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Quote1 I am from Beyond! Quote2
The Beyonder[src]

The Beyonder is an infamous member of the Beyonder race. Childlike and vastly powerful, he grew up in a universe created by the other Beyonders for their young.[11] He was not aware of other Beyonders and misinterpreted his personal universe as everything in existence.[5][12] While still a child,[3] the older Beyonders began their grand experiment where they transformed Owen Reece into the "Molecule Man";[2] this "accident" poked a hole into the Beyonder's universe.[13][12][1]

Having observed Earth,[5] the Beyonder started various "Secret Wars": He created Battleworld and forced many heroes and villains to fight.[14] Later, he gave himself human form to experience the Marvel Universe.[15] He eventually threatened to end existence but accidentally allowed himself to get killed, or so it seemed.[10] His energy returned to his realm where it evolved into a new universe.[12] After being visited by Kubik and the Shaper of Worlds, two sentient Cosmic Cubes, the Beyonder merged with the Molecule Man to become a new Cosmic Cube.[12]

His time as a Cosmic Cube was short-lived and he eventually returned to being the Beyonder. According to him, he was a kid that was broken and becoming a Cosmic Cube was meant to "fix" him and speedrun through certain larval stages. Now fully-grown, he lived with his fellow Beyonders in the Beyond,[1] until he escaped the House of Ideas.[16]

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The Beyonder from Marvel comics is an incredibly powerful character with a vast array of abilities. He possesses the power to manipulate reality on a virtually infinite scale, which includes matter and energy manipulation. This allows him to generate, absorb, and manipulate near-limitless amounts of energy. He can also easily change states of matter and has the potential to tap into The Power Cosmic and the mystical energies of the Marvel Universe. The Beyonder is endowed with superhuman strength, speed, and durability, and he can regenerate damage done to his body by simply willing it repaired. He also has the ability to teleport himself and others across the vast Multiverse. Additionally, he has vast psionic abilities, which enable him to scan the minds of the entire world, neutralize psychic probes from powerful telepaths, and erase memories about himself from every human being on the planet. His cognitive capacity is such that he can assimilate knowledge from the entire Multiverse.
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The Beyonder, a member of the infamous Beyonder race, came into existence in a universe created by other Beyonders as a place to incubate their young. He grew up in this universe, initially unaware of the existence of other Beyonders and misinterpreting his personal universe as the entirety of existence. His awareness of other realities was sparked when an 'accident' involving the transformation of Owen Reece into the Molecule Man poked a hole into the Beyonder's universe. This event led him to observe Earth and start various 'Secret Wars'.
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The Beyonder and the Molecule Man, also known as Owen Reece, have a complex and tumultuous relationship. The Beyonder, a young member of an ancient race known as the Beyonders, was made aware of the Marvel Universe due to an 'accident' orchestrated by the other Beyonders involving Owen Reece. This led to a series of events where the Beyonder and the Molecule Man found themselves in direct conflict. Their battles were so intense that they threatened to destroy the Earth. However, their relationship wasn't always adversarial. At one point, the Molecule Man even assisted in trying to repair the damage caused by their battles. Despite their conflicts, the Molecule Man was deeply affected by the Beyonder's attempts to become human and his subsequent transformation into a human baby.
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The Beyonders are a nearly omnipotent race from outside the Multiverse. In other words, they are from "Beyond." They were originally created by the Celestials and were tasked with maintaining the Multiverse. The Beyonder, a notable member of this race, has been involved in significant events such as the Secret Wars (1984) and Secret Wars II.
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The Beyonder's childlike nature is significant as it underscores his unique perspective and approach to the universe. Despite his immense power, he is often naive and curious, much like a child. This leads him to observe Earth and its inhabitants, sparking the events of the Secret Wars. His childlike nature also makes him unpredictable, as seen when he threatens to destroy the universe on a whim. This combination of innocence and power makes the Beyonder a fascinating and formidable character in the Marvel Universe.
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The Beyonder is a young member of an ancient race from beyond the Multiverse known as the Beyonders.[3][2][1] The other Beyonders created a universe—a "womb-space"[1]—to incubate this Beyonder.[11] In his personal universe, the Beyonder was everything.[17][10][12]

