Spiral is a fictional supervillain turned superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics in association with Longshot or the X-Men. Created by writer Ann Nocenti and artist Art Adams, the character first appeared in Longshot #1, in which she was established as a lieutenant for that titular character's archenemy, Mojo. Prior to Longshot joining the X-Men, Spiral became a recurring adversary of that team and each of the various X-Men subgroups, as well as serving as the archenemy turned ally of X-Men member, Psylocke. Spiral first appeared in issue #1 of the 1985 Longshot miniseries by Ann Nocenti and Art Adams, subsequently appeared 2 months as a member of Mystique's Freedom Force team in Uncanny X-Men #199. Spiral began as one of 20 minor characters that Adams designed on a character sheet as the pursuers of the character Longshot, her six arms were inspired by deities in Hindu mythology. Although Adams gave little thought to Spiral, as he had developed ideas for the other characters he had drawn on the sheet, Nocenti decided to make her a major character, gave her the name Spiral.
The character sheet is reproduced in the back of the X-Men: Longshot hardcover collection. In the final issue of the limited series, Spiral is hinted to be a former lover of Longshot. Chris Claremont portrayed her as having a pathological hatred for Longshot, implied that the two were former lovers during a hallucinatory dream sequence in Uncanny X-Men #248; as conceived and Ricochet Rita were two separate entities. When the character was co-opted by Claremont for use in the pages of Uncanny X-Men, this was continued with Rita appearing in the pages of Excalibur: Mojo Mayhem and Uncanny X-Men Annual #12 as a prisoner of Mojo. In X-Factor Annual #7, writer Fabian Nicieza established that Rita and Spiral were the same person, that her hatred for Longshot was driven by her desire for revenge from being taken prisoner, driven insane, physically modified by Mojo and his chief scientist Arize, it stated that after turning her into Spiral, Mojo sent her back to the past to serve his past self and set forth the chain of events that will lead to Rita becoming Spiral.
Spiral's real name is Rita Wayword, better known as'Ricochet Rita'. She was a professional stuntwoman. Rita was attacked by her evil, future self which led to her meeting Longshot and falling in love with him; when Longshot sought to return to his home dimension, the Mojoverse, the lovestruck Rita went with him, only to watch Longshot fail and be captured by the dimension's evil overlord, Mojo. Longshot was promptly mindwiped to forget all about Rita. After holding her prisoner for several years, Mojo forced his chief scientist, Arize, to perform extreme physical and mental modifications on Rita to recreate her as a loyal subordinate; these experiments left her with six arms, turned her hair grey, drove the young woman insane through forcibly evolving Rita's mind to the point that she could see into other dimensions that were used for time-travel/teleportation. He trained her in the dark arts of magic and body modification, so that she could use these skills to mutilate others like Mojo had mutilated her.
In a cruel act of manipulation, Mojo sent Spiral back in time to set into motion the events that led to her former self becoming Mojo's prisoner and become Spiral by attacking her past self. In the past, Spiral found herself stranded on Earth by Mojo for failing to kill Rita. At some unknown point, Spiral encountered Val Cooper and was recruited into Freedom Force, a revamped version of the second Brotherhood of Mutants. Despite being utterly insane and more blood-thirsty than her new teammates, Spiral became a valuable member of the team, singlehandedly defeating the X-Men on several occasions as well as kidnapping the X-Man Rachel Summers for Mojo, she was instrumental in Freedom Force's victory over the Avengers and the West Coast Avengers when sent by the U. S. government to arrest the heroes. Her magical powers temporarily robbed Captain Marvel of her energy powers and she defeated Iron Man, removing two of the most powerful Avengers from the battle, she ran the "Body Shoppe", which sells alien cybernetic parts to amputees and others who seek the power of cybernetic limbs.
