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Baal was the leader of the Sandstormers, who found Apocalypse as a baby and raised him. The character, created by Terry Kavanagh and Adam Pollina first appeared in The Rise of Apocalypse #1 (October 1996).
Baal is the leader of the Sandstormers, raiders and scavengers in ancient Egypt who lived by the dogma of survival of the fittest. When Kang the Conqueror went back in time in his spaceship, the Sphinx, and crash landed, he was found by the Sandstormers. Inside, Baal and his people found a wounded Kang, and nursed him back to health. When Kang recovered, he ran away and became pharaoh of Egypt as Rama Tut. He returned with soldiers to reclaim his jewel, which the Sandstormers had stolen. The Sandstormers did not reveal where it was and many of Baal's men were massacred.[volume & issue needed]
The jewel, "The Eye of the Ages" gives its holders glimpses into the future and Baal saw in it a man who would defeat him, this man was En Sabah Nur. The Sandstormers raided village after village in search for Nur and finally found him as a baby having been left to die on an altar of stones. Many of the Sandstormers wished to slay the baby, thinking it a demon. From the moment Baal had found Nur, he was attached to him and even slew his own men to defend him.[volume & issue needed]
Years passed and En Sabah Nur had turned seventeen and has proven to his clan how strong he was, Rama Tut has grown tired in search of the Raiders. Logos, Rama Tut's vizier, had revealed the Sandstormers' lair and soon they were all massacred. Luckily, Baal had gone off with Nur to reveal to him his destiny and how he had come to learn of it. They were in a cave which lead underneath the battle between the Egyptian forces and the Sandstormers. Father and son had both become severely injured, but Baal managed to stay alive long enough to reveal to En Sabah Nur how Rama Tut appeared in Egypt and all that had transpired between them.[volume & issue needed]
She is among the fatalities in the Shi'ar's raid on future Phoenix Force avatars. Before her death, Gailyn and her brother were planning to be adopted by her great-uncle Brian Grey and his wife. Both, along with their natural daughter, perish along with Gailyn and Joey.
He is among the fatalities in the Shi'ar's raid on future Phoenix Force advocates. Before his death, Joey and his sister were planning to be adopted by his great-uncle Brian Grey and his wife, and daughter. Both, along with their natural daughter, perish along with Joey and Gailyn.
Baker was one of the Skrulls that was sent to infiltrate the FBI for the upcoming Skrull invasion of earth. He gave a lecture about the benefits of mutants in society. This catches the attention of Charles Xavier who meets with him about becoming an ally to the X-Men. After helping out with one of their missions, Baker chose to return to his work with the FBI, unaware that he was still a sleeper agent.
Bakuto, the head Daimyo of South America, met with the other four Daimyos in Jigoku-Chu Castle in Japan. He showed some doubt in Matt Murdock leading The Hand and especially scoffed at White Tiger's involvement due to her being a woman. Beforehand, Bakuto had killed his master, Izanagi, to showcase "[his] strength of will," even going so far as to not allowing him seppuku.
In the present, while having dinner, Bakuto's food is spiked causing him to hallucinate demons. Matt goes to check on him as Daredevil and are both immediately attacked by ninjas that were secretly sent by the other Daimyos. After defeating them, Matt is led to believe that someone is attempting to take Bakuto's life and ups the security. Despite this Bakuto believes that Matt was the one who sent the ninjas and begins plotting to kill him. He is later confronted by White Tiger, who is actually possessed, and is killed in sword combat.
Bakuto in other media
- Bakuto appears in Iron Fist, portrayed by Ramón Rodríguez. Bakuto is one of the leaders of The Hand and is Colleen Wing's sensei from before the events of the series. Bakuto at first appears to be a benevolent person, aiding Danny Rand in his abilities and showing him footage of the previous Iron Fist, but soon it becomes apparent that he wishes to use Danny for his own purposes and especially has plans for the Meachums. After shooting Joy Meachum, he and his men take Danny, but end up fighting him along with Colleen and Davos. Bakuto battles Colleen with swords, but he is stabbed by his former pupil. Colleen refuses to kill Bakuto, so Davos does it for her. His body then disappears. Colleen assumes that Bakuto's people took it, but Danny recalls that Harold Meachum managed to come back from the dead.
- Bakuto reappears in The Defenders, revived to full health. He is established to be one of the five Fingers of the Hand, the others being Sowande, Madame Gao, Alexandra, and Murakami. He first appears when he accosts Colleen, Danny and Luke as they are escorting Claire to the 29th Precinct for protective custody, but escapes. He is later present, along with Murakami and Madame Gao, when Elektra kills Alexandra and assumes command of the Hand. The three Fingers express disdain with Elektra for her actions, but she is undeterred, only interested in cultivating the substance so she can have eternal immortality. Nonetheless, the Fingers accost Matt, Luke and Jessica when they break out of the precinct and return to Midland Circle seeking to rescue Danny from Elektra. Bakuto comes very close to finishing off Matt until Colleen shows up to fight him off. Bakuto remains upstairs to fight Colleen, Claire and Misty. Regaining the upper hand, Colleen kills Bakuto by decapitating him, but not before he manages to cut off part of Misty's right arm.
Lenny Ballinger is the lead construction foreman. He had been working for Damage Control for 17 years and had been head foreman for 13. He is usually frustrated by his men having 'origins' after finding artifacts that give them powers. Despite the fact that his job involves fixing buildings, he seems to be mildly decent at it. As evidenced when the twin towers were slightly off, he considered it 'close enough.' He bears somewhat of a resemblance to James Coburn or Lee Marvin, though he seems to think he looks more like Paul Newman. He returns to Damage Control to help clean New York after the events of World War Hulk, leading a wide variety of superheroes.
Balor is a villain in the Marvel Universe.
Within the context of the stories, Balor is a giant red-skinned, yellow-horned, one-eyed member of the Fomor, extra-dimensional beings from the dimension of Avalon. Balor is 66 feet (20 m) tall (unlike most Fomor, who are human-sized), has pointed ears, goat-like legs, and three fingers on each hand.
Balor was the god of death, husband of Cethlann, son of Buarasainech, and was grandfather of the Celtic god Lugh. Lugh later killed him at the Second Battle of Magh Tuiredh. Balor, however, was returned to life.
In the 12th century A.D., Balor and the Fomor battle Amergin, with the heroic Black Knight and the Avengers in Avalon. Contact with the Evil Eye magically transmutes Balor into pure energy, which is then absorbed by the Eye. His magical energy is then employed by the Black Knight to transmute his own stone body back to flesh.
In the 20th century on Earth, Balor is freed from the Evil Eye by Morgan le Fay. He battles the Avengers-ally Doctor Strange, the Black Knight, and Victoria Bentley. His body dissipates when the Black Knight destroys the Evil Eye.
Susan Banner is a fictional supporting character appearing in Marvel comics and later in multiple spin-offs and dramatizations of the Hulk comic book titles. She was created by writers and artists Bill Mantlo and Mike Mignola in Incredible Hulk #312 of October, in 1985. She is the sister of Elaine and Brian Banner, and the aunt of Bruce Banner, who would grow up to be the Gamma-powered superhero known as the Hulk.
He was Peter Parker's rival at the Daily Bugle; competing for J. Jonah Jameson's position of leading photographer. Jameson would typically accept Bannon's photos because they made Spider-Man look bad. His fiancée, Amy Powell, at one point began hitting on Peter in order to get his attention. Bannon was supposedly connected to Roderick Kingsley's criminal activities as the Hobgoblin, but this is never delved into as he is killed by the villain Facade, whose identity remains a mystery.
Bantam is an assistant of Trevor Fitzroy who uses his power as a chronal anchor to keep track of his master's time portals.[volume & issue needed] When Fitzroy takes over a future timeline and renames himself the Chronomancer, Bantam accompanies him.[volume & issue needed] Bantam realizes that Fitzroy had been driven mad by his dreams of power, and eventually betrays his master to the rebellion led by Bishop.[volume & issue needed] Bantam assists in the raising of the gate to the Chronomancer's keep, and dies at the hands of Fitzroy's Chronotroopers.[volume & issue needed]
Bantam kept track of all of Fitzroy's time portals still in stasis. He was sensitive to the bioenergy emissions of other superhumans, allowing him to locate the site where the energy was released.
Bantam appears in the two-part X-Men episode "One Man's Worth."
Roberto Velasquez was subjected to the Power Broker's superhuman enhancement treatment, and accidentally killed another boxer in the ring. When Aviles, the man who arranged to have him enhanced, shot him and left him for dead, Bantam went looking for revenge but Aviles was shot dead by one of his own men. Bantam then went to avenge one of his friends, and attacked Captain America while in a berserk rage, but went on to aid Captain America once he calmed down.
During the Civil War storyline, he faces off against Thunderclap, a superhero who opposes the Superhuman Registration Act. Thunderclap accidentally knocks Velasquez into a gas truck which then explodes, instantly killing him. Guilt-ridden, Thunderclap wanders away. The entire battle is viewed by Sally Floyd, a reporter who later wonders if the gas truck had been deliberately placed near the battle.
The second Bantam's powers were superhuman strength, stamina, durability and endurance which were the results of a special Power Broker treatment. When in a frenzy, he had a hard time controlling himself and he would attack anyone until he calmed down. He was also an intensively trained boxer and an exceptional hand-to-hand combatant.
Baphomet is a demon in the Marvel Universe.
A former pirate, Baran is the Prince of Madripoor; its absolute ruler. His personal home is extravagant, including rarities such as a tentacled monster in the garden pond. In Wolverine #6 and #7, he confronts the trio of Logan, Karma and Archie Corrigan. Nguyen Ngoc Coy, Karma's uncle and Baran's man, is involved in the fight. The villains Roughhouse and Bloodscream work for Prince Baran.
Baran becomes involved in Wolverine's fight with the demonic entity Ba'al-Hadad. Fragments of the Gehanna stone had been scattered around the world; Baran owned one. Ba'all offers Baran immortality in exchange for the fragment. When Baran refuses to give an immediate answer to this offer, Ba'al takes it by force. Baran then fights Ba'al's army alongside private eye Jessica Drew.
At one time, he employs Jessica Drew to monitor several people, including Wolverine (known as Patch). Eventually, when Wolverine finds out that the Prince had made a deal with Geist, he humiliates him in front of many of his subjects.[volume & issue needed]
In a dream sequence, Baran and Coy conspire to have Wolverine framed for murder. They have assassins armed with fake claws murder everyone in the Princess bar. The victims include Logan's close friends O'Donnel, Rose and Archie Corrigan. Logan escapes a murder attempt in a prison cell and kills most of the attacking party. To save himself, Baran murders Coy in an attempt to please Logan. However, the crime lord Jessan Hoan then shoots Baran in the back.
Barbarus is a Swamp Man of the Savage Land. He became one of the Savage Land Mutates created by Magneto, the master of magnetism, along with Amphibius, Brainchild, Equilibrius, Gaza, Lupo, and Piper I. With the other Savage Land Mutates, he battles the X-Men and Ka-Zar at the order of Magneto. With the Savage Land Mutates, he battles the Avengers in the Savage Land.
