Marvel Day: Namor’s Opposition Foretold The Illuminati’s Destructive Plan Would Doom Hulk To Exile And Later To “World War Hulk”

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MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Brian Michael Bendis


Penciler(s)

Alex Maleev


Colorist(s)

Dave Stewart


Cover

Gabriele Dell’Otto


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

March 29, 2006

IN CRISES

AFTER THE KREE-SKRULL WAR, THE ILLUMINATI FORMS

In ‘New Avengers: Illuminati’ (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms while Black Panther leaves. To begin, Iron Man has convened a secret meeting in Wakanda with Professor X, Black Bolt, King Namor, Mister Fantastic, Black Panther and Doctor Strange. After the Kree-Skrull War, Iron Man believes the disaster could have been averted if the heroes had shared the pieces of information they possessed. In his prescience, Iron Man proposes to gather the different superhero teams together in order to share resources and information.

Forward in the future, perhaps, the Superhero Registration Act could have been averted had the heroes presented a united front early on. Hopefully, he intends to create a planetary law enforcement to the rest of the universe. Unfortunately, the other attendees do not agree. First, Mister Fantastic questions the scale of the “delegation” and a qualified leadership.1 Second, Doctor Strange raises the problem of bureaucracy. Third, Professor X states Iron Man’s proposition is based on the new fear of the Avengers after the War. Fourth, Black Panther predicts that humans and mutant heroes alike would end up hated together.

In 'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1, King Namor questions each faction's morality.
In ‘New Avengers: Illuminati’ (2006) #1, King Namor questions each faction’s morality. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

KING NAMOR VOTES IN FAVOR OF FORMING THE ILLUMINATI

Fifth, King Namor points out that the Avengers have recruited terrorists such as Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Hawkeye. In addition, he tells of rumors of a Canadian mutant working as an assassin referring to Wolverine. Finally, he questions whether Black Bolt’s brother who was the architect of the invasion, was executed for his crimes.Nevertheless, Mister Fantastic sees merit in sharing information to save lives.

In fact, Doctor Strange suggests they meet privately and Mister Fantastic agrees for the “big things.”1 For his part, Namor trusts the attendees but asks for secrecy. Though he is hesitant, Professor X agrees to scan the minds of everyone at Iron Man’s request. Decisively, Mister Fantastic decides to put forming the team to a vote. All are in favor, except Black Panther. Sternly, he questions the group’s cohesion and the need for secrecy. Then, he departs.

In 'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms while Black Panther leaves.
In ‘New Avengers: Illuminati’ (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms while Black Panther leaves. AP Photo/DC Comics.

OPPOSING THE HULK DECISION, NAMOR PREDICTS HULK WILL SEEK VENGEANCE ON THE ILLUMINATI

In a recent rampage in Las Vegas, Hulk killed 26 people and a dog. During the S.H.I.E.L.D. briefing, Maria Hill questions what the heroes are doing about the situation. Similarly, she relates Hulk’s lack of control and sporadic heroism to Spider-Man and his unwillingness to finish off Green Goblin alias Norman Osborn. For its part, the government is looking to blame the heroes for their inaction. Some time later, during “House of M,” the Illuminati convene at the Avengers Hydrobase, a former base of operations.

Sinisterly, Iron Man proposes to rocket Hulk into space on an abandoned planet where he will not hurt anyone. Angrily, Namor accuses the heroes of not doing enough to help cure Bruce Banner and opposes the decision. Strongly, Mister Fantastic defends his work in attempting to cure Thing and dampen Hulk; even, Doctor Strange’s attempts to banish Hulk at the crossroads. In reverse, Namor sees the move as retaliation for the Avengers’ failure to prevent House of M.

In 'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1, the Illuminati vote to rocket Hulk to an abandoned planet.
In ‘New Avengers: Illuminati’ (2006) #1, the Illuminati vote to rocket Hulk to an abandoned planet. AP Photo/DC Comics.

KING NAMOR VOTES AGAINST HULK’S EXILE

Nevertheless, Mister Fantastic puts it to a vote: Iron Man, Mister Fantastic, Black Bolt and Doctor Strange vote in favor. Violently, Namor attacks Iron Man. To no avail, Mister Fantastic tries to restrain him but Namor goes in pursuit. Sluggishly, the two heroes slug it out underwater. Until, Doctor Strange puts an end to the brawl by encasing both in spells.

Again, King Namor opposes the decision. Prophetically, he predicts Hulk will come back to Earth and he will kill the Illuminati. In fact, he will be correct. Now free, Namor plunges into the waters stating that T’Challa was also correct. Due to “House of M,” Professor X was absent from the vote.

In 'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1, King Namor retreats to the waters after opposing the Illuminati's Hulk decision.
In ‘New Avengers: Illuminati’ (2006) #1, King Namor retreats to the waters after opposing the Illuminati’s Hulk decision.. AP Photo/DC Comics.

HULK RETURNS TO EARTH IN “WORLD WAR HULK”

In 'World War Hulk' (2007) #1, World War Hulk returns to Earth.
In ‘World War Hulk’ (2007) #1, World War Hulk returns to Earth. AP Photo/DC Comics.

HULK INVADES EARTH AND FORCES THE ILLUMINATI PRISONERS TO FIGHT AS GLADIATORS

When World War Hulk invaded the Earth, he set up a gladiatorial arena in New York City. In ‘World War Hulk’ (2007) #4, Hulk forces the Illuminati to fight as gladiators. Strapped with Obedience Disks, Iron Man, Mister Fantastic, a “Black Bolt” usurper and Doctor Strange fight against a Devil Korker from Sakaar.

Together, they work in team and manage to defeat the monster. Then, in a twist, World War Hulk activates their Obedience Disks to force them to fight each other to the death. When Mister Fantastic defeats Tony Stark, he fights against giving him the killing blow. Heroically, Tony tells him it is the right thing in order to save billions. Sinisterly, Hulk gives Iron Man the thumbs down.

In 'World War Hulk' (2006) Mister Fantastic and Iron Man fight as gladiators in New York City.
In ‘World War Hulk’ (2006) #4, Mister Fantastic and Iron Man fight as gladiators in New York City. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

CHECK OUT THE STORY: Kang The Conqueror Was Right! The Avengers Were Founded To Take On Hulk.

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SHOWDOWN: HULK VS SENTRY

In ‘World War Hulk’ (2005) #5, Sentry unleashes his power against World Breaker Hulk. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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SOURCES

New Avengers: Illuminati Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
World War Hulk Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
World War Hulk Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
World War Hulk Vol 1 5 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. ‘New Avengers: Illuminati’ #1.

Marvel Day: Proving The Superior Mage, Doctor Strange Puts An End To Wanda’s Chaos In “Avengers Disassembled”

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In ‘Avengers’ (2004) #503, Doctor Strange puts an end to Wanda’s Chaos Magic. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.
Official Name

Avengers Disassembled: Chaos.

Universe

Earth-616.

Protagonists

Avengers, Fantastic Four, S.H.I.E.L.D., Spider-Man, Dr. Strange.

Antagonists

Scarlet Witch.

Creators

Brian Michael Bendis.

Issues

‘Avengers’ #501-504.

IN CRISIS

ANT-MAN DIES IN AN ATTACK ON AVENGERS MANSION

In “Avengers Disassembled,” the Scarlet Witch‘s Chaos Magic is destroying the Avengers. In ‘Avengers’ (2004) #500, Avengers Mansion is attacked by a living-dead Jack of Hearts. To begin, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, She-Hulk, Wasp and Captain Britain are enjoying breakfast at Avengers Mansion. Particularly, they are talking about Viper who is Madame Hydra and how attractive she is. Then, an alert is triggered by the presence of an undead Jack of Hearts.

