Crystalia Amaquelin created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in
Fantastic Four #45 (Dec. 1965)
She is unique among Marvel characters in that she has been a
member of the Fantastic Four, Avengers, and Inhumans, as well as
tangentially related to the X-Men
Crystal is a member of the Inhuman Royal Family, sister to
Queen Medusa, with the ability to control the elements
She first encountered the Fantastic Four on the run from the
Seeker, who wanted to destroy the Royal Family - saved by Johnny
Storm, the two quickly fell in love
When Sue Storm Richards was pregnant with Franklin and left the
team, Crystal served as her replacement
Left the team after discovering that her stay on Earth was
poisoning her, as her Inhuman body could not handle the Earth’s
atmosphere, and she returned to Attilan, breaking up with
In the process of Lockjaw teleporting her home, she encountered
Quicksilver, who was injured battling Sentinels - she brought him
home to the Great Refuge to help him recover, and over time they
fell in love and announced their marriage
They had a baby girl, Luna, who exhibited no powers - Crystal
forced Pietro to agree that Luna would grow up normally
Pietro’s temper grates on Crystal, and she has an affair with
Wanda & Vision’s realtor, a human named Norman Webster - Norman
ends the affair when he realizes Crystal is married, and Pietro
initially refuses to attempt reconciliation
She attempted to renew her relationship with Johnny, but she
found he was married to Alicia Masters (actually a Skrull in
disguise #BecauseComics), and when an Inhuman crisis endangered the
entire family, she and Pietro eventually reconciled
Joined the Avengers, and moved into the mansion with Luna and
her nanny, Marilla
During her tenure, she became close with Dane Whitman, the
Black Knight, who was himself the target of Sersi’s affections, all
while Crystal and Pietro were working on reestablishing their
relationship - this love quadrangle created many difficult
situations, until Dane & Sersi were sent to another
After Heroes Reborn, Crystal and Pietro were reunited, but Dane
also returned to the universe, and when Dane and Pietro later
fought over Crystal, she left them both to return to Attilan to
After House of M, Pietro stole Terrigen Mists and exposed Luna,
granting her powers - this act led to Black Bolt annulling the
She was then betrothed to Ronan (by Medusa) as part of an
alliance between the Inhumans and the Kree - the marriage was
quickly ended, however, as a deal was struck with Black Bolt and
the Supreme Intelligence
Made an Inhuman ambassador by Queen Medusa, leads the Royal
Inhuman Diplomatic Mission
Out of universe - Focus on emotional impact of making those
important decisions (35:14)
Doc: Hello Crystal, I’m Dr. Issues.
Crystal: Hi Doctor.
D: Thank you for meeting with me. I’m a little sad to see
Luna’s not here, though.
C: She’s with my family. For better or worse I have no shortage
of babysitters. It helps to know so many folks with
D: Yes, you do have quite the list of friends and
C: Which is one of the things I wanted to talk to you
D: OK, shoot.
C: I’ve been an Avenger, a member of the Fantastic Four, one of
the Inhuman Royal Family, and affiliated with the X-Men. I hardly
have any peers who have those kinds of connections. And my powerset
means I can control all of the elements. Yet I always feel like I’m
not taken seriously enough. I’m either Medusa’s kid sister, or
worse yet Pietro’s ex.
D: So your primary issue is that of establishing an identity
separate from those around you?
C: Yes, exactly!
D: I see. Well, my first thing I want to make clear is that
being part of these groups isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and-
C: Oh I’m well aware, and I apologize if it came across as
such. I’m proud to be included in these rosters. The relationships
I’ve built over the years mean the world to me, and I wouldn’t
trade them for anything. It’s just… that’s not *all* of who I
D: That’s certainly frustrating, and I see why-
C: And that’s what few people understand. Pietro understood
that...understands that? I don’t know...we’ve gone back and forth
so many times. He’s so impulsive. I want him to slow down
sometimes, but that’s not who he is, and then that makes me realize
that I wasn’t understanding him...oh, it burns me up inside! *flame
D: Relationships that are frayed don’t have to be completely
incinerated...like you just did to that insurance form. Can we
C: Oh no! I didn’t mean to take it out on your possessions!
That reminds me of when I talk to Johnny. It’s weird. We work as
great friends, but I sometimes go down a ‘what-if’ rabbit hole if I
had built something special with him. But that’s not fair to him
either. My mind is a tornado right now *wind noises*
D: I see...how demonstrative. *clearly frustrated* I’ll just
restack those files a bit later. It sounds like you have tied so
many parts of who you are to other people, that it even becomes
tiresome for you to differentiate your motivations from those
around you. How do you cope with that?
C: I make time for myself. At least, I used to. I’m not an
absentee parent. Luna comes first. When I get a chance like this, I
seem to be out of sorts. *water effects gently throughout her
speech* I get flooded with thoughts of how she’s doing, if I’m
missing something, if I should have pushed for more co-parenting,
If I’m pawning her off too much. Am I making any sense?
D: *barely hiding his frustration* I am awash with inspiration
on how to help you...and so are my shoes. The anxiety of parenting
never goes away, but rest assured that one of the best things you
can show your child is letting them face some of their own
C: *angry* Challenges?! She was kidnapped before! Caring for
Lockjaw is a challenge! No, I won’t be a helicopter parent, but do
you know what it’s like to lose the most important thing to your
soul? You question reality. *earthquake effects* The ground you
walk on might as well swallow you whole. Everyone judges you left
and right. You judge yourself...harshly. It’s not fair. It’s not
fair to her, or to me. I can stand on my own without a royal
D: CRYSTAL! STOP!
D: *Exhausted, but calm* Please...stop. I got the message. I’ve
never had a patient connect so viscerally to everything that’s
going on in their psyche. This is a private session, but it may be
the greatest public example of what makes you...you!
C: So it’s just my powers?
D: NO! No. It’s the emotional intelligence fluidity. You are
able to adapt to those around you and feel just as comfortable on a
new team as well as with old friends. New bonds are capable of
being as strong, or stronger, than prior relationships. That’s a
trait that not everyone comes by easily. But there's an obvious
peril with that. You’re always navigating a shifting hierarchy of
personal priorities. That can be exhausting.
C: *sarcastic* You don’t say? I just… I don’t want to BE my
sister, but sometimes I envy the straightforward manner with which
she deals with situations. She’s the queen. Everyone knows that, so
there’s no wishy-washiness. With me, it all depends on who it is
and what they need. I know you’re saying that’s a good thing, but
uggghhhh is it draining.
D: I get that. And I’m grateful that wasn’t accompanied by
another power flux. What I would encourage you to do is to take a
look at each relationship in your life, and determine how important
it is to you. You don’t have to rank each one individually, maybe
just use a few tiers. Then, if you’re in a situation where you have
a choice to make, utilize the tiers to determine which one takes
precedence. And let’s not forget about your own needs as well.
C: Hmm. Interesting idea. Well, it can’t be any worse than what
I’ve been doing so far. Which is winging it.
D: Much of life is winging it, but with a bit more wisdom each
time. The course corrections are less tricky with every turn.
C: I understand. Thanks for the advice, and sorry for the
damage to the office. You can send the bill to Black Bolt. At least
we know he won’t yell about it *heehee*
Recommended reading: Avengers: Bloodties, War of Kings
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