7")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 130 lbs.)
(Marvels: Eye of the Camera I#6) - Anchoring NTN's live coverage of ongoing superhero activities, Megan McLaren broke news that the mutant X-Men had reportedly died in Dallas. She then turned to NTN news producer Marcia Hardesty who gave an impromptu account of events before they had to switch to reporter Derek Chiang with a breaking news story in New York: Cyclops and Marvel Girl were seen preventing a giant space ship from crashing into Manhattan.
(Thunderbolts I#1 (fb) - In the weeks following the Onslaught incident that left large parts of New York City in ruins, Megan McLaren was preparing an in depth report on the aftermath for WJBP-TV. She did street interviews with survivors, reported on the loss of the Fantastic Four and Avengers and was present when rescue workers began clearing out the debris, rubble and destroyed Sentinels.
(Thunderbolts I#1) - In the WJPB editing room, Megan watched a rough draft of her news report, discussing the tone and message with her editor Kenny who felt she might be scaring the viewership with the message that all of the FF and Avengers villains like the Lava Men, Blastaar and the Masters of Evil were still out there with no one but "mutant terrorists, outlaws vigilantes and monsters like the Hulk" to fight them. McLaren didn't feel she was scaring the public any more than they already are.
(Thunderbolts I#1 - BTS) - McLaren and most other local
and national news outlets were present for the debut of the
Thunderbolts, their first press conference and confrontation with the
Wrecking Crew that ended with them rebuilding the damaged Statue of
(Thunderbolts I#8) - When the Elements of Doom attacked New York City and erected a massive citadel in Central Park, Megan McLaren was on hand to report the story. With the Thunderbolts captured by the Elements, McLaren watched a dozen other vigilantes and teams like the New Warriors, Heroes for Hire, Magdalene, Swordsman, Spider-Man and Daredevil deal with the menace. After the Thunderbolts managed to regroup and beat the Elements, Megan got to briefly interview Citizen V, asking about Techno's mysterious new look (after his physical body had been killed off, his tech-pac created a mechanical form for his disembodied, digitized intelligence). V refused to comment and left with his exhausted teammates.
(Heroes for Hire I#7) - After the Thunderbolts had helped
the Heroes for Hire contain the Super-Adaptoid that had been running
amok at Oracle Inc, Citizen V talked to Megan McLaren. He smugly claimed
his team was called when the Heroes for Hire were "unable to deal with
the situation". Watching McLaren's report, the Heroes for Hire wondered
if V was just a glory hound or something more.
(X-Men II#71) - Megan McLaren went live on the air to report the return of the Avengers and Fantastic Four. The news was so emotional it briefly caused her to choke up.
(Avengers III#1) - Acting on tips from sources, Megan took
a camera crew and waited around Avengers Mansion hoping to catch a
glimpse of founding members Captain America, Iron Man, Giant-Man and
Wasp who had come together to talk about the recent attacks on most of
their membership. Speculating that the team might be reorganizing, she
wished them well.
(Avengers III#4) - McLaren was one of many reporters waiting outside Avengers Mansion for the expected announcement of the team's definitive line up. She also showed footage of a contingent of Avengers and associates stumbling over themselves in their failed attempt to stop Whirlwind from robbing a bank. In response to the "embarrassing moment for a proud team", spokespeople for the Avengers promised the team would swiftly cut the membership down to a manageable number. Some time later, McLaren briefly interviewed She-Hulk, Black Knight, Crystal and Quicksilver as they left the mansion. She got all of them to confirm they wouldn't be on the new team. Later still, Megan instructed her cameraman Marty to zoom in on Moondragon, Starfox and Tigra as they flew away from the mansion. Near the end of the day, the Avengers' new security liaison Duane Freeman came out to introduce the new lineup. Megan told Marty to zoom in on Captain America as he got ready to let out the team's famous rallying cry: "Avengers assemble!"
(Thunderbolts I#17) - In the aftermath of the
Thunderbolts' fight against Graviton in the town of Cottonwood, Megan
McLaren and her crew came to Wyoming to report on the devastation. She
ended her piece with the observation that "five wanted criminals came to
this tiny town today... And they got away clean" (see comments).
(Spider-Man Unlimited I#22) - Roxxon executive Terence
Gerard invited Megan McLaren and other reporters like Ken Ellis, J.
Jonah Jameson, Peter Parker, Betty Brant, Ben Urich and Trish Tilby to
attend a press conference at One Roxxon Plaza in New York. Before the
event started, Ellis unsuccessfully tried to flirt with McLaren. Gerard
then took the stage to reveal that the Scorpion had agreed to become
their new ultimate super weapon against terrorism and subversion in
America. The conference was cut short when one of the reporters turned
out to be a suicide bomber who was swiftly dealt with by Spider-Man.
(Avengers III#10) - Megan covered Avengers Day on behalf
of Channel 3, talking to fans of the superhero team who were waiting for
the heroes to pass by on a parade float. After a few quick interviews,
she introduced the hosts of the parade Chili Storm and Stunt-Master.