Quickly, Ant-Man mounts a flying insect and goes to investigate. There, he recognizes the fallen Avenger. Suddenly, Jack says “I’m sorry” and detonates an explosion. Tragically, Ant-Man dies and part of Avengers Mansion is destroyed. Nearly, the other Avengers including Jarvis are buried in the rubble. Meanwhile, Tony Stark is giving a speech at the United Nations. Apparently, he is drunk and threatens to kill the Latverian delegate. Yellowjacket intervenes and Tony retreats to another room.

In 'Avengers' (2004) #500, Jack of Hearts detonates an explosion that destroys Avengers Mansion.
In ‘Avengers’ (2004) #500, Jack of Hearts detonates an explosion that destroys Avengers Mansion. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IN AN ATTACK BY VISION, AN ENRAGED SHE-HULK KILLS THE AVENGER

In 'Avengers' (2004) #500, a mind-controlled She-Hulk by Scarlet Witch rips Vision in half.
In ‘Avengers’ (2004) #500, a mind-controlled She-Hulk by Scarlet Witch rips Vision in half. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

THE AVENGERS ARE IN CRISIS

In ‘Avengers’ (2004) #501, the Avengers are in crisis. At Avengers Mansion, She-Hulk has grown in size and is on a rampage. On the scene, Iron Man flies in and puts down She-Hulk. In the aftermath, Captain Britain and Wasp are in critical condition at Beth-Israel hospital, She-Hulk is in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, Ant-Man’s charred remains are in a morgue and Vision’s destroyed body is sent to Stark Industries. At Beth-Israel hospital, Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man and Falcon discuss the events.

Angrily, Hawkeye criticizes the Avengers for their lack of proaction. In addition, the Avengers discuss the fact that Code White may actually be a sleeper Ultron program in Vision. When Iron Man mentions the attacks may all be related, he tells of the incident at the United Nations. Loudly, Yellowjacket storms in accusing Iron Man of resuming his drunken past. Nevertheless, Tony protests he hasn’t had a drink in a long time. In fact, Cap believes him. Finally, Iron Man departs and the others assemble with the rest of the Avengers that responded to the Code White alert.

In 'Avengers' (2004) #501, the Avengers are in crisis.
In ‘Avengers’ (2004) #501, the Avengers are in crisis. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

AFTER A FAILED KREE INVASION, DOCTOR STRANGE REVEALS THE TRUE NATURE OF THE ATTACKS

In ‘Avengers’ (2004) #502, the Avengers stop a Kree invasion. Answering the Code White alert, the Avengers have gathered in front of Avengers Mansion. Sternly, Nick Fury tells the Avengers to disperse since it is a crime scene. Suddenly, Kree ships appear in the sky and attack the Avengers.

As the battle rages, Nick Fury questions the Kree’s need for a ground offensive. Indeed, their superior technology should afford them an advantage. Heroically, Hawkeye sacrifices himself to destroy the Kree mothership. Soon, the alien army flees. Examination of the wreckage shows it is not made of metal. Suddenly, Doctor Strange appears revealing “the magics are being abused.”1 Immediately, Cap figures out the culprit.

In 'Avengers' (2004) #502, Doctor Strange reveals the true nature of the attacks.
In ‘Avengers’ (2004) #502, Doctor Strange reveals the true nature of the attacks. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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DECISIVELY, DOCTOR STRANGE PUTS AN END TO SCARLET WITCH’s chaos magic

In ‘Avengers’ (2004) #503, Doctor Strange puts an end to Wanda’s Chaos Magic. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SOURCES

Avengers Vol 1 503 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 1 500 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 1 501 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 1 502 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Avengers #503.

Marvel Day: The She-Hulk/Titania Rivalry Is As Feisty As It Is Flirtatious

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In 'Sensational She-Hulk' (1993) #52, She-Hulk and Titania wreck a lingerie shop.
In ‘Sensational She-Hulk’ (1993) #52, She-Hulk and Titania wreck a lingerie shop. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IN SUPERHERO BATTLES

SHE-HULK’S AND TITANIA’S BRIEF ORIGIN STORIES

SHE-HULK’S SOLO DEBUT

In ‘Savage She-Hulk’ (1980) #1, She-Hulk makes her first sensational debut. To begin, Bruce Banner is on the run from the police. In the issue, he has come to seek Jennifer Walters’ help. Fearfully, Bruce confides his secret to his cousin. Learning he is the Hulk, she decides to take him home. Jennifer tells Bruce she is working on a criminal law case. In fact, she is defending a hood called Monkton accused of killing Trask’s bodyguard.

JENNIFER WALTERS BECOMES SHE-HULK

On the way, Jennifer is shot by Trask’s men. Frantically, he takes her to a doctor’s office. Unfortunately, there is no one available at the door and Bruce breaks in. Quickly, he performs a blood transfusion since they are the same blood type. Later, at the hospital, Jennifer is attacked by three of Trask’s henchmen. Overcoming chloroform intoxication, Jennifer transforms into… She-Hulk. Then, she is in hot pursuit of Trask’s men later capturing them.

'Savage She-Hulk' (1980) #1, is the first solo debut of the Sensational She-Hulk.
‘Savage She-Hulk’ (1980) #1, is the first solo debut of the Sensational She-Hulk. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

TITANIA’S BACK STORY

In ‘She-Hulk’ (2005) #10, we learn about Titania’s back story. In space, an alien visits the Watcher named Zoma. Strangely, he wants information on Titania. In fact, he requires it in order to destroy their common enemy: She-Hulk.

BORN MARY MACPHERRAN

Surely, Zoma tells him Titania was born prematurely in Denver, Colorado. As a result, she was born tiny with stunted development. Indeed, her real name is Mary McPherran. Over the years, Mary developed fantasies about prince charming and fairy tales. Entering the public school system, her classmates rejected her for being small and “puny.”1 Only Marsha Rosenberg accepted her who was made fun of because of her weight.

MARY MACPHERRAN BECOMES TITANIA

As an adult, Mary fantasized about her friends’ successful lives. When she discovered comic books, she fantasized about gaining superpowers and getting revenge on her enemies. In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #3, Mary and Marsha were transported to Battleworld by Beyonder. There, they were granted super powers by Doctor Doom. To sum, Mary became Titania and Marsha became Volcana.

In 'Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars' (1984) #3, Titania emerges on Battleworld.
In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #3, Titania emerges on Battleworld. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

ON BATTLEWORLD, THE RIVALRY BEGINS

 

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #3, the Wrecking Crew bring an ominous present to the heroes. More to the point, it is the near-lifeless body of the Wasp. Frantically, She-Hulk brings her to Zsaji for healing. Despite her gifts, Zsaji is unable to heal Wasp. Horrified, Hawkeye pronounces her dead.

As the heroes contemplate fighting back, Captain America warns them of a Galactus attack. On her own, She-Hulk goes to seek revenge. At Doombase, She-Hulk makes short work of the Wrecking Crew. Then, the Avenger meets Titania. Defiantly, Titania believes herself a Titan and the strongest. When she meets She-Hulk for the first time, she tests her super strength against her match.

In 'Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars' (1984) #3, the She-Hulk/Titania rivalry begins on Battleworld.
In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #3, the She-Hulk/Titania rivalry begins on Battleworld. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

EXHIBIT A: MAYHEM AND “CUDDLES” (FLIRTATIOUS)

In ‘Solo Avengers’ (1989) #14, Jennifer Walters is at the Supreme Court arguing aginst the Mutant Registration Act. Suddenly, she is interrupted by a man who tells her she is urgently needed. Recognizing Avenger business, Court goes into recess.

