THE TRIUNE UNDERSTANDING
Membership: Wanda Jo Bialowsky-Smith, Celardi, Eduardo, Duane
Freeman, Gupta, Jorge, Karjee, Michaelson, Lou Smith, Suarez, Teodor, Jonathan Tremont, Triathlon
(Delroy Garrett, Jr.), Vasquez, Vicente, Violetta, others including prominent actors and
secretly Firestar (Angelica Jones), Justice (Vance Astrovik) (the two Avengers were undercover), Lord Templar, Pagan
Purpose: To teach others how to live in the
present, forgetting the past, by finding balance in the three points of
life: self, world and spirit
Enemies: Ant-Man (Scott Lang), the Avengers
Rogers, Firestar/Angelica Jones, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Justice/Vance
Astrovik, Living Lightning/Miguel Santos, Photon/Monica Rambeau,
Quasar/Wendell Vaughn, Silverclaw/Maria de Guadalupe Santiago,
Thor/Thor Odinson, Triathlon/Delroy Garrett Jr., Vision/"Victor Shade,"
Warbird/Carol Danvers, Wonder Man/Simon
Williams), Captain Marvel (Genis-Vell), Meltdown (Tabitha Smith), the
Base of Operations: The Triune Understanding
World Headquarters and Resource Center, Calleyville, Texas, USA; also a
Triune Understanding headquarters in Manhattan, New York, USA
First Appearance: (behind-the-scenes, triangle
insignia first seen): Avengers III#4 (May, 1998);
(mentioned, Triune-owned building seen): Avengers III#9 (October, 1998);
(organization, seen only in shadow): Avengers III#13 (February, 1999);
(organization, fully seen): Avengers III#15 (April, 1999)
III#50 (fb) - BTS) - Upon locating one of the light shards meant to be
the opposite of the cosmic Triple-Evil, the man who would become
Jonathan Tremont attacked Hal Chandler, the former 3-D Man whom Tremont
had assisted in Chandler's search for the shard, and used the shard to
resurrect the spirits of his deceased brothers and learned from the
shard of the looming Triple-Evil, which Tremont intended to stop by
finding a way to amass power. In order to do so, Tremont founded the
religious movement known as the Triune Understanding, secretly created
with the sole purpose of stopping the Triple-Evil upon its arrival on
(X-Force I#87 (fb) - BTS) - The
Triune Understanding organization focused their new way of living on three points of life: self, world and spirit.
(Avengers III#36 (fb) - BTS) - The Triune Understanding first publicly appeared eight months following the public disappearance of Hal Chandler, the former 3-D Man.
(Avengers III#15 (fb) - BTS) - Starting small, the
Triune Understanding operated out of old storefronts and church
basements, and even rented out meeting halls to congregate. Their
growing nature led some to dismiss them as a cult or a fad but the
organization continued to persevere.
(Avengers III#50 (fb)) - During their early days,
Jonathan Tremont taught small rooms of Triune Understanding members
about the threefold harmonies of mind, body and spirit, past, present
and future, and dream, memory and reality, all the while sensing the
Triple-Evil moving closer towards Earth. After sensing a champion
empowered by another light shard fall to the Triple-Evil, Tremont grew
the Triune Understanding, moving from storefronts and church basements
to actual full-sized churches, suggesting Triune followers seek balance
instead of discord. As Triune followers grew, so did Tremont's own
power as he used his light shard-based abilities to reach into the
spirits of Triune Understanding members and draw off their energies
(Avengers III#9 (fb) - BTS) - As the Triune
Understanding became more prominent, more began to officially consider them a
organization, while some considered the Understanding simply a new way of
thinkings and others continued to think
them some sort of cult. After being banned from competition and having
his three gold medals stripped from him because of illegal steroid
usage during the Olympics, Delroy Garrett, Jr. wallowed in self-pity,
turning down job offers, until he came across the Triune Understanding.
(Avengers III#15 (fb) - BTS) - Deciding to contact the Triune Understanding, Delroy Garrett came to the Triune Understanding seeking a way to better his life.
(Avengers III#50 (fb)) - Recognizing Delroy's
spirit as matching that of Hal Chandler, Tremont sought to use Delroy
to house the shard energies that Hal Chandler had once held.
(Avengers III#9 (fb) - BTS) - The Triunes taught the skeptical Delroy to let go of the anger he had for himself and had Delroy undergo an experiment that they claimed could unlock Delroy's true inner power.
(Avengers III#50 (fb)) - Under the guise of unlocking
Delroy's potential, Tremont had the Triunes subject Delroy to shard
(Avengers III#9 (fb) - BTS) - Successful, the Triune Understanding experiment made Delroy three times as fast, strong and agile as a normal human, which he used as the Triune's public superhero, Triathlon.
(Avengers III#26 (fb) - BTS) - The Triune Understanding established itself a skyscraper headquarters in Manhattan.
(Avengers III#4 (fb) - BTS) - Duane Freeman joined the Triune Understanding.
(Avengers III#4 - BTS) - Duane Freeman wore a Triune
Understanding triangle insignia on his tie when he first met the
Avengers after becoming their national security liaison.
(Avengers III#5 - BTS) - Duane Freeman wore a Triune
Understanding lapel pin during a meeting with the Avengers in which he
was forced to give the Avengers forty-eight hours to sort out events
with the Squadron Supreme or risk losing their government clearance.
(Avengers III#9 - BTS) - While working with the
Avengers against Moses Magnum, Triune Understanding member Triathlon
recounted his origins with the Triunes to Hawkeye.
(X-Force I#87 (fb) - BTS) - Lou Smith joined the Triune Understanding. He soon felt as if the Triune Understanding had done him a world of good.
(Avengers III#15 (fb) - BTS) - Lord Templar was
secretly tasked with publicly sowing suspicions of traditional
authority by Jonathan Tremont in an effort to drive people to the
Triune Understanding for solace.
