Art by Tom Grummett
The Avengers #69 (Oct. 1969)
Avengers #85 (Feb. 1971)
Exiles #38 (Feb. 2004)
Avengers Vol 5 #1 (Dec. 2012)
Roy Thomas (writer)|
Sal Buscema (artist)
|Notable aliases||Mr. Kant, King Hyperion|
Superhuman strength, speed, stamina and durability
Enhanced sensory perceptions
Great longevity and regenerative healing factor via cosmic energy manipulation
|Marvel Comics Alternate Universes|
|Marvel stories take place primarily in a mainstream continuity called the Marvel Universe. Some stories are set in various parallel, or alternate, realities, called the Marvel Multiverse.|
|The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe: Alternate Worlds 2005 designates the mainstream continuity as "Earth-616", and assigns other Earth numbers to each specific alternate reality.|
|In this article the following characters, or teams, and realities are referred to:|
Hyperion is the name of a number of fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The original Hyperion made his debut in The Avengers #69 (Oct. 1969), created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Sal Buscema, and is considered to be Marvel's pastiche of DC's iconic hero Superman.
Subsequently, Marvel has introduced various other versions of Hyperion, each originating in a different dimension of the Marvel Multiverse, with seven distinct versions of the character to date: three supervillains belonging to the team Squadron Sinister (pastiche of DCs Justice League), another villain with greater power levels than all of the others, two heroes from alternate universes, and a zombified clone.
The first Hyperion, Zhib-Ran, was a member of Squadron Sinister, gathered by the cosmic Grandmaster to fight against a team of Avengers gathered by the time travelling Kang. The group later returned to fight the Defenders with the alien Nebulon granting them additional super powers. The original Hyperion later learns that he's a duplicate version of Hyperion of Earth-712 created by the Grandmaster. For a while he replaced the Earth-712 version, but ultimately dies fighting against the Earth-712 Hyperion. A different Hyperion later appears with the latest Squadron Sinister but is defeated by the Thunderbolts.
Two years after the creation of the Squadron Sinister, Marvel created a heroic version of the team, the Squadron Supreme from the alternate dimension designated Earth-712. In this version Hyperion (Mark Milton) is a founding member of the Squadron Supreme, with the purpose of protecting the citizens of the United States. The Squadron later takes control of the United States, believing they could keep everyone safer by taking control of the nation. The desire for peace and control leads several members of the Squadron to brainwash several super villains and others who oppose their rule that becomes more and more totalitarian in nature. After a battle that costs Nighthawk his life, Hyperion realizes the errors of their approach and relinquishes control of the country. When the Earth-712 universe is destroyed by the Nth Man the Squadron Supreme ends up stranded in the Earth-616 universe.
In 2003 Marvel Comics launched Supreme Power, a new take on the Squadron Supreme universe, designated Earth-31916, where Hyperion is an alien baby sent to earth from a dying planet. The origin mirrors that of Superman, but Hyperion is found and raised by the United States Government to be a super powered operative. He later turns on the government and helps establish Earth-31916's first super hero team. It appears as though this version of Hyperion was killed during Marvel's 2015 Secret Wars storyline.
Other versions of Hyperion have been seen over the years, including the vastly powerful King Hyperion from an alternate universe, a Zombie version that shows up on Earth-616, an alternate reality Hyperion that first joined the Avengers and later became a member of the Earth-616 version of the Squadron Supreme and Baron Hyperion that led a portion of Battleworld during Secret Wars, fighting against several other versions of the Squadron Supreme/Squadron Sinister.
- 1 Publication history
- 2 Fictional character biography
- 3 Powers and abilities
- 4 Other versions
- 5 In other media
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The first iteration of Hyperion, created by Roy Thomas and Sal Buscema, debuted in The Avengers #69 as a member of the Squadron Sinister. The team was loosely based on heroes from DC Comics' Justice League of America, with Hyperion based on Superman.
Two years later, Thomas and penciller John Buscema created an alternate, heroic version of the Squadron Sinister called the Squadron Supreme, once again in the title The Avengers, using characters with the same names as those of the Squadron Sinister (this caused confusion in Marvel's production department, as the covers of Avengers #85 and #141 claimed the issues featured appearances by the Squadron Sinister when it was in fact the Squadron Supreme that appeared in both issues). In the 12-issue Squadron Supreme miniseries (Sept. 1985 - Aug. 1986) Mark Gruenwald picked up from where Earth-712 was last seen in Defenders #114 and revealed this Hyperion's origins.
