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Marvel Day: The Timeline Of The Superior Spider-Man Proves How The Best Marvel Villains Can Be Redeemed

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Dan Slott


Penciler(s)

Ryan Stegman


Colorist(s)

Edgar Delgado


Letterer(s)

Chris Eliopoulos


Cover

Ryan Stegman, Edgar Delgado


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

January 9, 2013

IN REDEMPTION

THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN SHOWED US HOW A MARVEL VILLAIN CAN BECOME A HERO

When we think of Spider-Man’s nemesis, we think of Green Goblin, Venom or Mysterio. Perhaps, we could argue that Doc Ock is actually his nemesis. In fact, he once dated Aunt May, formed the Sinister Six and regularly threated Spider-Man’s personal life.

During the Marvel Now! (2012), the Marvel Universe changed after AvX. Now, Marvel decide to redeem Doc Ock who had been suffering regular defeats from Spider-Man. With The Superior Spider-Man, Doc Ock became a hero. Let’s show why Marvel Now! showed us how to successfully redeem a Marvel villain.

The Superior Spider-Man (2012) #1. Marvel Comics.

PHASE 1: HONOR THE WISH OF THE DEAD AND BE A HERO

Finally, Doc Ock triumphs over his mortal enemy. In Avenging Spider-Man #15.1, Otto Octavius wakes up in Peter’s apartment. Gleefully, he revels over his victory over Spider-Man. When Otto Octavius was near him, Peter Parker visited him. Using brain-switching technology, Doc Ock switched minds with Peter Parker.

Now, Otto in Spider-Man’s body fought Peter Parker in Doc Ock’s body. However, Spider-Man succumbed to the injuries and died. But, now in Spider-Man’s body, Otto realized that he should embrace Spider-Man’s motto: “With great power, comes great responsibility.” Thus, he became a hero and became The Superior Spider-Man.

PHASE 2: THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN LIVES TO SPIDER-MAN’S POTENTIAL

Originally, the premise of the series was for Doc Ock to show how Spider-Man’s amazing powers and intellect, can fulfill the hero’s potential. Indeed, Otto realized he could apply his mind to improve Spider-Man’s superheroing and personal life.

For instance, Doc Ock enrolled at Empire State University to help Peter complete his doctorate. In addition, he set up a base where Spider-Man could locate danger and invent new tech. Also, Doc Ock created The Superior Spider-Man suit and eventually set up Parker Industries.

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PHASE 3: SHOW THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN IS THE TRUE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN

Though the Superior Spider-Man proved to be more organized and tactical, he struggled with heroism. When Doc Ock gained Spider-Man’s body, Spider-Man’s consciousness survived. In fact, it meant to prevent Otto from committing serious crimes and even murder.

Soon, Spider-Man’s entourage and the public noticed the hero’s more violent methods. At the same time, the Superior Spider-Man garnered the ire of Spider-Man’s enemies. During Spider-Verse, it was certain that Doc Ock could not live up to the name of the Superior Spider-Man.

PHASE 4: DOC OCK REDEEMS HIMSELF BY SACRIFICING HIS LIFE

Previously, Otto used a neurolitic scanner to remove Peter Parker’s consciousness from his brain. Later, Spider-Man’s consciousness comes back. When the Goblin King attacks Superior Spider-Man with the Spider Slayers. However, Doc Ock searched for his love, Anna Maria Marcona, whom Goblin King took hostage.

When Otto was faced with saving a girl in the subway, Peter’s consciousness came back and drove him to save her. Then, he realized Peter was the Superior Spider-Man. Finally, returning to his lab Doc Ock used the neurolitic scanner to erase his consciousness. In the end, Peter Parker’s consciousness took control of Spider-Man’s body to save Maria.

 

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Marvel Day: 5 Myths About The Celestials (Film, TV and Comics)

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Jim Starlin


Penciler(s)

George Perez


Letterer(s)

Jack Morelli


Cover

George Perez


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

July, 1991

IN COSMIC HIERARCHY

WHO ARE THE CELESTIALS?