(Avengers III#45 (fb) - BTS) - Triathlon was given the Avengers' priority message frequencies by the Triune Understanding.
(Avengers III#13) - After the Avengers and New Warriors battled Lord Templar, Templar returned to the Triune Understanding, where Jonathan Tremont accused Templar of failing. Templar insisted that he had not failed, noting that the Avengers had been tested and that he had introduced to the Avengers the idea that the world's governments were conspiring against the populace. Lord Templar then admitted that while he did not accuse the governments publicly, the Triune Understanding was just getting started.
(X-Force I#87 - BTS) - Lou Smith and his fourth wife
Wanda Jo Bialowsky met up with Smith's daughter Tabitha, also known as
the mutant Meltdown, where Lou admitted that he was really trying to
change his life as he slid a Triune Understanding triangle insignia
across the table. He then told Meltdown that he owed the changes all to
the Triune Understanding, prompting Meltdown to ask if the Triunes were
some sort of new age cult. Correcting Meltdown, Lou Smith explained
that the Triune Understanding was more a way of transcending the pain
of the past to live more in the present. Assuring his daughter that no
one was planning to hitch a ride on any comets, Lou further explained
that the Triune Understanding focused its believers on three points of
life: self, world and spirit. Feeling as if Meltdown's life had been
difficult, Lou then admitted that he hoped Meltdown would accompany him
and Wanda Jo to a Triune Understanding meeting after dinner and also
suggested a Triune Family Triad workshop that was coming up. Meltdown
refused, thinking her father's actions too weird and stormed out of the
(Avengers III#15 (fb) - BTS) - Iron Man read that the
Triune Understanding's dedication of their new world headquarters would
be later that day.
(Avengers III#15) - The Triune Understanding held
rally in Calleyville, Texas, where Triathlon appeared to a cheering
crowd. The Triune followers then marveled for twenty minutes as
Triathlon displayed his triple-agility going through a series of
gymnastics. As Triathlon landed perfectly, Triune announcer Jorge
reminded the Triune Understanding followers that Triathlon was their
hero and that he had come to the Triune Understanding seeking a better
life just like the followers had. Jorge then revealed that Triathlon
was there to help dedicate the new Triune Understanding World
Headquarters and Resource Center and reminded the followers that they
could now spread their message of threefold wisdom to the world from
their new stage before turning the podium over to Triathlon himself.
Triathlon then revealed his true identity to the followers, reminding
them that he was just a man who had been given a second chance, then
introduced them to the Triune Understanding's founder, Jonathan
Tremont. Tremont thanked his followers for the applause but reminded
them that he could not do anything alone and that only from a threefold
balance could anything happen. He then proclaimed that the Triune
Understanding had come far but still had farther to go as the Triune
Understanding followers hung on Tremont's every word. The dedication
ceremony was soon interrupted by the Avengers, who had tracked the
energy trail of their enemy, Lord Templar, to the Triune Understanding
World Headquarters. Curious as to why the energy trail led to the
Triune Understanding's main temple, Iron Man questioned what Lord
Templar would want with the Triunes as the Avengers traced the energy
trail right up the world headquarters' back door. The Avengers were
greeted by nervous Triune follower Violetta, who reminded the Avengers
that the door led to a private area but the Avengers calmly explained
that they had reason to believe a supervillain might be present.
Triathlon calmed Violetta and entered the conversation, asking what the
Avengers needed and as Captain America explained the trail of Lord
Templar, Justice quietly noticed that the Triune Understanding's
security guards seemed awfully well-armed with familiar weapons.
Noticing the Avengers, a Triune follower named Teodor informed Jonathan
Tremont that the Avengers seemed suspicious, which could mean disaster,
but Tremont assured Teodor it would be well taken care of. The chaotic
Pagan shortly after appeared and announced the Triune Understanding was
another place for humans to huddle against the dark. Triathlon
immediately rushed at Pagan, proclaiming that Pagan was Triune business
to handle, but he was easily swatted aside, bringing the Avengers into
the conflict for Triathlon's protection. During the battle against
Pagan, Justice protected the Triune Understanding followers using his
telekinesis while Thor battled Pagan. Lord Templar subsequently
appeared and teleported Pagan away, gaining popularity among the
Triunes, who wished for the Avengers to leave after the destruction
their battle with Pagan had caused. Hours later, Jonathan Tremont spoke
to his congregation, promising to rebuild the damage and forge past the
unpleasantness that had occurred that day. He then expressed regret
that the Avengers wished to search the Triune world headquarters and
felt that they were implicating the attack's victims to cover their own
failures. Tremont then expressed hopes to the Triune Understanding that
the Avengers would seek their own improvement and understanding but
when the press asked Captain America for a comment, Cap admitted that
something didn't add and that the Avengers would find out what. Later
that evening, Jonathan Tremont met with Lord Templar and the two
discussed how, despite being rebuffed, the Avengers remained
suspicious. When Templar remarked that he had done his part to sow
suspicion of traditional authority to drive people to the Triune
Understanding, Tremont admitted that the Triune needed a public enemy
and the Avengers would suffice.
(Avengers III#0) - The press soon began to swirl with questions about the Avengers' perceived implication of the Triune Understanding in the attack on their world headquarters and the press caught up with Iron Man to question him about the implications. Iron Man assured the press that the Avengers were not implicating the Triune Understanding but rather, only had a lot of unanswered questions about the Triune Understanding. Iron Man then insisted that the Triunes weren't being accused of anything and that the Avengers had only tracked a supervillain to their world headquarters. As Iron Man admitted his disappointment that the Triune Understanding had blocked any further investigation, the Triunes themselves were watching the interview on television and an angry Triathlon suggested the Triune Understanding hold a press conference to tell Iron Man where to stick it. Tremont calmly reminded Triathlon that it was not the Triune Understanding way to act confrontationally or publicly squabble but he assured Triathlon that the Triune Understanding would deal with the Avengers' slanders in their own way. Later, following a battle with Firebrand, the Avengers were again questioned by the press and one reporter asked the Avengers if their hostility towards the Triunes was religious bigotry.