Under Brainchild's orders, Barbarus and the Savage Land Mutants battle Spider-Man, Angel, and Ka-Zar. Sauron and Zaladane then gain leadership of the Savage Land Mutates, using them in their attempt to take over the Savage Land.
Zaladane again employs Barbarus and the Savage Land Mutates in another attempt to conquer the Savage Land. Zaladane and the Savage Land Mutates then battle Magneto, Ka-Zar, and their allies, which include the X-Men and Nick Fury.
Barbarus has four arms possessing augmented physical strength, endurance and resistance to all forms of physical injury. He has good hand-to-hand combat skills, though he relies on his strength and size more than skill.
Other versions of Barbarus
Barbarus in other media
- Barbarus appeared in the 1990s X-Men TV series. He is shown to be working with Mister Sinister, who had trapped Professor X and Magneto in the Savage Land.
The leader of the race of supermutants known as Neo, the one known only as Hunter led a strikeforce of Neo in an assault in Nightcrawler's Church of St Michael the Archangel in an effort to set up a beach-head for their war against humans and mutants. It was Hunter's child who died during the time that the High Evolutionary removed all mutants' powers, and it was this act that caused the Neo to declare their war after the resulting conflict devastated the hidden Neo community.
Their first target was Nightcrawler, who had left the X-Men and was studying to become a priest. He sought out Cecilia Reyes for aid, and together the pair of former X-Men battled Hunter, who was accidentally slain by Cecilia. The Neo named Rax became the leader in his stead, continuing the hunt for the pair of former X-Men.
Barbican had peak human strength, speed, endurance and reflexes. His death was documented in X-Men: Giant-Size #1.
During the Necrosha event, he, along with several other Acolytes, is resurrected by Eli Bard in a mass resurrection on the island.
Barnacle has the mutant ability to solidify the moisture secreted by the human body as well as create an indestructible armor on his skin, trap others in a restricting shell, and release a stream of hardened biomatter.
Michael Barnett was a psychiatrist who was assigned to Carol Danvers after she begin suffering from blackouts. In order to get to the root of the blackouts, he hypnotized her and discovered her origin of being captured by Yon-Rogg and getting infused with powers to become Ms. Marvel. Barnett didn't believe it at first, but was immediately proven wrong when she transformed in front of him. Carol had been unaware of her transformations, but soon aligns her personalities. Afterwards, Barnett confronts Carol about her alternate identity, offering his help, but she turns him down.
Soon, Barnett and Carol begin dating each other with the former meeting the latter's parents in Boston. While at a going away party for Carol, who had just been fired by J. Jonah Jameson at Woman Magazine, Barnett had planned to propose to Carol, but she had caught the attention of two other suitors. Barnett unintentionally admitted that he felt emasculated around her, causing her to storm out. Sometime later, Mystique murders Barnett causing much grief for Carol who had tried to call him, potentially to get back with him.
Baron Macabre is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe. He first appeared in Jungle Action #9 (May 1974), and was created by Don McGregor and Gil Kane. The character subsequently appears in Jungle Action #10-11 (July, September 1974), and #17 (September 1975). He, or very likely a successor, is seen in a future vision in Black Panther Vol. 3 #35-36.
Baron Macabre is a Wakandan charlatan who pretends to reanimate the dead as zombies. Through empowerment by the Resurrection Altar, he can fire electric blasts. He is an ally of Erik Killmonger and comes into conflict with the Black Panther.
Baron Samedi is a subversive agent in the Marvel Universe. The character, created by Len Wein and Gene Colan, first appeared in Strange Tales #171 (December 1973). Within Haitian Vodou and related religions, Baron Samedi is one of the Loa.
Laura Barton is the wife of Clint Barton in the Ultimate Marvel Universe. The character, created by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch, first appeared in The Ultimates 2 #2 (March 2005), which was published as part of Marvel Comics' Ultimate Marvel line of books, which are set in a universe and continuity separate from the "mainstream" Marvel Universe.
Laura had long known Clint Barton and had married him sometime prior to The Ultimates 2. Together they had three kids: Callum, Lewis and baby Nicole. Clint would call them before every mission in case he never came back. Laura, along with her three children were killed when a traitor, later revealed to be Black Widow, sold them out.
Laura Barton in other media
Laura appears in Avengers: Age of Ultron played by Linda Cardellini. She has two children with Clint, named Cooper and Lila, and is pregnant with a third whom they eventually name Nathaniel Pietro. She provides the Avengers with a place to stay after the Hulk and Iron Man battle.
Bast is a panther god in the Marvel Universe. The character first appears as a totem in Fantastic Four #52 in 1966 but does not physically appear until Black Panther #5 in 1999. Within the context of the stories, Bast is similar to the Egyptian goddess of the same name.
Batroc the Leaper
Battering Ram is a mutant in the Marvel Universe. The character, created by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred, first appeared in X-Force #116 in 2001. Within the context of the stories, Battering Ram is a member of X-Statix before his death.
The character subsequently appears in Captain America #389–392 (July–September 1991), 394–395 (November–December 1991), 411–414 (January–April 1993), and Ms. Marvel (vol. 2) #18 (October 2007).
An unlimited class wrestler, Battleaxe is a massive woman who carries an axe as her weapon of choice. Defeating Titania in a wrestling match, she claims the title as champion of the Grapplers. However, when Titania is slain by the Scourge of the Underworld, Battleaxe vows to avenge her former teammate. She takes out her aggression on the Thing, battling him in a wrestling match. Realizing Battleaxe is taking her anger out on him, the Thing purposely loses the match. She later joins Superia's Femizons and battles Captain America. She also fights BAD Girls, Inc. while in a costumed bar.
Later, in Ms. Marvel's own series, Battleaxe gets fights the titular heroine in front of William Wagner's closed restaurant. Puppet Master's mind-controlled Chilean soldiers catch Battleaxe and try to take her with them. Ms. Marvel defeats them and takes the soldiers and Battleaxe on her minicarrier.
Battleaxe has superhuman strength and durability. She carries a set of two axes which are her weapons of choice.
Other characters named Battleaxe
- A second character named Battleaxe (Jerome Hamilton) was a member of the Harriers.
Seeking help for his mental condition, Melvin Potter sought help through social worker Betsy Beatty. Since then Betsy had stood by Melvin's side, proving his innocence time and time again and rehabilitating him. Eventually, Melvin and Betsy got married with the latter helping the former run his costume shop. Unfortunately, their marriage did not last and they divorced off panel.
Betsy Beatty in other media
In Daredevil, Betsy is mentioned by Melvin as someone who helps him when he gets 'confused'. Wilson Fisk apparently threatened her life if Melvin did not offer his services to him. After Daredevil confronts Melvin, he discovers his problem and promises him that he will protect Betsy from Fisk.
Joaquim Robichaux, Elizabeth Vaughn and Gary Quinn
Behemoth is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe. The Behemoth was first mentioned in Tales to Astonish #77 (March 1966), and was created by Stan Lee and Adam Austin. The character actually appeared in Tales to Astonish #79-80 (May–June 1966).
The Behemoth is an undersea monster created by the Atlanteans as the "ultimate defense." This 30-foot-tall android was created by the most brilliant minds of Atlantis at a time when Atlantis was almost destroyed, to prevent such a disaster from ever occurring again, and was placed in stasis underneath the sea.
Many years later, a gigantic drill boring into the ocean floor on behalf of human scientists caused a series of explosions that rocked Atlantis. These explosions revived the Behemoth, which destroyed everything in its path as it approached Atlantis. Lady Dorma went to the surface to bring back Namor to oppose the creature. Warlord Krang coerced the Puppet Master into making a puppet that Krang could use to control the Behemoth. Namor’s attempts to defeat the Behemoth proved futile, as the construct continued its destructive path towards Atlantis. A school of electric eels commanded by Namor, however, caused a backlash that melted Krang’s puppet, making it ineffective. Namor was then able to create a powerful whirlwind that pulled the Behemoth into a bottomless pit of quicksand, trapping it apparently permanently.
Behemoth in other media
The Behemoth appears in The Marvel Super Heroes (TV Show: Sub-Mariner 1966).
Belathauzer (aka Balthazar) is a fictional character appearing in the Marvel Comics universe. He first appeared in Defenders #59-60 (May–June 1976), and was created by David Anthony Kraft and Ed Hannigan. The character subsequently appears in Marvel Comics Presents #37 (December 1989) and #46 (1990).
Balthazar is a demon who has clashed with the Defenders and Devil-Slayer. Vera Gemini wishes to cause Xenogenesis, which would cause a demon race to be reborn on Earth. As part of this plan Balthazar takes over the shape of a commander of a US Air Force base. The Defenders, joined by Eric Simon Payne, Devil-Slayer, travel to Gemini's Mexico headquarters. Balthazar uses his form to trick the Air Force into shooting down the Defenders' plane. They survive the attack and succeed in stopping Gemini. Belathauzer is seemingly knocked back into his own dimension.
In truth, he had managed to stay on Earth. Still in his human form, he targets Devil-Slayer personally. He lures the hero to a bar that is full of demons disguised in human form, then neutralizes Payne's psychic powers by drugging his drink. Payne still manages to battle. They are drawn to the mystical realm of Borders of the Land of the Dead where several of Payne's dead Defender friends still stood. There, Balthazar is apparently slain once again. His form is left in that realm.
Bella Donna Boudreaux
Katya Belyakov is a fictional character that originated in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before appearing in Marvel comics. The character, created by DJ Doyle, first appeared in "Melinda" on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (April 14, 2015) and is portrayed by Ava Acres. She made her comic book debut in The Cavalry: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary (November 2015) from Jody Houser and Luke Ross.
Katya Belykov was subjected to Terrigenesis by her mother, Eva Belyakov, despite Jiaying's warnings of Katya's mental instability. Katya took control of her mother as well as several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and local gang members in Bahrain. Melinda May was sent in to take care of the situation and fought and killed Eva, unaware that Katya was actually the one in control. When May caught on to Katya's inhuman ability, she was forced to kill her which traumatized May and forced her to resign as a field agent.
She briefly appears in the episode "Wake Up", in which May, who is trapped in a virtual world called the Framework, actually rescues Katya instead of killing her and is brought to the states. In "Identity and Change", she is revealed to have caused the deaths of 279 people in Cambridge, MA resulting in S.H.I.E.L.D. being disbanded and Hydra taking over.
Within the context of the stories, Bes falls victim to the god Seth, who draws on his luck-based powers to absorb the other Heliotopians. Bes is kept on hand to support Seth's plans to attack Asgard.[volume & issue needed]
Bes is freed by Thor. Bes leads Thor to where Odin is imprisoned and he is freed also. Bes later stands with his fellow Heliopolitan gods, the gods of Asgard and the gods of Avalon, all against the forces of Seth. The enemy is soon defeated.[volume & issue needed]
Beta Ray Bill
Within the context of the stories, Bevatron was recruited to the Hellfire Club's junior team of mutants by the villainous White Queen. After suffering the loss of Firestar, Bevatron was picked up as the Hellions new energy projector. His first mission, and the only one he appeared as part of, required the Hellions to fight the New Warriors to vie for Firestar's returned allegiance. During the battle, which took place in, on and around the New Warrior's headquarters, Bevatron was badly wounded when he fell from a rooftop while battling Firestar. The Hellions were defeated by the New Warriors.
