Queen Marlena - Heroic Queen of Eternia
Real Name: Marlena Glenn
The woman named Marlena Glenn was a NASA astronaut from Earth whose ship, the Rainbow Explorer (which possibly carried a probe called Valiant), crash-landed on the distant planet Eternia after being struck during a meteor shower. Marlena was lifted from the wreckage by the world’s High King Randor. He invited her to stay at his palace while recuperating, and during the course of her stay they fell in love. Not long after, they were married and she gave birth to twins: Prince Adam and Princess Adora.
At the same time, Eternia was under siege by an invading army called the Horde, led by a tyrannical commander named Hordak. During one attack on the Royal Palace, Hordak and his pupil—Skeletor—broke into the nursery, where Marlena was tending to her children. Skeletor ambushed the queen and held her captive while Hordak scooped up Princess Adora. Just as he was about to grab Prince Adam, Man-At-Arms entered and managed to drive him away; meanwhile, Marlena used the distraction to overpower Skeletor and free herself. Marlena and Man-At-Arms interrogated Hordak’s abandoned pupil, who told them of the Horde’s base at Snake Mountain. The Sorceress of Castle Grayskull and Man-At-Arms went after Hordak, but were unable to stop him from fleeing Eternia with the absconded princess. Later, with the king and queen’s permission, the Sorceress cast a spell that wiped all memory of Princess Adora from the people of Eternia.
As time went on, Queen Marlena watched her son’s growth with pride. While her husband was often frustrated by Prince Adam’s seeming disregard for duty, Marlena sensed there was something more behind his frequent disappearances. She confirmed this after personally leading a battalion of soldiers to Snake Mountain on a mission to rescue her family from Skeletor’s clutches.
Eventually, thanks to the Sorceress and Prince Adam, Marlena was reunited with Princess Adora. While she reluctantly understood her daughter’s need to return to Etheria and fight the Horde’s occupation, Marlena was sad to realize that the family could not stay together quite yet—she and her husband even vowed to help the Great Rebellion in their struggle so that the family could be reunited for good, and did so by providing advanced weaponry and assistance by their greatest warriors (including He-Man and Man-At-Arms).
Aside from her exceptional piloting and fighting skills, the queen’s technological know-how was second only to that of Man-At-Arms. She was also brave in the face of danger , and a calming influence on children.