While she changes into costume in a phone booth, a police officer holds off a crowd of onlookers. Excited, the officer takes a peek. To this, she reacts by noting that all men are pigs. Outside, She-Hulk finds her playmate, Titania. Angrily, Titania is thrashing a car and spelling her name.

In 'Solo Avengers' (1989) #14, She-Hulk tangles with Titania, calling her "cuddles."
In ‘Solo Avengers’ (1989) #14, She-Hulk tangles with Titania, calling her “cuddles.”2 AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

“Hi, Cuddles.”2 To begin, She-Hulk greets the powerhouse with a tap on her right shoulder. Indeed, She-Hulk/Titania matches are plenty of playful banter. In some sense, the two powerhouses flirt in order to size up one another.

Next, as the pair exchanges a question and answer, She-Hulk lands a punch that sends Titania flying before she can finish her sentence. Really, the punch packed a wallop landing the villain across the Potomic in Virginia.

In 'Solo Avengers' (1989) #14, She-Hulk tangles with Titania, calling her "cuddles."
In ‘Solo Avengers’ (1989) #14, She-Hulk tangles with Titania, calling her “cuddles.”2 AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

“FIRST TIME WE MET, BABYCAKES...”2 In Round Three of the match, Titania references the first battle on Battleworld. Chaotically, she slams a car onto She-Hulk.

To end the match, She-Hulk reminds Titania of a truism: The madder Hulk gets, the stronger he gets. After an explosion, She-Hulk holds Titania by the throat. Angry, she convinces the criminal to turn herself in and reform.

In 'Solo Avengers' (1989) #14, She-Hulk tangles with Titania, calling her "cuddles."
In ‘Solo Avengers’ (1989) #14, She-Hulk tangles with Titania, calling her “cuddles.”2 AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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EXHIBIT B: “GREENIE” AND REVENGE (FEISTY)

In ‘She-Hulk’ (2005) #11, the She-Hulk/Titania rivalry plays for keeps. In the issue, the former Champion of the Universe has bestowed Titania with the Power Gem. Chiefly, it is for the purpose of revenge on She-Hulk. When the villain sees Champion can no longer re-claim the Power Gem, she drops a rock on him.

Then, she’s off to revenge. After thrashing the Excelsior Apartments, Titania destroys Timely Plaza. There, the powerhouse meets She-Hulk and Doc Samson. At the time, She-Hulk wore a Jupiter Suit in order to control her super powers. During the fight, Doc Samson is knocked out. “Really? From love taps like that?”3 Jennifer’s first thumping attack creates a bounce back. Once again, Titania starts a fight.

In 'She-Hulk' (2005) #11, Titania with the Power Gem fights She-Hulk to the finish.
In ‘She-Hulk’ (2005) #11, Titania with the Power Gem fights She-Hulk to the finish. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Ha. Trust me, honey, today I’m just full of possibilities.3 After a punch that rocked an explosion, Titania caught it full-on with ease. The phrase, perhaps an innuendo presaged Titania’s superiority and the dark turn of their rivalry.

Certainly, given their history, we can wonder whether the She-Hulk/Titania rivalry is a relationship. Particularly, we address this in Exhibit C. In many respects, She-Hulk and Titania play off each other very well.

In 'She-Hulk' (2005) #11, Titania with the Power Gem fights She-Hulk to the finish.
In ‘She-Hulk’ (2005) #11, Titania with the Power Gem fights She-Hulk to the finish. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

“face it, Greenie.” These are Titania’s words before landing the final blow. With a stomp, She-Hulk loses consciousness and reverts to her human form.

Definitely, the rivalry is feisty. Here, Titania plays for keeps and with the Power Gem she has infinite super strength. In this battle, She-Hulk likely does not survive.

In 'She-Hulk' (2005) #11, Titania with the Power Gem fights She-Hulk to the finish.
In ‘She-Hulk’ (2005) #11, Titania with the Power Gem fights She-Hulk to the finish. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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EXHIBIT C: EMPLOYMENT AND “GIRL” (FLIRTATIOUS)

In ‘Sensational She-Hulk’ (1993) #52, Titania seeks redemption from her criminal career. To begin, Mister Fantastic needs to examine She-Hulk. During a battle with War Zone, She-Hulk was sprayed with a gas. To this end, Reed sends Thing to collect Jennifer at Libido’s Boutique.

There, Mary MacPherran is applying for a job. However, she loses her temper when she is turned down due to her criminal past. When Titania starts destroying the place, Jennifer comes out of the fitting room to fight her. Then let’s get busy, shall we?4

In 'Sensational She-Hulk' (1993) #52, She-Hulk and Titania get busy at Libido's Boutique.
In ‘Sensational She-Hulk’ (1993) #52, She-Hulk and Titania get busy at Libido’s Boutique. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

“You’re such a pushover today, girl.”4 Here, the She-Hulk/Titania relationship gets more personal. In fact, dare we say more romantic? At Nerdist, Eric Diaz states later in their history, Jennifer even helped Titania set up a pawn shop. Though, it didn’t last. Of course, the two ladies are fighting in a lingerie shop.

On her first punch, She-Hulk comments that Titania may have gotten tougher. In fact, Titania even punches the heroine into Thing. Then, she throws her onto the streets of New York. When Titania has gained the upper hand, she stops and smells roses. Definitely, this is a flirtatious move by the powerhouse. In the end, it turns out She-Hulk has been losing her strength due to the gas.

In 'Sensational She-Hulk' (1993) #52, She-Hulk and Titania get busy at Libido's Boutique.
In ‘Sensational She-Hulk’ (1993) #52, She-Hulk and Titania get busy at Libido’s Boutique. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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SOURCES

Sensational She-Hulk Vol 1 52 in Marvel Database.
Savage She-Hulk Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
She-Hulk Vol 1 10 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Solo Avengers Vol 1 14 in Marvel Database.
She-Hulk Vol 1 11 in Marvel Database.
The Comics History Of She-Hulk’s Titania in Nerdist.

FOOTNOTES

  1. ‘She-Hulk’ #10.
  2. ‘Solo Avengers’ #14.
  3. ‘She-Hulk’ #11.
  4. ‘Sensational She-Hulk’ #52.

Marvel Day: In The ‘AvX’ Storyline, The Phoenix Five Cause The Downfall Of Cyclops And Mutantkind

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MARVEL DAY

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #5, the Phoenix Five rise for the first time.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #5, the Phoenix Five rise for the first time. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.
Official Name

Avengers vs X-Men.

Universe

Earth-616.

Heroes

X-Men, Avengers, Nova, Scarlet Witch.

Villains

Phoenix Force, Mr. Sinister.

Creators

Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, Olivier Coipel.

Issues

‘Avengers vs X-Men’ #1-12.

IN EXTINCTION

THE PHOENIX FORCE IS COMING TO EARTH, SEEKING HOPE SUMMERS

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #1, the Avengers come into world-wide conflict with the X-Men. To begin, Nova crashes into the Empire State Building in New York City. Critically injured, he states “it’s coming” before falling into a coma. Later, at a White House, Captain America and Iron Man brief the President on recent events. Briefly, Iron Man has analyzed the energy signature on Nova’s uniform. Sinisterly, it points to the Phoenix coming to Earth. Importantly, it is locking for a host in order to potentially lay waste to Earth.

