Real Name: Nathaniel Richards
(Earth-6311/Other-Earth; true Limbo) human;
futuristic technology user;
citizen of Limbo; former citizen of Earth-6311 @ 31st and 40th century;
His existence is unknown to the general public of Earth, and his true name is not common knowledge to those who do know him;
Of significance is the fact that Immortus represents the final divergent counterpart of Kang the Conqueror; as such he is a being unique in the multiverse: while imposters or illusions have existed, there is only a single Immortus, with no contemporary alternate counterparts.
of Limbo, custodian of a seven millennia period;
former conqueror, adventurer, pharaoh
Group Membership: (Note: these refer to Immortus only, and not to his previous counterparts):
these refer to Immortus only, and not to his previous
Dire Wraiths, Ravonna of Earth-8657, Space Phantoms, Tempus;
Immortus can summon and control limitless armies from across the timestream;
He has also used a number of robots (some of whom were designed in his Rama-Tut incarnation);
formerly Anachronaut imposters (Space Phantoms), the Avengers, Badoon, Cotati elder, Cotati elder imposter (Space Phantom), Electro (Max Dillon), Growing Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, android Human Torch, Hydro-Man, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Kid Colt, Luna imposter (Space Phantom), Malachi, Mantis imposter (Space Phantom), Martian Masters, Master Pandemonium, Masters of Evil (Baron (Heinrich) Zemo, Enchantress, Executioner (Skurge)), Mephisto, Moonraker, Neut, the Phantom Rider (Carter Slade), Rawhide Kid (Johnny Clay), Rhino, Ringo Kid, Scarlet Witch, Speed Demon, Taskmaster, Time-Keepers, Tobias, Tuc, Two-Gun Kid (Matthew Liebowitz), Vigilance, Vision, Volcana, the Wrecking Crew, Yellowjacket (Hank Pym);
Dr. Doom of Earth-772;
X-Men of Earth-928 @ 2099;
Iron Man (Arno Stark) and Spider-Girl of Earth-8410 @ 2020;
Jean Grey, Wolverine of Earth-9250
Odin, Thor of Earth-9260;
Sentinels of Earth-9891 @ 2035;
John Fury, Irondroid of Earth-90110;
Legion of the Unliving (Baron Heinrich Zemo, Midnight (M'nai), Flying Dutchman's Ghost, Wonder Man, Human Torch (Jim Hammond), Frankenstein's Monster);
Legion of the Unliving (simulacra of Black Knight (Nathan Garrett), Grim Reaper, Iron Man 2020, Left-Winger, Oort the Living Comet, Right-Winger, Swordsman (Jacques Duquesne), Toro (Thomas Raymond));
inhabitants of Earth-616, Earth-772, Earth-9250, Earth-9260, Earth-9930, Earth-90110;
possibly Revelation, Terminatrix
(Note: these refer to Immortus only, and not to his previous
further, Immortus manipulates beings for his own purposes, and many of those listed below may not actually be enemies, but simply pawns.
Akhenaten, Aliya of Earth-98702, Avengers, Avengers Forever, Black Knight (Percy of Scandia), Cable, Council of Kangs, Cross-Time Kangs, Fantastic Four of Earth-7712, Gilgamesh, Agatha Harkness, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Rick Jones, Kang, Libra (Gustav Brandt), Marilla, Rama-Tut, Reed Richards Rocket Group of Earth-8212, Scarlet Centurion, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, Supreme Intelligence, Thomas & William, Time-Twisters, Time Variance Authority, Uatu the Watcher, Vision, Yellowjacket (Rita DeMara), X-Men;
inhabitants of Earth-908, Earth-9002, Earth-9007, Earth-9008, Earth-9881, Earth-9904, Earth-89121, Earth-90659, Earth-98702;
presumably Alioth, Congress of Realities, Delubric Consortium, Revelation
Known Relatives: Unidentified
mother and father;
Nathaniel & Cassandra Richards, their unidentified son, and matriarch of the Eyriennes (ancestors); Tara (Huntara), Reed (Mr. Fantastic), Franklin and Valeria Richards, various Eyriennes (common ancestry); Victor von Doom (alleged ancestor); Ramades (son), Marcus Kang I-XXIII (sons, deceased), Marcus Immortus (son, deceased); Kang,Rama-Tut, Scarlet Centurion, Iron Lad, and numerous other alternate dimensional counterparts and their offspring;
possibly terminal Ravonna (wife, deceased (eventually!)), Marcus Immortus (son)
of Time; formerly General Immortus, Lord Immortus
formerly Bender, Blue Man, Blue Totem, Kang the Conqueror, King of Kings, Lireeb, Lord of the Seven Suns, Master of Men, Rama-Tut, Scarlet Centurion, Victor Timely, Whisperer;
possibly Iron Lad
Base of Operations: (Ah...I
started this intending to include Kang's info, but I got tired. I'll
leave it all here now, with Kang-only stuff in italics. Assuming
I ever cover Kang on the Appendix, I'll move that all there then.
Only stuff not in italics refers to Immortus)
The castle Tenebrae, within Limbo (outside of the timestream);
formerly the Tower of London, Earth-616, @ 1760;
formerly the Center, Earth-6311/Other-Earth, 40th century;
formerly Damocles Base, orbiting Earth-616, modern era;
formerly Purgatory, hidden in an extradimensional realm;
formerly Earth-616, Egypt, 2930-2920 B.C.;
formerly Timely, Wisconsin @ 1901 A.D.;
formerly the Kang Krossroads (presumably in some way associated with Limbo);
formerly the Council Chambers, apparently within Immortus' fortress in Limbo
formerly Earth-Amusement World/Earth-791014 @ 3900;
formerly Tombstone, Arizona, Earth-616, @ 1873;
formerly Camelot, Earth-616, 6th century
formerly Earth-616, Egypt, 2950-2940 B.C.;
formerly Earth-6311/Other-Earth, 31st century
Place of Birth: ???, Earth-6311/Other-Earth
Education: Extensively self-taught, tutored by the Time-Keepers
(Behind-the-scenes) Avengers I#2 (November, 1963)
(true appearance) Avengers I#10 (November, 1964)
Powers/Abilities: Immortus ages at a slightly slower rate than modern humanity. He is an expert in travel through and manipulation of time, and has mastered the advanced technology of future millennia. He can teleport at will, presumably by using his technologies and accessing the realm of Limbo. On one occasion he transformed a living being into protoplasm and then restored him to human form shortly thereafter. Especially within Limbo, he can sometimes affect the flow of time around others, reversing events or changing the time that has past between them. Limbo itself is ever a reflection of his moods, and it often appears vastly different.
He is a master planner and manipulator. Though some of his past selves were master combatants, Immortus rarely, if ever, engages in personal combat, preferring to use minions or technology for this. He frequently summons warriors from past and future times, as well as alternate dimensions. He also utilizes the Space Phantoms to impersonate other objects or beings.
According to some sources, Immortus is truly immortal, and will
continue to exist as long as time itself. In other sources, he
Within Limbo, Immortus can overrule other enchantments, such as those on Thor's hammer.
Immortus has held the Forever Crystal, which he has used to obliterate entire realities, create or prevent divergences, and even to create a divergence with both aspects existing in the same reality.
Weight: 230 lbs.
Hair: Black (formerly gray)
(What If? II#39 / Avengers Forever#9 (fb)) - Immortus was originally born Nathaniel Richards of Earth-6311 (Other-Earth), named for his ancestor, Nathaniel Richards the Benefactor.
(Young Avengers#2 (fb)) <3016 (Other-Earth calendar)> - At age 16, Nathaniel had developed an early Growing Man stimuloid. He was attacked at his schoolyard by Morgan, a bully who had humiliated him for years. Morgan slit Nathaniel's throat with the point of his anti-gravity unit. Nathaniel nearly died, spending a year in the hospital and almost bankrupting his parents.
(Fantastic Four I#19 (fb)) - As an adult, Nathaniel found himself a man of action in an age of peace. Viewing history tapes (presumably brought to Earth-6311 by Richards the Benefactor and including cross-dimensional recordings following Richards' departure from Earth-616), Nathaniel learned of the Fantastic Four and others of the heroic age of Earth-616 (though he may not have been initially aware that these beings were not from the past of his Earth).
(Avengers Forever#9 (fb)) - Seeking adventure and excitement--like he had observed in his --in an age of peace and contentment, Nathaniel delved into his geneological history, finding the relics of an ancestor which some claimed to be Dr. Doom of the heroic era of Earth-616, while others claimed them to be Richards the Benefactor himself. These relics included the fortress of the Warlord, an alias used by Richards' wife, Cassandra, and mistakenly believed by many at the time to have been Nathaniel himself.
(What If? II#39 / Avengers Forever#9 (fb)) - Nathaniel Richards visited the ruins of the Warlord's fortress, left behind by his ancestor, Nathaniel Richards of Earth-616 some 1800 years before. He discovered a number of powerful weapons, which he began programming to serve his own ends. He also stumbled upon Nathaniel Richards' time platform, swiftly recognizing it for what it was.
(What If? II#39) - At
this point, in response to a threat of Richards' future
incarnation Immortus, the Time Variance Authority sent the
Fantastic Four of Earth-7712 to use of the Saturnyne Symbiont--a
chronosynclastic nucleus designed by the scientists of omniversal
majestrix Saturnyne, whose function was to weaken an organism's
natural resistance to time energy. Implanted within Richards,
this would make it impossible for him to store the nexus power
and thus prevent him from becoming a temporal quantum wave as
Immortus had become. Uatu suggested sending the Reed Richards
Rocket Group--Earth-8212 Fantastic Four counterparts who had
never gained their powers--to facilitate Richards' exposure to
the Symbiont. However, the deputy secretary instead decided to
send the more powerful Fantastic Four of Earth-7712 (Big Brain,
Dragonfly, Mandroid, Ultra-Woman). This group failed, as their
imposing nature made Richards' distrust them, and Richards' used
the re-programmed weaponry from the Fortress to slay them all.
The TVA then agreed to Uatu's original proposal, and the Rocket Group succeeded, as they appeared to be less threatening. Reed Richards of Earth-8212 convinced Nathaniel of his honesty by allowing him to sample both of their DNA and confirming Reed to be Nathaniel to be related. Accepting the reality of Immortus' threat, Nathaniel Richards agreed to willingly take the Symbiont, erasing Immortus' accumulated temporal energy and resolving the threat.
(Fantastic Four I#19 (fb) / Avengers Forever#9 (fb)) - Working from the remains of the Benefactor's device, Nathaniel 3000 constructed his own time machine in the shape of an ancient idol, a Sphinx, and he used it to travel back in time to the past of Earth-616, becoming Rama-Tut.
See OHotMU entries for further information as Rama-Tut became the Scarlet Centurion, then Kang, as well as Victor Timely, then Rama-Tut again.