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While he was still growing up,[3] the other Beyonders orchestrated the "accident" of Owen Reece, the Molecule Man.[2] A hole was poked into the Beyonder's universe which caused him to be aware of the Marvel Universe.[13][12][1]

The Beyonder observed Earth for a number of years,[5] drawn to the planet by a tachyon beam,[18] and was fascinated to discover that the beings living within Earth's reality were not each a creation complete unto themselves. Within his universe the Beyonder was complete; indeed he was all of his reality. As a consequence, he was naturally surprised to discover that Earth's beings were merely a part of a greater whole making up their universe; one that was itself but a member of a larger collection of universes, perhaps of transfinite extent, called a multiverse! Hence, each sentient being on Earth was, in the Beyonder's unique point of view, inherently "incomplete" and thereby [he assumed] must strive to find some way to remedy its incompleteness. For this reason the Beyonder decided that the driving force of all sentient beings must be desire—an emotional state previously unknown to him—which manifested itself as a longing to grow; to be; to evolve into something that one is currently not in order to achieve a sense of completeness. Indeed, upon the realization that he (as he heretofore thought) was not all that existed, he began to view himself as incomplete, and, as a result, found that he too now felt desire.[19]

Secret Wars[]

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Creating Battleworld

To investigate the nature of desire, the Beyonder undertook an experiment.[5] Various superpowered adventurers from Earth, including the Hulk, Spider-Man,[20] and members of the Avengers, Fantastic Four, and X-Men, went to New York City's Central Park to investigate an enormous circular construct which had materialized in the park's Sheep Meadow. Upon entering the construct, the adventurers (as well as the construct itself) were teleported to an area of space-time near a galaxy far from the vicinity of Earth's. Similarly, a large number of costumed criminals, including the Absorbing Man, Doctor Doom, Doctor Octopus, the Enchantress, Kang, the Lizard, the Molecule Man, Ultron, the Wrecking Crew, as well as the planet-devourer Galactus, found themselves in another construct in the same area.[14]

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A voice from beyond!

Aboard the constructs the passengers watched in awe as the galaxy nearest to them was annihilated by an unseen force, except for a single star. Then, before their eyes, a planet, which became known as Battleworld, was created to orbit that star. Finally, a rift opened in space-time, from which poured a blinding light, and the passengers within the constructs heard a voice telling them, "I am from beyond! Slay your enemies and all you desire shall be yours! Nothing you dream of is impossible for me to accomplish!" The passengers were then sent to Battleworld.[14] There, over the next several days, they engaged in a "secret war" amongst themselves; most of the criminals sought to destroy the heroic adventurers in order to gain the prize that the Beyonder had promised.[21]

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The Beyonder after taking back his power from Doom

In the course of the "secret war," Doctor Doom used technological means to steal the Beyonder's apparently unlimited power and absorbed it into himself.[22] Too weakened to strike back against Doom, the Beyonder secretly took possession of the body of Klaw,[23] who had been resurrected on Battleworld[24] after his seeming destruction by Dazzler.[25] The Beyonder took control of Klaw's subconscious mind and thus motivated him to encourage Doom's fears of his superhuman opponents in the "secret war" as well as playing upon Doom's own deep-seated doubts over his ability to control his newly gained powers. The Beyonder also had Klaw persuade Doom to grant him part of his power. Then, when Doom was struggling to control it during a battle with Captain America, the Beyonder left Klaw's body and reclaimed his full power. The Beyonder then vanished, and the participants in the "secret war" returned to the various places from which they had been transported.[23]

Secret Wars II[]