Originally, the Celestials are a race of extra-dimensional gods. Importantly, they created the Prime Marvel Universe.

However, some misconceptions continue about these nigh-omnipotent beings. Let’s list five myths about the Celestials in comics, TV and movies.

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COMICS, FILM AND TV: MYTH #5. THE CELESTIALS HAVE PHYSICAL BODIES

In the Eternals and Guardians of the Galaxy, the Celestials are gigantic space humanoids. In an interview, ScreenRant reveals the Celestials are 200 miles tall. Indeed, this confirms their actual size in the comics. Though, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and What If…? show that Ego can take the form of a planet and a human-sized form.

However, the Celestials’ physical bodies are actually physical constructs. In the comics, it is revealed that the Celestials’ physical bodies are constructs from extra-dimensional hyper space. In fact,  What If? Newer Fantastic Four (2008) #1, reveals the Celestials’ bodies are moved by willpower or thought.

TV AND FILM: MYTH #4. THE CELESTIALS CREATED THE SIX INFINITY STONES

Perhaps, the most correct myth. In a What If…? episode, Ultron used the Infinity Stones in order to kill Ego the Living Planet. From Avengers: Infinity War, Loki learnt from the Quarry of the Gods that the Celestials created the Six Infinity Stones.

In reality, the Celestials created the Six Singularities before the birth of the Marvel universe. From the Six Singularities, the Six Infinity Stones of infinite power were born. In Guardians of the Galaxy, Eson the Searcher uses the Space Stone to destroy a planet.

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COMICS AND FILM: MYTH #3. THE CELESTIALS ONLY CREATED THE ETERNALS AND THE DEVIANTS

From the Eternals movie, it appears the Celestials only created two races on Earth: the Deviants and the Eternals. In reality, as space Gods, the Celestials created and evolved multiple races throughout the universe.

In the comics, the Celestials are responsible for genetic experiments on homo superior, the mutant race on Marvel Earth. As matter of fact, part of the reason why they are viewed as villains is because they created the X-Men villain named Apocalypse. More on why, the Celestials may or may not be villains.

COMICS AND FILM: MYTH #2. THE CELESTIALS CREATED THE MARVEL MULTIVERSE

Really, this myth is both correct and incorrect. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Celestials created the Big Bang with the Six Singularities. In fact, the Marvel universe is an endless cycle of rebirth and destruction. However, the Celestials have created only one universe in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In Marvel comics, the Celestials have created the Marvel multiverse. Indeed, they shaped the early cosmos allowing for the multiverse to be created. Though, Secret Wars shows that the Beyonders may have created the Marvel multiverse. In fact, we argue Pre-Retcon Beyonder as Marvel’s God.

 

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COMICS AND FILM: MYTH #1. THE CELESTIALS ARE VILLAINS

In both Marvel comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Celestials appear as cosmic villains. Though this is correct in the Eternals movie, this myth needs explanation. In reality, the Celestials are both creators and destroyers. Since they created the universe or multiverse, they function according to the laws of evolution.

In the comics, Living Tribunal who is the Cosmic Judge, is responsible for creating and destroying universes to maintain balance. Similarly, the Celestials obey the cycles of creation and destruction of the universe. In effect, they are Gods or Abstracts in the Power Hierarchy. In Thor vs Celestial, we show Exitar the Celestial when he judges the planet Pangoria.

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Marvel Day: We Vote Spider-Man 2099 As The Hero’s Best Costume

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Peter David


Penciler(s)

Rick Leonardi


Colorist(s)

Steve Buccellato


Cover

Rick Leonardi, Al Williamson


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

September 1, 1992

IN COSPLAY, COSTUMES AND TRENDS

WHO IS SPIDER-MAN 2099?

In Spider-Man 2099 (1992) #1, we learn Spider-Man‘s origin story. Originally, Miguel O’hara was a scientist for Alchemax. In fact, he worked for the Corporate Raider Program. Importantly, their objective was to alter the genetic code in order to grant humans superhuman abilities. After a failed unethical test on a convict to grant him Spider-Man’s powers, Miguel resigns. Before he departs, his boss Tyler Stone drops Rapture into his drink. It is a legal hallucinogenic that alters human DNA.

