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Overpowered Beings: In ‘What If?’ Short Stories, Uatu The Watcher #BreaksTheFourthWall

 

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IN COSMIC HIERARCHY

FROM THE UNIVERSE’S OLDER RACES, THE WATCHERS SWORE TO OBSERVE


In Original Sin (2014) #0, the Watchers brings nuclear power to the Prosilicans. Marvel Comics.

During the Silver Age, Marvel Comics introduced The Watcher in “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine!” In Fantastic Four (1963) #13, the Fantastic Four are on a mission to the Blue Area of the moon. In the issue, Mister Fantastic experiments on a rocket fragment.

Then, he decides to travel by rocket to the Blue Area of the moon where the fragment came. However, a Russian scientist in the Soviet Union named Ivan Kragoff, is on a mission to the moon. In fact, he has selected his three apes with him, Igor, Piotr and Miklho in order to replicate the Fantastic Four’s powers.

Predictably, the mission succeeds and the villains are granted super powers from cosmic rays. On the moon, the Fantastic Four and Ivan’s team battle. However, the clash is cut short by the first appearance of the Watcher.

After Claiming the Blue Area as his home, he reveals his race’s vow to not interfere in the affairs of alien races and banishes both teams to the ruined city where they battle for superiority.

Forward into the Modern Age, we learn the origin of the race of Watchers’ vow. In the early beginnings of the universe, the Watchers were a technologically advanced and benevolent race. In order to help the planet Prosilicus, Ikor proposed to bring nuclear power to the Prosilican race.

Tragically, the technology led to nuclear warfare and auto-genocide on Prosilicus. Horrified at the Prosilican incident, Ikor created a code of ethics for the race. Now known as the Watchers, the cosmic gods would observe and not interfere.

OVERPOWERED, UATU CAN RESIST AND KILL GALACTUS

In 'Super-Villain Classics' (1983) #1, we find out the origin of Galactus, the Destroyer of Worlds.

In Super-Villain Classics (1983) #1, we find out the origin of Galactus, the Destroyer of Worlds.

In terms of powers, Uatu has been said to be powerful enough to shake a galaxy. Really, the Watcher is a cosmic god who can manipulate cosmic energy on an incalculable scale. As matter of fact, he has been stated to resist the telepathic probes of Galactus, the Destroyer of Worlds.

Furthermore, in Super-Villain Classics (1983) #1, we learn Galactus’ origin story. After the destruction of the previous universe, the Sentience of the Universe protected Galan in a Cosmic Egg. With the birth of the Seventh Cosmos, or Earth-616 universe, Galactus came out of gestation.

In the early universe, the Watchers were among the oldest races. Ecce the Watcher observed the Star God’s emergence and sensed his evil and Cosmic Hunger. In fact, he was powerful enough to kill him. But, sworn to not interfere, he let Galactus depart in his starship.

Like Ecce, Uatu probably is powerful enough to kill a hungry or young Galactus. Notably, Uatu possesses the powers of telepathy, energy manipulation, teleportation, time travel, cosmic awareness, force field generation, flight and immortality on a Multiversal scale.

 

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IN WHAT IF? THE WATCHER #BREAKSTHEFOURTHWALL

The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe.
The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe. Marvel Comics.

By now, Marvel-ites have watched the hit TV show called What If…? on Disney+. In fact, there is a popular battle between an alternate Ultron with The Infinity Stones and the Watcher. Nonetheless, the show is based on the successful Marvel series called What If?

Astoundingly, issues #23 to #31 of the series, showcase short stories by Watcher. Each short story exhibits the Watcher’s nigh-omniscience and his ability to see parallel universes of alternate timelines. In fact, in every issue, the Watcher introduces the short story as he addresses the reader.

Incredibly, this power is called Breaking The Fourth Wall. Here, a comic character or literature character is aware of being part of a story or addresses the reader and audience. Really, this super power suggests the Watcher is an Outerversal being.

