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The character, created by Fabian Nicieza, Ken Lashley and Fred Hayes, first appeared in Night Thrasher #3 (October 1993).
Within the context of the stories, Aardwolf establishes himself as a crime lord on the island of Madripoor. He tricked Night Thrasher into helping him defend his empire by defeating Midnight's Fire.[Comics 1][Comics 2]
The Carl Hanson version of Abominable Snowman first appearance was in Tales to Astonish #13 and was created by Jack Kirby and an uncredited Steve Ditko. In order to capture the Abominable Snowman and make money from its capture, Hanson steals a cursed photograph. When at the Himalayas, he was unable to get help in finding it as they people warned him to get rid of the cursed photograph before it's curse overtakes him. When his hair has grown longer as he progresses up the mountain, Carl's mind became addled and he drops the picture as he becomes the Abominable Snowman.
Howling Commandos version
A similarly-designed but different character appears in the story "Creature Feature" by Keith Giffen and Eduardo Francisco published in Nick Fury's Howling Commandos #2 (January 2006) as one of the members alongside Sasquatch to track down Groot.
Monster Isle version
A larger Abominable Snowman similar in appearance to Carl Hanson appeared as an inhabitant of Monster Isle. He was among the monsters that witnessed the arrival of the X-Men members Shadowcat and Magik when they arrived to pick up a mutant girl named Bo. When Shadowcat and Magik found Bo, the Abominable Snowman and the other monsters attacked them until Magik teleported herself, Shadowcat, and Bo back to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.
Within the context of the stories, Florence Sharples is a manager of a saving and loan company run by Jasper Keaton. Keaton secretly sponsors genetic research seeking a cure for pre-menstrual syndrome. Sharples is accidentally injected with the serum and transformed into the Abominatrix.[Hulk 1]
Within the context of the stories, Absalom is an "External", a group of mutants that each possess immortality. He discovers this ability in the 1880s when he is hanged for the murder of Caleb Hammer.[X-Men 1]
Within the context of the stories, Abysss is an inter-dimensional being who enters the primary reality of the Marvel Universe after destroying all matter in another reality. His intention to destroy all matter in this universe is side tracked when he encounters Death Metal, a construct which has consumed the consciousness of Aragon, Abysss' father. The encounter results in Abysss retreating to the Realm of Nothingness.[Comics 4] He is seemingly destroyed when Death Metal disposes of a bomb by throwing it into an inter-dimensional portal linked to the Realm.[volume & issue needed]
"Ace" Spencer grew up in poverty in the slums of New York. His mother was forced to become bedridden while Ace was a teenager, and Ace raised his brother and sister on his own. At some point, Ace joined a gang called the Reapers, and later became their leader.
Through unrevealed circumstances, Ace received super powers and quit the gang. He found work as a freelance security guard. Later, he witnessed a gang shooting by his brother, who had since joined the Reapers. Ace was sought by the New York police and Spider-Man. Spider-Man ultimately confronted and battled Ace, finally convincing Ace of his responsibility to help others, beginning with turning in his brother.
Achilles is the name of two distinct characters in the Marvel Universe.
Within the context of the stories, Helmut is a descendant of Agamemnon and a member of the Pantheon. Born in 1909, he is unaware of his father or extended family until Agamemnon finds him during World War II, returns him to the Pantheon, and assigns him the codename "Achilles".[Hulk 2]
Achilles of Phthia
Within the context of the stories, Achilles is the son of Peleus and Thetis, and great-grandson of Zeus. Achilles is granted invulnerability by exposure to the waters of the river Styx, except for his heel by which his mother held him. He was killed by an arrow to the heel during the Trojan War, and ascended to Olympus where he fought against and was scarred by the forces of Mikaboshi.[volume & issue needed]
Acrobat (Carl Zante) is a criminal in the Marvel Universe.
Within the context of the stories, Acrobat is a former circus stuntman who becomes a criminal. The character appeared twice, in a Human Torch stories in Strange Tales #106 and #114 (November 1963). Both stories have been reprinted multiple times. In one of the stories, he impersonates Captain America; this story was used as a (successful) tryout to see if readers would be interested in a revival of the real Captain America.
The Actor is a Communist spy in the Marvel Universe.
Within the context of the story, the Actor is man who is skilled at impersonation. He attempts to steal weapons plans from Tony Stark. He also discovers Stark's dual identity as Iron Man. Stark recovers the plans and the Actor is unable to pass along his discovery before he is executed by his unknown superior for his failure.
Within the context of the stories, Adam II is the creation of Phineas Horton, a scientist and inventor who also created the android Human Torch. Horton intends Adam II to be a hero, but the android takes his creator prisoner and begins making an android army to conquer the world. He offers the Human Torch and Toro the chance join him, they refuse and destroy his army.
Within the context of the stories, Adam X is a half-human and half-Shi'ar who possesses the mutant ability to ignite the oxygen in another person's blood. He initially encounters X-Force while he is working for Martin Strong. Initially unaware of Strong's connection to Project: Wideawake, Adam eventually works with X-Force when the full extent of Strong's plans are revealed.[X-Men 2]
The character has made sporadic appearances since then with little background added. Some overall plot threads from the X-Men related titles were touched on such as Mister Sinister being interested in Adam X,[volume & issue needed] and the former Shi'ar emperor D'Ken being his father.[Comics 5] The character was also an aspect of the "third Summers brother" plot element. When introduced, Adam X was thought by readers to be the son of Katherine Summers and Shi'Ar Emperor D'Ken. While this origin was never confirmed in the comics themselves, Adam is half-human, and Katherine was the only known human woman in Shi'ar space at the time. X-Men vol. 2, #39 (December 1994) featured a story about Adam discovering Philip Summers (father of Christopher Summers and grandfather of Cyclops and Havok) in the Alaskan wilderness and feeling an unusual connection to the old man.
Nicieza later confirmed that he intended Adam X to be the half-brother of Cyclops and Havok:
|“||ADAM X was INTENDED to be the illegitimate offspring of D'Ken and Kate Summers. Taken from D'Ken and raised on a farming planet
BUT–and it's a big but–since I never had the opportunity to tell the entire story, what I intended is worth the screen it's printed on.
Within the context of the stories, Administrator was born a mutant, and grew up being made fun of and abused by his peers. As he grew older, he expressed a desire to prevent what was done to him to other mutants. Building himself a suit of armor, he became known as the Administrator, an anti-mutant who was against mutant powers. Though he was doing this in order to help his kind, many mutants took the wrong conclusions and he soon had the reputation of a villain. Despite this, Administrator continued his crusade and started the organization Watchtower, an anti-mutant medical research facility. The first superhuman he employed was Deadpool, a mercenary he would use to capture Wolverine, whom they needed for his powerful healing factor. Once, the Watchtower planned to use mutant bloodhounds to stop their enemies the Skornn from hatching, however, this plan was infiltrated by Wolverine and X-Force. At his final battle with Wolverine, Administrator built himself a new, high-tech suit of armor and fought until the Watchtower organization was destroyed by Cable and his team. At the battle, he was killed by an alternate future version of Domino.
As a mutant, the Administrator has an enormous healing factor almost as powerful as Wolverine's. He is also incredibly strong and fast. He has a brilliant mind and wears a suit of power armor which allows energy projection, shape-shifting, and atomic structure altering abilities. It can also absorb the powers of other mutants.
Within the context of the stories, Cameron, the Chief of Cameron Electronics attempts to free himself of his weak and sickly body by means of a stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. Master Matrix used to create Life Model Decoys. When the Matrix overloads, Cameron is scarred and deformed rather than refashioned into a paragon of virile beauty as he had expected. Hence, he chose the ironic alias, Adonis. Captain America had tried to stop the process, but arrived too late. Cameron is enraged by his new form. He loses control and flees. In a battle with Captain America, Adonis is electrocuted.
Adrenazon (Adrian Lynn) is a human mutate supervillain in the Marvel Universe.