Most notably, Spiral transformed Lady Deathstrike into a cyborg. Along with Mojo, Spiral was shown to have played a role in Psylocke's physical appearance changing from that of a purple-haired Anglo-Saxon to an East Asian, it was believed that the two transformed Psylocke's original European body to an Asian one, but it was revealed that Spiral transferred the X-Man's mind into the body of the Japanese assassin Kwannon. She merged the two women's minds and genetic structures, giving each of them personality traits and physical characteristics of the other, as well as halving Psylocke's telepathy between them; this led to much confusion as to which of the two was the real Elizabeth Braddock when Revanche first appeared. Other than malicious intent, Spiral's reasons for doing this are still unknown. Though she was a loyal servant of Mojo, Spiral resented Mojo's crass manners and cruelty towa
Cable is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics in association with X-Force and the X-Men. The character first appeared as a newborn infant in Uncanny X-Men #201 created by writer Chris Claremont, while Cable's adult identity was created by writer Louise Simonson and artist/co-writer Rob Liefeld, first appeared in The New Mutants #87. Nathan Summers is the biological son of the X-Men member Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor though other versions saw him as Jean's son, the half brother of Rachel Summers and Nate Grey, the genetic template for Stryfe, he is from a possible future timeline, having been transported as an infant to the future, where he grew into a warrior, before returning to the present. Josh Brolin portrays Cable in the X-Men film series, beginning with Deadpool 2. Nathan Christopher Charles Summers is the son of Scott Summers, Madelyne Pryor. Writer Chris Claremont, who had written the series since issue #94, revealed Madelyne to be pregnant in X-Men/Alpha Flight #1.
The next depiction of her pregnancy was in The Uncanny X-Men #200, when she goes into premature labor. In the following issue, #201, Nathan first appears as a newborn infant; the character's first appearance as the adult warrior Cable was at the end of The New Mutants #86. He does not appear anywhere in the issue's story; this was followed by a full appearance in The New Mutants #87. At first, Cable was not intended to be the adult version of Nathan Summers, but was created as a result of unrelated editorial concerns. Editor Bob Harras wanted to "shake things up" for the book, felt a new leader was needed, one distinct from the perennial X-Men leader and the New Mutants' first mentor, Professor X; the book's writer, Louise Simonson, thought a military leader would be a good idea, Harras tasked the book's artist, Rob Liefeld, to conceptualize the character. Harras may have suggested the character's bionic eye. Both Simonson and Liefeld each separately conceived of the leader being a time traveler from the future.
Liefeld chose the name Cable for the character. Liefeld explains the creation of the character: I was given a directive to create a new leader for the New Mutants. There was no description besides a ` man of action', the opposite of Xavier. I created the name, much of the history of the character. After I named him Cable, Bob suggested Quinn and Louise had Commander X. Harras and writer/artists Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio, who were writing the X-Men spinoff X-Factor that starred Cyclops and the other four original X-Men, decided that Nathan would be sent into the future and grow up to become Cable. Liefeld, who conceived that Cable and his archenemy Stryfe were one and the same, disliked this idea. In the 1991 X-Factor storyline, Nathan is infected by the villain Apocalypse with a techno-organic virus; because he can only be saved by the technology of the far-future, Scott reluctantly allows Sister Askani, a member of a clan of warriors dedicated to opposing Apocalypse, to take Nathan into the future so that he can be cured, a one-way trip from which she tells him she and Nathan will be unable to return.
In his first adult appearance, Cable is seen in conflict with Stryfe's Mutant Liberation Front, the United States government, Freedom Force. The New Mutants intervene and he asks for their help against the Mutant Liberation Front. Cable sees them as potential soldiers in his war against Stryfe, becomes their new teacher and leader, he comes into conflict with Wolverine, revealed to harbor feud with Cable. Despite this, the two warriors and the New Mutants team up with and Sunfire against the MLF. Cable leads the New Mutants against Cameron Hodge and the Genoshans in the 1990 "X-Tinction Agenda" storyline. With the aid of Domino, Cable reorganizes the New Mutants into X-Force; the New Mutants ended with issue #100, with Cable and other characters appearing the following month in X-Force #1. The X-Force series provided further detail for the character's back story revealing that he was from the future and that he had traveled to the past with the aim of stopping Stryfe's plans as well as preventing Apocalypse's rise to power.