The character is re-imagined for Marvel's MAX imprint title Supreme Power, where he is an alien who has been raised by the government. This iteration received a spinoff miniseries, Supreme Power: Hyperion, which showed a dystopian possible future.
This is yet another parallel universe Hyperion. This is not King Hyperion, or Supreme Power Hyperion, this is not Gruenwald's Hyperion. This is Hyperion without all that baggage. This is Hyperion with a fresh slate, for a very specific purpose. He comes out of what the big story is behind the whole Avengers three-year plan that I have. He's very important, very pivotal, and I think people are really going to dig where we go with that. He's not going to be our poor analogue for Superman.
Fictional character biography
The Squadron Sinister are assembled by the cosmic entity the Grandmaster to battle the champions of the time-traveling Kang, the superhero team the Avengers. Hyperion (Zhib-Ran) is apparently brought from a microverse. The Avengers defeat the Squadron and thwart the Grandmaster, with Thor shrinking Hyperion and trapping him in a glass sphere. The Squadron reappears in the title Defenders, reunited by the alien Nebulon. The villains receive greater power in exchange for the planet Earth, and create a giant laser cannon in the Arctic to melt the polar ice caps, which would cover the entire planet in water. The superhero team the Defenders prevent the scheme and defeat the villains (and Nebulon), with the Hulk overpowering Hyperion. ,After this defeat Hyperion and his two remaining teammates are teleported off world by Nebulon, and later return to Earth. Acquiring an energy-draining weapon, the villains plan to threaten the Earth once again but are defeated by the Defenders and the Avenger Yellowjacket.
The character battles Thor once again and encounters the Earth-712 version of Hyperion. He becomes involved with Thundra, but the relationship ends when she discovers a means of returning to her own dimension. The Earth-712 Master Menace transports Hyperion to his universe and informs him that he is an inorganic duplicate created by the Grandmaster modeled on the Earth-712 Hyperion. The Squadron Sinister Hyperion then impersonates the Squadron Supreme Hyperion for several weeks before dying in battle against the original. The Grandmaster briefly resurrects the character as part of the Legion of the Unliving, a group created to combat the Avengers.
A new Hyperion is made when the Grandmaster reforms the Squadron Sinister. Hyperion is joined by a new Doctor Spectrum (Alice Nugent, former lab assistant of Henry Pym); the Whizzer (now called Speed Demon), and Nighthawk. This Hyperion originated from the Microverse, as the original Sinister Hyperion had previously believed. The Grandmaster increases the Squadron Sinister's powers and they battle the New Thunderbolts. Thunderbolts team leader Baron Zemo defeats the Grandmaster, and in the ensuing chaos Hyperion and his teammates scatter and escape.
Squadron Supreme (Earth-712)
Hyperion, also known as Mark Milton, is a founding member of his reality's Squadron Supreme and the last known Eternal left on his Earth.. Four Avengers from the Earth-616 universe accidentally arrive in this Squadron's reality, and the two groups first battle and then work together to stop the global threat posed by the mutant Brain-Child.
Hyperion and the Squadron Supreme fall under the control of the Serpent Crown and battle the Avengers before being freed. The Defenders travel to their world to fight the villain Overmind and his ally Null, the Living Darkness, who have placed the Squadron under their control.
Following the societal instability caused by Overmind's takeover of the planet, Hyperion and other Squadron members resolve, against their teammate Nighthawk's advice, to assume control of their United States government, instituting programs aimed at increasing quality of life; for instance Hyperion helps establish a behavior modification program, which the team uses to brainwash the Institute of Evil and numerous other criminals. He becomes trapped in an inter-dimensional zone and is impersonated by the Squadron Sinister Hyperion (Zhib-Ran). Forced to ally himself with Master Menace to escape, Hyperion battles Zhib-Ran to the death; although he wins, he is blinded in the fight. After a battle to the death with Nighthawk and the Redeemers, a team formed to stop the domineering Squadron, Hyperion relents and relinquishes power.