(Avengers III#24 (fb) - BTS) - The Triune
Understanding's higher-ups began a smear campaign against the Avengers,
hiring protesters as well as public-manipulating reporters to appear
outside Avengers Mansion while the general Triune Understanding members
were unaware of the Understanding's true plans.
(X-Force I#96) - An agent of the Triune Understanding
watched X-Force's Meltdown and Bedlam from afar, confirming that
Meltdown was indeed a mutant and that she would serve the Triune
Understanding well once she had been enlightened to their cause.
(Avengers III#24 (fb) - BTS) - The Triune Understanding's reach also made its way to the mutant nation of Genosha, where it became popular among the disenfranchised.
(Avengers III#24 - BTS) - Duane Freeman wore a Triune Understanding pin on his tie during a meeting with the Avengers, where the group discussed the recent protesting of the team's lack of darker-skinned members. The Avengers discussed recruitment but Thor remarked that while they had fought subtle foes before, these recent attacks on the Avengers came about following their battle at the Triune Understanding's world headquarters. Duane interjected, nearly questioning Thor's implications, before Avengers butler Edwin Jarvis interrupted with the mail. Duane then continued, asking what the Avengers planned to do about the protests and hate mail. A short time later, former Avengers member Quicksilver visited Avengers Mansion and found reporters going through the team's trash. Routing the reporters, Quicksilver found that all of the reporters and some of the protesters had Triune Understanding insignias on them. When Quicksilver remarked that he had heard of the Triune Understanding, as their reach had spread to Genosha, and that he had saw on CNN that the Avengers had a recent run-in with the Triunes, Duane Freeman vehemently stood up from his chair and announced that the Avengers couldn't seriously be considering that the Triune Understanding had orchestrated all of their recent media woes. Insisting that the Triune Understanding was a philosophical movement rather than a conspiracy, Duane reminded the Avengers of the Triunes' charity work and then revealed himself to be a follower of the Triune Understanding. Before the Avengers could react to Freeman's revelation, their priority alarm went off.
(Avengers III#25 - BTS) - As the Avengers prepared for battle against the Exemplars, Iron Man thought how relaxed Hank Pym was and how Warbird had been in A.A. for weeks at that point, feeling that things were finally starting to look up for the Avengers except for the protests that were whipped up by the Triune Understanding. Thor and Hercules discussed the recent protests outside Avengers Mansion while Duane Freeman, wearing a Triune Understanding lapel pin, brought Captain America data on the Exemplars. Feeling as if something seemed off about Cap, Duane reminded Captain America that while he might be a member of the Triune Understanding, he was still the same man he had always been and explained how the Triune Understanding had been nothing but good to him. When Duane asked if Captain America could hold that against him, Cap replied that he couldn't and suggested they both dig into the data to learn more about the Exemplars. The data review was interrupted by Edwin Jarvis, who informed Captain America and Duane Freeman that a group of protesters had climbed the outer Mansion wall and were detained by the Mansion's automatic security systems. Jarvis also mentioned that reporters were requesting a word from Captain America, who told Jarvis to tell them nothing, prompting Duane to ask Cap if that were a wise solution since the reporters would print negative pubilicity but Cap told Duane that they could print whatever they wanted before suggesting they get back to the data. When Duane consulted with the National Security Council and deduced that the Exemplars wanted to execute the Juggernaut, asking if it was so bad if the Exemplars did, Captain America reminded Duane that the Avengers would not stand for such a breach in due process, no matter the target. Cap then apologized for overreacting to Duane's suggestion and thought about how he had overreacted because of his uneasiness about Duane being a member of the Triune Understanding. Despite the Triune's claims of helping others, Captain America thought about he wasn't sure if he could trust Duane after learning of the Triune Understanding's smear campaign against the Avengers. Following the Avengers' battle against the Exemplars, the Avengers held a meeting where Captain America announced that someone was definitely targeting the Avengers using the media and gave the Triunes the benefit of the doubt, mentioning that whether the smear campaign was concocted by the Triunes or not, the Avengers needed a leader better suited to dealing with the media and he then opted to leave the team.
(Avengers III#26 (fb) - BTS) - The Triune
Understanding placed an order with the Taskmaster for a small army of
agents, offering him a substantial fee in exchange for not only
providing the trained agents but also for posing as Captain America and
leading some of the Avengers' allies in a raid on a Triune
Understanding facility as part of their smear campaign against the
heroic team. While not usually involving himself personally, the
Taskmaster agreed to the deal, unable to pass up the amount of money
the Triune Understanding offered.