Within the context of the stories, Adrian Lynn was crippled when her husband Michael was driving a car that killed two innocent by-standers and his own son. Jennifer Walters, as the prosecuting attorney, accused him of driving while intoxicated. After being convicted on three counts of manslaughter, he subsequently committed suicide while in prison.
Adrian became a resident patient at Bellevue. Research scientist Dr. Stopplemoor developed a formula to cure paralysis by increasing the activity of the adrenal glands. The formula allowed Adrian to stand for brief periods. Adrian stole the remaining formula and took enough to grant her superhuman strength. She resolved to take She-Hulk's life as revenge for taking hers and using a wig and green body make-up, impersonated her. Adrian killed Stopplemoor in front of witnesses, and gave herself the name Adrenazon. Adrian tried to use an earthmover to run down Jen, but recalling the images of the people her husband had killed, caused her to swerve and crash. She came back to her senses, admitted her husband's guilt, and apologized. She retired her Adrenazon identity, coming to terms with the loss of her family.
As Adrenazon, she possessed superhuman strength, durability, and speed. She also used some of Stopplemoor's other chemicals, such as a knock-out gas, as weapons.
Adria was one of Baron Mordo's minions who fought Doctor Strange on a few occasions. She posed as a reporter named Sylvia Nettlebaum and together with Kaecilius and Demonicus attempted to get revenge on Strange for imprisoning Mordo in another dimension. Her latest appearance was when she faced her final, and quite possibly her most humiliating, defeat when Strange put a spell on a piano and tricked her into playing it, defeating her.
The character, created by Chris Claremont and John Romita, Jr., first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #187-188 (November–December 1984). The character subsequently appears in Uncanny X-Men #220-227 (August 1987-March 1988), Wolverine #86 (October 1994), and X-Factor #118-121 (January–April 1996).
Within the context of the stories, the Adversary is a demon who is initially summoned by the X-Men member Forge during the Vietnam War. While Forge banishes the demon, the Adversary has a foothold on the Earth thanks to Forge's actions. Years later, Forge's mentor Nazé is killed and his form and memories are stolen by a Dire Wraith, an alien parasite. The Nazé impostor summons the Adversary, only to be destroyed by the demon. The Adversary is then able to escape the dimension to which he was bound, capturing Forge and his ally, Storm of the X-Men, and imprisoning them in the otherworldly stronghold of the goddess Roma, whom he subdued. The Adversary then battles the combined forces of the X-Men and Freedom Force during the "Fall of the Mutants" crossover. The Adversary is permanently banished when nine souls willingly sacrifice themselves in a magical spell. The X-Men died, but Roma secretly returned them to life.
The character, created by Scott Benson, Len Kaminski, Gabriel Gecko and Pam Eklund, first appeared in War Machine #1 (April 1994).
After helping General Eda Arul become president of Imaya, the Advisor takes noted humanitarian, Vincent Cetewayo, as a prisoner. This causes War Machine, Deathlok and Cable to come and rescue him. War Machine is motivated to help the Imayan rebels take back the government from Arul. In the end, the Advisor said that he didn't care who won the war. He is acting on behalf of his "mysterious masters" to eliminate the threat brought on by people like Cetewayo. Before War Machine can save him, the Advisor "negates" Cetewayo. In a fit of rage, War Machine blasts the Advisor with his repulsors, who surprisingly, withstands the blast. He tells War Machine he's not a threat to him and disappears.
Aegis is the name of two characters in Marvel Comics:
Lady of All Sorrows
Trey Jason Rollins
Within the context of the stories, Aero is one of ten children, the younger sister of Cannonball, Husk, and Icarus. Her father dies early in her life due to black lung. Melody sees her siblings develop powers one by one. Her brother Sam (Cannonball) is the first, followed by Paige (Husk). Husk comes to the attention of the alien entities known as the Phalanx; they come to the family farm, endangering the lives of the entire family, kidnap Paige and destroy the home. Much later Josh (Icarus) manifests his wings during a music festival; the resulting chaos draws all the Guthries into a brutal feud with another family. Melody then develops the ability to produce an aura which allows her to fly. After this manifestation, she becomes known as Aero. She then joins Xavier's school as a student.
Due to the effects of Scarlet Witch going insane in the Marvel crossover event "Decimation", a majority of Earth's mutants lose their powers. Aero and her brother Jeb both lose their powers following the events of M-Day. In an attempt to prove to one of her teachers, Emma Frost, that she still has her powers, she leaps off of a roof. Fortunately, another teacher, Beast, is able to save her from injury. Melody moves back home with her mother, Lucinda, and her other siblings. She is last seen with her mother, who is receiving a call from Emma Frost concerning the death of her brother Icarus.
Afari grew up on the streets of Harlem, fighting vampire foes such as Dracula as a youth with only his combatant abilities. Over time, Jamal gives up his young life as a dark adventurer and learns to play the jazz horn with exceptional skill. This happiness proves short-lived due to Afari's drug abuse, and he is soon sent to a hospital to get over his addiction. After Jamal's recovery, the former vampire slayer is ready to give up on his life completely, when one night a ruthless band of vampires attacks his home. During the battle, a nine-year-old Blade arrives on the scene to help Afari battle the villains. Jamal thought that this was a sign he should continue his adventuring life, and he becomes the mentor of Blade and teaches the hero everything he knows about fighting. Over time, Blade becomes very skilled in these practices.
Aftershock (Allison Dillon) is a supervillainess appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics 2 imprint and later adapted in the Earth-616 universe during the Heroic Age and Fear Itself storyline as a member of as the Bastards of Evil. The character initially appeared in the Spider-Girl series. The context of the character is that she is the daughter of Max Dillon in the MC2 timeline and an antagonist of Spider-Girl. She contains the similar powers and abilities along with similar costume of her father.
Agamemnon is a half-human and half-Asgardian god. He was born immortal, and though he never physically aged beyond the age of 16 (but employed holograms to appear as a very old man), the Pantheon members are all his descendants: Achilles, Ajax, Andromeda, Atalanta, Cassiopea, Delphi, Hector, Jason, Paris, Perseus, Prometheus, and two characters named Ulysses. He recruited the Pantheon into a team, stationed in the Nevada desert based headquarters called The Mount. Hela the Norse goddess of death once encountered him and called him by the name Vali Halfling.
Agamemnon is an immortal, but does not otherwise appear to have superhuman powers. He is a genius and a master in analyzing and forecasting the future development of social structures, as well as a master battle strategist. He is also an excellent hand-to-hand combatant and in excellent physical condition.
Agamemnon also has access to the highly advanced technology produced by the Pantheon scientists and craftsmen. Since the revelation that he is the son of Loki, he has also demonstrated knowledge of magic and spell casting. Though not appearing to have any innate magic ability of his own, he has shown skill in employing magical artifacts and rituals
In the context of the stories, shortly after the dawn of humanity, Genghis was given great power by the Vishanti. In return for this power, Genghis agreed to summon together the greatest mystics in the world for a tournament to discover the Sorcerer Supreme. His mind clears for one day every century to allow him to preside over a new contest. It is in this way that Doctor Strange became the Sorcerer Supreme.
Strange has sought assistance from Genghis on numerous occasions but seldom is he of any help. By gifting Strange with an ancient scroll purporting to contain a means to reach Eternity, Strange is instead stranded in the Netherworld of Eternal Doom. Later, Strange seeks out the help of the Aged Genghis against Baron Mordo and Dormammu.
The character has long been cared for as a guest at Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum. As well as being mentally fragile, Genghis is physically frail as well. No longer able to walk any distance Genghis levitates nearly all of the time.
The Agent (Rick Mason) is a covert operations specialist in the Marvel Universe.
In the context of the stories, The Agent is the son of prolific weapons designer Phineas Mason. The Agent is a highly skilled covert operations specialist and has completed missions for the governments of many nations including America, Israel, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
His upbringing in New York City brought him into contact with many criminals due to his father's occupation, but Mason sought a path in life other than aiding others in perpetrating crimes. Becoming a mercenary, the Agent works for S.H.I.E.L.D., and is later hired by the British government to prevent the super team China Force from overthrowing their rule of Hong Kong. Returning to S.H.I.E.L.D., he is required by Nick Fury to undertake a similar mission in Costa Brava involving American-backed rebels. The Agent discovers that one of his former teachers, Teng Yun-Suan, was responsible for both of these incidents. Yun-Suan met his death at the Agent's hands.