(Thor I#282 (fb)) - In the twilight of his earthly years, Rama-Tut decided to thwart death's impending embrace by sequestering himself forever in ageless Limbo. He intended to spend eternity there furthering his studies of time. Using laborers salvaged from his earlier existence, he built an immense castle. Proclaiming himself lord of Limbo and Master of Time, he donned his final regalia and assumed the identity of Immortus.
(Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Immortus observed Earth-78411 (Dinosaur World) inhabitants Devil Dinosaur and Moonboy.
(Thor I#282 (fb) /
Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Immortus was visited by the Time-Keepers
who claimed to have culled him from the ranks of time travelers
to be tutored in the secrets of time so that he might help them
in their custodianship of the timestream. Immortus learned a vast
amount from the Time-Keepers dwarfing everything else he had
learned in his five existences.
As the Time-Keepers' apprentice, Immortus was assigned to oversee the seven millennia in which he had lived (@ 3000 BC - 4000 AD). His task was to monitor all time travel therein and untangle the multiplicities he had created in former lives.
(Avengers Forever#8 (fb) - BTS) - The Time-Keepers gave Immortus machinery which would allow him to exist in Limbo eternally without being transformed into a Space Phantom.
(Thor I#282 (fb)) -
Immortus fashioned Tempus from the very ether of Limbo and took
the Space Phantom(s) as his servants.
(Avengers: Terminatrix Objective#3 (fb) - BTS) - Tempus appeared to Immortus, constructed and sent to him by his own terminal future self to perform his duties in the earlier days of his life.
(Avengers I#269 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus engineered the temporal turbulence that first brought Rama-Tut to the modern era of Earth-616.
(Avengers I#269 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus engineered further temporal turbulence that caused the future Kang to overshoot the era of his birth and first arrive in the 40th century of Earth-6311.
(Avengers West Coast#61 (fb) - BTS / Avengers West Coast#62 (fb) - BTS / Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - At some point Immortus recognized the Scarlet Witch to be a nexus being, belonging equally to all possible timelines. Any children she bore would be so powerful as to stand among the great forces of the universe and would have the potential to rock the cosmos itself. They showed him a glimpse of "Earth-9972" in which the Scarlet Witch's children challenged Eternity itself.
(Avengers Forever#8 (fb))
- The Time-Keepers wanted to prevent the existence of the Scarlet
Witch's children and charged Immortus to slay her outright.
Immortus chose to avoid killing whenever possible and sought
(Avengers West Coast#61 (fb) - BTS / Avengers West Coast#62 (fb) - BTS) - Through the Scarlet Witch's power all realities, divergences, and futures could be totally safeguarded and inexorably controlled. While the Time-Keepers wished Immortus to use this power only to safeguard certain events to assure a future event (their own existence), Immortus sought the power to gain total mastery of the time period of which he was custodian. Her hex power would enable her to specifically manipulate those realities under Immortus domain.
(Avengers West Coast#61 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus plotted to break up the Avengers before the Scarlet Witch could ever join them, as this would make her easier to manipulate.
(Avengers I#2 - BTS / Thor I#281 (fb) / Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Immortus sent the Space Phantom to plague the Avengers at the Time-Keepers' direction, intending to break them up so that they might never become a threat to the Keepers' existence.
(Avengers I#6 -7 - BTS / Avengers I#10 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus observed the Masters of Evil's struggles against the Avengers.
(Avengers I#8 - BTS / Avengers I#10 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus observed Kang's battle against the Avengers.
(Avengers I#9 - BTS / Avengers I#10 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus observed the Masters of Evil's struggles against the Avengers.
(Thor I#282 (fb) / Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Wishing to know how Kang had affected the Avengers' development and intending to destroy the Avengers himself, Immortus decided to interact with them directly.
(Avengers I#10 /
Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Immortus mentally contacted the
Enchantress on Earth-616, then appeared before her and her allies,
Heinrich Zemo and the Executioner, announcing his desire to join
them in battling the Avengers. He further told them that he
intended to conquer this century and he might permit them to
serve as his underlings. When the Executioner attacked Immortus,
he teleported away, but he proved his power by summoning "Paul
Bunyan" (a Space Phantom) to battle the Executioner. To
prove his loyalty, Zemo instructed him to destroy one of the
Avengers, and Immortus accepted promising to destroy them all.
Via an advertisement for super-powers, Immortus lured Rick Jones to him, then summoned "Attila the Hun" to capture Rick and had him brought to the Tower of London @ 1760 A.D. Rick's absence led Captain America to track down Immortus, who told Cap that the other Avengers had hired him to capture Rick so they could better control Cap. Immortus instructed Captain America to bring the Avengers to him and he would return Rick. After a brief struggle, the Avengers agreed to accompany Cap to Immortus, who then revealed that Rick had merely been bait to bring the Avengers to him. He then summoned the biblical "Goliath," "Merlin," and "Hercules," but they were defeated by Giant-Man and the Wasp, Iron Man, and Thor respectively. Immortus then transported Captain America back to 1760 with him and commanded the Tower guards to defeat him, telling Cap that Rick was in the Tower and was his to rescue if he could. Cap defeated the guards and freed Rick, and Immortus--impressed by Captain America's bravery--honored his promise and returned them both to their own time.
"Meanwhile," Zemo, the Enchantress, and the Executioner ambushed the Avengers, but Captain America and Rick then arrived, with Cap turning the tide of the battle. As the Masters faced defeat, the Enchantress providing their escape by going back to their own past and then forcing herself to break contact with Immortus before he could appear before them.
The Masters of Evil retained their memory of these events, while the Avengers did not, at least not initially.
(Avengers I#16) - As the Avengers made big news with their line-up change, Immortus vowed to never rest until they had been destroyed forever.
(Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Impressed with the Avengers, Immortus decided to defy the Time-Keepers: he would observe the Avengers and shepherd them, but not destroy them.
(Avengers Forever#8 (fb) - BTS) - As he had time aplenty, Immortus decided he would rather work his will through guile than force, as a man who does not know he had been meddled with does not fight back.
(Fantastic Four Annual#2 - BTS / Avengers Forever#6 - BTS) - Immortus observed the meeting of Dr. Doom and the younger incarnation of Rama-Tut.
(Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - ???
(What If I#29 (fb) - BTS / Avengers I#56 - BTS / Avengers Annual#2 - BTS) - While returning from a time traveling trip to 1945, the Avengers were transported to Earth-689 by the Scarlet Centurion (a previous incarnation of Immortus) who intended them to help facilitate his conquering of that reality, but they defeated him instead, banishing him within the timestream. It is believed that Immortus influenced the Scarlet Centurion's actions to engineer his defeat.
(Avengers I#81 - BTS / Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Immortus found his solution to the problem of the Scarlet Witch's children in the slow-growing attraction between her and the android Vision. He plotted to bind them together, so that she could have no children.
(Avengers I#89-97 - BTS / Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Immortus closely monitored the events of the Kree-Skrull war, in which the Avengers meddled with both sides in this interstellar conflict. The consequence was that the Destiny Force--the ultimate power that lay dormant within all of humanity--was unleashed within Rick Jones. As Rick did not retain the power and the Avengers returned to Earth, Immortus felt that everything had been safely resolved.
(Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - The Time-Keepers confronted Immortus, showing him the future reality of Earth-9812, in which the Avengers had become the Avengers Galactic Battalion, a warlike intergalactic army that expanded the Terran empire throughout across the universe. They also showed him other futures, such as Earth-9970 and Earth-9971, in which the galaxy fell before humanity under other circumstances. Immortus apologized, promising to see that none of these would come about. The Time-Keepers told him that if he failed to do so, they would destroy not only the Avengers but humanity itself to stop their scourge.
(Avengers I#107-108 - BTS / Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Since the Vision seemed too reserved to woo the Scarlet Witch without encouragement, Immortus sent the Space Phantom to join forces with the Grim Reaper to tempt the Vision with an offer of a human body (Captain America's body). Immortus knew the Vision would never go through with such a plan, but the gambit served its purpose by bringing the Vision to the realization that he did not need a human body to be human.
(Avengers Forever#10 (fb)) - Immortus appeared in the past of Earth-691, Earth-2120, Earth-9930, and other realities (possibly Earth-616 as well), visiting the staging base of a militant race that had reached Mars (known only as the Martian Masters), turning their attention towards Earth in order to once again role back Earth's technological development to keep them from expanding out from Earth.
(Avengers Forever#10 (fb) - BTS/ Amazing Adventures I#17 (fb) - BTS) - Based on Immortus' guidance, the "Martian Masters" assaulted Earth in 1901 AD, but perished from infection with germs native to Earth.
(Avengers Forever#10 (fb) - BTS/ Amazing Adventures I#17 (fb) - BTS) - The "Martian Masters" again assaulted humanity on Earth-691, Earth-2120, Earth-9930, and likely other realities, this time conquering Earth for nearly two decades.
(Avengers Forever#10 (fb) / Silver Surfer I#2 - BTS) - Immortus met with the Brother Royal of the Badoon, telling him that humanity might be more powerful than the Badoon, and goading him into directing an assault against Earth. This attack was foiled by the Silver Surfer.
(Avengers Forever#10 (fb) - BTS/ Amazing Adventures I#17 (fb) - BTS) - On Earth-691 and other realities, the Badoon again assaulted Earth @ 3000 A.D., this time conquering it for several years and exterminating much of humanity.
(Thor I#282 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus plotted to curtail his renegade counterparts.
(Avengers I#131) - Immortus pulled Kang and the older incarnation of Rama-Tut into Limbo, imprisoning Rama-Tut and proposing an alliance with Kang to defeat the Avengers. Using Immortus' machinery, Kang summoned forth a Legion of the Unliving--beings from various past eras who were believed to be dead in the modern era. Kang intended to bring send his Legion against the Avengers, but Immortus suggested bringing the Avengers to Limbo, where they would be off-balance. Kang agreed, but he then imprisoned Immortus as well, refusing to serve any other being. Kang then summoned the Avengers--Hawkeye, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Mantis, Thor, Vision--to Limbo.
(Avengers I#132) - Kang mocked his prisoners--Rama-Tut and Immortus--before sending the Legion after the Avengers. Rama-Tut and Immortus later argued with each other, mocking each other's failures against Kang.
(Giant-Size Avengers#3) - As the Avengers battled the Legion, Hawkeye located the imprisoned Immortus and Rama-Tut. Zemo arrived and tried and failed to stop Hawkeye from freeing them, and Immortus transformed Zemo into protoplasm. Immortus then summoned the Avengers and the Legion, using his ability to affect the flow of time to resuscitate Iron Man a mere second after his death at the hands of the android Human Torch. He similarly revived the Vision, reversing the destruction of his right arm, and the Flying Dutchman's Ghost. He also restored Zemo, before sending the Legion members back to the points in time from which they had been removed. Immortus allowed the Human Torch to stay behind, revealing the shared history of the Torch and the Vision. He further revealed himself to be the future/final incarnation of Kang, who had fled through time during a recent battle with Thor.
