Real Name : Amenhotep IV
Identity/Class : Cosmically-Augmented Human (Earth-4321; see comments); Egyptian
Occupation : Conqueror, former Ruler/Pharaoh of Egypt (c.1351 - 1334 BC)
Group Membership: None
: Aten/Aton (his god);
: Avengers, Council of God-Kings, Defenders, Dr. Doom, The Egyptian Gods,
Fantastic Four, Kree, Shi'ar, Thanos, Adam Warlock, The X-Men;
time-travellers (like Immortus, Kang, Rama-Tut, Timekeeper, Time-Keepers, Time-Twisters, Zarrko the Tomorrow Man, and others)
: Amenhotep III (father, deceased), Tiy (mother,
Aliases : Akhenaton, Akhetaton, Ikhnaton, Echnaton, Name translates into “Aton is Pleased”Place of Birth: Thebes, Egypt
Base of Operations
: Akhenaten (now modern Tell-el-Amarna), Egypt;
First Appearance : Incredible Hulk II#457 (October, 1997)
Powers/Abilities : Akhenaten possesses incalculable powers on a Cosmic Scale possibly on a scale of the Beyonder and surpassing that of Odin, Zeus, The Collector and the Elders of the Universe. He had Class 100 level strength and the ability to control and manipulate energy on an infinite level by tapping directly into the prime universal flow of the cosmos.
Height: 6' (variable)
Weight: 200 lbs.
Eyes: Yellow (formerly Brown)
History : (Historical) - Akhenaten was the last important ruler of the Eighteenth Dynasty, taking power @ 1351 BC. His wife, Nefertiti, was renowned as the most beautiful woman in Egypt for her time. He was the first Egyptian ruler to establish a monotheistic religion on one god he called Aten (aka Aton). To honor this new religion, he changed his name from Amenhotep IV to Akhenaten (“Aten is Pleased”); established cities devoted to Aten in Egypt, Nubia and Syria and attempted to obliterate all traces of religion to the Egyptian Gods. He moved the capital city of Egypt from Thebes to the newly built city of Akhenaten. His priests tried to adhere to the religion of Ammon-Ra secretly under his rule.
(Incredible Hulk II#457 (fb)) - Akhenaten also believed he was the spokesman for the god Aton. The mutant Apocalypse, while living in Egypt, forced Akhenaten to believe that he was his god, Aton, as Akhenaten requested his presence before his people.
(Marvel: The End#1 (fb)) <1334>- After a reign of seventeen years, Akhenaten was abducted by aliens known as the Cosmic Order who considered him an ideal example of human beings and a person with idealistic motives. The granted him the power of the Heart of the Universe, but his acclimation into accepting these powers required thousands of years.
(Marvel: The End#l (fb)/ Historical)- After Akhenaten’s disappearance, his throne was filled by Smenkhtare who was possibly a regent until Akhenaten’s young son, Tutankhamen, could take power. Tutankhamen, the boy-king, however, was reputedly murdered by Horemhneb, Akhenaten’s rival who also killed Kheperkheprure Ay, Akhenaten’s vizier, who stood next to inherit the throne. Horemhreb ordered all traces of Akhenaten to be wiped from existence as he restored worship of the gods of old and ordered Akhenaten’s tomb be emptied of his remains which were never found.
(Marvel Universe: The End#1)- After several thousand years, Akhenaten returned to Earth to resume his rule of it from Egypt. Still hating the gods of old, he warned Thor and possibly the other gods of Earth that his claims to Earth predated his. He annihilated all those alien races with previous designs on Earth such as the Kree and the Shi’Ar. He also destroyed earth’s champions known as the X-Men because he considered them a worthy antagonist to his rule. Ordering the rulers of earth to accept him as their new ruler, he promised an era of prosperity and rewards to all who accepted him including cures for AIDS and cancer. Expecting resistance, he then offered the Avengers and the Fantastic Four the chance to be his royal bodyguards, but before they could counter, the Thing tried to attack him and he killed all of them with one thought. He then hung their bodies throughout Manhattan as a warning to all who opposed him.