The Agent remains on good terms with his father despite the latter making a living in a field he did not approve of. The Corporation uses this to their advantage and kidnaps the Agent to force the Tinkerer to work for them. Mason later reappears, evading Carol Danvers and Michael Rossi on Danvers' first field op. He joins Danvers and Rossi on a quest to bring down Norman Osborn's corrupt regime.
Agent 3-21 is a Nazi spy allied with Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring in the Marvel Universe. The character first appeared in Captain America in April 1941 in the issue "Trapped in the Nazi Stronghold".
Kara Lynn Palamas was a historian and researcher who held a special interest in classic mythology. When gods and heroes started to appear all over the world, she was sought after by S.H.I.E.L.D. and was put into training to become a full-fledged agent. Her partner was Alex DePaul, who personally taught her.
She was asked to recruit Hercules when Ares began his assault on Earth. Though he initially said no, he changes his mind when his friend, Tharamus, is murdered. Together, Hercules fought Ares while Palamas was forced to fight DePaul who was in league with Ares the whole time.
Agent 33 in other media
Kara Palamas appears in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. played by Maya Stojan and Ming-Na Wen. She is a well respected S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who was kidnapped and brainwashed by HYDRA leader Daniel Whitehall. In the episode "Face My Enemy", she infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. using a phototastic veil to resemble Melinda May. After fighting the real May, the mask gets fused on to her face with an electric lamp. Now resembling a scarred May, she continues to work diligently and faithfully to Whitehall.
In "What They Become", Palamas helps capture Grant Ward, but when Whitehall is killed by Phil Coulson she becomes directionless and proceeds to follow Ward. At this point, Palamas was no longer able to make decisions on her own, so Ward helps her by tracking down the creator of the veil in an effort to manage it. Later, they capture Sunil Bakshi and proceed to brainwash him out of revenge. She then used a photo of herself to make the veil resemble her unscarred self.
In "The Frenemy of My Enemy", Palamas and Ward are forced to work with Coulson's team to find Baron Strucker and his HYDRA base. Together, they were able to track him through Dr. List and proceeded to send the Avengers after them. Palamas admitted to Bobbi Morse that she was in love with Ward for saving her. Together they once again betray S.H.I.E.L.D. and kidnap and torture Morse.
In "S.O.S. Part Two", Palamas and Ward set a trap for Lance Hunter when he arrives to rescue Morse. Palamas once again donned her May disguise using her veil, but unfortunately she is accidentally killed by Ward.
In the context of the stories, Agent Cheesecake is a Life Model Decoy created specifically to seduce a target, take out opposition, and retrieve her target. She joins Clay Quartermain's of the Hulkbusters alongside She-Hulk. On their first mission, while She-Hulk battles the Abomination, Cheesecake prevents citizens from looting. On their second mission, the Hulkbusters set up a trap for an unspecificed Wendigo. This gets them involved with Wolverine and Talisman, who were pursuing the human-killing beast on their own. While She-Hulk and Wolverine fight the creature, Cheesecake acts as crowd control alongside Quartermain and Agent Crimson.
Cheesecake has assisted the Hulkbusters against the Glob, the Toad Men, the U-Foes, and Zzzax. Zzzax takes control of her and every other piece of electrical equipment on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. She-Hulk ultimately defeats Zzzax and frees Agent Cheesecake.
In the context of the stories, Aggamon is ruler of the Purple Dimension, a realm in which he tricks natives of other dimensions into visiting the place and forcing them to become slaves.
The character, created by Jack Kirby, first appeared in Eternals #11 in May 1977.
In the context of the stories, Aginar is a member of the sub-race of Eternals known as the Polar Eternals. He was born in the area of Polaria, Siberia. He was the military leader of the Polar Eternals, and later became the military leader of all of Earth's Eternals.
In the context of the stories, Agon was a skilled geneticist who could create powerful serums to bestow Inhumans with great abilities. One of these chemicals was the Terrigen Mist, which could strengthen the Inhuman gene magnificently. His wife Rynda was the first to be tested on, but at the time of the injection she was pregnant. When she gave birth to a son, Black Bolt, the boy became the most powerful Inhuman known alive. After this result, Agon began to inject all his other known relatives, and each of their offspring grew to have a different ability. Becoming corrupt, some of the Inhuman citizens came to dislike him. Later, about ninety more years into his rule, a war began between the Inhumans and the Kree. Finally, at the end of the war, the Kree awarded the Inhumans for their brave efforts. This was a trick, and one night, while Agon and Rynda were working in a laboratory, a Kree starship crashed into the building and killed the beings. This immediately granted Black Bolt the role as monarch of the race.
In the context of the stories, Argon is a time traveler from the distant future who goes on a rampage before being captured by S.H.I.E.L.D.
Within the context of the stories, Ahab is a mutant hunter from the future. He travelled to the present time hunting Rachel Summers, and was later affiliated with the Four Horsemen and the S-Men. He was killed by Magneto.
Ahura is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is usually depicted as a member of the Inhumans species. Ahura was created by Ann Nocenti and Bret Blevins and first makes an appearance in Marvel Graphic Novel: The Inhumans (1988). Ahura was created to be the son of Black Bolt and Medusa.
AIDA (Artificial Intelligence Data Analyser) is a fictional computer system in Marvel Comics. The character, created by Mark Gruenwald and Bob Hall, first appeared in Squadron Supreme #1 (September 1985).
Created by Tom Thumb, AIDA was a computer imbued with artificial intelligence. Tom Thumb gave it a female personality and would often flirt with his creation. AIDA was also the only person who knew of Tom's cancer diagnosis. AIDA eventually tells Ape X, but it is of no use as Tom Thumb resigns himself to his fate. AIDA and Ape X try to create a robot duplicate of Tom Thumb, but this endeavor is abandoned.
AIDA in other media
AIDA makes her first appearance in the season 3 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode, "Ascension", voiced by Amanda Rea. Season 4 of the show has Mallory Jansen portraying her as a Life Model Decoy. This version is the A.I. assistant of Holden Radcliffe. After Radcliffe was cleared of all charges regarding the Inhumans, Radcliffe celebrated by giving AIDA a new body. She was later introduced to Leo Fitz with her purpose being to serve as a realistic target for S.H.I.E.L.D.'s enemies. In "Deals with Our Devils," Aida reads the Darkhold in order to rescue Fitz, Phil Coulson and Robbie Reyes when they are stuck in between dimensions. She begins to develop an unusual interest in creating life and at some point took an injured Melinda May and replaced her with an LMD of her own design.
In "Broken Promises," Aida reveals her intentions to S.H.I.E.L.D. and plans to take the Darkhold to make herself 'a real human'. She almost makes off with the book, but is beheaded by Mack. It's revealed that her actions were all conducted by Radcliffe who has another Aida android working for him. She continues to assist Radcliffe when he begins working for the Watchdogs. In "BOOM", Aida is revealed to be based on a woman named Agnes Kitsworth who Radcliffe once had a close relationship with; Radcliffe left her when he couldn't operate on her brain tumor. Coulson attempts to find Radcliffe through Agnes, but she accepts Radcliffe's offer to be put in the Framework. Her tumor takes its toll, but Radcliffe states to AIDA that her consciousness will be kept within the Framework. In "Self Control," Aida realizes that Radcliffe's belief is contradictory and kills him. She later takes a gravely injured Anton Ivanov and turns him into an LMD.
Within the context of the stories, Airborne was a member of the supervillain team known as the Death Squad. They are hired by a mysterious employer who wants Tony Stark, the armored Avenger known as Iron Man, dead. The Death Squad manage to track Iron Man down at his main office, but they are defeated. Airborne helps her teammates escape, and Stark is unable to follow them due to the damage to his jet-boots.