(Avengers I#133) - As alleged compensation for having used the Avengers to "teach Kang the dominance of destiny," Immortus presented the Avengers with a pair of "Synchro-Staff" (actually transformed Space Phantoms), giving one to the Vision and sending him on a trip through time to learn his past, and giving the other to Hawkeye, Iron Man, Mantis, and Thor, and sending them to learn Mantis' origins. The Staffs revealed partial truths as Immortus wished them to be known.
(Avengers West Coast#61 (fb) - BTS / Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Immortus gave to the Vision false/partial information of the history of the Human Torch and the Vision, intending that knowledge of his origins would make him comfortable enough to ask the Scarlet Witch to marry him.
(Avengers I#135) - Immortus arrived in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, meeting the Avengers and bearing a mysterious box.
(Giant-Size Avengers#4 /
Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Surprised that the Vision had not yet
returned from his journey to discover his origins, Immortus
departed to seek him out. It turned out that the Vision was in
the clutches of Dormammu, and he was ultimately rescued.
Meanwhile, three temporal counterparts of Kang assaulted the
Avengers, intending to abduct Mantis, the Celestial Madonna. One
of the Kang's succeeded in capturing her and flying away, but
Immortus then revealed that his box had contained the Space
Phantom, who had exchanged places with Mantis just before the
abduction, leaving Kang stuck only with the Space Phantom.
Immortus presided over a dual wedding: Mantis to the Elder Cotati (in the form of the Swordsman) and the Scarlet Witch to the Vision. He did so to ensure that the Vision and Scarlet Witch were married.
The wedding of Mantis to the elder Cotati was another of Immortus' unfolding schemes.
(Avengers I#141) - Moondragon summoned Immortus, asking him to transport her and Thor back to Tombstone, Arizona, @ 1873 to find Hawkeye, who had been brought there by Kang. As soon as they entered the timestream they were assaulted by Kang. Immortus commented that he thought he had taught Kang that he could not beat him, but Kang responded that ceasing try would fulfill Immortus' prophecy of his coming weakness. Thor reflected one of Kang's blasts back on him, knocking him back out of the timestream, and Immortus, Moondragon, and Thor arrived in 1873 soon after. They were confronted by Kid Colt, the Phantom Rider, Rawhide Kid, Ringo Kid, and Two-Gun Kid.
(Avengers I#142) - The cowboys led them to Hawkeye, after which Immortus revealed that Kang intended to conquer the Avengers' era by first conquering the 19th century. Immortus, the Avengers, and the cowboys then sought out some pawns of Kang.
(Avengers Annual#21/4 (fb)) - I don't find any flashback that should take place here, though the Marvel Chronology Project lists one. Let me know what is supposed to take place here.
(Avengers I#200(fb)) -
Immortus solitude in Limbo grew so oppressive that he determined
to take a mate from Earth. Searching the timestream, he chose a
woman destined to die in the frigid waters as her ship sunk.
Immortus plucked her from the waters and transported her to Limbo.
Via a combination of gratitude and the subtle manipulations of
his machines, the woman fell in love with him. Immortus created
within Limbo a pocket of change--a bubble where time flowed
naturally, and the two created a son, Marcus. Immortus raised
Marcus in the pocket of change so that he could grow.
Immortus stoically accepted when his lover was ripped back through space-time to her own world (as there was apparently some limit to the amount of time she could remain in Limbo).
(Avengers: Terminatrix Objective#2 (fb)) - I don't find any flashback that should take place here, though the Marvel Chronology Project lists one. Let me know what is supposed to take place here.
(Avengers I#143) - The
time-traveling heroes and the cowboy heroes entered Kang's base,
and Kang unleashed a giant, mutated coyote against them. Don
Blake slipped past his defenses, turned into Thor and attacked
Kang. To compensate for Thor's relentless assault, Kang turned
the power to his weapons higher and higher until they overloaded
and his atoms were scattered across the timestream.
Immortus then appeared in the sky, stating that his entire mission as Immortus had been to bring about an end to the menace of Kang. With Kang no longer existing, Immortus stated that he would never come to be, and he seemingly faded from existence.
(Thor I#282 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus faked his own death, allegedly to reassure the Avengers that the immediate threat was over.
(Avengers I#200 (fb)) - Some aspect of Immortus did vanish from Limbo, leaving Marcus (now a young man) alone within Limbo.
(Thor I#281 - BTS, #282)
- As Thor attempted to travel to the past to view the arrival of
the Celestials on Earth, he was pulled into Limbo, and his hammer
Mjolnir. In return for helping him retrieve his hammer, the Space
Phantom enlisted Thor's aid in saving his planet Phantus which
had become partially trapped in Limbo due to excessive time
travel (see comments). The Space Phantom ultimately brought Thor
to Immortus' castle whereupon Immortus returned the hammer,
claiming to have been studying its temporal properties. Immortus
shared his origins with Thor, including an explanation that the
death of any of his past counterparts would not affect him one
iota, as this would just create a divergence. Thor agreed to
fulfill his pledge to save "Phantus," though Immortus
warned him that doing so would forever drain his hammer of the
power of time travel. Thor went through with it nonetheless,
after which Immortus returned him to Earth a mere instant after
he had left.
Thor wondered whether the whole ordeal had been merely a ploy to remove the time-traveling power from Mjolnir.
(Avengers Forever#8 (fb) - BTS) - With the Avengers' main source of time travel gone, Immortus found it that much easier to shepherd them.
(Time Trap) - Immortus interfered with one of Kang's plots to destroy the Avengers, diverging two realities: -8499, in which Kang trapped the Avengers into the past; and -8503, in which the Avengers defeated Kang."
(What If? I#32) - The "Earth-82432" dimension was sealed off from all outside influence by its counterpart of Korvac. From Limbo, Immortus noted that that entire time era was now denied access even to him.
[Av241,242/Captain America I#292, Fantastic Four I#265, Spectacular Spider-Man II#90, Av243, Incredible Hulk II#300, Av244,245, Av An13, Av246-248, West Coast Avengers I#1, Iron Man An7, Av249, Thor351-353, WCA I#1, Cap301, Av250, IM#190, Av251-254]/Avengers West Coast#61 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus manipulated the Vision into attempting to dominate the Earth by taking over its computers.
(Vision and Scarlet Witch II#2 - BTS / Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - The Scarlet Witch used the magic of the witches of New Salem to quicken life within her and infuse it with the essence of both herself and her artificial husband.
(Vision and Scarlet Witch II#12 - BTS / Avengers West Coast#61 (fb) - BTS / Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Immortus watched as the Scarlet Witch gave birth to her sons Thomas and William.
(Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Immortus investigated the origins of the Scarlet Witch's children, learning not only that the Scarlet Witch's spell had drawn to shards of the Hell-Lord Mephisto's soul into the creation process, but that Mephisto had already empowered an agent, Master Pandemonium, to seek out and reclaim the shards.
(Avengers West Coast#61 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus allegedly knew that one day these magically created children would cease to exist, with devastating effect upon their mother, which would make her a more ideal puppet for him to manipulate.
(Avengers I#269 (fb) -
BTS) - Seeking to eliminate the virtually limitless number of
Kangs produced by temporal divergences, Immortus manipulated one
Kang into doing this for him. As that Kang battled Thor, his
attempt to escape through time was disrupted by Thor's hammer.
Immortus guided the lost Kang to Limbo, to Immortus' castle in
Limbo, where he discovered the skeleton of Immortus (see comments).
Exploring Immortus' monitoring equipment, Kang came across (presumably
via pre-set programming from Immortus) a screen viewing the
period in which Ravonna had sacrificed herself to save him.
Groping for the controls, Kang's hands fell upon an untried
switch; he transported Ravonna to his side in Limbo, in the
process diverging a reality (Earth-8657) in which Kang had died
because Ravonna had vanished before she could move to save him.
Kang soon discovered that his adventures had triggered an abundance of divergent realities containing numerous copies of himself. Feeling that these counterparts were idiots (and were producing more idiots with each adventure), Kang decided he needed to put an end to the divergences "before the name of Kang becomes synonymous with 'Fool!' " Kang discovered that within Limbo, the lesser Kangs could be exterminated without producing more divergent doubles. Observation revealed that two "brothers" were too clever to be easily eliminated, so Kang enlisted them into a Council of Time (or Council of Kangs), letting them think they were part of his plan.
As each Kang was slain, Immortus pulled his memories into a psyche-globe.
(Avengers I#269 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus made an alliance with the Ravonna of Earth-8657, who saw in him all that was good in Kang, as she found Kang himself still so full of hate. Ravonna helped Immortus keep his counter-divergency program under observation.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book Three: The Future (fb) - BTS) - Immortus set his sites on one Kang in particular, a Kang familiar with the Council of Kangs. Immortus seemingly abandoned his castle, Tenebrae, allowing this Kang to take possession of it. Immortus took the form of Lireeb, a tall, gaunt, albino, alleged servant of Immortus, who chose to serve Kang. This Kang sought to locate a version of Ravonna who both survived and would love Kang. Once he had found this Ravonna, this Kang intended to use Time Arrows, technology within Immortus' castle able to destroy timelines, to destroy all other realities save one, from which he would rule with Ravonna at his side.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book One: The Past, p4-8) - Lireeb passively observed as Kang scanned through the various realities, briefly pausing on Earth-8311 (Larval Earth) or a similar world. Kang was amused by Spider-Ham, and Lireeb pondered what the Kang of that world might be like. Kang commented that that Kang had been rejected by the Council of Kangs, though he liked to think that there was a little of him in each Kang. Kang then continued searching for the Ravonna he needed, and Lireeb noted that all variables he sought did not make the task impossible. Lireeb further informed Kang that the Time Arrows had been activated.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book One: The Past) - Time Arrows were sent to Dinosaur World/Earth-78411; Camelot in the 6th century of Earth-616; Tombstone, Arizona, in June 26, 1867 A.D. of Earth-616; and New York City in the 1940s of Earth-616.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book One: The Past, p70-71) - When Lireeb informed Kang that Spider-Man and several X-Men were sent into the past to investigate the Time Arrows, Kang noted this with pleasure, as interference and struggle made things more interesting.
(X-Men and Spider-Man:
Time's Arrow: Book One: The Past, p105-110) - Lireeb noted that
most of those traveling to the past were doing so from Earth-616,
much to Kang's pleasure. Lireeb goaded and mocked Kang over the
mess that had been made of various timelines as well as his
intentions to destroy them. Kang then located "Earth-98701,"
a world without super-heroes, which he would make his own. He
would rule this world with Ravonna at his side, and he would use
the Time Arrows to destroy all other realities.
