Contemplator (Marvel)(01 - Tath Ki)
Real Name: Tath Ki
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The Contemplator has spent billions of years channeling the Power Primordial to develop his mind. He is one of the most powerful telepaths known. He can contact other minds across vast interstellar distances and in different dimensions. Currently he carries an aspect of power from Quasar that enhances his telepathy. He also has other mental powers such as telekinesis and astral projection. He can achieve a meditative state that enables him to become one with the universe. This allows him to know everything about anything in the dimension he is in. It has been suggested he possesses other vast mental powers, but due to limited appearances and his passive nature these are largely unknown. He can teleport across galactic distances through the power of his mind and sometimes other dimensions but this ability is limited in scope.
Like all Elders the Contemplator has been rendered completely immortal due to the Grandmaster's pact with Death, even more so then before. He is immune to aging, poisons, death, disease. He can survive in space unaided and does not need food, air, or drink. If his body were to be destroyed it would either reform or he would survive as an astral spirit.
Eons ago, the extraterrestrial Tath Ki chose to dedicate himself to philosophy, meditation, and developing his mind and spirit to plumb the mysteries of the universe. At some point, he was contacted to join the Elders of the Universe, a group consisting of some of the oldest beings in the universe, each member devoted to a specific pursuit or ideal.
The Contemplator first appeared under the alias "Mister Buda" and took Captain America on a trip through time to witness important events in America's history. The Contemplator then gave the World War II hero, the Patriot a second chance at being Captain America and defeating the android Adam II from assassinating Senator John F. Kennedy.
Later, a Skrull (who was at the time locked in the form of the Contemplator) became involved in the Elders' plot to kill Galactus in order to cause a new Big Bang event. The Elders intended to destroy the current universe and usher in a new one where they would all be recreated as individual beings of great power like Galactus. When this plot failed due to the involvement of the Silver Surfer, the Skrull impersonating the Contemplator contacted the alien pirate, Captain Rep-tyll in a plot against the Surfer. Quickly infuriated by him, Captain Rep-tyll devoured the faux Tath Ki and left his severed head floating in space as a warning to the pursuing Silver Surfer and Nova.
The head later regenerated a body and attempted to conquer the Kree Empire, but was defeated in psychic combat by the Cotati, a race of telepathic plants.
The cosmic Avenger Quasar later encountered the true Contemplator who claimed someone was impersonating him. The Contemplator aided Quasar in accessing a higher dimension called 'The Dimension Of Manifestations' to make contact with the abstract beings of the universe. This enabled Quasar to gain vital information during the Infinity War. The Contemplator stayed in this dimension after Quasar left. Quasar was concerned about the Contemplator being able to leave again, as it had taken a large output of power for both of them to get to the dimension in the first place. Quasar gave the Contemplator an energy bubble, which would allow him to be tracked if need be. The Contemplator put it in his belly button.
While exploring the dimension, the Contemplator happened upon a large assembly of cosmic beings in conference with the entity called the Beyonder. At the rear of the assemblage was the Contemplator's fellow Elder, the Gardener.
Soon after, he finds the area where the Magus, the foe of the Infinity War, is creating his evil doubles of all the superheros. It turns out the Manifestor has other clients also, as such the Magus does not have an unlimited supply. Contemplator uses the energy bubble in his belly button to contact Quasar to convey this information. This distracts Quasar enough for Adam Warlock to temporarily subdue him.
Quasar eventually finds another group of Elders including the Skrull impersonating the Contemplator. The false Contemplator attempts to steal the quantum-bands and was revealed to everyone as a shape-shifting Skrull. The Skrull Contemplator is last seen being taken into the custody of the Judicator (a true Elder of the Universe dedicated to justice) to face the judgment of the real Contemplator.
A Skrull impersonated him in Quasar #48.
First Appearance: Marvel Treasury Special Featuring Captain America's Bicentennial Battles (1976) #1
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All-New Guardians of the Galaxy (2017)
#10 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
- 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway'
Annihilation: Ronan (2006)
Avengers Assemble (2012)
Captain America (1968)
Captain America Corps (2011)
#1 Deadpool Corps (2010)
- 'Missing In Action'#2
- 'Enemies Of The State'#3
- 'History Lesson'#4
- 'Assault On Valhalla!'#5
- 'Into The Infinite!'
#1 Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth (2009)
- 'Part 1: Disrespect Your Elders'#5
- 'Deadpool Corps Five-0'#12
Infinity Countdown Prime (2018)
Iron Fist (1996)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
#132 Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
- 'Love Connection/All Debts Forgotten, All Sins Forgiven/Trouble in Paradise/Novel Approach'
Marvel Treasury Special Featuring Captain America's Bicentennial Battles (1976)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Prelude to Deadpool Corps (2010)
#37 Spider-Man Unlimited (1993)
- 'Infinity Manifestations'#38
- 'Whose War Is this Anyway?'#40
- 'Null and Void'
#13 The Avengers (1963)
- 'The Sting of Conscience!'
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#3 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'C-D: From The Collector to Dracula'#4
- 'D-G: From Dragon Man to Gypsy Moth'
#3 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Cloak to Doctor Octopus'#4
- 'Doctor Strange to Galactus'
Elders of the Universe (Marvel)
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