(Avengers III#26) - Posing as Captain America, Taskmaster recruited Silverclaw, Warbird (Carol Danvers) and Ant-Man (Scott Lang), telling them (as Cap) that he had publicly quit the Avengers as a cover story so that the Triune Understanding would think Captain America was gone. Continuing to give the assembled heroes a false story, Taskmaster told them that the Triune Understanding was hiding secrets and had began their smear campaign against the Avengers when the Avengers had attempted to investigate. Suggesting the heroes take the fight directly to the Triune Understanding, Taskmaster explained that each of the heroes had backgrounds suitable for the secret raid against the Triunes but Taskmaster's speech was interrupted by the arrival of Captain Marvel (Genis-Vell), who had sensed trouble from Los Angeles. While Captain Marvel's cosmic awareness sensed something off about the entire assembly, Triune Understanding leader Jonathan Tremont reveled in the sheer amount of people gathered at a Hawaiian Triune rally. At the end of the rally, Tremont announced that he must spread the word of the Triune Understanding to other cities and reminded the followers that if they followed the ways of the Triune Understanding, they would prosper in health, wealth and friendship. Tremont then left the rally and Triune member Eduardo helped Tremont board his plan, remarking on how sales of Triune books and tapes were growing and how they had raised three-quarters of a million dollars at the rally. When Eduardo remarked that it must be very rewarding to see such a believing crowd, Tremont ominously remarked that Eduardo had no idea before losing his balance on the plane. Eduardo and others rushed to Tremont's side and Tremont admitted that it was so hard to act normal and human when he had absorbed so much power from his believing sheep. As the power-addled Tremont remarked on how his sheep continued to believe and believe, Taskmaster (still disguised as Captain America) led his assembled heroes to the Triune Understanding's Manhattan headquarters, where Warbird commented that the Triune Understanding must be doing pretty well for itself if they could afford such a lavish Manhattan headquarters in the short time they had been in existence. Leading the Avengers allies into the Manhattan skyscraper, Taskmaster revealed a Will-Suppressor machine that he claimed would enthrall all of Manhattan by the next morning's rush hour and announced that the assembled heroes needed to destroy the machine. As the heroes questioned their orders, Jonathan Tremont spoke with Triune member Michaelson about their smear campaign against the Avengers and noted that events with Taskmaster would soon bring the Triune Understanding back into the news. In New York, the heroes assembled by Taskmaster continued to question "Captain America," with Warbird asking why they didn't confiscate the Will-Suppressor as evidence against the Triune Understanding and Captain Marvel still sensing something wrong with his cosmic awareness. When Silverclaw outright accused "Captain America" of being an imposter, Taskmaster revealed himself and sent his Split-Second Squad against the heroes as he admitted that he had been paid by the Triune Understanding to lure the heroes there. He then announced that if he couldn't dupe the heroes into destroying Triune Understanding machinery, he would just have to knock them unconscious, destroy the machine himself and leave the heroes to be blamed for the destruction. As the Avengers allies battled Taskmaster, Jonathan Tremont viewed the fight from afar, noting that while events didn't transpire as he had hoped, they were still quite promising. Tremont then contacted Triathlon, informing the hero that there was trouble at the Triune Understanding's New York offices, and told Triathlon to go there and Tremont would meet him. Before Triathlon could ask how Tremont planned to get there so quickly, Tremont ended the communication and summoned Lord Templar, who Tremont asked to borrow both power and speed. When the Avengers allies managed to defeat Taskmaster, Lord Templar appeared before them and generated an immensely powerful explosion, destroying the Triune Understanding's Manhattan offices and leaving the unconscious heroes behind. Upon regaining consciousness, Warbird found herself facing Traithlon, Jonathan Tremont, the police and reporters, telling them all the story of how they were duped by Taskmaster into trying to destroy Triune property. Tremont calmly remarked that they had done more than try and asked where Taskmaster was and why the Triunes would hire Taskmaster to destroy their own facility, insinuating Warbird's story to be false. Announcing that the Triune Understanding had spent several million dollars constructing the office building, Jonathan Tremont then told the press that the building had contained research that the Triunes hoped to better the world. When asked if he was pressing charges against the Avengers, Tremont replied in the negative, stating that he found it sad that so much energy was wasted with prejudice and hostility and that he didn't want to add to that. Tremont then departed to speak more with the press as Triathlon began wondering to himself why Tremont kept referring to assembled heroes as the Avengers and how Tremont had gotten to New York so fast from Hawaii. Captain Marvel commented that he still sensed something off about Jonathan Tremont as Warbird overheard the press talking about the rest of the Avengers leaving the team, prompting her to worry about how badly they had just hurt the Avengers' image.
(Avengers III#27 - BTS) - Duane Freeman, again wearing a Triune Understanding lapel pin, met with the Avengers to discuss doing something about the group's recent media troubles. While Duane went over each of the issues, Iron Man thought about how Duane wasn't mentioning the fact that the Triune Understanding, a group Duane was a part of, was engineering the media woes. After the team restructured itself, Duane Freeman noted that they were improving their media image by reducing the number of mutants on the team and suggested they find an African-American member to complete the roster, prompting the Avengers to remind Duane that they didn't recruit to fill quotas. Duane managed to calm Iron Man down by explaining how it could improve their image and Duane and the Avengers came to agreement by agreeing to reach out to their African-American and Latino past members before recruiting elsewhere. Edwin Jarvis then interrupted the meeting to inform the Avengers of the situation with Taskmaster duping their allies into attacking a Triune Understanding complex. Duane confirmed the story and announced that he had invited Jonathan Tremont to Avengers Mansion to confer with the Avengers and hopefully have the entire situation smoothed over. As Iron Man pondered whether Tremont had paid Taskmaster to dupe the Avengers' allies, Duane Freeman moved on to the topic of Thor apologizing for an earlier altercation with reporters. The group of Avengers allies that had attacked the Triune Understanding complex soon arrived and Iron Man suggested to Duane that Warbird rejoin the active roster, an idea Duane agreed to. Shortly after, Jonathan Tremont and Triathlon arrived to meet with the Avengers and, after Triathlon defeated a group of violent anti-mutant protesters, the duo posed for photographers with the Avengers as Tremont attempted to spread the Triune Understanding's message to the public. Once inside the Mansion, Duane suggested Triathlon for Avengers membership but Iron Man declined, secretly thinking about the possibility of Triathlon being placed on the team as a spy for the Triune Understanding. When Duane questioned Iron Man, Iron Man explained his suspicions that the Triune Understanding was hiding something and admitted that he didn't want Triathlon on the team because of his Triune ties. Duane grew angry, suggesting that Iron Man's declination was based on religious prejudice and demanding Iron Man show any proof he had that the Triune Understanding, Triathlon or even himself had committed a crime. When Iron Man couldn't produce anything, Duane warned that he couldn't order them to accept Triathlon but the government could prevent the team from legally acting if they refused a qualified African-American member on the grounds of religion. Overhearing the argument, Triathlon agreed to join but admitted he was doing so to prove himself, and the Triune Understanding, innocent of the accusations brought up by Iron Man. Later inviting She-Hulk to join their new roster, the Avengers publicly announced their new members as Duane hung his head and watched, worrying if he had made the right choices and hoping for the best.