Kang finally picked up on the "most of those traveling" comment, and questioned Lireeb further.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book One: The Past, p239) - Lireeb noted that all four Time Arrows had been destroyed, and Kang was quite pleased with this. Kang's troopers destroyed Blaquesmith's Time Displacement Core, which would prevent the heroes from further interfering with his plans. Kang then continued his search for his ideal Ravonna.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book One: The Past, p263-263) - Lireeb stood by as Kang gloated how he had duped the heroes into destroying the Time Arrows, which served only to activate them. This, in turn, began to cause all realities except Earth-98701 to begin to unravel.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book Two: The Present, p7-8) - Lireeb noted that the Time Arrows had destroyed Earth-9881, a world in which Peter Parker had gotten everything he had every wanted. Though pleased, Kang noted that only one reality was being destroyed at a time; at this rate, it would literally take forever to get rid of the rest of the timelines. Kang initiated plans to hasten the process.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book Two: The Present, p44-46 (fb) - BTS) - Following Kang's instructions, Lireeb sent out several Time Arrows across Earth-616. Kang wished these, too, to be destroyed, which would generate enough power to destroy all of the remaining timelines in a single step.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book Two: The Present, p44-46) - Lireeb announced the launching of the Time Arrows, and Kang instructed him to gather a number of super-villains of Earth to oppose the heroes who would investigate, primarily so that the task would not seem too easy. Kang further instructed Lireeb to send out at least one android who would reveal Kang's plot to the heroes.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book Two: The Present) - Lireeb used agents to recruit Electro, Hydro-Man, the Rhino, Speed Demon, Taskmaster, Volcana, and the Wrecking Crew. In addition to being sent to protect the Time Arrows, a couple were sent to assault the X-Men's Time Displacement Core, which was in the process of being repaired.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book Two: The Present, p117-119) - Lireeb brought Kang a bottle of wine, a Limbo vintage, from no particular year. Lireeb further noted that the X-Men were proceeding as intended towards destroying the Time Arrows.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book Two: The Present, p192) - Lireeb updated Kang on the progress of the heroes against the Time Arrows.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book Two: The Present, p254-256) - As the Time Arrows were destroyed, Lireeb asked Kang if he needed them to absorb energy why he didn't just instruct the villains to power the Time Arrows up, rather than tricking the heroes into doing it. Kang responded that he enjoyed duping the heroes into helping him achieving his goals, and Lireeb responded that he was relieved he had said that, because otherwise he might have assumed that the idea had just never occurred to Kang.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book Two: The Present, p282-283) - Lireeb informed Kang that the X-Men had rebuilt their Time Displacement Core and would use it to come after Kang, but Kang remained intent on finding his Ravonna.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book Three: The Future, p13-23) - Lirreb informed Kang of the destruction of "Earth-98702," a reality in which a Scarlet Centurion had duped the X-Men into capturing most of the rest of the world's heroes. This reality was also the home of a counterpart to Cable's lover Aliya (who had been opposing the Time Arrow plots alongside the X-Men). Lireeb further warned Kang that with each reality destroyed, time was running out to find the Ravonna he sought, for the temporal field that would stabilize the remaining reality was already showing signs of collapse. Lireeb tried Kang's patience by further warning him that the heroes would be searching for Time Platforms to confront Kang directly. Kang commanded Lireeb to assign agents to destroy the X-Men, Aliya, and Spider-Man once they had been sent to locate the time platforms.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book Three: The Future - BTS) - Lireeb sent vacuum worms (and possibly enlisted the Guardians of the Galaxy) to oppose the heroes arriving in Earth-691 @ 31st century; Sentinels to oppose those arriving in Earth-9891 @ 2035 A.D.; the "X-Men 2099" to oppose those arriving in Earth-928 @ 2099 AD; and "Iron Man and Spider-Girl 2020" to oppose those arriving in Earth-8410.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book Three: The Future, p55) - Lireeb mused how he was being certain to follow Kang's orders precisely to the letter.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book Three: The Future, p192-193) - Kang announced to Lireeb that he had found his ideal Ravonna in Earth-9892. He then commanded Lireeb to send the temporal force field generator to her world. Well aware that several X-Men had arrived in Limbo and were in the vicinity of the force field generator, Lireeb chose not to share this information with Kang, instead merely informing Kang that by transporting the force field generator the area of Limbo around it would be transported as well. Kang angrily instructed him to send the field generator anyway, and it and the X-Men were transported to Earth-9892.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book Three: The Future, p205-207) - Kang was furious upon learning that the X-Men had been transported to Earth-9892, and Lireeb told him that they must have been transported there with the generator. Kang argued with Lireeb that it was truly the Avengers who opposed him, as the Beast was one of those present.
(X-Men and Spider-Man:
Time's Arrow: Book Three: The Future, p230-231) - Kang prepared
to travel to Earth-9892 to stop them from interfering with his
plans. Once he had secured the field generator on Earth-9892, the
Time Arrows' accumulated energy would be unleashed and would
destroy all other realties. Per Kang's instructions, Lireeb
arranged a reception for the heroes who would soon arrive in
Limbo in search of Kang: the Growing Men.
As soon as Kang had left, Lireeb straightened, assuming a less servile manner, and remarked that as long as the X-Men played their part, all would finally be well.
(X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book Three: The Future, p282-283) - As the time bombs were destroyed, the temporal field was destroyed, and the generator was gone as well. With Kang's threat ended, Lireeb returned to the form of Immortus, retaking command of his castle.
(Avengers I#269) -
After the "prime" Kang had slain the last other
divergent Kang, Immortus revealed his presence, his alliance with
Ravonna, and his manipulation of Kang. He further goaded Kang
with a psyche-globe that contained the memories of all of the
slain Kangs, claiming it to be the power by which he was supreme
master of Limbo. As expected, Kang lunged forward and stole the
globe, and he was maddened by the sudden influx of memories and
fled into the mists of Limbo.
Immortus then explained to the Avengers his duty of untangling the realities brought apart by his divergent counterparts. When they questioned his motives and his honesty, Immortus told them that their opinions were moot, and that as his purposes had been served, there was no longer a need for them in Limbo. He banished them back to Earth, explaining to Ravonna that he had treated them in such fashion so they would remain wary of beings like him and would not lose their effectiveness.
(West Coast Avengers II#43
(fb) - BTS / Avengers West Coast#61 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus
influenced Vigilance (formed to deal with the potential threat of
the Vision's re-taking control of Earth computers) to abduct and
dismantle the Vision to further destabilize the Scarlet Witch
(Avengers West Coast#61 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus did this make the Scarlet Witch a better candidate to serve as his power receptacle.
(Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Immortus did this to weaken the Scarlet Witch's ties to her children (which might have been too strong for even Mephisto to break) so that her children might be more easily destroyed.
(Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Immortus dispatched one of his Space Phantoms, who took the form of Professor Phineas Horton, creator of the android Human Torch, and sent to destabilize the Scarlet Witch's reality.
(West Coast Avengers II#42-43 - BTS) - Vigilance abducted and dismantled the Vision as intended.
(West Coast Avengers II#44-45 / Avengers West Coast#61 (fb) - BTS) - As Immortus had planned, the Vision was re-created without his emotions for the Scarlet Witch, further destabilizing her.
(West Coast Avengers II#44 - BTS/ Avengers Forever#8 (fb) - BTS) - "Phineas Horton" denied to Henry Pym that the Vision contained any of his materials.
(Avengers Forever#8 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus influenced the Avengers so that they missed any of the contradictions regarding the Vision and the Human Torch.
(Avengers West Coast#48) - Immortus observed from Limbo as Hank Pym questioned "Phineas Horton" and learned that some of the information regarding the Vision's origins as told by the Syncho-Staff had been false. Immortus mused on his reasons for doing so, commenting that everything was carefully calculated to bring the Scarlet Witch to a certain point.
(Avengers West Coast#50) -Immortus observed as the Avengers discussed his past deceptions, commenting how the culmination of a plan set in motion long ago was approaching; when come to fruition, this plan would make him the absolute master of time itself.
(Avengers Annual#18 - BTS / Avengers West Coast#61 (fb) - BTS) - While Immortus subtly increased the Scarlet Witch's hex power, he made certain she was chosen to be one of the Brides of Set to further undermine her confidence.
(Avengers West Coast#61 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus watched as the Scarlet Witch was coincidentally captured and manipulated by That Which Endures.
(Avengers West Coast#61 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus influenced Master Pandemonium, causing him to kidnap Tommy and William.
(Avengers West Coast#51) - Observing from Limbo, Immortus cursed as the Scarlet Witch and her "children" entered the demon realm of Master Pandemonium, as its magical nature prevented him from protecting her from harm should she need it.
(Avengers West Coast#52 - BTS / Avengers West Coast#61 (fb) - BTS) - Ultimately, as Immortus had intended, Tommy and William were destroyed, revealed to never have truly existed and to have been composed of magical energy usurped from temporarily dispersed Mephisto under her subconscious control.
(Avengers Forever#10 (fb) - BTS) - Allegedly knowing that the Time-Keepers had been replaced by the Time-Twisters, Immortus plotted to preserve the timestream and to restore the Keepers' to prominence.
(Avengers West Coast#53) - As Lord Immortus he spent some time on "Earth-89121" alongside both Elizabeth and Mary, visiting them both in youth and adulthood. Ultimately he determined that reality to be contrary to his goals, and so he terminated it. Returning to Limbo, he again looked in on the Scarlet Witch.
(Avengers West Coast#55) -As General Immortus he visited "Earth-9002," befriending President Abraham Lincoln and witnessing as Lincoln himself foiled Booth's assassination attempt. Ultimately he determined that reality to be contrary to his goals, and so he terminated it. Returning to Limbo, he looked in on Earth-616, finding the Scarlet Witch having relocated without his scanners compensating.
(Avengers West Coast#56 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus caused on equipment failure in the automatic feeding system being used for the mutated and shrunken Tigra. As a result, Tigra broke free from the cage and escaped.
(Avengers West Coast#56) - Immortus observed as Dr. Pym discovered the malfunction, noting how he manipulated every facet of their existence. Immortus then returned his attentions to the Scarlet Witch.
(Avengers West Coast#61 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus observed as Magneto formed an alliance with the maddened Scarlet Witch, noting that this would have little effect/delay upon his plan.
(Avengers West Coast#59) - Immortus culled the reality of "Earth-90659" following the deaths of Dr. Pym, Hawkeye, and Wonder Man.
(Avengers West Coast#61 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus culled the reality of "Earth-908," in which Leonard Tippit caused World War III.
(Avengers West Coast#61 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus culled the reality of "Earth-9008," in which Napoleon conquered Moscow.
(Avengers West Coast#60)
- Immortus culled the reality of "Earth-9007" following
President John F. Kennedy's survival of Lee Harvey Oswald's
assassination attempt only to fall to other assassins. He then
noted that this was the last of the divergences which had to be
eliminated in order to reinstate him as Master of Time. He then
re-focused his efforts on the Scarlet Witch.
