Real Name: Magnus Lehnsherr
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-27)
Occupation: Adventurer, reality traveler
Group Membership: Exiles (Blink/Clarice
Ferguson of Earth-295, Mimic/Calvin
Rankin of Earth-12, Morph/Kevin Sidney of Earth-1081, Nocturne/Talia
Wagner of Earth-2182, Thunderbird/John
Proudstar of Earth-1100);
Affiliations: Exiles, Magneto, Rogue, the
Timebroker, Charles Xavier;
Earth-1815 natives: Ben Grimm, Magneto, Henry McCoy, Ororo Munroe, Peter Parker, Scott Summers, Jennifer Walters, numerous others
Enemies: Forge, Charles Xavier (both of Earth-1815)
Known Relatives: Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto,
father), Rogue (mother), Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver, half-brother),
Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch, half-sister)
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout the
First Appearance: Exiles I#1 (August, 2001)
Powers/Abilities: Magnus had a complete
mastery of magnetism, allowing him to shape and manipulate magnetic
fields at will, whether natural or artificial. Magnus was able to
utilize his power to create metallic
objects (such as restraints, credit cards or even a complete Cerebro
computer system) within seconds and glide along Earth's magnetic force
lines by manipulating gravitons to create an anti-gravity field. He
also generate immensely strong magnetic shields capable of withstanding
the force of an atomic bomb.
He could manipulate other forms of
energy from the electromagnetic spectrum such as heat, radiation, radio
waves, visible and ultraviolet light, and gamma and x-rays, allowing
him to pick up
radio signals, power his own magnetic creations or even heat the iron
in an opponent's blood.
As a secondary mutation of his mutant powers, Magnus was incapable of physically touching the flesh of another being without fully transforming the being into cold, unliving steel.
Magnus wore a suit of extremely durable bio-armor that acted to both protect others from his touch and himself from injury.
Magnus was also extremely knowledgeable about the workings of electronics, metallurgy and, apparently, microsurgery, as he was able to construct a working Cerebro computer system and perform basic microsurgery when he had to free Earth-1815's Charles Xavier from his restraints.
Weight: 175 lbs.
Hair: Brown (with white streak)
History: (Exiles I#1 (fb)/Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC Vol. 7 - Magnus entry - BTS) - Miraculously born to the mutants Magneto and Rogue in Westchester, New York despite a slew of complications, Magnus manifested his own mutant powers at a young age. As he grew, so did his powers, and Magnus enrolled in Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, expected to become even more powerful a master of magnetism than his father. Unfortunately, Magnus' powers eventually mutated to where he could not physically touch another without uncontrollably transforming them into pure steel.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: X-Men-Age
of Apocalypse 2005 - Magnus entry - BTS) - Magnus was encased in
bio-armor to protect others from his steel touch.
(Exiles I#1 (fb)) - Magnus grew into a distant,
reclusive man, unable to touch another person without killing them.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC Vol. 7 - Magnus entry - BTS) - Magneto and Rogue desperately tried to teach Magnus how to use his mutant abilities but they ultimately sought assistance from their friend Charles Xavier, who began tutoring Magnus.
(Exiles I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Magnus began to view Xavier as his greatest teacher.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: X-Men-Age
of Apocalypse 2005 - Magnus entry - BTS) - Joining Xavier's X-Men,
Magnus received an unfinished college education.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC
Vol. 7 - Magnus entry - BTS) - Over time, Magnus gained knowledge
equivalent to a degree in metallurgy. Magnus remained with the X-Men
until he was mysteriously teleported away.