(Avengers III 2001 Annual (fb) - BTS) - While
publicly announcing themselves on an extended vacation together,
Avengers Justice and Firestar were secretly sent undercover within the
Triune Understanding by Iron Man.
(Avengers III#28 - BTS) - As the Avengers
participated in an abandoned tenement demolition for charity, Edwin
Jarvis made Wasp's favorite tea-cookies and thought to himself how the
Triune Understanding may have gotten what they wanted out of their
smear campaign since the Triune-hired protesters and media seemed to
have given up trying to make the Avengers look bad, with only a few
staggling protesters left outside. Later, prior to the Avengers' battle
against Kulan Gath, Iron Man pulled Triathlon aside and admitted his
concerns about the Triune Understanding, suggesting that it was
possible he was wrong about Triathlon and extended his hand for shake,
hoping for there to no longer be hard feelings between the two heroes.
Triathlon, however, slapped Iron Man's hand away and angrily remarked
on Iron Man's attempt to ignore the opinion that Iron Man didn't want
Triathlon on the team because of his skin color and Iron Man's
perceived attempt to excuse the prejudice by claiming the Triune
Understanding, the people who turned Triathlon's life around, was
(Avengers III#31 - BTS) - Duane Freeman again wore his Triune Understanding lapel pin on his suit jacket as he watched the Avengers run tests on their teammate Goliath and later when Vision informed the Avengers of a meeting of the Maggia crime families. Duane suggested the idea of the Avengers tackling organized crime would help their public image and as the team left, Duane thought about how he still wasn't fitting in and how effective a security liaison he was if the Avengers didn't trust him.
(Avengers III#32 - BTS) - Edwin Jarvis interrupted an Avengers meeting to let Triathlon know that he had a phone call from Triune Understanding leader Jonathan Tremont. As Jarvis led Triathlon to the video phone, Triathlon asked Jarvis if he shared the sentiment of the other Avengers that Tremont was a con man and the Triune Understanding was a pseudo-religious cult and Jarvis merely answered that he couldn't say. After answering the call, Triathlon learned that the Triune Understanding was having a rally on the upcoming Friday in Boston, Massachusetts and that Tremont wished Triathlon to be there. When Traithlon mentioned that he would try to make it, commenting that the Avengers were in the middle of a case and might need him, Tremont reminded Triathlon that the Triune Understanding had been the ones to turn Triathlon's life around. Tremont continued, noting that Triathlon was their highest-profile member and interest in the Triune Understanding's teachings had soared since Triathlon had joined the Avengers. Triathlon admitted that while he was extremely grateful to the Triune Understanding for helping him, he did join the Avengers and his responsibilities to the Avengers had to take priority over a Triune rally.
(Thunderbolts I#44 - BTS) - Duane Freeman wore his usual Triune Understanding lapel pin as he attended a meeting between the Avengers and the Thunderbolts, in which the two groups discussed Count Nefaria.
(Avengers III#36 (fb) - BTS) - Having seen Triathlon
on television, Peggy Chandler, wife of the disappeared 3-D Man, saw
interviews with Triathlon and learned of his connection to the Triune
Understanding, prompting her to pick up literature on the Triunes.
(Avengers III#36) - When Peggy Chandler visited Avengers Mansion demanding to speak with Triathlon, whom she thought had done something to her husband, Triathlon explained that he had received his powers from the Triune Understanding. Admitting that she had read up on the Triune Understanding, Peggy began crying, wondering where the Triune Understanding had picked up 3-D Man's chest insignia and how they were able to give someone else 3-D Man's powers. Meanwhile, Jonathan Tremont called a meeting of the Triune Understanding council to discuss the Avengers. Michaelson admitted that he felt it was about time the council did so, as recruitment into the Triune Understanding had went down in the past few months since they had engineered distrust of the Avengers and stopped after Triathlon joined the team. Tremont explained that it was easy to gain temporary sympathy when it appeared they were being bullied and another council member, Vicente, suggested they pull Triathlon from the Avengers to continue sowing distrust. Tremont disagreed, commenting that he didn't think Triathlon would leave willingly, and announced that the Triune Understanding must have more converts, as the threat was real and was coming. Tremont then ordered council member Karjee to start a public relations campaign to praise the Avengers and thank them for defending Earth during the recent alien crisis while subtlely reminding the public of the Avengers' past failures and how they had improved since Triathlon had joined. When Karjee replied that they would need some sort of event to call attention to the matter, Tremont ominously remarked that he could arrange such an event. A short time later, Lord Templar and the destructive Pagan directly attacked Avengers Mansion while Captain America also sent out a communication requesting the Avengers' aid against a gigantic Bloodwraith in Slorenia.
(Avengers III#37) - Jonathan Tremont and the Triune Understanding inner council watched the battle between the Avengers, Lord Templar and Pagan unfold, prompting one of the council members, Suarez, to question how the fight would make the Triune Understanding look better if the Avengers, who boasted Triune member Triathlon as a teammate, lost the fight. Tremont agreed that Suarez's words were true but admitted that losing the fight would certainly remind the public of the Avengers' past failures and also make Triathlon look good as he heroically struggled against Pagan.
III#38 - BTS) - When the Avengers became more proactive, they began
monitoring their various enemies and threats, including the Triune
Understanding, whose status was unknown to the Avengers but their last
known location was flagged as both Texas and worldwide. Later, Duane
Freeman, again wearing his Triune Understanding lapel pin, contacted
the Avengers to inform them of a disaster in the town of Kalkhimithia,
III#55 (fb) - BTS) - Despite being a member of the Triune
Understanding, Avengers security liaison Duane Freeman began his own
search into why the Triune Understanding had obtained the Avengers'
priority-level communication frequencies. While his notes weren't
conclusive, Duane Freeman did note his suspicions that when a Triune
Understanding memeber underwent mental cleansing rituals, Jonathan
Tremont was able to read their minds. Worried that Tremont might be
reading his mind, allowing for leaks of Avengers information, Duane
began writing up a resignation letter.