Later, the Death Squad decide to give the murder attempt another try. They murder ionically-powered beings, and get the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury informed Stark about this and he investigates the matter, with the track eventually leading toward the Death Squad, who were hiding out at the old castle of Count Nefaria. Nefaria himself was also revealed to be involved, and after Iron Man managed to defeat his old enemy, the Death Squad members, including Airborne, all manage to escape in the heat of the battle.
Aireo is an Inhuman in the Marvel Comics universe. The character, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, first appeared in Fantastic Four #47 (February 1966). In New Warriors #5, written by Fabian Nicieza and drawn by Mark Bagley, the character was renamed Skybreaker.
Within the context of the stories, Aireo is an Inhuman who can fly. Aireo is one of several criminals recruited by Maximus, who he aids in various plots against superheroes. Aireo also engages in a solo crime spree before taking the name Skybreaker and joining the super-villain group Force of Nature Skybreaker becomes a registered hero as part of Oregon's new Initiative team, along with the other members of Force of Nature.
Within the context of the stories, Ajak is a member of the sub-race of Eternals known as the Polar Eternals. He was born in the area of Polaria, Siberia. His parents were Raka and Amaa, and he has a brother named Arex. He is a skilled archeologist.
Within the context of the stories, Ajaxis is a Lava Man found by Baron Zemo and his Thunderbolts. Ajaxis is forced to join the Thunderbolts or face jail time. He is one of the 142 characters registered for the Fifty State Initiative.
Akhenaten is based on the real life Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt, c. 1351-1334 BC. The character first appeared in the Incredible Hulk #457 (vol. 2, October 1997), and was created by writer Peter David and artist David Brewer. Akhenaten first appears in the Marvel Universe asking the god Aten for aid, who in actuality is the ancient mutant Apocalypse. Akhenaten is later abducted by the cosmic alien race known as the Celestial Order, whom imbues Akhenaten with the power of the Heart of the Universe. After a millennia of grasping the power, Akhenaten returns to rule Earth and destroys its heroes including mythological Gods. However, the Titan Thanos usurps the power of the Heart of the Infinite and goes back in time to stop Akhenaten from attacking Doctor Doom, allowing the latter to destroy Akhenaten's past self before being empowered by the Celestial Order.
Alaris is a member of the Inhumans and was part of the delegation sent to Earth, which allowed him to attend human school. Alaris is also an old friend to San but their relationship deteriorated after their Terrigen Mist transformation.
When Alaris stepped into the Terrigen Mist, he turned taller and more muscular, making him a member of the Royal Guard.[volume & issue needed] This caused some strain with his friend San, who wished to be a member of the Guard too (instead however, the gas transformed him into a smaller, weaker creature to be an artist).[volume & issue needed] When a group of Inhumans were chosen to attend college on Earth (University of Wisconsin–Madison, to be precise), Alaris is one of those chosen.[volume & issue needed] He is thrilled by the idea and takes an immediate liking to the Earth and its culture.[volume & issue needed] While he faces less outright dislike than San (because of his more muscular build), his friendly and trusting manner still cause problems, especially when he is scammed out of the group's funds by three men.[volume & issue needed] He later gets a job heavy lifting to pay off the debt.[volume & issue needed]
Within the context of the stories, Albert is a robot double of Wolverine. He was created along with his counterpart, Elsie-Dee, by Donald Pierce to kill Wolverine. After this plot failed, Albert and Elsie became Wolverine's allies. Albert is superhumanly strong, can interface directly with computers, and has a great intellect. Albert has three retractable claws on each hand.
An alternate version of Albert appeared in Exiles #85.
Albion (Peter Hunter) is the leader of the group Knights of Pendragon. He is a history teacher who has had the power of Albion since World War I. He has battled the Bane throughout the years. He currently equates to Merlin, although the spirit that originally possessed him was that of Herne the Hunter. Albion represents the Green Knight's aspects of intellect and wisdom.
Within the context of the stories, Aldebron participated in Votan's attack on Charter and survived the destruction of her ship. She frequently is at odds with Quasar and has vowed to one day take over the universe.
The character, created by John Byrne, first appeared in Namor #1 in 1990.
Within the context of the stories, Caleb Alexander grew up in Harlem, New York, a few years after World War II. He spent most of his leisure time reading old comic books about heroes of the war, such as Captain America, the Human Torch, and his personal favorite, Namor. As a near-teenager, his parents bought a bike for Caleb that he very much enjoyed riding. One day, the three heroes of Caleb's comics were announced to be passing by the town, and Caleb took his bike to go and see them. He followed Namor, but did not pay attention to his direction and plummented into a river. Namor saved him from a fate of drowning, and Caleb discovered his deep interest in marine biology. Since, he has worked with Namor to both help and defend him with his daughter.
The character, created by John Byrne, first appeared in Namor #1 in 1990.
Within the context of the stories, Carrie Alexander is the daughter of Caleb Alexander. The two are both marine biologists, and they are both known for the help that they gave to the Sub-Mariner. Following her father's death, Carrie becomes more involved with large-scale superhero affairs, being occasionally associated with Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk. She defends Namor in a trial involving Andromeda.
Alexis The Protector
Alexis is one of the six A.I. that spawned from an Anti-Ultron Virus that was created by Hank Pym. She and four of her 'siblings'; Bangalter, Cothran, Eton and Fountain; opposed Dimitrios' plan to rule over humanity. She left The Diamond to warn humanity, but lost her memory in the process. She gained some sort of physical body in the process, one that even the Vision could not identify, and was only able to remember piece by piece. She later ends up joining the Avengers after she realizes that she was meant to be The Protector, whose job is to protect all life, biological or technological, on Earth.
Powers and abilities
Alexis has enhanced strength, durability and speed. She can also fly and emit powerful, offensive charges. She also possesses hyper intelligence which allows her to collect 'data ripples' from the past and future. Because of this she is able to predict, or at least postulate, possible futures.
Alibar is a master thief who has clashed several times with Thor and the Warriors Three in the Marvel Universe. The character, created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Vince Colletta, first appeared in Thor #141 in 1967.
Within the context of the stories, Alibar grew up in a poor family of peasants, always wanting a taste of the good life. When he was an adult, Alibar traveled to the rich corners of the Earth, which could occasionally take him even to other realms (such as Asgard). Alibar then began parading around as a thief, stealing great mystical objects yielding him great power. One time upon stealing the crown of Mogul, Alibar was forced to become a slave and warrior for the villainous lord.[volume & issue needed] He was soon brought into battle against Thor and the Warriors Three, where he fought and begged for mercy at the hands of the victorious heroes. Thor and the Warriors Three agreed to set Alibar free if he helped them raid Mogul's palace, and the thief accepted. During the raid (in which most gods of Asgard were involved) the heroes were victorious in the raid and even managed to kill the evil ruler, but Alibar died in battle.[volume & issue needed]
The character, created by Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, David Ross, and Tim Dzon, first appeared in Avengers West Coast #90 (January 1993). Roy Thomas said he created her because he "wasn't wild about" Jocasta, the first bride of Ultron. The name comes from alchemy. Her alias, War Toy, came from a robot in a story Roy Thomas had Tony Isabella write for Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction years earlier.
Within the context of the stories, Alkhema was constructed by Ultron-13 as a second attempt to create a mate, based on the brain patterns of Mockingbird. Alkhema is composed of adamantium and is therefore virtually indestructible. She was destroyed by Hawkeye.
Allatou is a demon in the Marvel Universe. The character, created by Steve Gerber and Gene Colan, first appeared in Marvel Spotlight #18 (October 1974) as an antagonist for a two-part Daimon Hellstrom story. Her only other appearance was as a background character in a two-part story published in 1986 in West Coast Avengers.
Within the context of the stories, Allatou is the wife of Nergal and a member of Satan's Infernal Court.
Luis Allegre is a fictional character in Marvel Comics. He was created by Archie Goodwin and Rico Rival and first appeared in Marvel Super Action #1. Luis Allegre was one of the four agents who worked for Bruno Costa and was involved in the execution of Frank Castle's family. The Punisher tracked him down and shot him with one bullet to the stomach. Luis went on to tell Bruno and the rest of his men that they were next before dying from his wound.
