Immortus of Earth-X/Kang The Immortal

Real Name: Nathaniel Richards

Identity/Class: Extratemporal (Earth X/Earth-9997) human technology user

Occupation: Self appointed protector of humanity's destiny, Pope of the Church of Immortus

Group Membership: Leader of the Church of Immortus

Affiliations: Captain Mar-Vell, Reed Richards, Sam Smithers, Spiders Man, X-51, countless members of his church (all of Earth-X)

Enemies:  Jude the Entropic Man, Mephisto, formerly Reed Richards (all of Earth X)

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 (possible son), Marcus Kang I-XXIII (possible sons, deceased); Kang, Rama-Tut, Scarlet Centurion, Iron Lad, and numerous other alternate dimensional counterparts and their offspring;
    possibly terminal Ravonna (wife, deceased (eventually!)) (SEE COMMENTS)

Aliases: Pope Immortus, formerly Blue Man, Blue Totem, Kang the Conqueror, King of Kings, Lord of the Seven Suns, Master of Men, Rama-Tut, Scarlet Centurion, Victor Timely, 
    possibly Iron Lad (SEE COMMENTS)

Base of Operations: A sub-section of Limbo

First Appearance: Universe X#1 (October, 2000)

Powers/Abilities: Immortus/Kang the Immortal had the ability to go to and from Limbo as he pleased, as well as vast access to advanced technology and time travel capabilities. After exposure to the Terrigen mists, his skin turned blue and he gained superhuman strength.

History:
(Earth X#1-12, Universe X#1 (fb) - BTS) - In the alternate future of Earth-X, the entire world's population had been turned into Inhumans by exposure to the Terrigen mists, which had been released into the atmosphere years earlier. After a struggle with the Celestials, Reed Richards constructed several giant torches around the world designed to burn the Terrigen mists out of the air and transform everybody back into normal humans. Immortus heard of Richards' plot and opposed it. He now believed that it was humanity's destiny to spread into the stars and colonize other planets, and since everybody was now super-powered, they finally had the physical ability to do so. To this end, Immortus formed the Church of Immortus, of which he was pope. His purpose was to rally the mutated population behind him against the plans of Reed Richards. He planned to convince them that they were better off as mutants and inhumans and manipulate them into tearing down the torches that would turn them back to normal. Immortus somehow became involved with Mr. Church, who became his top advisor and helped him to inspire the population of Earth. Little did he know, Mr. Church was actually Mephisto in disguise, manipulating Immortus for his own purposes. To prevent being mutated by the mists in the Earth's atmosphere, Immortus would come to Earth, rally his followers, and return to Limbo before he could be mutated. He did so many times, and recruited many to his church, including the illusion caster, Spiders Man.

(Universe X#1) - Immortus and Spiders Man came to Reed Richards and told him to take down his torches and abandon his effort to restore humanity. Immortus told Richards that humanity was destined to spread across the stars and that Richards was preventing them from reaching their destiny. Richards refused to tear down his torches, and Immortus promised that his followers would extinguish the torches within the year. He then returned to limbo before the Terrigen mists in the air could affect him.

 

(Universe X#3) - Immortus traveled to Earth and gave a stirring speech to a large crowd of his followers, encouraging them to extinguish the torches. Mr. Church assisted Immortus in his speaking, whispering lines into Immortus' ear at times.

 

(Universe X#4  - BTS) - Mephisto, who was still posing as Immortus' right hand man, Mr. Church, used his power and locked Immortus out of limbo so he was doomed to remain on Earth.

 

(Universe X#4) - Immortus tried to return to Limbo after his speech as to avoid being mutated by the mists. However, upon trying he discovered that somebody had locked him out of Limbo and he was unable to return. Eventually, he realized that he was not going to get back into Limbo in time, and he fell to his knees and wept, knowing he would soon be transformed.

 

(Universe X#6) - Immortus sat alone, wallowing in self-pity that he was unable to return to Limbo. He felt himself begin to mutate after prolonged exposure to the mists. His skin wouldn't stop itching, and as he scratched, his skin peeled off revealing blue skin underneath. Also, he couldn't stop feeling anger and rage. Mephisto, in the guise of Mr. Church came to check on Immortus. Because he was mutating and losing control of himself, Immortus delegated the responsibility of addressing his followers to the disguised Mephisto. Without realizing it, he had just handed his manipulator complete control of his followers, just as Mephisto had planned.

