Real Name: Agon
Identity/Class: Sub-species of humanity (Inhuman) mutate
Occupation: Geneticist, king
Group Membership: House of Agon/Royal Family
Enemies: The Kree, Phaeder
Known Relatives: Rynda (wife), Blackagar Boltagon (Black Bolt, son), Maximus Boltagon (Maximus the Mad, son), Symak (father), Tanith (mother), Milena (sister-in-law), Mander (brother-in-law), Magnar (father-in-law), Zeta (mother-in-law), Gorgon Petragon (nephew), Azur (sister-in-law), Karnak Mander-Azur (nephew), Triton (nephew), Medusalith Amaquelin (Medusa, daughter-in-law), Ahura Boltagon (grandson), Alecto (great-niece), Petras (great-nephew)
Base of Operations: Attilan
First Appearance: Thor I#148 (January, 1968)
Powers/Abilities: Agon underwent Terrigenesis
but it has not been revealed what his powers were. Agon was a talented
geneticist who used Terrigen Mists, cellular experimentation and other
resources to genetically manipulate his own sons in utero and after
their birth. Agon had the full might of Attilan's resources and
military at his command for many years. Agon was very long-lived, his
reign over the Inhumans lasting around 110 years.
Weight: 160 lbs.
Hair: Black (with white temples)
History: (Official Handbook of the Marvel
Universe I#5 – Inhumans entry (fb) – BTS) – Agon grew up in Attilan
with his parents, Symak and Tanith, and his brother Korath. Eventually,
he married Rynda (daughter of Magnar and Zeta, and sister of Mander)
and they both dedicated themselves to science.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Deluxe Edition I#6 –
Inhumans entry (fb) – BTS) – Around 110 years ago, the skilled
geneticist Agon was elected to the Genetics Council, serving with
eleven others in ruling and guiding Attilan. Agon soon took over ruling
the Inhumans as their king. A popular ruler, Agon began experimenting
with the Terrigen Mists, allowing scientists to begin predicting the
effects of Terrigen on Inhuman genes. Known as a decisive ruler, Agon
caught Council member Phaeder
experimenting with clones and Agon sought to have him expelled. Agon
won his arguments with the Council and Phaeder faked his own suicide
then left Attilan in secret.
(Mighty Avengers I#28 (fb) – BTS) – Agon came up with protocol to
remove the city of Attilan from Earth completely if the threat of the
humans became too great. It became known as "Agon's Contingency."
(Secret Invasion: Inhumans#3 (fb)) – After Rynda discovered she was
pregnant, she and Agon began experimenting with Terrigen on the fetus.
(Black Bolt I#12 (fb)) – After Agon and Rynda exposed the fetus to
Terrigen, they were impressed by the remarkable readings and realized
this could impact all future Terrigen exposures. When their son
Blackagar was born, after nine months of
steadily increasing doses of Terrigen, he didn't cry at all, making
Agon and Rynda worry, yet when he did cry, his voice was destructive
and they realized isolation may be necessary.
(Thor I#148/2 (fb)) – Rynda informed Agon that it was time for them
go see what influence their genetic manipulations had had on their
newborn son. They observed that the baby could manipulate electrons in
the air, hover and fire force blasts, which Agon realized
when he drew a stun blaster gun to make the baby feel threatened,
causing Blackagar to shoot the blaster out of his hand. When the baby
cried, they realized his voice was in a sonic range that they could not
perceive with their ears but they soon realized the sonic scream was
destroying the lab and then the surrounding area. As Agon and Rynda got
to safety, Blackagar was buried in the rubble and the Inhumans dug for
hours to find him, learning Blackagar had saved himself by creating a
force field. Agon held his child with wonder and awe.
(Black Bolt I#5 (fb) – BTS) – When Lockjaw was born, Agon and Rynda
introduced him to the baby Blackagar and he refused to leave the
(Inhumans: Once & Future Kings I#5 (fb) – BTS) – When Blackagar
one year old, he screamed and destroyed a room. Soon Agon designed a
stasis room for the boy to exist in where he couldn't hurt others,
though that meant the child would be raised in isolation.
(Black Bolt I#11 (fb)) – Watching Blackagar as a child in his stasis
cell, Agon continually caused Blackagar to see nightmares so he could
learn to control his scream. When Rynda showed sadness at the way they
treated their son, Agon scolded her.
(Black Bolt I#5 (fb) – BTS) – When Blackagar was old enough to
understand, Agon and Rynda left him a message, explaining that he had
to stay in isolation while they studied his powers. Lockjaw remained
Blackagar's sole companion.