Months later, the Beyonder arrived on Earth to continue his study of humanity and of desire. He had never possessed a true form of his own before, but now he created for himself a physical form that resembled a composite of the bodies of various participants in the "secret war," in order that he could walk amongst humanity and fulfill his own desire for experience in this world. Next he gave himself a body identical to that of the Molecule Man. To study the effects of enabling someone to fulfill his fantasies, the Beyonder transformed television writer Stewart Cadwall into the armored Thundersword. Cadwall ran amok in his new identity, and was opposed and defeated by various costumed adventurers.[19]

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With Captain America's body

Subsequently, the Beyonder gave himself a body identical to that of Captain America.[26] He thereafter encountered a number of costumed adventurers, but found it difficult to understand — even to relate to — counsel offered him about the nature of life by some of them. The Beyonder then met an underworld figure named Vinnie, whom, seeking to make use of his superhuman powers, became his "guide" to the world. Under Vinnie's influence the Beyonder sought wealth, pleasure, and power over others. He further altered his physical appearance, giving himself black curly hair and maintained this form for most of the rest of his existence on Earth.[5]

The Beyonder finally parted company with Vinnie, and used his powers to take complete control of every mind and even the very atoms making up the matter on Earth. However, the Beyonder was dissatisfied with this and found neither pleasure in, nor a point to, the servitude of others when they were compelled through subterfuge to act like automatons. Hence, he released everyone and everything on Earth from his control; wiped out even the memories of his conquest of Earth — although he did allow some few of them to retain a vague reminiscence of it.[5]

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Preferred appearance

The Beyonder continued to experiment with experiencing love affairs with human beings. On a journey to the Andromeda Galaxy to locate the Avengers, he was responsible for the escape of their foe Nebula. To study the effects of the desire for revenge, the Beyonder transformed Thor's enemy, the Dark Elf Algrim into the powerful menace "Kurse". He also saved Elizabeth Twoyoungmen, then known as "Talisman", from entrapment in an other-dimensional world. The Beyonder sought to make Alison Blaire (Dazzler), his lover, and even went so far as to bestow half of his power upon her so that they would be equals. However, she was not in love with him, and the disappointed Beyonder, once more in possession of his full power, parted from her.[27]

Now the Beyonder's mood began to change. He found desire a nuisance, and wondered whether he should continue to study it or just return to the Beyond-Realm, where he would feel complete unto himself. He briefly had the young superhuman mutant called Boom-Boom as a companion, and terrified her when he threatened to destroy the entire universe on a whim. She alerted the Avengers as to his threat, and they in turn informed other superhuman champions.[28]

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Playing around

Deciding he could not simply return to the Beyond-Realm and forget that he had ever experienced desire, the Beyonder remained on Earth but fell into despair. The sorcerer Doctor Strange advised him to find a purpose in life, and so the Beyonder decided to become a champion of life like Strange himself. He met a journalist by the name of Dave Shooter, who was looking to interview him, Dave became flabbergasted by the Beyonder other worldly origins and since he sympathized with his quest to become a force of good, joined him in his quest, helping him start an organization that would inform him of recent catastrophes he could stop. The Beyonder now acted as a "super hero" both on Earth and on other planets, but still seemed uncertain of his role in the universe, especially after Captain America and Mister Fantastic advised him of their fears that humanity would become overly dependent on the Beyonder to solve their problems for them, which Shooter dismissed as them worrying about Beyonder "Stealing [their] thunder". Encouraged by his aide, the Beyonder overcame his own doubts, and due to certain wording he used during a press conference, Beyonder concluded that the only role big enough for him to fulfill as a hero was the destruction of Death itself. He then arranged for Death to meet with them on a dinner, and give her a coup fill with his own power in order to erase her from the universe, thus earning the wrath of Mephisto, the "satanic" ruler of an other-dimensional realm of the dead, Mephisto attacked the Beyonder and tried to kill Dave, however, even on a weakened state The Beyonder proved to still be the mightiest being of existence, easily wiping out Mephisto army, when several other all powerful entities then appear, including Eternity and the In-Betweener they pleaded to the Beyonder to stop himself least he really did irrevocable damage to the universe, Dave however argued that immortal being could never comprehend what death really is to regular people, and proceeded to give Death the coup anyway. The Molecule Man, however, the appeared and told the Beyonder that existence was meaningless without death, and lamenting the fact that he couldn't bring her back, Dave offered to give his life, since that was the price necessary to bring Death back, and so from the seed of the first death, the Beyonder was able to use his powers on Dave, who then turned into a skeleton, then the form of death and finally disappeared in a cloud of smoke. The Beyonder the destroyed his own bases and sought to start again, complaining about being tired despite his continuing omnipotence.[29]

