Marvel Day: In “Enter The Phoenix”, The Thunder God Attempts To End Gladiatorial Combat But Becomes The Son Of A Monster With A Devastating Origin Story

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ORIGIN STORIES

THE PHOENIX SHOWS SUPERHEROES’ AND SUPERVILLAINS’ FIGHTS ARE GLADIATORIAL COMBAT

In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #40, Phoenix seeking a host causes gladiatorial combat among superheroes on Earth. The Avengers have located Phoenix rising out of the arctic ice on a volcanic island. Apparently, Phoenix was called to Earth by Namor who seeks to marry her. In fact, the Phoenix has summoned heroes and villains in order to fight each other to claim her as host. “Enter the Phoenix” shows superheroes’ fights are reminiscient of ancient gladiatorial combat.

We begin the first gladiator combat between Captain America and Doctor Doom. The battle is vicious and Doom ultimately gains the upper hand. Doom manages to kill Captain America twice with cosmic blasts, however, aided by the Phoenix, Captain America rises from the ashes to continue fighting. Noticing this as the Phoenix’s testament to Captain America’s valor, Doctor Doom forfeits the battle. Captain America is then transported by Phoenix to the White Hot Room where the other combatants wait their turn.

In 'Avengers' (2020) #40, Phoenix seeks a new host and select heroes and villains to fight in gladiatorial combat.
In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #40, Phoenix seeks a new host and select heroes and villains to fight in gladiatorial combat. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

BLACK PANTHER HAS TO DECIDE TO END THE PHOENIX’S CONTEST

In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #41, the Phoenix continues its gladiatorial combats by selecting combatants from the White Hot Room. We have the following matches: Black Panther vs Man-Thing. Luke Cage vs American Eagle. Shanna The She-Devil vs Moon Girl. Valkyrie (Jane Foster) vs Orb. Hyperion vs Shang-Chi. Red Widow vs Howard The Duck. Black Panther vs Nighthawk. Maya Lopez vs Namor.

In the White Hot Room, the Phoenix speaks to Black Panther in aparte. She tells him to end the contest. Phoenix tells him she knew the old Panther king who fought with glowing rocks but who could end gods. Black Panther promises to end the contest no matter the cost. Phoenix says she wants T’Challa and that she will burn Wakanda’s name across the stars if he agress. Otherwise, she will burn it to ashes. Black Panther refuses and asks Phoenix to become benevolent. Otherwise, he will show Phoenix how he deals with a blizzard.

In 'Avengers' (2021) #41, Black Panther faces Man-Thing in gladiatorial combat.
In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #41, Black Panther faces Man-Thing in gladiatorial combat. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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IN A NEW ORIGIN STORY WITH PHOENIX, THOR BECOMES THE SON OF A MONSTER

In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #42, the Avengers attempt to end Phoenix’s gladiatorial combat. Outside the White Hot Room, on the volcanic island, the Avengers are attempting to contain the Phoenix. The Avengers battle the Phoenix in order to keep her contained in the volcanic island. As the Phoenix is freed, Thor reflects on the link he has shared with the Phoenix time and again. He feels some form of love. She tells him, he is her son. This is the new origin story of Thor and effectively makes him the son of a monster. In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #43, Thor battles his way against Phoenix through his new origin story. The Phoenix finally escapes the volcanic island.

Thor does not believe the lie and tells her Gaia is her mother. He throws his hammer at the Phoenix Force which phases through her. Then, Phoenix Force explains that the lie was necessary for Thor to protect the Earth. She tells the Thunder God is a child of Fire and Thunder. The Avengers are worried about Thor but Iron Man tells Okoye to delay the Wakandan Helicarriers. The Phoenix Force tells Thor, Gaia kept her trapped inside Earth for thousands of years. However, when the final host came, she was free. And now, she remembers Thor. Thor battles Phoenix Force but she soon gains the upper hand. Elsewhere, Captain America is about to face Black Panther in gladiatorial combat.

In 'Avengers' (2021) #42, Thor battles Phoenix and finds out he is her son.
In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #43, Thor battles Phoenix and finds out he is her son. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SOURCES

Avengers Vol 8 40 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 8 42 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 8 43 in Marvel Database.

Feat: Cyclops, ‘Avengers vs. X-Men’ #1

CYCLOPS (SCOTT SUMMERS)
EARTH-616

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #1, titled “Avengers vs. X-Men (Part One)”, Cyclops performs an energy projection feat. Captain America arrives on Utopia to take Hope Summers into protective custody over her being the Phoenix’s new host. Initiating the fight, Cyclops knocks back Captain America with an optic blast.

How much energy projection does it take for Cyclops to knock back Captain America with an optic blast?

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.

CYCLOPS BLASTED CAPTAIN AMERICA TEN METERS BACKWARDS WITH AN OPTIC BLAST OF FORCE 2104.6622 NEWTONS.

CYCLOPS GENERATED THE EQUIVALENT OF WORK 21046.622 JOULES, ENOUGH TO DESTROY A HUMAN OR 5.0111 MICROTONS OF TNT.

ENERGY PROJECTION FEAT:

PEAK HUMAN

                       

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SOURCES

Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.

Battles Of The Week: Phoenix (Rachel Summers) vs Galactus.

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

In 'Excalibur' (1993) #61, the Phoenix figures out that the elemental converter is draining the planet of its life-force.
In ‘Excalibur’ (1993) #61, the Phoenix (Rachel Summers) figures out that the elemental converter is draining the planet of its life-force. Photo/Marvel Comics

The two contestants meet on a frozen, abandoned planet. On the left side is Phoenix (Rachel Summers), the Starchilde and on the right side is Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds.

Let’s look at the stats.

Phoenix – Earth-811
SUPER-STRENGTH: UNIVERSAL
SUPER-SPEED: UNIVERSAL
DURABILITY: UNIVERSAL
ENERGy PROJECTION: MULTIVERSAL
FIGHTING SKILLS: EXTRA-DIMENSIONAL
INTELLIGENCE: COSMIC
PARAPHERNALIA
  • X-Men Blackbird.
WEAKNESSES
  • Magic.
Galactus – Earth-811
SUPER-STRENGTH: UNIVERSAL
SUPER-SPEED: UNIVERSAL
DURABILITY: UNIVERSAL
ENERGY PROJECTION: UNIVERSAL
FIGHTING SKILLS: COSMIC
INTELLIGENCE: UNIVERSAL
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Taa II.
  • Elemental Converter.
  • Sphere-shaped star ship.
  • Punishers.
WEAKNESSES
  • Cosmic Hunger.
  • Magic.

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THE FIGHT

In ‘Excalibur’ (1993) #61, Phoenix (Rachel Summers) battles Galactus over consumption of a frozen planet.

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OUTCOME: GALACTUS WINS

PHOENIX (RACHEL SUMMERS) IN COMICS

In ‘Excalibur Special Edition’ (1988) #1, after defeating Technet and the Warwolves, Captain Britain, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler, Rachel Summers and Meggan Puceanu form Excalibur in order to continue Professor X‘s dream of equality and peace for mutantkind.

In 'Excalibur Special Edition' (1988) #1, after defeating Technet and the Warwolves, Captain Britain, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler, Rachel Summers and Meggan Puceanu form Excalibur.
In ‘Excalibur Special Edition’ (1988) #1, after defeating Technet and the Warwolves, Captain Britain, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler, Rachel Summers and Meggan Puceanu form Excalibur. Photo/Marvel Comics

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SOURCES

Excalibur Vol 1 61 in Marvel Database.
Rachel Summers (Earth-811) in Marvel Database.
Excalibur Special Edition Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.

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