(Marvel Universe: The End#2) – Akhenaten also seized all individuals who presided from outside the timestream among with several time travelers to prevent them from altering his past. He also seized the spirit of Horemheb from the afterlife to make him suffer for his sins of the past before completely destroying him.
(Marvel Universe: The End#3-4)- Akhenaten abolished all weapons of earth and created an Imperial Police force out of the super-powered villains of Earth to weed out and destroy society’s undesirable elements, particularly the last remaining heroes of earth. Dr. Doom, meanwhile, having studied the hieroglyphs from Akhenaten’s temple from afar learned how he received his cosmic power and the exact time it occurred and then traveled back in time to 1334 to stop him and usurp his power. Akhenaten, meanwhile, expected this and confronted him in the past as he chided Doom for foolishly thinking he would leave his past unprotected. After dealing with Doom, Akhenaten stood by and watched as his past proceeded undisturbed.
Comments : Adapted by Peter David, David Brewer, Cam Smith and Andrew Pepoy.
In OHotMU 2006 A-Z#1 it was revealed that Akhenaton is from Earth-4321. This doesn't mean that at least some of the events of Earth-4321 happened on Earth-616 as well, but the extent of this duplication remains unrevealed.
Thanks to Erik Kampmann for following information:
I do not know if you are referring to the comics when referring to certain information regarding Akhenaten, but Akhetaton was not an alias of Akhenaten, it is, in fact, the name of the city he founded at Amarna. Its name means "the Horizon of the Aten". Also, it was Tutankhaten who restored the worship of the god Amun, not Horemheb. After Tutankhaten restored the old religion, he changed his name to Tutankhamen and his wife, Ankhesenpa'aten (Akhenaten's daughter, perhaps Tutankhamen's half-sister?) changed her name to Ankhesenpa'amun. And Smenkhare could have been any number of people, the name appears at the same time that Nefertiti's name disappears, which means it is possible Nefertiti became a co-king with Akhenaten and changed her name to Smenkhare. After Akhenaten's death, Nefertiti?/Smenkhare married Ankhesenpa'aten (who would have been Nefertiti's own daughter). But it is unclear who Smenkhare was, only that this person married Ankhesenpa'aten. The Aten was not so much a god as it was a thing. The Aten is the solar disc and the worship of the Aten is the worship of the warm, life-giving power of the sun's rays. It is not really a mono-theistic religion, more of a type of nature-worship. And Akhenaten didn't believe that only he was the spokesman for the Aten, it was the royal family, chiefly Akhenaten and Nefertiti, who were not so much the spokesmen, but more like the Jesus/God relationship that Christianity exhibits. And Tutankhamun is believed to possibly be the actual son of Akhenaten but through a second wife named Kiya.
I believe this alternate timeline does exist,
since Marvel said that Thanos: The End took place on Earth-4321. This
seems like a strange case where Earth-616 is the timeline that was
split off, with the original timeline continuing on "off-camera". (A
similar situation occured in the story where Kulan Gath took over the
world: the heroes managed to go back in time and stop Gath from
returning, resulting in the Gath-free Earth-616 timeline, but the
timeline where Gath took over still continued to exist, and was shown
again much later on.) As for another Thanos being out there with no
memory of fighting Akhenaten, I think that God-Thanos could've just
merged with his usual 616 self after changing everything back to
normal, which would be why 616 Thanos remembers the events of The End.
Profile by: Will Uchtman
CLARIFICATIONS: Akhenaten is not to be confused with:
Marvel Universe: The End#1, pg 34, top right;
pg 3, right panel;
pg 35, middle left
Incredible Hulk II#457 (October, 1997) - Peter David (writer), David Brewer (pencils), Cam Smith & Andrew Pepoy (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Marvel Universe: The End#1-4 (May-June, 2003) - bi-weekly - Jim Starlin (writer/pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
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