Billy Kaplan, also known by his superhero aliases Asgardian and Wiccan, is a super-powered warlock and the reincarnated son of the Scarlet Witch. He has spent time on numerous superhero teams, including the Young Avengers and the New Avengers. He is married to Hulkling.
- 1 History
- 2 Powers and Abilities
- 3 Paraphernalia
- 4 Trivia
- 5 See Also
- 6 Links and References
Billy had trouble with bullies in school due to his sexuality and fanboyness. Once while sitting in front of Avengers Mansion, he briefly met the Scarlet Witch, his favorite Avenger. She gave him some words of encouragement and told him that he "could take care of himself". Billy took her advice and stood up to his bully, John Kesler. Unfortunately, Billy's electrokinetic powers emerged for the first time and nearly killed Kesler.
As he began to use his powers more and more, he sought out the Scarlet Witch for help, only to find out that the Avengers had disbanded. However, Billy was one of the people listed in the Avengers Fail-Safe Program compiled by the Vision to be used to form a new team of superheroes in the event of the destruction or disbanding of the Avengers. Iron Lad, a younger version of Kang the Conqueror, found Billy using the Vision’s Fail-Safe Program and requested his help in preventing his future self from returning him to the future. Billy joined the Young Avengers, and, styling himself after Thor, adopted the super-hero identity of the Asgardian. He began dating his teammate Hulkling not long after.
Billy tried to tell his parents that he was an aspiring superhero, but they misread his intentions and assumed that he was revealing his relationship with Teddy (Hulking). Though his parents thought Teddy would make an excellent son-in-law, they were unaware that Billy was a practicing witch, dating a shapeshifter. The nature of his heroic activities and the danger associated with them, became apparent when the Super Skrull nearly destroyed the Kaplan's upper west side home in his attempt to kidnap Hulkling. The altercation resulted in the death of Teddy's mother.
Not long after Hulkling was captured by the Kree Sentries, Wiccan and the other Young Avengers became desperate to rescue him. To locate reinforcements, the Vision, recommended using the Avengers Fail-Safe Program, which was the same program Iron Lad had used to locate the original Young Avengers.
The team went to a high security detention facility for superpowered juvenile offenders to locate him. While there, they found Tommy Shepherd being held, and released him from his cell. Stature noted that Tommy and Billy could be twins. The breakout did not go unnoticed, and the team ran into the armed officers of the facility. Tommy helped them to save Hulkling by fighting off both Skrull and Kree forces, afterwards officially joining the Young Avengers under the name "Speed".
Along with the other Young Avengers, Wiccan was being served food by Edwin Jarvis at the Avengers Tower while he questioned the man about how Rick Jones had put an end to the Kree-Skrull War having no powers. The group came to the conclusion that Rick Jones, having been trained by Captain America himself, had been the first Young Avenger.
During the Civil War, S.H.I.E.L.D. arrested the Young Avengers. However, Falcon and Captain America intercepted the S.H.I.E.L.D bus which was transporting the prisoners, and Wiccan teleported the team out of the situation, into the Resistance Fighters base of operations.
When the Runaways tried to stay out of the conflict, they barely managed to escape from the government forces. Hearing of this development in the news, the Young Avengers decided to help the Runaways even though Captain America vetoed the plan. Wiccan used his magic to locate and teleport to the Runaways. However, the Runaways believed that the Young Avengers had come to capture them and a fight ensued until Patriot succeeded in convincing Nico Minoru to stop the hostilities. The two teams were later attacked by Marvel Boy, who captured Wiccan, Karolina, and Hulkling, and almost killed Xavin. The young heroes became the prisoners of the Warden, who proceeded to practice vivisection on the unconscious Teddy. The boys were rescued by Xavin, whose Skrull physiology allowed him to recover from Noh-Varr's attack. Billy came close to killing the Warden, but Teddy stopped him.
Wiccan was among the Secret Avengers who took part in the first major battle of the Civil War, and was one of the first two casualties. Tony Stark and Peter Parker realized that the two rebels with teleportation powers needed to be incapacitated to prevent an escape from the ambush. Wiccan and Cloak were both shot with tranquilizer darts and rendered unconscious. This attack on two of his youngest followers infuriated Captain America. A violent battle ensued, by the end of which Goliath was dead, slain by the cyborg clone of Thor. Most of the Anti-Registration group escaped, but Wiccan was left behind and captured by the Pro-Registration side.
