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The Crown of Tentacles was part of a set of three crowns created by the Martians who had been touched by the Abyss to channel the power of his Dark Children. Under the influence of the crowns, these Martians tried to break their own world apart to awaken the Darkest Child, who would in turn awaken his brothers to free their nameless father from his prison. However, their plan was thwarted by the Archons, a race of constructs created by the Watchers to guard the Abyss and wait for his eventual return. The nearly destroyed planet was eventually abandoned, with the only Archon who managed to survive the ordeal remaining behind to guard the crowns.[4]

A millennia later,[4] a subversive organization allied with the Dark Children (presumably for power)[5] called the Shadow Council allowed Roxxon to dig up in Mars in the hopes that they could find the three crowns for them. When Roxxon found the Crown of Tentacles, however, they turned against their backers and took the crown for themselves.[4] Word of Roxxon having a Serpent Crown eventually got out, catching the attention of the Secret Avengers, a strike team assembled by Steve Rogers. Transferred to a Roxxon facility in Dubai, the Crown of Tentacles was stolen by the Secret Avengers before the Shadow Council had the chance to do so themselves.[3] The Shadow Council later took advantage of the Secret Avengers going to Mars to investigate the Roxxon drilling facility to steal the Crown of Tentacles from them.[6]

Max Fury (Earth-616) from Secret Avengers Vol 1 30 001

Max Fury wearing the merged crown

Once in possession of all three crowns, Shadow Council leader Max Fury merged them together and donned the merged crown to become the Abyss' vessel, but that didn't work as he was a Life-Model Decoy. The merged crown was then donned by a wounded Taskmaster, who had been shot by Max Fury after delivering him the Crown of Wolves. The possessed Taskmaster proceeded to take control of the minds of the new Masters of Evil, who were assembled by Fury to serve as an army for the dark entity, and the Secret Avengers, who tried in vain to prevent Fury from acquiring the three crowns.[7] The Secret Avengers Agent Venom and Ant-Man, who weren't affected by the Abyss' influence due to one being a symbiote host and the other secretly a Life-Model Decoy, fought against the Abyss as he tried to spread his influence beyond Bagalia and managed to severe his connection to Earth by bonding the Venom symbiote to Taskmaster and unmerging the three crowns.[8] The crowns were then confiscated by the Secret Avengers, who tucked them away, separated in remote vaults across the Microverse.[9]

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