(Exiles I#1/Exiles I#78 (fb)) - Transported from
Earth-12, Magnus found himself in a large desert-like area alongside
mutants from other realities. As those present introduced themselves,
Magnus made his presence known by introducing himself and admitting
that while he was as clueless as the others were about where exactly
they were and why they were, he thought perhaps they should all head in
the direction of the nearby kitchen area housing a small man. The
mutant Blink (from Earth-295) agreed and teleported Magnus and the
others to the kitchen area, where the man introduced himself as the
Timebroker and revealed that Magnus and the others were each from
alternate realities. Conjuring up a screen, the Timebroker explained
each of the mutants' pasts, including the manifestation of Magnus'
powers. Further revealing that Magnus and the others had become
unhinged from time, the Timebroker explained that Magnus and the other
Exiles would return to altered home realities if they did not agree to
help repair broken realities. In Magnus' case, he would return to a
reality in which he accidentally killed his mother by turning her to
steel, causing Magneto to renew his battle against humanity. Before any
could fully decide if they wished to help, Blink was given the
extradimensional Tallus device to track their missions and Magnus and
the others were transported to Earth-1815.
Unsure of what had just happened, Magnus asked the
others where they were and Blink informed the Exiles that they were
thirty-three miles outside of Phoenix, Arizona, having read a nearby
road sign. After the Tallus informed Blink that the Exiles were to
"find the one who would lead us," the Exiles decided to get out of the
desert and Magnus created metallic credit cards for the team to use to
go shopping. Eventually, the Tallus further explained to Blink that the
Exiles had to find their "greatest teacher," prompting Magnus, Mimic
and Nocturne to simultaneously say "Charles Xavier." Deciding as a
group that they should find and locate Earth-1815's Charles Xavier,
Magnus offered to create a Cerebro computer system but admitted they
would need a telepath to operate it. When his teammates Mimic and
Nocturne volunteered, Magnus created the Cerebro system and used his
powers to activate the machine, straining not only himself but Mimic
and Nocturne as well. Magnus held the system together for as long as he
could until Mimic and Nocturne discerned Xavier's location in Nevada,
at which point Magnus relaxed and the Cerebro system was seemingly
destroyed due to Magnus' prior strain.
Soon after, Magnus and the other Exiles teleported inside the Nevada holding facility housing Charles Xavier and while most of the Exiles kept the guards busy, Blink teleported Magnus and herself deeper into the facility, where Magnus used his powers to free Xavier from his captivity. Blink then teleported Magnus, the other Exiles and Charles Xavier outside to recover. Upon regaining consciousness, however, Xavier telepathically read the Exiles' minds and downed them with a mental blast.
(Exiles I#2) - As Xavier rampaged through Earth-1815,
freeing his former mutant allies, Magnus and the Exiles recuperated
from Xavier's attack on them, determined to take care of their mistake
in freeing Xavier. Tracking down Forge, the man who provided the
government with technology to capture superhumans, Magnus disabled all
sensors and alarms as Blink interrogated Forge into cooperating with
them under threat of having Magnus boil the iron in Forge's blood,
among other things. Forge then reluctantly revealed to the Exiles which
mutants Xavier would want to free, where to find power-dampening and
tracking devices, and who the "greatest teacher" of Earth-1815 would
be: Magneto. Surprised, Magnus fumbled his words in shock but
nonetheless assisted Blink and Nocturne in freeing Magneto from his
captivity as the other Exiles kept Charles Xavier and his allies busy.
Traveling to a prison off the coast of Tahiti, Magnus was barely able
to control his powers due to the prison's power scramblers but he soon
detected a radio transmission and learned that the prison was set to
self-destruct. Realizing the trap, Magnus magnetically sent Nocturne
and Blink away and opted to rescue the prisoners himself, asking Blink
and Nocturne not to tell Magneto who he was. Magnus then ventured
inside the prison, freeing the prisoners and encasing them in magnetic
energy bubbles, sending them outside to safety. Magnus then located the
bomb intended to destroy the prison and, realizing it was constructed
out of plastic parts, surrounded the entire prison with a magnetic
shield. From the safety of the beach where Magnus had deposited Blink
and Nocturne, the freed prisoners witnessed Magnus sacrifice himself by
trapping himself inside the magnetic shield as the bomb exploded,
destroying the prison but saving the prisoners and Magnus' teammates.