Cable traveled between the 1990s and his future with his ship Graymalkin, which contained a sentient computer program called Professor, the future version of the program built into X-Factor's Ship. In 1992, the character starred in a two issue miniseries, Cable: Blood and Metal, written by Fabian Nicieza, pencilled by John Romita, Jr. and inked by Dan Green, published in October and November of that year. The series explored Cable and the villain Stryfe's ongoing battle with one another, its effect on Cable's supporting cast. Shortly after Blood and Metal, Cable was given his own ongoing series titled Cable. Issue #6 confirmed the character to be Nathan Christopher Summers, the son of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor, taken to the future in X-Factor #68, introduced by writer Chris Claremont, appeared in Uncanny X-Men #201; the series ran for 107 issues from May 1993 until September 2002 before being relaunched as Soldier X, which lasted 12 more issues until Aug. 2003. The 1994 miniseries The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix provided further information on the character's back story.
In the future, Mother Askani, a time-displaced Rachel Summers, pulled the minds of Scott and Jean into the future where, as "Slym" and "Redd", they raised Cable for twelve years. During their time together, the "
Parallel universes in fiction
A parallel universe known as an alternate universe or alternate reality, is a hypothetical self-contained reality co-existing with one's own. A specific group of parallel universes are called a "multiverse", although this term can be used to describe the possible parallel universes that constitute reality. While the three terms are synonymous and can be used interchangeably in most cases, there is sometimes an additional connotation implied with the term "alternate universe/reality" that implies that the reality is a variant of our own, with some overlap with the similarly-named Alternate history; the term "parallel universe" is more general, without implying a relationship, or lack of relationship, with our own universe. A universe where the laws of nature are different – for example, one in which there are no Laws of Motion – would in general count as a parallel universe but not an alternative reality and a concept between both fantasy world and earth; the actual quantum-mechanical hypothesis of parallel universes is "universes that are separated from each other by a single quantum event."
Fiction has long borrowed an idea of "another world" from myth and religion. Heaven, Hell and Valhalla are all "alternative universes" different from the familiar material realm. Plato reflected on the parallel realities, resulting in Platonism, in which the upper reality is perfect while the lower earthly reality is an imperfect shadow of the heavenly; the lower reality is similar but with flaws. The concept is found in ancient Hindu mythology, in texts such as the Puranas, which expressed an infinite number of universes, each with its own gods. In Persian literature, "The Adventures of Bulukiya", a tale in the One Thousand and One Nights, describes the protagonist Bulukiya learning of alternative worlds/universes that are similar to but still distinct from his own. One of the first Science fiction examples is Murray Leinster's Sidewise in Time, in which portions of alternative universes replace corresponding geographical regions in this universe. Sidewise in Time describes it in the manner that similar to requiring both longitude and latitude coordinates in order to mark your location on Earth, so too does time: travelling along latitude is akin to time travel moving through past and future, while travelling along latitude is to travel perpendicular to time and to other realities, hence the name of the short story.
Thus, another common term for a parallel universe is "another dimension", stemming from the idea that if the 4th dimension is time, the 5th dimension - a direction at a right angle to the fourth - are alternate realities. In modern literature, a parallel universe can be divided into two categories: to allow for stories where elements that would ordinarily violate the laws of nature. Examples of the former include Terry Pratchett's Discworld and C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, while examples of the latter include Harry Turtledove's Worldwar series. A parallel universe may serve as a central plot point, or it may be mentioned and dismissed, having served its purpose of establishing a realm unconstrained by realism; the aforementioned Discworld, for example, only rarely mentions our world or any other worlds, as setting the books on a parallel universe instead of "our" reality is to allow for magic on the Disc. The Chronicles of Narnia utilises this to a lesser extent - the idea of parallel universes are brought up but only mentioned in the introduction and ending, its main purpose to bring the protagonist from "our" reality to the setting of the books.
