Mirage (Marvel Comics)
|First appearance||The Amazing Spider-Man #156 (May 1976)|
|Created by||Len Wein and Ross Andru|
|Alter ego||Desmond Charne|
|Notable aliases||Master of Illusion|
|Abilities||holography and illusions|
Mirage is a fictional Marvel Comics villain. He first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #156.
Fictional character biography
Desmond Charne was a former holography technician who wanted to be a supervillain. To that end, he used holograph technology which could make him invisible or create 3-D illusions. He also became the leader of his own criminal gang at some point.
He made his criminal debut at Betty Brant and Ned Leeds' wedding, intending to rob them and their guests, but Spider-Man interfered. After a lengthy battle, Spider-Man defeated Mirage by dropping a chandelier on him.
Mirage attended the "Bar With No Name," in Medinah County, Ohio, and was massacred along with all the other villains present at the incident by the Scourge of the Underworld, sustaining multiple gunshot wounds. He was reported to have survived, as part of a ploy to lure the Scourge into a trap. Dressed as Mirage, Captain America captured Scourge, who was then shot to death by another mysterious assailant.
Mirage was later among the 18 criminals that were murdered by Scourge of the Underworld to be resurrected by Hood using the power of Dormammu as part of a squad assembled to eliminate the Punisher. Mirage's powers of illusion have been augmented. Lascivious demonstrates her new emotion-based powers on him, making him lick her boots. Mirage disguises himself and a number of the criminals as the Avengers out to kill the Punisher. The Punisher uncovers the ruse when he knocks out Mirage (disguised as Captain America) and captures him. He interrogates Mirage about the villain's plans, and leaves him with a grenade in his mouth. Mirage escapes and Letha removes the grenade. Letha orders Bird-Man to take him to safety. Later, Mirage was in a nightclub when the Punisher attacks him and threatens Mirage to get him to tell him everything he knows about the Microchip's whereabouts, but Mirage was shot by the female assassin before giving the Punisher any information.
Mirage resurfaces at a Super Villains Anonymous meeting, and reveals that after being shot he had fallen into a coma for three months.
Mirage is then hired on as a member of Boomerang and Owl's Sinister Sixteen. The group was assembled to distract the Chameleon's forces while Boomerang steals from him. During the battle between the group and the Chameleon's men, Mirage is knocked out and impersonated by the Chameleon who is in turn knocked out by Boomerang when he sees through the ruse.
Powers and abilities
Desmond Charne was an electronics and laser technology genius, and held a Master's degree in physics. He designed a costume of synthetic stretch fabric lined with micro-circuitry and miniature devices with which Mirage could project three-dimensional laser-induced images called holograms. These tiny holographic projectors, located in the costume's cowl, enabled him to disguise himself as others, or to project multiple images, or to project three-dimensional images of himself several yards from his actual location while rendering himself "invisible" by bending light rays appropriately. He also often carried a handgun with a silencer, and a tranquilizer gun.
A new character named Mirage has appeared as a Superhuman Registration Act violator. This Mirage is a female, unlike the Mirage killed by the Scourge. When Mindwave was imprisoned by the Thunderbolts, he began a telepathic conversation with fellow prisoners Caprice, Bluestreak, and Mirage. Mirage informed Mindwave that Penance had a violent dissociative episode and that most of the Thunderbolts were under stress. She also noted that Doc Samson, who was present in Thunderbolts Mountain, had some fascinating thoughts.
Mirage was ordered not to focus on Samson, but she ignored her fellow prisoners to pry into his mind anyway, and this time he noticed her psychic probing. He used his pent-up rage to send some psychic feedback to her that stunned her painfully and broke the connection. Bullseye killed Mirage and her allies in their cells by throwing scalpels into their heads.
- The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition Vol.2 #18
- Amazing Spider-Man #156
- Marvel Two-in-One #96
- Mark Gruenwald (w), Paul Neary (p), Dennis Janke (i). "Overkill" Captain America 319 (July 1986), Marvel Comics
- Captain America #320
- Deadpool vol. 3 #0
- Punisher Vol. 7 #5
- Punisher vol. 7 #7
- Punisher vol. 7 #8
- Punisher: In The Blood #2
- Nick Spencer (w), Steve Lieber (p), Rachelle Rosenberg (i). The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #3 (4 September 2013), United States: Marvel Comics
- Nick Spencer (w), Steve Lieber (p), Rachelle Rosenberg (i). "Department of Revenge-Ucation" The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #12 (4 June 2014), United States: Marvel Comics
- Thunderbolts #117
- Thunderbolts #119
- Thunderbolts #121
- Mirage at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe