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|First appearance||The Avengers vol. 1, #2 (November 1963)|
|Created by||Stan Lee (writer)|
Jack Kirby (artist)
|Place of origin||Limbo|
Knowledge of sophisticated alien technology
Advanced knowledge of time and time travel
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Fictional character biography
The Space Phantoms are the servants of Immortus, Master of Time. For many years it was assumed that there was only one Space Phantom, but in the course of the Destiny War the Avengers discovered that there was more than one. During a journey back in time to 1873, a trio of Space Phantoms was caught impersonating the Gunhawks and the Black Rider. The Space Phantoms were previously said to have originated on the planet Phantus, in the Phalbo system in the Milky Way Galaxy.
Immortus traps individuals who become lost in Limbo, and due to the nature of that plane, they begin to forget their former lives and change into misshapen beings. Immortus conditions these into servants who can perpetuate his schemes and manipulations of historical events. The Phantoms can assimilate anyone, even to the point of torture and escaping notice of even mind-readers.
The first Space Phantom first appeared in Avengers vol. 1, #2, copying Giant-Man, Iron Man, and Hulk. During his battle with the Avengers, he first copied the Hulk, and battled Iron Man. He took the shape of a flying insect to escape, but Iron Man continued to battle the Hulk. The Space Phantom attacked the Wasp in his insect form, and then became Giant-Man. After fighting Iron Man he took Iron Man's form. He finally attempted to copy Thor and was banished back to Limbo because his powers couldn't affect Asgardians. The Space Phantom was the cause of misunderstandings between the other Avengers and Hulk which led Hulk to quit the team (over comments and actions taken against him by the others).
Since all Space Phantoms appear identical and can appear as any other creature, it can be difficult to determine which Space Phantom did what; the following activities have previously been attributed to the Space Phantom who first encountered the Avengers, but these may not have been the same Space Phantom. A Space Phantom allied with the Grim Reaper and impersonated Madame Hydra, and commanded a division of HYDRA in that identity. The Space Phantom battled the Avengers, but was shunted back into Limbo when he attempted to mimic Rick Jones who was then linked to Captain Mar-Vell. A Space Phantom was compelled by Immortus to impersonate Mantis to deceive Kang. A Space Phantom attempted to trick Thor into freeing the planet Phantus from Limbo, and allied with Thor to save Phantus, which led to Thor losing much of Mjolnir's power over time. A Space Phantom once encountered Rom in Limbo. A Space Phantom later encountered the Avengers in Limbo. A Space Phantom was used as a pawn by the Young God Calculus in a scheme pitting Spider-Man against the Avengers.
Powers and abilities
Thanks to the power of Immortus, a Space Phantom can assume the form of virtually any single object or living creature at a time. At the point that a Space Phantom assumes the subject's likeness, the model is automatically temporarily shunted into Limbo, and the Space Phantom materializes exactly where the subject was when shunted. The subject remains in Limbo until the Space Phantom resumes his natural form or that of another object or creature. A Space Phantom has no difficulty imitating a number of people in rapid succession, nor does there appear to be a time limit on the period in which he can imitate someone. A Space Phantom appears to be not able to duplicate certain powerful beings who possess magical enchantments; when he attempts to duplicate such a being he himself is shunted into Limbo instead (notably when he attempted to turn into Thor in Avengers (vol. 1) #2). While in the form of another creature, the Space Phantom gains all the abilities of that creature. It can even become an object that travels faster than light.
A Space Phantom has knowledge of sophisticated alien technology far in advance of present-day Earth and advanced knowledge of time and time travel.
In other media
- Space Phantom appears in the Hulk/Avengers segment of The Marvel Super Heroes, voiced by Gillie Fenwick.
- The Space Phantoms appear in The Super Hero Squad Show, voiced by Tom Kenny impersonating Peter Lorre. In the episode "Revenge of the Baby Sat", the Space Phantoms attack Ms. Marvel, Thor and H.E.R.B.I.E when they enter Limbo to find a way to restore Falcon, Iron Man and the Scarlet Witch to adults after they were turned to toddlers. A Space Phantom directs them to the Time Tower to restore Falcon, Iron Man and Scarlet Witch to adults. When Doctor Doom, MODOK and Abomination arrive at the Time Tower and take control, Space Phantom helps Ms. Marvel, Thor and H.E.R.B.I.E. fight Doctor Doom.
- The Space Phantoms appear in the Avengers Assemble animated series, voiced by David Kaye, and duplicate forms voiced by Troy Baker, Travis Willingham, Roger Craig Smith, Laura Bailey and Adrian Pasdar. In the episode "Ghost of a Chance", the Space Phantom swaps bodies with the Avengers to help secure a portal to guarantee the Space Phantom invasion of Earth. When the duplicates of Hawkeye and Thor are found near the portal device, Iron Man identifies that the two as Space Phantom duplicates. During Falcon's training, a Space Phantom replaces Captain America and attacks Falcon. Iron Man saves Falcon from a Space Phantom duplicate of Black Widow. While shutting down Avengers Tower, Iron Man and Falcon are attacked by a Space Phantom duplicate of the Hulk which calls forth a Space Phantom to replace Iron Man. While Falcon evades the Space Phantom Avengers, the other Avengers in Limbo are approached by Space Phantoms. The Space Phantoms have assimilated different dimensions, revealing this to Falcon. Back in Limbo, the Avengers fight the Space Phantoms in order to keep them from going through the other side. The Space Phantoms take down Falcon and remove his wing pack, getting through the Limbo portal in order to let the other Space Phantoms through. Falcon activates the Redwing Mode to trap the Space Phantom Avengers in a wind vortex that sends them back to Limbo. Falcon tells the Avengers that the Space Phantom duplicates do not have the actual Avengers' skills, taking advantage of this. After defeating their clones, the Avengers escape back to Earth and shuts down the portal so that the Space Phantoms can't get through.
- Avengers Forever #5. Marvel Comics.
- Thor #281. Marvel Comics.
- Phantom's entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol. 2 #15. Marvel Comics.
- Avengers #2. Marvel Comics.
- Avengers #106-108. Marvel Comics.
- Giant-Size Avengers #4. Marvel Comics.
- Thor #281-282. Marvel Comics.
- Rom #19. Marvel Comics.
- Avengers #268
- Spectacular Spider-Man #168-170. Marvel Comics.
- Beyond! #3. Marvel Comics.
- "Ghost of a Chance". Avengers Assemble. Season 1. Episode 3. July 7, 2013. Disney XD.