Real Name: Nathaniel Richards (Immortus)
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Apparently due to his link to the realm of Limbo, Immortus appears unaffected by age, disease, and all forms of attack, and seems able to control time itself-- willfully travelling between dimensions and alternate realities, teleporting others, and altering any temporal flow. He seems able to control unlimited amounts of energy, and can even probe minds and induce illusory hallucinations.
Deep in Earth’s future, the time-traveling conqueror Kang came to find his excursions into time left him unfulfilled, and he decided to give up worldly conquests and meditate on the nature of time until the end of his days. Thus, he journeyed to Limbo, a dimension that exists outside the timestream itself and built a castle, lording over the wanders of Limbo, the Space Phantoms.
At some point after this, Immortus was contacted by the trinity of beings known as the Time-Keepers to oversee the 80 millenia of their existence and keep humanity (and especially the hero team known as the Avengers) from expanding into space-- a prospect of which would have disastrous prospects in nearly 50% of all the multiverse. Immortus acted as "custodian" of this timeline, and acted many times to influence events that keep humans from exploring space, all under the guise of embarking “on a number of campaigns to untangle the skein of timelines."
These early machinations included sending a Space Phantom to break up an early incarnation of the Avengers and helping the early version of the Masters of Evil. During this last excursion, Immortus witnessed the bravery of Captain America, which forever would allow him a grudging respect for the Avengers. Thus, instead of destroying the Avengers, Immortus would subversively shepherd them to his own ends, such as manipulating events so that Thor would relinquish his hammer's time-travelling capabilities.
Immortus also set out so that the Scarlet Witch would not conceive children (who have the potential to stand among the greatest forces of the universe.) Immortus helped to instigate the relationship between the Scarlet Witch and the Vision, thinking that no children would be born of this union, and Immortus officiated the ceremony that married the two. When this tactic failed, Immortus investigated the origin of the children, and manipulated events to reveal that the children were in fact pieces of the demon Mephisto's soul. Immortus also took the opportunity to influence the dismantling of the Vision's robotic body and mind. Immortus tried to stop the Scarlet Witch once and for all banishing her from reality, but was instead seemingly banished himself. Immortus was saved by the Time Keepers and re-instated as their custodian.
Immortus ultimately blundered, however, when the Avengers chose to involve themselves in the Kree-Shi'ar War. Immortus had instilled within their team member Iron Man a temporary sense of xenophobia, hoping to drive the Avengers back to Earth. Instead, Iron Man helped other Avengers to execute the Kree leadership embodied by the Supreme Intelligence. This act spawned many possible futures, all of which ultimately showed the Avengers driven into becoming fascist "protectors" of space. Thus, Immortus brought about the very timelines he was charged with preventing. To keep the Avengers distracted, Immortus influenced Iron Man again, this time allowing Iron Man to turn villainous and murder various Avengers associates. Immortus also personally engaged the Avengers under the pretense of being Kang, alongside a version of Mantis and other versions of men and women Avengers had known-- all of which were Space Phantoms in disguise. The tactic proved so distracting that the Avengers never recovered, and when many of their number seemingly sacrificed themselves to end the psychic menace of Onslaught, the Avengers disbanded.
A year later, however, the heroes returned to Earth and soon re-formed the Avengers. At this point, Immortus tried to stop what he believed was the ultimate cause of humanity's destiny by killing Avengers' associate Rick Jones. Instead, Immortus was stopped by Kang, who had just emerged from an identity crisis and would rather destroy Immortus than to be fated to become him. Forced into a war with Kang, Immortus ultimately captured Kang's Forever Crystal. With the Forever Crystal, Immortus could make sweeping changes throughout the timestream just as a gardener would prune unwanted branches. Jones brought various versions of the Avengers throughout time to confront Immortus. The Avengers eventually learned the truth of Immortus' many manipulations and, alongside Kang, the occultist Libra, and the Supreme Intelligence, confronted Immortus and the Time Keepers to convince them of their injustice. To stop Kang, the Time Keepers sought to warp time, to force Kang to bodily merge into Immortus. Kang's will, however, proved too strong, and he ripped himself away. The castoff, Immortus, remained distinct from his previous incarnation, as reality reshaped itself so that both men existed separately at the same time. Immortus, rejuvenated by the experience, vanished into the timestream to contemplate the matter.