The Avengers--Dr. Pym, Hawkeye, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Quicksilver, USAgent, Wasp, Wonder Man--later returned home to find the Scarlet Witch in a trance, surrounded by a field separating her from normal time. Immortus then appeared and named the Avengers as his pawns, and the Scarlet Witch as his queen.
(Avengers West Coast#61) - The Avengers tried in vain to stop Immortus, but found that they could not even touch him or the Scarlet Witch. He then transported himself, the Scarlet Witch, and the Avengers to Limbo. A faint chronal echo-image of Immortus remained at Avengers Compound and was sensed by their ally, Agatha Harkness (see comments). When the Avengers threatened Immortus again, he summoned a Legion of the Unliving (simulacra of Black Knight (Nathan Garrett), Grim Reaper, Iron Man 2020, Left-Winger, Oort the Living Comet, Right-Winger, Toro) to battle them. Meanwhile, Agatha used her magic to force Immortus shade to reveal his goals: using the Scarlet Witch status as a nexus being to give himself total mastery of the 7000 year period that was his domain. At the same time, Immortus sent his Legion back to wherever they had been pulled from.
(Avengers West Coast#62)
- Hearing Immortus' plan and his involvement in their recent
misfortunes, the Avengers again attacked Immortus, who dispatched
Tempus against him. Using Immortus' shade as the connection,
Agatha Harkness sent her astral self to Limbo though she could
not affect the battle. While Tempus unleashed a timestorm against
the Avengers, plaguing them with reliving past moments of pain,
Agatha attempted to make contact with Wanda, to convince her to
give up the nexus power she had accrued, which was rendering her
Immortus' inert pawn. Immortus decided to have Tempus slain the
fallen Avengers, pausing as he realized what Agatha was doing,
but he was unable to stop her, and Wanda awakened, rejecting her
power. At the same time, the nexus power warped reality, creating
divergences of the events the Avengers had been viewing:
diverging Earth-909 and 9090-9095.
Immortus was devastated as these new divergences would not only undo all that he had done, but also wreak irreversible havoc across uncounted realities already in existence; he accused Agatha of dooming the very multiverse. At that moment, however, the Time-Twisters, posing as the Time-Keepers, appeared, freezing the lost nexus energy in place. When Immortus insisted upon receiving the power that was his due, the Time-Twisters transferred the nexus power into Immortus, rendering him the immobile power receptacle with which they could control the timelines.
(What If? II#38 (fb) - BTS) - Due to his ability to control Limbo, Immortus managed to use his accumulated nexus power to project his astral self across the dimensions.
(What If? II#35) - The
Time-Twisters, still posing as the Time-Keepers, noted that four
nexi had escaped Immortus' notice during his efforts to eliminate
realities which might prevent their existence. They set about
plans to destroy these beings (which in turn would theoretically
lead to the destruction of those realities; see Timequake) to insure that they
would maintain dominance over the true Time-Keepers.When they
moved to eliminate the first nexus being, the fetal Franklin
Richards of Earth-772 (Fantastic Five: Spider-Man). The Twisters
enlisted the Dr. Doom of that reality to prevent the Fantastic
Four from gaining the energy of the Cosmic Control Rod to save
Sue and Franklin Richards during the latter's birth. However,
Immortus, having partially escaped his previous fate, took the
identity of the Whisperer and secretly convinced Doom to give the
Rod to Reed Richards (as the death of Richards' son and wife
would lead the maddened Richards to destroy Earth in nuclear war
(as seen in a glimpse of Earth-92335)), saving Franklin Richards
and foiling the Twisters' plot.
His existence unknown to the Time-Twisters (but not to Uatu the Watcher who kept his existence a secret to stop the Twisters' plan to destroy other realities), the Whisperer further plucked Dr. Doom of Earth-772 out of time for further use, saving him from death upon hitting the Negative Zone's matter/anti-matter interface.
(What If? II#36) - The
Twisters plotted to destroy the second nexus being, the Ultra-Vision
of Earth-90110, diverging a Korvac who never arrived in Earth-616
but instead traveled to Earth-90110 to slay the Ultra-Vision.
This Korvac made pawns of the original four Guardians of the
Galaxy of Earth-691 against the Ultra-Vision and its allies, the
Cosmic Avengers. The heroes of Earth-90110 were captured and
mesmerized by Korvac and then sent to assault the Ultra-Vision's
base as a distraction to allow Korvac to confront the Ultra-Vision
directly. The mind-controlled Cosmic Avengers were opposed by S.H.I.E.L.D.,
and in mid-battle the Whisperer plucked the astral self of SHIELD
leader John Fury out of the timestream, giving him a glimpse of
the violence that would sweep the universe should the Ultra-Vision
fall. Following the Whisperer's subliminal instructions, Fury
used ultrasonics to free the Avengers from their mind control.
However, despite the Whisperer's efforts, the Ultra-Vision was
Still unseen by the Twisters, the Whisperer plucked the Irondroid out of time for future use.
(What If? II#37) - The
Twisters plotted to destroy the third nexus being, Jean Grey of
Earth-9250, an alternate Earth where Wolverine became lord of the
vampires and was not slain by the Punisher (as had his
counterpart seen in What If? II#24). In that reality, as Inferno
occurred, Dormammu joined with S'ym, Nastir'h, and the Goblin
Queen to conquer Earth, merge it with Otherplace, etc.
The Whisperer guided the vampire Jean Grey to reassume the mantle of Phoenix in order to destroy Dormammu and the Goblin Queen, after which she willingly accepted exile to the Dark Dimension. Mister Sinister then cloned a human Jean Grey, effectively foiling the Twisters' plot. As a result of the risks to their existence, one of the three Twisters faded from reality.
The Whisperer claimed Wolverine of Earth-9250, plucking him out of time for future use.
(What If? II#38) - As
the remaining Twisters plotted the death of the fourth nexus
being, Odin of Earth-9260 an alternate reality in which Seth
conquered Asgard (relating to events paralleling Thor I#400), a
second Twister vanished from reality.
The Whisperer utilized Dr. Doom from Earth-772, the Irondroid of Earth-90110, and Wolverine of Earth-9250 reality, freeing Thor from Seth's thrall and saving Odin. As a result, the last Twister faded from existence, which caused Immortus to be completely free from their control. The Whisperer revealed himself to be Immortus who then used his accumulated power to become a temporal wave, intending to re-write all reality as he saw fit.
(What If? II#39) - One
of the Deputy Secretaries of the Time Variance Authority summoned
Uatu the Watcher of Earth-616 to discuss the risks of Immortus--who
had become a quantum temporal wave--reordering the entire
multiverse to make himself master of all time. Various TVA Deputy
Secretaries came up with several ineffective strategies to halt
Immortus, such as the spreading of anti-Immortus slogans and
leaflets. A Deputy Secretary sent a quartet of agents--Dr. Doom
of Earth-772, Irondroid of Earth-90110, Thor of Earth-9260,
Wolverine of Earth-9250--to try to alter Immortus' origins. The
quartet were sent to Limbo, where they faced Immortus' agents:
Tempus, Rama-Tut's robots, and the Space Phantoms. However, at
the conclusion of each battle, the Immortus wave warped events
back to status quo, restoring all of Immortus' warriors. However,
as each of the TVA's agents fell, they were lost to the battle,
and it soon became apparent that they could not win the battle.
Uatu recommended that they target the 31st century Nathaniel Richards of Other-Earth before he ever became Rama-Tut or any of his temporal counterparts. A Deputy Secretary recommended the use of the Saturnyne Symbiont--a chronosynclastic nucleus designed by the scientists of omniversal majestrix Saturnyne, whose function was to weaken an organism's natural resistance to time energy. Implanted within Richards, this would make it impossible for him to store the nexus power and thus prevent him from becoming a temporal quantum wave. Uatu suggested sending the Reed Richards Rocket Group--Earth-8212 Fantastic Four counterparts from who had never gained their powers--to facilitate Richards' exposure to the Symbiont. However, the deputy secretary instead decided to send the more powerful Fantastic Four of Earth-7712 (Big Brain, Dragonfly, Mandroid, Ultra-Woman). This group failed, as their imposing nature made Richards' distrust them, and Richards' used advanced weaponry to slay them all. Mobius then agreed to Uatu's original proposal, and the Rocket Group succeeded, as they appeared to be less threatening, and Richards' agreed to willingly take the Symbiont, erasing Immortus' accumulated temporal energy and resolving the threat.
(Avengers: Terminatrix Objective#3 - BTS) - Revelation noted that in the year 4949, Immortus is a dissipated quantum wave (see comments).
(What If? II#39 - BTS) - The Twisters then re-formed; However, the Time-Keepers then appeared and exposed the Twisters falsehood. The Twisters melted back into pods and the Keepers regained ascendance, taking the pods back to the Citadel at the End of Time and continuing to watch over the timelines.
(Avengers Forever#10 (fb) - BTS) - Believing that Immortus had acted in their interest and not out of a bid for power, the Time-Keepers restored Immortus to his position as custodian of 7000 years.
(Avengers Annual#21/4 (fb)) - From Limbo, Immortus observed the Terminatrix within Chronopolis as she reviewed Kang's history tapes. Ravonna commented to Immortus how the Terminatrix mistakenly believed Kang to be dead, and he responded that many also believed Immortus to be dead and that the Avengers believe him to be their enemy. He further commented that each person is potentially many and that everyone is ultimately a mystery to others and to himself.
(X-Men cartoon) - Apocalypse of Earth-92131gathered that reality's psychics
at the Axis of Time, a "place" outside of time, where he intended to use the
psychics to undo everything and allow Apocalypse to restart everything following
his own design (One of the psychics looks like one of the Guardians of Oa
from Green Lantern! There's also Karma, Typhoid Mary, Stryfe, Psylocke,
Moondragon I think...).
"Bender" (a wacko jumping around bothering Bishop of Earth-92131's X-Men) told Bishop he built the Axis...he thinks...it's been so long. He saids he dusts and cleans - Bishop calls him a janitor, but he prefers "custodial engineer."
Apoc convinced the major villains to help him - Magneto, Sinster and the Nasty Boys, Sabretooth, & Mystique.
Cable took Greymalkin back in time, picked up the X-Men, and tried to stop Apocalypse from rejuvenating himself in his Lazarus Chamber back in ancient Egypt thus from ever reaching the future - he failed.
Professor X was kidnapped to the Axis of Time, Wolvie piggybacked, and Cable traveled to the Axis to battle Apocalypse.
Magneto and Mystique betrayed Apocalypse once they heard the plan.
Apoc encircled the Axis with floating psychics.
Bender told Bishop about Apocalypse's plan and the psychics - Bishop shot them down and wrecked Apocalypse's plan. The psychics ganged up on Apocalypse and eliminated him from ever existing. Everyone went home.
Bender transformed into Immortus and laughed to the camera.
(Avengers I#345 - BTS / Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Immortus watched in horror as the Avengers became directly involved in the Kree-Shi'ar war.
