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The Nautilus was a submarine that was featured in the story "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" written by author Jules Verne, published in the year 1870. It existed only in the Ideaverse.[1]


In the 20th Century, the Nautilus was rendered in a painting by a famous French artist and ended up in the hands of an American art museum by the 1950s. In 1955, an unnamed magician stole the painting and left a note at the museum claiming that he would use his magical powers to bring the Nautilus to life. The magician managed to succeed and a spectral version of the famous fictional ship then began terrorizing the eastern American seaboard, sinking military and commercial vessels alike. The US Navy were unable to destroy the ship as their torpedoes passed harmlessly through the ship when attacked. Eventually, the Navy enlisted the aid of the Sub-Mariner, who found himself repelled by a massive jolt of energy whenever he tried to physically attack the Nautilus.

Unnamed Magician (Earth-616) from Sub-Mariner Comics Vol 1 41 0001

The magician who summoned the Nautilus after his death.

Namor eventually tracked the ghost-sub back to the magicians hideout and attacked the ship again with all his strength. The resulting collision caused a magical backlash that destroyed the Nautilus and killed the magician who summoned it. The painting was later recovered and both Namor and government officials were shocked to find that the Nautilus was no longer present in the painting.[2]


Little is detailed about the Nautilus’ history before Dreadpool began murdering the inhabitants of the Ideaverse, however it can be presumed that it followed much the same path as the Nautilus from the novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

The Nautilus somehow appeared in the Pacific Ocean in 1850, destroying the Pequod. Captain Nemo, the submarine's captain rescued the Pequod's captain, Ahab, as well as other survivors of Dreadpool's massacre.[1]

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