(Avengers III#41 - BTS) - Triathlon began looking into the situation of 3-D Man and how he disappeared right before the Triune Understanding started up and how the Triune Understanding had given Triathlon powers identical to 3-D Man. Unfortunately, Triathlon could not find any straight answers and began to slightly suspect people were ducking his inquiries. When Edwin Jarvis found Triathlon searching for food in the Avengers Mansion kitchen, Jarvis heard Triathlon's plight and suggested he ask the Avengers for assistance but Triathlon admitted that he didn't feel close enough to the team plus the Avengers seemed to be sure that the Triune Understanding was dirty.
(Avengers III 2001 Annual) - After a bio-duplicate who had been
posing as Goliath (and later, Yellowjacket) infiltrated the Avengers
and fell to the ground, seemingly fading away, Triathlon viewed the
Avengers' status globe and looked up the Triune Understanding, whose
status was still unknown. When Dr. Jane Foster proved unable to help
the duplicate or the true Hank Pym, Triathlon offered the suggestion of
the Triune Understanding since they were known to heal spiritual rifts
within people. At first very unsure about contacting the Triune
Understanding after their smear campaign against the Avengers, Wasp
reluctantly agreed, worried that she would lose Hank otherwise. A short
time later, the Avengers arrived at the Triune Understanding's World
Headquarters in Texas and were greeted by Jonathan Tremont, who
announced himself at their service. After having been briefed on Pym's
situation, Tremont had Triune agents move Pym to their headquarters'
medical bay, where he used machines to channel spiritual energy to
enter the two Hank Pyms' minds. Using this power, Tremont forced the
two Pyms to confront one another within their own mindscape but soon
realized they were missing a third part, perhaps a part they were
fighting over and Wasp suggested that it was herself. Wasp then allowed
Tremont to place her soul within the Pyms' mindscape as Photon spoke
with Triathlon about the Triune Understanding. When Triathlon refused
to talk about the Triunes, grumbling that the other Avengers thought
him a spy for the religious organization and he didn't want to be
accused to trying to convert anyone, Photon respected Triathlon's
wishes and decided to talk a walk to learn more about the Triune
Understanding by herself. Soon accidentally stumbling into the
undercover Justice and Firestar, Photon was led to an area of the
Triune's World Headquarters where a large spaceship was being
constructed. Explaining how the Triune Understanding were preparing to
confront a great evil from space, Firestar informed Photon that the
spaceship would be powered by the spirits of the Triune Understanding
followers and admitted her worries that the act of utilizing those
spirits would kill the Triune followers. Photon admitted she needed
time to process it all and returned to Triathlon, where she remarked
that she hadn't realized how deep the hostility between the Avengers
and the Triune Understanding went and asked if Triathlon was angry
about the hostility. Triathlon revealed that he wasn't mad but just
unsure whether the hostility was due to him specifically or his
association with the Triunes, who had helped turn his life around.
Photon told Triathlon he was worrying too much and that his worries
were just due to him being a newer member of the Avengers, suggesting
he hang in there regardless of whether the Triune Understanding was
dirty or not. She then informed Triathlon about the spaceship within
the Triune World Headquarters, which Triathlon deduced must be to
combat the supposed Triple-Evil that Jonathan Tremont often spoke
about. Once Hank Pym had been re-merged with his bio-duplicate, the
Avengers prepared to depart the Triune Understanding World Headquarters
and Jonathan Tremont told Wasp not to hesitate if she needed anything
in the future. As the Avengers left, Photon slightly nodded at the
undercover Justice and Firestar, who acknowledged her.
(Avengers III#44 - BTS) - Duane Freeman, yet again wearing his
Triune Understanding lapel pin, interrupted a communication between
Wasp and other Avengers to inform them that the Avengers leadership was
needed in Washington to confer about the situation involving Kang's
intended world takeover. After the Wasp agreed, Duane ended the
communication and informed Valerie Cooper that the Avengers would
attend the meeting, admitting that he didn't like the alternate
involving robotic Sentinels.
(Avengers III#45 - BTS) - When Triathlon decided to set up a night
out for himself and the Avengers' newest recruit, Jack of Hearts, he
wore a Triune Understanding polo shirt as part of his civilian clothes.
Before they could leave, however, Warbird and Vision met with the two
and Vision revealed Justice and Firestar's undercover mission within
the Triune Understanding. When Warbird admitted Justice and Firestar
were slightly inexperienced as espionage and suggested that they needed
another on the inside, Triathlon reminded Warbird that he was still a
member of the Triune Understanding and he believed in their principles
even if the Avengers thought they were a bizarre cult. Putting
Triathlon on the spot, Warbird asked Triathlon how he had obtained the
Avengers' priority frequency before he had joined the team, to which
Triathlon reluctantly admitted that the Triune Understanding had given
it to him. When Warbird further questioned Triathlon's opinion on the
Triunes by asking if they had been on the up-and-up regarding his
connection to the missing 3-D Man, Triathlon again proved to be at a
loss for words. Warbird then suggested that the Avengers should find
out for sure if the Triune Understanding were good or not in order to
potentially save lives if the Triunes decided to launch the spaceship
within their world headquarters. Reluctantly admitting that he would
like to know if the Triune Understanding really was dirty, Triathlon
agreed to help the Avengers infiltrate the Triunes further and Warbird
came up with the story that Triathlon had spoken about the Triune
Understanding during his time with the team and gotten some of the
members interested. After agreeing to the story, Vision volunteered
himself, as his android body was capable of data analysis and escape,
if necessary, plus he admitted that he found the Triune Understanding
intriguing. As Triathlon and Jack of Hearts' taxi arrived, Warbird
informed Triathlon that she honestly hoped there was nothing to be
found within the Triune Understanding. Triathlon thanked her and
jokingly admitted it was the first time someone asked him to spy on his
church in an effort to cheer him up, and he then invited Vision and
Warbird to join Jack of Hearts and himself during their night out.