(Black Bolt I#12 (fb)) – After the child Blackagar had his playtime with Lockjaw, Agon angrily told the boy to send the dog away, with Agon threatening to use the pain whistle if Blackagar didn't obey. He then used gasses to make Blackagar sleep and measured the results of the experiments.
(Royals I#3 (fb) – BTS) – As Rynda prepared to expose her second
to in-utero Terrigenesis, Agon suggested the name Maximus for a child.
Rynda wondered if the name might be a little grandiose but Agon argued
that the child would need to compete with his all-powerful brother,
though he hoped they could raise this one outside of stasis. Rynda told
Agon of Azur's complaints and he wondered that if he didn't experiment
his own children, whose would he experiment on. In the chamber, Rynda
used her own power to filter the Terrigen Mists, both to avoid her own
secondary Terrigenesis and to purify the Terrigen, accessing the Prima
Materia and focusing it in on the fetus' brain, which Agon hoped would
result in genius intelligence. Both Agon and Rynda expected great
things for their second child. Agon and Rynda made sure their
resulted in Maximus and Blackagar's powers being attuned toward one
another. As the children grew, they realized that Maximus had developed
mental abilities and in time, they realized that Blackagar was able to
resist Maximus' mind control except in times of injury, illness or
self-doubt, and in turn, they discovered that Black Bolt's voice had
potential to expand and unlock Maximus' powers under the right
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Fantastic Four 2005 – Inhumans entry - BTS) – Agon and Rynda convinced their siblings and spouses in the Royal Family (Korath and Milena, Mander and Azur, and Quelin and Ambur) to also experiment on their own children, resulting in a generation of royal offspring with fantastic abilities, including Medusa and Crystal, Gorgon and Triton, though Karnak chose not to undergo Terrigenesis.
(Royals I#3 (fb)) – Agon and Rynda told Maximus when he was 16 about
their discoveries, detailing how Blackagar and Maximus' powers worked
but they asked Maximus not to tell his brother. They told Maximus he
was meant to be a scientist while Blackagar was meant to be a king.
(Inhumans: Once & Future Kings I#5) – Agon gave Blackagar a
inhibitor to help suppress his son's sonic powers. The inhibitor also
allowed Blackagar to send text to Agon, allowing Blackagar to
with him. Blackagar immediately asked for release from stasis but Agon
refused, saying Blackagar needed to learn to accept his fate as king
without complaint. As Maximus looked in on his brother, Agon walked
away, calling Blackagar immature.
(Thor I#149/2) – On Black Bolt's nineteenth birthday, Agon finally
him out of stasis, trusting he could keep silent on his own now. Black
Bolt was then reunited with his cousins and brother.
(Avengers I#95 (fb) – BTS/Marvel Graphic Novel I#39 (fb)/Royals I#3 (fb)) – Black Bolt caught his brother meeting with the Kree. When the Kree took off, Black Bolt tried to stop them but it caused the ship to crash into a nearby tower, where Agon and Rynda were working, and they were both killed. For years afterward, Black Bolt believed his actions caused Maximus to go mad.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#5 - Inhumans entry (fb) – BTS) – In total, Agon's reign as king lasted approximately 110 years.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#1 – Attilan entry – BTS) – At some point, the Inhuman built a tower on Attilan that was named Agon's Tower in Agon's name. Agon's Tower stood on the edges of the city.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and
Agon is a character that shows up in flashbacks about Black Bolt and Maximus once every ten years or so, emphasizing the narrative that he and Rynda experimented on their sons in utero, that Black Bolt was cruelly raised in isolation and that they were killed by the crashing Kree ship. There is a lot left to reveal about his reign and life. Agon is frequently mentioned in appearances by the Inhumans, his name often being used as a curse or an exclamation. The Agon-Sequencer device, in Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Comic Magazine I#8, neutralizes out the Terrigen Mists."Agon (Classical Greek ἀγών) is an ancient Greek term for a conflict, struggle or contest. This could be a contest in athletics, in chariot or horse racing, or in music or literature at a public festival in ancient Greece. Agon is the word-forming element in 'agony', explaining the concept of agon(y) in tragedy by its fundamental characters, the protagonist and antagonist." See: https://en.wikipedia.org/
Profile by Chadman.
Agon should not be confused with:
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#5 - Inhumans entry (fb) - BTS) - Symak and Tanith are the parents of two known children, Agon and Korath. Agon went on to marry Rynda and they had the children Black Bolt and Maximus; Black Bolt married Medusa and had Ahura. Korath married Milena and they had Gorgon, who went on to father Alecto and Petras. and they also had two sons, Karnak and Triton. Little is known of Magnar and Zeta otherwise.
--Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#5 - Inhumans (fb) - BTS
First posted: 05/04/2020
Last updated: 05/07/2020
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