Once the rest of the Exiles had regrouped with the freed prisoners,
Magneto asked the Exiles if, on the Exiles' worlds, he had a connection
to Magnus. Respecting Magnus' last wish, the Exiles kept from Magneto
the fact that Magneto's was Magnus' father on Earth-27, only telling
Magneto that Magnus was a great admirer of Magneto's.
(Exiles I#83 (fb) - BTS) - Magnus' radioactive corpse
was secretly transported from Earth-1815 to the multiversal Crystal Palace,
where the extradimensional Timebreakers placed it within the Palace's
(Exiles I#45 - BTS) - Much later, when the Timebroker appeared to inform the Exiles' Morph that he had completed his service to the team, he remarked on how his construct had been rendered insane and had the Exiles and Weapon X members killing one another. As he spoke, he conjured an image of Magnus and other fallen Exiles and Weapon X members.
I#83 (fb) - BTS) - Unaware of Magnus' actions with the Exiles, his
parents Magneto and Rogue assumed he had run away from home.
(Exiles I#83) - After locating several of the fallen
Exiles and Weapon X members inside the Crystal Palace's stasis walls,
including Magnus, Blink removed the team members from stasis and
returned them to their proper realities. Teleporting to Earth-27, Blink
left Magnus' corpse for Magnus' mother to find and teleported away.
Finding Magnus, Rogue summoned Magnus' father Magneto and led Magneto
to the corpse, where Blink had left a note stating "This is Magnus, son
of Magneto and Rogue. He gave his life to save us, and died a hero."
Magneto at first refused to believe the corpse was Magnus, claiming
Magnus had ran away from home, but Rogue insisted that it was Magnus, prompting Magneto to
wonder where Magnus had been all that time he was missing.
Comments: Created by Judd Winick, Mike McKone and Mark McKenna.
Magnus' height and weight were erroneously listed as
6'0" and 177lbs., respectively, in Marvel Encyclopedia HC Vol. 2: X-Men
Profile by Proto-Man.
Earth-27's Magnus has no known connections to:
images: (without ads)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC Vol. 7, p17, Magnus entry main image (Magnus, main image)
Exiles I#1, p9, pan2 (Magnus, headshot)
Exiles I#1, p14, pan2 (Magnus as an infant)
Exiles I#1, p14, pan4 (Magnus as a young man)
Exiles I#78, p7, pan3 (Magnus, shoulders up image)
Exiles I#2, p8, pan2 (Magnus standing guard)
Exiles I#83, p1, pan3 (Magnus' corpse)
Exiles I#1 (August, 2001) - Judd Winick (writer), Mike McKone (pencils), Mark McKenna (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Exiles I#2 (September, 2001) - Judd Winick (writer), Mike McKone (pencils), Mark McKenna, Eric Cannon (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Exiles I#45 (June, 2004) - Chuck Austen (writer), Jim Calafiore (pencils), Mark McKenna (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: X-Men - Age of Apocalypse 2005 (2005) - Mike Raicht (writer), Mike McKone (Magnus entry art), Jennifer Grunwald (editor)
Exiles I#78 (May, 2006) - Tony Bedard (writer), Jim Calafiore (pencils), Mark McKenna (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Exiles I#83 (August, 2006) - Tony Bedard (writer), Casey Jones (pencils), Vince Russell (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC Vol. 7 (2009) - Jeff Christiansen (head writer, coordinator), Sean McQuaid, Michael Hoskin, Stuart Vandal, Ronald Byrd, David Wiltfong, Madison Carter, Mike Fichera, Chad Anderson, Chris Biggs, Eric J. Moreels, Mark O'English, Al Sjoerdsma, Jacob Rougemont, Gabriel Shechter, Markus Ettlinger, Jeph York, Rich Green, Andrew Golentz, Anthony Flamini (writers), Jonathan Couper-Smartt, Eric Englehard, Bill Lentz, Barry Reese (past writers), Mike McKone (Magnus entry art), Jeff Youngquist, Jennifer Grunwald (editors)
First Posted: 03/09/2020
Last updated: 03/09/2020
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