Maria Trovaya was the daughter of Dr Janos Trovaya, an Hungarian genticist and entromologist, who was killed in a suspicious laboratory explosion. Maria became Henry Pym's first wife. On their honeymoon, she was kidnapped by Communist agents and supposedly killed, despite Pym's efforts to rescue her
A woman claiming to be Maria Trovaya appeared years later as a Communist test subject. However, she was quickly revealed to be a fake, and instead mutated further into the super-criminal MODAM.