While technically incorrect, looked down upon by hard science-fiction fans and authors, the idea of another "dimension" has become synonymous with the term "parallel universe". The usage is common in movies and comic books and much less so in modern prose science fiction; the idea of a parallel world was first introduced in comic books with the publication of The Flash #123, "Flash of Two Worlds". In written science fiction, "new dimension" more – and more – refer to additional coordinate axes, beyond the three spatial axes with which we are familiar. By proposing travel along these extra axes, which are not perceptible, the traveler can reach worlds that are otherwise unreachable and invisible. In 1884, Edwin A. Abbott wrote, it describes a world of two dimensions inhabited by living squares and circles, called Flatland, as well as Pointland and Spaceland and posits the possibilities of greater dimensions. Isaac Asimov, in his foreword to the Signet Classics 1984 edition, described Flatland as "The best introduction one can find into the manner of perceiving dimensions."
In 1895, The Time Machine by H. G. Wells used time as an additional "dimension" in this sense, taking the four-dimensional model of classical physics and interpreting time as a space-like dimension in which humans could travel with the right equipment. Wells used the concept of parallel universes as a consequence of time as the fourth dimension in stories like The Wonderful Visit and Men Like Gods, an idea proposed by the astronomer Simon Newcomb, who talked about both time and parallel universes.
Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by artist Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee, the character first appeared in Strange Tales #110. Doctor Strange serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Inspired by stories of black magic and Chandu the Magician, Strange was created during the Silver Age of Comic Books to bring a different kind of character and themes of mysticism to Marvel Comics; the character's origin story indicates. After a car accident damages his hands and hinders his ability to perform surgery, he searches the globe for a way to repair them and encounters the Ancient One. After becoming one of the old Sorcerer Supreme's students, he becomes a practitioner of both the mystical arts and the martial arts, he has a suit consisting of two main relics, the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto, which give him added powers. Strange is aided along the way by his friend and valet, a large assortment of mystical objects.
He takes up residence in a mansion called the Sanctum Sanctorum, located in New York City. Strange takes the title of Sorcerer Supreme to help to defend the world against future threats. In 2008, Doctor Strange was ranked 83rd in Wizard's "200 Greatest Comic Book Characters of All Time" list, in 2012 was ranked 33rd in IGN's list of "The Top 50 Avengers", he was ranked 38th on IGN's list of "Top 100 Comic Book Heroes". The character was first portrayed in live-action by Peter Hooten in the 1978 television film Dr. Strange. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first appearing in the role in the 2016 film Doctor Strange, he reprised the role in the 2017 film Thor: Ragnarok, the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War, will return in Avengers: Endgame in 2019. Artist Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee have described the character as having been the idea of Ditko, who wrote in 2008, "On my own, I brought in to Lee a five-page, penciled story with a page/panel script of my idea of a new, different kind of character for variety in Marvel Comics.
My character wound up being named Dr. Strange because he would appear in Strange Tales." In a 1963 letter to Jerry Bails, Lee called the character Ditko's idea, saying: Well, we have a new character in the works for Strange Tales Steve Ditko is gonna draw him. It has sort of a black magic theme; the first story is nothing great, but we can make something of him--'twas Steve's idea and I figured we'd give it a chance, although again, we had to rush the first one too much. Little sidelight: Originally decided to call him Mr. Strange, but thought the "Mr." bit too similar to Mr. Fantastic -- now, however, I remember we had a villain called Dr. Strange just in one of our mags, hope it won't be too confusing! Doctor Strange debuted in Strange Tales #110, a split book shared with the feature "The Human Torch". Doctor Strange appeared in issues #110–111 and #114 before the character's eight-page origin story in #115. Scripter Lee's take on the character was inspired by the Chandu the Magician radio program that aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System in the 1930s.