In crisis and an addict, Miguel decides to use the Corporate Raider Program. And he plans to use his DNA implanted on test subjects in order to revert his genetic code. But his rival Aaron Delgato is watching unbeknownst to him. Accidentally, he sets the controls to merge Miguel’s DNA with a spider. Incredibly, the scientist survives though he appears as a dazed, clawed and fanged creature. Soon, Miguel uses a Day of the Dead attire to fashion a Spider-Man. Previously, he is introduced fighting the Corporate Raider Program.

Spider-Man 2099. Marvel Comics.

 

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THE SPIDER-MAN 2099’S SUIT

DURABILITY

To begin, the suit was created from the Unstable Molecule. On Earth-616, this synthetic material was discovered by Reed Richards. In fact, it was used to create fabric that could adapt to a certain environment. Indeed, it can mimic its wearer’s physical super powers. For example, it can mimic Invisible Woman‘s invisibility and turn invisible. On Earth-928, Miguel can use his claws without ripping the costume.

WEB CAPE

Perhaps, the suit’s most incredible feature. At first, Miguel acquired a torn piece of glider cloth from a Thor worshipper. Later, he attached it to his costume as a cape-like cloth. In fact, the web cape is very useful since it grants Spider-Man 2099 the ability to glide over rooftops.

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Spider-Man 2099. Marvel Comics.

PARKER INDUSTRIES SECOND VERSION

BOOT JETS

Really, the Parker Industries second version is more durable and has reinforced Kevlar. In addition, it sports web wings and incredibly boot jets. With boot jets, Spider-Man can launch off the ground and increase flight speed.

EXPLOSIVES

Incredibly, the suit has other hi-tech features. There are infra-red scanners, an internal GPS and explosives launched from the wrists. Hence, Spider-Man 2099’s suit is equipped with both defensive and offensive capabilities.

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Marvel Day: 5 Myths About Ben Reilly In The ‘Clone Saga’

 

DC DAY

Writer(s)

Tom DeFalco, Todd DeZago


Penciler(s)

Sal Buscema


Colorist(s)

Joe Andreani


Cover

Sal Buscema


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

July 26, 1994

IN CRISES

5 MYTHS ABOUT BEN REILLY IN THE ‘CLONE SAGA’

5. SPIDER-MAN KILLED BEN REILLY

In Amazing Spider-Man (1975) #149, Spider-Man learns about the existence of his clone. During the issue, the Jackal reveals his identity as Peter Parker’s biology professor. Namely, Miles Warren was secretly in love with Gwen Stacy. When Gwen died, he blamed Spider-Man and plotted revenge. After an unethical experiment, Warren realized Serba wanted to clone a human Gwen

In madness, he killed Serba and became the Jackal. Later, he clones Gwen as well as Peter Parker. In the issue, Spider-Man and his clone fight for the last one standing. However, Warren seemingly kills the Spider-Man clone when he fails to stop his bomb. Fortunately, Spider-Man escapes. In the end, Spider-Man buries the body in an industrial chimney. In reality, Ben Reilly was alive and survived thanks to a chemical the Jackal previously injected in him.

 

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4. BEN REILLY IS A CRIMINAL

Later, after Ben Reilly assumes a costumed identity, he becomes the Jackal. Previously, Ben Reilly found illegal employment. Thanks to a scientist he met a scientist named Seward Trainer, he obtained fake paperwork. However, his illegal work was inconsistent.

After a month of work, his employers usually found out about his fake work history, and Ben had to move. In addition, Ben even worked in Italy as an English teacher. However, he had to leave after the local Mafia found out about his fake credentials. Though he was illegal, Ben was not a criminal supervillain.

3. BEN REILLY IS THE TRUE PETER PARKER

In Web of Spider-Man (1994) #117, Ben Reilly returned to New York. After an initial mistrust, both Peter Parker and his clone got along. However, Peter was stunned when Seward Trainer revealed Ben Reilly was the true Peter Parker and Peter Parker was the clone. Fortunately, each hero agreed to keep their civilian identities. When Mary Jane became pregnant, Peter moved with her out of New York.