Soon after, Emma threw a party which the Hellions, as well as the X-Men Gold team, attended. It was there that Trevor Fitzroy—a member of the villainous group known as the Upstarts—crashed the party with the goal of killing Emma in order to gain points within the group. The Hellions were mere formalities: most of the team, including Bevatron, were drained of their life energies in order to fuel Fitzroy's teleportation portal.
Big Al is a minor character in Marvel Comics. The character, created by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, made his sole appearance in Spider-Man: Blue #1 (July 2002). An average business man, who just so happened to be a large bald, bearded man dressed in a biker jacket, he owned Big Al's Motorcycle Shop. He was visited by Peter Parker who wanted to use his money to purchase a motorbike. He had told Peter that he wouldn't be able to hold it for long and even offered him some advice, "Motorcycles are like women son...you won't know if you like her until you take her out for a spin." After seeing Flash Thompson, Harry Osborn and Gwen Stacy walk by, Peter purchased the bike, giving Al the pleasure of another satisfied customer.
A character, also named Big Al, appeared briefly in Luke Cage played by an uncredited Craig Walker. He reappears, this time credited, in Iron Fist where it is shown that he is a homeless man. Al meets Danny Rand after he is kicked out of his own building after being gone for years. Al had somehow acquired an iPhone and offers aid to Danny in looking up anything on the internet before the actual owner cancels the number. He claims that he managed to find his sister on the phone and that she lives in Florida. Later, Danny finds that Al had died of a heroin overdose.
Henry Pym Jr.
Within the context of the stories, Birdy is a telepath who works with Sabretooth and uses her power to keep him calm. She acts as his sidekick while he searches for who is trying to kill him and Mystique until she is killed by Graydon Creed.
Birdy in other media
The Black Abbott was once a monk of Dakoth-Kuru, a sect that had managed to use their teachings to unlock the full potential of their minds, giving them incredible mental powers. The Black Abbot had more powers, the ability to control the twelve others and took control of the entire brotherhood. Spider-Man and the Human Torch defeated one of his apostles pretending to be the Black Abbott, and then Spider-Man and Thor defeated the true Black Abbott.
The Black Abbott was later among the eighteen criminals, all murdered by the Scourge, to be resurrected by Hood using the power of Dormammu as part of a squad assembled to eliminate the Punisher. He battles the Punisher while posing as a member of the Avengers. He is badly injured when a bomb meant to kill the villains explodes; Letha orders Bird-Man to take him to safety.
The Black Abbott possesses many mental abilities, including telepathy, low-range mental control, psychic blasts and telekinesis. He can control many subjects at once, and in the process, they act as near-duplicates of him, in speech and thinking. The Black Abbott can project a sort of energy from his hands that can reduce a living human into nothing but ash.
Black Death is a fictional character in the Marvel universe. He was created by Sean McKeever and Mike Norton, and first appeared in Gravity: Big-City Super Hero #1 (June 2005), part of the Marvel Next imprint, which was aimed at younger readers and published miniseries in digest format. In his first appearance he was portrayed as Gravity's primary antagonist during his debut.
Black Death is a supervillain with the ability to manipulate objects with his black "aura" like field around him. During a battle with the superhero Rage, Black Death is assisted (misguidedly) by Gravity, who is under the impression that Rage is the villain, seizing this opportunity, Black Death flees.
Gravity becomes insecure about his heroism after a chastising by Rage, and later other heroes, but things look up for him when he meets a fellow hero named the Greenwich Guardian, self-proclaimed hero of Greenwich Village. The two team up and patrol together, but the Greenwich Guardian disturbs Greg with his violent tendencies, and he decides to operate solo instead. After another confrontation with Black Death, and in the light of his developing relationship with Lauren, Greg decides to stop being Gravity.
However, the Greenwich Guardian soon guilts Greg into teaming up with him so the two can take down Black Death. When Greg meets up with the Greenwich Guardian to trap Black Death, the Guardian reveals himself to be Black Death. Black Death uses Greg's gravity powers to try to damage Greenwich Village and the university campus before Gravity ultimately defeats him. During the fight, it is revealed that when he first took on his superhero identity of Greenwich Guardian, Black Death had faced the same trials Greg had (failing classes, no appreciation, etc.). This caused him to become extremely bitter and take on the supervillain persona.
Later, in his civilian identity, is doing a computer search for male NYU students from Wisconsin, and Greg (now much more confident in his role as Gravity) is shown stopping the pyrokinetic villain, Brushfire.
Black Dwarf is a member of Thanos' Black Order. Thanos chose him for his immense strength and unbreakable skin. He is also the brother of fellow member Corvus Glaive. He was sent on a mission by Thanos to attack earth by starting in the nation of Wakanda. However, to his shock the people of that nation turned out to be rebellious and he was humiliated. For his failure, Thanos kicked him out of the Black Order. He rejoined the Order to fight the Avengers, but was later killed by Ronan the Accuser.
Black Dwarf in other media
- Black Dwarf appears in Avengers Assemble with no voice actor. In the show's continuity, he is once again part of Thanos' Black Order. He effectively fulfills the same role as he did in the comics.
- Black Dwarf appears in Guardians of the Galaxy this time voiced by Jesse Burch.
- Black Dwarf appears as a playable character in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
- Black Dwarf appears as a playable character in Marvel: Future Fight.
Dr. Robert William Paine
Human Torch Enemy
Blackjack, sometimes called B.J., was a notorious criminal mastermind. He would recruit criminals into his organization and if any refused he would kill them. Toro, Human Torch's sidekick, pretended to be a villain to get close to his organization. Afterwards, Torch and Toro chased down Blackjack before Torch was forced to burn him alive.
The second Blackjack was a former criminal turned hero for the team First Line. The character, created by John Byrne, first appeared in Marvel: The Lost Generation #9 (June 2000).
Blackjack started off as a criminal in the 1950s where he was up against First Line. He was defeated by them and imprisoned. He turned over a new leaf almost immediately, becoming a member of First Line and fighting against the villains he had initially fought alongside earning their ire. In the 1980s, Blackjack was killed and died in his lover's, Positron's, arms.
Black Jack Tarr
Augustine du Lac
Black Lama is an extradimensional mystic in the Marvel Universe. The character, created by Mike Friedrich, George Tuska, and Jim Starlin, first appeared in Iron Man #53 in December 1972. Within the context of the stories, the Black Lama tried to incite a war amongst supervillains.
Within the context of the stories, the Black Musketeers are called upon by T'Challa to aid him in battle. They come into battle with Gen. Jakarra, a despot who sought to take over Wakanda from T'Challa. Part of his plan was to expose himself to raw vibranium to gain powers, but his exposure resulted in him becoming a monster. Four individual members of the Wakandan royal family answer the call to arms when Jakarra attacks and these four would become the Black Musketeers.
The Black Musketeers are hesitant at first, but in the end they don similar costumes and lead the fight against Jakarra. One of the Musketeers, Dr. Itobo, informs the others that he has developed a special injector that has the ability to stop Jakarra, but he refuses to use it because it would be in direct violation of Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. The Black Panther decides to relieve Itobo of his burden and injects Jakarra himself.
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Black Tiger (Abraham "Abe" Brown) is a fictional martial arts superhero in Marvel Comics. The character, created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin, first appeared as Abe Brown in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 (April 1974), and as Black Tiger in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 (April 1974).
He's the brother of Hobie Brown (aka the Prowler). Abe took up martial arts and befriended fellow martial artists Lin Sun and Bob Diamond. Together they found three jade tiger amulets and became the Sons of the Tigers. The Sons of Tigers would team up with other heroes such as Spider-Man, Iron Fist and the Human Torch. Abe and the Sons of Tigers broke up when Lin and Bob started fighting over a woman, throwing their amulets away in the process.
Abe later took a vacation and had his suitcase was switched by a mysterious woman named Brillalae. The suitcase contained the Black Tiger costume and Abe's plane was hijacked by men who were looking for it. The plane crashed, but Abe managed to survive. Abe chased one of the hijackers, named Mole, and both ended up getting captured by the Bedouins who forced them to fight for the title of Black Dragon. Abe defeated Mole and won the costume, becoming Black Tiger. Abe was last seen having helped form the Penance Corps.
Black Tiger in other media
Abe Brown appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming played by Abraham Attah. This version is a classmate of Peter Parker's and is part of the decathlon team. He comically speaks his mind about everything, especially when fellow decathlon team member Flash Thompson answers a question incorrectly.
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The character subsequently appears in Incredible Hulk #277-281 (November 1982-March 1983), and #283-284 (May–June 1983). The character appeared as Blackbird in Captain America #388-389 (July–August 1991), and #411-414 (January–April 1993).
Later, she becomes one of Superia's most trusted allies in her Femizons. As a member of the Femizons, Jackdaw changes her name to Blackbird. Alongside Moonstone, Blackbird battles Captain America and Paladin. After Moonstone's defeat, Blackbird attempts to fly off and gather reinforcements. However, Captain America defeats her and takes her and Moonstone into custody. Later, she is seen among Superia's lieutenants as they attend the AIM Weapons Expo. They are attacked by Diamondback, who kills Snapdragon and defeats Blackbird with the help of MODAM.
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Donald Blake is a construct of Odin, created for the purpose of giving a weak and powerless identity for Thor. After removing his memory, Thor started his life as the crippled Don who chose to be a doctor after sympathizing with the sick. Don finds the hammer Mjolnir and transforms into the God of Thunder. Later, Don regains his memory as Thor and soon learns the whole truth from Odin. The Blake identity has been used here and there before Odin opted to erase him from existence. After Thor was killed by The Serpent, Donald Blake suddenly came into existence as a separate entity fully aware that his whole life had been a lie.
Donald Blake in other media
- Donald Blake appears in The Incredible Hulk Returns played by Steve Levitt. This version is a medical student obsessed with Viking culture. He joined an archaeological expedition where he found Mjolnir and summoned Thor. Despite trying to lose the hammer it always came back to him. He serves as Thor's sidekick.
- Though Donald Blake does not appear in Thor, he is mentioned by Jane Foster as someone who was, "good with patients and bad with relationships." Thor uses his name when Erik Selvig picks him up from a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility.
Blind Faith (Alexi Garnoff) is a former mutant in the Marvel Universe. The character first appeared in X-Factor Annual #1 in 1986. Within the context of the stories, Blind Faith protected his fellow mutants from the Soviet government. He lost his abilities on M-Day.
Blitzkrieg is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe. He was created by Mark Gruenwald, Bill Mantlo, Steven Grant, and John Romita, Jr., and first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes: Contest of Champions #1 (June 1982). He also appeared in issue #3 of the series (August 1982).
The character subsequently appeared in The Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #279 (January 1983), Rom #65 (April 1985), and Captain America #389-391 (August–September 1991), #393 (October 1991); he died in Captain America #442 (August 1995).
Franz Mittelstaedt was born in Backnang, Germany. He was inspecting an electrical power plant when a stray bolt of lightning struck a faulty generator and bathed him in electricity. When he emerged from his coma weeks later, he found that he could summon lightning at will to wield as a weapon. He decided to use his powers in the name of democracy.
