Mad Titan, Master, Thanos Rex, Masterlord, Overmaster
Knowledge seeker; former god, destroyer conqueror, nihilist
Place of Birth:
Eternal colony, Titan (moon of Saturn)
Approx. 1000 lbs.
Thanos possesses the superhuman physiology of all Eternals, granting him superhuman strength, endurance, reflexes, and agility. His skin in nearly invulnerable, particulary against heat, cold, electricity, radiation, toxins, aging, and disease, and he can survive indefinately without food or water. His mind is also invulnerable to most forms of psychic attack, and can project a psionic blast of energy as well as blasts of plasma/cosmic energy from his eyes and hands.
Master strategist, adept in sciences far beyond Earth technology, some mystical knowledge
Weapons: None, although he has at times employed a hovering chair with additional offensive weapons and the ability to teleport galaxy-wide distances.
On Saturn's moon of Titan lived a colony of Eternals, and Thanos was born as one of the last sons of the original colonists, Mentor and Sui-San. However, he was born misshapen and monstrous in comparison to the other Eternals, particularly his handsome and carefree brother, Starfox, and Thanos grew into a melancholy, brooding individual, consumed with the concept of death. More than any of his people, Thanos sought out personal power and increased strength, endowing himself with cybernetic implants until he became more powerful than any of his brethren. At some point, he was exiled from his community, although the accounts differ as to its cause. Some say it was because he committed a crime by being the first to create a weapon. Thanos himself once claimed that he vivisected his own mother in an attempt to investigate how someone consumed with death such as himself could have come into being.
Growing in power and infamy as he traveled the universe, Thanos once met Death itself, as it appeared to him embodied in a female form. Thanos was infatuated with the being, and endeavored to make himself worthy in order to earn her love in return. With an army under his command, he nearly destroyed his former home of Titan, declaring himself its ruler. He then sought out the powerful Cosmic Cube, and a number of Earth's heroes assembled to confront him. With the Cube's power, Thanos made himself unto a god, and he easily fought back Captain Marvel and the Avengers. However, Captain Marvel managed to convince Thanos that he had drained the Cube of its power, and the mad Titan discarded it. This allowed Mar-Vell to grab the Cube and restore the universe to its rightful order and drain Thanos of his power. Thanos was shunted back to where he had first launched his bid for power, and was rescued by his starship, Sanctuary II.
Thanos believed that Death had rejected him after his failure with the Cosmic Cube, and so he began searching the universe for the powerful Soul Gems, one of which was used by Adam Warlock. Thanos had also learned of the threat of the Magus, a future version of Adam Warlock who would threaten Thanos' own plans. Thanos was determined to make sure that the future of the Magus would never occur. Using time travel, he created a perfect pawn for his future struggle-- the deadliest woman in the universe. He rescued Gamora as an infant and trained her to be his personal assassin. He also joined forces with Adam Warlock to oppose the Magus, who was using his world-conquering Universal Church of Truth to create a fanatical empire. With this alliance, Thanos helped ensure that Warlock would never become the Magus, and at the same time, he managed to absorb certain energies of Warlock's Soul Gem that would help him in his subsequent plot.
One by one, Thanos collected five other Soul Gems, combining them all in a huge, single, synthetic Soul Gem. He then began to extinguish the very stars themselves, hoping thereby to extinguish all living things in tribute to Death. Thanos was opposed by Gamora, but he slew her as well as Pip the Troll, who was looking for Adam Warlock. Warlock had learned of Thanos' activity and recruited Captain Marvel and the Avengers to again oppose the mad Titan.
Captain Marvel managed to destroy the synthetic Soul Gem, but Thanos captured the Avengers and even killed Adam Warlock after an intense one-on-one battle. Spider-Man was on hand to help rescue the heroes, and with the help of Lord Chaos and Master Order, restore Warlock to life. Warlock's resurrection flushed him with cosmic power and he again engaged in battle with Thanos, who was defeated, but not killed. The Eternal was turned to immobile stone-- an ironic punishment since the lover of Death would be forever denied its embrace.