For a while, Ben Reilly would have adventures and lead a normal life. Finally, Trainer was revealed to be an agent of Norman Osborn who survived apparent death after The Night Gwen Stacy Died. In fact, he was the mastermind behind the clone saga. In the end, Ben disintegrated after Green Goblin’s glider pierced him, proving he was the clone.

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2. BEN REILLY NEVER BECAME SPIDER-MAN

When Peter and Mary Jane moved out of New York, Ben initially took on the costume of the Scarlet Spider. Later, feeling guilty over Uncle Ben’s death, he became Spider-Man.

Later, Spider-Man wold have adventures with the Human Torch and the X-Men. In addition, he would fight Mysterio and help defeat Green Goblin in his last battle before his death. However, he would return.

1. SPIDER-MAN IS STRONGER THAN BEN REILLY

In many respects, Ben Reilley proved a capable Spider-Man.

During DC Versus Marvel, he proved capable of defeating the stronger Superboy.

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Marvel Day: How Silver Surfer’s Fight Against Knull Was Among His Most Epic

 
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MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Donny Cates


Penciler(s)

Tradd Moore


Colorist(s)

Dave Stewart


Cover

Tradd Moore, Felipe Sobreiro


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

October, 2019

IN SUPERHERO BATTLES

PREVIOUSLY, SILVER SURFER’S LEFT ARM WAS TAINTED WITH DARKNESS BATTLING KNULL

In ‘Silver Surfer: Black’ #2, Silver Surfer was previously tainted in darkness. At the beginning of time, Silver Surfer had found the god of darkness. In a battle with Knull, the Sentinel was turned into the dark Elder God’s Void Knight. Fortunately, Surfer was freed from Klyntar by the intervention of Ego the Living Planet. Weak from his battle, the Sentinel of the Spaceways was contaminated by the darkness. In fact, his left hand was tainted with the Living Abyss. Growing, the darkness doomed Surfer. In fact, it was a matter of time before the darkness overtook him.

In ‘Silver Surfer: Black’ #3, Silver Surfer seeks to restore his Power Cosmic. Incredibly, Surfer was guided by Ego to the Black Galaxy. There, Surfer identified his benefactor. Near the planet, he asked Ego if he could rest upon it. To which it agreed. While resting, the Surfer noticed earthquakes on the planet. Sensing a problem, he offered to help if Ego helped him fight Knull. Begrudgingly, Ego accepted. Inside the planet’s core, Norrin fought off its antibodies. There, he found the Lifebringer One, a growing Galactus. Horrified, Silver Surfer decides to destroy the future Devourer of Worlds. Later, he relents.

In 'Silver Surfer' (2019) #3, Silver Surfer fights off Ego's anti-bodies.
In ‘Silver Surfer: Black’ (2019) #3, Silver Surfer fights off Ego’s anti-bodies. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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IN AN EPIC FIGHT, SILVER SURFER DEFEATS KNULL

EGO THE LIVING PLANET CONNECTS SILVER SURFER TO ALL THE LIFE IN THE COSMOS

In ‘Silver Surfer: Black’ (2019) #4, Ego infuses Silver Surfer with the power of the Light. Previously, Surfer planned to kill Galactus in orer to change history. After an astral conversation with Galan, Norrin changes plans. In fact, he wants to allow Marvel history to take its course.

Having returned to Ego the Living Planet, Surfer communicates him his plan. Telepathically, Ego looks into Surfer’s mind. Then, he connects Surfer to all the life in the cosmos. Infused with the power of Light, Silver Surfer is prepared to battle the approaching Knull.

In 'Silver Surfer' (2019) #4, Silver Surfer wraps a chain around the Lifebringer One and tows it towards Helios-Ra.
In ‘Silver Surfer: Black’ (2019) #4, Silver Surfer wraps a chain around the Lifebringer One and tows it towards Helios-Ra. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SILVER SURFER TRANSFORMS HIS BOARD INTO A SWORD AGAINST ALL-BLACK

In ‘Silver Surfer: Black’ (2019) #5, Silver Surfer faces off against Knull a second time. However, this time, the Surfer vows to stop the dark god no matter the cost. During the titanic clash, Knull’s darkness contaminates Silver Surfer even moe. Now, the darkness tainting Surfer covers almost his entire body.

