- Thanos's fear and hatred drove him to seek omnipotence so that no one would have control over him. My vision took me beyond that juvenile passion.
- -- Magus
Appearing in "Nefarious Rhapsodies"
- Infinity Watch
- Fantastic Four
- Avengers West Coast
- New Warriors
- Alpha Flight
- She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters)
- Hulk (Bruce Banner)
- Daredevil (Matt Murdock)
- Darkhawk (Christopher Powell)
- Moon Knight (Marc Spector)
- Quasar (Wendell Vaughn)
- Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange)
- Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd)
- Nova (Frankie Raye)
- Doctor Druid (Anthony Druid)
- Agatha Harkness
- Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom)
- Kang the Conqueror (Nathaniel Richards)
- Magus (Universal Church of Truth)
- Iron Man doppelganger
- Mister Fantastic doppelganger
- Thanos' Doppelganger
- Gambit doppelganger (First appearance)
- U. S. Agent doppelganger (First appearance)
- Daredevil doppelganger
- Puck doppelganger
- Quicksilver doppelganger (First appearance)
- Black Knight doppelganger
- Darkhawk doppelganger (First appearance)
- Namorita doppelganger (First appearance)
- Speedball doppelganger
- Moon Shade (Moon Knight doppelganger)
- Multiple Man doppelganger (First appearance)
- Beast doppelganger
- Northstar doppelganger (First appearance)
- Spider-Woman doppelganger (First appearance)
- Weapon Omega doppelganger (First appearance)
- Wolfsbane doppelganger
- Black Cat (Felicia Hardy)
- Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff)
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
- Hawkeye (Clint Barton)
- Living Tribunal
Races and Species:
- Human-Olympian Hybrids
- Atlantean-Human Hybrids
- Cosmic Beings
- Abstract Entities
- Captain America's Shield
- Captain America's Uniform
- Cyclops' Visor
- Cloak of Levitation
- Quantum Bands
- Eye of Agamotto
- Black Widow's Gauntlets
- Photon Sword
- Soul Gem
- Mind Gem
- Power Gem
- Space Gem
- Time Gem
Synopsis for "Nefarious Rhapsodies"
A gamma bomb destroys the top of Four Freedoms Plaza. However, Invisible Woman manages to hold the blast back with a forcefield, and Thor creates a whirlwind to carry the nuclear fallout into space. The heroes begin to confront the doppelgangers of Mister Fantastic and Iron Man. The Magus and Thanos' Doppelganger suddenly teleport in, and quickly escape with the imposters. The heroes mistake them for Adam Warlock and the original Thanos. Shaman senses deep mystic energy, and suggests enlisting a more powerful mage to help. Hulk says Doctor Strange is unavailable, so Scarlet Witch intends to contact substitutes.
Galactus, Doctor Strange, Nova, and Silver Surfer travel through a dimensional corridor. They are secretly followed by Doctor Doom and Kang.
Thanos and the Infinity Watch examine a column of "quasi-mystical" energy. They teleport away to trace its source.
Wonder Man informs Captain America that he found Spider-Man and Hawkeye unconscious. The two heroes are on their way to the hospital. Black Cat and Black Widow volunteer to stand guard and protect them. Hank Pym, Invisible Woman, and Vision study data on Mister Fantastic's computer. They discover energy receptors throughout the galaxy, and apparent coordinates to the transmission source.
In his fortress, Magus monitors the heroes and reveals that he had planted those coordinates. He also explains that the gamma bomb was simply meant to confuse and distract the heroes, rather than destroy them.
Scarlet Witch returns with Agatha Harkness and Doctor Druid. Along with Shaman, they offer to transport the heroes to the energy source. Quasar contacts Captain America from the Dimension of Manifestations. He reports that Eternity has been rendered catatonic. Captain America recalls Quasar back to Earth.
The Magus detects that Galactus and his crew are moving ahead of schedule. In order to delay them, the Magus explodes their ship. He then explains his megalomaniacal motivations to Thanos' doppelganger.
Thinking they had found the energy source, Doctor Doom and Kang find a relay transmitter instead. They reset their machines and cloak themselves. Thanos' doppelganger detects their presence as "odd energy fluctuations," but the Magus assumes the reading is simply a result of the relay transmitter. Thanos and the Infinity Watch arrive. While they wait for their own equipment to reset, Thanos and Warlock discuss the direction of Adam's life.
Earth's heroes form an expeditionary force, and the mystics cast their teleportation spell.
The Magus and Thanos' doppelganger watch as the Living Tribunal confronts Eternity. Next, they send an army of doppelgangers to attack the heroes who remained at Four Freedoms Plaza.
Thanos and the Infinity Watch get ready to leave the relay transmitter site. However, the expeditionary force arrives and surrounds them.
- Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #44 and Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #68–#69 take place between Infinity War #2 and this story.
- Fantastic Four #368, Guardians of the Galaxy #27–#29, New Warriors #27, Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #4, and Warlock and the Infinity Watch #8 take place during this story, as well as parts of Alpha Flight #110, Marvel Comics Presents #111, Quasar #38, and Wonder Man (Vol. 2) #13.
- Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #45 takes place between the destruction of Galactus' ship in this story and Infinity War #4.
- Warlock hasn't had a dream since he was omnipotent (with the exception of the dream about the Magus in Warlock & the Infinity Watch #7), but that was probably sent by the Magus.
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