(Avengers III#46) - Triathlon accompanied Vision to the Triune Understanding World Headquarters in Calleyville, Texas, where the two began their secret information gathering mission. Unaware of their true motives, Jonathan Tremont greeted Triathlon and Vision and noted his contentment at seeing an Avenger seek enlightenment. As Tremont had Triune members Celardi and Gupta arrange quarters for Vision, another Triune member ran up and announced the coming of the Triune's perceived Triple-Evil within a matter of days. When Vision whispered that perhaps they needed to focus on the worldwide threat of Kang, Triathlon suggested they stay at the Triune Understanding upon hearing about the Triple-Evil.
(Avengers III#48) - When Jonathan Tremont prepared to launch the psychically-powered spacecraft the Triune Understanding had built to combat the Triple-Evil, Vision was forced to reveal his knowledge of the spacecraft and his concerns for the lives of the Triune Understanding whose minds would be powering the ship, which Tremont dubbed the Prayer-Ship. Assuring Vision and Triathlon that the Prayer-Ship was safe and explaining that the Triunes had nothing to hide, Tremont revealed his knowledge that Justice and Firestar had been undercover within the Triune Understanding and invited them to assist in the launch of the Prayer-Ship. With a small squad of Avengers in tow, Tremont launched the Prayer-Ship, causing many Triune members to fall as their psyches powered the ship and Tremont assured the Avengers that Triune medical staff would take care of the fallen as he ordered pilot Vasquez to stay their course towards the Triple-Evil.
(Avengers III#50) - The Triune Understanding's Prayer-Ship, still powered by the Triune members' psyches, rescued a group of stranded Avengers at they located and confronted the Triple-Evil. As Jonathan Tremont filled Captain America in on their Prayer-Ship and the Triple-Evil, Cap admitted he didn't like the idea of a spacecraft powered by the psyches or the idea of Avengers spying on private citizens like the Triune Understanding. While further explaining the Triple-Evil, Tremont revealed that combatting the Triple-Evil was the entire reason the Triune Understanding was formed. Agreeing to assist Tremont and the Triunes onboard the Prayer-Ship in investigating the Triple-Evil, Captain America had Quasar used his quantum energy to enter the Triple-Evil pyramid, where the Avengers and the Triunes were immediately captured and outfitted with energy pyramids that forced them to dream of their perfect lives. Breaking free of the Triple-Evil's control, Captain America freed the other Avengers and Triune Understanding members and together, the two groups fought back against the Triple-Evil. During the fight, Jonathan Tremont was trapped and forced to release his spiritual brothers, Pagan and Lord Templar, revealing to the Avengers that Tremont had worked with the two to further discredit the Avengers during the Triune's earlier smear campaign against the Avengers. When Triathlon began recalling Hal Chandler's memories and the truth behind the uncaring Jonathan Tremont and how he had used the Triune Understanding as a way to gain power to combat the Triple-Evil, Tremont insisted that he guided people towards harmony and that he needed the power he gained from the Triune Understanding for his mission against the Triple-Evil. Growing larger by feeding off the energies of his followers, Tremont continued absorbing energy, killing the Triune Understanding members assisting against the Triple-Evil to fuel his own powers. Somewhat mad with power, Tremont then turned on Pagan and Lord Templar, absorbing their energies into himself as he realized the true power of the Triple-Evil. Blasting Triathlon as well, Tremont attempted to absorb the power of Hal Chandler's light shard from Triathlon but Triathlon resisted, revealing the spirits of both Hal and Chuck Chandler within himself, thanks to the power of the second light shard that Tremont had bestowed on Triathlon when he gave Triathlon his powers. The power of three spirits within his body, Triathlon sensed the first light shard, left behind years ago when an alien champion failed against the Triple-Evil and upon grasping it, used the power of two shards to asborb Tremont's shard. Triathlon, together with the spirits of Hal and Chuck Chandler, then used all three shards to destroy the Triple-Evil as the depowered Jonathan Tremont tried to explain that destiny had manipulated him into gathering all three shards together against the Triple-Evil. When he was taken into Avengers custody, Tremont rambled about the three shards should have been his to control.
(Avengers III#53 - BTS) - While captive aboard the Triple-Evil's
pyramid, Jonathan Tremont laughed to himself, remarking how, despite
Triathlon being the Triune Understanding's foremost following, he had
been judged a criminal by Triathlon. He then commented that the three
shards, the very power Triathlon possessed to control the Triple-Evil's
pyramid, was stolen just as Tremont's power had been. Tremont then
asked, given what both he and Triathlon knew about the shards' natures,
if he were truly evil. Triathlon ultimately began considering returning
the power and an angry Jonathan Tremont announced that they couldn't
have scruples when Earth laid in the balance before Tremont busted from
his prison and used the last vestiges of his power to assault the
Damocles Base, headquarters of Kang, who had conquered Earth.
(Avengers III#54 - BTS) - Following Kang's defeat, Triathlon informed the Avengers that he wouldn't be returning to New York permanently until he dissolved the remnants of the Triple-Evil and figured out some things with his life, especially involving the Triune Understanding.
