"THE ENTITY"

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (unidentified alien race) semi-humanoid

Occupation: Scholar, creator

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Fantastic Four (Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Invisible Woman (Sue Richards), Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), Thing (Ben Grimm))

Enemies: The U.S. military, the other members of his alien race

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Outer space

First Appearance: Fantastic Four III#530 (October, 2005)

Powers/Abilities: "The Entity" was capable of utilizing the universe's own thought waves and energies to teleport himself and others. He was telepathic, allowing him to sense the thought patterns of others and even learn English by scanning the minds of humans. From within his universe-resembling form, "the Entity" was able to emit a spark that began a Big Bang event, transforming "the Entity" into a living universe.

Height: Various
Weight: Various
Eyes: Glowing blue
Hair: None

History: (Fantastic Four III#530 (fb)) - Once a being of flesh and blood, a member of an unidentified alien race sought the truth when his race's leaders told them that there were things not meant for them to know. Dedicating his life to finding answers, the alien became a scientist, constantly studying the stars for truth. When he finally learned the answers he sought, he attempted to share what he had learned with the others of his race, who blindly attacked what they didn't believe. Fleeing for his life, the alien went home and began activated some of his machines to prove his claims by communing with the universe itself but the other aliens located him and sabotaged his machines, causing the alien to briefly touch a fraction of the universe itself and transforming the alien into a form resembling a living galaxy. Riding the universe's thought waves off of his planet, the alien remained alone in space, constantly searching for other intelligences and avoiding his own race when they began hunting him in an attempt to keep him from spreading his knowledge.

(Fantastic Four III#531 (fb) - BTS) - The alien remained on the run from his own race for centuries. Despite this, the alien spent 300 Earth years searching for someone who might understand his plight and be able to help him.

(Fantastic Four III#530) - When the Fantastic Four ventured into space after Mr. Fantastic theorized that the transformative cosmic rays that had given them powers was actually some form of alien communication, they came across a large comet that collided with part of their ship when they tried to avoid it. During the moment of collision, an alien sensed the internal loneliness of the Thing and connected with the hero. As the Fantastic Four's ship began to plummet back to Earth, the Thing noticed the alien in the back of their ship, it having used the cosmic rays as a carrier signal to teleport onto their ship. Despite his announcement of the alien, the other Fantastic Four members remained dedicated to surviving their re-entry into Earth's atmosphere. Upon their crash landing back on Earth, the alien revealed himself as he emerged from the crashed ship. Before the team could establish a common communication between themselves and the alien, the U.S. military began firing on the team due to the military base damage caused by their crash. Despite the Fantastic Four's insistence that they meant no harm, the alien revealed himself to the military, who ordered all present to stand down. A soldier soon tripped, accidentally shooting the alien in the arm, prompting the alien to seemingly vaporize the soldier. The other soldiers immediately opened fire, prompting the Invisible Woman to erect an invisible force field around them all. The alien subsequently fought back once more, "vaporizing" at least seven more soldiers, prompting the military leader to order his men to pull back. The alien then began communicating telepathically with the Thing, explaining that the alien had actually teleported the soldiers away rather than killing them. He also explained that it understood the situation and, per the Thing's request, teleported the Fantastic Four back to the Baxter Building, where the alien explained his origins and how his race had been hunting him. As the alien finished his story, a ship from his homeworld appeared above the Baxter Building.