Billy and the other imprisoned Anti-Registration heroes were eventually freed in a raid led by Captain America. Teddy's shape-shifting ability played a pivotal role in Captain America's plan allowing him to impersonate Yellowjacket in order to free the imprisoned heroes of Prison 42.
Searching for the Scarlet Witch
When Wiccan decided to begin searching for the Scarlet Witch, Tommy agreed to join him. The pair searched through Genosha and Wundagore in Transia before finally encountering Master Pandemonium in Cresskill, New Jersey at a former residence of the Scarlet Witch and the Vision. Master Pandemonium offered some information, but did not know the current whereabouts of the Scarlet Witch.
When the Skrulls invaded Earth, Wiccan joined the other Young Avengers and Runaways on the front-lines of the battle. Wiccan and Speed saved Hulkling from execution and later assisted Xavin to again rescue Hulkling.
Wiccan gathered the Young Avengers together at the Avengers Mansion to respond to wave of supernatural chaos caused by Chthon. The team was turned to stone by Chthon's magic, except for Vision and Stature, who arrived too late.
After being disclaimed of his position of Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange visited Wiccan to discuss his potential candidacy and ability to assume his former role. When the Hood found Strange and engaged him in magical combat to claim the Eye of Agamotto, Wiccan aided him, contrary to Strange's orders to flee. Strange teleported away with Billy, and left him before seeking help with the New Avengers.
After Wiccan's powers overloaded during a battle with the Sons of the Serpent, the Avengers decided to keep him under observation. Hulkling and the other Young Avengers broke Wiccan out of holding and began the search for the Scarlet Witch. Accompanied by Magneto and Quicksilver, the team traveled to Transia and then to Latveria before discovering a depowered and amnesiac Wanda engaged to Doctor Doom. The rediscovery of Wanda did not go unnoticed though, as the Avengers soon arrived on the scene. A battle with Doom's Doombot army soon broke out and was only stopped by the arrival of Iron Lad.
Iron Lad teleported the Young Avengers and Wanda into the time-stream. They all went into the past, and met the reanimated Jack of Hearts, who was about to explode. After that Wanda remembered who she is, regained her powers and returned herself, the Young Avengers and Scott Lang into the present. She then finally confirmed that Billy and Tommy were indeed her reincarnated sons.
Wanda's increased powers were revealed to be the result of her gaining a connection to the life force itself. A ritual intended to undo the Decimation was interrupted by Patriot, leading to the powers being transferred to Doctor Doom. He intended to usher the world into utopia, a utopia in which he would rule. The Avengers and X-Men teamed up to defeat him, in the process, Stature was killed by Doom, and the villain escaped after losing his powers when they overloaded.
Iron Lad proposed to save Stature through the time-stream but Vision refused, ending with both of them battling each other and Iron Lad destroying Vision and then taking off to the time-stream, even after Wiccan warned that this was the moment in time where he became Kang the Conqueror.
In the aftermath of the battles, the Young Avengers disbanded and stayed in low profile during the major events that transpired in the world (the spider infestation, the X-Men's Schism and the resurrection of the Human Torch). Wiccan fell into a severe state of depression, but Hulkling brought him out of it by proposing to him. However, their moment of joy was interrupted by Ms. Marvel who called them to the Avengers Mansion. After a few words from Captain America all the remaining Young Avengers were officially named as full-fledged Avengers.
Return to Heroics
For a period of time, Wiccan and Hulkling retired from being super-heroes. However, they were unexpectedly brought back into the fray when Wiccan, in an attempt to patch an argument with Hulkling, accidentally let an interdimensional parasite called Mother masquerading as Hulkling's mother into their world.
The parasite's arrival had been a consequence of Loki's manipulations, who wanted to subsequently pose as an ally to Billy and ultimately control him, as Wiccan was destined to become the omnipotent Demiurge. Unaware of the full extent of Loki's intentions, Wiccan and Hulkling allied themselves with the trickster to escape Mother.
However, Loki betrayed Mother, and interfered with the spell, causing it to tie it Wiccan, Hulkling and himself and bring back their dead parents under Mother's influence. They were soon joined by other young heroes, who became infected by the link of the spell, leading to the reformation of the Young Avengers. When they were cornered in Central Park by their resurrected parents and an army of mind-controlled adults only they could see, Loki convinced Wiccan to lend him his power for ten minutes to save them all with his better skill at magic than Wiccan. As soon as Loki was given Billy's powers, he teleported away, leaving the other young heroes to their deaths.
