Hyperion (comics)

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Hyperion
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Hyperion.
Art by Tom Grummett
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance (Zhib-Ran) Avengers #69 (Oct. 1969)
(Mark Milton) Avengers
#85 (Feb. 1971)
Created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema
In-story information
Team affiliations ("Zhib-Ran")
Squadron Sinister
(Mark Milton)
Squadron Supreme
Thunderbolts
(Marcus Milton)
Avengers
Notable aliases Mr. Kant, King Hyperion.
Abilities (All)
Superhuman strength, speed, stamina and durability
Multiple extrasensory and vision powers
Freezing breath
Regenerative healing factor
Flight.
Marvel Comics Alternate Universes
Marvel stories take place primarily in a mainstream continuity called the Marvel Universe. Some stories are set in various parallel, or alternate, realities, called the Marvel Multiverse.

The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe: Alternate Worlds 2005 designates the mainstream continuity as "Earth-616", and assigns another Earth-numbers to each specific alternate reality.


In this article the following characters, or teams, and realities are referred to:

Character/Team Universe
Zhib-Ran Interdimensional Space
Mark Milton Earth-712
Mark Milton Earth-31916

Hyperion is a fictional character that appears in publications published by Marvel Comics. The character debuted in The Avengers #69 (Oct. 1969), with five notable versions to date - two supervillains belonging to the team Squadron Sinister (from Earth-616) two heroes from alternate universes, and a zombified clone.

Publication history[edit]

Squadron Sinister (Earth-616)[edit]

The first Hyperion in Marvel Comics debuted in the title the Avengers.[1] This story arc introduced the supervillain team the Squadron Sinister, whose four members were loosely based on heroes in DC Comics' Justice League of America, with Hyperion based on Superman.[2]

The Squadron Sinister are assembled by the cosmic entity the Grandmaster to battle the champions of the time-traveling Kang - the superhero team the Avengers. The Avengers defeat the Squadron and thwart the Grandmaster, with the Thunder God Thor miniaturizing Hyperion and trapping him in a glass sphere.[3] The Squadron reappear in the title Defenders, reunited by the alien Nebulon. The villains receive greater power in exchange for the planet Earth, and create a giant laser cannon in the Arctic to melt the polar ice caps, thereby covering the entirety of the Earth's surface in water. The superhero team the Defenders prevent the scheme and defeat the villains (and Nebulon), with the Hulk overpowering Hyperion.[4]

After this defeat Hyperion and his two remaining team mates are teleported off world by Nebulon, and later return to Earth. Acquiring an energy-draining weapon, the villains plan to threaten the Earth once again but are defeated by the Defenders and the Avenger Yellowjacket.[5]

Hyperion has another brief encounter with several members of the Avengers, who seek a way to separate the Power Prism of Doctor Spectrum from fellow Avenger the Wasp.[6] The character battles Thor once again and encounters the Earth-712 version of Hyperion from the Squadron Supreme.[7] Hyperion is also involved with the warrior woman Thundra, with the relationship ending when she discovers a means of returning to her own dimension.[8] In the Earth-712 universe Hyperion is told by the villain Master Menace that he is an inorganic duplicate created by the Grandmaster modeled on the Hyperion from that universe. A bitter Hyperion then impersonates the Squadron Supreme's version of Hyperion for several weeks before dying in battle against the original.[9] The Grandmaster briefly resurrects the character as part of the Legion of the Unliving, a group created to combat the Avengers.[10]

A new Hyperion is made when the Grandmaster later reappears and reforms the Squadron Sinister. Hyperion is joined by a new Doctor Spectrum (Alice Nugent, former lab assistant of Henry Pym); the Whizzer (now called Speed Demon) and Nighthawk. This Hyperion originated from the Microverse, like the original Sinister Hyperion claimed before learning his origins were a lie. Courtesy of a phenomenon known as the Wellspring of Power - an interdimensional source of superhuman abilities - the Grandmaster increases the Squadron Sinister's powers and they battle the New Thunderbolts. Thunderbolts team leader Baron Zemo defeats the Grandmaster, and in the ensuing chaos Hyperion and the members of the Squadron Sinister scatter and escape.[11]

