Dr. Michael Barnett was a young but respected psychologist with an office in Manhattan. His most notable patient was Carol Danvers, back when she was still having trouble adjusting to her dual identity as Ms. Marvel. Barnett helped Carol come to terms with being a superhero, and the relationship between the two eventually became more than platonic. Their romance was tragically cut short when Ms. Marvel's shape-shifting nemesis, Mystique, disguised herself as Carol and murdered Barnett in his office.
Dr. Michael Barnett was created by Gerry Conway
and John Buscema
in 1977 and first appeared in Ms. Marvel