Later he was teleported away by the Grandmaster, along with hundreds of other heroes of Earth, so that the Grandmaster and Death could choose champions from among them. Blitzkrieg was chosen for the Grandmaster's team, fighting alongside fellow heroes Captain America, the aboriginal Talisman III, Darkstar, Captain Britain, Wolverine, Defensor, Sasquatch, Daredevil, Peregrine, She-Hulk, and the Thing. When the Grandmaster's team won the contest, the heroes were returned to Earth.
Blitzkrieg later joined the German superhero team Schutz Heiliggruppe, along with Hauptmann Deutschland and Zeitgeist. The team intended to arrest the Red Skull for his World War II war crimes, assaulting Arnim Zola's castle and fighting and defeating the Skeleton Crew.
Blitzkrieg later traveled to Buenos Aires to investigate the deaths of a number of South American superheroes, including his former ally Defensor. Blitzkrieg was confronted by his teammate Zeitgeist, who turned out to be the serial killer Everyman. Everyman killed Blitzkrieg, adding him to his long list of murdered superheroes, but Blitzkrieg was later avenged by Hauptmann Deutschland, now known as Vormund, who killed Everyman.
Blitzkrieg possessed the ability to summon lightning mentally, at up to 15,000,000 volts. He can manipulate all forms of electrical energy, using them to allow him to fly, create electrical energy shields and cages, and electrical tornadoes. He is also immune to electricity, and can sense electrical transmissions and track them to their source.
Blitzkrieg received an entry in the original Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #2.
Blockbuster is the name of two characters in the Marvel Universe.
Blockbuster (Michael Baer) is a mutant, and member of the Marauders. The character, created by Chris Claremont and Michael Golden, first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #210 in October 1986. Within the context of the stories, Baer works for Mister Sinister.
Blockbuster is killed during a mutant altercation in the X-Men story called X-Men: Messiah Complex.
Blockbuster in other media
- Blockbuster appeared in the X-Men episode "Sanctuary."
- Blockbuster appears in the Wolverine and the X-Men episode "eXcessive Force".
- Blockbuster appears in Deadpool game voiced by Fred Tatasciore.
The Man-Brute first appeared in Captain America #121 (January 1970), and was created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan. The character subsequently appears as Blockbuster in Omega the Unknown #7 (March 1977), and #9 (July 1977), in which he is killed.
The man originally known as the Man-Brute was an ex-convict whose strength was boosted by a factor of twelve by Professor Silas X. Cragg. Cragg was an enemy of Captain America from the World War II era who had developed a variant of the Super Soldier Serum which he used to empower the Man-Brute. Cragg sent the Man-Brute to attack Captain America at a charity event, but when the Man-Brute ran into his own estranged son he became upset at what he had become. Man-Brute attacked Cragg, who backed into a high voltage machine and was electrocuted.
Renaming himself Blockbuster, he sought to acquire wealth for his son Robert, to give him a better life and keep him from becoming a criminal like himself. He robbed a bank, leading to conflict with the NYPD and then Omega the Unknown. Omega felt empathy for Blockbuster and his son, and let the man escape with the money. After Blockbuster robbed a diamond store, the owner offered a thousand dollar reward to which Omega responded. After struggling with Omega a few times, Blockbuster was incinerated by the second Foolkiller.
Blockbuster possessed superhuman strength, durability, endurance, etc. He was an experienced street fighter, although he did not demonstrate any advanced fighting skills.
Bloodlust is the name of two fictional characters in the Marvel Universe. Both are mutants and supervillains.
Bloodlust (Beatta Dubiel)
Bloodlust (Beatta Dubiel) is a fictional mutant in the Marvel Comics Universe. She was created by Erik Larsen, Joe Rubinstein, Terry Kavanagh, and first appeared in Marvel Comics Presents #48 (April 1990).
Beatta Dubiel was born in Wroclaw, Poland. She was a mutant with a bestial form, complete with fangs and claws. She was part of Critical Mass' Band of Baddies. The Baddies forced the mutant daughter to knock out Spider-Man and Wolverine, but they quickly recovered. The daughter then unleashed her powers, blew up the warehouse they were in, and defeated all of the Baddies.
She was later joined in Femme Fatales, and she was hired by the Chameleon to threaten an ambassador. Spider-Man intervened and saved the ambassador, making an enemy with the Femme Fatales. They then joined forces with the Scorpion and the Tarantula, but all of them were defeated by Spider-Man and the Black Cat. The Femme Fatales later received an invitation to join Superia and her organization of female criminals, the Femizons. They accepted, and battled Captain America and the Paladin in the process.
Bloodlust had enhanced senses, speed, agility, durability, healing factor, as well as razor sharp fangs and claws.
Bloodlust (Michael Browne)
Bloodlust (Michael Browne) is a fictional character from Marvel Comics.
Michael Browne was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. As a boy he was ridiculed and excluded because of his black eyes. He consistently has trouble controlling his powers (feeding off the emotions of others, generally happiness and joy). When he turns 16 he grew gigantic black leather wings and fled his home to live in the sewers with other mutant outcasts. At 19, his powers fully developed, his mind fully corrupted by evil, he began his life of crime.
He kidnaps an innocent married couple, sucks out their happiness and then kills them brutally, in public. He spells out the word 'bloodlust' in their blood on the street.
His whereabouts are currently unknown, but unreliable resources say they have seen him flying over Newfoundland.
Bloodstorm is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. He first appeared with his image obscured, in Nightstalkers #16 (Feb. 1994), and fully designed the following issue. He was created by writers Steven Grant (initial conception) and Frank Lovece (script and name), and penciler Ed Murr.
Bloodstorm is a genetically engineered clone of Dracula, created by the terrorist organization HYDRA's Department of Occult Armaments (DOA). He did not bear the same appearance as Marvel's portrayal of Dracula. Mentally subjugated by the one-time Lord of Vampires, Varnae, Bloodstorm was seemingly destroyed in the explosion that had appeared to kill Hannibal King and Frank Drake.
Other characters named Bloodstorm
The Blood Spider is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #367 (October 1992). The character was created by writer David Michelinie and artists Mark Bagley and Jerry Bingham.
Blood Spider is a mercenary trained by Taskmaster under contract by the Red Skull to create a team of mercenaries who would be capable of defeating Spider-Man. The trio were patterned after the superheroes: Captain America, Hawkeye and Spider-Man. The characters were called: Death-Shield, Jagged Bow and Blood Spider.[volume & issue needed]
Solo joined the fray on the side of the wall-crawler and helps to defeat the three villains and thwart the machinations of the Red Skull who was using the mercenaries to guard private files sought by Spider-Man in reference to his parents.[volume & issue needed]
Years later, Blood Spider appears with Death-Shield and Jagged Bow among the criminals vying for the multimillion-dollar bounty that was placed on Agent Venom's head by Lord Ogre. The trio's attempt on Agent Venom's life is interrupted by competing mercenaries Constrictor and Lord Deathstrike.
Of the trio, Blood Spider was the only character who displayed any superhuman abilities. He was able to shatter a solid concrete wall with a very powerful move, indicating he possessed some degree of superhuman strength. He was not as powerful as Spider-Man, and not nearly as fast. He carried a back pack and wrist devices capable of shooting webbing similar to that of Spider-Man, but much weaker. An ordinary human in peak physical condition, such as Solo, was able to tear through it, which would not have been possible with Spider-Man's webbing. Blood Spider's costume has several design elements that Bagley would later incorporate into the redesign of Ben Reilly's Spider-Man's costume. The most prominent of the traits is the use of a larger, symmetrical spider emblem on the front and back, the legs of which meet on the shoulders.
In other media
Blood Spider makes his animated debut on Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six, voiced by Benjamin Diskin. This version is a Spider-Man from an alternate universe where vampires led by the Lizard King have taken over most of Earth. As seen in "Return to the Spider-Verse" [Pt. 1], he ends up teamming up with Spider-Man and Kid Arachnid in searching for the Siege Perilous shards to free the humans, including his teammates, from Lizard King's control.
Bloodwraith (Sean Dolan) is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. He was created by Mark Gruenwald, Dann Thomas, Roy Thomas and Tony DeZuniga, and first appeared in Black Knight #2 (July 1990).
Bloodwraith is the murderous enemy of Black Knight and the Avengers. While Sean Dolan was known as Bloodwraith, Bloodwraith is made up of the souls of those the Ebony Blade has slain. He is an expert swordsman compelled to take lives, especially innocent lives. The blade is indestructible and able to cut through almost any material. The blade was forged from a meteorite and Merlin's magic. The blade can trap dead souls and absorb or deflect all kinds of energies and mystical power. Bloodwraith can sense the ebony blade and control it like a telekinetic. If separated, Bloodwraith can teleport to the Ebony Blade or teleport the blade to himself. Bloodwraith rides a winged horse named Valinor.
Sean Dolan was an amateur swordsman with no special abilities. When Sean drew the ebony blade, he found himself overwhelmed and controlled by all the souls of those the sword had slain, and became the Bloodwraith. The Bloodwraith was dark black in color and appeared in costume. The sword constantly craved new blood to add, and those it slew found their souls locked in an eternal battle of good vs. evil in a dimension inside the sword. Bloodwraith rides his winged horse, Valinor, and is an expert swordsman. He can control the ebony blade rather like a telekinetic. When separated from the blade, he can sense its presence and instantaneously teleport to its location. The ebony blade could slice through anything and, previously, would curse its wielder with petrification if its wielder used the blade to draw blood. When he wielded Proctor's sword, the Bloodwraith and Valinor appeared much more skeletal and could channel powerful blasts through the sword. When powered by the Slorenian souls, Bloodwraith became composed of an energy unknown to man, and both he and the sword grew to gigantic size.
Astrid Bloom was a college friend of Emma Frost and also a telepath. She began to school the then-inexperienced Emma in the more technical applications of her telepathic powers. Bloom claimed that after her father died, her mother remarried and favored Astrid's half-sister Yvonne over her, later sending her away after learning of her powers. Emma later found that Astrid's purported background history was a fraud: in truth, Astrid had mind-controlled Yvonne into killing their parents. She had also been subtly manipulating Emma in order turn her against both males and non-mutant humanity.
In a desperate effort to control Emma, while simultaneously framing Emma's male love-interest for the crime of assault; Bloom attempted to temporarily imprison Emma by trapping Frost's psi-image within her (Astrid's) own psyche, a technique she no doubt had utilized on others. This however proved to be a disastrous strategy to use against another telepath, as it allowed Emma to instantly review and assimilate all that Astrid knew about telepathic utilization and combat. Now armed with the technical skill to back up her far superior power level, Emma freed herself, then confronted and psionically lashed out against an incredulous Astrid. The confrontation was short, with Bloom having never stood a chance.
Astrid was last seen in a comatose state, after losing her psi-battle against Frost. It is unknown how long she remained in that state, and whether she retained or lost her mutant abilities after the M-Day.