Once the Avengers and their float reached Central Park, McLaren returned
to the air to report on the dedication of a plaque commemorating all
their fallen members. The ceremony was cut short by the sudden arrival
of the ghostly Grim Reaper who summoned zombified versions of dead
Avengers to fight the team. McLaren kept reporting on the events until a
mysterious energy barrier moved her and all the other bystanders out of
(Avengers III#11) - McLaren continued to keep her viewers updated on the situation in Central Park. She witnessed several heroes unsuccessfully trying to breach the Grim Reaper's energy barrier: from Spider-Man and Daredevil to the Fantastic Four and even the Stunt-Master who decided to ram the barrier with his stunt-cycle at full speed.
(Avengers III#12) - Megan McLaren broke the news that
Hawkeye had been spotted in Colorado helping renegade Thunderbolts
members Songbird and Mach-1 escape local authorities.
(Thunderbolts I#26) - McLaren reported on the favorable press Hawkeye and the Thunderbolts received after bringing down the Crimson Cowl's Masters of Evil. Authorities were scrambling to find prison space for 23 new inmates while legal action was being prepared against them.
(Avengers III#19) - Megan McLaren joined several other reporters for a press conference at Avengers Mansion to address the team's ongoing bad publicity. Captain America hoped that some one on one time with journalists might improve relations with the press, but instead the Avengers got peppered with harsh questions. McLaren wanted to know about the team's alleged intolerant conduct against the Triune Understanding. The conference was cut short when a desperate, exhausted Wasp burst through a window looking for help because Hank Pym had been abducted. McLaren and her fellow newsmen were swiftly escorted out, which only fueled their outrage.
(Avengers III#27) - McLaren and her cameraman Marty
reported on the Avengers' latest line up change that occurred in the
midst of ongoing public protests over the team's perceived lack of
inclusivity (actually a scheme concocted by the Triune Understanding).
Megan spotted Hank and Jan arrive in their tiny beeper plane, but before
she could ask them for a comment they witnessed Thor furiously storming
out of the mansion and taking off. Later that day, McLaren and her
fellow reporters watched as newly appointed chairwoman Janet van Dyne
announced the new line up that now included prominent Triune member
Comments: Created by Kurt Busiek, Mark Bagley, Vince Russell.
Ah, Megan... Every half decent writer introduces an exposition device disguised as a reporter and you were Kurt Busiek's go to gal for Thunderbolts and Avengers. Ironically, while Marvels: Eye of the camera is her most recent appearance to date, it's also her earliest chronologically speaking. This also establishes that McLaren has been active as early as the events of Uncanny X-Men I#227. Because of this, it stands to reason Megan has encountered and interviewed many metahumans over the years. Yet, for clarity's sake only people she interacted with on panel are included under affiliations.
It's never explained why a local New York reporter
suddenly popped up in Wyoming to report on the Thunderbolts - Graviton
encounter. Yet, the art clearly indicates it's Megan McLaren. Maybe she
continued to do some freelance reporting on the side?
Several sources claim Megan McLaren also makes an appearance in JLA/Avengers I#4. There is one unidentified female reporter wearing a hard hat reporting from New York that might be Megan. Given Kurt Busiek's obvious fondness for the character and the fact everyone else pops up in that comic, it's certainly possible. However, when asked, even Busiek couldn't recall if he intended it to be Megan in the story.
Profile by Norvo.
Megan McLaren should not be confused with:
Kenny worked as an editor at WJPB. When he helped Megan
put together her latest report on New York coping with the loss of the
Fantastic Four and Avengers, he commented that the piece might scare the
viewership. McLaren didn't mind: they had every reason to be scared.
- Thunderbolts I#1
- Avengers III#4 & 27
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Heroes for Hire I#7, p21, pan1 (main image)
Marvels Eye of the Camera I#6, p24, pan5 (reports on X-Men in Dallas)
Thunderbolts I#8, p2, pan4 (interviews Citizen V)
Avengers III#10, p18, pan4 (on Avengers Day)
Avengers III#27, p17, pan4 (watches Hank and Jan arrive)
Thunderbolts I#1, p10, pan4 (Kenny Megan McLaren editor)
Avengers III#4, p14, pans8&9 (Marty)
Thunderbolts I#1 (April, 1997) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Vince Russell (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#8 (November, 1997) - Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern (writers), Mark Bagley (pencils), Vince Russell (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Heroes for Hire I#7 (January, 1998) - John Ostrander (writer), Pascual Ferry (pencils), Jaime Mendoza (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
X-Men II#71 (January, 1998) - Steve Seagle (writer), Carlos Pacheco (pencils), Art Thibert (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Avengers III#1 (February, 1998) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Pérez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#4 (May, 1998) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Pérez (pencils), Al Vey & Bob Wiacek (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#17 (August, 1998) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Spider-Man Unlimited I#22 (November, 1998) - Mark Bernardo (writer), Mike Deodato Jr. (pencils), Joe Pimentel (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Avengers III#10 (November, 1998) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Pérez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#11 (December, 1998) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Pérez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#12 (January, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Pérez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#26 (May, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#19 (August, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Pérez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Marvels: Eye Of The Camera I#6 (April, 2010) - Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern (writers), Jay Anacleto (pencils & inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 01/22/2022
Last updated: 01/22/2022
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