He had Doctor Strange accompany spells with elaborate artifacts, such as the "Eye of Agamotto", the "Wand of Watoomb", "Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth". Ditko showcased surrealistic mystical landscapes and vivid visuals that helped make the feature a favorite of college students at the time. Comics historian Mike Benton wrote: The Dr. Strange stories of the 1960s constructed a cohesive cosmology that would have thrilled any self-respecting theosophist. College students, minds freshly opened by psychedelic experiences and Eastern mysticism, read Ditko and Lee's Dr. Strange stories with the belief of a recent Hare Krishna convert. Meaning was everywhere, readers analyzed the Dr. Strange stories for their relationship to Egyptian myths, Sumerian gods, Jungian archetypes. "People who read Doctor Strange thought people at Marvel must be heads," recalled then-associate editor and former Doctor Strange writer Roy Thomas in 1971, "because they had had similar experiences high on mushrooms. But I don't use hallucinogens, nor do I think any artists do."Originating in the early 1960s, the character was a predictor of counter-cultural trends in art prior to them becoming more established in the 1960s.
As historian Bradford W. Wright described: Steve Ditko contributed some of his most surrealistic work to the comic book and gave it a disorienting, hallucinogenic quality. Dr. Strange's adventures take place in bizarre worlds and twisting dimensions that resembled Salvador Dalí paintings. Inspired by the pulp-fiction magicians of Stan Lee's childhood as well as by contemporary Beat culture, Dr. Strange remarkably predicted the youth counterculture's fascination with Eastern mysticism and psychedelia. Never among Marvel's more popular or accessible characters, Dr. Strange still found a niche among an audience seeking a challenging alternative to more conventional superhero fare; as co-plotter and sole plotter in the Marvel Method, Ditko took Strange into ever-more-abstract realms. In a 17-issue story arc in Strange Tales #130-146, Ditko introduced the cosmic character Eternity, who personified the universe and was depicted as a silhouette filled with the cosmos. Golden Age artist/writer Bill Everett succeeded Ditko as artist with issues #147-152
Ultimate Fantastic Four
Ultimate Fantastic Four is a superhero comic book series published by Marvel Comics. The series is a modernized re-imagining of Marvel's long-running Fantastic Four comic book franchise as part of its Ultimate Marvel imprint; the Ultimate Fantastic Four team exists alongside other revamped Marvel characters in Ultimate Marvel titles including Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate X-Men, The Ultimates. While the characters do bear resemblance to their normal Marvel Universe counterparts in some ways, they differ in many aspects; the origin of their powers is different and the team is much younger. The series revolves around the adventures of Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, siblings Susan and Johnny Storm, who get engulfed in a malfunctioned teleporter experiment and get superpowers: Reed can stretch, Susan projects force fields and makes herself invisible, Johnny becomes a human torch and Ben is a super strong stone giant; the series takes place in contemporary New York City. The title was created by Mark Millar and Adam Kubert.
The series had a monthly publishing schedule. Issue #60, the last of the series, was written by Joe Pokaski and drawn by Tyler Kirkham and was followed by a series epilogue in Ultimate Fantastic Four: Requiem. Ultimate Fantastic Four was the fifth continuing series of the Ultimate Marvel series, after Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate X-Men and The Ultimates and Ultimate Marvel Team-Up; the first writers assigned by project leader Bill Jemas were Mark Millar and Brian Michael Bendis, who had both written comics in the Ultimate Marvel universe. Grant Morrison was involved in conceptualizing Ultimate Fantastic Four and was at one point set to write the series. However, he departed from Marvel for an exclusivity contract with DC Comics before this could be finalized. Bryan Hitch designed the costumes for the characters, thus explaining their aesthetic resemblance to the costumes worn by the protagonists of The Ultimates. In the Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol. 1 hardcover edition and Bendis write about the somewhat odd circumstances of their collaboration.