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Beyonder vs. everyone

The Beyonder went to a South Seas island to contemplate. While there an army of superhuman criminals assembled by Mephisto attacked him, but he was saved by the Thing. Inspired by the Thing's heroism, the Beyonder decided to inspire others in turn to find their true role in life. But, again, the Beyonder used his powers to control the minds of others to do so. After the Puma failed to kill him, he became convinced that he was wasting his time in trying to enlighten others.[30]

Furious, the Beyonder now believed that he had no role in the universe at all, and decided that he would be happier if he destroyed the Multiverse so that he would be alone once more. His powers were feared by the gods themselves. He slaughtered most of the New Mutants and did battle with the Avengers and Rachel Summers, a.k.a. Phoenix. Finally, many of Earth's costumed champions joined forces to stop the Beyonder once and for all, but none succeeded.[13]

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Battling the Molecule Man

In an underground sanctum sanctorum deep beneath the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the Beyonder decided that perhaps he could find the contentment he sought by becoming a mortal being. The Beyonder created a vast machine necessary to bring about this transformation and tested it by resurrecting the New Mutants that he had killed earlier. He then turned it on himself thus becoming a mortal being with no superhuman powers. He was then (not surprisingly) immediately confronted again by the vengeful Mephisto. The Beyonder quickly reclaimed his tremendous power and immortality, and decided that, in order to protect himself from his foes, he would use the machine to transform himself into a mortal being—but one who still retained his full power. The Molecule Man and the assembled costumed heroes then attacked the Beyonder in his sanctum, but he defeated them all.[10]

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Apparent demise

Ultimately, the Beyonder entered the machine and was transformed by it into a mortal infant and which then began transferring the Beyonder's vast power into this newly created form. The machine was then to rapidly age his infant form into an adult and release him. Believing that he must take what seemed to him the only chance he might have to save the multiverse from being destroyed by the Beyonder eventually, the Molecule Man destroyed the machine, thereby killing the infant within. The machine's destruction unleashed the Beyonder's titanic energy, which the Molecule Man projected into another dimension. Hence the Beyonder's energy caused the creation of a new universe.[10]

Secret Wars 3[]

In this universe, the Beyonder was anything and everything. All of the religions therein were warped around him and he was the center of it all. One day, the Fantastic Four, with the Thing, She-Thing, Human Torch, and Doctor Doom, showed up in his universe. This disturbed the Beyonder because he was finally content with his existence and wanted to forget about the other universe that he had once lived in.[12]

Doctor Doom asked the Beyonder to make his mind complete. As he recounted, Doom participated in the first Secret War despite the fact that he had already died; in the second Secret War, it was revealed that Doom had secretly swapped minds with Norman McArthur. The Beyonder encountered "Norman" and sent Doom back in time to the first Secret War to fix the paradox but without the memories of Doom's time as Norman. The Beyonder considered this request to be reasonable but was stopped by Shaper of Worlds and Kubik. The Molecule Man and Marsha Rosenberg also arrived with the intent of stopping the Beyonder. The Molecule Man explained that Doom could not control the power of the Beyonder in the first Secret War because his mind was incomplete. With a complete mind, he could possibly control it.[12]

