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

 

OVERPOWERED BEINGS


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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.

ENERGY PROJECTION FEAT: OUTERVERSE

Energy Projection: Outerverse 100%

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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: The Day When He Discovered The Overspace, The Cosmic Entity Called Eternity Dubbed Hank Pym “The Scientist Supreme”

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage


Penciler(s)

Sean Chen


Colorist(s)

John Rauch


Cover

Marko Djurdjevic


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

October 21,2009

IN INVENTIONS AND SCIENTIFIC MARVELS

ETERNITY DUBS HANK PYM “EARTH’S SCIENTIST SUPREME”1

In Mighty Avengers (2009) #30, Hank Pym discovers Overspace. Previously, Mister Fantastic discovered the dimension. Now, Hank uses the Pym Particles. In an instant, he increases his size past the Macroverse. Then, he reaches a boundless space beyond space and time. There, the cosmic entity called Eternity greets him. After a brief scuffle, Eternity has a talk with Hank. Indeed, Eternity thanks Hank for curing him of his astral cancer.

But Hank questions why Eternity did not call Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme. Importantly, Eternity names Hank, “Earth’s Scientist Supreme.”1 Indeed, among Earth’s super geniuses, Hank Pym is the Mage. In fact, Eternity acknowledges Mister Fantastic as the Explorer is smarter. And Tony Stark as the Engineer uses science to shape the world. But Ant-Man does the impossible, taking science to the point of magic. Now, Hank is his champion to whom he entrusts the future.

Overspace.
Overspace. Marvel Comics.

 

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HANK PYM’S INVENTIONS AND DISCOVERIES

PYM PARTICLES

Perhaps, Ant-Man’s most well-known invention. Originally, Hank Pym discovered the Pym Particles. Early on, he synthesized a serum that shrinks matter in mass and size. First, he tested it on a chair which shrank. Then, he tested it on himself which shrank him to ant-size. Eventually, he was able to use the Pym Particles to increase his mass and size. Importantly, the Pym Particles allowed the user to bypass the Square-Cube law of physics.

ULTRON

Definitely, Hank Pym’s failure. Once a promising scientist, Hank’s inventions started to fail. When he invented Ultron, it was a breakthrough of Artificial Intelligence. However, Ultron grew to sentience, hypnotized Hank and made him forget. Soon, Ultron evolved and improved his design. Later, he would form the Masters of Evil and combat the Avengers. Also, Ultron would create Vision. Visit our Avengers: Rage of Ultron review and learn about Vision vs Ultron.

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Mighty Avengers (2009) #30. Marvel Comics.

CYBERNETIC HELMET

Indeed, you may have seen in the Ant-Man movie, his trademark invention, the Cybernetic Helmet. With it, the superhero telepathically controls hordes of ants and even flying insects. Really, one of his most ingenious inventions proving he is a man of magic.

MACROVERSE AND MICROVERSE

With the Pym Particles, Hank Pym can absorb subatomic particles from the Kosmos dimension. Effectively, he shunts extra-dimensional matter into the Prime Universe. Moreover, his enlarging and shrinking super powers allowed him to discover the Macroverse and the Microverse.

SIMILAR STORIES

ORIGIN STORIES

TEAM-UPS AND CROSSOVERS

CRISIS

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LINKS

Mighty Avengers Vol 1 30 in Marvel Database.
Glossary:Square-cube law in Marvel Database.


FOOTNOTES

  1. Mighty Avengers #30.
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“Avengers: Rage of Ultron” Review

 
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ULTRON FINALLY CONQUERS THE AVENGERS
In 'Avengers: Rage Of Ultron,' Ultron conquers the Avengers.
In ‘Avengers: Rage Of Ultron’ (2015), Ultron conquers the Avengers. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS

One of the most significant Avengers stories. Gift this graphic novel to your family and friends on the occasions of Marvel Cinematic Universe watch parties. Available on Amazon.

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It was another glorious victory for the Mighty Avengers. Good triumphed over evil and Ultron was shot into space, never to be seen again. Or so they thought. Now, years later, the homicidal artificial intelligence — so long devoted to ending life on Earth — has found a new world to conquer…one with its own horrific legacy. When Titan, birthplace of Thanos, falls, Planet Ultron rises in its place! Thanos’ brother Starfox must seek the aid of his former allies — but the Avengers he finds are radically different from the ones he once knew. Among them is Ultron’s creator Giant-Man — and when Hank Pym confronts his now planet-sized “son,” the responsibilities of fatherhood have never loomed so large.

To begin, “Avengers: Rage Of Ultron” is an important Avengers story. Amazingly, it expands on the relationship between the Avengers and their nemesis: Ultron.

Importantly, Rick Remender’s writing shines. Particularly, the writer crafts one of the best Avengers sci-fi stories. Moreover, the graphic novel builds upon the story arc involving Hank Pym and Ultron, with great dramatic tension.

To sum, this is a one-shot you do not want to miss. Indeed, share this graphic novel to fans of the Avengers and at watch parties. Definitely, it is worth its price and will leave you wanting for more Ultron! And Vision!

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  • “Avengers: Rage of Ultron”
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics.
  • Language: English.
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In a few words, “Avengers: Rage Of Ultron” is the high-quality comic. In addition, the graphic novel on Comixology maintains the six panel grid with high-quality and vibrant colors. Also, “Avengers: Rage Of Ultron” contains splash and ensemble cast pages.