Luis Allegre in other media
Alpha the Ultimate Mutant
Marlene Alraune is a fictional human character that first appeared in The Hulk! #11 (October 1978).
Marlene is in the Sudan with her father, archaeologist Dr. Peter Alraune Sr., when he is killed by the mercenary Raoul Bushman. Another mercenary, Marc Spector, saves Marlene's life, but Bushman ends up leaving Spector to die in the desert. Dr. Alraune's workers bring Spector's inert body to the tomb of Pharaoh Seti III. Spector miraculously revives, and he and Marlene return to the U.S., where he became the crimefighter Moon Knight. Marlene is his confidante, girlfriend, and ally.
Marlene has the strength and agility of a normal woman: she is a skilled markswoman, gymnast, and hand-to-hand combatant and a resourceful crimefighter.
Al-Tariq is a terrorist villain in the Marvel Universe. The character first appeared in Captain America vol 3 #5.
Within the context of the stories, Amalgam is a time traveler who has the ability to absorb the traits of dying mutants. She appears to mutants when they are dying and offers them "The Choice" - to allow her to absorb their powers and characteristics. Her single appearance has been to Warren Worthington III to offer him the "Choice" twice.
Amergin is a powerful sorcerer with vast mystical abilities, made apparent as a god-like character much like the popular titles of Thor and Hercules. The only significance of the character is being an ancestor of Doctor Druid, another sorceric character and Avengers hero.
Dane Whitman's spirit was drawn to the 12th century by the sorcerer Amergin the Druid, and took recurring spiritual possession of his ancestor, the Crusader Sir Eobar Garrington until Garrington's destruction due to the Evil Eye.
Within the context of the stories, the American Samurai is an unnamed World War II veteran who some how became empowered by a mystical samurai spirit and gained superhuman skills slowed his aging. He grows angry over growing gang violence and what he sees as police apathy. He acts on this, slaughtering a gang known as the "Clowns".[volume & issue needed]
His extreme measures bring him into conflict with Daredevil and Elektra and culminate with him attempting kill the entire inmate population of the Sing-Sing Penitentiary. When they defeat him, he begs to perform seppuku.[volume & issue needed] Though the heroes allow him to perform the ritual suicide, he later confronts the Daughters of the Dragon in a new body.[volume & issue needed]
Ameridroid is a 20-foot-tall android designed to resemble Captain America. The android possesses the mind of ex-Nazi spy, scientist Lyle Dekker. The Ameridroid first appeared in Captain America #218 (February 1978), and was created by Don Glut and Sal Buscema. The character subsequently appears in Captain America #219-221 (March–May 1978), and #261-263 (September–November 1981). In 2011 the character reappears in the first storyline of Captain America volume 6, written by Ed Brubaker.
Within the context of the stories, Ammo is a Vietnam veteran who raids a US armory during the blackout caused by the Fall of the Mutants. Ammo leads the Wildboys during this attack.[volume & issue needed]
Within the context of the stories, Amp is a mutant with the power to both voluntarily and involuntarily project her emotions onto others.
A male version of the character, who was created by Steve Engelhart and George Pérez, first appeared in The Avengers (vol. 1) #148 (June 1976). A female version of the character, who was created by J. Michael Straczynski and Gary Frank, first appeared in Supreme Power #2 (November 2003).
Amphibius's first appearance was in Uncanny X-Men #62-63 (November–December 1969), and he was created by Roy Thomas and Neal Adams. The character subsequently appears in Avengers #105 (November 1972), Marvel Fanfare #1-4 (March–September 1982), Uncanny X-Men Annual #12 (1988), Uncanny X-Men #249-250 (September–October 1989), #274-275 (March–April 1991), Wolverine #69-71 (May–July 1993), X-Men: The Hidden Years #1 (December 1999), #3-4 (February–March 2000), #9-12 (August–November 2000), X-Treme X-Men: Savage Land #1-4 (November 2001-February 2002), New Avengers #1-2 (January–February 2005), #4-5 (April–May 2005), Uncanny X-Men #457-459 (May–July 2005), Sentinel Squad O*N*E #3-4 (May–June 2006), Cable & Deadpool #49 (March 2008), and Marvel Comics Presents #6-7 (April–May 2008). Amphibius also appears in a two-part What If? story: #46 (February 1993) - 'What If... Cable Had Destroyed The X-Men?' and #47 (March 1993) - 'What If... Magneto Took Over The USA?'
Within the context of the stories, Amphibius is a mutate, a human that lived in the Savage Land, a tropical preserve hidden in Antarctica. He is saved from hostile tribesmen by Magneto, and changed into a humanoid frog-like mutate who can leap great distances, breathe underwater, and control aquatic life.[volume & issue needed] He is the first of the Savage Land Mutates to see the X-Men, and has fought not just the X-Men but also Ka-Zar, who is a human inhabitant of the Savage Land. He has also fought Spider-Man.[volume & issue needed] Amphibius is one of Magneto's first Savage Land Mutates, and has been involved in all the Mutates' subsequent activities. Presumably, Amphibius remains with the Mutates in the Savage Land.
Amphibius in other media
Within the context of the stories, Anachronism is one of sixteen teenagers kidnapped by Arcade and forced to fight to the death. After escaping, he and some of the other survivors train with Madame Masque.
Anais is one of three parties looking for Cyclops after he merges with Apocalypse. She hopes to be the one to host Apocalypse's essence, but she fails when her idol is destroyed by Cable. It is unknown whether or not Anaïs has retained her powers following the events of M-Day.
Anais can transform her body into various cat-like forms. In her default form, she possesses a healing factor and an enhanced physique.
Anaïs (Les Heroes de Paris)
Anaïs is a fictional character from the Marvel Comics universe. She first appeared in Fantastic Four #541 and #542 as a member of Les Heroes de Paris.
Little is known about the past of Anaïs and the circumstances leading her to France and joining Les Heroes de Paris apart from that she is an exiled queen of a lost cat civilization in the Sahara.
Anaïs has the ability to command all types of felines. She also uses a whip.
The Analyzer began its existence as one of the Rigellian Recorders, specifically Recorder #211, property of the Colonizers of Rigel. It was built by Rigellian scientists on the planet Rigel-3, and its original primary purpose was to gather and analyze information on planetary environments and their inhabitants.
Recorder #211 was assigned to accompany Thor to the Black Galaxy in Thor's mission to battle Ego the Living Planet, where he was rescued by Thor and for the first time a Recorder felt gratitude. This Recorder performed so well, gathering an unprecedented amount of rare data, that the Rigellian Grand Commissioner permitted it to retain its memories of its experiences rather than having it undergo the customary erasing that follows the discharging of its data.
The Recorder again accompanied Thor during the war between Ego and Galactus, which ended in Thor helping defeat Galactus. It also recorded one of Adam Warlock's exploits on Counter-Earth. It again accompanied Thor during Thor's quest in outer space to find Odin, as well as his return to Asgard. It also observed Iron Man's encounter with Rigellians, and with Uatu the Watcher, observed the suicide of Phoenix on Earth's moon.
The Rigellians again sent the Recorder to the Black Galaxy to witness the detonation of the null-bomb, where it was reunited with Thor. The Recorder's body was destroyed from the waist down, but it was repaired by the Celestials. The Recorder witnessed Thor's rescue of Hercules and the High Evolutionary. The Recorder was once more sent to the Black Galaxy by the Rigellians, but this time it was captured there and stolen by the High Evolutionary.
The High Evolutionary reprogrammed and reconstructed Recorder #211 as the Analyzer. It met with Thor and Hercules again, and witnessed the birth of a new Celestial in the Black Galaxy. The Analyzer suffered an informational overload and shut himself down, though Count Tagar of the Knights of Wundagore vowed to restore him to his original form and programming.
As Recorder #211, it was a typical model of its type. The android was crafted with a humanoid form which was designed with the primary purpose of collecting data in mind. Its computer processing system filled its entire chest cavity.