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Becoming a Cosmic Cube

After Doom's plan was foiled, the Beyonder was told that his creation was actually the result of the creation of a faulty Cosmic Cube by the extradimensional Beyonders. Although he rejected the notion at first, he finally submitted to being reshaped into a Cube alongside the Molecule Man. As the Beyonder no longer exists, his universe also ceased to exist. Doom used the Cube to restore his memories but Kubik and the Shaper of Worlds stopped him before he could take its power.[12] The two sentient Cosmic Cubes took the new Cube, which would become sentient itself and the entity known as Kosmos.[6]


Kosmos chose to present as female due to believing that her previous psychological deficits were due to the Beyonder presenting as male. Kosmos went off to explore the Marvel Universe with Kubik: venturing into its different dimensions; learning about its many mystical, demonic, and cosmic beings; testing the Fantastic Four; and pondering about the origin of the Celestials.[6][31][32]

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The Maker, formerly Kosmos

Before becoming Kosmos, the Cosmic Cube had expelled Owen Reece from itself as it only needed his power to be complete and not the man himself.[6] He eventually regained his power as the Molecule Man but damaged his relationship with Marsha.[33] Months later, while contemplating his life alone, his evil persona took over and sought revenge against the Beyonder. The "true" Molecule Man pulled the Beyonder's essence from within Kosmos, causing her to fade. In their rematch, the Molecule Man managed to defeat the Beyonder, but Kubik arrived and begged the Molecule Man to return the Beyonder's essense to Kosmos. Seeing Kubik's love for Kosmos, the Molecule Man reverted back to Owen Reece and restored Kosmos.[34]

The Maker[]

Under unrevealed circumstances, Kosmos left Kubik, went mad, turned herself into a mortal called the "Maker," and obliviously slaughtered 64,000 colonists of a Shi'ar agrarian settlement. Oracle revealed that the source of her madness was the Beyonder aspect inside of her. For her crime, the Maker was sent to the Kyln, a galactic prison for the most dangerous criminals. As she was being held there, she was revered but rarely seen. After discovering that the Maker was the Beyonder, Thanos came to see her, and in a deranged state, she destroyed a large portion of the Kyln. Having survived, Thanos rendered the Maker unconscious but did not kill her for he knew that doing so would unleash the true Beyonder from his/her weakened, mortal body. Thanos planned to keep the Maker alive to keep the Beyonder trapped in the only "prison" that could contain him.[35]

The Kyln was later attacked and destroyed by the Annihilation Wave.[36] The Maker was killed in the attack; her corpse was found by the Fallen One, confirming Thanos' fear that the Beyonder had been freed.[37] However, he emerged as a fully-grown Beyonder and was seemingly no longer a malicious entity. The process of becoming a Cosmic Cube, then Kosmos and the Maker, then back to the Beyonder supposedly fixed him and matured him, though he admitted that he may always be a little broken.[1]

The Lost One[]

When the Lost One, the alleged owner of all the Beyonders' power, returned to reclaim his power from them,[38] the Beyonder devised a plan to trap him on Earth as a new prison.[39] He attacked four other Beyonders and turned them into crystals.[40] Meanwhile, he manipulated the Avengers from behind the scenes and had them get ahold of these crystals.[41] When the Avengers noticed something was amiss, they forcibly manifested the Beyonder, who explained the situation.[38] The crystals were used to power a shield to protect the planet from the Lost One, but the Beyonder turned off the shield and turned it back on once the Lost One was inside.[39] Although his plan worked, the other Beyonders were not pleased that he used other Beyonders to do it, so they stripped him of his power and banished him to Earth.[40] Anticipating this, he had preemptively extracted the memory of how to disable the shield from his mind and then reabsorbed it. The Beyonder made a deal with the Lost One, who proceeded to disable the shield, in exchange for restoring his cosmic power, but the Lost One dissipated the Beyonder instead, apparently turning him amnesiac.[42] At some point, the Beyonder regained his memories and rejoined the other Beyonders in the Beyond.[1]