Suddenly, Tony’s programs signal a Phoenix flare on Earth. Soon, Captain America meets Wolverine at the Jean Grey School For Higher Learning. Despite his resistance, Cap recruits Wolverine. Indeed, he intends to convince Scott Summers to stop the Phoenix threat. Previously, Cyclops and Hope Summers are training for the Phoenix’s arrival. As Cyclops pushes Hope to her limits, the young mutant manifests the Phoenix Force. Later, Captain America comes to Utopia to take Hope Summers into protective custody.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #1, while training, Hope Summers manifests the Phoenix Force.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #1, while training with Cyclops, Hope Summers manifests the Phoenix Force.. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

FEAT: CYCLOPS BLASTS AWAY CAPTAIN AMERICA WITH HIS OPTIC BLASTS

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #1, Cyclops performs an energy projection feat. Initiating the fight, Cyclops knocks back Captain America with an optic blast. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

THE PHOENIX FIVE ARE BORN!

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #2, it is all-out war between the Avengers and the X-Men. Meanwhile, Hope is locked safely in a room with the Lights. When neither side has the upper hand, Wolverine and Spider-Man seek out Hope. There, they find Hope having dealt with the Lights. However, before Wolverine can gut her, Hope blasts him and Spider-Man. Then, she makes her escape.

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #3, Wolverine comes to an hour later. Quickly, he realizes Cyclops’ surrender is a ruse. In fact, Magik has created the illusion that she is Doctor Strange transporting herself. Before he can act, the X-Men teleport to Long Beach to hunt down Hope. At Avengers Tower, Marvel Girl tells Wolverine they have traced Hope’s energy signature to five different locations.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #2, it is all-out war between the Avengers and the X-Men.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #2, it is all-out war between the Avengers and the X-Men. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Soon, Captain America divides the Avengers into five teams sent to the five locations: Wundagore Mountain, Tabula Rasa, Wakanda, Latveria and Savage Land. In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #4, Hope recruits Wolverine on a mission to the moon. There, she hopes to bond with the Phoenix. On site, Wolverine betrays Hope and gives her location to the Avengers.

At the same time, Emma Frost intercepts Cap’s transmission. Soon, the X-Men meet the Avengers in the Blue Area of the moon. In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #5, the X-Men battle the Avengers. In an explosive battle, Hope rejects the Phoenix. At the same time, Iron Man’s Phoenix-Killer Armor detonates the Phoenix splitting it. As the smoke disappears, the Phoenix Five rise from the ashes. Mysteriously, they depart with Hope.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #5, the Phoenix Five rise for the first time.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #5, the Phoenix Five rise for the first time. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

REBUILDING THE WORLD, THE PHOENIX FIVE TAKE AVENGERS PRISONERS

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #6, the Phoenix Five begin world-building. Cyclops rebuilds Utopia, Magik ends war, Emma Frost destroys the Sentinels, Colossus destroys nuclear misssiles and King Namor removes nuclear submarines. Certainly, the Phoenix Five seem unstoppable. However, Captain America and the Avengers question their new-found omnipotence. Seeing the Phoenix Five as a threat, they commandeer a tactical mission to retrieve Hope Summers.

When Utopia is under attack, Scott’s adoptive granddaughter changes sides with the Avengers. Decisively, it turns the battle and shatters Cyclops’ humanity. On the Blue Area of the moon, Scott consults with Jean Grey created out of moon dust. From there, he decides to rid the world of the Avengers. Earlier, Scarlet Witch had a grim vision where the Phoenix Five annihilated the Avengers. Soon, that vision may come to pass.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #6, Scarlet Witch has a vision of the future caused by the Phoenix Five.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #6, Scarlet Witch has a vision of the future caused by the Phoenix Five. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

WITH THE FULL POWER OF THE PHOENIX, CYCLOPS IS DEFEATED BY HOPE SUMMERS AND SCARLET WITCH

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #12, occurs the final battle. Finally, Cyclops has attained the full power of the Phoenix while the other Phoenix Four have been depowered. In a titanic battle, Cyclops is omnipresent on Earth across time and space. Earlier, Tony reveals that the reason the Phoenix has been defeated by Scarlet Witch. Really, the Phoenix and Scarlet Witch’s Chaos Magic are like yin and yang. In fact, when Wanda said “no more mutants”, Phoenix said “more mutants.”1

During the battle, Hope and Scarlet Witch go toe-to-toe with Cyclops. In a final Iron Fist punch, Hope fells Cyclops. With Cyclops defeated, Hope claims the Phoenix. Sensing the urgency, Wanda helps her extinguish the Phoenix flame. At the same time, the Phoenix is used to recreate the mutant population on Earth. In the end, though homo superior survives, it is at great cost. Indeed, Professor X is dead, Cyclops is in custody, and the X-Men are divided among themselves. Visiting Scott in prison, Cap acknowledges his responsibility. Over the years, he did not work sufficiently for mutants’ civil rights and plans to set up the Uncanny Avengers.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #12, Hope Summers defeats Cyclops with the Iron Fist.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #12, Hope Summers defeats Cyclops with the Iron Fist. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 5 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 2 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 6 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 12 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Unity Division (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ #12.

Marvel Day Series: How Doctor Doom Stole Pre-Retcon Beyonder’s Power

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In 'The Emperor Doom' graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace.
In “Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IN SUPERVILLAINS

INTRO

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STAN LEE’S FAVORITE VILLAIN

Doctor Doom was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Originally, the character first appeared in Fantastic Four Vol. 1 (1962) #5.

Interviewed by leukemia survivor KJ Ricci, Stan Lee revealed Doctor Doom is his favorite supervillain. The legendary writer said he does not see Doom as a villain and would like to clear his name.

THE POWER COSMIC

DOCTOR DOOM ABSORBED GALACTUS’ + TAA II’S POWER

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1985) #10, Doctor Doom steals Galactus’ Power Cosmic. Previously, Galactus absorbs the energy of Taa II. Possibly, Galactus with Taa II’s might equal the Beyonder in battle. However, using the Klaw discs, Doctor Doom siphons Galactus’ Power Cosmic.

In his new-found omnipotence, Doctor Doom’s senses expand. Really, Doom realizes his cosmic senses encompass all reality. Inside their cells, the Baron of Iron is aware of the villains’ secret thoughts and desires. Furthermore, he is aware of an intruder, Captain Marvel.

 

In 'Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars' (1985) #10, Doctor Doom's new-found omnipotence encompasses all reality.
In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1985) #10, Doctor Doom’s new-found omnipotence encompasses all reality. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

BATTLE AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE

Immediately, Doctor Doom battled Beyonder in the Beyond-Realm. Incredibly, the battle was so fierce that it sent shockwaves through space. In fact, Battleworld was feeling quakes as a result of the titanic battle.

However, Doctor Doom is soon overwhelmed by the Beyonder’s godly power. Desperately, the Destroyer beams an image of himself back to Battleworld. Before the assembled heroes, he asks for their powers. Hesitantly, Magneto steps forward. Quickly, he is tackled by Wasp, Hawkeye and Iron Man.

DOCTOR DOOM’S SUPREME WILLPOWER

DOCTOR DOOM DENIES DEATH

With his last ply thwarted, the tide of the battle turns against Doom. Courageously, Doctor Doom attempts to grow nearer. But, the Beyonder’s infinite power doubles his onslaught. Finally, in bursts of energy blasts, Doom’s legs are cut off and he is felled.

