Bombshell, Lana Baumgartner, is a teenaged girl from the Ultimate Marvel universe. Along with her mother, she was a super criminal who robbed jewelry stores. After being apprehended twice, Lana was separated from her mother when the court declared her an unfit parent. Lana then became a student at Midtown High where she, unknowingly at the time, came across Spider-Man sans alias. Peter became one of her first few friends, along with Bobby Drake and Johnny Storm. Spider-Man died a short time later.
She returns, when there's a new Spider-Man in town (Miles Morales) and her backstory is explained. Her powers come from her mother, who was experimented on by Roxxon in exchange for a commuted prison sentence. Lori's escaped when she discovered that she was pregnant, but it was too late and her daughter was born with the same powers. Initially, their powers required both of them to be in close proximity to work, but eventually Lana learned how to use them on her own. She helped Miles, Spider-Woman, Cloak and Dagger to take down Roxxon, and also during the coming of Galactus. When The Ultimates broke up after Cataclysm, they stayed toguether and started their own group, the All-New Ultimates.
The Ultimate Marvel universe was briefly destroyed during the Secret Wars, but the Molecule Man restored Miles Morales' family and friends in the Prime earth, as a token of gratitude. This included Lana, but also her mother, by proxy. Lana would stay a close friend of Miles, and Lori would join the Sinister Six. Lana would also join the Champions since volume 3.
Has no relation with DC Comics Bombshells, an unrelated comic book from DC Comics. She has no relation either with the Bomb-Throwing Anarchists from Nick Spencer's Captain America used to display Political Correctness Gone Mad.
Bombshell appears in:
- Ultimate Marvel
- Marvel Universe
Bombshell provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Double Subversion. When Lori was in jail, she was supportive and proud of Lana for being a hero. After she was released from prison, Lori quickly changed her tune. Lori quickly wants to go back to crime again and feels that since she is the parent, Lana has to as well. When Lana resists, Lori is quick to use violence against her.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted. Poey is a drug dealer and is described as dark and troubled. However, she is perfectly aware of the trouble he may cause and even uses it to her advantage when her boyfriend gets caught up with a super gang. She laments that the only reason that they are together is that they are both troubled people.
- The Big Guy: Dagger and Bombshell fulfill this role in differing ways. Bombshell is clearly the more destructive of the two, but she is reluctant to join in a fight and is much more passive. Dagger is pugnacious and violently aggressive in comparison to Bombshell, but her power is precise and nowhere near as property damage.
- Canon Immigrant: She was moved to the Prime Earth, alongside most of Miles Morales' cast, at the end of Secret Wars. In 2019 she joined the Champions.
- Domino Mask: She wears one and, somehow, it allows her to go on on superhero stuff without her parole officer noticing that something is amiss.
- Early Installment Weirdness: If we are strict, Bombshell was not created in Ultimate Marvel. She was a villain in the short-lived Hawkeye mini in 1983, but as she had absolutely no similarities with the modern character (she was a muscular woman, blonde, with a swimsuit costume, used actual bombs and was a stoic terrorist), they are related just by the name and the explosions. She was never mentioned again after that mini, not even when Ultimate Bombshell moved to the Prime Earth.
- Good Feels Good: She seems really enthusiastic about fighting bad guys.Bombshell: We should text each other. We should do this again. Let's make a list of people to beat up and then go beat them up.
- The reason she even joined Spider-Woman's team was to do good for once in her life.
- HeelFace Turn: After getting arrested twice, she was given a third chance to have a normal life. She is unwilling to continue her life of crime and begs Peter to keep her powers a secret from the other students.
- Heroic BSoD: Has an episode after her boyfriend was murdered.
- Insult Backfire: She calls Spider-Woman a cheap Spider-Man knockoff with a B-cup to get her riled up, but it doesn't work.
- Just Friends: After joining 616, she apparently had a thing for Miles, but was never open about it until he rescued her. Miles sees her as sister than a girlfriend. There was a brief period when she'd blow up his phone with texts. Since joining the Champions after defeating her mother, she still harbors feelings for him, but decides to remain friends on account of them both having too many responsibilities.
- The Lad-ette: Compared to most girls in Peter's life, she seems most comfortable being with the guys as she willingly sat with Peter and guys as if it were no big deal.
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: As soon as her boyfriend found out about the incident between her and the Cloak and Dagger duo, he immediately broke up with her on the phone after she pleaded with him on the phone to stay at his place. Even Miles and Jessica felt awkward for her.
- One of her ex-boyfriends, Sid, finally gets revealed in the second issue of Cataclysm, where she acted abrasive, probably due to a previous incident. Of course, before anything is fleshed out about him, a car drops on top of him.
- In the first issue of the All-New Ultimates, Lana deliberately sets up time with her Poey and she comes back from a hot date rather disappointed and let down.
- And then her boyfriend Poey was offed by Diamondback and her gang as revenge for screwing up a drug operation.
- The Mole: After the transplant to the main Marvel Universe, Lori forces her daughter to join her on Iron Spider's new Sinister Six. Lana tries to reason with her mother, but has no luck. So she reluctantly tags along, sending coordinates to Miles so he can find them and stop the scheme.
- Mutant: Technically is one despite her objections to it.
- Reluctant Hero: She was reluctant to use her powers because she would have been thrown in prison if she did so after Taskmaster attacked her and the Spiders, she immediately ran away. Eventually, she turned around and helped out. As soon as she did, however, she was called by her parole officer about using her powers anyways in spite of it being for a good cause. She is literally not allowed by law to be a superhero.
- Shout-Out: Brian Bendis has been very upfront about the fact that Lana and her mother are blatant Expies of Rory and Lorelai Gilmore from the TV show Gilmore Girls.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Every other word out of her mouth is some swear or another.
- She tones it down after the time skip.
- After being attacked twice, she finally lets loose a swear after Cloak and Dagger try to make amends with her.
- Superpower Lottery: Has an array of abilities that revolve around explosives.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Dagger in her Ultimate Marvel days.
- White Sheep: Her mother was a convicted felon before Lana was born and got Lana in the business, to begin with.
- She has problems with this because prior to her previous criminal history, she is not allowed to use her powers at all. If she does, then she will be thrown in prison.
- Wonder Twin Powers: Her and her mom are completely powerless without one another.
- The reason why they weren't able to use this ability separately was that Lori gained this ability when she was pregnant with Lana.
- Took a Level in Badass: No longer needs to be in physical proximity of her mom, but they're far less powerful when they're apart.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are:
- A subtle case. When Peter first met her, they fought and after she was soundly defeated along with her mother, Peter told her that of all the things you use your power for, you use it for robbery. Of course, this did not stick as she went back out and robbed again. Literally years later, she finally lives out the potential that Peter saw in her and chooses to be a superhero.
- Jessica Drew seems especially supportive of her and cheers her on anytime she does anything remotely remarkable.