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The Beyonder, now an adult, with other Beyonders

The Beyonder encountered the Defenders in their journey into the "Mystery" beyond the Far Shore, outside the Multiverse. After informing them about the Beyonders, he and the other Beyonders wanted the Defenders to go back inside the Multiverse; however, the Defenders resisted. The Defenders went further beyond into the White Hot Room and the Beyonder followed as he was caught in Loki's narrative arc. He joined them on their journey and went into the Land of Couldn't-Be-Shouldn't-Be and then the House of Ideas.[43]

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Upon reaching the House, he hid himself until the Defenders finished their business. At the end, he proclaimed himself "The" Beyonder, freed himself from the House of Ideas, and stated that he would return on his own terms.[16]


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Rematch with the Molecule Man affecting the Multiverse

The original Beyonder was considered to be the most powerful being in the multiverse, having power surpassing Cosmic Entities, such as the Living Tribunal and Eternity.[29] Additional powers include teleportation, flight, the ability to choose his own physical resistances and attributes. However, The Beyonder went through several retcons, which significantly reduced his power. The retcons made the Beyonder arguably weaker than many Cosmic Entities.

Reality Warping: In all of his versions, The Beyonder has the general ability to manipulate reality [44] on a virtually infinite scale.

  • Psionic Abilities: He was capable of causing multiversal wide destruction and took over the entire earth with a mere thought. He also had vast psionic abilities, which enabled him to scan the minds of the entire world,[15] neutralize psychic probes from powerful telepaths,[45] erase the memories about himself from every human being on the planet,[5] among other abilities. Inherent in his near-limitless psionic abilities, the Beyonder has the potential to affect reality in a manner that could, in theory, simulate virtually any power.
    • Nigh-Omniscience: His cognitive capacity and super-senses were described as godlike. These abilities allowed the Beyonder to effectively detect the Marvel Universe was a many-layered Multiverse,[46] to appraise the Hulk's potential strength and figure out the events that had recently transpired with him,[13] to estimate the destructive power of the Molecule Man's attacks,[13] etc. The Beyonder also displayed enough awareness to exert control over matter down to the subatomic level,[5] and to probe the countless levels of existence involved in his battle against the Celestials in all its facets and nuances.[28]
  • Teleportation: The Beyonder possesses the ability to teleport himself across the vast Multiverse, as well as the ability to move others from one place to another via teleportation, such as the heroes and villains he moved through space-time to his 'Battleworld' construct in the original Secret Wars.
  • Matter Manipulation: The Beyonder possesses vast matter manipulating abilities. He can also easily change states of matter, and has a host of other different powers.
  • Energy Manipulation: The Beyonder, due to his reality manipulation powers and physiology, is able to generate, absorb, and manipulate near-limitless amounts of energy. He also has the potential to tap into The Power Cosmic, and the mystical energies of the Marvel Universe.
  • Superhuman Strength: He is endowed with superhuman strength of such an extent that it is potentially incalculable. When he applied for U.C.W.F. membership he lifted five times what the Thing lifted during his audition.[47]
  • Superhuman Durability: The Beyonder possesses vast resistance to physical damage but beings with vast strength like the Thing have been able to hurt him by using their full power in the past.[47]
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: Using his ability to manipulate reality, he can, in effect, regenerate damage done to his body by simply willing it repaired.[47]
  • Superhuman Agility: The Beyonder possesses incredible agility and acrobatic prowess.[47]
  • Flight