 

(Universe X#9) - Immortus admitted to himself that Reed Richards was right about humanity, and that he should never have come to Earth. Immortus kept scratching at his itching skin until his entire face had peeled off, revealing a completely blue face underneath that resembled the mask of Kang.

 

(Universe X#11) - Immortus completed his transformation that was brought on by the Terrigen mists. He had transformed from Immortus into Kang the Immortal. All of his skin was now blue. Mephisto, still in the guise of Mr. Church, gave Immortus/Kang Dr. Doom's time machine and told him to go back in time and prevent his own transformation. Immortus/Kang fully intended to do so. In fact, this was the primary purpose of all of Mephisto's manipulations on Immortus. Mephisto's plan all along was to trick Immortus into traveling through time in order to create alternate dimensions into which Mephisto could escape into when time ended (Don't try too hard to make sense out of it). Mephisto's manipulations of Immortus had always been to get him to create more alternate timelines.

 

(Universe X#12) - As Kang/Immortus prepared to step onto the time machine and travel back through time or possibly back to limbo to undo all that had been done, Marvel, X-51, and Kyle Richmond teleported into the room to prevent him from accidentally aiding Mephisto. Mephisto accidentally revealed his identity to Immortus/Kang when he shouted "I'll not let you take Kang from me!" Immortus/Kang, realizing that he had been manipulated, destroyed the time machine with his bare hands, throwing Mephisto's plans awry, having apparently gained super strength in his transformation. He yelled at Mephisto for all his heinous actions and crimes, and fell to his knees, distraught that he had been transformed back into Kang and there was nothing that could turn him back into Immortus.

 

(Universe X: X) - After the defeat of Mephisto and his pawn the Absorbing Man, Immortus/Kang came before Reed Richards and apologized, admitting that Richards was right, that humanity was not destined to spread throughout the stars, that they should indeed be restored to normalcy, and that he himself had been wrong all along. Immortus/Kang promised to help restore humanity in any way he could.

(Paradise X#4) - Immortus/Kang  joined a number of other geniuses in Latveria, gathered together to try and find a cure for the suffering of those who should have died but had not, as Death had been banished from the Earth.

(Paradise X#5) - Alongside his fellow geniuses, Immortus/Kang greeted the arriving Sam Smithers, who joined their conclave.

(Paradise X: Devils) - The conclave debated the problem. Immortus/Kang noted that any attempt by them to alleviate mankind's suffering by reinstating death would be met by Mephisto, who sought to keep them suffering and prevent humanity from reaching the paradise created by Mar-Vell for the dead.

(Paradise X#8) - Immortus/Kang was part of a large gathering of heroes who listened to Reed Richards explain that Jude the Entropic Man was free, bringing death back to the suffering, but that he would slay every living being if not brought under control. Immortus/Kang watched as Reed planned to enter the Negative Zone to reach Mar-Vell and find out if he was still a friend of mankind.

 

 

 

 

 

Comments: Created by Created by Alex Ross, Jim Kruger, John Paul Leon, and Bill Reinhold

    In the entire multiverse there is only one true Immortus. So when Snood did an Immortus profile in January 2006, and afterward one of the masters of the obscure brought up the Immortus appearances in Earth-X which Snood had unintentionally excluded, we were all curious as to just where to place Immortus' actions on Earth X in Immortus' chronology. After all, with a time traveler like Immortus, you never know if a certain appearance of his takes place before or after another appearance. So after going over Immortus' appearances on Earth-X with Snood, he decided it would be best to treat these particular appearances of Immortus as if he were a divergent Kang posing as Immortus, and not the one true Immortus, mostly because his intentions in Earth-X are the exact opposite of his intentions in the rest of his appearances. In most of his appearances he is trying to keep humanity contained, and in Earth-X, he seeks to help them spread, and so it was decided that this was not the true Immortus. I personally disagree, and I believe that the creators of this story intended for this to be the one true Immortus. I see no evidence that this is a divergent Kang, and I don't know if it is really our place to name him as such in a venue that has no official capacity in Marvel comics (although a lot of us do write their handbooks). 
    Hmm...while I normally try to respect the writer's intent, I see two issues here. First, there's only one Immortus, so this character is either the one Immortus or a poser. His behavior is different than everything we've seen from Immortus up to this point. In addition, there's just the whole "whatever happens in Earth X stays in Earth X" policy in effect at Marvel. Nothing that happened in Earth X can be considered to have occurred in any other Earth dimension unless specifically referenced in a non-Earth X book. Plus, I don't know that the writer was aware of the single Immortus deal when writing the series. According to the Immortus entry in the OHotMU A-Z#5, "Pope Immortus" is believed to be a delusional or poser Kang, though it could be Immortus himself manipulating others for unknown purposes.
--Snood.