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WHY UATU THE WATCHER IS AN OVERPOWERED BEING

UATU KNEW ABOUT THE ULTIMATE NULLIFIER TO STOP GALACTUS

In 'Fantastic Four (1966) #50, the Human Torch retrieves the Ultimate Nullifier for Mister Fantastic to use against Galactus as specified by Uatu the Watcher.
In Fantastic Four (1966) #50, Mister Fantastic must use the Ultimate Nullifier to stop Galactus from consuming the Earth. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

In The Galactus Trilogy, Watcher helps the Fantastic Four to stop Galactus. As matter of fact, the cosmic god revealed the heroes knowledge about Galactus’ homeworld, Taa II.

Importantly, Uatu knew the only way to stop the Devourer of Worlds was with an advanced technology from the solar system-sized homeworld. Namely, the Ultimate Nullifier.

In the battle Fantastic Four vs Galactus, the super-team was able to stop the end of the world and have Galactus depart with Uatu’s help.

POTENTIALLY, AN OUTERVERSAL BEING WHO #BREAKSTHEFOURTHWALL

The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe.
The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe. Marvel Comics.

In What If?, Uatu addresses the Marvel-ite reader and tells him a short story. Each story is about an alternate timeline in a parallel Marvel universe.

Really, the fact the Watcher can address the reader shows he #BreaksTheFourthWall. In literature, this is the greatest power. Also, Thought Robot Superman shares this power.

Per our calculations, #BreakingTheFourthWall is an Outerversal feat.

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IN WHAT IF? HE CAN SEE ALTERNATE TIMELINES

The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe.
The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe. Marvel Comics.

Generally, the What If? series is about Watcher seeing alternate timelines in the Marvel multiverse and telling the stories to the reader.

Indeed, the Watcher has a Cosmic Awareness that extends to the Multiversal scale. Perhaps, an extension of his time travel powers.

WATCHER HAS THE POWER TO SHAKE A GALAXY

Xakku in 'Tales of Suspense.'
Xakku in Tales of Suspense (1964) #55. Marvel Comics.

Impressively, Watcher has been stated to have the power to shake a galaxy. In Tales of Suspense (1964) #55, Xakku the Sun-Stealer calls him the most powerful being in the galaxy.

To test his vow, Xakku tells him that the sun near his planet is dying out. With his Sun-Stealer, he plans to steal the sun in Uatu’s solar system. After he asks Uatu if he will intervene.

In a whimsical play of events, Xakku’s nefarious plan is foiled when his starship falls into quicksand before it lands on Earth, saving the planet.


LINKS

Original Sin Vol 1 0 in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 13 in Marvel Database.
Super-Villain Classics Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 50 in Marvel Database.
Galactus Trilogy in Marvel Database.
What If? Vol 1 (1977–2011) in Marvel Database.
Tales of Suspense Vol 1 55 in Marvel Database.
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Marvel Day: In ‘What If’, Phoenix Stops Galactus And Terrax In The Shi’ar Galaxy Then Goes On To Consume A Star, Earth And The Universe

The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe.
 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Mary Jo Duffy


Penciler(s)

Jerry Bingham


Inker(s)

John Stuart


Colorist(s)

Carl Gafford


Cover

Frank Miller


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

April 7, 1981

IN EXTINCTION

‘WHAT IF THE PHOENIX HAD NOT DIED’ ?

The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe.
The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe. Marvel Comics.

In our short-story of love, passion, destruction and extinction, we begin with Uatu in the Earth-616 universe. 

To begin,the Watcher ponders the Phoenix's journey with the X-Men. In his musings, he contemplates an alternate reality...

Here, Phoenix did not die! Instead, the X-Men lost their battle against the Shi'ar and the Phoenix Force was psychically lobotomized from Jean Grey. But in reality, this was further from the truth.

On a fateful day, the X-Men were called into battle by Lilandra. On the alien planet Arama, our children of the atom were to face Galactus trying to consume the planet... and his herald Terrax! A fierce battle followed during which Terrax struck down the X-Men, even threatening Cyclops.