The Beyonder possesses no inherent weaknesses, but he was, at one time, stripped of his powers by Doctor Doom in Battleworld and later became mortal through his own devices by investing his power into a machine. It is possible for the Beyonder to be weakened, albeit by performing such a great feat as destroying a fundamental force of the universe such as Death. Even in this state, however, he was incredibly powerful, having enough strength to at least banish a legion of demons back to Hell in one motion.[29] The Puma when in perfect harmony with the universe was also claimed to be able to destroy the Beyonder. The Beyonder also had to exert himself in battle against the Molecule Man (who was a multiversal level entity), and he was overloaded by the Rachel Summers Phoenix, after which he collapsed on the ground, though only after granting her enough power to do so.[48] Despite this, he was claimed to be either omnipotent or nigh omnipotent on different occasions, and to have power millions of times greater than Multiversal scale. Similarly, despite claiming to be omniscient, he had no knowledge of the multiverse outside of his own realm, and had to learn everything by experience.[44] Lastly, while in his own words "technically omnipotent" this depends on the circumstances he is placed in as he doubted he would even stand a chance against the true Phoenix Force in the White Hot Room which suggests that the limits of his powers or how he measures up to other cosmic beings depends on the context of the situation (such as location or the authority of the other cosmic being in the hierarchy of existence). [49]



Extra-dimensional teleportation using his own power.


  • The Beyonder has been retconned many times.
    • The Beyonder was first introduced as a being from outside the Multiverse.[14] He was "the One Who Is All" in another universe that was supposedly so large that the Marvel Universe compared to it was like "a droplet of water to the ocean."[15] He was his entire realm to the point that it cannot exist without him,[10] and claimed to be bigger than the entire Multiverse.[29] His power was allegedly "millions of times more than all the rest of the power of the Multiverse combined."[10]
    • In Fantastic Four #319, he was revealed to a faulty Cosmic Cube. The Beyonder's realm turned out to be just a pocket of energy that the Beyonders created and Cosmic Cubes are containment units for this energy via a force field. Owen Reece's "accident" poked a hole into this realm and some of the energy transformed him into the Molecule Man; the rest of the energy became the Beyonder. The Beyonder and the Molecule Man fused to become a complete Cosmic Cube.
    • In New Avengers: Illuminati (Vol. 2) #3, it was revealed that the Beyonder was an Inhuman-mutant hybrid. The Illuminati supposedly confronted the Beyonder about this. Jonathan Hickman clarified that this Beyonder was just a construct.[50]
    • In New Avengers (Vol. 3) #30, the Beyonder was revealed to be a child version of the older Beyonders, a.k.a. the Ivory Kings responsible for the destruction of the Multiverse. Furthermore, the Molecule Man was revealed to be a multiversal bomb and his "accident" was orchestrated by the other Beyonders.[2] The Beyonder's realm was changed to be one of the incubation units for the Beyonders' young.[11]
    • In Defenders: Beyond #2, the origin of the entire Beyonder race was revealed. They were creations of the Celestials, created after the Celestial War to maintain the first ever Multiverse, the Second Cosmos. They stayed outside of all future Multiverses in the Beyond after the Second Cosmos ended. They were also revealed to be the "Omegas" that appeared in Defenders (Vol. 4). Additionally, the Beyonder became an adult; he was "broken" and all the Cosmic Cube stuff from before was the act of fixing him and "speedrunning" through certain larval stages.
    • In Avengers Beyond #1, the Beyonder race was revealed to be created by Cal-Horra (clarified to be a creation of the Celestials in Avengers Beyond #45) and their power originated from him.
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The Beyonder recapping Secret Wars 1, Secret Wars 2, and Secret Wars 3 in the current canon

  • As a note regarding his retcon history, the Beyonder was not confirmed to be a member of the Beyonder race until the child retcon from New Avengers (Vol. 3) #30. He was called the "Beyonder" because he was from "beyond" and not as an indication of his race, especially since he did not know there are other beings called "Beyonders" before being told it.[12] He (or she, as Kosmos) was previously established to be one of the sentient Cosmic Cubes (like the Shaper of Worlds and Kubik).[12][6]
    • As a consequence of his retcons, the other sentient Cosmic Cubes may be Beyonders in a "larval stage."[1]