(Avengers I#347 - BTS / Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - As Iron Man attempted to take control of a space station's computers, Immortus infiltrated Iron Man's mind--a process made easier due to the neuro-web Iron Man depended on at the time. The Avengers role in the war was minimized: A Nega-Bomb was triggered and the Kree empire decimated as per the master plan of the Supreme Intelligence.
(Iron Man I#278 - BTS / Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Following the war, Immortus used his influence on Iron Man, instilling within him a sense of xenophobia to drive the Avengers to reject being out among other races, to drive them home. However, this instead served to cause Iron Man to lead seven to do something they otherwise would not have done: to execute the Supreme Intelligence (though they actually just freed his consciousness to be transferred elsewhere).
(Avengers Forever#8 (fb))
- The Avengers' actions during Operation: Galactic Storm made it
clear that the the Avengers remained a clear threat to the Time-Keepers'
existence. The Keepers appeared before Immortus, insisting the
Earth-616 timeline be pruned, showing Immortus how events that
had occurred in the war would lead the Avengers back into space:
The Shi'ar Deathcry would come to Earth, telling the Avengers of
the atrocities the Kree were receiving under Shi'ar control. The
Avengers would liberate the Kree from the Shi'ar and then build
space fortresses to protect the weakened Kree. These fortresses,
manned by squads of Avengers would plant the seeds that would
grow into the First Terran Empire and the Avengers Galactic
Battalion in the future of Earth-9812. Immortus had thus brought
about the very reality he had sought to prevent.
Begging the forgiveness of the Time-Keepers, Immortus asked them to stay their hands one last time and let him make an effort to make amends. With Immortus' persuasive arguments, the Keepers reluctantly agreed.
Immortus looked into the future of Earth-616 and saw the coming of Onslaught. He knew that if he could keep the Avengers too concerned with themselves and not space until Onslaught's arrival that they would soon be too busy for anything else. Having maintained his influence on Iron Man--though it had made him short-tempered, even cruel, Immortus then strengthened his hold, determined to use it to whatever ends he could. Immortus then gathered together a number of Space Phantoms and contacted the complex scenario of "The Crossing," with himself taking the form of Kang, and the Phantoms taking the forms of strange versions of men and women the Avengers had known, including Mantis, the Elder Cotati-Swordsman, the twins Malachi and Tobias, Moonraker, and others.
The goal of this plot was to throw the Avengers into turmoil, confusing them with hints and portents of the future while the false Kang proved an external threat, and Iron Man--as Immortus' puppet--devastated the Avengers from within.
note: For the Crossing, as the whole thing turned out to be smoke and mirrors, I'm only going to get into events directly involving "Kang," who turned out to be Immortus
(Avengers: The Crossing - BTS / Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Iron Man committed a pair of murders, killing Marilla--the Inhuman nanny of Crystal and Quicksilver's toddler daughter Luna--and Yellowjacket (Rita DeMara) as she returned from her stay in the 31st century of Earth-691.
(Avengers I#391 - BTS) - Gilgamesh killed by Neut, an agent (and possibly a Space Phantom) of Immortus.
(Force Works#19 (fb) - BTS) - In preparation for an attack by an undisclosed powerful enemy (the One Who Comes), "Kang" sought to wipe out the bulk of humanity via a "chronographic effect." A tiny percentage of humanity, those who were metabolically suited, would be transformed into powerful unique beings. These beings would be recruited for "Kang" warrior-servant Anachronauts, and use them to fight his enemy.
"Mantis" teamed up with "Kang" allegedly to gain vengeance on the Avengers for abandoning her to a loveless relationship with the Elder Cotati.
(Force Works#19) -
Posing as Kang, Immortus and his Space Phantoms (in the forms of
Malachi, Mantis, Tobias, and possibly Luna, Moonraker, Neut, and
Tuc) brought Iron Man to an extradimensional citadel, discussing
their plans to attack the Avengers and Force Works.
Under Immortus' influence, Iron Man slew Amanda Cheney.
"Kang's" "chronographic effect" virtually wiped out Vietnam to eliminate the Priests of Pama, and began mutating others to serve as his Anachronauts.
(Iron Man I#324 - BTS) -
As the Immortus-controlled Iron Man assaulted the Avengers,
Marianne Rodgers, who had read Iron Man's mind, indicated to them
that "Kang" had had his claws in Iron Man for years,
but that there was a time when he was younger that he was free of
"Kang" and "Mantis" captured and began torturing Moonraker at their extradimensional base.
(Avengers I#394) -
"Kang" and "Mantis" continued torturing
Moonraker, but "Luna" freed Moonraker and escaped with
him to Earth, despite the efforts of Malachi, Neut, Tobias, and
Neut traveled to Earth and attacked the Avengers, slaying even "Luna," until being slain by the Wasp, who had been nearly killed and was revived in a powerful mutated form.
(Avengers: Timeslide (fb) - BTS) - The Avengers attempted to travel into the past in order to recruit a younger Tony Stark who had not yet fallen under "Kang"'s sway. It is unclear whether they traveled into the past of Earth-616 or another reality, but at any rate, by pulling Tony Stark from the "past," they created a divergent reality ("Earth-96020") in which Tony Stark was removed at age 18.
(Avengers: Timeslide - BTS) - Despite the efforts of Tobias and Immortus' "Anachronauts", the Avengers transported Tony Stark of "Earth-96020" into the relative future of Earth-616.
(Iron Man I#325) -
"Kang" and Tobias battled the "Anachronauts,"
testing their warrior prowess. After the "Anachronauts"
had been defeated, Kang warned Tobias that he needed to do better
than he had done against the Avengers, and that he was lucky to
have been left alive.
Young Tony Stark of "Earth-96020" was given a suit or Iron Man armor to oppose his Earth-616 counterpart. The Earth-616 Iron Man shattered his counterparts' armor. When he realized who he was fighting, he struck a lethal blow into young Tony's chest, though Crystal flash-froze him to save his life.
"Kang," Malachi, Mantis, Tobias, and the "Anachronauts" then arrived and demanded the Avengers' surrender.
(Avengers I#395) - While "Kang" 's agents battled the Avengers, his chronographic effect re-made Stark's Arctic bunker into the citadel described as the "House of Kang," and "Kang" primed his Temporal Transposer for activation. The Avengers tried to stop him, but his force field held them off while he explained that the Transposer would shunt them out of time, effectively escaping the reach of the "One Who Comes" until he was fully prepared for their final confrontation; the beachhead Earth would be reduced to a breeding ground for those fit to serve in his Anachronaut army, and it would serve as a boneyard for the rest. Kang activated the Transposer and then surrounded himself with a giant energy form that he used to batter the Avengers.
(Avengers I#395 / Avengers Forever#8 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus also falsely claimed to have been responsible for Hank Pym's mental instability over the years, using information that Pym would like to believe in order to make Immortus' whole story more convincing.
(Avengers I#395 / Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Iron Man of Earth-616, however, resisted "Kang" and Mantis' influence, freed the Elder Cotati (presumably another Space Phantom), and joined the battle. The Avengers combined their power in an effort to destroy the Transposer, unaware that their assaults were actually feeding the Transposer, completing its charge. As it fired, Iron Man leapt into the beam's path, reflecting it back on itself and destroying it. Iron Man died in the assault, while "Kang" cursed the Avengers, telling them that nowhere in their entire reality would be same ever again. "Kang" and "Mantis" then vanished, his citadel fading from existence and reality reverting to normal.
(Avengers Forever#8 (fb) - BTS) - The Time-Keepers noted as Rick Jones began to access the Destiny Force again.
(Avengers Forever#1 - BTS) - The Time-Keepers observed the Avengers Galactic Battalion of "Earth-9812" and realized that all of Immortus' efforts had still failed to stop the Avengers from spreading across the universe.
(Avengers Forever#1) - After the Avengers brought the critically Rick Jones to the Blue Area of the Moon for treatment by the Supreme Intelligence, Immortus reluctantly prepared to kill Rick Jones to prevent his Destiny Force powers from spreading to his descendents and facilitating the Avengers' conquering of the universe. Immortus halted time in the Blue Area of the Moon and then sent Tempus to slay Jones. Having learned of this threat, Kang created a time-sphere that countermanded Immortus' chronal spell, restoring time within its boundaries. As Kang himself appeared, Immortus contacted him, attempting to convince him that Rick Jones' death was essential to save reality itself. Kang mocked Immortus and shattered Tempus, and Immortus responded by sending an army of warriors summoned from various ages to stop him. Immortus tried to convince Kang that he had no hope of overcoming his limitless army, but Kang battled on, refusing to accept this. Libra (Gustav Brandt) then appeared and unleashed the Destiny Force within a healed Rick Jones, enabling Rick to summon Avengers from the past, present, and future--Captain America (from Captain America I#175), Captain Marvel (Genis-Vell, from an alternate future following the defeat of the Ego-reanimated Eon), Giant-Man (Hank Pym, from the modern era), Hawkeye (from Avengers I#99), Songbird (from a future reality following a battle with Oort and his Solar Squadron), Wasp (from the modern era), Yellowjacket (from Avengers I#59)--to foil Immortus' plot.
(Avengers Forever#2) -
The Avengers joined Kang in battling Immortus' legions, and
Immortus tried to convince the Avengers that they had no hope, as
he was slowly shrinking the time sphere and they would soon be
helplessly trapped in time. However, Rick further accessed the
Destiny Force, enabling him to push back the time sphere, and
Immortus ceded that Rick had placed him in check. Admitting that
it was Rick's conscious use of the Destiny Force that he had
sought to prevent, Immortus withdrew his warriors and vanished
back to Limbo, warning Kang that time was on his side, and that
the true outcome was yet to be seen.
Kang then vanished back to Chronopolis, telling the Avengers to take Rick out of the timestream to protect him, while Kang would do the rest.
(Avengers Forever#2 - BTS) - Immortus sent countless trillions of warriors, pulled from various eras and realities, to Chronopolis, where they assaulted and began to overwhelm Kang's forces.
(Avengers Forever#2 - BTS) - Contrary to Kang's wishes, Libra brought the "Avengers Forever" team to Chronopolis to join the fight, and they found it crumbling under the assault of Immortus' warriors.
(Avengers Forever#3) - Despite the efforts of Kang, his legions, and the Avengers Forever, Immortus' forces overwhelmed Chronopolis. Kang ordered a retreat and rushed to protect the Heart of Forever--the trans-chronal engine that allowed Chronopolis to exist in every branch of the timestream simultaneously, but was ambushed by Tempus. Immortus thus claimed the Heart of Forever and destroyed Chronopolis. Kang and the Avengers Forever narrowly escaped, while Immortus fused Chronopolis, its dwellers, and the Heart of Forever into the Forever Crystal, with which he could change history and reflect those changes throughout all of the timestream. He was surprised to discover that the Avengers had escaped, but decided that this was of little import, as they could not escape their fate.