Hyperion and the other surviving members of the Squadron Supreme travel into space to protect their planet from the expanding Nth Man, and are exiled to the Earth-616 universe. The team encounters the hero Quasar, and take up residence at the government facility Project Pegasus. Quasar and the Eternal Makkari rescue the Squadron when the team is captured by the cosmic entity the Stranger; Makkari realizes that Hyperion as an Eternal and teaches him how to restore his eyesight. The entire Squadron later assists the Avengers against the villain Imus Champion before finding the means to return to their universe. Once home, the team disbands, but Hyperion reunites them when he discovers a corrupt government has filled the power vacuum they left. With the aid of inter-dimensional adventurers the Exiles, Hyperion and the Squadron expose the government to a global audience.
This Hyperion was sent to Earth in a spacecraft, and seized shortly after by U.S. government agents who raised him in a tightly controlled, isolated environment. As an adult, he became a covert agent used in strict secrecy, but eventually a reporter came too close to the truth, and the decision was made to make his existence public, largely so he could be used as a distraction from the government's even more closely guarded secret super-operative, Joe Ledger. He briefly allies himself with Nighthawk and Blur to find and defeat the super-powered serial killer Michael Redstone. As Hyperion discovers that he has been systematically lied to his entire life, he becomes disillusioned with the government and eventually openly rebels. When the government attempts to blackmail him into returning by revealing his alien status to the public, he responds by smashing into the North Pole from space, creating a 10.5 seismic event.
In the Supreme Power: Hyperion miniseries, a hastily assembled team of superhumans is sent by the government to retrieve him, and the resulting battle—through an interaction of Hyperion's "flash vision" eye-beams, Nuke's radiation blast, and Arcanna's reality manipulation—sends the combatants into what appears to be an alternate timeline where Hyperion and the Squadron Supreme rule a dystopian world. This causes Hyperion (on his counterpart's advice) to rethink his ideas about power, humanity, and teamwork, leading him to surrender to the Squadron from his world. \Emil Burbank later deduces that it was not an alternate world they traveled to, but their own future; Burbank tells no one of his discovery.
Squadron Supreme (Earth-616)
His origin is that he came to Earth as a baby sent as the only survivor of a race of Eternals from a dying world. He was raised by a man named "Father", who named him Marcus Milton and taught him the morals of society. As an adult, he became the superhero named Hyperion and protected the world alongside the Squadron Supreme. When his reality collided with another, Hyperion was the only survivor, floating around in the void that had been his universe until a group of A.I.M. scientists pulled him into the Earth-616 reality. Hyperion was in the captivity of A.I.M. until he was freed by the Avengers and offered a place amongst them. Hyperion is among the superheroes that joined the Avengers due to the threat of Ex Nihilo on Mars. Hyperion was with the Avengers when A.I.M. was sighted in the Savage Land trying to extract the formula from one of the Garden's evolution pods. Hyperion later joins the Earth-616 version of the Squadron Supreme along with other various heroes who survived their home realities' destruction. This new incarnation of the Squadron Supreme are more dangerous than the Earth-712 and Supreme Power versions as they swear to protect Earth by any means necessary.[volume & issue needed] Their first public battle is the destruction of Atlantis which Hyperion enacts himself as well as severing Namor's head with his atomic vision, killing him instantly in retaliation for the King of Atlantis' role in the annihilation of Doctor Spectrum's home reality.[volume & issue needed] After the public death of Namor the Squadron Supreme become a very controversial team which puts them at odds with the Avengers.[volume & issue needed] Hyperion is convinced to take on a secret identity and later decides to take a job as truck driver.[volume & issue needed]
Powers and abilities
All versions of Hyperion possess superhuman strength, stamina, speed, durability, flight, and in a few cases powerful breath. Each also has greatly enhanced sensory perceptions, which extends to being able to perceive the entire electromagnetic spectrum (IR, UV vision; radio hearing and radar) and "atomic vision" - the equivalent of x-ray vision. The heroic Earth-712 version of Hyperion also possesses the ability to use cosmic energy to augment his life force granting him great longevity and regenerative abilities, courtesy of his Eternal heritage. King Hyperion has vast healing abilities and can regenerate even when his body is blown apart, given a sufficient amount of time. Most of the versions of Hyperion's powers and vitality are diminished when exposed to argonite radiation. The Earth-712 Hyperion also has a college degree in journalism.