Epically, Silver Surfer transforms his flying surfboard into a sword. Mano a mano, the two warriors appear evenly matched. Indeed, it appears Silver Surfer’s sword is a match for All-Black, Knull’s sword. However, Surfer is reminded that Knull is not a single entity but a horde. Viciously, tendrils lash off the symbiote-dragon. And they engulf Silver Surfer in the darkness. Apparently, the King in Black has won the battle.

In 'Silver Surfer' (2019) #5, Silver Surfer transforms his board into a sword.
In ‘Silver Surfer: Black’ (2019) #5, Silver Surfer transforms his board into a sword. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SILVER SURFER CREATES A STAR TO DEFEAT KNULL

Desperately, Silver Surfer shackled by tendrils, senses the end. Forcefully, the darkness seeks to conquer the Light. However, as Knull draws near, the Light stirs the Surfer. Valiantly, he remembers his courage. Incredibly, Silver Surfer creates a sun momentarily reclaiming his light.

In anguish, Knull is incinerated and screams in pain. As the sun glows in the cosmos, Knull is sent away to the edges of the universe. But, Silver Surfer knows the villain will return. Courageously, Silver Surfer seeks to restore the cosmic balance.

Knull riing the symbiote-dragon.
Knull riding the symbiote-dragon. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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

In 'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1, the Illuminati vote to rocket Hulk to an abandoned planet.
 

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.

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

In 'Sensational She-Hulk' (1993) #52, She-Hulk and Titania get busy at Libido's Boutique.
 
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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 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.

 

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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.
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Marvel Day: In A Comedic Adventure, Spider-Man’s Luck Strikes Out As The Avengers Attempt To Recruit The Web-Slinger Into The Team

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966), the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man.
 

MARVEL DAY

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IN TEAM-UPS AND CROSSOVERS

THE AVENGERS WANT TO RECRUIT SPIDER-MAN

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man embarks on a comedic adventure in order to join the Avengers. In the opening pages, the Avengers debate whether to offer him membership. Hawkeye is immediately elated, while the other members find Spider-Man to be “an unknown quantity” and Wasp does not like Spider-Man.1 In order to conduct the meeting, Thor commands for there to be an acting chairman. The acting chairman is Captain America.

The Avengers decide to learn more about Spider-Man. Hawkeye proposes to consult Daredevil. Captain America says he is “hyper-sensitive to sounds and impulses.”1 Captain America and Goliath work on sending high-frequency radio signals. Daredevil soon arrives at Avengers Mansion. He gives Spider-Man the highest recommendation stating that in his recent battle with the web-slinger, Spider-Man “was stronger, and more skillful than ever!”1 Thor, Iron Man and Hawkeye soon depart to contact Spider-Man.

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers debate whether to offer Spider-Man membership. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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WELCOME SPIDER-MAN, TO AVENGERS MANSION!

Spider-Man is being recruited by the Avengers. Spider-Man arrives at Avengers Mansion. Soon, the Avengers must decide what kind of test to give Spider-Man.

Unfortunately, Spider-Man is hot-tempered and Hawkeye is loud-mouthed. And when Iron Man attempts to silence Spider-Man, Spider-Man gets upset by his concern about Aunt May. He starts thinking that the test is the Avengers want him to get mad.

 

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966), the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

COMEDY FOLLOWS, SPIDER-MAN LOSES IT!

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966), Spider-Man loses it and fights the Avengers.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man loses it and fights the Avengers. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SPIDER-MAN IS UP TO THE TEST AND STAGGERS THE HULK

The test for Spider-Man to join the Avengers, is for the web-slinger to find the Hulk and bring him back to the Avengers. After Spider-Man leaves, Captain America does not have enough time to state mission objectives or why they want the Hulk. Thor declares “the test is begun!”1 Spider-Man heads to the Daily Bugle and hears news about the Hulk spotted near the Gamma Ray Research Center. Spider-Man heads there. Spider-Man finds the Hulk and tells him the Green Goliath is coming with him.

