A point in a dimension through which access to other dimensions or time periods is more easily achieved than at other points.
Nexus Beings are rare individual entities with the ability to affect probability and thus the future, thereby altering the flow of the Universal Time Stream. These beings, each referred to as a nexus, act as the keystones of the Multiverse and are crucial to its ultimate coherence and stability. Nexus Beings are vigilantly watched over by cosmic forces such as the Time Variance Authority and the Time-Keepers to be aware of any temporal changes that the nexi may cause to the Time Stream and act accordingly.
One nexus being alone supposedly exists on each of the parallel worlds of the Multiverse, personifies the character of their respective realm, and serves as the focal point or anchor of that reality. Each being also acts as the node of mystic energy for the their respective world. The physics of the dimensional universe also dictate that no two nexus beings can exist on the same plane of reality, and can only project onto other realms with an active nexus being as an apparition.
Nexus Beings also have the potential to produce unbelievably powerful offspring, as it was mentioned that any born of the Scarlet Witch, Nexus Being of Reality 616, would be powerful enough to stand among the Great Forces of their Universe and rock the cosmos itself.
Each Nexus Being supposedly has a power unique to themselves (e.g. Geomancy, Sorcery, Psychometry, Necromancy, Hex Power, etc.) despite all having the potential to change probability.
Known Nexus Beings include Scarlet Witch, Lore, Eleyn, Leonard Tippit, Sise-Neg, Merlin, Kang the Conqueror, Franklin Richards of Earth-772, Vision of Earth-90110, Jean Grey of Earth-9250, and Odin Borson of Earth-9260.
The Ninth Cosmos is the denomination given to the Multiverse following its natural heat death and the murder of Sentience of the Universe by the Hulk, who had been possessed by the One Below All and systematically killed all other immortals. As the Breaker-Apart, Hulk destroyed all life in this cosmos with one refugee, a modified Tiding-fly retreating into the former cosmos.
A term used to identify someone of Japanese origin. According to Dictionary.com its usage began in 1859, deriving from the word "Nippon" the Japanese word for Japan (itself derived from the Japanese words "Ni" meaning "sun" and "Pon" meaning "source").
The term was commonly used during World War II and was heavily used in Timely, Atlas and early Marvel Comics publications. Its usage was stopped around the late 1960's, as it became associated with the racial slur "Nip", a derogatory term describing a Japanese person made popular in the United States during World War II.
The No Prize is a reward given out to fans who get a letter printed in a Marvel comic, which points out a mistake within a series and comes up with a clever excuse for it being printed. Stan Lee would print the letter in a later edition and tell the reader they "valiantly won a No Prize", which was nothing.
The No Prize originally started out in 1964 as a joke from the staff to the readers. In Fantastic Four #26, Lee ran a contest asking readers to send in their definition of what The Marvel Age of Comics really meant. As part of the letter, Lee wrote "there will be no prizes, and therefore, no losers." The term soon stuck about the same time the Merry Marvel Marching Society started, and so Lee started giving away No Prizes to letter writers. At first, Lee would start up contests for No Prizes, asking readers questions and requesting their creative responses. One example asked readers for proof of whether the Sub-Mariner is a mutant or not. Winners would have their letters printed along with Lee congratulating them on getting a No Prize.
Later, Lee would give No Prizes out to whomever he felt deserved them in his Stan's Soapbox column, using the phrase "meritorious service to the cause of Marveldom" as justification. But some fans would write in literally demanding a No Prize for no real reason. Lee decided to take on a new approach. Other comic companies had given out prizes in the past for pointing out oversights and continuity errors in their books. So Lee started doing the same thing, and awarded No Prizes to people who found errors in the books. Which at the time was quite a feat since Marvel was well known for its continuity.
At first Lee hoped it would be a joke on nit-pickers whose only prize would be the fun of getting recognition for their efforts. The letters soon tripled as fans wrote in looking for errors in every comic they could, and suddenly the non-existent prize was in high demand. In 1967, Lee took the demand to a new level and had several Marvel envelopes printed up with special printing on the front indicating the recipient had won the No Prize, and was concealed in the envelope. The letters, of course, were empty. But even this was a problem as fans would write back asking where their prize was, even going so far as to say their prize must have fallen out of the envelope, not catching on to the joke.
As Lee started withdrawing from the letter writing, the rest of the Marvel's editorial staff were soon let in on the joke and were allowed to send out their own No Prizes to readers. However, with everyone in charge of their own set of books, they soon made their own rules up on how people would receive a No Prize. Daredevil editor Ralph Macchio would give them out to anyone who asked for one, while Mike Higgins wouldn't give any out at all. There was even one editor who gave them out to people who didn't ask for one.
The most vocal editor of the No Prizes was Mark Gruenwald, who started giving them out to people who not only pointed out an error, but also wrote up a clever explanation as to why it wasn't an error. However in July 1986, Gruenwald announced in his Mark's Remarks column that he would no longer give out No Prizes. The reason being that people were really nit-picking at everything with no interest in the story, and ultimately defeated the purpose behind the entire idea. Even citing one letter where a fan only wrote in to comment that Captain America's glove was yellow in one panel instead of red and that they deserved a No Prize. The process was modified so that Gruenwald would highlight a "Letter of the Month" from an impressive fan in the Letters Pages instead. Gruenwald ended his column by saying everyone deserved a No-Prize who wanted one, and included a copy of the No-Prize envelope on the Letters Page for anyone who wanted one. With one of the No-Prize's biggest supporters stepping down, the prize began to decline and was eventually discontinued.
On July 31st, 2006, Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort instituted a Digital No-Prize to be awarded for "Meritorious Service to Marveldom". The first of these was awarded on August 12th, 2006 to a group of Marvel fans who donated a large number of comics to U.S. service members stationed in Iraq.
The Nova Force is a source of energy first harnessed by a race of humanoid extraterrestrials known as the Xandarians. This energy is monitored by the Xandarian Worldmind. Similar to the Power Cosmic, it is a near-limitless energy source and has many ill-defined capabilities, though its primary power appears to be the ability to manipulate gravity fields.
Since the events of the Cancerverse invasion, the Nova Force was trapped in the Cancerverse, in the possession of Richard Rider, until he escaped the Cancerverse with the assistance of Sam Alexander.
Members of the Nova Corps are invested with a small portion of the Nova Force, which is the source of their abilities. The basic abilities of a Nova Corpsman include gravimetric flight, reduced need for oxygen, reduced need for food/water, gravimetric shield generation, and various types of energy beam projection.
It's been implied that different ranks of Nova Corps officers control different amounts of the Nova Force, with the current Nova Prime controlling the largest amount and leading the Corps.
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