At that moment, we realized that the Phoenix had been laying dormant. Violently, she emerged and removed the Power Cosmic from Terrax. Then, she valiantly engaged Galactus in combat. Soon, she defeated him and repelled his invasion. However, Jean is overwhelmed by the fury and the passion of the Phoenix. A cosmic fiery bird of death and rebirth, Phoenix destroyed asteroids and consumed a star.

Eventually, the X-Men returned to Earth. When Shadowcat berated Jean for losing control, the telepath killed her. Soon, Dark Phoenix destroyed the X-Men one by one. Finally, the death of her lover, Cyclops, was the last straw.

In a fit of rage, folly and cosmic madness, the fiery bird consumed Earth, then the galaxy, and finally, the universe and beyond.

Here ends the story of the Phoenix which should serve as a cautionary tale to not let this fiery cosmic bird to reign unimpeded in the cosmos.

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LINKS

Phoenix Force (Earth-81727) in Marvel Database.
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Super Power: Magneto’s Mastery Of Magnetism Is The Next Phase Of Human Evolution And Makes Him An Omega Level Mutant

 
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WHY MAGNETO IS THE MASTER OF MAGNETISM

Magneto in ‘X-Men’ (1991) #1. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

As Homo superior, Magneto is the next phase of human evolution. Originally, the master of magnetism represents the mutant population which by accidents of evolution has been granted super powers. Magneto‘s mastery of magnetism is the super power to control, manipulate and shift magnetic fields on a planetary to solar system scale. In the past, the mutant powerhouse was once classified as an Alpha Level mutant. This has been changed to an Omega Level mutant. In fact, what is an Omega Level mutant?

Read on!

The term, initially “Omega Level Mutant Abilities” was seemingly used at first by Fred Duncan, and quickly adopted by Charles Xavier to define some of his first students, and was described in those terms: “Yet what he called Omega (the last) he meant as regards to an “ultimate threat,’ while I simply prefer to think of such mutant abilities as unlimited potential.

-“Mutant Power Level Classification”, Marvel Database

In other words, what makes Magneto an Omega Level mutant is power without limit. In fact, Magneto has been stated on several occasions to be the most powerful mutant on Earth.1,2,3 On another occasion, he has been called the most powerful being on Earth.4

PHOENIX IS MAGNETO’S RIVAL

In ‘X-Men’ (1978) #112, Magneto defeats Phoenix and Wolverine. Photo/Marvel Comics

In early X-men stories, the X-men regularly met Magneto as their foe. In ‘X-Men’ (1978) #112, the X-men return to Mesmero’s carnival trailer to find… Magneto. Eager to even the score with the X-Men, Magneto systematically subdues each member. Phoenix intervenes during the fight, and Magneto quickly defeats her by siphoning her Phoenix flame. Clearly, it has been stated that Magneto’s power rivals Phoenix’s.5 In Marvel continuity, Professor X and Magneto have been shown to match and defeat the Phoenix in duels.

In ‘New X-Men’ (2004) #150, the Omega Level mutant faces a resurrected Phoenix. During the battle, Jean Grey has the upper hand though Magneto is initially protected by his helmet from Phoenix’s telepathy. Finally, Magneto attacks Phoenix with a planetary electromagnetic pulse, giving her a heart attack. Both Omega Level mutants die: Phoenix dies while Magneto seemingly dies at the hand of Wolverine.

It appears Phoenix is Magneto’s limit as an Omega Level mutant. This means Magneto’s powers can at least match Phoenix’s at the Solar System Level. Of course, Phoenix has been classified as a Multiversal being, Beyond Omega Level.

