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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
In ‘Thanos’ (2004) #5, titled “Entry”, Thanos performs a durability feat. In an attempt to reform his evil ways, Thanos seeks to aid Galactus in ridding himself of his cosmic hunger. Thanos believes Galactus is being manipulated by an outside force, and when he boards Galactus’ ship, there is a battle!
How much durability does it take for Thanos’ force field to withstand Galactus’ blast?
In ‘Thanos’ (2004) #5, Thanos performs a durability feat. Thanos’ force field withstands a blast from Galactus. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.
GALACTUS USED THE POWER COSMIC TO CREATE A BLAST OF 100,000,000° CELSIUS THAT DESTROYED THANOS’ FORCE FIELD.
GALACTUS’ BLAST EFFECTIVELY GENERATED THE EQUIVALENT OF A SUN WITH THE POWER COSMIC. THE BLAST DESTROYED THANOS’ FORCE FIELD PRODUCING 3.846*1026 WATTS, ENOUGH TO DESTROY MULTIPLE CONTINENTS.
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In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1989) #22, titled “Monsters… from the Ego!”, Silver Surfer performs an energy projection feat. Ego The Living Planet has imprisoned Silver Surfer on its surface without his board and intends to consume the Silver Surfer’s Power Cosmic. During the battle, Silver Surfer powers Galactus‘ propulsion device on Ego’s south pole, to send it to a nearby star.
How much energy projection does it take for Silver Surfer to power Ego’s propulsion device taking it out of orbit?
SILVER SURFER POWERED GALACTUS’ PROPULSION DEVICE WITH A THRUST EQUAL TO 2.27*1011 N ASSUMING EGO THE LIVING PLANET HAS THE MASS OF THE EARTH.
SILVER SURFER GENERATED THE EQUIVALENT OF 3.3960248E+22 JOULES OF WORK TO PUSH EGO AT LEAST ALONG ONE ASTRONOMICAL UNIT TO THE NEAREST STAR, ENOUGH TO SHATTER A SMALL COUNTRY.
ENERGY PROJECTION FEAT:
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In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1968) #57, Doctor Doom monarch of Latveria sets his plan into motion to steal the Power Cosmic and invites Silver Surfer to his royal castle. Silver Surfer arrives at Doctor Doom’s castle.
Doctor Doom reveals to the Silver Surfer that the reason for the invitation is to learn about the Silver Surfer’s Power Cosmic. In particular, he inquires about the Silver Surfer’s cosmic surf board.
DOCTOR DOOM SETS THE TRAP
Silver Surfer reveals his distrust for Earthlings and their quest for power revealing the xenophobia and specieism of Earthlings towards other alien races. Doctor Doom contemplates to use a cosmic weapon Silver Surfer created in order to conquer the world. Silver Surfer destroys the cosmic weapon.
Doctor Doom sets his trap to steal the Power Cosmic and takes the Silver Surfer to his workshop-complex. Doctor Doom shows the Silver Surfer “the scientific projects” he works on in his quest as he claims to create weapons to defend peace and justice.1 Then, Doctor Doom shows Silver Surfer “a temporal photo of the universe taken from [his] own orbiting satellite.”1 The Silver Surfer is elated.
Sensing an opportunity, as the Silver Surfer pauses, Doctor Doom uses high intensity inductors clamped to the Silver Surfer’s head to steal the Power Cosmic. The Silver Surfer lies on the floor, weak, an alien exploited, confirming the xenophobia of the Earthlings.
In a crackling single page panel, the cosmic energy crackles and Doctor Doom in his new-found supremacy vows to challenge even Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds. He sets on the Silver Surfer’s surf board with the Power Cosmic to conquer the world.
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!
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 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 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.