When modified to become the Analyzer, the upper half of its body is still humanoid, but the lower half consists of a rectangular mobile computer console which contains additional computer networks. The Analyzer is equipped with an enormous array of advanced, miniaturized sensor systems known as "sensitizers" and "derma-circuits," which are primarily located in its head.
The Analyzer can levitate itself and fly due to its anti-gravity devices.
The Anarchist (Tike Alicar) is a member of the superhero team X-Statix. The Anarchist first appeared in X-Force #116 and was created by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred. He could sweat acid, which allowed him to fire acidic blasts of energy from his hands. Alicar was adopted and raised by a white family. He grew up in Canada.[volume & issue needed] He suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder, which made him obsessed with being clean by washing his hands repeatedly.[volume & issue needed] He considered himself the "token black guy" of the team. He joined X-Force when the team was still led by Zeitgeist. During the last mission as X-Force in which they had to terminate the Bush Rangers, U-Go-Girl still perishes in a battle with the last surviving enemy soldier. The Spike also dies in the crossfire. When they changed their name to X-Statix, Anarchist finds himself becoming closer to Orphan due to U-Go-Girl's demise.[volume & issue needed]
He became romantically involved with his teammate Dead Girl, which he first considered as novelty but he soon develops real feelings for her.[volume & issue needed] On their last mission, all the X-Statix survivors are killed. Alicar is gunned down, dying side by side with Orphan, after having slain many of their opponents. After finding himself in Hell, Anarchist joins forces with a group of deceased supervillains, including Mysterio, Kraven the Hunter, and Miss America. Led by the mysterious Pitiful One, they attempted to return from the dead. Although they failed, Anarchist found romance with Miss America, and at the end it is implied by the Orphan that they both are allowed to enter Heaven as a result of choosing to rebel against the villains.
Hailing from Genosha, Tam Anderson was part of the Genoshan military becoming a Chief Magistrate whose main priority was to protect her citizens. She was in charge of keeping Wolverine and Rogue imprisoned on the island when they are transferred to be enslaved. They escape leaving Anderson with bitter feelings about the X-Men.
She later starts working for Cameron Hodge, unaware of his plan for the mass extinction of mutants. When she learns the truth she sides with the X-Men and prejudice against mutants is lessened. She later aides in the reconstruction of Genosha
Andromeda and Jason are the parents of the Pantheon seer Delphi. Andromeda was the seer for the Pantheon until she lost her virginity and became pregnant with Delphi. With this in mind, Delphi has chosen to remain pure of body in order to retain her gift. Delphi leaves the Pantheon shortly before Agamemnon's death and comes to live with Andromeda.
Andromeda possesses the ability of clairvoyance. Like the other Pantheon members, Andromeda possesses a healing factor.
Angar the Screamer
Angel is the name of several characters in the Marvel Universe.
Warren Worthington III
Angler is a fictional supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. He was created by Mark Gruenwald and Paul Ryan, and first appeared in Quasar #3 (1989). He appeared six more times before the cancellation of the title.
Angler appears as a green and pink, misshapen geometric figure made up of complex designings of fitted angles representing a being of irregular physics. He first appeared as an enemy of Quasar and the Human Torch.
Within the context of the stories, Animus provided advanced weaponry and costumes in a plan to regather the Sons of the Serpent to spread hatred and violence throughout New York City, coming into conflict with the Avengers and the New Warriors. It also targeted Nomad (Jack Monroe).[volume & issue needed]
Annalee is a mutant in the Marvel Universe.
Within the context of the stories, Annalee is a member of the subterranean mutants known as the Morlocks, Annalee's own four children were slain and this caused her to force the four original members of Power Pack to become her foster children. Her repeated attempts failed (the latter attempt was foiled when Katie Power escaped and sought the aid of the X-Men), but she later found happiness caring for the young Morlock known as Leech.[volume & issue needed] Annalee later was slain by the Marauders' member called Scalphunter during the Mutant Massacre.
Annalee in other media
Annalee appeared in the X-Men episode "Captive Hearts", voiced by Kay Tremblay. She seemed to have a greater control over her powers, causing the X-Men, including Jean Grey, to experience any state of mind she chose to place them in, from Wolverine believing himself to be covered with scorpions, to Jean believing herself to be a young child and Annalee her mother.
Anthony is the name of two exclusive Ultimate Marvel characters.
The first version of Anthony was created by Mark Millar and Steve Dillon. Once the "greatest vampire hunter" that trained both Daredevil (Matt Murdock) and Blade, he was bit by a vampire (which he killed). Now the self-proclaimed Vampire King (or Vampire X), Anthony wears an outdated Iron Man armor to accomplish his goal of turning various super-powered heroes into vampires. After he turned the Nerd Hulk and Daredevil (Ray Connor) into vampires, Anthony was killed by Nerd Hulk.
The second version of Anthony was created by Sam Humphries, Jonathan Hickman and Luke Ross. A sentient consciousness capable of communicating with technology, he is a part of Iron Man's brain tumor. Anthony can act separate from Iron Man, and the two can act independently, not even needing to be near each other. His physical body of a childlike image can only be seen by Iron Man artificial intelligences. He managed to convince the Children of Tomorrow to rebel against the Maker (Reed Richards), allowing Anthony to use the city's parts to make a giant Iron Man armor to fight the Maker and the Hulk. During the Civil War chaos, Anthony later assisted the Ultimates by disarming a nuclear missile aimed at New York City, and helps as the "Iron Patriot" to fight the Commander Crimson, and the Black Knight. Anthony is ultimately killed by Quicksilver during the Maker's quests for the Infinity Gems.
Within the context of the stories, Anubis clashes with Daimon Hellstrom, the "Son of Satan".[volume & issue needed] N'Kantu, the Living Mummy agrees to become Anubis' agent to kill people and send their souls to him in exchange for N'Kantu moving on to the afterlife.
The character subsequently appears in The Uncanny X-Men #195 (July 1985), Power Pack #27 (December 1986), X-Factor #11-13 (December 1986-February 1987), and Weapon X vol. 2 #5 (March 2003) and #10 (August 2003).
Ape was a member of the Morlocks who was amongst those that escaped the Marauders' slaughter during the "Mutant Massacre".[volume & issue needed] He lived with the mutant team X-Factor after the massacre.[volume & issue needed] Ape was later captured by the subversive Weapon X program and incarcerated in the "Neverland" concentration camp, where he was among the first mutants to be executed.
Ape appeared as part of the "Morlocks" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #9.
Ape in other media
- Ape appears in the X-Men episode "Captive Hearts" voiced by Ross Petty. He is among the featured Morlocks that fight the X-Men. In the next episode, "Have Yourself a Morlock Little X-Mas", he steals medical equipment for Leech. His last appearance was in the episode "Secrets Not Long Buried" Ape is one of the many residents of the mutant-dominated community of Skull Mesa. He is drawn twice in the scene where Cyclops walks through Skull Mesa alone.
Ape-X is the name of different characters in Marvel Comics
Ape-X is a super intelligent ape in the Squadron Supreme universe. The character, created by Mark Gruenwald, presumably as a pastiche of Gorilla Grodd, first appeared in Squadron Supreme #5 in January 1986. Within the context of the stories, Ape-X was a member of the Institute of Evil before joining the Squadron. She later fell into a coma.
Ape-X (Marvel Apes)
An unrelated Ape-X, created by Karl Kesel and Ramon Bachs, appeared in Marvel Apes #1. This version is a monkey that wears a wrestler mask that enables him to turn into a super-powered gorilla.
While serving Captain Omen he assists the Infra-Worlders in their attempt to rule the underwater world. To suppress a revolution led by his son Filius, Captain Omen releases Aquon to force the rebellion into remission. Aquon battles the rebellion's new leader, the Hulk. The Hulk cracks the hull of Captain Omen's submarine home, causing it to flood. Captain Omen is forced to pump out the water before it destroys his home, and the vacuum created from this sweeps Aquon deep into the sea.
