GHOST OF CHRISTMAS YET TO COME

Real Name: Unrevealed (see comments)

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Ideaverse) human ghost or anthropomorphic representation of abstract concept (see comments (late 19th century)

Occupation: Christmas spirit

Group Membership: Ghosts of Christmas (Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present)

Affiliations: Ebenezer Scrooge (Ideaverse version)

Enemies: Deadpool ("Wade Wilson"-12101)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Phantom," "Ghost of the Future," "Spirit," "Spectre," "Tall, Dark and Ghostly"

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: (historical) A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas (19th December 1843)
   (Marvel, Ideaverse version) Deadpool: Killustrated#3 (May 2013)

Powers/Abilities: The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come could either transport individuals to observe alternate futures they and their loved ones could experience, albeit only to Christmas Days of a given year, or else it showed them illusions of same. Given its intent of making bad people change their ways and embrace the Christmas spirit by "scaring them straight" it only showed bad futures (or visited those who only had bad futures if they didn't mend their ways), but it presumably could show someone a positive future if it felt so inclined. Despite being spectral, the Ideaverse version was apparently not bulletproof, as Deadpool succeeded in slaying it with several gunshots; however it is entirely feasible that Deadpool was packing specialized ammunition designed to slay ghosts, and that the Ghost would have been immune to regular bullets. 

Height: Unrevealed (see comments)
Weight: Unrevealed, possibly none
Eyes: None
Hair: None

History:
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Deadpool: Killustrated#3 (fb) - BTS/A Christmas Carol) - On the night going from Christmas Eve into Christmas morning the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come was the fourth spirit to appear to miser Ebenezer Scrooge in an attempt to show him the error of his ways. Silently it showed the fearful man a number of businessmen discussing dispassionately the news of someone's recent death, expressing the belief that few would attend the unidentified man's funeral; then it showed a charwoman, laundress and undertaker's servant running into one another at a rag-and-bone shop, each laden down with belongs purloined from the dead man's home, and laughing, aware that no one would notice their crime since the dead man had in life driven off anyone who might have cared. The Spirit then showed Scrooge the dead man's body, covered in a shroud, lying unmourned with no visitors coming to pay their last respects, and when this prompted Scrooge to beg the Ghost to show him anyone who cared about the late man's passing, the Spirit showed him a destitute young couple who owed the dead man money expressing relief and happiness that their merciless creditor had abruptly died. When Scrooge begged to see some tenderness connected to a death, the Ghost took Scrooge to the home of Scrooge's clerk, Bob Cratchit, where Scrooge witnessed the family mourning the loss of Bob's youngest child, Tiny Tim. Sensing his time with the Ghost was drawing to an end, Scrooge begged the Spirit to inform him of the identity of the man he had seen lying dead, and the Ghost transported them both to a churchyard and a freshly dug grave.

(Deadpool: Killustrated#3 (fb) - BTS) - Unnoticed by Scrooge, Deadpool was waiting, and gunned the Spirit down.

(Deadpool: Killustrated#3) - Already correctly suspecting that the dead man the Ghost had been showing him was himself, Scrooge stared at the grave and begged to know if this future was definite, or could be changed. Turning, he was shocked to see the Ghost lying on the ground apparently slain, with steam rising from the fresh bullet holes and a bedraggled Deadpool standing over him. 

Comments: Created by Charles Dickens and first illustrated by John Leech; Ideaverse version created by Cullen Bunn, Matteo Lolli and Sean Parsons.

   The Ghost's actual name, if it has one, is never revealed. The novella calls it the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, a Phantom, a Spirit and a Spectre, and Scrooge uses some of these when talking to it. It's never called the Ghost of Christmas Future in Dicken's tale, though some adaptations have used that moniker. It's likewise never revealed whether it is an actual ghost or a representation of a concept; though I doubt Dickens thought about it in the latter terms, within Marvel stories both exist and the Spirit here might be either.

   This profile covers the Ideaverse version of the Ghost. Since his counterpart, the Ghost of Christmas Past, exists within the mainstream Marvel universe (Earth-616), presumably there's also a "real" version of this ghost in 616 too.

   Deadpool-12101 was in the Ideaverse, the dimension where all fictional beings exist, slaughtering the inhabitants in the hope that destroying the "root" characters of classic fiction would also eliminate their descendants - e.g. killing Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves in The Jungle Book, would destroy Ka-Zar, the boy raised by a sabretooth tiger in Deadpool's world. Unlike many of Deadpool's Ideaverse victims, we don't see who the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come maps on to in modern comics.

Profile by Loki.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
Deadpool: Killustrated#3, p1, pan2 (main image, dead, shot by Deadpool)
A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, Stave 4, p151 (very first illustration of the Ghost)


Appearances:
A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas (19th December 1943) - Charles Dickens (writer), John Leech (artist)
Deadpool: Killustrated#3 (May 2013) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Matteo Lolli (pencils), Sean Parsons (inks), Jordan D. White (editor)


First Posted: 12/25/2022
Last updated: 12/25/2022

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