Loki ultimately decided to return and help the Young Avengers fend off the Mother's army and escape. Mother faded away after the Young Avengers escaped. Loki explained they couldn't go back to any place their parents were or had died (in the case of any deceased parent brought back by Mother) or Mother would return, as her powers were distance-based. The young heroes decided to stay together and travel through the universe.
In the next three months, Loki trained Billy to prepare him to fight Mother, with the ulterior motive of gaining his trust. The Young Avengers were joined by Prodigy, who informed them Speed had been kidnapped by a strange entity dressed as Patriot. The Young Avengers chased the entity through the Multiverse, and were brought to Mother's Dimension. They escaped, but accidentally left Prodigy and Hulkling behind. Using numerous evil alternate version of themselves as a distraction, the Young Avengers distracted Mother and saved Hulkling and Prodigy. Back to Earth-616, Hulkling left the team to figure out if he really loved Wiccan or it was merely his reality-warping power.
Since Billy was still too weak to end the spell which had brought Mother, Loki suggested that he would be able to do it if his body was older, thus making Wiccan age him into a young adult. Unfortunately, Loki's powers didn't remain. The trickster had to resort to a second plan, to turn Wiccan temporarily into the Demiurge. Prodigy called all of the teenager heroes available to fight the army of alternate Young Avengers, while the real Young Avengers took care of Mother.
When the Young Avengers faced Mother, Billy tried to tap into the power of Demiurge, but failed. Once Loki freed Hulkling, Hulkling comforted Billy, and reconciled with him. Their reunion allowed Billy to achieve his full potential, and finally destroy Mother, and get rid of the alternate Young Avengers. Celebrating Mother's defeat, the Young Avengers threw a New Years' party, along with many young heroes that had come to their rescue.
Eventually, both Billy and Teddy went onto full-time superheroics, joining Roberto Da Costa's team of New Avengers. After saving Paris from the Life-Minus entity by combining Wiccan's powers with those of his teammates Songbird and Power Man, the New Avengers were at Avengers Island when a group of aliens using both Kree and Skrull technology kidnapped Hulkling, but took Wiccan with him by accident. The aliens, who called themselves the Knights of the Infinite, were Kree/Skrull hybrids, like Hulkling, and wanted to take him to their base in the Forbidden Asteroids to verify that he was truly the chosen one. Hulkling pulled the sword Excelsior from a stone, passing the test, and the Knights knelt before him.
When Wiccan and Hulkling were taken to the Knights' home, Castle Tarnala, they discovered the corpse of M'ryn the Magus possessed by the evil wizard Moridun. While Wiccan tried to heal the wounded, Hulkling and the Knights tried damaging Moridun, but their efforts were all in vain. The creature soon absorbed enough power to grow in size and destroyed the castle from the inside out. Soon afterward, the rest of the New Avengers showed up and joined the brawl against Moridun, to no avail. Wiccan tried to use his powers to defeat Moridun, but failed and ended up hurt. While protecting Wiccan, Hulkling accidentally absorbed an energy blast from Moridun with Excelsior and realized he could use it against the evil wizard. The New Avengers distracted Moridun long enough to allow Hulkling to stab him in the face, seemingly killing the creature. Once the dust settled, Billy decided it was time to change his codename and chose Demiurge as his new one. However, unbeknownst to everyone, Moridun had managed to infect Wiccan, and remain inside his mind as sort of a subconsciousness.
Many years into the future, Moridun had killed Demiurge after feeding off his body and powers until only he remained. Moridun then began using his new powers to wreak and destroy all of reality. The Avengers of this future tried to stop Moridun but failed and three of their members were killed. To prevent their horrific future from taking place, the future Avengers traveled into the past and stopped Moridun from taking control of Demiurge. The future Avengers arrived on the Avengers Island of the New Avengers. The future Captain America explained the situation to the New Avengers. Then, Demiurge arrived and confronted the future Avengers, under the influence of Moridun. This led to a fight between the two Avengers teams over what to do about Demiurge. Hulkling was able to reach out to Demiurge in his mindspace, prompting the young hero to fight against Moridun's control and ultimately expel the evil wizard from his mind. Demiurge's victory over Moridun caused a temporal divergence that sent the future Avengers back to their future, a now peaceful one.