Araki defends the Shi'ar throne against an impending coup against Lilandra by her sister Deathbird, the Brood, and the rogue Admiral Lord Samedar; he is killed by the rebel's leader. Lilandra has him cloned using advanced Shi'ar technology, his consciousness transferred into a new body. Never a fighter, Araki is consequently killed a further four times, each time effectively resurrected again by Lilandra, with his consciousness transferred to a new clone body.
Upon his fifth reincarnation he discovers that Lilandra is possessed by Xavier's unborn twin Cassandra Nova. He intervenes before Nova's request to kill the X-Men could reach the Shi'ar Imperial Guard. The Guardian hears of Araki's betrayal to "Lilandra" and is forced to kill him via Cassandra Nova's influence. When Lilandra regains control of her physical body she has him resurrected a sixth time.
Araki betrays his Empress upon her return to her duties after the Cassandra Nova incident, supporting the ascension of her resurrected brother D'Ken. Araki may have been negatively affected by the many deaths and the process of having his consciousness repeatedly transferred. He also orders the mass extermination of Jean Grey's relatives on Earth, in order to negate the Grey genome that has led to the Phoenix, a reality-threatening elemental force.
Bambi Arbogast began her career in the U.S. Army; years later she applied to work at Stark Industries as Tony Stark's executive assistant. She is shown to have a determined attitude for when she applied for the position, Whirlwind attacked and, refusing to leave, Bambi calmly answered calls all the while Iron Man battled the foe. Stark was so impressed by her demeanor that he hired her without an interview. She eventually left Stark's employ, but was rehired when Stark started up Stark Resilient. At that point Bambi was a millionaire through investments.
Bambi Arbogast in other media
Bambi Arbogast appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She first appears in Iron Man 2 played by Margie Moore. She is the secretary for Pepper Potts when Stark hands the company to her. She is also the one who hires Natasha Romanoff who was posing as Natalie Rushman. She appears to have kept her job even after Stark comes back to the company. She is off screen in Iron Man 3 when Happy Hogan gets after her for not wearing her clearance badge. When she calls Pepper to tell her that "her 4 o'clock," was there to see her, she was voiced by Susie Pratt.
Within the context of the stories, Arcanna's magical abilities allows her to become a professional crime fighter who captures criminals for profit. She joins the Squadron Supreme, then discovers she is pregnant. She hides this from her teammates fearing they would curtail her duties. She went into labor during the climactic battle with Nighthawk's Redeemers. With the team, she travels to a different universe. When they return, Arcanna discovers the nature of magic changed while she was away and that she will have to relearn all of her skills. Instead, she chooses to retire from adventuring to be with her family.
Within the context of the stories, Arcanna Jones is able to observe and affect parallel quantum dimensions. During a fight with Hyperion, the interaction between their powers cause them to travel two years into the future.
Argo the Almighty
Argo is the son of former Avenger Hercules. Argo is trying to find his missing father and, needing help, turns to A-Next. Using their S.H.I.E.L.D. contacts, the team is able to locate Hercules, who is suffering from mental trauma from witnessing an event which nearly destroyed the Avengers. Argo attacks his father, enraged that his father "abandoned" his mother and his son, but Thunderstrike intervenes. When Argo sees the emotional state his father is in, the two share a tearful reconciliation. Argo states that he was going to help his father recover, and try to bring his family back together.
Later, when A-Next is attacked by a rival team of villains (The Revengers), Argo fights for his friends (along with other allies of A-Next) and when the battle is won, Argo accepts membership in A-Next.
Argo is seen fighting Galactus with A-Next in Last Planet Standing.
Argo possesses superhuman strength and near invulnerability, derived from his mythical bloodline.
Within the context of the stories, Ariel is native to the world known as the Coconut Grove, home of a culture devoted to the pursuit of pleasure. Like others of her race, she is able to teleport. On Earth, Ariel encounters the mutant criminal Vanisher and joined his group of adolescents who worked for him as thieves, known as the Fallen Angels. She later allies with the X-Men. She was believed to have died in a car explosion, but survives.
Arishem the Judge
Within the context of the stories, Arishem is one of the two Celestials tasked with judging if the civilization of a planet will live or die. He is the one that led the Third and Fourth Celestial Hosts on Earth and the Fourth Host on Pangoria where the civilization was judged unworthy.
Other versions of Arishem
Arizona Annie, also known as The Arizona Girl, is a minor fictional Old West female gunslinger that appeared in Marvel Comics. She was created by Syd Shores, and debuted in Wild West #1 (Spring 1948).
Annie is accompanied in the majority of her adventures by "Slim," a tall cowboy, and Cal, a "city-slicker" with odd clothing. She does not develop a romantic relationship with either of them. She doesn't care for settling down and getting married. When confronted with a large crowd of courtiers, she punches some and shoots off their suspenders, a typical response to trouble. She tends to shoot a lot of inanimate objects when people misbehave. Her sidekicks don't escape, a whap on the head for stepping out of line is not unexpected.
Arlok is a fictional character, a member of the Eternals in an alternate version of the Marvel Universe. Arlok appeared in canon stories What If? #26-27 (April, July 1981), and was created by Mary Jo Duffy and Jerry Bingham.
Arlok was a Uranian Eternal, and chief engineer, and ally of Uranos millennia ago. Arlok was killed and captured by the Kree while attempting to return to Earth.[volume & issue needed] Arlok's vivisection by Kree led to creation of the Inhumans.[volume & issue needed]
The character, created by Jim Calafiore, first appeared in X-Men Millennial Visions (August 2000) with an image and brief description. The character was not actually used in a story until Exiles #41 (March 2004).
Within the context of the stories, Armageddon is from the home reality of Nocturne which is designated Earth-2182 by Marvel. He is the artificially created son of that reality's Apocalypse and Jean Grey. Possessing all of the powers of both his parents, he was created as his father's ultimate weapon. He rejects his father's ideals and helps the X-Men to destroy Apocalypse. He later joins the X-Men.[volume & issue needed]
Arm'Cheddon is an alien warrior and ruler of the interstellar Troyjan empire in the Marvel Universe.
The character, created by Peter David and Gary Frank, first appeared in The Incredible Hulk Vol 2 #413 (January 1994). The character is normally referred to as "Armageddon", and anglicized version of his name, but should not be confused with Armageddon, a member of an alternate reality X-Men team that Marvel introduced in 2000.
Within the context of the stories, Arm'Cheddon is the ruler of the Troyjan empire and father of Tro-Mah. He is able through some means to manipulate cosmic energy. He is brought into conflict with the Hulk and the Pantheon when Tro-Mah kidnaps Cassiopea.
Armless Tiger Man
Ashema the Listener
Within the context of the stories, Ashema is a female Celestial tasked, along with Nezarr the Calculator, with retrieving Franklin Richards for evaluation as a new member of the Celestial Host and then destroying Earth.
Lucian Aster is a sorcerer who devoted himself to summoning and serving The Wild One. To do this he published a book entitled Spelling Made Easy. One woman read from the book and transformed into a hideous demon that tried to take over Namor. They were confronted by Rick Jones, Hulk and Doctor Strange. Along with Shanzar, Lucian successfully summoned the Wild One when the Silver Surfer intervened. They fled to Hawaii and the Defenders followed suit. However, Lucian and Shanzar realized that the Wild One had no intention of sharing his rule with them and they quickly turned against him. Lucian sacrificed himself so that Doctor Strange could defeat him.
Lucian Aster in other media
In Doctor Strange a character credited as Lucian / Strong Zealot appears played by Scott Adkins. He shares many similarities such as being a sorcerer and working to resurrect a demonic being, in the film's case Dormammu. He is one of Kaecilius's zealots and rebels against the Ancient One so as to gain everlasting life. He is also shown to possess some manner of martial arts as he sometimes chooses to fight without magic.
He manages to stab Doctor Strange, but then gets entangled by the Cloak of Levitation forcing him to astral project. Both his and Strange's astral forms fight within a hospital while Christine Palmer works on Strange's physical body. Lucian astral form explodes when Strange grabs him and tells Christine to hit him with the defibrillators. Strange later checks on his physical body to confirm his death.