In 'New X-Men' (2004) #150, Magneto kills Phoenix with a planetary electromagnetic pulse.
In ‘New X-Men’ (2004) #150, Magneto kills Phoenix with a planetary electromagnetic pulse. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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MAGNETO’S SUPER POWERS

MAGNETO CAN CONTROL ANY METAL TO ACHIEVE VARIOUS EFFECTS

In 'Uncanny X-Men' (2012) #2, Magneto powers the headless body of a Sinister Celestial.
In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (2012) #2, Magneto powers the headless body of the Dreaming Celestial. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (2012) #2, the X-Men are under attack by the Celestials. Brand contacts Cyclops and he tells her that it is about Sinister and the head of the Dreaming Celestial. Brand tells Cyclops it is not about that and that the Celestials are headed for Earth. During the issue, Magneto controls the head of the Dreaming Celestial.

SUPER POWER:

Magneto used his control of metal to expand and manipulate the magnetic field around the Celestial’s headless armor.

MAGNETO CAN CREATE MAGNETIC FORCE FIELDS

In 'X-Men' (1993) #25, Magneto erects magnetic force fields against Jean Grey.
In ‘X-Men’ (1993) #25, Magneto erects magnetic force fields against Jean Grey. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘X-Men’ (1993) #25, Magneto attacks humanity on a planetary scale over his mutant nation space station Avalon. Under Professor X’s command, the X-men decide and execute a plan to finally end Magneto’s threat. Brutally, Magneto single-handedly takes on the X-Men. During the fight, Magneto erects magnetic force fields against Jean Grey’s telekinetic attack.

SUPER POWER:

Magneto’s mastery of magnetism allows him to create magnetic force fields impenetrable to telepathic, telekinetic, enegy manipulation and physical attacks.

MAGNETO CAN CREATE ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSES (EMPs)

In 'X-Men' (1993) #25, Magneto creates an EMP on the planetary scale.
In ‘X-Men’ (1993) #25, Magneto creates an EMP on the planetary scale. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘X-Men’ (1993) #25, Magneto attacks humanity on a planetary scale over his mutant nation space station Avalon. The attack in the Avalon storyline is an EMP at the planetary scale that causes all the nations of the Earth to lose power and go dark.

SUPER POWER:

Magneto’s control of magnetic fields, allows him to create EMPs similar to nuclear explosions. This is an effect of his ability to produce magnetic rays on a planetary scale.

MAGNETO CAN MANIPULATE IRON AT THE ATOMIC LEVEL

Magneto can manipulate iron at the atomic level.
Magneto can manipulate iron at the atomic level. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

As master of magnetism, Magneto can manipulate iron at the atomic level.

SUPER POWER:

Magneto has the power to manipulate iron at the cellular and atomic levels. This is an effect of Magneto’s ability to see magnetic fields and manipulate magnetic fields at the atomic level.

FEAT OF THE DAY: IN ‘ULTIMATE X-MEN’ #6, MAGNETO USES HIS THOUGHT HELMET TO PROTECT AGAINST PROFESSOR X’S TELEPATHY

In 'Ultimate X-Men' (2001) #6, Magneto's Thought Helmet protects against Professor X's telepathy.
In ‘Ultimate X-Men’ (2001) #6, Magneto’s Thought Helmet protects against Professor X’s telepathy. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

LINKS

X-Men Vol 1 112 in Marvel Database.
New X-Men Vol 1 150 in Marvel Database.
Uncanny X-Men Vol 2 2 in Marvel Database.
X-Men Vol 2 25 in Marvel Database.
Ultimate X-Men Vol 1 6 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Official Marvel Index To The X-Men #6.

2. Uncanny X-Men #368.

3. X-Men Vol 2 #110.

4. X-Men Unlimited #2.

5. Classic X-Men #18.

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Super Power Explained: Is Magneto’s Mastery Of Magnetism Stellar or Solar System?

 

SUPER POWER

In 'X-Men' (1978) #112, Magneto defeats Phoenix and Wolverine.
In ‘X-Men’ (1978) #112, Magneto defeats Phoenix and Wolverine. Photo/Marvel Comics

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Magneto is one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe. He is an enemy of the X-Men and an enemy of humanity. Magneto has on multiple occasions, attempted to destroy the human race in order to champion the cause of mutants.