Squadron Supreme (Earth-712)[edit]

Thomas and penciller John Buscema also created an alternate universe team of heroes called the Squadron Supreme in the title Avengers,[12] using characters that shared names with those of the Squadron Sinister (this caused confusion in Marvel's production department, as the covers of Avengers #85 and #141 (Nov. 1975) claimed the issues featured appearances by the Squadron Sinister, when in fact it was the Squadron Supreme that appeared in both issues). The last known Eternal left on Earth-712,[13] the character is a founding member of the Squadron Supreme and has a civilian identity, Mark Milton.

The Earth-712 Hyperion appears on every occasion with the Squadron Supreme, and the group first encounter beings from the Earth-616 universe when four Avengers - the Vision; Scarlet Witch; Quicksilver and the second Goliath - accidentally arrive. The Avengers first battle and then assist the Squadron Supreme against the global threat posed by the mutant Brain-Child, before returning to their own universe.[14]

Hyperion and the Squadron Supreme fall under control of the artifact the Serpent Crown and battle the Avengers in the Earth-616 universe before being freed;[15] encounter Thor when he battles the evil Hyperion [7] and enlists the aid of the Defenders against the villain the Overmind and his ally Null, the Living Darkness when they threaten the Earth-712 universe.[16]

In the 12-issue Squadron Supreme miniseries (Sept. 1985 - Aug. 1986) Mark Gruenwald picked up from where Earth-712 was last seen in Defenders #114 and revealed Hyperion's origin. In the miniseries, Hyperion and other Squadron members resolve - against the advice of Nighthawk - to assume control of the government of the United States on Earth-712. Hyperion helps establish the behavior modification program;[17] defeats and brainwashes the Institute of Evil;[18] and is trapped in an inter-dimensional zone by the evil (Zhib-Ran) Hyperion. Forced to ally himself with Master Menace to escape, Hyperion battles Zhib-Ran to death and while victorious is blinded.[9] After a battle to the death with Nighthawk and the Redeemers, a team formed to stop the domineering Squadron, Hyperion relents and relinquishes power.[19]

The character and the surviving members of the Squadron Supreme travel into space to protect their planet from the expanding Nth Man, and are exiled to the Earth-616 universe.[20] The team encounters the hero Quasar, and take up residence at the government facility Project Pegasus.[21] Quasar and the Eternal Makkari rescue the Squadron when the team becomes captured by the cosmic entity the Stranger. It is at this time that Makkari identifies Hyperion as an Eternal and teaches him how to restore his eyesight.[22] Aided by team mates the Whizzer and Doctor Spectrum, the character battles the entity Deathurge,[23] with the entire Squadron then assisting the Avengers against the villain Imus Champion before finding the means to return to their universe.[24] The team then disband but are reunited by Hyperion once learning a corrupt government has filled the power vacuum left by the Squadron.[25] With the aid of inter-dimensional adventurers the Exiles, Hyperion and the Squadron expose the government to a global audience.[26]

Supreme Power (Earth-31916)[edit]

The mature-audience Marvel MAX imprint showcases the adventures of the Earth-31916 version of the Squadron Supreme. This Mark Milton was sent to Earth in a spacecraft, and seized shortly after by U.S. government agents who raised him in a tightly controlled, isolated environment and exposed him to frequent propaganda.[27] As an adult, he became a covert agent used in strict secrecy, but eventually a reporter came too close to the truth, and the decision was made to go public,[28] largely so he could be used as a distraction from the government's even more closely guarded secret super-operative, Joe Ledger[29] He briefly teams with Nighthawk and Blur to find and defeat the super-powered serial killer Michael Redstone.[30] As Hyperion discovers that he has been systematically lied to,[31] he becomes disillusioned with his government and finally openly rebels.[32] When the government attempts to blackmail him into returning by revealing his alien status to the public, he responds by smashing into the South Pole from space, creating a 10.5 seismic event.[33][34]

In the Supreme Power: Hyperion miniseries, a hastily-assembled team of superhumans is sent by the government to retrieve him, and the resulting battle—through an interaction of Hyperion's "flash vision" eye-beams, Nuke's radiation blast, and Arcanna's reality manipulation—sends the combatants into a (seeming) alternate timeline[35] where Hyperion and the Squadron Supreme (consisting of several retrieval team members plus several previously unseen superhumans) rule a dystopian world, causing Hyperion on the advice of his otherworld counterpart[36] to rethink his ideas about power, humanity, and teamwork, leading him to surrender to the Squadron from his world.[37] It is only afterwards that Emil Burbank deduces that it was not an alternate world they travelled to, but their own future; Burbank tells no one of his discovery.