Tragically, the Baron of Iron feels the “cold embrace [of Mistress Death] seems imminent.”1 Defiantly, Doctor Doom rejects the Spectre. His words ring out: “Victor Von Doom must not die!”1

In 'Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars' (1985) #10, Doctor Doom denies Mistress Death.
In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1985) #10, Doctor Doom denies Mistress Death. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

VICTOR VON DOOM STEALS THE BEYONDER’S POWER

With his foe defeated, Beyonder comes down to examine him. Intrigued, he peers through Doom’s life. Moreover, he dissects Doom apart, layer by layer. Proving his willpower is supreme, Doom resists the agonizing pain.

Soon, the Beyonder grows closer to his subject. Incredibly, Victor Von Doom reaches for the Beyonder’s disembodied energy. In the end, Doom steals the Beyonder’s infinite power.

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In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1985) #10, Doctor Doom becomes the Marvel Universe’s Supreme Being. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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FAVORITE DOCTOR DOOM MOMENT: DOCTOR DOOM STEALS THE POWER COSMIC

In 'Fantastic Four' (1968) #57, Doctor Doom steals the Power Cosmic in order to challenge Galactus.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1968) #57, Doctor Doom steals the Power Cosmic in order to challenge Galactus. Photo/Marvel Comics

In a classic story from the ’60s, Doctor Doom proves his grandiloquence by trapping Silver Surfer and stealing the Power Cosmic.

In great Jack Kirby’s style, Doctor Doom utters his grandiloquent speech to challenge the Devourer of Worlds and world domination.

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Marvel Graphic Novel: Emperor Doom — Starring the Mighty Avengers Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Doctor Doom in Comic Vine.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 5 in Marvel Database.
Stan Lee Says Doctor Doom Is Not A Villain in Comicbook.
Doctor Doom in IGN.
The Top 25 Marvel Villains in IGN.
Fantastic Four Vol 4 9 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Vol 1 10 in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 57 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ #10.

Marvel Day: Kang The Conqueror Was Right! The Avengers Were Founded To Take On Hulk

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In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, the up-and-coming Avengers assemble to bring down the Hulk.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the up-and-coming Avengers assemble to bring down the Hulk. AP Photo/Marvel Comics
Official Name

Avengers.

Universe

Earth-616.

Heroes

Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man, Wasp.

Villains

Loki, Rock Trolls.

Creators

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

IN ORIGIN STORIES

KANG THE CONQUEROR CORRECTLY DISCOVERS THE AVENGERS WERE FORMED TO STOP HULK

In the 41st century, Kang the Conqueror plots in order to become master of all time. However, one obstacle remains in his conquest: the Avengers! In order to finally defeat his foe, Kang peers through time with his tempovision. Finally, he has a plan. Quickly, he hurtles through in a spheroid to World War I. However, he is trapped in a time-storm. Since it might damage his craft, he returns to the 41st century. In order to find someone strong enough to survive the time-storm, Kang locates Hulk in the 20th century. Then, bringing him to his time, Kang tells Hulk his plan.

Slyly, the Green Goliath must travel to World War I. Specifically, his mission is to stop the Phantom Eagle from destroying a cannon of the Axis Powers. What Kang, however, does not say is that, the cannon will destroy a town where Hulk’s ancestors lived. Indeed, Kang correctly determined that the Avengers were formed to stop Hulk. With Hulk never born, he will be erased in 1971 and the Avengers will not have formed. As it turns out, Hulk ends up foiling Kang’s plan before returning to 1971.

In 'The Incredible Hulk' (1971) #135, Hulk punches through time to World War I.
In ‘The Incredible Hulk’ (1971) #135, Hulk punches through time to World War I. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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IN 1963, LOKI MANIPULATES HULK IN ORDER TO FIGHT THOR

In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the Avengers make their spectacular debut. To begin, Loki is imprisoned on the Isle of Silence on Odin’s order. Sinisterly, the God of Evil blames Thor. In his latest scheme, he plans to bring Thor to the Isle to get his revenge. Using thought projection, Loki travels to Earth and after long hours, he located the incredible Hulk. Mentally, he creates an illusion before Hulk’s sight of dynamite on the train tracks. Misjudging his super strength, Hulk leaps and destroys the train tracks.

In order to save an incoming train, Hulk stands on a boulder and supports the damaged tracks. Though the train passes safely, Hulk is once again a wanted man. Finding out about recent reports, the Teen Brigade contacts the Fantastic Four. Unbeknownst to them, Loki intercepts their radio wave, sending it to Dr. Blake’s office. Hearing the signal, Dr. Blake strikes the ground with his cane and transforms into Thor.

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, Loki schemes to get revenge on Thor.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, Loki schemes to get revenge on Thor. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Meanwhile, other super heroes intercept the radio waves. Soon, Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man and Wasp join the Teen Brigade at their headquarters. During the meeting, Thor spots Hulk outside.

Springing into action, Thor hurls his hammer at Hulk. Incredibly, it passes through Hulk. Seeing it is a mental image, Thor realizes he has been duped by Loki. On the rainbow bridge, the God of Thunder travels to Asgard.

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, the future Avengers assemble at the Teen Brigade headquarters.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the future Avengers assemble at the Teen Brigade headquarters. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

FEAT: DURING HIS FIGHT AGAINST LOKI, THOR DEFEATS A ROCK TROLL

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, Thor defeats a rock troll.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, Thor defeats a rock troll. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IRON MAN, ANT-MAN AND WASP HUNT DOWN HULK AT A CIRCUS

Since the heroes are hunting him down, Hulk disguises as Mechano the robot-man and works at a circus. Unfortunately, his incredible feats of strength draw the attention of Ant-Man’s army of ants. Pym suspects he is Hulk. Quickly, he heads to the location with Wasp and Iron Man. Within moments, the heroes arrive at the circus.

There, Ant-Man and the Wasp engage Hulk in battle. Soon, they manage to get Hulk out of his disguise. When Wasp is held within Hulk’s giant hands, Iron Man intervenes. Incredibly, a duel follows that takes both fighters across states. In Detroit, Hulk and Iron Man are locked in battle. Finally, Iron Man manages to imprison Hulk in a steel grapple. At that moment, Thor arrives.

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, the up-and-coming Avengers assemble to bring down the Hulk.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the up-and-coming Avengers assemble to bring down the Hulk. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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AFTER LOKI IS VANQUISHED, THE AVENGERS FORM FOR THE FIRST TIME

In the last pages, Thor reveals Loki to be the mastermind of the hunt. Wickedly, he used Hulk to gaud Thor into a combat on the Isle of Silence. When Hulk attempts to fight Loki, the God of Mischief turns radioactive.

Then, it’s up to Ant-Man and Wasp to save the day. Silently commanding his army of ants, Ant-Man orders a trap door beneath Loki’s feet. Amazingly, Loki is imprisoned in a lead-lined tank. For a few minutes, Loki will remain radioactive until Thor returns him to Asgard. In the end, the Avengers form in order to be an unbeatable team.

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, the Avengers form for the first time.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the Avengers form for the first time. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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SOURCES

Incredible Hulk Vol 1 135 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.

Marvel Day: In “Ring Of Fire,” Rogue and Gambit Re-unite As An X-Men couple.

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In 'Rogue And Gambit' (2018) #5, Rogue and Gambit re-unite.
In ‘Rogue And Gambit’ (2018) #5, Rogue and Gambit re-unite. AP Photo/Marvel Comics
Official Name

Ring Of Fire

Universe

Earth-616

Heroes

Rogue, Gambit, Kitty Pryde, Storm.