Magneto is known as the Master of Magnetism and an Omega Level mutant. What is Magneto’s super power called Magnetism?

Read on!

Magnetokinesis: Magneto has comprehensive control over all forms of magnetism and utilizes that control to manipulate any metal and achieve a variety of effects. He recently proved able to effectively hold together the headless form of a Celestial. Magneto can manipulate an entire planet’s electromagnetic field and once even pulled back the giant metallic ‘bullet’ where Kitty Pryde was trapped inside, which was at least a few light-years away from Earth, though these are tasks that require great effort on his part. Magneto’s power is comparable with Phoenix’s, he has harnessed magnetism to stop armies, raise islands from ocean floors, move mountains, change the course of rivers, and threaten to devastate the world with floods and earthquakes.

Max Eisenhardt (Earth-616), Marvel Database

Because the Phoenix consumes stars, and Magneto matches her Power Level, it may seem that Magneto’s Power Level is Solar System+.

Let’s dig our comics!

‘X-MEN’ #112

In 'X-Men' (1978) #112, Magneto defeats Phoenix and Wolverine.
In ‘X-Men’ (1978) #112, Magneto defeats Phoenix and Wolverine. Photo/Marvel Comics

In ‘X-Men’ (1978) #112, Magneto uses the super power of Magnetism to match the Phoenix’s cosmic power. Magneto shapes the Earth’s magnetosphere to create a “bottle-effect” around Phoenix, siphoning away her cosmic power.1 Magneto defeats Phoenix. However, this was a Phoenix that was growing in power.

During the ‘Dark Phoenix’ (1980) saga, Phoenix is driven insane by the fires of life and death, and causes the near extinction of the planet D’Bari by consuming its sun. This Power Level is definitely Solar System+.

In 'X-Men' (1980) #135, Phoenix consumes the D'Bari star causes the near extinction of the D'Bari.
In ‘X-Men’ (1980) #135, Phoenix consumes the D’Bari star causes the near extinction of the D’Bari. Photo/Marvel Comics.

At the end of the saga, Phoenix was killed by committing suicide. Of course, Phoenix ultimately resurrected and it turned out that the Phoenix is actually a cosmic firebird Multiversal in Power Level. Nevertheless, In ‘X-Men’ (1978) #112, Magneto was able to match the Phoenix’s power to be Solar System+ Power Level.

HOW POWERFUL IS MAGNETO?

IN ‘AVX:VS’ #1, IRON MAN IN BLEEDING EDGE ARMOR GOES TOE TO TOE WITH MAGNETO WHO WAS SIPHONING THE MAGNETIC ENERGY OF NEARBY PLANETS

In 'AvX: Vs' #1, Bleeding Edge Armor Iron Man goes toe to toe with Magneto.
In ‘AvX: Vs’ #1, Bleeding Edge Armor Iron Man goes toe to toe with Magneto. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Super Power Explained: How Smart Is Iron Man?’, we looked at Iron Man’s Bleeding Edge Armor. In ‘AvX: Vs’ #1, Magneto demonstrated he can siphon the magnetic power of nearby planets in the solar system. Magneto demonstrated at least a Stellar+ Power Level.

Since Magneto displayed Stellar+ power in his battle against Iron Man and was able to match Phoenix’s power, he is at least Stellar+ in Power Level. This indicates Magneto’s higher end power is Solar System+ since he can siphon the energy of nearby planets in the solar system and defeat Phoenix before she became Dark Phoenix.

As a result, Magneto’s Mastery of Magnetism extends to the solar system and is Solar System+ Level.

ENERGY PROJECTION POWER LEVEL:

SOLAR SYSTEM+

                       

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LINKS

X-Men Vol 1 112 in Marvel Database.
Max Eisenhardt (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
X-Men Vol 1 135 in Marvel Database.
AVX: Vs Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. X-Men #112.