A battle ensues where Spider-Man uses a combination of spider-speed and spider-strength to fight the Hulk. By accident, Hulk attempting to land a punch on Spider-Man, who evades, breaks the Gamma Ray Shielding Wall. This results into Hulk changing back into Dr. Bruce Banner. During their conversation, Spider-Man realizes Dr. Bruce Banner needs help not punishment and begins to question the Avengers. As Dr. Banner begins to change into Hulk, he tells Spider-Man he doesn’t reach his full strength “for first few minutes.”1 Sensing an opportunity, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch before he reaches full strength.

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966) #3, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch before he reaches full strength. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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COMEDY FOLLOWS, SPIDER-MAN BLOWS IT!

Spider-Man changes his mind about joining the Avengers. Questioning the Avengers’ motives, Spider-Man attempts to set Hulk free. However, Hulk is at full strength and easily busts through Spider-Man’s webbing.

Good ol’ Spider luck, failing him again! Spider-Man returns to the Avengers’ Mansion and resigns from their membership offer. He tells the Avengers he could not find the Hulk. After Spider-Man departs, the Avengers are disappointed and have mixed feelings. Captain America says the Avengers actually wanted to help Hulk.

In the end, Spider-Man resigns from the Avengers' membership offer.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man resigns from the Avengers’ membership offer. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.


LINKS

Amazing Spider-Man Annual Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3.
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Marvel Day: Dr. Strange

 

Hi guys! After a long hiatus, we pick things back up with one of the most under-celebrated characters in all of comic-dom! He just got a new movie green-lit! He has starred in two ‘Avengers’ movies to date, and has had a solo movie that has performed well with general audiences! Without further ado, I present, Dr. Strange!

Dr. Strange’s origin

Dr. Stephen Strange was once a gifted but egotistical surgeon who sought out the Ancient One to heal his hands after they were wounded in a car accident. Instead, the Ancient One trained him to become Master of the Mystic Arts and the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth.”

– ‘Doctor Strange‘, Comic Vine

Stephen Strange is the eldest of three children born in 1930 to Eugene and Beverly Strange while in vacation in Philadelphia. At a young age, he dreamed of being a doctor from a young age. At the age of 11, he aided his younger sister Donna when she was injured, a formative episode in his journey towards becoming a doctor.

Strange soon entered medical school upon finishing high school. Unable to help his sister when 19 from drowning, made him lose confidence in idealism though he did continue on his career choice.

Strange rapidly finished medical school at a young age and soon became a successful neurosurgeon. He displayed phenomenal talent and skill and “attained wealth and notoriety.” His skill won him cases, which, with each victory, increased his ego and made him more proud. He became estranged from his family and from his fiancee a United Nations translator, Madeline Revell. He even refused to visit his father on his dying deathbed.

After a car accident damaged his nerves in his hands, Stephen Strange’s life changed forever. He was on the way to becoming, Dr. Strange and with a concurrence of events, the Sorcerer Supreme (Doctor Strange).

Creation

Dr. Strange was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko and made his first appearance in ‘Strange Tales #110’ in 1963.

Major Story Arcs

‘Civil War’ and ‘World War Hulk’

Be sure to check out ‘Civil War’ and ‘World War Hulk’. Dr. Strange is encountered to be a founding member of the Illuminati, a secret organization of superheroes formed after the Kree-Skrull War to stop further threats. The members are: Iron Man, Namor, Mr. Fantastic, Professor X, Black Bolt and Dr. Strange (Illuminati).

Powers and Abilities

Dr. Strange possesses mystical artifacts to channel mystical energy, two of which are The Eye of Agamotto and The Cloak of Levitation.

Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Strange is one of the most powerful sorcerers in the world. Dr. Strange uses mystical energy invoked upon by spells/incantations or by the power of divine beings to manipulate forces of the universe including projection of mystic energy as bolts, slashes, binds, shields, or a scattered array of energy appearing like electricity, manipulating matter and various energies (physical or spiritual) even transmutation of matter, controlling the elements, opening or sealing mystical portals to other realms, teleportation or dimensional travel, reality warping and control over dimension, seeing through or casting illusions, invisibility and intangibility through astral projection, vast mental powers such as telepathy and telekinesis, communication with the dead and spiritual entities, seeing the future or past, manipulating dreams, removing spirits or placing them back into bodies, summoning supernatural beings, or using the powers of supernatural items.

Many of Doctor Strange’s powers are a function of his ability to manipulate the ambient mystical energy of the Marvel Universe. With this ability Dr. Strange can perform many functions. Commonly this is seen as energy attacks that range from low power to planet destroying, transmutation, telekinesis, teleportation, protective shields, etc. He uses this mystical energy to cast spells of a near infinite variety” (Doctor Strange).

SUPER FEAT: Dr. Strange Frees Eternity From Extra-Dimensional Villain Dormammu

In the pages of ‘Strange Tales #146‘ (1966), Dr. Strange performs the super feat of freeing the abstract entity Eternity from extra-dimensional villain Dormammu. Dr. Strange represents the cunning of the human spirit and the ability to triumph over overwhelming odds with skill and strength.

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Marvel Day: The Power Cosmic

 

Today is Marvel Day! Yay! Today, we talk about an important super power in the Marvel universe, an ambient cosmic energy called The Power Cosmic.

The origin of The Power Cosmic is told in the Galactus Trilogy (1966). It is associated with a powerful figure, the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus.

The Galactus Trilogy (1966) tells of the origin of Galactus. He was formerly Galan, a scientist from the planet Taa and the last survivor of the previous universe. He merged with the sentience of the universe, the Phoenix as the universe was born from a new Big Bang. Galactus was born!

The Galactus Trilogy (1966) tells of the origin of Galactus.
The Galactus Trilogy (1966) tells of the origin of Galactus. Photo/Marvel Comics

Galactus was born with a hunger, an insatiable hunger to feed on planets with living energy. It was conceived to be a part of the cosmic order of things, a natural part of evolution: that the strong prey on the weak!

The Power Cosmic is an ambient energy of the cosmos that grants its wielders several super powers:

The Power Cosmic is a limitless power that can allow the user to do many things such as resurrect the dead, manipulate the user’s size and mass, teleportation, telepathy, creation of force fields, travel through time, superhuman strength, immortality and much more. The Power Cosmic can be used in a powerful blast or in small doses to change the color of a plant. The Power Cosmic can also be infused into the human soul giving them a portion of the Powers of the Universe.

– “Power Cosmic”, Comic Vine

The Power Cosmic is “power that of the endless cosmos” (Silver Surfer #4).

Silver Surfer, Skyrider of the Spaceways

In 'Silver Surfer' (1968) #1, In a desperate attempt to save his planet from destruction at the awesome power of Galactus, Norrin Radd swore to become the Silver Surfer.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1968) #1, In a desperate attempt to save his planet from destruction at the awesome power of Galactus, Norrin Radd swore to become the Silver Surfer. Photo/Marvel Comics

In a desperate attempt to save his planet from destruction at the awesome power of Galactus, Norrin Radd swore to become the Silver Surfer, a Herald of Galactus to seek new worlds for the Devourer of Worlds to consume and spare his home world.

He was granted the Power Cosmic, a silvery coating to protect him from the rigors of space and a silvery surfboard mystically linked to him, in order to assist him in his space travels and reconnaissance missions in search for suitable worlds.

SUPER FEAT: Silver Surfer’s cosmic blast keeps Mjolnir away from Thor.

Silver Surfer's cosmic blast keeps Mjolnir away from Thor.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1969) #4, Silver Surfer’s cosmic blast keeps Mjolnir away from Thor. Photo/Marvel Comics

Silver Surfer has been one of the most shining sentinels in the universe. He represents a nobility, and a purity of character that is held in contempt by the most fearsome foes – such as the Devil Mephisto.