To sum, this graphic novel is excellent for your collection and for delving into high-quality art. You will definitely love the coloring, lettering and story-telling. This is the graphic novel to own in order to build your Avengers graphic novel collection.

Moreover, this product has good reviews and has 161 global ratings with an average customer review rating of 4.5 out of 5. There is a great satisfaction with the product.

One positive customer review said: “As I mentioned earlier, this is the best Avengers story I’ve read since Busiek’s run came to an end. The prose and the philosophically-charged issues make this very high brow reading that’s exciting, thought-provoking, and worth rereading.

Definitely a story you’ll be picking up five years down the road for another look. And there’s even a very explanatory introduction from the previously–mentioned Kurt Busiek himself. This purchase is worth every friggin’ penny. You won’t be sorry.”

The reviews were overall very positive with 7 negative ratings. A problem cited by a negative review was the price per page count: “25 dollars for a 112 page book is absolute crap. Marvel needs to update their quantity because this is the only case where quantity is equal to quality. Thank god for websites like amazon so you dont have to buy it uber priced. Almost as bad as the art of deadpool trade..”

Overall, this graphic novel was great.

CONCLUSION


POSITIVE:

  • Kindle and Comixology formats available.
  • Free with Comixology Unlimited membership.

NEGATIVE:

  • Price Per Page Count.

OUR PRODUCT REVIEW RATING:


I recommend this graphic novel as a significant Avengers sci-fi story.


























Rating: 4 out of 5.


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Battles Of The Week: Vision vs Ultron (Hero vs Villain)

 
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BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Writers and Artists

Rick Remender and Jerome Opena, Pepe Larraz.

SYNOPSIS

In their latest battle, the Avengers must stop Ultron from detonating nuclear weapons. In a genius move, Ultron is sent in a Vibranium coffin to Titan. Back from conquering Titan, the Ultron Virus copies Ultron’s program in the sentient lifeforms in the Marvel Universe.

With the Avengers conquered, it is up to Vision to stop the menace.

IN SUPERVILLAINS

ULTRON FINALLY CONQUERS THE AVENGERS
In 'Avengers: Rage Of Ultron,' Ultron conquers the Avengers.
In ‘Avengers: Rage Of Ultron’ (2015), Ultron conquers the Avengers. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

Enter the contestants at Avengers Tower. On the left side is Vision and on the right side is Ultron.

Let’s look at the stats.

VISION – EARTH-616

Super Strength: Planetary 50%
Super Speed: Supersonic 58%
Durability: Stellar 58%
Energy Projection: Stellar 58%
Fighting Skills: Metahuman 67%
Intelligence: Genius 42%

WEAKNESSES
  • Rigidity: Limit To Density Increase.
In 'Avengers: Rage Of Ultron,' Ultron conquers the Avengers.
ULTRON – EARTH-616

Super Strength: Stellar 58%
Super Speed: Supersonic 58%
Durability: Universal 83%
Energy Projection: Galaxy 75%
Fighting Skills: Metahuman 67%
Intelligence: Mathematical Computation 58%

PARAPHERNALIA
  • Molecular Re-arranger.
WEAKNESSES
  • Savage Land vibranium.

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THE FIGHT

At Avengers Tower, Ultron attacks the Avengers. With the Avengers conquered, it is up to Vision to stop the Ultron Virus from copying Ultron’s program onto all sentient life in the universe.

The battle to decide who is truly human!

DAMAGE SCALE

The fight starts out with Vision pile-driving Ultron out of Avengers Tower across three panels.

VISION CONCUSSION ATTACK (x3): 3 DAMAGE PT (x3) = 9 DAMAGE PTS.

Previously, Vision punched Ultron away. On the following page, both metahumans exchange eye beam attacks.

VISION BLUNT FORCE + ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACKS: 1 DAMAGE PT + 6 DAMAGE PTS = 7 DAMAGE PTS.
ULTRON ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACK: 6 DAMAGE PT.

On the final page, in a series of eye blasts, Ultron fells Vision.

VISION ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACK: 6 DAMAGE PTS.
ULTRON ENERGY MANIPULATION (x3) + BLUNT FORCE ATTACKS: 6 DAMAGE PTS (x3) + 1 DAMAGE PT = 19 DAMAGE PTS.

TOTAL


VISION’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-25 DAMAGE PTS.

-(25 DAMAGE PTS * 1.38×10^38 J/s * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = 8.2142857*10^29 PTS*Ton of TNT/s.


DURABILITY: PLANETARY

Durability: Planetary 50%

ULTRON’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-22 DAMAGE PTS.

-(22 DAMAGE PTS * 3.846*10^26 J/s * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -2.0145714*10^18 PTS * Ton of TNT/s.


DURABILITY: UNIVERSAL

Durability: Universal 83%

WINNER: ULTRON WINS BY KNOCKOUT

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VISION IN COMICS

‘Avengers’ (1968) #57, titled “Behold… The Vision!” marks the first appearance of Vision in Marvel continuity. Sinisterly, Vision infiltrates Avengers HQ and tells them a foe has sent him to destroy them. In the end, Vision switches sides and saves the day.

'Avengers' (1968) #57, titled "Behold... The Vision!" marks the first appearance of Vision in Marvel continuity.
‘Avengers’ (1968) #57, titled “Behold… The Vision!” marks the first appearance of Vision in Marvel continuity. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

NEXT BATTLE OF THE WEEK: ORION VS DARKSEID. SEPTEMBER 15TH.


Avengers: Rage of Ultron Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 1 57 in Marvel Database.