Bloom's legacy however, was to leave a lasting impression upon Emma that baseline humans (and even non-telepathic mutants) were little more than "soulless meat puppets", who existed for the sole purpose of the amusement of those capable of controlling them. The Emma Frost comic series ends with an ambulance carrying the comatose Astrid into the distance; with Emma staring on, while casually listening to the background thoughts of others in attendance, and thinking that Astrid was right about all non-telepaths after all.
Had the series continued, it was this event that would have eventually set in motion the events that would see Emma rise to power as both the head of Frost Industries, and as White Queen of the Hellfire club.
Astrid Bloom is a mutant with various telepathic abilities. She can read minds and project her thoughts into the minds of others.
Blowhard is a mutant, and member of The Tunnelers in the Marvel Universe. The character, created by Louise Simonson and Walter Simonson, first appeared in X-Factor #11 in December 1986. Within the context of the stories, the character played a role in the Mutant Massacre.
Blue Bullet is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe. He first appeared in Invaders #11-12 (December 1976-January 1977), and was created by Roy Thomas and Frank Robbins. The character subsequently appears in The Invaders #4 (August 1993), in which he dies.
Johann Goldstein was a Polish Jew who studied science in the 1930s, with his older brother Jacob. When the German army invaded Poland in 1939 and began to persecute the Jews, Johann fled to the USA while his brother remained in Poland. He changed his name to Professor Jonathan Gold and began working on a secret project. He designed a suit of steel armor that was capable of flight. When the Nazis learned of his project in 1943, they captured his brother Jacob and ordered John to betray the USA and kill the superhuman Invaders in exchange for Jacob’s life.
As the Blue Bullet, John fought the Invaders but was defeated. When John told them what happened, they journeyed to Warsaw to free Jacob. The German army prevented the Invaders from taking Jacob away by firing at a group of Jews, obliging the Invaders to surrender. Using some ancient books of the Cabala, Jacob transformed into the Golem and freed the Invaders.
Later, Doctor Death (formerly known as Doctor Nemesis) kidnapped John to employ him in his Project Mojave, and Jacob was obliged to obey his orders in exchange for John’s life. This time, the Golem was forced to attack the Invaders in Doctor Death’s plan to force the USA out of involvement in World War II. When the Invaders attacked Doctor Death’s base, the Golem remained neutral to keep from putting his brother in danger. John escaped during the battle, but was shot by Sky Shark. Though the Invaders were able to stop Doctor Death’s plan, John Goldstein was lost.
Within the context of the stories, the Blue Celestial is the first Celestial whose birth is documented. It is made from the genetic material of Eric Masterson and Hercules, and the Black Galaxy, a place where Ego the Living Planet snuffed out all of the stars.
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Blue Talon aka Itto Yamura is a fictional character, and a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. A highly trained martial artist and mercenary, he fought with Daredevil. He was created by Gerry Conway and Gene Colan and was introduced in October 1972, in Daredevil Volume 1 #92.
Yamura is a renowned martial artist from Japan of formidable skill and strength. He was called 'Blue Talon' because of his cloak, with a taloned blue dragon on its back.
His personal history is unknown but he was involved in some kind of accident and defeat, which left him with scars and damaged his hands. After the accident, he left Japan, toughened his hands again with metal gauntlets and became an assassin and a mercenary.
During his mercenary career millionaire Damon Dran hired him. When Dran had the Black Widow as his prisoner (a partner of Daredevil at the time), he sent Blue Talon to kill Daredevil. Dran had overheard a news report suggesting that Matt Murdock was really Daredevil, as both were reported in San Francisco at the time and had ties with the Black Widow. Murdock panicked when he saw the news report about Daredevil and Blue Talon fighting, and rushed to the scene.
At the home that Murdock shared with the Black Widow, Blue Talon fought with a man he thought was Daredevil, but who was really the Black Panther in disguise. Matt had secretly asked Black Panther to pose as him, so that the public would not learn that Murdock was Daredevil. During the fight between Blue Talon and Black Panther, he accidentally struck and damaged a gas pipe. While Black Panther survived the blast, the resulting explosion seemingly killed the Blue Talon.
The rumors that Murdock and Daredevil were the same person were dispelled when both appeared on camera. With the media fooled, the heroes thanked each other and separated.
The Blue Talon is a powerful martial artist. His best techniques were deadly open-hand strikes, such as karate chops. His strikes are made even more deadly by steel plates he wears over his hands. With those, he can easily demolish a reinforced door with a single blow, or penetrate several centimeters of concrete.
Bob, Agent of HYDRA
Bobcat is a villain in the Marvel Universe. The character, created by Tom DeFalco and Mark Bright, first appeared in Solo Avengers #11 in 1988. Within the context of the stories, Bobcat is the leader of the Claws gang.
While a dance was held at his school, Salem Center High, Larry Bodine stood outside, too nervous to enter. Looking up, he saw Danielle Moonstar, who had been at the dance with the rest of the New Mutants, fly into the air on her winged horse. Larry instantly created a light sculpture of her, but when he heard voices, immediately destroyed it. Ms. Hogarth, Larry's principle, introduced him to Michael Xavier (actually Magneto who was acting as the headmaster of Xavier's School at the time). Ms. Hogarth encouraged Larry to go inside and try to make some friends, and suggested he dance with Kitty Pryde, who just wanted to go home. Despite that, Kitty latched onto Larry, and he offered to get her some punch.
At the punch bowl, he overheard some of the other kids from his school making fun of mutants, and when they claimed he was ugly enough to be one, Larry firmly denied it. As he returned to Kitty, his schoolmates decided to play a prank, leaving a note claiming they had called X-Factor on him. Larry had no time to react to the note, as Kitty asked him to head to Harry's Hideaway with her and the rest of the New Mutants. Kitty and Larry continued to dance at the Hideaway, but Larry was a ball of nerves, worrying that maybe Kitty and her friends hated mutants, like the kids at his school. Trying to break the ice, Larry told some anti-mutant jokes, which just managed to anger Kitty and her friends, who ditched him.
Back at his house, Larry continued to freak out, worrying about X-Factor. He began to call his parents, who were on vacation, but hung up before the call was placed. Finding no solace in alcohol, Larry went up to his room, where he considered calling Kitty and apologizing. But before he could talk himself out of it, the phone rang, and the voice on the other line told him that X-Factor were coming for him. Too scared to face what they might do to him, Larry committed suicide, hanging himself.
Larry Bodine was a mutant with the ability to manipulate light, and even build sculptures out of it.
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. He was banished to a prison since he shared his uncle's, Maximus The Mad, mental instability. Medusa freed him and allowed him to join the Future Foundation, but then Black Bolt allowed Ahura to be taken into the past by Kang the Conqueror. Black Bolt returns him and he becomes the new CEO of Ennilux Corporation. Ahura took a fleet of Ennilux zeppelins to help the Inhumans in their clash with the X-Men, and provided them with a device to destroy the Terrigen cloud. In an alternative time line Ahura becomes the new Kang.
Bomblast is a fictional character in the Marvel comics universe. He was created by David Michelinie and Mark Bagley, and first appeared in Venom: Lethal Protector #2 (March 1993). He is a member of The Jury.
Parmenter (first name unknown) was recruited into the Jury by General Orwell Taylor after the death of the General's son Hugh who worked as a Guardsman at the Vault with Parmenter. He claims to have fought in the first gulf war and Grenada. According to Screech, Parmenter is a mercenary whose main objective is money not justice.
As Bomblast, he once ordered that the remaining prisoners at the detention facility holding Tarantula also be shot. He appears to be one of the more blood thirsty members of the Jury. Bomblast and the Jury were later led by the U.S. Agent and financed by Edwin Cord. They were sent against the Thunderbolts but failed. The Jury later teamed with the Thunderbolts against the new Secret Empire.
Bomblast appears to like danger, and once used a knife to strike between his fingers on a table as a game to see if he would get cut. Fellow member Firearm seemed to get annoyed with his immaturity. Bomblast has a suit of armor that allows him to fly, he is also rigged with a gun harness that fires blasts of energy.
Boobytrap is a supervillain in the Marvel Universe.
Within the context of the stories, Boobytrap was hired by a mysterious employer who wanted Tony Stark, the armored Avenger known as Iron Man, dead. The Death Squad managed to track Iron Man down at his main office, and a battle began. Though Boobytrap (and the rest of the Death Squad) gave Stark a good run for his money, they weren't able to defeat the super-hero. After Stark was about to win the battle, the Death Squad managed to escape, but only because Stark couldn't follow them due to the damage on his jet-boots.
Later, the Death Squad decided to give the murder attempt another try. They murdered ionically-powered beings, at least enough people to get the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury informed Stark about this and he investigated 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 managed to escape in the heat of the battle.
Book had/has the ability to access the full range of human knowledge.
Boomslang is an Australian supervillain in the Marvel Comics Universe, most notably a member of the Serpent Society. He was created by Mark Gruenwald and Kieron Dwyer, and first appeared in Captain America #341 in May 1988.
The character subsequently appears in Captain America #342-344 (June–August 1988), Uncanny X-Men Annual #13 (1989), Captain America #367 (February 1990), #372 (July 1990), and #412-413 (February–March 1993).
Boomslang infiltrated the Serpent Society along with Coachwhip and Rock Python after Viper's invasion, and stayed with the group for a short time. He is an excellent hand-to-hand combat fighter, and uses snake-shaped sickles called "serpent-rangs" as his weapon of choice. He was notoriously incompetent among the other members of the Serpent Society, and many super heroes couldn't take him seriously.
He, along with Cobra and Copperhead, were sent by Viper to poison the water supply, turning civilians into snake creatures. They were eventually found out by Diamondback and Captain America, and Boomslang was quickly taken care of by Captain America's shield. During the battle against the X-Men, he went up against Wolverine, who defeated him quite easily. He was later sent by the group to watch over Diamondback, but when Captain America discovered his presence, Boomslang ran and was eventually gunned down by a group of teenage thugs. Captain America immediately rushed Boomslang to the hospital. During the AIM Weapons Expo, Boomslang was seen among the several villains attending the fighting tournament between many super heroes and villains.
Boomslang is an expert with using two snake-shaped "boomerangs".
Boomslang appeared as part of the "Serpent Society" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89 #6.
Within the context of the stories, Boost is a member of a sub-group of the Morlocks called Gene Nation who can augment the powers of other mutants. He is one of the mutants affected by the Decimation.[volume & issue needed]
Bor Burison is an Asgardian in the Marvel Universe. The character, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby as a loose adaptation of Borr from Norse mythology, first appeared in Journey into Mystery #97 (October 1963).
Bor, son of Buri, became the ruler of Asgard where under his rule he created the universe. He eventually married the giantess Bestla and had four sons with her named Cul, Vili, Ve and Odin. Out of all of his sons, Bor paid special attention to Odin who he groomed to become the next king. However, Bor was angered by Odin's decision to create humans which he was unable to reverse. Nevertheless, Bor strongly sided with Odin and the two went into battle against the Frost Giants. Bor went up against one giant, who was actually a time traveling Loki in disguise, and battled him, but was killed.