Another Hyperion, King Hyperion from the Exiles series (see below), was a part of the reality hopping team known as Weapon X. This version of Hyperion is far more ruthless than his other incarnations, using it to defeat even more powerful versions of himself. He seeks to conquer alternate Earths with the aid of alternate versions of Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel and in the process kills alternate versions of Magneto, The Hulk, Wolverine, Thor, Namora, and others. He was eventually defeated by Blink and an alternate version of Gambit who used creative tactics to beat him.[volume & issue needed] But Hyperion survived even though his body was blown to pieces and he was able to regenerate and regain his full power. After which he seeks revenge on the Exiles only to be engaged in battle by two alternate versions of himself, including the Earth-712 version.[volume & issue needed] After which, King Hyperion is exiled to his home reality where Earth was completely destroyed by nuclear weapons in an attempt to destroy King Hyperion years before.[volume & issue needed] He somehow escapes from Earth-4023 and is later seen in Russia in the regular Marvel Universe battling the Winter Guard and the Blue Marvel, the latter of which manages to defeat him. After imprisonment in the Raft he was nominated for the Thunderbolts program by Luke Cage. King Hyperion tells the team he is the heroic version, and that the Hyperion who fought Blue Marvel had switched their places upon defeat. This turns out to be a lie, and he turns on the Thunderbolts during their first mission together. After briefly battling Juggernaut, he is brought down by Ghost, who uses the nanites in King Hyperion's spine to dose him with Argonite. Moonstone, Juggernaut and Man Thing savagely beat the weakened King Hyperion.
Marvel Zombies Supreme
Scientists in the mainstream 616 reality graft the DNA of the Earth-712 Squadron Supreme members to normal human corpses and zap them with radiation in an attempt to create a Squadron Supreme for their reality. The bodies are reanimated as zombies, and, believing themselves to be the original Squadron Supreme, attempt to escape the lab facility. Hyperion is the only one to escape, but his eating rampage eventually ends when he dies of mad cow disease, which he contracted when eating cattle.
In the Paradise X miniseries, a version of Hyperion is recruited by X-51 for his squadron of interdimensional heralds. in his reality, almost all superheroes perished in a nuclear attack by Earth's governments. He later kills Kulan Gath, who is responsible for the deaths of many of another reality's heroes.
Secret Wars 2015
Another version of Hyperion appears on Battleworld during Secret Wars in the four issue mini-series Squadron Sinister. This Hyperion comes from an unknown Earth and resembles his 1960's incarnation except that he wears long pants. Baron Hyperion's version of the Squadron Sinister consists of a Silver Age-styled Whizzer and Nighthawk but with modern-styled versions of Doctor Spectrum, who is Japanese and Warrior Woman, who appears to be a light-skinned African-American. Baron Hyperion appears to be more powerful than most of his other alternate incarnations and rules the province of Utopolis and frequently conquers and annexes other provinces. The Squadron Sinister easily defeats and kills their counterparts from another reality, Baron Hyperion effortlessly incinerating the other Hyperion, save for their version of Nighthawk, who is forced to act as the Sinister's regent. Baron Hyperion is arrogant and bloodthirsty and prefers to kill his opponents with his atomic vision. Nighthawk gets fed up with Hyperion's pride and secretly plots to kill him. Warrior Woman, who is in a sexual relationship with Hyperion also plans to overthrow him. Nighthawk creates a plan for the Squadron to steal an Argonite gun from the Shadow Province, which succeeds. Days later the Squadron fight and defeat The Fearsome Four after they tried to conquer the province of Europix, which Hyperion warned them against earlier. During the battle with The Fearsome Four in Europix the Argonite gun is stolen from the Squadron's headquarters. Nighthawk and Whizzer later recover the Argonite gun from Sandman who is revealed to have stolen it. Later Nighthawk frames Whizzer for the theft of the Argonite gun and Hyperion incinerates him. Sometime after, Nighthawk manipulates Doctor Spectrum into fleeing after a Thor Corp member is found dead (secretly murdered by Nighthawk) and Spectrum is the prime suspect. Warrior Woman secretly leads the heroes of Nutopia to invade Utopolis, all the while pretending to be sided with the Squadron. Hyperion is first caught off guard by the Nutopians but he eventually kills their heavy-hitters with ease, forcing them to retreat. Afterwards, Warrior Woman disappears which angers Hyperion to the point of destroying buildings and killing civilians. Nighthawk appears and shoots Hyperion in the back with the Argonite gun. Nighthawk reveals that he has obtained Doctor Spectrum's Power Prism and he engages in an equally matched battle with Hyperion. But Hyperion soon starts to weaken due to Argonite exposure and Nighthawk gets the upper hand. Eventually Hyperion weakens enough that Nighthawk disregards the Power Prism and strangles Hyperion to death with his bare hands, breaking his neck in the process.