(Fantastic Four III#531) - The alien teleported the Fantastic Four to Maui to avoid conflict with his race, prompting Mr. Fantastic to plead with the alien to return them, as the aliens would attack the city. The alien explained that given all that he had learned, there was still more he wanted to learn and that he had hoped the Fantastic Four would help in his search for knowledge. With innocent New Yorkers' lives at stake, Mr. Fantastic refused to help the alien until the already-weakened alien agreed to teleport them back to New York so that they could stop the invading aliens. Agreeing to teleport them back despite how vulnerable it would leave him, the alien (which Mr. Fantastic began referring to as "the Entity") transported them all back to New York, where Mr. Fantastic ordered the Invisible Woman to get "the Entity" to the Baxter Building's downstairs laboratory. The other Fantastic Four members then began battling the invading aliens while Invisible Woman left "the Entity" in the laboratory near the Fantastic Four's Negative Zone portal. Upon realizing what the Negative Zone portal, "the Entity" telepathically summoned Mr. Fantastic to the Baxter Building lab, where he asked Mr. Fantastic to send him to the Negative Zone, where he hoped his race could not track him. Mr. Fantastic attempted to explain to "the Entity" that the Negative Zone could kill him due to his unique biology but "the Entity" spoke that either way, his days being on the run would be over. Mr. Fantastic agreed to help and while he set "the Entity" up for the trip into the Negative Zone, "the Entity" warned against focusing too much on knowledge of the universe rather than enjoying times of the heart. As the portal powered up, Mr. Fantastic mentioned wanting to understand what "the Entity" understood before it was too late. "The Entity" beckoned for Mr. Fantastic to grab his hand and just as Mr. Fantastic did so, the Baxter Building took a hit from the invading aliens outside, overloading the portal. "The Entity" continued telepathically showing Mr. Fantastic everything that he had learned and still sought. Teleporting himself and Mr. Fantastic to the moment before the Big Bang, "the Entity" began explaining how he was searching for why and how the Big Bang had begun creation. "The Entity" soon emitted a tiny spark of light from his own body, prompting Mr. Fantastic to ask if the search for knowledge was the literal spark that began the Big Bang. "The Entity" then replied that there was only one way to find out. He then spoke "let their be light" and "the Entity" became a new universe.

(Fantastic Four III#532) - Mr. Fantastic began to become lost within the new universe contained within "the Entity," noticing that the universe seemed to be extremely chaotic and without order. Eventually, "the Entity" managed to telepathically communicate with Mr. Fantastic, explaining that he could not control the chaotic forces of the universe, as he did not understand the fundamental forces of a universe. He then asked for Mr. Fantastic's help, as Mr. Fantastic's knowledge of the universe could help bring balance to the knowledge of truth that "the Entity" possessed. Reluctantly agreeing to help, Mr. Fantastic opened his mind to "the Entity" and in a flash, millions of years passed by and the universe evolved. Realizing in that moment the violence that had erupted over millennia due to man's thirst for knowledge, "the Entity" explained to Mr. Fantastic that he now understood that the universe itself was sentient and attempting to understand its own existence. "The Entity" then further explained that, as a living universe, he would continue to grow until he had fully understood himself. Shortly after, "the Entity" directed Mr. Fantastic's attention to a series of cosmic rays that were birthed when he had joined his mind to "the Entity"'s mind and Mr. Fantastic witnessed the creation of a Fantastic Four, the birth of Franklin Richards, and the Fantastic Four battling Doctor Doom. "The Entity" offered to show Mr. Fantastic the end of the universe but Mr. Fantastic opted instead to return home to his family. Moments later, Mr. Fantastic awoke, apparently having been recently daydreaming.

Comments: Created by J. Michael Straczynski, Mike McKone and Andy Lanning.

The alien was never properly identified, although Mr. Fantastic referred to it as "the Entity." Also, it was unclear if the universe that "the Entity" became was Earth-616 or if "the Entity" became a separate, new universe. It's very possible that the Fantastic Four that Mr. Fantastic witnessed within "the Entity" were the Fantastic Four's counterparts within the new universe and that "the Entity" returned Mr. Fantastic to Earth-616 at the end of their adventure. It's also possible that "the Entity" was indeed the creator of Earth-616 and went on to become the cosmic being Eternity, who was the physical representation of Earth-616 itself.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
"The Entity" has no known connections to


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Fantastic Four III#532, p9, pan1 (main image)
Fantastic Four III#532, p9, pan2 (headshot)


Appearances:
Fantastic Four III#530 (October, 2005) - J. Michael Straczynski (writer), Mike McKone (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Fantastic Four III#531 (November, 2005) - J. Michael Straczynski (writer), Mike McKone (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Fantastic Four III#532 (December, 2005) - J. Michael Straczynski (writer), Mike McKone (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 06/12/14

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