Within the context of the stories, Astra is a founding member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard. Alongside the Guard, she first clashed with the X-Men and Starjammers on behalf of D'Ken and Davan Shakari over the fate of the Shi'ar Empress Lilandra Neramani. After the battle, D'Ken was rendered comatose and Lilandra took over as Majestrix, and the Imperial Guard swore allegiance to her.
After Lilandra's exile, and when Deathbird became Empress, Astra commanded the entire Imperial Guard to fight the combined forces of the Starjammers and Excalibur on earth so that she could claim the power of the Phoenix Force for herself. During the battle, Astra surprised Shadowcat with the ability to hit her in intangible state, since she could match her molecular density. The Guard were forced to retreat when Deathbird was put in danger.
Astra has the ability to reduce her density in order to become intangible. When immaterial, she can pass through solid objects and vice versa. Astra can also use her power offensively by phasing her hand into her opponent and becoming partly solid. This tactic causes a physical shock to Astra's opponent, who is rendered unconscious.
The character, created by Alan Davis, first appeared in ''Uncanny X-Men #366.
Within the context of the stories, Astra is one of Magneto's first recruits from his original Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. However, she does not share Magneto's goals and the two part ways as enemies. She resurfaces years later, reviving Magneto (who had been mindwiped by Professor X) and creating a clone of him. Astra orders the clone to kill Magneto, but the clone loses the battle. The clone, using the name "Joseph", becomes affiliated with the X-Men. Astra later returns and uses Joseph against Magneto and the X-Men. When Joseph dies, Astra flees. She recreates Joseph without memories and programs him to hate humankind. Astra also creates mutated clone versions of other Brotherhood members, with Joseph proclaiming himself Magneto. The Stepford Cuckoos uncover Astra is working with Christopher Bach, the President of the Humans Now organization, in order to bring back fear to Magneto's name. Magneto defeats Joseph and his brotherhood, but Astra escapes before the battle ends.
Atom-Smasher is a name shared by three fictional characters in the Marvel Universe. Atom-Smasher generated atomic radiation, which he could project as heat, concussive force, or hard radiation. His energies enhanced his durability and he could also transform into pure energy, though even this form could be contained with lead, graphite, or other radiation dampeners.
The character subsequently appears in Black Goliath #2-3 (April–June 1976), in which he is killed. The character appears posthumously in Marvel Two-in-One #55 (September 1979), and Marvel Fanfare #3 (July 1982).
Ronald English used a Nucleonic Radiator to become the super-villain Atom-Smasher, and was capable of transforming his body into pure energy. He fought Black Goliath, but was killed by Warhawk.[volume & issue needed]
The character appears posthumously in Marvel Fanfare #3 (July 1982).
Michael English was the brother of the original Atom-Smasher, also capable of transforming his body into pure energy. He was killed in an explosion during a battle with Spider-Woman.[volume & issue needed]
The third Atom-Smasher appeared in Iron Man #287 (December 1992) and was created by Len Kaminski and Kevin Hopgood. He was given a real name in Iron Manual 3 (2009).
Kevin Leonardo was an employee of Stane International's nuclear production plant in Southern California. He learns that old radioactive by-products of the plant that were left to accumulate are seeping into groundwater. He complains to his superiors, but is shot, dumped into a toxic waste canister, and thrown out to sea. He is reborn with radioactive power and seeks revenge. Atom-Smasher plans to blow up the plant and is confronted by Iron Man. After he defeats Iron Man, the government sends Firepower, a government agent, to stop him. Firepower and Iron Man fight Atom-Smasher, but when Iron Man learns Atom-Smasher's history, he offers to shut down all of Stark's nuclear industry holdings in exchange for Atom-Smasher not destroying the plant. He then distracts Firepower with an EMP wave so that Atom-Smasher could get away, even though it immobilized him. Impressed with Iron Man's show of trust, Atom-Smasher leaves in peace.
Within the context of the stories, Atum is the son of the entity known as the Demiurge and the Elder God Gaea. A golden humanoid imbued with the power of the Sun itself, Atum kills the warring Elder Gods and, absorbing their life force, is changed by their evil energies and devolves into a huge, hulking demonic being - Demogorge, the God Eater. Only Chthon and Set survive by fleeing into alternate dimensions. With Gaea the only Elder God remaining, the God Eater sheds the Elder Gods' energies and becomes Atum, journeying to the Sun and hibernating there. During this long period of hibernation, Atum takes on the identity of Ammon-Ra, and forms the Ogdoad, the primordial gods of ancient Egypt.
Thousands of years later, a group of eight Death Gods from various pantheons (including Hela; Pluto; Seth and non-Death God Mephisto) combine their mystical might to join all the Hells into one vast dimension. This act forces the reemergence and intervention of the Demogorge, who consumed all but the fleeing Hela. A champion from each pantheon is sent to stop Demogorge and prevent further disaster. Led by Thor, the champions find the God Eater and battle it. Demogorge is defeated by Thor, who plunges into one of its orifices and attacks the God Eater's inner workings. Damaged beyond repair, the entity can no longer contain the energies it has consumed and releases all the previously consumed gods, and restores the Hells to their rightful dimensions.
During the Secret Invasion storyline, the alien Skrulls invade Earth at the behest of their deities, Kly'bn and Sl'gur't. A cadre of gods consisting of Hercules, Snowbird, Amatsu-Mikaboshi and Ajak is formed to combat the Skrull gods, with Atum joining the Earthly pantheon at the request of Horus. He compares himself to a shepherd defending his flock, which he will one day eat. During the confrontation, Atum is killed after trying to devour Sl'gur't, who tears him apart from the inside.
Later, after Thor is slain battling the evil Serpent, his divine soul travels to an afterlife for gods, where he joins many other deities who appear to have died and are all on their way to be devoured by Demogorge; apparently a being such as he can never truly be destroyed. Nevertheless, Thor defeats him by smashing his heart after entering his body, and escapes him once again.
Within the context of the stories, Tang and his sister Jhimon (a.k.a. Silver) are Chinese mutants who were involved in a plot to overthrow the Hong Kong government to prevent the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to the Chinese. It fails, and the siblings flee to Canada where they end up as members of Gamma Flight.
Shortly after Gamma Flight is disbanded by the Canadian government, the two are kidnapped by the Sphinx. Zhao dies while being experimented on by the Sphinx's scientists. Zhao's consciousness now serves to form part of a composite energy being. This being was created from Zhao, his sister, and a scientist that was investigating the site of the Sphinx's base. The base is destroyed by Spider-Man and the New Warriors.
Within the context of the stories, Captain Autolycus was once the leader of the Black Knights of the Universal Church of Truth. When Adam Warlock begins his crusade against the Church and attacks Autolycus's starship the "Great Divide," he is blasted out of the sky and Autolycus places him in the brig pending execution. Autolycus is ordered to kill Warlock, and though he is disgusted by the order, he resolves to follow it. Warlock and the other captives break out of the cell-block, and overthrow Autolycus' crew. Warlock and Autolycus face off, and although Warlock is the better opponent he finds himself unable to kill Autolycus. Autolycus is about to shoot Warlock dead, when Warlock's soul gem acts on its own and steals Autolycus's soul.
Autolycus thereafter resides within "Soul World", the pocket universe inside the soul gem. Autolycus becomes a peaceful citizen of the dimension, living in peace with others such as Kray-Tor and later Pip the Troll, Gamora, and even Adam Warlock himself.
Ayo is a warrior for the Dora Milaje. The character, created by Al Ewing and Kenneth Rocafort, first appeared in Ultimates Vol. 2 #1 (January 2016). When the queen of Wakanda sentenced Aneka, a fellow Dora Milaje and lover, be executed, Ayo took it upon herself to rescue her friend and escape. She and Aneka became vigilantes in their homeland, rescuing women from a group of bandits.
Ayo in other media
Ayo made her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War portrayed by Florence Kasumba. She is King T'Challa's bodyguard and makes an intimidating remark towards Black Widow. Kasumba will reprise her role in Black Panther.
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