King Hyperion (Earth-4023)[edit]

Another Hyperion, King Hyperion from the Exiles series (see below), was later seen in Russia battling the Winter Guard and the Blue Marvel.[38] He was nominated for the Thunderbolts program by Luke Cage.[39] King Hyperion tells the team he is the heroic version, and that the Hyperion who fought Blue Marvel had switched their places upon defeat. This turns out to be a lie, and he turns on the Thunderbolts during their first mission together.[volume & issue needed] After briefly battling Juggernaut, he is brought down by Ghost, who uses the nanites in King Hyperion's spine to dose him with Argonite. Moonstone, Juggernaut and Man Thing savagely beat the weakened King Hyperion.[40]

Zombie Hyperion (Earth-616)[edit]

Another Hyperion appeared on Earth-616 as a member of the Zombie Squadron Supreme. Like his teammates, this Hyperion is a zombified clone of the hero of Earth-712 and is created by scientists who are attempting to give Earth its own Squadron Supreme. They graft the DNA of the Earth-712 team (allegedly obtained the last time the team crossed into Earth-616) to corpses of normal humans and zap them with space radiation known as the Z-wave. This animates the super-powered team to life, but with the unforeseen consequence that they are flesh-craving zombies. Believing themselves to be the original Squadron Supreme and with no memory of how they got into the underground lab facility, the team goes on a rampage before being quarantined, apparently carrying the same virus present in the majority of Marvel Zombies books. Hyperion is the only one to escape while his teammates stay behind to try to escape their own way. He goes on an eating frenzy in the surrounding Kansas countryside before dying of Mad Cow disease which he contracted while eating a group of cattle.[41]

Marvel NOW![edit]

Another Hyperion joins the Avengers in Jonathan Hickman's The Avengers vol. 5, #1 (December 2012). Hickman described the decision to use a new Hyperion, rather than an existing one:

"This is yet another parallel universe Hyperion. This is not King Hyperion, or Supreme Power Hyperion, this is not Gruenwald's Hyperion. This is Hyperion without all that baggage. This is Hyperion with a fresh slate, for a very specific purpose. He comes out of what the big story is behind the whole Avengers three-year plan that I have. He's very important, very pivotal, and I think people are really going to dig where we go with that. He's not going to be our poor analogue for Superman."[42]

His origin is that he came to Earth as a baby sent as the only survivor of a race of Eternals from a dying world. He was raised by a man named "Father" who named him Marcus Milton and taught him the morals of society. As an adult, he became the superhero named Hyperion and protected the world alongside the Squadron Supreme. When his reality collided with another reality, Hyperion was the only survivor where he floated around in the void that used to be his reality until a group of A.I.M. Scientists pulled him into the Earth-616 reality. Hyperion was in the captivity of A.I.M. until he was freed by the Avengers and offered a place amongst them.[43] Hyperion is among the superheroes that joined the Avengers due to the threat of Ex Nihilo on Mars.[44] Hyperion was with the Avengers when A.I.M. was sighted in the Savage Land trying to extract the formula from one of the Garden's evolution pods.[43]

Powers and abilities[edit]

All versions of Hyperion possess superhuman strength, stamina, speed, flight, and durability. Each also has greatly enhanced sensory perceptions, which extends to being able to perceive the entire electromagnetic spectrum[citation needed] and "atomic vision" - the equivalent of heat vision. The heroic Earth-712 version of Hyperion also possesses the ability to use cosmic energy to augment his life force granting him great longevity and regenerative abilities, courtesy of his Eternal heritage. The Earth-712 Hyperion's powers and vitality are diminished when he is exposed to argonite radiation. The Earth-712 Hyperion also has a college degree in journalism[citation needed].

Other versions[edit]

In various alternate universe stories published by Marvel, Hyperion often appears in group shots. The following are versions that each had a notable story presence.

Paradise X[edit]

In the Earth-9997 universe, a version of Hyperion is recruited by the robot X-51 for his squadron of interdimensional heralds. He stems from a world in which almost all superheroes perished in a nuclear attack by the governments of Earth, leaving him as the only survivor. This Hyperion kills the master villain Kulan Gath who is responsible for the deaths of many of Earth's heroes on yet another alternate world.[45]

Exiles[edit]

The alternate universe title Exiles features a version of Hyperion referred to as "King Hyperion", who is a member of a team known as Weapon X. Although initially aiding the team to travel between dimensions to repair the time/space continuum, the character is revealed to be psychopathic and commits mass genocide on several worlds before finally being stopped and banished to his original dimension.[46] However, King Hyperion somehow escaped this dimension and found his way to Earth 616 where he battled and was defeated by the Blue Marvel.[47]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Hyperion (alongside the Squadron Supreme) appears in The Super Hero Squad Show episode "Whom Continuty Would Destroy!",[48] voiced by Travis Willingham. He alongside Nighthawk and Power Princess are pulled from their reality by the Grandmaster in order to fight Iron Man, Hulk, and Scarlet Witch. Hyperion ended up fighting Hulk in Egypt and lost because he allegedly "held back."
  • Hyperion appears in the Avengers Assemble episode "Hyperion",[49] voiced by Brian Bloom. He first appears as the Avengers are attempting to stop a cluster of meteorites the size of a planet from striking the East Coast. As one, classified by J.A.R.V.I.S. as an "Earth-Killer," is about to destroy Manhattan, an unseen Hyperion breaks the meteor into harmless cubes that shower Times Square. Hyperion then crashes the Avengers' battle with Wrecker and defeats him. The Avengers encounter Hyperion in his citadel above the city where Hyperion orders his computer Quagmire to show his origin story: he and a group of unnamed heroes tried to stop corruption on his planet, but ultimately failed to save it from being destroyed. Hyperion then hears of trouble in the city and leaves. The Avengers follow, where they find him trying to eliminate Wrecker (who Hyperion suspected of leaving town). The Avengers stop him from killing Wrecker, and Hyperion claims that the Avengers are like the problem on his planet. He incapacitates Hulk and Thor and damages Falcon's flight pack until only Captain America, Hawkeye, and Black Widow are left. Hyperion begins to monologue until he discovers that the Avengers provided a diversion to allow Iron Man to infiltrate Hyperion's citadel. Hyperion confronts Iron Man and prepares to engage him. When Iron Man asked why he chose Earth, Hyperion states that he chose Earth to offer them peace and order. With help from J.A.R.V.I.S., Iron Man shows how Hyperion enslaved his own people in an effort to create order and how Hyperion then destroyed the planet when they wouldn't blindly obey him. Iron Man tells Hyperion that humans aren't perfect, but neither is Hyperion. Hawkeye fires a distraction arrow so that Thor and Hulk can take down Hyperion. Hyperion is then shown in a special cell stating that the Earth will soon need him again. In the episode "Bring on the Bad Guys," the final scene shows that Red Skull and his Cabal have obtained the cell holding Hyperion as Red Skull frees him. As Hyperion wants vengeance on the Avengers, Red Skull invites Hyperion to join the