Foremost, virtual communication was the only method available as Millar lives in Glasgow and Bendis in Portland, Oregon. Secondly, they both had different writing styles, as Millar's stories are fast-paced and widescreen, while Bendis' output is more dialogue-heavy and slow-paced and both writers feared it could wreck the project, it was agreed that Millar would write the plot and Bendis finalized the scripts based on his plots. Millar rewrote the origin for the protagonists because he was not satisfied with the original 1961 story, in which the four team members steal a space craft to beat the Soviets to the moon. In their version and Bendis wrote a story in which Reed Richards is a child prodigy, protected by his burly friend Ben Grimm from bullies, who had invented a method of teleportation in his youth, he is discovered by government official Willie Lumpkin, subsequently recruited into a think tank/school located in the upper floors of the Baxter building. There he meets Professor Storm, who leads the project, his children, bioengineer Susan Storm and her younger brother Johnny.
Reed becomes the rival of Victor Van Damme, a fellow student. When Reed turns 21, he plans to teleport an apple into a parallel universe, but Van Damme claims Reed's calculations are wrong and changes the setup at the last minute; the five students are teleported through the N-Zone, when they rematerialize, they return mutated. After the Fantastic Four return to the Baxter building, they face Mole Man; the material strayed far from the original source material completely bypassing the original stories by Stan Lee. Most notable were changes to the characters' personality and backgrounds; the character of Reed Richards, in the mainstream Marvel Comics super-intelligent and a true leader, had his previous role split, with Professor Storm taking his leader traits, while the 21-year-old idealist Reed retains his super-intelligence. Reed no longer automatically assumes leadership of the team in demanding situations, a role more filled by Sue Storm, she was little more than a damsel in distress in the early comics, but in this version, she is the most head-strong and assertive member of the team, has a gift for biochemistry and bioengineering.
Ben Grimm, no longer Reed's college friend but his grade-school friend, is not as intelligent and has to have science explained to him, providing an opportunity for plot dumps. In the end, both writers were satisfied with the results. Millar and Bendis stated that they had many more ideas, but massive scheduling problems forced them out. Instead, they persuaded Warren Ellis to continue the series. Ellis wrote the next arc, "Doom", he made Van Damme a descendant of Dracula, a boy whose childhood ended when he was 10, formed by his severe, authoritarian father. Ellis fleshed out the hard science fiction element behind the FF, namely writing that they gained their powers because the teleportation changed their "phase space condition" into something from an alternate universe. While in the N-Zone, each one of them mutated into another form, it was explained that Reed's body functions because his cells were replaced with "pliable bacterial stacks," single cells which duplicate most of the larger functions of the human body and does not rip or tear when he extends.
The next arc "N-Zone" has the four traveling on the spaceship Awesome to th
The Infinity Gems are six gems appearing in Marvel Comics. The six gems are the Mind, Reality, Soul and Time Gems. In storylines and other media, a seventh gem has been included; the Gems have been used by various characters in the Marvel Universe. The Gems play a prominent role in the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where they are referred to as the Infinity Stones; the first appearance of an Infinity Gem occurred in 1972 in Marvel Premiere #1. It was called a "Soul Gem". In 1976, a second "Soul Gem" appeared in a Captain Marvel story which established that there were six Soul Gems, each with different powers. One year two more "Soul Gems" were introduced in a Warlock crossover involving Spider-Man; the full set of six Gems appeared when the death-obsessed villain Thanos attempted to use them to extinguish every star in the universe. In a 1988 storyline in Silver Surfer vol. 3, the Elders of the Universe tried to use the "Soul Gems" to steal the energy of the world-eating entity Galactus.
In the 1990 limited series The Thanos Quest, Thanos refers to the entire set as "Infinity Gems" for the first time. In this storyline, he steals the Gems for the second time and reveals the Gems to be the last remains of an omnipotent being. Thanos places all six gems within a gauntlet. In the miniseries The Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos uses the Gems to become nearly omnipotent and kills half the universe's population as a gift to his love, the cosmic embodiment of Death. Although he repels an attack by Earth's heroes and other cosmic entities, the Gauntlet is stolen from him by Nebula, who undoes his mass killings. Adam Warlock recovers the Gauntlet and divides the Gems among a group he calls "the Infinity Watch", consisting of himself, the superheroes Gamora, Pip the Troll, Drax the Destroyer and his former adversary Thanos; the group's adventures in defending the Gems appear in the Infinity Watch. The Gems are next gathered by Warlock's evil alter ego, the Magus, in the 1992 limited series The Infinity War, where he is defeated by Warlock and Earth's heroes.