Villains

Lavish, Dr. Grand, Golems

Creators

Kelly Thompson and Pere Perez.

IN ROMANCE

KITTY PRYDE SENDS ROGUE AND GAMBIT ON A MISSION TO PARAISO WHERE MUTANT COUPLES ARE DISAPPEARING

In ‘Rogue & Gambit’ (2018) #1, Rogue and Gambit are sent by Kitty Pryde to Paraiso as an X-Men couple. In summary, mutant couples are disappearing at Paraiso and Rogue and Gambit are sent to investigate. At the beginning of the issue, Rogue is training with the X-Men student body in the Danger Room. Gambit has been called in by Kitty and is sent into the Danger Room by Ororo.

During the training, Gambit saves Rogue from a Sentinel pinning her to the ground. At the end, Gambit and Rogue attempt to reconcile their past feelings. Meanwhile, the X-man is called in by Headmistress Kitty Pryde. She finds out about the mutant disappearances in Paraiso and that Gambit has been called in by Kitty in order to send them both into therapy retreat as an undercover X-Men couple.

In 'Rogue & Gambit' (2015) #1, Kitty Pryde sends Rogue and Gambit to therapy retreat on Paraiso as an undercover mission.
In ‘Rogue & Gambit’ (2015) #1, Kitty Pryde sends Rogue and Gambit to therapy retreat on Paraiso as an undercover mission. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IT’S A RING OF FIRE AND TELEPATHY IS AGAIN MANIPULATING ROGUE’S AND GAMBIT’S FEELINGS

In ‘Rogue & Gambit’ (2018) #2, telepathy is again manipulating Rogue’s and Gambit’s feelings for each other. After brain screenings, Anna and Remy have couple therapy with Dr. Grand. Interestingly, they reveal different accounts of their first encounter. Strangely, Rogue only remembers their first encounter as the result of the Shadow King’s telepathic manipulation on Muir Island. Doubtfully, she remembers her feelings for Gambit as the result of the Shadow King’s manipulation and as not being real.

Gambit reveals their first encounter was actually a fight on Muir Island manipulated by the Shadow King. Though Gambit won the fight, it was love at first sight and ended in a kiss. At night, the X-Men couple goes to investigate the Paraiso Island Hospital. They stalk the air ducts and infiltrate the lab. There, they are greeted by a super-powered hit squad and engage them. Accidentally, they find a lab with golems being experimented upon.

In 'Rogue & Gambit' (2018) #2, Rogue and Gambit fight golems at the Paraiso Island Hospital.
In ‘Rogue & Gambit’ (2018) #2, Rogue and Gambit fight golems at the Paraiso Island Hospital. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

ROGUE AND GAMBIT HAVE SEX

In 'Rogue & Gambit' (2018) #3, Rogue and Gambit have sex.
In ‘Rogue & Gambit’ (2018) #3, Rogue and Gambit have sex. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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IN THE FINAL ISSUE, IT’S ROGUE AND GAMBIT VS THE GOLEMS AND LAVISH

In ‘Rogue & Gambit’ (2018) #4, the X-Men couple uncovers the truth about Paraiso Island. As a matter of fact, a golem supervillain is attracting mutant couples to the island in order to steal their super powers and their memories and create clones or golems of them. Rogue and Gambit realize the reason they have been loving each other is because Lavish has been feeding on their bad memories. With their super powers fading, Rogue and Gambit must fight Rogue and Gambit golems.

In ‘Rogue & Gambit’ (2018) #5, Rogue finds out they can both exchange their super powers and get their memories back at a cost. Indeed, they must live with the memories of the pain they have caused each other. Thus, Rogue decides to absorb the powers and the memories of all the golems and return them to all the other couples on Paraiso Island. In the end, even though their feelings have been tampered with, Rogue decides to be re-united with Gambit. Finally, the X-Men couple shares a kiss.

In 'Rogue And Gambit' (2018) #5, Rogue and Gambit re-unite.
In ‘Rogue And Gambit’ (2018) #5, Rogue and Gambit re-unite. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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Rogue & Gambit Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Rogue & Gambit Vol 1 2 in Marvel Database.
Rogue & Gambit Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Rogue & Gambit Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.

Marvel Day Series: Why Doctor Doom Is Marvel’s Greatest Villain

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In 'The Emperor Doom' graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace.
In “Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IN SUPERVILLAINS

INTRO

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STAN LEE’S FAVORITE VILLAIN

Doctor Doom was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Originally, the character first appeared in Fantastic Four Vol. 1 (1962) #5.

Interviewed by leukemia survivor KJ Ricci, Stan Lee revealed Doctor Doom is his favorite supervillain. The legendary writer said he does not see Doom as a villain and would like to clear his name.

PER IGN: MARVEL’S GREATEST VILLAIN

IGN’S TOP 100 COMIC BOOK VILLAINS OF ALL TIME

In 2009, IGN counted down the Top 100 Comic Book Villains Of All Time from both DC and Marvel comics. The list features some of the best villains in the two universes such as Magneto, Thanos, Black Adam and Joker. The list even ranks our own Doctor Doom.

On the list, Doctor Doom ranked number three. In 2019, IGN would rank Doctor Doom as the greatest Marvel villain of all time citing his supreme arrogance and lust for power. Let’s look at reasons why this is the case.

 

Doctor Doom.
Doctor Doom. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

ORIGIN STORY

Doctor Doom’s origin story is one of tragedy and crime. Victor von Doom was born to gypsy parents. His mother dealt in the dark arts. Tragically, a bargain with Mephisto went awry and the demon claimed Victor’s mother’s soul. Victor studied magic in Latveria then science in America to reclaim his mother’s soul.

Victor Von Doom, Reed Richards and Ben Grimm studied at State University, New York. Apparently, Ben may have been responsible for Victor becoming Doctor Doom. Combining magic and science, Victor’s experiment failed and his face was scarred. Donning armor and mask, he became… Doctor Doom.

CHARACTER MOTIVATION

What makes Doom a great villain is the fact that he originally was not a villain. His dedication to saving his mother is understandable though the means he uses are abhorrent. In many respects, Doom is a product of his upbringing: tortured, lonely and violent.

Doom’s central motivation is his belief that the world can find peace only under Doomworld. In many respects, this is the belief of all tyrants which shows that Doom’s belief actually stems from those tragic circumstances that developed his lust for power. Why is Doom’s Marvel greatest villain? He has conviction and unmatched willpower.

Doctor Doom’s story is that of tragedy and crime. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

VILLAIN OR ANTI-HERO?

Early stories showcase Doctor Doom as an exclusive Fantastic Four villain. IGN even considers him a fifth member of the Fantastic Four as its necessary antagonist. What makes Doom an interesting villain are his motivations. Ultimately, though he always seeks ultimate power as his goal, his purposes are always devious.

Of course, his final goal is world domination but his methods are infinite. As head of state of Latveria, Doom uses the vast resources at his disposal to do war against the Fantastic Four and Marvel Earth. In some portrayals Doctor Doom has allied himself with the forces of good to face a common enemy. In “Infinity Gauntlet,” Doctor Doom even allied himself to the heroes who banded together to fight Thanos. However, it is always for a devious purpose.

POWERS: SCIENCE AND MAGIC

Doctor Doom is one of the most brilliant minds on Marvel Earth, rivaling Mister Fantastic in scientific expertise. A rarity, Doom has managed to unite both science and magic, upgrading his armor with spells, cosmic energy and other sources of power. What makes Doom so dangerous is his skill in both departments and his viciousness, since he is willing to go to any lengths in order to further his power.