Loki would impersonate Bor's ghost to get Odin to defeat Laufey and adopt the boy that would become Loki. Loki resurrected Bor in modern day, but affected his mind making him think that monsters were everywhere. He encountered his grandson Thor and the two fought in a destructive battle that involved the Dark Avengers. Bor was killed by Thor who only found out about his identity afterwards by Loki and Balder. Hela later brings Bor back to life to lift Mjolnir, but when he was unable to Hela reduces him to dust. She then uses him to battle Thor once again.
Bor in other media
Within the context of the stories, Bora is a Russian mutant who was training as a ballerina when her mutation began to manifest. The growth spurt results in her reaching a height of seven feet and ruins her dreams. Embittered, she travels to America to kill ballerinas who had left Russia.
Bora is able to summon freezing winds from the arctic. She can use this for various affects such as flight, incapacitating others, blowing things over, and so on.
Bora of the Inheritors
Bora is one of the Inheritors, a daughter of Solus, and sister to Daemos, Verna, Jennix, Morlun, Karn, and her twin brother Brix. Like the rest of the Inheritors, Bora has the ability to drain the life force from other beings through physical contact. Depending on the power of the individual she drains, Bora's powers and vitality can increase substantially. Bora also has superhuman strength, speed, reflexes and durability.
Boris of the Zefiro Clan, was friends with Werner and Cynthia von Doom. His granddaughter, Valeria, was close friends with the von Doom's son, Victor. Cynthia learned witchcraft from Mephisto to dethrone the king of Latveria, but the powers were too much for her and she was killed. Boris and Werner buried her and the former was convinced that the von Dooms were cursed, but Victor convinced him to let him and his father stay. Over the years, Boris helped raise Victor after the latter's father died from extreme cold. Victor challenged himself to study both science and magic and eventually grew up to be one of the smartest people in the world.
Victor studied in the United States where he met Reed Richards and became scarred by one of his own experiments. Boris sent Valeria to retrieve Victor who, as the newly christened Doctor Doom, decided to finally liberate the people of Latveria and appointed Boris as his adviser. Since then, Boris has assisted Doom in many of his schemes against Reed and his team the Fantastic Four. He even aided Kristoff Vernard when Victor was believed to have died.
Boris in other media
- Boris appears in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends voiced by Alan Dinehart. Boris at one point actually defies Doom by releasing a prisoner without his approval. Doom imprisons his servant, but releases him later.
- Boris appears in Fantastic Four but is completely silent. He once again serves Doom.
Bouncer is a member of the Morlocks and was created by Chris Claremont, Kieron Dwyer, Josef Rubinstein and Bill Jaaska and first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #261 (May 1990). Bouncer apparently has the ability to teleport anywhere. Not much is known about him or her as the character is not actually depicted on panel; just the remnants of Bouncer's energy is shown. All that is known is that he or she was part of the mutant Pixie's group that tried to escape Masque.
Bounty is an alien bounty hunter in the Marvel Universe. Within the context of the stories, the character has tried to capture Spider-Man and was a potential recruit for the Avengers Initiative.
Within the context of the stories, Lemuel Haskill dies during the 19th century owing a debt to Mephisto. Mephisto makes Haskill his Bounty Hunter, condemning him to 50 souls of the devil's choosing to Hell or forfeit his own soul to torment. His debt comes due when he fails to bring in the soul of Johnny Blaze.[volume & issue needed]
Melissa Bowen was a wealthy socialite who married Nathan Tyler. Together they had a daughter named Tandy, but since then Melissa became cold and distant from both Tandy and Tyler forcing the latter to leave. Melissa remarried to Phillip Carlisle and left him to look after Tandy while she continued to earn various movie roles. In her own uncaring way, she considered paying for Tandy's education and other materialistic things as her way of "taking care of" her. This distance would cause Tandy to run away while Melissa considered this as a selfish act on her daughter's part as it cost her a lot of money to hire people to search for her. Years later, Tandy would come home to see her mother and father again and this time she brought Tyrone with her. However, Melissa was shown to be even more uncaring and inconsiderate of her daughter not caring if her wealthy socialite friends were picking on and molesting her. Having had enough of her mother, Tandy used her light powers to put Melissa and her socialite friends into a catatonic state.
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Brahl worked for Korvac as a member of the Minions of Menace where they fought against the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Guardians battled the Minions and Brahl was taken out by one of Yondu's arrows when he temporarily became tangible. He later joined the team simply known as Force and went looking for Captain America's shield and encountered the Guardians again. This time, Brahl was actually able to defeat member Martinex and his team actually defeated the Guardians. Their prideful victory was short lived however as the shield's power "to lead others" was merely inspirational and not literal and Force left disgusted. He later betrays his team to the demon Malevolence and even sells his soul to her.
Powers and abilities
Brahl has the ability to become intangible and can make other people intangible as well. He also can produce energy blasts and possesses sharp talons on his feet. He sometimes uses an energy blaster.
Brahl in other media
Stephen Blackehart appears as Brahl in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He bares little to no resemblance to his comic book counterpart, nor does he possess any of his abilities. He appears as a typical thug amongst the other Ravagers and is never referred to by name. When the crew raise a mutiny against Yondu, he sides with Taserface. Later, after Yondu is freed from his prison, he uses his arrow to pierce through Brahl, killing him and the rest of his former crew.
Brain Cell was found to be the one responsible for instigating the riots in the Morlocks tunnels. Professor X was able to calm him down and thus halt the fighting. However, the fate of Kevin was never revealed.
Brain Cell has a psi-link with anyone he comes into physical contact with, allowing him to read their thoughts and constantly broadcast his own into their minds.
Brain-Child is a mad scientist from an alternate reality in the Marvel Universe. The character, created by Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and Sal Buscema, appeared as a one-story villain in The Avengers #86 (March 1971).
Within the context of the stories, Brain-Child is a young mutant from the reality designated Earth-712 by Marvel Comics. Possessing a superhuman intelligence and psionic abilities, he attempts to destroy his world by launching a rocket into the sun to trigger a super-nova. He is defeated by the Squadron Supreme and the dimension traveling Avengers. The character is loosely based on DC Comics antagonist Brainiac.
The character subsequently appears in The Tomb of Dracula #11 (August 1973), #13-14 (October–November 1973), #16-17 (January–February 1974), #19-21 (April–June 1974).
Brand was hired by Jason Faust to torture and kill people Faust hated, using voodoo.[volume & issue needed] Dracula later killed Brand and made him into a vampire.[volume & issue needed] Faust defeated Brand using his voodoo, but the evil Doctor Sun was able to revive Brand.[volume & issue needed] Doctor Sun used Brand, whose willpower as a vampire was strong enough to resist Dracula’s ability to control vampires mentally, as a pawn to defeat Dracula.[volume & issue needed] Brand defeated Dracula, but when Brand turned on Doctor Sun, Sun destroyed Brand.[volume & issue needed]
Lucas Brand appeared as part of the "Vampires" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #20.
Moira Brandon is an actress and celebrity in the Marvel Universe. The character, created by Roy Thomas and Don Hudson, made her sole appearance in Avengers West Coast #100 (November 1993) as part of a flashback set prior to the formation of the West Coast Avengers.
Within the context of the stories, Moira Brandon is a movie star famous for portraying characters like Joan of Arc and Cleopatra. During her later life she is approached by Hawkeye and Mockingbird who are looking for a California base for the Avengers. During the visit she saves the pair from Crossfire, with Hawkeye declaring her an honorary Avenger. She had since passed away.
Ellen Brandt is a supporting character of the Man-Thing (Ted Sallis) in Marvel Comics. The character, created by Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway and Gray Morrow, first appeared in Savage Tales #1 (May 1971).
Ellen Brandt grew up in a loveless, emotionless household which she had hoped to escape from. She met her husband Ted Sallis and she ran away to elope with him. The two visited a fortune teller for fun, but she informed them that tragedy would befall their lives. Ted soon began working for S.H.I.E.L.D. and became lost in his work, causing Ellen to see him as cold as her father. She joined A.I.M. and plotted against her husband. When she revealed her true colors to Ted, she chased him into a swamp where he gave himself an untested super soldier formula and crashed into the swamp becoming Man-Thing. Ellen was frightened of his appearance and thus his abilities burned half her face.
Ellen Brandt in other media
The character was adapted for the film Iron Man 3, where she is portrayed by Stéphanie Szostak. In this film, the character is a war veteran who lost an arm and is injected with the Extremis virus by A.I.M. founder Aldrich Killian. She and Eric Savin have a confrontation with Tony Stark, where she's lured into a diner which Stark floods with gas from the stove then explodes by microwaving metal from dog tags before being blown out onto power lines which electrocute her, killing her.
Alessandro Brannex is a fictional businessman in Marvel Comics. Created by Tom DeFalco and Mark Gruenwald, he first appeared in Quasar #9 (April 1990). Alessandro was the C.E.O. of the terrorist organization A.I.M. on the island-country Boca Caliente. While making AIM into a public friendly company, Brannex tries to personally show Captain America of this legal change, and tries to get rid of Iron Man to finish a potential nuclear weapons deal. The Super-Adaptoid impersonated Brannex during various instances.
Leet Brannis was a 1940s gangster who operated from a local pawn shop. He and his men typically robbed jewelry stores and other places where they could get their hands on easy cash. Eventually, the superhero Whizzer caught onto Brannis and his men and foiled their plans.
Leet Brannis in other media
Leet Brannis appears in the Agent Carter television series played by James Frain. This version is a former Soviet whose death was faked and began working for Leviathan. His voice box was removed, due to the after effects of working with an experimental substance, and the only way he could speak is through a voice modulator. He is seen in the episodes "Now is Not the End" and "Bridge and Tunnel". He hires Jerome Zandow as his bodyguard while he attempts to steal Howard Stark's technology. While speaking with one of his cohorts, they are interrupted by the arrival of Peggy Carter, but Brannis manages to escape. He encounters Peggy again, but he is killed by one of Leviathan's men. His death is not in vain as he leaves behind a message before he dies.
Brass (Sean Watanabe) is a mutant in the Marvel Universe. The character first appeared in Marvel Comics Presents #65 in December 1990. Within the context of the stories, Brass is the son of Yuji Watanabe, the karate tutor of Ghost Rider's alter ego, Dan Ketch. An expert martial artist, Sean was trained by his father as soon as he could walk as a child. Sean then joined the Navy and trained as a commando operative in the United States Navy SEALs which is where he earned the nickname "Brass".
Other characters named Brass
- Selbert, a member of Project: Glamor (an attempt to re-create the Super-Soldier Serum) was known as Brass up until he was killed by Railsback. He first appeared in Marvel Comics Presents #1 and was killed in #12.
- In Iron Man #330, a large robot controlled by Morgan Stark was known as Brass.
Melinda Brewer was a student surgeon who after falling into a bad crowd became a druggie and found herself on the street desperately trying to get by. She started doing her medical practice on criminals in order to survive, until one day the Punisher showed up. With no other choice, she helped him and sent him on his way. It is unknown what happened to her, but it is said she left the country to continue her practice.
Bride of Nine Spiders
Not much is known of the Bride's past other than her being Nepalese. She possesses pale skin and her heart pumps the coldest blood imaginable. She is a member of the Immortal Weapons and participated in the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven where she was forced to face off against other participants. She was later convinced by her teammates to fight off invading Hydra forces. When the life of Iron Fist threatened by Zhou Cheng, she stood by his side along with the other Immortal Weapons.