In the 1993 limited series The Infinity Crusade, the Goddess attempts to destroy evil in the universe by destroying free will. The Gems are once again retrieved by the Infinity Watch. In a story arc of the Thanos series, Galactus gathers the six Gems but accidentally allows an interdimensional entity named Hunger access to the Marvel universe. Thanos and Galactus banish the entity and the Gems are scattered again with the exception of the Soul Gem, which Thanos retains for its customary custodian Adam Warlock. In New Avengers: Illuminati, a 2007–2008 limited series, a cabal of Earth's heroes gather the Gems and attempt to wish them out of existence but discover that they must exist as part of the cosmic balance. Instead, the Illuminati hide the Gems. In a 2010 Avengers storyline, the human criminal known as the Hood steals several Gems but is defeated by use of the remaining Gems; the Illuminati wield the Gems to stop another universe from collapsing into their own but the Gems are shattered by the effort.
Afterwards, the vanished Time Gem appears to Captain America and some of the Avengers and transports them into future realities, shattering time in the process. As a result of the Incursions, the entire Multiverse is destroyed. However, Doctor Doom combines fragments of several alternate realities into Battleworld. Doctor Strange gathers Infinity Gems from various realities into a new Infinity Gauntlet, which he leaves hidden until the surviving heroes of Earth-616 return; the Gauntlet is subsequently claimed by T'Challa, who uses it to keep the Beyonder-enhanced Doom occupied until Mister Fantastic can disrupt his power source. Following the recreation of the Multiverse, the Infinity Gems are recreated and scattered across the universe, with their colors switched and some taking on uncut ingot forms. In Marvel Legacy #1, the Space Stone appears on Earth where a Frost Giant working for Loki steals it from a S. H. I. E. L. D. Storage facility, however he is defeated by a resurrected Wolverine. Star-Lord discovers an extra-large Power Stone being protected by the Nova Corps, an alternate universe Peter Quill named Starkill has the Reality Stone.
A future version of Ghost Rider is revealed to possess a shard of the Time Stone, while in the present the complete stone restores the ruined planet of Sakaar and is claimed by the Super-Skrull. The Mind Stone is found on Earth in the hands of petty crook Turk Barrett, the Soul Stone is mentioned to Adam Warlock to be in the hands of his dark aspect, the Magus; the Stones are shown to have a pocket universe existing within each of them. Adam Warlock uses the Soul Stone to grant sentience to each of the Stones, which travel the universe, finding a suitable host and bonding with them; each Gem is shaped like a small oval and is named after, represents, a different characteristic of existence. Possessing any single Gem grants the user the ability to command whatever aspect of existence the Gem represents; the Gems are not immutable. For instance, on two occasions, one or more of the Gems have appeared as deep pink spheres several feet in diameter, while on other occasions, the Gems have appeared in their small oval shape but with different coloring..
In the Ultraverse, after merging i
Excalibur is a fictional superhero group appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. They are depicted as an offshoot of the X-Men based in the United Kingdom. Conceived by writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer Alan Davis, they first appeared in Excalibur Special Edition known as Excalibur: The Sword is Drawn; the first Excalibur consisted of the British superhero, Captain Britain, his lover and three former members of the X-Men. An eponymous Excalibur series featuring the team lasted from 1988 until 1998; the series involved cross-dimensional travel that incorporated as many elements of Captain Britain’s mythos as it did the X-Men’s. Captain Britain reformed Excalibur to defend London in a series entitled New Excalibur, which ran from 2005 until it was replaced in 2008 by Captain Britain and MI13. Between Excalibur’s disbandment and reformation, a short-lived series entitled Excalibur chronicled the efforts of X-Men founder Professor Charles Xavier and his former nemesis, Magneto, to rebuild the mutant homeland of Genosha.