Multiple times, Doctor Doom has succeeded in achieving ultimate power. Doctor Doom managed to steal the Beyonder’s power and become the Supreme Being of the Marvel Universe. In the “Avengers: Emperor Doom” storyline, Doom became the benevolent Emperor Doom who succeeded in bringing peace on Earth with the Purple Man’s psycho-prism. In the “Secret Wars” event, Doom stole the Beyonders’ power again, this time, to re-make reality in his image. Indeed, a feat not even Thanos has achieved.

VISIT DOCTOR DOOM’S INTELLIGENCE FEAT.

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1985) #10, Doctor Doom becomes the Marvel Universe’s Supreme Being. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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FAVORITE DOCTOR DOOM MOMENT: DOCTOR DOOM STEALS THE POWER COSMIC

In 'Fantastic Four' (1968) #57, Doctor Doom steals the Power Cosmic in order to challenge Galactus.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1968) #57, Doctor Doom steals the Power Cosmic in order to challenge Galactus. Photo/Marvel Comics

In a classic story from the ’60s, Doctor Doom proves his grandiloquence by trapping Silver Surfer and stealing the Power Cosmic.

In great Jack Kirby’s style, Doctor Doom utters his grandiloquent speech to challenge the Devourer of Worlds and world domination.

Respect Doctor Doom!

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Marvel Graphic Novel: Emperor Doom — Starring the Mighty Avengers Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Doctor Doom in Comic Vine.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 5 in Marvel Database.
Stan Lee Says Doctor Doom Is Not A Villain in Comicbook.
Doctor Doom in IGN.
The Top 25 Marvel Villains in IGN.
Fantastic Four Vol 4 9 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Vol 1 10 in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 57 in Marvel Database.

Marvel Day Series: Respect Doctor Doom!

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In 'The Emperor Doom' graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace.
In “Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IN SUPERVILLAINS

INTRO

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STAN LEE’S FAVORITE VILLAIN

Doctor Doom was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Originally, the character first appeared in Fantastic Four Vol. 1 (1962) #5.

Interviewed by leukemia survivor KJ Ricci, Stan Lee revealed Doctor Doom is his favorite supervillain. The legendary writer said he does not see Doom as a villain and would like to clear his name.

RESPECT DOCTOR DOOM!

DESTINED TO RULE THE WORLD

In “Doomwar”, Doctor Doom manages to steal the Vibranium from T’Challa’s Vibranium Vault. Before he can claim what his heart truly seeks, Doctor Doom must pass a test. He must prove to the god Bast that he is truly pure of heart. Uncannily, Doctor Doom does pass the test.

Doctor Doom opens his soul and shows Bast he has faith. With his sorcery, he has peered into millions of possible futures and has seen that the only future where humanity is at peace, is Doomworld. Perhaps, Doctor Doom is pure evil.

 

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #3, Doctor Doom tells Bast he has gazed into a hundred thousand futures, and the only one where humanity survives is with Doctor Doom as its ruler.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #3, Doctor Doom tells Bast he has gazed into a hundred thousand futures, and the only one where humanity survives is with Doctor Doom as its ruler. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SORCERER SUPREME CONTENDER

Few beings on Marvel Earth are equally adept at science and magic. Using sorcery and tech, Doctor Doom lives in both world. A super-genius, Doctor Doom once contended for the title of Sorcerer Supreme against Doctor Strange.

In ‘Doctor Strange & Doctor Doom: Triumph & Torment’, Genghis tests the most powerful sorcerers on Earth for the title of Sorcerer Supreme. In the trial, it comes down to a final showdown between Doom and Strange. Ultimately, Doctor Doom fails the trial and only for Doctor Strange to use his astral form free Genghis’ spirit from his crystal and to be declared Sorcerer Supreme.

In "Doctor Strange And Doctor Doom: Triumph And Torment", Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom contend for the title of Sorcerer Supreme.
In “Doctor Strange And Doctor Doom: Triumph And Torment”, Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom contend for the title of Sorcerer Supreme. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

SUPREME BEING OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1985) #10, Doctor Doom stole Galactus’ and Taa II’s power in order to battle Beyonder. In the Beyonder’s Realm, it was a hopeless battle. Finally, Doctor Doom was defeated.

Miraculously, in a contest of willlpower, Doom resisted the Beyonder’s dissection, overpowered him, and stole his power. For a short while, Doctor Doom became the Supreme Being of the Marvel Universe.

VISIT DOCTOR DOOM’S INTELLIGENCE FEAT.

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1985) #10, Doctor Doom becomes the Marvel Universe’s Supreme Being. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

CHECK OUT THE STORY: DURING ‘FOREVER EVIL,’ THE METAL MEN GIVE THEIR ALL AND TAKE ON GRID.

FAVORITE DOCTOR DOOM MOMENT: DOCTOR DOOM STEALS THE POWER COSMIC

In 'Fantastic Four' (1968) #57, Doctor Doom steals the Power Cosmic in order to challenge Galactus.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1968) #57, Doctor Doom steals the Power Cosmic in order to challenge Galactus. Photo/Marvel Comics

In a classic story from the ’60s, Doctor Doom proves his grandiloquence by trapping Silver Surfer and stealing the Power Cosmic.

In great Jack Kirby’s style, Doctor Doom utters his grandiloquent speech to challenge the Devourer of Worlds and world domination.

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Marvel Graphic Novel: Emperor Doom — Starring the Mighty Avengers Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Doctor Doom in Comic Vine.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 5 in Marvel Database.
Stan Lee Says Doctor Doom Is Not A Villain in Comicbook.
Doomwar Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Vol 1 10 in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 57 in Marvel Database.

Marvel Day: T’Challa Loses His Royal Title, His Kingdom And All Vibranium In Order To Save Wakanda From The “Doomwar”

MARVEL DAY

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #6, Doctor Doom upgrades his armor to planetary level with stolen Vibranium from Wakanda.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #6, Doctor Doom upgrades his armor to planetary level with stolen Vibranium from Wakanda. AP Photo/DC Comics.

IN ADVANCED WARFARE

BLACK PANTHER, SHURI AND THE DORA MILAJE ARE FUGITIVES FROM THE DESTURI COUP IN WAKANDA

In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #1, T’Challa and Shuri, the Black Panther, has lost his royal title and is a fugitive from Wakanda. The Desturi have seized Wakanda’s government and have sentenced the Queen, Storm of the X-Men, to death. T’Challa has fled Wakanda to seek help from the mutant nation of Utopia.

In Utopia, T’Challa arrives with Shuri and the Dora Milaje to explain the circumstances of recent events. In the past year, T’Challa had been tracking rumors of a dissident group called the Desturi. They are a fundamentalist and xenophobic group that had infiltrated all levels of government.

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #1, T'Challa briefs the X-Men on the Desturi coup d'etat in Wakanda and Doctor Doom its mastermind.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #1, T’Challa briefs the X-Men on the Desturi coup d’etat in Wakanda and Doctor Doom its mastermind. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

T’Challa found they had access to surveillance but had no leads. Until he was lured into a trap by the mastermind of the coup d’etat, Doctor Doom, who nearly killed him. Later, T’Challa found Doom had infiltrated the palace food and water supplies with nanites swarms. Fearing that everyone he cared for could have been turned into living spy cameras, T’Challa fled Wakanda with Shuri and the Dora Milaje.

White Queen questions about Doctor Doom’s purpose of the revolution. T’Challa responds that its purpose is to obtain the Vibranium supply of Wakanda to upgrade his armor and become the most powerful force on Earth. Cyclops as Head of Utopia, cannot sanction an open war with Wakanda. However, some X-Men willingly volunteer.