In other media
- Hyperion (alongside the Squadron Supreme) appears in The Super Hero Squad Show, voiced by Travis Willingham. In the episode "Whom Continuity Would Destroy!", he alongside Nighthawk and Power Princess are pulled from their reality by the Grandmaster in order to fight Iron Man, the Hulk and Scarlet Witch. Hyperion ended up fighting Hulk in Egypt and lost because of allegedly 'held back'.
- Hyperion appears in the Avengers Assemble animated series, voiced by Brian Bloom. This version is an alien from another planet who attempted to end corruption with his team. However, their ways of ending corruption involved enslaving their own people in an effort to create order. When the people of the planet refused to blindly obey them, they used the Power Prism to destroy the planet, leaving Hyperion to search for another planet to inhabit.
- Introduced in season one, he first appears in his self-titled episode "Hyperion" when the Avengers attempt to stop a cluster of planet-sized meteorites from striking the East Coast. First saving Manhattan from a meteor classified by J.A.R.V.I.S. as an 'Earth-Killer' and when crashing the Avengers' battle with Wrecker, Hyperion introduces himself to the Avengers when they encounter him in his citadel above the city. Though Hyperion orders his computer Quagmire to show his origin story, he leaves out the part where he enslaved his people, and claimed that his home world's destruction was the population's own fault. When he tried to kill Wrecker on the Golden Gate Bridge as he was trying to escape, the Avengers stood in his way, believing that killing the bad guys was against the law. In a fit of rage, Hyperion fought the Avengers. While the other Avengers fought him, Iron Man used J.A.R.V.I.S. to hack the citadel's computer and found out about what Hyperion left out when he told the Avengers his origin, confirming that Hyperion was insane. Though defeated by the Avengers and placed in a special cell stating, Hyperion is later freed by the Iron Skull while offered a membership in the Cabal at the end of "Bring on the Bad Guys". In the episodes "The Ambassador" and "By the Numbers", Hyperion serves as a member of the Cabal while having the chance to take revenge on the Avengers, taking on either Thor or the Hulk. But in the events of episodes "Exodus" and "The Final Showdown", he saved by Iron Man when he is almost killed by Iron Skull's trap, to which Hyperion and the other Cabal members aid the Avengers in defeating Red Skull.
- Season two revealed that Hyperion's team did not perish, but instead, resided on ther planets waiting to reassemble again. In the episode "Nighthawk", Nighthawk appeared on Earth and mentioned about knowing of Hyperion's time with the Cabal and considered him the 'hammer' of the group. Hyperion later appears on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Tri-Carrier and frees Nighthawk with the intent to reform their group. In the episode "The Dark Avengers", the Squadron Supreme have become Earth's guardians thanks to the power of the Reality Stone with Hyperion as leader and the Avengers are wanted felons. Hyperion attempts to use his super-breath to incapacitate the heroes. He realizes that reality is being rewritten again after a power anomaly causes Captain America's shield to reverts and throws the shield at Captain America in an attempt to kill, however, Iron Man saves Cap from falling to death and one of Hawkeye's exploding arrows to the face soon takes out Hyperion. In the episode "Avengers' Last Stand", Hyperion joins the Squadron Supreme into enacting Nighthawk's plot against the Avengers. In the episode "Avengers Underground", Hyperion annihilates the Atlantean soldiers that have been sent by Attuma while throwing one of them back into the ocean to tell Attuma what he just saw. Ant-Man later transfers the Power Prism's powers to Captain America to turn the sun blue, which renders him powerless, so that Black Widow can defeat Hyperion. Nighthawk then teleports Nuke and Hyperion to the tower where Hyperion absorbs Nuke's powers with the intent on destroying Earth. As Nighthawk prepares to leave Earth (yet, he is confronted by Iron Man), the rest of the team stops Hyperion from reaching the planet's core by fighting him until he fully runs out of power. With the Squadron Supreme defeated, Hyperion and his teammates are mentioned to have been remanded to a special section of the Vault.
- Hyperion is an unlockable character in the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
- Hyperion is an unlockable character in the IOS/Android game Marvel: Future Fight.
- Hyperion is available via DLC in Lego Marvel's Avengers.
- The Earth-13034 version of Hyperion is a playable character in the IOS/Android game Marvel: Contest of Champions.
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