    Here is my theory as to how this could be fit into the one true Immortus' chronology: this takes place after Avengers Forever (and before the Terminatrix Objective if Immortus actually dies in that miniseries). After being under the rule of the Time-Keepers for so long, and enforcing their will, Immortus was finally freed of his masters after their apparent demise at the hands of Kang. Overjoyed to be free of the Time-Keepers after being forced to carry out their goals for so long, he decided to redefine his priorities and goals as his own, and decided both out of spite and belief, that humanity's destiny lay in the opposite direction from the one he had been forced to pursue for so long. Under the Time-Keepers he had been forced to try to contain humanity. Now that he was free, he would help it spread. Keep in mind this is only my theory, and I am not trying to state it as fact. 
    Makes sense, and sounds reasonable. It would be a possibility.
--Snood.


    But Snood also had valid points as why we should treat this as a separate character because of all the differences between this Immortus and the one we know, and because this is his site, it's his call! So we are treating him as a separate character until his true nature is clarified. 

    It is also worth noting that because we are treating him as a divergent Kang, we are also courting all of Kang's relatives and aliases to apply to this Kang as well. 

Profile by Stunner and Loki

Clarifications: Immortus/Kang the Immortal may possibly be,  but we are treating him like he isn't

Immortus/Kang the Immortal should be distinguished from:


images:
Universe X#1 on page 13 panel 1 (Immortus form)
Universe X#11, on page 20 panel 4 (Kang form)


Universe X#0 (September, 2000) - Jim Krueger (writer), Alex Ross (Co-plotter),  Doug Braithwaite and Thomas Yeates (pencilers), Bill Reinhold and Al WIlliamson (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
Universe X#1 (October, 2000) - Jim Krueger (writer), Alex Ross (Co-plotter),  Doug Braithwaite and Thomas Yeates (pencilers), Bill Reinhold and Al WIlliamson (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
Universe X#3 (December, 2000) - Jim Krueger (writer), Alex Ross (Co-plotter),  Doug Braithwaite and Thomas Yeates (pencilers), Bill Reinhold and Al WIlliamson (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
Universe X#4 (January, 2001) -Jim Krueger (writer), Alex Ross (Co-plotter),  Doug Braithwaite and Thomas Yeates (pencilers), Bill Reinhold and Al WIlliamson (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
Universe X#6 (March, 2001) - Jim Krueger (writer), Alex Ross (Co-plotter),  Doug Braithwaite and Thomas Yeates (pencilers), Bill Reinhold and Al WIlliamson (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
Universe X#9 (June, 2001) - Jim Krueger (writer), Alex Ross (Co-plotter),  Doug Braithwaite and Thomas Yeates (pencilers), Bill Reinhold and Al WIlliamson (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
Universe X#11 (August, 2001) - Jim Krueger (writer), Alex Ross (Co-plotter),  Doug Braithwaite and Thomas Yeates (pencilers), Bill Reinhold and Al WIlliamson (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
Universe X#12 (September, 2001) - Jim Krueger (writer), Alex Ross (Co-plotter),  Doug Braithwaite and Thomas Yeates (pencilers), Bill Reinhold and Al WIlliamson (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
Universe X:X (Novemer, 2001) - Jim Krueger (writer), Alex Ross (Co-plotter),  Doug Braithwaite and Thomas Yeates (pencilers), Bill Reinhold and Al WIlliamson (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
Paradise X#4 (September, 2002) - Jim Krueger (writer), Alex Ross (Co-plotter),  Doug Braithwaite and Thomas Yeates (pencilers), Bill Reinhold and Al WIlliamson (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
Paradise X#5 (October, 2002) - Jim Krueger (writer), Alex Ross (Co-plotter),  Doug Braithwaite and Thomas Yeates (pencilers), Bill Reinhold and Al WIlliamson (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
Paradise X: Devils  (November, 2002) - Jim Krueger (writer), Alex Ross (Co-plotter),  Doug Braithwaite and Thomas Yeates (pencilers), Bill Reinhold and Al WIlliamson (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
Paradise X#8 (February, 2003) - Jim Krueger (writer), Alex Ross (Co-plotter),  Doug Braithwaite and Thomas Yeates (pencilers), Bill Reinhold and Al WIlliamson (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)


Last updated: 10/18/07

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