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #1, T'Challa speaks about Vibranium's mystical properties.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #1, T’Challa speaks about Vibranium’s mystical properties. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

DURING T’CHALLA’S AND THE X-MEN’S ATTACK ON WAKANDA, DOCTOR DOOM STEALS ALL OF WAKANDA’S VIBRANIUM

 

In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #2, T’Challa and his army attack Wakanda. Wakanda is the most advanced nation on Earth. T’Challa’s army arrive on Wakandan soil and are greeted by the army and the head of the Desturi. Asking the Desturi government to surrender, T’Challa and his army declare themselves to be Wakanda. Suddenly, Nightcrawler teleports T’Challa and Black Panther into the Palace. Despite Nightcrawler’s opposition, Black Panther massacres the people in the Palace.

At the Wakandan border, the X-Men and the Dora Milaje take on the Wakandan army. Back at the Palace, Doctor Doom has given Storm a 10 minute ultimatum to lock-pick the Vibranium Vault otherwise, he will shoot the members of the Royal Family. Nightcrawler attempts to teleport T’Challa to the Vibranium Vault with no success since Doctor Doom has placed a mystical barrier. T’Challa needs the Dora Milaje to hold the Wakandan army for one hour so he can massacre the hundreds of guards at the Royal Palace in order to reach the Vibranium Vault.

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #2, Queen Ororo attempts to lock-pick the Vibranium Vault as Doctor Doom holds T'Challa's mother at gunpoint.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #2, Queen Ororo attempts to lock-pick the Vibranium Vault as Doctor Doom holds T’Challa’s mother at gunpoint. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

T’Challa arrives at the Vibranium Vault and finds Queen Ororo bound in fetters by Doctor Doom. Doctor Doom gives T’Challa five seconds to give him the key to the final lock or else he will kill Storm. He has to choose between saving the Vibranium and saving Storm. T’Challa does not hesitate and decides to protect the Vibranium.

The countdown ends and Doctor Doom relishing the game, does not kill Ororo. Doom teleports in a flash of lightning. Entering the Vault, T’Challa finds out that all of the Vibranium is gone. Checkmate!

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #4, T'Challa enters the Vibranium vault and finds out all the Vibranium is gone.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #2, T’Challa enters the Vibranium vault and finds out all the Vibranium is gone. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

FEAT: 500 DORA MILAJE HOLD THEIR OWN AGAINST 50,000 OF THE WAKANDAN ARMY

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #2, 500 Dora Milaje hold their own against 50000 of the Wakandan army.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #2, 500 Dora Milaje hold their own against 50000 of the Wakandan army.

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DOCTOR DOOM IS A MEGALOMANIAC WHOSE UNIQUE VISION OF THE FUTURE FOR WORLD PEACE IS DOOMWORLD

In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #3, Doctor Doom wages his “Doomwar” using Vibranium. In order to unlock the final lock, Doctor Doom had to face Bast, God of Egypt and Panther God of Wakanda. Bast scrutinizes Doctor Doom’s spi; and asks him his motivations for taking Vibranium. The test is purity and if Doctor Doom lies, Bast will devour him.

Doctor Doom tells Bast that though his methods are cruel and villainous, he has purity of intention. Doctor Doom claims mankind is a predator species and that according to his purity, he is a saint. He has gazed into thousand futures, a hundred thousand futures and found that the only future where humanity survives extinction and is at peace is under Doctor Doom‘s rule on Doomworld. Bast, though he finds Doctor Doom’s methods abhorrent, passes Doctor Doom and let’s him have the Vibranium.

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #3, Doctor Doom tells Bast he has gazed into a hundred thousand futures, and the only one where humanity survives is with Doctor Doom as its ruler.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #3, Doctor Doom tells Bast he has gazed into a hundred thousand futures, and the only one where humanity survives is with Doctor Doom as its ruler. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

THE DOOMWAR BEGINS WITH CASUALTIES ON ALL SIDES

In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #4, the “Doomwar” over Vibranium begins on a global scale. T’Challa has recruited the Fantastic Four to assist him. Using Vibranium trackers, T’Challa has tracked locations of Vibranium supply at Doombases over the world. Shuri, the Dora Milaje, Invisible Woman, Thing, Human Torch and the X-Men are on the frontlines. When they arrive at the first Doombase, they are unable to destroy the Vibranium-enhanced Doombots. Then, arming themselves with Vibranium-enhanced armors and weapons, T’Challa’s army begins to take down Doombots.

However, there are enormous casualties on both sides. In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #5, T’Challa and his army suffer great casualties with one third of the Dora Milaje having fallen. However, they have managed to take down only eight percent of the Doombases. T’Challa recognizes that Doom has learnt everything about Vibranium technology and his people is facing extinction. In order to eliminate the threat, he turns to shadow physics. T’Challa invented the discipline to unite quantum science with alchemy. T’Challa’s plan is to send Deadpool and the Midnight Angels to Latveria in order to assassinate Doctor Doom.

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #5, T'Challa's army is facing casualties in the Doomwar.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #5, T’Challa’s army is facing casualties in the Doomwar. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Later, Shuri’s team has located one of Doom’s computers. Hacking into the system, they divert all his funding to humanitarian causes.

The Broker who has been running the Doomwar, realizes this and fears Doom will kill him.

IN SYMKARIA, T’CHALLA FINALLY OUTSMARTS DOOM WITH SHADOW PHYSICS BY USING A TRIGGER THAT RENDERS ALL PROCESSED VIBRANIUM INERT

In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #6, T’Challa finally outsmarts Doctor Doom by rendering all processed Vibranium inert. In a communication with Black Panther, T’Challa informs her that he has sanction a shadow attack of Latveria by the Midnight Angels which cannot be traced. She does not approve T’Challa bypassing her authority and reminds him that Wakanda does not start wars. Doctor Doom’s armor upgrade is finally online and he is able to sense and to tap all the Vibranium which is present everywhere on Earth.

T’Challa is in communication with other scientific and mystical leaders on Earth: Beast, Hank Pym, Tony Stark, Charles Xavier, Doctor Strange and Doctor Voodoo. They inform T’Challa that all Vibranium objects on Earth have come to life. Since the act leads back to Wakanda, and the threat of a nuclear war looms, they refuse to help T’Challa. Deadpool and the Midnight Angels attack in Latveria but they are no match for Doom. In diplomatic mission to Symkaria, Shuri invites Doctor Doom to come face T’Challa’s army to settle the matter.

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #6, T'Challa uses a trigger that renders all processed Vibranium inert.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #6, T’Challa uses a trigger that renders all processed Vibranium inert. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

The final battle begins. T’Challa’s army is overwhelmed by Doom’s army. During the battle, T’Challa is seemingly defeated by Victor. However, T’Challa finally outsmarts Doctor Doom. He activates a trigger that uses shadow physics to render all the processed Vibranium on Earth inert.

Shuri who had wanted to kill Doom, relents. She promises that she will hunt over the Earth and kill him if he steps foot on Wakandan soil. In the end, Black Panther and Storm watch as the superhero community helps them re-build Wakanda.

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #6, Black Panther and Storm watch as the superhero community helps to rebuild Wakanda.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #6, Black Panther and Storm watch as the superhero community helps to rebuild Wakanda. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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Doomwar Vol 1 2 in Marvel Database.
Doomwar Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Doomwar Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
Doomwar Vol 1 5 in Marvel Database.
Doomwar Vol 1 6 in Marvel Database.