Much like Iron Fist, most of her abilities stem from her chi. She can control swarms of spiders and hosts many of them inside her body. She is a master of martial arts and wears an unusual collar with long spikes that she can use as a weapon.
Bride of Nine Spiders in other media
Bride of Nine Spiders appears in Iron Fist played by Jane Kim. This version is a Korean arachnologist whose real name is Alessa. She appears in the episode "Immortal Emerges from Cave" where she is invited by Madame Gao to take part in a Da Jue Zhan (Grand Duel) against Danny Rand. She is the second opponent that he faces and is shown to be a master of seduction and poison. Alessa manages to strike Danny with several poison needles before he manages the strength to kick her down defeating her. As a nod to her name in the comics, her lab number is 'B-09 S'.
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Brigade (Rick Landau) is a fictional character created by Electronic Arts, in conjunction with Marvel Comics, in their first attempt to bring Marvel heroes to a video game platform, Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects.
During the invasion of Iraq, a US Marine Corps Recon platoon was gassed by Iraq troops during an ambush—or so the public was told. In fact, a "black bag" operation, led by elements of the CIA, went awry and a nerve agent, planted to be connected to Iraq forces, detonated prematurely.
Niles Van Roekel was looking to explore areas of tissue-regeneration and multiple brain stem merging. Roekel's men acquired the bodies. The corpses were perfect specimens: intact and filled with the lethal bio-weapon gas mixture, their flesh was still alive.
Elements of the hundred man platoon were combined with a single consciousness - the consciousness of the former platoon's commanding officer, Rick Landau. Brigade is capable of firing a variety of plasma bolts/ammunition from his hands and shoulders. Using this power, combined with his high rate-of-fire he can decimate even the strongest opponents quickly and with ease.
But, being a work in progress, certain mental 'irregularities' had not been perfected. Brigade was prone to fits of dissociative identity seizures where any number of his former teammates' personalities broke out, rejecting the singular identity. Besides this, Brigade is the ultimate warrior.
During the imperfect invasion of New York City, Brigade encountered and fought against Wolverine. He defeated Wolverine and later on was toppled by Iron Man during a raid on Van Roekel headquarters where all the other mutant specimens were being held in captivity.
Briquette is a member of the Hell's Belles, a group of female terrorists employed by the villainous Cyber. Her mutant ability gave her super strength, as well as molten hot skin. Through skin contact, she could melt any object. During the group's battle with X-Factor, Briquette went up against the mutant Strong Guy. Their clashing caused them to fall to the basement of a hotel, where Briquette aptly caused the entire building to explode by heating up the boiler.[volume & issue needed] Later, during their second encounter, Briquette grabbed Quicksilver and began to melt his body until a heat-insulated Strong Guy took her out.[volume & issue needed] Presumably, Briquette was taken into custody and remains there. She's the only Hell's Belle whose current mutant status is unknown, while the other Belles have been confirmed depowered after the M-Day.[volume & issue needed]
Brix is one of the Inheritors, a son of Solus, and brother to Daemos, Verna, Jennix, Morlun, Karn, and his twin sister Bora. Like the rest of the Inheritors, Brix has the ability to drain the life force from other beings through physical contact. Depending on the power of the individual he drains, Brix's powers and vitality can increase substantially. Brix also has superhuman strength, speed, reflexes and durability.
Broadband first appeared as one of the Genoshan survivors in the second Excalibur series.[volume & issue needed] There he stayed with the group along with his companion, Book and served as their communication in the destroyed island.[volume & issue needed]
Broadband has the ability to sense and receive electromagnetic transmissions, then project them from his face in audio-video format.
The Broker had once owned Century who escaped and forgot his past. When the Broker returned to claim him, he captured the members of Force Works. He beamed himself down to make a deal with U.S. Agent, speaking like a typical intergalactic salesman. U.S. Agent tricks the Broker into thinking he was giving up Century by replacing him with a hologram. They then cut off his hand which held a device that controlled his lackeys. With the mind control device gone, slaves wished to get their revenge, but Century stopped them. Much later, Century would kill the Broker himself.
Broker in other media
- The Broker appears in Guardians of the Galaxy played by Christopher Fairbank. He is a neutral character who owns a pawn shop on Xandar. Peter Quill arrives with the Orb that Yondu and the Ravagers were going to sell to him. When the Broker discovers that Ronan was after it, he gives the Orb back to Quill and evicts him from his shop. Later, Yondu and Kraglin arrive threatening the Broker into telling them where Quill left. He witnesses the final battle between the Guardians and Ronan and in a deleted scene is seen gladly helping an injured Quill after Ronan is killed.
Broo is a fictional character from Marvel Comics. He is a mutant from the Brood race, but unlike his feral brethren he is intelligent and compassionate. Broo was born in the lab on a S.W.O.R.D. orbital research station called Pandora's Box. He later joined the X-Men as a student in Wolverine & the X-Men #1.
He has been the object of bullying because of his odd behavior; however he doesn't seem to understand teasing and even takes it as a compliment. He has developed a relationship with Idie, and was at the top in his class behind Quentin Quire.
After discovering a robot placed there by the Hellfire Club in order to manipulate Oya, Kade Kilgore and Max Frankenstein show up and tell Broo about their plans, but he is shot and left for dead before he can tell anyone else.
Although Broo was supposedly killed, Beast had saved his life with assistance by Brand, Peter Parker, Reed Richards and Tony Stark. Broo was treated and put into a coma and once he awoken he had reverted to his feral brood instincts and acted like that of an animal. He spent some time as an unwilling student in Kade Killgore's mutant school. Idie comes with him for supervision and Quentin Quire comes to rescue them both. Quire advances the theory that Idie has fallen in love with Broo pre-trauma.[volume & issue needed]
Broo was often seen attacking fellow students and support staff at Killgore's school, random, brutal violence being fully supported and encouraged by the teachers.[volume & issue needed] He was kidnapped by the genocidal alien Xanto Starblood, who was going to teach Broo the hard sciences and feed him unique beings.[volume & issue needed] While on Xanto's ship, Broo bite a Bamf and was healed, restoring his self-aware, intelligent, and compassionate self, and the staff return him to the school.
Broo is a Brood mutant because he can feel compassion and has high intelligence. Like the rest of the Brood, Broo has several powers, including enhanced strength, enhanced speed, enhanced agility, ability to breathe in space, and insect wings that allow him to fly. His increased intelligence has resulted in funding for his beloved school; Broo has developed a line of pastries that cause the consumer to lose weight.
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Vanessa Tara Brooks is the mother of Eric Brooks, also known as Blade, in Marvel Comics. The character, created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan, first appeared in The Tomb of Dracula #13 (October 1973).
Tara Brooks had married Lucas Cross who was a member of Order of Tyrana a secret society that hunted vampires. So that their enemies would not find them, Lucas sent a pregnant Tara away to England. Tara changed her name to 'Vanessa' and was given shelter at a brothel owned by Madame Vanity. While going into labor with Eric, the brothel was visited by a doctor who turned out to be notorious vampire criminal Deacon Frost. Frost fed on Vanessa, but before he could kill the newborn Eric, he was driven away by the brothel. Vanessa died unaware of the eventual fate of her son.
Vanessa Tara Brooks in other media
- Vanessa Brooks appears in the 1998 film Blade played by Sanaa Lathan. This version is American and gives birth to Eric in 1967 as opposed to England in 1929. Also, she converts into a vampire and becomes the lover of Deacon Frost. When Blade arrives at Frost's penthouse to rescue hematologist Karen Jensen, he is distracted by her appearance and captured to be used as part of Frost's ritual to become La Magra. Vanessa then fights her son once he is freed and she is staked in an effort to "release" her.
- She makes her animated appearance in Spider-Man voiced by Nichelle Nichols. In this version, Vanessa successfully gave birth to Eric and put him up for adoption to hide him from his father who was a vampire. Later, Vanessa became a vampire and she was renamed Miriam, the Vampire Queen. She desires the Neogenic Recombinator so that she can turn everyone into a vampire. She is thwarted through the combined efforts of Blade, Spider-Man, Black Cat, Morbius, Abraham Whistler and Det. Terri Lee.
Within the context of the stories, Mark Diering was a nature enthusiast who decided to become a park ranger in Washington state. He eventually became an ecoterrorist to combat private land developers, who thought they had killed him and buried him in the Earth. He had a vision of the goddess of the Earth, who granted him superhuman powers and made him nature's guardian. Captain America tried to convince him to stop endangering workers' lives, but Brother Nature lashed out and use nature to attack Captain America. Caught in the earthquake he was attacking Captain America with, Captain America rescued him, but Brother Nature broke into tears upon seeing that he had ruined his forest.
After the Civil War, he was listed as a potential recruit for the Initiative, but was later hunted by the Thunderbolts when he refused to register as part of the Superhuman Registration Act. Brother Nature later fought the Thunderbolts, resisting the Superhuman Registration Act. When the Radioactive Man's suit was damaged, the Thunderbolts tricked Brother Nature into surrendering rather than exposing the forest to radiation. that would damage Brother Nature's forest. He was taken into custody, but still refused to surrender
Brother Nature has the ability to control various aspects of nature. He has been seen to control the weather by creating thunderstorms and other atmospheric effects. He can also create earth tremors and earthquakes. As well as those abilities, Brother Nature can communicate with and command a variety of animals, and can cause them to attack people.
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Brushfire first appeared attempting to rob a woman and her son, threatening to "broil" their internal organs. Gravity arrives just in time and defeats the amateur villain. He next appeared attacking police officers who were attempting to arrest him. Gravity shows up and drops a police car on Brushfire. Brushfire attempts to stand up, but Gravity suggests that he should visit the infirmary when he gets back to jail.
The character subsequently appears in Fantastic Four Annual #14 (1979), Fantastic Four #223 (October 1980), The Vision and the Scarlet Witch #3 (December 1985), The Avengers 2000 Annual, Marvel Knights: 4 #25-27 (February–April 2006), and Four #30 (August 2006).
Brutacus was a son of Nicholas Scratch, and a member of Salem's Seven. He transforms into a leonine humanoid with red horns, which has strength and durability sufficient to match the Thing or the Vision.
Brutacus appeared as part of the "Salem's Seven" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #19.
Brutacus in other media
- Brutacus (alongside the Salem's Seven) appears in The Avengers: United They Stand episode "The Sorceress' Apprentice" voiced by Tony Daniels.
A fourth Brute appears in Big Hero 6 #1 (November 2008) by Chris Claremont and David Nakayama. This version of Brute is not a person, but a personality construct created by the aptly named Badgal. Initially, Badgal used this construct to possess a random citizen, but later used it to possess famed scientist, Dr. Iosama Kojiro, and then later his daughter, Marys Kojiro. When the Big Hero 6 defeat Badgal, this construct ceased to exist.
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Archer Bryce is the C.E.O. of Bryceco which he inherited after the death of his parents. Years later, he witnessed the unveiling of the FACADE armor where he met Betty Brant, who was still grieving over her dead husband Ned Leeds. Bryce appealed to Betty and asked her out to which she accepted. During dinner, Betty pressed Bryce over his company's interest in the FACADE armor. When fellow reporter Lance Bannon died, Bryce attended the funeral for Betty and later lingered at the grave site.