(Avengers I#135 (fb) - BTS / Avengers Forever#8 (fb)) - Immortus used the Forever Crystal to travel to Earth-616 at the beginning of the modern era, creating a split in the timestream but keeping the results of both vectors of the split in the same timestream, thus allowing Ultron-5 to take the android Human Torch and rebuild him into the Vision, while the Mad Thinker also kept the android Human Torch for his own plots.
(Avengers Forever#4 -
BTS) - From within the timestream Avengers Forever discovered
three temporal imbalances Immortus was creating, and they split
up to investigate these.
Hawkeye, Yellowjacket, and Songbird were dispatched to 1873 of Earth-616, shortly before a previous group of Avengers had fought Kang there, and they observed Kid Colt, the Rawhide Kid, and Two-Gun Kid fleeing from a dinosaur summoned by Kang.
Giant-Man and Captain America were sent "forward" in time to Earth-9930 in the first half of the 21st century, where they encountered an Avengers team including the Black Panther, Crimson Dynamo, Jocasta, Killraven, and Thundra battling the Skorpsmen.
The Wasp and Captain Marvel traveled to 1959, where they found a Skrull impersonating Vice-President Nixon. They also encountered the Avengers of that era, Gorilla-Man, Marvel Boy, Robot Man, 3D-Man, and Venus.
(Avengers Forever#5) -
The Avengers of Earth-9930--with the aid Captain America and
Giant-Man--drove the Martian Masters off Earth and considered
pursuing them back to their base.
Immortus dispatched Space Phantoms--posing as the Black Rider, Reno Jones, and Kid Cassidy--to Earth-616 @ 1873 to interfere with Hawkeye, Yellowjacket, and Songbird, but Hawkeye recognized them as fakes, and he and his allies defeated and tied them up.
As the Avengers of the 1950s met with the CIA and discussed exposing President Nixon being exposed as a Skrull imposter, Captain Marvel exposed the CIA members as Space Phantoms sent by Immortus. However, to prevent humanity from becoming more paranoid about aliens and accelerating their space program, Immortus then appeared and used the Forever Crystal to wipe that timeline from existence (or creating a divergence, "Earth-9904" in which they or some portion of their activity was/were wiped from reality)
(Avengers Forever#6 -
BTS) - Immortus manipulated the conflict on Earth-9930 such that
all space technology was destroyed except Wakanda's; that the
Vibranium required for Wakanda's space technology was essential
for the survival of Mourning Prey's children; and that Jocasta's
baby developed problems that required Vibranium. This essentially
ensured that the Avengers (and humanity) would not spread its
influence across the galaxy.
An additional Space Phantom impersonated Songbird in Earth-616's 1873 A.D., but Yellowjacket recognized the deception and exposed it, foiling the Space Phantom's efforts to bring Hawkeye, Songbird, and Yellowjacket to Immortus.
The Avengers Forever team regrouped alongside Rick Jones in their ship outside the timestream, and they agreed to confront Immortus by storming his castle in Limbo.
(Avengers Forever#7) -
The Avengers Forever entered Immortus' castle, and they were all
promptly separated and tormented with illusions, delusions,
possible Space Phantoms, and Tempus. With the exception of
Yellowjacket--who was captured by Immortus, the Avengers overcame
their attacks, and Hawkeye even acquired the Synchro-Staff.
However, when Immortus sent his legions after the Avengers, they
were forced to flee, leaving Yellowjacket behind.
Yellowjacket, having learned that he was a personality aspect of Hank Pym and that Pym would regain his memories and marry the Wasp, offered to help Immortus capture and even destroy the Avengers if he would arrange the timeline so that he would retain his Yellowjacket persona and marry the Wasp.
(Avengers Forever#8) -
As Hawkeye tried to force information from the Synchro-Staff, it
revealed itself to be the Space Phantom, who shared information
on Immortus' past and origins. Using his Cosmic Awareness,
Captain Marvel verified this information.
As the Space Phantom concluded his story, Immortus--led to the Avengers location by Yellowjacket using the "Limbo Bugs" who had followed the Avengers when they had escaped from Immortus' castle--appeared and blasted the entire group into submission. Immortus then told Yellowjacket that he would have the woman he loved...assuming, of course, that he could save humanity at all.
(Avengers Forever#9 - BTS) - Kang met up with Rick Jones and the Supreme Intelligence, planning to storm Limbo to foil the plots of Immortus and the Time-Keepers.
(Avengers Forever#10 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus sent the Avengers Forever (except Yellowjacket) to Earth-9812 to glimpse firsthand the existence of the Avengers Galactus Battalion. Immortus also suggested that Yellowjacket use Limbo Bugs to warp the perceptions of the AGB, causing them to see the Avengers Forever as the Guardians of the Galaxy, whom they would see as a hostile threat (presumably as opposed to incarnations of the actual Avengers, whom the AGB emulated).
(Avengers Forever#10) - Immortus sent Yellowjacket to guide the Avengers back to Limbo, and Immortus spoke to the Avengers, telling them they had one last chance to save humanity. The Avengers were brought before the Time-Keepers, where Immortus pleaded with them that--properly contained--the Avengers could be a tremendous force for good. The Time-Keepers countered that humanity had proven capable of thwarting the likes of Galactus, the Celestials, and even the Infinites. They further stated that while humanity was essential to their existence, they could not be allowed to contaminate the timelines. They rendered their judgment, to destroy all but the minimum number of timelines (58%) to maintain their own existence. While the Avengers argued against this perceived injustice, Yellowjacket--who realized he could not support this either--accessed the Destiny Force, which spread to the Avengers and allowed them to escape. The Destiny Force faded, but the Avengers fought against the Time-Keepers, and they were soon joined by Kang, Rick Jones, and the Supreme Intelligence.
(Avengers Forever#11) -
Joined (in hiding) by Libra, the heroes attempted to assault the
Time-Keepers, who chose to flee, taking with Immortus with them
as they returned to their base at the Citadel at the End of Time.
The Keepers then ordered Immortus to surrender the Forever
Crystal so they could use it to power their Chrono-Cannon to
destroy the 42% of the realities needed to ensure their existence.
Immortus pleas to reconsider fell upon deaf ears, but then the
Avengers and their allies arrived. As the Keepers demanded
Immortus hand over the Forever Crystal, Immortus changed from
vehement arguing to outright refusal of allowing them to slay the
Avengers or the other timelines. One of the Keepers then told him
that he could precede them into oblivion and disintegrated
Immortus on the spot, claiming the Forever Crystal and placing it
in the Chrono-Cannon.
To delay the Avengers while they calibrated their machine, they summoned an army consisting of the Avengers from every timeline that had "gone bad" or turned dark and destructive, and directed them to assault the invaders. Libra joined the fray, granting Rick and thereby the Avengers access to the Destiny Power again, but the Keepers then recognized Libra's threat and took him out of the fight, and then used him to control the Destiny Force, freezing the Avengers in their tracks. They then chose to deal with Kang permanently, eliminating him as a threat by forcing him into his destiny, accelerating his change into Immortus.
However, Captain Marvel managed to resist the Keepers' paralysis enough to clang his Nega-Bands together, and the change disrupted the energy holding the other Avengers in stasis. An elder, alternate Rick Jones replaced Captain Marvel, and he joined with Earth-616's Rick to again call on the Destiny Force, summoning legions of Avengers from realities where things had "gone right" to oppose those summoned by the Keepers.
(Avengers Forever#12) -
As the battle raged on, Kangs will proved triumphant, and he
thwarted the Time-Keepers by forcing himself to diverge,
retaining his Kang persona. The weakened Time-Keepers soon fell
before Kang, and the threat to the multiverse was averted.
Captain America then shattered the Forever Crystal to prevent it
from being used by others, after which a youthful Immortus (the
other portion of Kang's recent divergence) pulled himself from
the battle wreckage, quickly aging to adulthood (though remaining
younger than he had been before) and demonstrating his retained
memories of his past existence. Immortus told them that the
Forever Crystal had not been destroyed, but merely thrown out of
time, and that it would eventually return.
Declaring that he had squandered his life in service to tyrants, Immortus stated that he would use his second chance in a better fashion and not make the same mistakes twice. He then vanished, returning to Limbo.
(Marvel Universe: The End#2) - Immortus was one of a number of time-travelers captured and trapped like flies in amber by Akhenaten.
(Avengers: Terminatrix Objective#2 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus took Ravonna as his wifemate, and the two had a son, whom he also named Marcus. Eventually too many sojourns outside timeless Limbo took their toll on their flesh. Immortus and Ravonna decided that they wished to pass into the beyond together. Calculating the point when the chance that he would die would reach maximum probability (100%), Immortus made plans to have Ravonna's life-support mechanisms terminate at the exact instant that he died. Feeling he could not ask Marcus to kill his own mother, he decided to summon a number of past/alternate counterparts of Ravonna to perform the deed.
(Avengers: Terminatrix Objective#2 (fb) - BTS) - Marcus captured six variant Ravonnas, including the Terminatrix.
(Avengers: Terminatrix Objective#2) - Immortus appeared before the six Ravonnas--all held in stasis--announcing that it was the day of his death and that he needed one of them to help him--and ultimately herself--break free from the tyranny of time.
(Avengers: Terminatrix Objective#3) - Immortus explained his goal, and the Terminatrix volunteered to end Ravonnas life. Within second, Immortus died, clutching his chest and coughing up blood. The Terminatrix performed her duty, as promised, then used the distraction to kick Marcus Immortus aside and escape.
(Avengers I#269 (fb) - BTS) - Immortus skeletal remains were found by Kang.
Comments: Created by Stan "The Man" Lee, Don Heck, and Dick Ayers.
I seem to remember an earlier story (presumably sometime b/t Avengers I#133 and 143 or in Thor I#282) as Immortus stating he was the master of 70 (actually, I think one source even said 80) millennia, but all subsequent stories have referenced 7000 years (70 centuries or seven millennia), which fits with running from his time as Rama-Tut to his ruling 40th century Other-Earth.
In some sections of the entry (such as known relatives, group membership, base of operations), I included information based on Kang. In most of it, certainly history and powers, I attempted to stick to only what was relevant to Immortus.
Immortus is unique to the multiverse, alternate reality stories
involving Immortus are all the same person, meaning he has
performed virtually identical actions in multiple realities.
Perhaps he sometimes sent Space Phantoms in his stead? At any
rate, unless otherwise specified, actions taking place on Earth
or affecting its residents can be ASSumed to be referring to
Earth-616 unless otherwise stated.
With regards to the two divergences/origins/creations of Immortus, I see the second one (in Avengers Forever) as merely being the rebirth of the original, as he had memories of his past existence as Immortus within seconds of maturing.
With regards to the later life (and death) of Immortus seen in Avengers: Terminatrix Objective, I am as yet uncertain whether that represents the true future of Immortus or whether the whole thing might have been a trick from Revelation or someone else.
