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The Vanisher
Cover to X-Force #69
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe X-Men #2 (November 1963)
Created byStan Lee
Jack Kirby
In-story information
Alter egoTelford Porter
SpeciesHuman Mutant
Team affiliationsMarauders
Designer Gene Corporation
Brotherhood of Mutants
New Enforcers
Fallen Angels
Factor Three
Notable aliasesEl Hombre que Desaparece

The Vanisher (Telford Porter) is a fictional character and mutant supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Vanisher's primary ability is teleportation. He is usually depicted as an opponent of the X-Men. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in The X-Men #2 (November 1963).

The character was also portrayed by Brad Pitt in Deadpool 2.[1]

Publication history[edit]

The Vanisher first appeared in The X-Men #2 (November 1963), created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Born in Milton, Massachusetts, the Vanisher is a mutant and a professional criminal with the ability to teleport to any place imaginable. He commits a series of spectacular crimes including: building a large criminal organization, stealing continental defense plans from the United States government, and attempting to extort millions of dollars from the U.S. government. With support from a large group of non-mutant followers, he goes to the front lawn of the White House to await his payment. Professor Xavier and the X-Men are able to intervene when Xavier induces amnesia upon the Vanisher. Forgetting he has mutant powers, the Vanisher is taken into police custody and the rest of the X-Men defeat the Vanisher's mob.[2]

The Vanisher eventually regains his memory and joins Factor Three, a subversive organization of mutants who seek world domination. Factor Three attempts to start World War III between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Vanisher meets the X-Men again, however, this time, as allies. The Mutant Master, leader of Factor Three, is revealed to be an alien of the Siris race. The Mutant Master has a plan to conquer Earth. The rest of Factor Three, including the Vanisher, team up with the X-Men to defeat him.[3] The Vanisher is later held prisoner by the Sentinels, but is saved by the X-Men.[4]

The Vanisher disappears for a while, but eventually comes out of hiding to fight the Champions. To do so, he joins the Brotherhood of Mutants and uses reprogrammed Sentinels. He is defeated by the Champions and is trapped in mid-teleportation by Darkstar.[5] The Darkforce strands half of him in another dimension, with the other half in Poughkeepsie, New York where he is found by the X-Men. When Nightcrawler touches him they become stranded in another dimension. After returning to Earth,[6] the Vanisher organizes a group of young mutant thieves, known as the Fallen Angels. Eventually the Fallen Angels disband, and the Vanisher is left to his own devices.[7] Later, he joins a group of villains to challenge the Fantastic Four but is defeated.[volume & issue needed]

The Vanisher keeps to himself for a long period of time until he is mentally controlled by Asylum to attack the New Warriors and other superheroes. Darkling, a superhuman who also uses energies from the Darkforce Dimension, is defeated and the Vanisher regains his free will.[8] Later the Vanisher joins a second incarnation of the Enforcers, called the New Enforcers. Along with Eel and a woman named Blitz, the Vanisher is part of the Outer Circle of the Enforcers that becomes involved in a clash between the criminal organizations A.I.M. and HYDRA. The New Enforcers are confronted and eventually defeated by Spider-Man.[9]


The Vanisher seeks to understand his powers in greater detail. He visits the Darkforce Dimension but is captured by its inhabitants and forced to read them stories. He is rescued by X-Force's Warpath, who had been manipulated into performing the mission.[10]

The Vanisher resurfaces as a leader of a South American drug cartel, which is producing and distributing drugs such as Mutant Growth Hormone throughout the Americas. Stacy X, Iceman and Archangel are instrumental in stopping his North American operations.[11]


The Vanisher is one of the few mutants that retained their superhuman powers after the M-Day. He resurfaces in Japan, hired to steal a vial of the long-thought-destroyed Legacy Virus from one of Mr. Sinister's labs. Cyclops has ordered X-Force to recover it at all costs. In a confrontation with X-Force, he is injured and given a terminal brain tumor by Elixir, in order to secure his co-operation in retrieving the virus.[12] He transports the team to one of the bases, only to be attacked by clones of the Marauders and soldiers of The Right, under command of the resurrected Cameron Hodge. During the battle, he teleports away. He is later seen bound, gagged and forcibly inducted into the ranks of X-Force, for use as transport and extraction.[13]

