SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Avengers #681 by Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Mark Waid, Kim Jacinto, Mike Perkins, David Curiel and Cory Petit, on sale now.
One of the many mysteries to spin out of last year's Marvel Legacy #1 revolved around the founding of the Avengers. A statue commemorates the time when Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Giant-Man and the Wasp came together for the first time as Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and sits on the lawn outside of the Avengers Mansion.
However, the statue we see in Marvel Legacy #1 has been altered, inserting a mysterious character that's never appeared before in the Marvel Universe as a founding Avenger. Thanks to a previous press release, we'd learn her name is Voyager, and she was billed as "the most important character you don't remember."
With that information heading into Marvel's weekly Avengers: No Surrender storyline, parts of Voyager's backstory were slowly revealed, including her absence and why no one remembers her. As helpful as this new information was, it still didn't explain how Voyager gained her teleporting powers.
As it turns out, like many heroes in the Marvel Universe, Voyager has a science experiment accident to thank for her origin story.
Enter The Quantum Entanglement
Voyager's real name is Valerie Vector, and she's the daughter of Arthur Vector, one of the first scientists to devote his attention to quantum entanglement -- the theory that every atomic particle has a twin linked by faster-than-light forces. A flashback scene shows a very young Valerie eavesdropping on her parents in Arthur's lab, where her mother revealed she wanted a divorce because of his lack of quality time with the family.
When Valerie heard this news, she tearfully rushed in to object, getting tangled in some wires and causing the release of purple quantum energy. The accident left Valerie connected to every molecule and atom on Earth.
Not so coincidentally, Arthur began to pay more attention to Valerie once she gained her powers, helping Valerie refine her abilities until they discovered how to travel along the quantum entanglement; essentially teleporting anywhere on Earth. Voyager would go on to tell Toni Ho that her parents would eventually publish their findings, while she joined up with other heroes like herself to form the Avengers.
On the surface, Voyager's origin seems legitimate. Her lengthy absence is explained away by her being shunted out of the timestream in her fight against Victory: The Electromagnetic Man, which removed everyone's memory of her. However, that doesn't explain why Arthur Vector has never been referred to or referenced in the decades since discovering the quantum entanglement. Surely, the likes of Tony Stark, Reed Richards or Hank Pym would have a mutual respect for another scientist of Arthur's caliber, and dedicated time to reading over his findings -- or, even expanding on Arthur's work.
Voyager said her parents passed away not long after the Avengers became a team, but what if that's not true? Could something have caused Voyager's parents to go into hiding? There's something about the missing hero's origin that seems too cut-and-dry for it to be the whole story. If there is more to learn about Voyager, we'll most likely discover it as No Surrender continues in Avengers #682.