While in many cases Immortus has summoned actual past counterparts of characters, at least two of the characters from Avengers I#10--Hercules and Merlin--seemed different than their Earth-616 counterparts, and so it was initially in the Avengers Index decided that these were actually Dire Wraiths posing as these beings. In Avengers Forever, it was ret-conned that they were Space Phantoms, and not Dire Wraiths.
Avengers I#133, Immortus stated, "five lives have I known."
Immortus also discussed his five lifetimes in Thor I#282.
Including his present incarnation of Immoruts, only three others
were known at the time: Kang, Rama-Tut, and the Scarlet Centurion.
Since then, Victor Timely and Iron Lad have been shown, and he
could have been referring to either of these.
In Avengers Annual#21/4, Immortus names his five past lives as "the student, Rama-Tut, the Scarlet Centurion, Kang, and Victor Timely."
Avengers Forever--despite Official Handbook of the Marvel
Universe entries detailing the existence of Phantus--the
existence of Phantus was revealed as false. As Thor suspected,
the whole thing was a trick to remove his time-travel capacity.
Thor I#282 had Immortus granting the shape-changing powers, etc. to the Space Phantom, while Avengers Forever showed that the Space Phantoms--mortals who had remained too long in Limbo and lost their original identities--all possessed such abilities.
According to Bendis in his Dissembled arc, Agatha Harkness was never resurrected, but merely a corpse reanimated and subconsciously controlled by the Scarlet Witch. It seems unlikely that she would have been able to do the things she did against Mephisto and Immortus--during which part of the time Wanda was in a comatose state.
whole deal with the Marcus Immortus in Avengers: The Terminatrix
Objective is confusing. According to Revelation, in a divergent
timeline the Terminatrix and Kang reconciled following the defeat
of Alioth in Avengers: Terminatrix Objective#4. They joined
forces in ruling an empire, presumably with that Kang becoming
Immortus, and Terminatrix/Ravonna becoming Revelation? That
Marcus Immortus regarded the terminal Immortus and Ravonna as his
mother, and he also regarded Revelation as his mother.
It's more than a little confusing, because while there WERE many Kangs (until being exterminated by the Council of Kangs, which would have taken place chronologically BEFORE Kang and Revelation got together), there is only one Immortus. If his father is the Kang who became Immortus, then why is that Kang diverged into a single Kang and the sole Immortus in Avengers Forever. Apparently the events of Avengers Forever changed Immortus' past. I don't know...time travel theory gives me a headache.
As the Korvac in What If? II#36 was specifically diverged from Korvac of Earth-691 in mid-time travel, I'd say this is a Kang-like divergence, and not a Korvac from a divergent reality. Both Korvacs originated from Earth-691, and the Time-Twisters split them into two divergent beings. This also would not create another reality, as Earth-616 was still affected by Korvac as before, and the alternate Korvac simply visited an existing timeline, Earth-90110.
Revelation's comment in Avengers: The Terminatrix Objective#3 about Immortus being a dissipated quantum wave in 4949 is a little odd. Immortus exists in Limbo and can't really be pinned down to any period in time. However, it might be that from her reference point in 4949 of her reality, that was the point Immortus' power faded following What If II#39. Otherwise, I have no idea.
Avengers Forever#8 made it appear as if Immortus encountered the Time-Keepers before he sent the Space Phantom against the Avengers (Avengers I#2), while previous accounts had that occurring after Avengers I#16.
Differences between the history of Other-Earth and Earth-616, as well as differing calendars in different realms, and damage to records during periods of massive warring, have led to some inconsistency in the dating of the time periods of both Kang and Ravonna.
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Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#6: Immortus (main)
Avengers: Terminatrix Objective#2, p19, panel 3 (terminal Immortus)
What If? II#35, p22, panel 3 (Whisperer)
#39, p14, panel 4 (younger Nathaniel)
Iron Man I#325, last page (as Kang during the Crossing)
X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book One: The Past, p1 - Lireeb
Avengers Forever#3, p21, panel 5 (full body)
#12, p17, panel 2 (younger version)
Avengers I#16 (May, 1965)
- by Stan Lee (Script), Jack Kirby (layouts), Dick Ayers (pencils),
Dick Ayers (Inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Avengers I#131 (January, 1975) - by Steve Engelhart (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Joe Staton (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Avengers I#132 (February, 1975) - by Steve Engelhart (plot & title), Roy Thomas (script & editing), Sal Buscema (pencils), Joe Staton (inks)
Giant-Size Avengers#3 (February, 1975) - by Steve Engelhart (plot & title), Roy Thomas (script & editing), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Joe Giella (inks)
Avengers I#133 (March, 1975) - by Steve Engelhart (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Joe Staton (inks), Len Wein (editor)
Avengers I#135 (May, 1975) - by Steve Engelhart (writer), George Tuska (pencils), F. Chiaramonte (inks), Len Wein (editor)
Giant-Size Avengers#4 (June, 1975) - by Steve Engelhart (writer), Don Heck (pencils), John Tartag (inks), Len Wein (editor)
Avengers I#141-142 (November-December, 1975) - by Steve Engelhart (writer), George Perez (pencils), Vinnie Colletta (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Avengers I#143 (January, 1976) - by Steve Engelhart (writer), George Perez (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Thor I#281-282 (March-April, 1979) - by Mark Gruenwald & Ralph Macchio (scripters), Keith Pollard (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inker), Jim Shooter and Roy Thomas (editors); #281 with plotting assists by Peter Gillis and Mike Catron
Avengers I#200 (October, 1980) - Jim Shooter, George Perez, Bob Layton, and David Michelinie (plot), David Michelinie (writer), George Perez and Dan Green (art), Jim Salicrup (editor)
What If? I#32 (April, 1982) - by Mark Gruenwald (writer), Grag LaRocque (finished art), ??? (embellishment), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Time Trap (1984)
Avengers I#267-269 (May-June, 1986) - by Roger Stern (writer), John Buscema (breakdowns), Tom Palmer (finishes), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
West Coast Avengers#43 (April, 1989) - by John Byrne (writer/penciler), Mike Machlan, Howard Mackie (editor)
Avengers West Coast#48 (September, 1989) - by John Byrne (writer/penciler), Mike Machlan (inker), Howard Mackie (editor)
Avengers West Coast#50 (November, 1989) - by John Byrne (writer/penciler), Mike Machlan (inker), Howard Mackie (editor)
Avengers Annual#18 (1989) - by Micael Higgns (writer), Ron Wilson (penciler), Mike Gustovich (inker), Howard Mackie (editor)
Avengers West Coast#51 (Mid-November, 1989) - by John Byrne (writer/penciler), Mike Machlan (inker), Howard Mackie (editor)
Avengers West Coast#53 (Mid-December, 1989) - by John Byrne (writer/penciler), Paul Ryan (inker), Howard Mackie (editor)
Avengers West Coast#55-56 (February-March, 1990) - by John Byrne (writer/penciler), Paul Ryan (inker), Howard Mackie (editor)
Avengers West Coast#59 (June, 1990) - by Danny Fingeroth (writer), Gary Hartle (penciler), Chris Ivy (inker), Howard Mackie (editor)
Avengers West Coast#60-62 (July-September, 1990) - by Roy & Dann Thomas (writers), Paul Ryan (penciler), Danny Bulandi (inker), Howard Mackie (editor)
What If? II#35 (March, 1992) - by Roy Thomas and Jean-Marc Lofficier (writers), Joe Phillips (penciler), Sam Delarosa (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)
What If? II#36 (April, 1992) - by Roy Thomas and Jean-Marc Lofficier (writers), Dave Hoover (penciler), Ian Akin w/ Michael Barr (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)
What If? II#37 (May, 1992) - by Roy Thomas and Jean-Marc Lofficier (writers), Marc Pacella (penciler), Panosian & S. Montano (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)
What If? II#38 (June, 1992) - by Roy Thomas and Jean-Marc Lofficier (writers), Marshall Rogers & W.C. Wyman (penciler), Sam Delarosa w/ Rod Ramos (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)
What If? II#39 (July, 1992) - by Roy Thomas and Jean-Marc Lofficier (writers), Gavin Curtis (penciler), Ian Akin w. Don Hudson (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)
Avengers Annual#21/4 (1992) - by Peter Sanderson (writer), Rich Yanizeski (pencils), Fred Fredericks (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Avengers: The Terminatrix Objective#2-3 (October-November, 1993) - by Mark Gruenwald (writer), Mike Gustovich (penciler), Larosa and Martineck (inkers), Ralph Macchio editor)
X-Men cartoon (November 25, 1995)
Force Works#19 (January, 1996) - by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Hector Oliveira (pencils), Rey Garcia (p1-7) Glass House Graphics (p8-23) inks, Nel Yomtov (editor)
Iron Man I#324 (January, 1996) - by Terry Kavanaugh (plot), Dan Abnett (script), Jim Caliafore & M.D. Bright (pencils), P.L. Palmiotti/Moncuse/Cariello/DeLarosa (inkers), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Avengers I#394 (January, 1996) - by Bob Harras & Terry Kavanaugh (plot), Ben Raab (script), Mike Deodato (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Avengers: Timeslide (February, 1996) - by Bob Harras & Terry Kavanaugh (script/plot), Roger Cruz, Luke Ross, Fabio Laguna, Frank Toscano, Manny Clark, Oclair Albert (pencils), Scott Koblish & Rene Micheletti (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Iron Man I#325 (February, 1996) - by Terry Kavanaugh (plot), Dan Abnett (script), Jimmy Cheung, Jim Caliafore, Hector Collazo (pencils), Mark McKenna, P.L. Palmiotti, Ralph Cabrera, Collazo (inkers), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Avengers I#395 (February, 1996) - by Bob Harras & Terry Kavanaugh (plot), Terry Kavanaugh (script), Mike Deodato, Jr. (pencils), Emir Ribeiro, Mike Deodato, Frank Lopez (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book One: The Past (July, 1998) - by Tom DeFalco and Jason Henderson (writers), Tom Grummet and Doug Hazlewood (illustrators)
X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book Two: The Present (August, 1998) - by Tom DeFalco and Adam-Troy Castro (writers), Tom Grummet and Doug Hazlewood (illustrators)
X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow: Book Three: The Future (September, 1998) - by Tom DeFalco and Eluki Bes Shahar (writers), Tom Grummet and Doug Hazlewood (illustrators)
Avengers Forever#1 (December 1998) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Carlos Pacheco (pencils), Jesus Merino (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers Forever#2-9 (January-August 1999) - Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern (#3-9) (writer), Carlos Pacheco (pencils), Jesus Merino (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers Forever#10-11 (October, November 1999) - Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern (#3-9) (writer), Carlos Pacheco (pencils), Jesus Merino (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers Forever#12 (February 2000) - Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern (#3-9) (writer), Carlos Pacheco (pencils), Jesus Merino (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Marvel Universe: The End#2 (May, 2003) - by Jim Starlin (writer/penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
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