Cabal. In the episode "The Ambassador," Hyperion joins the Cabal in attacking Doctor Doom at the United Nations. The speaker in Doctor Doom's armor performs a sonic attack that gives Hyperion temporary hearing problems as he is attacked by the Avengers. After Doctor Doom is taken into Avengers Tower by Captain America, Hyperion and the rest of the Cabal retreats. In the episode "By the Numbers", Hyperion and the rest of the Cabal are successful in defeating the Avengers and gaining the Tessarect in the process. They do this by switching up opponents that Iron Man had calculated, Hyperion was successful in defeating the Hulk after he used his heat vision to injure Hulk's arm. In the episode "Exodus," Hyperion accompanied Attuma into raiding Red Skull's old base in order to obtain some iridium. When Red Skull uses a device powered by the Tesseract's device to open up a portal to different worlds, Hyperion was assigned an advanced city world that would take him for gratitude. After Iron Man used one of his remote-controlled armors to show that the device would've had the portal kill the Cabal members, Hyperion was enraged at this. In the episode "The Final Showdown," Hyperion joins the Cabal into helping the Avengers fight Cosmic Skull. After Red Skull and the Tesseract disappear into a portal, Hyperion gets away with the other Cabal members.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Avengers #69 (Oct. 1969)
  2. ^ Interview with Roy Thomas and Jerry Bails in The Justice League Companion (2003) pp. 72–73
  3. ^ Avengers #69 - 71 (Oct. - Dec. 1969)
  4. ^ Defenders #13 - 14 (May - July 1974)
  5. ^ Giant-Size Defenders #4 (1974)
  6. ^ Avengers Annual #8 (1978)
  7. ^ a b Thor #280 (Feb. 1979)
  8. ^ Marvel Two-In-One #67 (Sep. 1980)
  9. ^ a b Squadron Supreme #8 (Apr. 1986)
  10. ^ Avengers Annual #16 (Dec. 1987)
  11. ^ New Thunderbolts #15 - 16 (Jan. - Feb. 2006) & Thunderbolts #102 - 108 (July 2006 - Jan. 2007)
  12. ^ Avengers #85 (Feb. 1971)
  13. ^ Quasar #16
  14. ^ Avengers #85 - 86 (Feb. - Mar. 1971)
  15. ^ Avengers #141 -144 (Nov. 1975 - Feb. 1976)
  16. ^ Defenders #112 - 115 (Oct. 1982 - Jan. 1983)
  17. ^ Squadron Supreme #2 (Oct. 1985)
  18. ^ Squadron Supreme #5 - 6 (Jan. - Feb. 1986)
  19. ^ Squadron Supreme #12 (Aug. 1986)
  20. ^ Squadron Supreme: Death of a Universe (June 1989)
  21. ^ Quasar #13 (Aug. 1990)
  22. ^ Quasar #14 - 16 (Sep. - Nov. 1990)
  23. ^ Quasar #25
  24. ^ Avengers vol. 3, #5 - 6 (June - July 1998) & Annual 1998
  25. ^ Squadron Supreme: New World Order (Sep. 1998)
  26. ^ Exiles #77 - 78 (Apr. - May 2006)
  27. ^ Supreme Power #1
  28. ^ Supreme Power #3
  29. ^ Supreme Power #4
  30. ^ Supreme Power #12-14
  31. ^ Supreme Power #2-9
  32. ^ Supreme Power #9
  33. ^ Supreme Power #18
  34. ^ Supreme Power: Hyperion #1
  35. ^ Supreme Power: Hyperion #2
  36. ^ Supreme Power: Hyperion #4
  37. ^ Supreme Power: Hyperion #5
  38. ^ Age of Heroes #3 (Sept. 2010)
  39. ^ Thunderbolts #151 (Feb. 2011)
  40. ^ Thunderbolts #153 (Apr. 2011)
  41. ^ Marvel Zombies Supreme #1-2
  42. ^ Ching, Albert (December 5, 2012). "Jonathan Hickman Brings the World to Marvel NOW! AVENGERS". Newsarama. Archived from the original on December 8, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2012. 
  43. ^ a b Avengers Vol. 4 #4
  44. ^ Avengers Vol. 4 #2
  45. ^ 'Heralds' #1-3 and Paradise X #0 - 12 (Apr. - 2002 - Aug. 2003)
  46. ^ Exiles #38 - 40 (Feb. - Apr. 2004) & 63 - 65 (June - Aug. 2005)
  47. ^ Age of Heroes #3
  48. ^ http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/1004/23/index.htm
  49. ^ http://www.dailymarvelite.com/hyperion-set-to-appear-in-marvels-avengers-assemble/

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