Sometime later, Thanos was revived and proceeded to reassemble the Soul Gems, now called the Infinity Gems*, and create the powerful Infinity Gauntlet; essentially, a glove to which each of the Inifinty Gems could be attached, allowing the weilder to harness the power of all the attached gems simultaneously and to greater effect than would be capable of individual gems. With a mere thought, Thanos was able to wipe out half of the universe's population of living beings, and once again he had enough power to make himself an omnipotent being. Many of Earth's heroes and heroes from around the galaxy came to oppose him, and they were joined by other abstract entities who knew Thanos' new powers made him a threat to all existence. Thanos again defeated them all. Ultimately, however, Death spurned him, as Thanos' powers had placed him at a level beyond. Thanos was distraught, and this momentary lapse allowed Nebula, who Thanos was toying with for having assumed to have been related to him, to gain control of the Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos was forced to join with Warlock and the other heroes, and Warlock ended up with the Infinity Gauntlet, restoring the universe to its natural state before Thanos' interference, and Warlock divided the Gems among various guardians who became the Infinity Watch.
Thanos himself was exiled by Warlock to an uninhabited planet, and he set himself up as a simple farmer, seemingly content to spend the rest of his days as a hermit.
* The six types of Infinity Gems are named: Mind, Power, Reality, Space, Soul, and Time. The full extent of their powers are not completely understood.
Marvel Boy (AKA Blue Marvel)
U.S.A., adopted citizen of the Uranian colony
Place of Birth:
Trenton, New Jersey
Horace Grayson (born Horace Grabshield, father, deceased)
Grayson was an accomplished athlete and schooled in sciences far beyond even today’s level of technology.
Marvel Boy's Quantum Bands absorbed solar radiation and transformed it into powers and enhanced abilities, such as superhuman strength, endurance, and resistance to injury. He used the bands to manipulate gravity, enabling him to fly. His primary use of them, however, was to magnify low levels of light to create blinding bursts in order to incapacitate his opponents.
Bob Grayson was just a baby when his father, an astrophysicist, managed to make contact with a colony of Eternals on the planet Uranus. His father feared what Earth was becoming as Adolf Hitler began to rise to power, and he looked to the stars for comfort instead. The Eternals helped him build a spaceship, and he and his son left Earth to make Uranus their new home. The Eternals helped Bob reach the peak of his potential, but he nevertheless longed to return to the planet of his birth. When he was seventeen, his father relented. The Eternals gave him a personal spacecraft called The Silver Bullet, wristbands that could be used as a defensive weapon, and a tunic that would evoke Apollo, the god of light. His father urged him to use his powers as a champion of the Uranian lifestyle of peace and harmony, and Bob became the superhero known as Marvel Boy. Marvel Boy fought crime for many years, enjoying great fame and favor.
(Lack of information for approximately a 24 year period from around October, 1951 to November, 1975)
Eventually, sometime in the 1970’s, Marvel Boy received a distress call from Uranus. He arrived to find the city destroyed. The Eternals' protective dome was destroyed, and Marvel Boy decided it was the fault of bankers of Earth who stalled him when they denied his request for a loan to purchase medical supplies for his father. He rushed back to Earth to exact revenge, calling himself the Crusader, and he began a rampage. The Fantastic Four intervened, but it was the Crusader's misunderstanding of the Quantum Bands he wore that made him reckless. He absorbed so much energy that the bands overloaded and his body was destroyed. His Quantum Bands eventually ended up in the possession of Wendell Vaughn, who used them as the hero Quasar, eventually becoming a member of the Avengers.
(Lack of information for approximately another 24 year period, from late 1975 until late 1999)
Shortly after the disappearance of Quasar on a mission in space in the late 1990’s, Marvel Boy inexplicitly returned to Earth in Buffalo, New York, again wearing the Quantum Bands. He took on the new alias of Blue Marvel after finding out that another hero was currently using the name Marvel Boy and became the sidekick of Darkblade, a member of the Avenger’s Experimental Franchise (AEF) based in Buffalo. Although never granted Avenger’s membership himself, he was frequently involved with the AEF’s exploits.
EnergyStar and the Captain would be able to tell you at this point that Blue Marvel acted quite juvenile and impulsive for his age, but that given his history from the 1950’s and 1970’s, they figured it was better to keep him close to keep tabs on him. They never did get any further information on where he’s been during the periods of “missing time”, his rampage in the 1970’s, or the whereabouts of the missing Quasar.
Hank Pym asked Blue Marvel to join the Avengers based on his heroic exploits in the 1950’s and his recent activities with the AEF.