When the Sapien League starts abducting mutants and infecting them with a modified version of the Legacy Virus, the Vanisher teams up with Warpath. While at an anti-mutant rally, he tries to get Warpath to leave with him, offering to take him to a brothel in Portugal only to be told to be ready in case anything bad happened.[14] He teleports X-Force to the Leper Queen and manages to disarm her before being sent off into the future by Cyclops.[15]

Messiah War[edit]

Upon arriving in the future, the Vanisher tries to teleport only to fail because something is blocking his powers. He is then shot in the neck by Deadpool. After being healed by Elixir, Wolverine makes him stay in front of the group in case there are any more snipers.[16] When ambushed by Stryfe's forces, the Vanisher is ordered by Wolverine to protect Elixir and Hope Summers.[17] After defeating Stryfe's forces, they split up, with the Vanisher going with Domino, X-23 and Deadpool to find out what has been blocking his powers and their time-travel devices.[18] During this time he begins showing signs of serious illness.[19] Together with Laura they find the problem, Kiden Nixon. The Vanisher tries to convince Domino to commit a mercy killing but Laura is having a hard time dealing with Kiden's situation.[20] When the timers run out, Domino kills Kiden and upon discovering they're still in the future. They're left wondering why they didn't automatically return to the present. When the Vanisher removes his timer he instantly appears in the present at the ruins of the Xavier Institute.[21]


Back in the present, the Vanisher's condition worsens. Needing help, he teleports to Utopia right in the middle of the battle between Selene's forces and the X-Men. He is rescued by Cyclops from an attack by Tarot and ordered to take Emma Frost to safety. Before the Vanisher can react, they're attacked by Banshee. He then teleports off to the medical lab looking for Elixir.[22] Upon finding Elixir in a coma, the Vanisher watches over him until Josh wakes up. He asks for the tumor to be removed only to be told to teleport X-Force to Genosha.[23] On Genosha, Elixir reveals he removed the tumor in the future and that the Vanisher is actually suffering from stage 4 Syphilis. Elixir tells him to leave because that's what he's good at and the Vanisher teleports into Selene's fortress to rescue Warpath. He engages in a battle with Blink, who teleports his arm off before he teleports out. Rescuing the other members of X-Force and getting them to safety, he tells Elixir that Warpath was always nice to him and demands to be healed.[24]

During the final confrontation with Selene and her Inner Circle, he works alongside Archangel and Domino in taking out Blink. Once the mission is over, the Vanisher and Domino go to Brazil for some rest and relaxation.[25]

Second Coming[edit]

Upon Cable and Hope Summers returning to the present, Cyclops orders Domino and the Vanisher to stand by in San Francisco.[26] Learning that Bastion was targeting teleporters to prevent the reunion of the so-called "Mutant Messiah" with the X-Men, Cyclops gives Domino instructions to bring the Vanisher back to Utopia. Hearing this, the Vanisher teleports to his hideout in Portugal only to find his girls dead and Steven Lang and his men awaiting him. The Vanisher is then shot multiple times before teleporting away, being left for dead in the middle of nowhere.[27] After this, the X-Men consider him missing in action.[28]


The Vanisher turns up alive in New York. He is a member of a group of Marauders that are brainwashed to attack the X-Men.[29]

The Vanisher is later found by Juggernaut and is coerced into taking him to where the Gem of Cyttorak is currently located.[30]

As part of the 2016 "Marvel NOW!" branding, the Vanisher later begins smuggling stolen vibranium out of Wakanda in order to sell it to criminals. He is defeated by Kasper Cole and taken into custody.[31]

Powers and abilities[edit]

The Vanisher is a mutant that possesses the ability to teleport himself, his clothes, and an as yet undetermined amount of additional mass. Apparently, the Vanisher traverses the Darkforce Dimension when teleporting from one place on Earth to another. His power appears to be psionic in nature. The limits on the Vanisher's teleportation range and the maximum amount of mass he can teleport with himself are unknown, but he can teleport himself and several others from southern California to New York without any visible strain. The Vanisher has a subconscious extrasensory ability that prevents him from materializing part or all of his body within a solid object, even if he has never before been to the area he is teleporting to. This allows the Vanisher to teleport with greater ease than Nightcrawler. His powers once interacted with those of Nightcrawler, sending them both into alternate dimensions.[32]

The Vanisher has used guns which shoot gas or energy beams. He also once reprogrammed Sentinel robots to do his bidding and can speak Portuguese fluently.