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  • The Beyonder modelled his "human" body after Captain America,[51] though he would later change the hairstyle.[5]
    • His hair is seemingly only superficially black. At the end of Secret Wars II, the Beyonder created a machine that would essentially let him give birth to himself; his powerless "son"-selves had blonde hair like Steve Rogers. When he regained his powers, his hair became black again.[10]
  • Galactus was the one who first called this being the "Beyonder."[14] The Beyonder does not recognize this as his true name.[27] Initially, when asked for a name, the Beyonder usually responded with "I am from Beyond!"[52] or "People call me the Beyonder!"[29] He eventually embraced the moniker.[34]
    • Other Beyonders call this Beyonder the "Broken One,"[1] the "Defective One,"[4] or "that mere child."[4]
  • Spider-Man had to teach the Beyonder how to use the bathroom.[15]
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  • In Avengers #260, the Beyonder creates his iconic battlesuit. When he is seen wearing it in Avengers #261, he has a mark on his chest that is not present in the debut issue. Even stranger, the Beyonder is shown shirtless without the mark,[27][47] so it only (inconsistently) appears while he wears his armor. The Beyonder dons his armor again in Fantastic Four #319 without the mark; however, the mark appears when he wears the armor in Fantastic Four Annual #27.
    • In Defenders: Beyond, the mark reappears as a clearly-defined omega symbol (Ω). It is part of a retcon to the Beyonders where they are revealed to be the "Omegas" that appear in Defenders (Vol. 4),[1] who are previously shown to put omega symbols on their bodies.[53]
  • Although the Beyonder is usually male, he can become female if he wishes to and is open to having male love interests.[27] As Kosmos, she is female by choice.[6]

See Also

Links and References


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Defenders: Beyond #2
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 New Avengers (Vol. 3) #33
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 New Avengers (Vol. 3) #30
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld #1
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 Secret Wars II #3
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Fantastic Four Annual #23
  7. 7.0 7.1 Thanos #8
  8. Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #111
  9. Daredevil #223
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Secret Wars II #9
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Secret Wars: Official Guide to the Marvel Multiverse #1 ; Secret Wars II's entry
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 Fantastic Four #319
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Secret Wars II #8
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Secret Wars II #2
  16. 16.0 16.1 Defenders: Beyond #5
  17. Avengers #265
  18. Fall of the Hulks: Alpha #1
  19. 19.0 19.1 Secret Wars II #1
  20. Amazing Spider-Man #251
  21. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #29
  22. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1011
  23. 23.0 23.1 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #12
  24. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #6
  25. Dazzler #9
  26. Uncanny X-Men #196
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Secret Wars II #4
  28. 28.0 28.1 Secret Wars II #5
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 29.4 Secret Wars II #6
  30. Secret Wars II #7
  31. Fantastic Four #351
  32. Fantastic Four Annual #26
  33. Fantastic Four Annual #24
  34. 34.0 34.1 Fantastic Four Annual #27
  35. Thanos #810
  36. Annihilation #1
  37. Annihilation: Silver Surfer #3
  38. 38.0 38.1 Avengers Beyond #1
  39. 39.0 39.1 Avengers Beyond #3
  40. 40.0 40.1 Avengers Beyond #4
  41. All-Out Avengers #15
  42. Avengers Beyond #5
  43. Defenders: Beyond #15
  44. 44.0 44.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #1
  45. New Mutants #30
  46. Incredible Hulk #312
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 47.4 Thing #30
  48. Uncanny X-Men #202
  49. Defenders: Beyond #3
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  51. Captain America #308
  52. Secret Wars II #13
  53. Defenders (Vol. 4) #3
  54. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #1
  55. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol 1 1