Edward "Ned" Buckman, also known as the White King, was a Marvel Comics villain and leader of the New York branch of the Hellfire Club. He was created by Chris Claremont and John Bolton, and first appeared in Classic X-Men #7 (February 1987).
Edward Buckman, a powerful and wealthy businessman, become a member of the New York branch of the Hellfire Club, a powerful, secretive business organization. Buckman and his lover, Paris Seville, eventually rise to the leadership of the Council of the Chosen, the secret cabal leading the club. They take on the titles of White King and White Queen, respectively.
Eventually, Buckman invites Sebastian Shaw into the club, as well as Howard Stark, Warren Worthington, Jr. and Sir James Braddock; all rich businessmen. The latter three men are the fathers of the heroes Iron Man, Archangel, Captain Britain and Psylocke. Later on, Buckman brings Shaw into the Council of the Chosen with the title of Black Bishop. Buckman seeks more funding for Project Armageddon, which aims to destroy mutants using the latest iteration of Sentinels. However, due to Shaw's own mutant status, Buckman tells him that Project Armageddon seeks to isolate the x-factor in order to use it to create a super-powered army for the Hellfire Club.
After the confrontation between the X-Men and Project Armageddon's Mark III Sentinels, Buckman and his partner, Steven Lang, send their Sentinels to kill Shaw and his super-powered allies: Tessa, Harry Leland and Emma Frost. In the resulting fight, Shaw's lover, Lourdes Chantel is killed.
Seeking revenge and the control of Hellfire Club, Shaw and Frost present themselves before the Council of the Chosen. Frost takes mental control of Buckman and forces him to shoot each member of the Council, including Paris Seville. Shaw then reveals himself and proceeds to break Buckman's neck. With the Council wiped out, Shaw and Frost elevate themselves to the positions of Black King and White Queen of the Club. They replace the Council with their 'Inner Circle', which Shaw dubs The Lords Cardinal.
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Joe Bugs is a Morlock from the fictional Marvel Comics universe. He was created by Christos Gage and Mario Alberti, and first appears in X-Men/Spider-Man #4 (April 2009) in a flashback after M-Day, as a mutant who retained his powers after this event.
Joe Bugs was an insect-like man with red eyes, four wings, and a stinger. He was first shown flying out of a concrete canal tunnel with a Morlock friend stripped of his powers in tow. Soon a projectile bolo catches up with them and knocks them out of the air. Joe, one of the few mutants who retained his powers after M-Day, never stops looking out for his friend, even in the face of imminent death.[volume & issue needed]
Joe tells his mysterious attacker to bring it on. He asks if he thinks taking down mutants is easy work. The attacker laughs. He wishes these kills weren’t so easy, but unfortunately, he knows better. He thrusts, dodges Joe Bugs’ stinger, and plunges his hunting knife into his chest. For good measure, he slices off the tip of Joe Bugs' tail.[volume & issue needed]
Later, the attacker is revealed to be Kraven The Hunter. The Kraven is a clone working for Mr. Sinister. Mr. Sinister claims he just wants the DNA samples of all mutants, and decides to name this creation later.
Joe Bugs had insect-like powers and red eyes, four wings, and a stinger tail.
Bullet Biker is a supervillain in the Marvel Universe. The character, created by Tom DeFalco, Ralph Macchio, and Ron Lim, first appeared in Solo Avengers #13 (December 1988). He has appeared as an occasional opponent to Hawkeye.
Within the context of the stories, Dillon Zarro is a motorcycle stunt rider that worked for the Carson Carnival of Travelling Wonders. When Clint Barton's archery act becomes more popular than the stunt riding attraction, Zarro became consumed with jealousy. He quits the carnival, modifies his motorcycle, and becomes a daredevil supervillain known as the Bullet Biker. Years later, He is hired to destroy numerous art galleries in Los Angeles by an unknown benefactor. Hawkeye is brought in by the local authorities and quickly apprehendes him. Hawkeye recognises him as being Dillon Zarro, but does not disclose this identity as he is disgusted by his old friend's path in life.
When the criminal mastermind Crossfire places a bounty on Hawkeye's arm, Bullet Biker is amongst the army of bounty hunters looking to cash in on the reward. He and the rest are foiled by Hawkeye, Mockingbird and Trick Shot.
Bullet Biker's equipment
The Bullet Biker's custom made motorcycle is equipped with weaponry that can fire ordinary bullets and missiles. The biker costume he wears conceals weaponry that can fire gas pellets and energy blasts.
She was the Daily Bugle science editor.
Isabel Bunsen in other media
- A Viral Marketing for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 shows a Daily Bugle article written by Bunsen about New Yorkers expecting superhuman criminal activity to rise in the coming years.
Blake Burdick is a fictional police officer in Marvel Comics. The character, created by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, first appeared in Avengers Vol. 3 #62 (February 2003). He is a police officer and new husband to Peggy Rae. Much like her, he too has a resentment towards super powered individuals. Despite his closeness to Peggy however, he could not control Peggy's daughter, Cassie, from becoming one. He moves the family to Miami to get away from superheroes.
Blake Burdick in other media
- A similar character named Jim Paxton appears in Ant-Man, played by Bobby Cannavale. He openly shows distrust and slight hostility towards Scott and upon his escape from jail is determined to capture him, despite Cassie's belief to the contrary. He and his partner Gale, played by Wood Harris, realize that the "lawyer" that visited Scott in jail was actually Hank Pym, arousing their suspicion. They confront Pym outside of the Cross Technological Enterprises building, but get distracted when their car is stolen by Dave, one of Scott's friends. He later manages to arrest Scott believing that his adventures are a delusion, only to be proven wrong when Darren Cross in his Yellowjacket armor holds Cassie hostage. After Scott defeats Cross, Paxton apologizes and thanks him, letting him off the hook by claiming that he wasn't processed correctly.
- Cannavale will reprise her role as Paxton in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Sonny Burch worked for Cross Technological Enterprises as the Under-Secretary of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. When Tony Stark lost the patent to his armor after revealing his identity to the public, Burch picked it up in an attempt to improve his own and hopefully become the next Secretary of Defense, a position Stark himself would also run for. Despite this, he lacked the knowledge, care or even competence to fully understand the tech and it usually failed. Burch would cover his mistakes with money or by blaming his own workers. Burch's flair for averting blame finally came to an end when while attempting to demonstrate his new weapons for the government, which were made with the Stark technology, everything fell apart causing the death of several pilots and destruction of valuable property. With nowhere to escape, Burch stole a gun and shot himself.
Sonny Burch in other media
Tracy Burke was a famed photojournalist who fell out of the spotlight due to alcoholism. Her friend Robbie Robertson suggests to Woman Magazine editor, Carol Danvers, that she interview her for a position. Burke witnessed Carol take out some robbers without her having to change and joined her team as co-editor. Burke would usually cover for Carol whenever she was out as Ms. Marvel. Later, Carol is fired by J. Jonah Jameson and Burke is offered her position to which she is encouraged to by Carol herself. She would later quit and work for Tech Magazine to which she was much happier working for.
Burke continued to aid Carol and give her moral support whenever necessary, while Carol herself began taking care of Burke due to her age, though she was only 60 years old. Carol soon began doing more space missions which meant that she would see Burke less and less. After one such mission, Carol returned to discover that Burke had succumbed to cancer, causing her much grief. Through flashback, it's revealed that Burke once had a lover named Theadocia 'Teddy' Matthews whom she met and had been seeing infrequently. Carol had apparently known of their relationship and was there for Burke when Teddy had succumbed to her illness. In the end, Burke left a message for Carol telling her not to be sad all the time and to have fun with her friends at the beach.
Jim Burley (Agent X) is a villain in the Marvel Universe.
Within the context of the stories, Jim Burley is hired by Penner Security Associates, an organization of mercenaries set out to kill any disposable heroes. The team first attacks Ghost Rider, who kills all the men except for Agent X, who escapes out of fear. The two meet again after Burley volunteers for an experimental company giving ordinary humans mutant powers by running a special electric current through their bodies. The experiment goes wrong, and Burley is believed to be dead. Instead, he is given the ability to forcefully blast electricity from his hands. Ghost Rider defeats Agent X, though he is not killed.[volume & issue needed] He then begins leading the Next Wave into his own team of freelance mercenaries, where he sets out to rid the Earth of all heroes.[volume & issue needed]
Burstein worked on recreating the super soldier serum that created Captain America, and in the process created Warhawk. Years later, Burstein would hire Luke Cage to capture Warhawk. He landed a job at Seagate Prison experimenting on inmates one of them being Carl Lucas. He left Lucas in a "Electro-Biochemical System" when racist guard, Billy Bob Rackham, came to sabotage the experiment only for it to increase Lucas' strength and durability. He later gets a job at the Storefront Clinic with Claire Temple as his assistant. He reunites with Lucas, who had changed his name to Luke Cage, and asks him to rescue Claire when she is kidnapped by Willis Stryker who now went by Diamondback.
Burstein and Claire are later kidnapped by John McIver and demanded that a similar treatment be done to him as was done to Luke Cage, becoming Bushmaster. He and Claire are later rescued by Cage. At one point Bushmaster returns to force Burstein to work for him even kidnapping his wife, Emma, as leverage. Both he and his wife are saved by Iron Fist this time. He would continue to be kidnapped by criminals only for Luke Cage and Iron Fist to come and rescue him.
Noah Burstein in other media
Noah Burstein makes a recurring appearance in Luke Cage played by Michael Kostroff. He fulfills the same purpose as his comic book incarnation. After Luke Cage escapes from Seagate, Burstein goes into hiding, living in a farmhouse with all of the experimental equipment he was able to salvage. In "DWYCK," Claire takes Luke to see him after he is hit with the Judas Bullet fired by Willis Stryker, the only thing that can penetrate Luke's skin. He removes the pieces of the bullets only to reveal that he plans on using the information gleaned from him to improve on his experiments. Even going so far as to tell him that Reva Connors, who was his assistant at the time, was also in on this information. Luke destroys his equipment before he and Claire leave. However, Burstein is able to retrieve some of the information from his files. In "You Know My Steez," Burstein is seen in Stryker's hospital room following his defeat. Though Burstein's intentions with Stryker unknown.
Within the context of the stories, Emery Schaub was is an overweight fry cook from Morganton, North Carolina who is recruited to the Initiative program and given the codename Butterball. Despite Schaub's invulnerability, his lack of physical strength, skill, and wits make him an inappropriate candidate for the superhero program.
When Norman Osborn takes control of the Initiative, Schaub is part of Henry Peter Gyrich's Shadow Initiative assembled to retake control of Negative Zone Prison Alpha from the forces of Blastaar. In spite of heavy losses, the team completes their mission. Schaub has subsequently been referred to as a hero by Norman Osborn and used as an everyman figure for propaganda purposes by H.A.M.M.E.R., Osborn's military arm. During the Siege on Asgard, Butterball helps the Avengers Resistance. Later, Butterball is a founding member of a new superteam in North Carolina. He later joins the Avengers Academy.
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