Other versions[edit]

Age of Apocalypse[edit]

In the dark reality known as Age of Apocalypse, the Vanisher was part of Apocalypse's supremacist rulership. He was ordered to retrieve Magneto's child while Apocalypse kept the X-Men leader busy. The Vanisher was able to locate Charles Lensherr in the Morlock Tunnels, but he was in the possession of the robotic French maid Nanny who killed the Vanisher with close-range plasma precision fire to protect the baby Charles.[33]

House of M[edit]

In the "House of M" reality, the Vanisher works with Pyro and under the authority of Exodus as part of the mutant supremacist rulership of Australia. They are opposed by the Hulk who is mad that his native friends have been harassed.[34]


An alternate reality Vanisher appeared in Exiles and demonstrated the ability to teleport from the Earth to a station in space.[35]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

In the Ultimate Marvel universe, the Vanisher is a member of the Brotherhood terrorist cell raided by Captain America and the Ultimates in Ultimate War.[36] He later reappears as a member of the Brotherhood.[37]

In other media[edit]


  • The Vanisher appears in Wolverine and the X-Men, voiced by Steven Blum. He is a member of Professor Xavier's future X-Men team. In his first appearance, he assists Berzerker in springing the Professor and other mutants from a Mutant Response Division camp. Later, he aids in the retrieval of Master Mold's data core from a Sentinel holding facility. In the present, the Vanisher is shown to be an inmate in a Genoshan holding cell. The Vanisher speaks to Gambit about how long he was going to be in the holding cells on Genosha.


  • The Vanisher appears in Deadpool 2, portrayed by Brad Pitt in a silent role.[38] An X-Force member, he has the power of invisibility, rather than teleportation, and is invisible for nearly the entirety of his role in the film, save for at the moment of his death by electrocution when he parachutes into electrical wires, at which point he becomes visible.[39]

Video games[edit]


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  2. ^ X-Men vol. 1 #2
  3. ^ X-Men vol. 1 #37-39
  4. ^ X-Men vol. 1 #60
  5. ^ Champions #17
  6. ^ Bizarre Adventures #27
  7. ^ Fallen Angels #1-8
  8. ^ New Warriors #33-34; New Warriors Annual #3
  9. ^ Web of Spider-Man #99–100
  10. ^ X-Force vol. 1 #60–71
  11. ^ Uncanny X-Men #408–409
  12. ^ X-Force vol.3 #7-8
  13. ^ X-Force vol.3 #9-10
  14. ^ X-Force vol.3 #12
  15. ^ X-Force vol.3 #13
  16. ^ X-Force/Cable: Messiah War #1
  17. ^ X-Force vol.3 #14
  18. ^ Cable vol.2 #14
  19. ^ X-Force vol.3 #15
  20. ^ Cable vol.2 #15
  21. ^ X-Force vol.3 #16
  22. ^ X-Force vol.3 #21
  23. ^ X-Force vol.3 #22-23
  24. ^ X-Force vol.3 #24
  25. ^ X-Force vol.3 #25
  26. ^ X-Men: Second Coming #1
  27. ^ New Mutants #13
  28. ^ X-Force vol. 3 #27
  29. ^ Astonishing X-Men #48–49
  30. ^ Amazing X-Men Vol. 2 #15
  31. ^ Black Panther: World of Wakanda #6
  32. ^ Bizarre Adventures Vol 1 #27
  33. ^ Amazing X-Men #3 (May 1995)
  34. ^ Incredible Hulk vol. 3, #83-85
  35. ^ Exiles vol. 1 #39–40
  36. ^ Ultimate War #1
  37. ^ The Ultimates 3 #1-6
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