(Avengers III#55 - BTS) - When Duane Freeman died during Kang's worldwide assault, Captain America informed Yellowjacket that Iron Man was taking the death pretty hard due to Iron Man and Duane not getting along well after the Triune Understanding's smear campaign had come to light. While the Avengers dealt with the fallout of Kang's assault, Triathlon visited Peg Chandler, where he restored Hal and Chuck Chandler to physical forms. When Peg asked what Triathlon was going to do now, Triathlon revealed that the Triune Understanding was trying to reorganize following Jonathan Tremont's death and he admitted that he hoped the Triune Understanding could successfully reorganize. Also informing the Chandlers that he had been invited back into the Triune Understanding, Triathlon admitted that he didn't think he would return to the Triunes for the time being. When Iron Man asked to meet with Duane Freeman's brother Derek, Iron Man admitted to Derek that he wasn't sure why. Explaining how the Avengers had trouble with the Triune Understanding and that he didn't originally take it well when he learned Duane was a member, Iron Man hung his head and revealed how the Triune Understanding itself wasn't corrupt, only its leader Jonathan Tremont, which the Avengers didn't learn until after Duane's death. When Iron Man remarked that he had wanted to apologize to Duane ever since the Avengers had learned of Tremont's corruption, Derek then revealed that Duane had worried that Avengers information was being unwittingly leaked to the Triune Understanding as Tremont read Duane's mind and that Duane had been writing up a resignation, much to the unknowing Iron Man's shock. Iron Man quickly came to Duane's defense, saying it wasn't his fault, and Derek informed Iron Man that Duane thought highly of Iron Man.
(Avengers: The Initiative I#16 - BTS) - When Delroy Garrett, Jr., now calling himself the new 3-D Man, met up with the remnants of the Skrull Kill Krew during the Skrulls' Secret Invasion, he visited the Chandlers in New Mexico and after Hal Chandler recounted his origins, Delroy mentioned his own origins with the Triune Understanding and how they transferred Hal's energies and powers into him.
(Heroic Age: Heroes#1 - BTS) - After becoming head of the United
States' superhuman forces, Steve Rogers researched several of Earth's
superhumans, including 3-D Man, noting how Delroy Garrett, Jr. had
become the heroic Triathlon through the Triune Understanding.
Comments: Created by Kurt Busiek, George Perez and Al Vey.
Many of the Triune Understanding's appearances were
behind-the-scenes, as the comic might've only shown Jonathan Tremont
and not a large grouping of the organization itself.
Profile by Proto-Man.
The Triune Understanding has no known connections to
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Avengers III#15, p1, pan1-2 (Triune Understanding, cheering crowd at the Triune World Headquarters)
Avengers III#50, p26, pan1 (Triune Understanding, early days)
Avengers III#50, p26, pan5 (Triune Understanding, early churches)
Avengers III#26, p9, pan1 (Jonathan Tremont basking in Triune followers at a Hawaiian rally)
Avengers III#26, p10, pan3 (Triune Understanding's Manhattan office building)
Avengers III#36, p11, pan2 (Triune Understanding council)
Avengers III 2001 Annual, p31, pan1 (Avengers leaving Triune Understanding World Headquarters)
Avengers III#48, p9, pan1-2 (Triune members in pain as the Prayer-Ship launched)
Avengers III#46, p11, pan2 (Celardi & Gupta)
Avengers III#26, p9, pan4 (Eduardo)
Avengers III#15, p4, pan1 (Jorge)
Avengers III#36, p12, pan4 (Karjee)
Avengers III#36, p11, pan3 (Michaelson)
Avengers III#48, p8, pan1 (Prayer-Ship)
Avengers III#37, p12, pan3 (Suarez)
Avengers III#15, p10, pan7 (Teodor)
Avengers III#15, p2-3, pan10 (Triune Understanding World Headquarters and Resource Center)
Avengers III#48, p9, pan4 (Vasquez)
Avengers III#36, p11, pan6 (Vicente)
Avengers III#15, p10, pan1 (Violetta)
Avengers III#4 (May, 1998) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey, Bob Wiacek (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#5 (June, 1998) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#9 (October, 1998) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#13 (February, 1999) - Kurt "The Kid" Busiek (writer), "Gentleman" George Perez (pencils), Al Vey, Scott Koblish (finishes), Tom Brevoort (editor)
X-Force I#87 (March, 1999) - John Francis Moore (writer), Jim Cheung (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Avengers III#15 (April, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey, Scott Koblish (finishes), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#0 (August, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade Von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
X-Force I#96 (November, 1999) - John Francis Moore (writer), Anthony Williams (pencils), Mark Morales (editor), Jason Liebig (editor)
Avengers III#24 (January, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Dick Giordano, Al Vey (finishes), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#25 (February, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (finishes), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#26 (March, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#27 (April, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (finishes), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#28 (May, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (finishes), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#31 (August, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (finishes), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#32 (September, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (layouts), Paul Ryan (pencils), Al Vey (finishes), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#44 (November, 2000) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#36 (January, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Steve Epting (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#37 (February, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Steve Epting (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#38 (March, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#41 (June, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III 2001 Annual (September, 2001) - "The Third Man" story - Kurt Busiek (writer), Ivan Reis (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#44 (September, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Manuel Garcia, Bob Layton (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#45 (October, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Manuel Garcia, Bob Layton (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#46 (November, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Manuel Garcia, Bob Layton (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#48 (January, 2002) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Kieron Dwyer, Rick Remender (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#50 (March, 2002) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Kieron Dwyer, Rick Remender (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#53 (June, 2002) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Kieron Dwyer, Rick Remender (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#54 (July, 2002) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Kieron Dwyer, Rick Remender (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#55 (August, 2002) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Patrick Zircher (pencils), Scott Koblish (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative I#16 (October, 2008) - Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage (writers), Stefano Caselli (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Skrull Kill Krew II#2 (July, 2009) - Adam Felber (writer), Mark Robinson (pencils), Rob DiSalvo (art), Mike Getty (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Heroic Age: Heroes#1 (November, 2010) - Michael Hoskin (head writer, coordinator), Chad Anderson, Anthony Flamini, Rob London, Sean McQuaid, Kevin Garcia, Markus Raymond, Gabriel Schecter, David Wiltfong, Peter Sanderson, Stuart Vandal, Madison Carter (writers), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
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