Although written by Claremont with the same title, it had no connection to the superhero team. Excalibur's original creative team, writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer Alan Davis, incorporated elements of two Marvel properties: the X-Men and Captain Britain; the X-Men are a group of mutants—evolved human beings born with extraordinary powers—who use their abilities to defend a society that hates and fears them. Claremont had authored their series since 1976, he borrowed four characters from the X-Men, who formed the team under the mistaken impression their X-Men teammates were dead: Nightcrawler - A German mutant who possesses the ability to teleport, becomes nearly invisible in shadows, has a demon-like appearance. Phoenix - A telekinetic and telepathic young woman from a dystopian future, she plays host to the Phoenix Force, a powerful cosmic entity which once posed as her mother, Jean Grey. Shadowcat - A teenage computer expert with the ability to "phase" through solid objects. Lockheed - A small extraterrestrial dragon kept as Kitty's pet.
A Marvel UK property, co-created by Claremont in 1976, Captain Britain is a protector of Great Britain, endowed with superhuman powers by the legendary wizard, Merlyn. Alan Davis and Alan Moore, during their joint early-1980s stint, established that the Marvel Universe's Captain Britain was one of many from various dimensions and that one of his main roles is guarding the lighthouse, placed at the convergence of realities. Excalibur, which featured shapeshifter Meggan, first gathered together in Excalibur Special Edition #1 and were soon featured in a monthly Excalibur series. With the help of a manic, dimension-hopping robot named Widget, they embarked on a series of adventures through parallel worlds. Claremont left with Excalibur #34. Beginning with Excalibur #42, Davis returned to the series, this time as both writer and penciller, resolved many plotlines Claremont had left unconcluded, he added several new members, including the mystic Feron, the warrior Kylun, the alien Cerise. In a jarring transition, Captain Britain was lost off-panel, Meggan was catatonic from losing him, the newer members were summarily dispatched.
Marvel stationed the team on Muir Island, off the coast of Scotland, tied the series closer to the X-Men family, casting off most Captain Britain-related elements, in addition to the characters that did not have close ties to the X-Universe, like Kylun and Feron. Phoenix was written out and, when Captain Britain returned, he began using the alias "Britannic." Lobdell introduced Douglock, an amalgam of two deceased members of the New Mutants: the techno-organic alien Warlock and the linguistic savant Cypher. Nightcrawler's former lover, the mystic Amanda Sefton joined the team, using the codename Daytripper. Revisions made under Warren Ellis included reverting Britannic back to Captain Britain and adding Pete Wisdom, a cynical British spy who could manifest solar energy in the form of "hot knives" from his fingers. Ellis developed a romantic relationship between Wisdom and Shadowcat. At the insistence of Marvel editors, Ellis added Wolfsbane, a Scottish werewolf-like young woman from the New Mutants and X-Factor, Colossus, the Russian X-Man who can turn his flesh into organic steel.
Sales fell and Marvel canceled the series so Nightcrawler and Colossus could return to the X-Men. The series ended with issue # 125, featuring the wedding of a depowered Captain Britain. In 2001, a four-issue limited series titled Excalibur, featuring Captain Britain, Psylocke, Black Knight, Sir Benedict, Captain U. K. and Crusader X, detailed Captain Britain's rise to become king of the extra-dimensional realm of Otherworld. The solicited cover to issue #1 featured a new costume for Captain Britain, different from the one he received in the comic, the cover was unused. In 2004, Marvel Comics launched a new ongoing series titled Excalibur, this time dealing with the efforts of Professor Xavier and Magneto to rebuild the devastated mutant nation of Genosha. Other cast members included Callisto, another mutant leader and former member of the Morlocks, newcomers such as Wicked, Shola Inkosi, Karima Shapandar. Archangel and Husk appear