|Aron the Rogue Watcher|
|First appearance||Captain Marvel #39 (Jul 1975)|
|Created by||Steve Englehart (writer)
Al Milgrom (artist)
|Notable aliases||The Renegade Watcher|
|Abilities||Superhuman level intellect
Cosmic energy manipulation
Vast psionic powers
Access to various alien artifacts and technology
Wears special armor that shields him from detection
Aron the Rogue Watcher is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is depicted as an extraterrestrial supervillain of the race known as the Watchers, in the fictional Marvel Universe.
Fictional character biography
Aron originally dwelt upon the Watchers' homeworld with the other members of his race. He observed Captain Mar-Vell and Rick Jones battling Mad-Eye, and then attended the trial of Uatu. Aron was seen alongside Uatu again later.
Aron decided to forsake the Watchers' oath and actively participate in events on Earth, becoming an instigator and manipulator. He set Dragon Man against She-Hulk and She-Thing, and obtained cell samples from the Thing and She-Thing. Aron observed the Fantastic Four battling Graviton, and witnessed the events of Inferno. Aron was in turn observed by Necrodamus. Aron then joined forces with the Frightful Four against the Fantastic Four, but soon quit the Frightful Four. Aron created clones of the Fantastic Four and She-Thing, and imprisoned the real Fantastic Four and Frightful Four members in suspended animation, and watched their dreams. He replaced the real Fantastic Four with his clones, and set them against the Mole Man. Aron continued to engineer "adventures" for his clones, causing them to appear as criminals. The clones battled the Avengers and Doctor Strange, and were ultimately defeated by the real Fantastic Four after the originals broke free. Aron settled for watching the dreams of the clones instead.
When the entire species of the Watchers faced extinction at the hands of the Celestials, Aron planned to plunge either Earth's solar system or its galaxy (the narration is not entirely clear) into a pocket universe, which he intended to live on in. However, his plan was thwarted by the expanded Fantastic Four and their allies, and Aron was reduced to energy by his uncle Uatu. For this action, Uatu was stripped of his position as a Watcher. Uatu believed that Aron's energies would serve as the core around which to create a new "One", the sentient repository of all the Watchers' knowledge, whose predecessor had been destroyed by the Celestial Exitar the Exterminator.
Powers and abilities
As a member of the Watchers, the level of Aron's physical and mental abilities are unknown, and potentially incalculable by human standards. He has the ability to manipulate cosmic energy for various effects, including the ability to convert his body into energy for travel through hyperspace, and projection of cosmic energy as concussive force, molecular manipulation of matter, inter-dimensional teleportation, creation of force fields, levitation, size transformations, alteration of his physical appearance, and enhancement of his physical attributes. He possesses virtual immortality, bolstered by treatment with "delta-rays" (though Watchers can die by losing the will to live).
He has also developed his vast psionic powers through training, and his powers include telepathy, illusion-casting, and energy-manipulation powers.
Aron has access to various alien artifacts and technology as needed. Through unknown means, Aron had managed to create a special armor that shields him from detection by his fellow Watchers.
- Captain Marvel #39
- Fantastic Four Annual #21
- Fantastic Four #321
- Fantastic Four #322
- Fantastic Four #323
- Fantastic Four #327
- Fantastic Four #328-329
- Fantastic Four #330-333
- Fantastic Four #396-400