At some future point, Immortus will have vanished from Limbo under unrevealed circumstances. During this time, his son Marcus will rule in Limbo.
First Appearance: The Avengers (1963) #10
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nn All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
- 'The Rebirth of Iron Man'
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#1 Avengers Assemble (Panini) (2012)
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- 'Die nächsten Rächer Teil 2'#4
- 'Die nächsten Rächer Teil 4'#5
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#1 Avengers Classic (2007)
- 'The Heroic Age Starts Here!'
Avengers Forever (1998)
#1 Avengers West Coast (1989)
- 'Destiny Made Manifest'#2
- 'Now is the Time for All Good Men...'#3
- 'The City at the Heart of Forever'#5
- 'Past Imperfect... Future Tense!'#6
- 'In the Meantime'#7
- 'Into a Limbo... Large and Broad'#8
- 'The Secret History Of The Avengers'#9
- 'Break: Reflections Of The Conqueror'#10
- 'Tomorrow And Tomorrow And Tomorrow...'#11
- 'The Destiny War!'#12
- 'Avengers Assemble!'
#48 Avengers: Celestial Quest (2001)
- 'This Ancient Evil'#50
- 'Return of the Hero'#51
- 'I Sing of Arms and Heroes...'#53
- 'The Plan Proceeds!'#55
- 'The Breaking Strain'#56
- 'Darker Than Scarlet'#59
- 'Get Smart'#60
- 'Personal Magnetism'#61
- 'The Immortus Imperative'#62
- 'The Witching Hour!'
#1 Avengers: The Terminatrix Objective (1993)
- 'I Die Unknown!'#2
- 'Madonna Reborn!'
#2 Darkstar & The Winter Guard (2010)
- 'On the Side of the Angels'#3
- 'Day of Maximum Probability'
#2 Fantastic Four (1961)
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Annual 25 FF (2013)
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- 'When Everything's Lost, the Battle Is Won...'
#8 Force Works (1994)
- 'You Can't Go Home Again'#12
- 'Mind Mischief'#13
- 'Moloid See, Moloid Do'#14
- 'Bath House of the August Moon'#15
- 'Operation: Latveria'#16
- 'For All We Have and Are'
Giant-Size Avengers (1974)
#3 Iron Man (1968)
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#324 Jessica Jones: Avenger (2016)
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TPB Kostajat / The Avengers (2011)
- 'Jessica Jones: Avenger'
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Universe: The End (2003)
New Avengers (2005)
The Avengers (1963)
Annual 21 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'Kang's World Part 4'#10
- 'The Avengers Break Up!'#16
- 'The Old Order Changeth!'#131
- 'A Quiet Half-Hour in Saigon!'#132
- 'Kang War II'#133
- 'Yesterday and Beyond...'#134
- 'The Times That Bind!'#135
- 'The Torch is Passed!'#141
- 'The Phantom Empire!'#142
- 'Go West, Young Gods!'#143
- 'Right Between the Eons!'#150
- 'Avengers Assemble!'#160
- '...The Trial!'#200
- 'The Child is Father To...?'#234
- 'The Witch's Tale!'#269
- 'The Once And Future Kang!'#393
- 'Dark Days Dawn'#394
- 'Bad Blood'#395
- 'Time's End'
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
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#5 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
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#6 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Human Torch to Ka-Zar'
Uncanny Avengers (2012)
#4 Universe X Sketchbook (2000)
- 'Yesterday Didn't Exist'#22
- 'Avenge the Earth Conclusion'#23
- 'Let's Get Well'
West Coast Avengers (1985)
#34 What If? (1977)
- 'Tales to Astonish Part Two: Prisoners Of The Slave-World!'#42
- 'VisionQuest, Part One: One of Our Androids is Missing!'#43
- 'VisionQuest, Part Two: Vision Quest'
- 'What If... The Avengers Had Become the Pawns of Korvac?'
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