Wiccan's Kookie Quartet
When A.I.M. decided to rescue and shelter hacktivist Rick Jones, Sunspot decided to put to vote this decision, which would be considered an act of war against both S.H.I.E.L.D. and the United States. The three members that opposed the idea, Billy, Hulkling and Squirrel Girl, were all exiled from A.I.M. for their own safety, and had the name of "New Avengers" bequeathed to them so they could continue operating on their own. This new smaller incarnation of the New Avengers confronted the Plunderer, an adventure after which Hawkeye joined their ranks, and assisted numerous other heroes in fighting the Celestial Destructor, with Billy helping Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch to banish it. Billy and his team were soon pulled back into A.I.M.'s world when they Sunspot requested their help. Once the New Avengers freed A.I.M. agent Songbird from S.H.I.E.L.D. captivity, they assisted A.I.M. in fending off an attack from the New Revengers at their Avenger Base Two in the Savage Land.
When Sunspot set out to shut down rogue A.I.M. splinter cells, he requested Wiccan's and Hulkling's help, and lured them to an empty luxurious apartment in Central Park, under the pretense that said location housed the headquarters for one of the cells. When the two young heroes arrived there, they found a note from Sunspot, which revealed the apartment was a parting gift for their help. With Hawkeye having left the team after being put on trial for the murder of Bruce Banner, and Squirrel Girl deciding to rejoin A.I.M. to keep an eye on Sunspot, Hulkling and Wiccan decided to disband the New Avengers and focus on their personal lives for the time being.
While at a concert, Wiccan and Hulkling came across Death's Head which led into a fight and Wiccan used a spell to lock him up in their bathroom. Back at the house, Death's Head attacked them and revealed another Death's Head bot that Wiccan stole from an A.I.M. lab under the control of Dr. Evelyn Necker, in hopes of becoming an Avenger again. They call Kate Bishop for help to take "Vee" back into the lab.
Once they get to the lab, they are attacked by a security robot that Dr. Necker designed and the Fearmongers, while she takes control of Vee but is saved by Billy, Teddy and Kate and they free all the Fearmongers to live a normal life.
After being set up the Vridai, Wiccan became part of a team called Strikeforce. Unable to visit Teddy due to the weird circumstances of the mission, Wiccan helped the team find a new home for the Vidrai, who had been left without one after the War of Realms. Along with Strikeforce, he made sure they had a chance for a new beginning at Deadpool's Monster Island and, in the end, was invited by the Avengers to become part of a Black Ops team, an offer he refused, claiming to miss Teddy.
While Billy was away for his continued adventure with Strikeforce, Hulkling had been approached by representatives of a Kree/Skrull Alliance to use him as a figurehead to cement this coalition, since he was the prophesized unifier of both warring species. The Alliance forbid Hulkling's relationship with Wiccan since he was an Earther, prompting the two of them to set up a hasty wedding in secret before Teddy had to leave to space. The Alliance's formation was prompted by the retaliation against both the Kree and the Skrull by the plant-based race called the Cotati, who proceeded to invade the Earth to turn it into the centerpiece of their empire.
During the Alliance's war against the Cotati, Hulkling was abducted by his own grandmother, former Skrull empress R'Klll, who impersonated him to authorize the deployment of a Sun-detonating weapon named the Pyre, which Teddy had refused to use. When Captain Marvel and the Human Torch tipped off Billy that something was wrong with Teddy, he used magic to locate Hulkling and bring him to confront R'Klll. Since R'Klll had triggered the Pyre already, Wiccan used his magic to assist Captain Marvel and the Human Torch in containing the detonation until the device was remotely disabled by Tony Stark. Hulkling defeated R'Klll, and Earth's heroes defeated the Cotati. In the aftermath of the war, Wiccan and Hulkling redid their wedding in the Alliance's flagship with a royal celebration, and Billy was formally inducted into the Alliance as prince consort and court wizard.
Powers and Abilities
Wiccan has a wide range of superpowers, derived from an unconfirmed source. His origins make it possible Wiccan is both mage and mutant. His abilities were first triggered when the Scarlet Witch (under the influence of the Life Force) used her powers to heal him. However, even accepting that Wiccan is the reincarnated son of the Scarlet Witch, where exactly his powers come from is unclear. If his was purely a spiritual reincarnation, then he would not necessarily inherit his mother's mutant genes. Recent questions about the Scarlet Witch's parentage make it even less certain she had an X-gene to pass on. Wiccan's power might also be a purely mystical birthright, or derived from Wanda's status as a nexus being. Wiccan's destiny as the Demiurge resembles the fate that the Time Keepers worried about if Wanda ever had children.
Wiccan has demonstrated the following powers:
- Reality Warping: Wiccan's main power is the superhuman ability to warp and manipulate reality, allowing him to control various forms of mystical energy, which he inherited from his spiritual mother the Scarlet Witch, it was stated by Master Pandemonium that Billy's magic was the same that Wanda's, alluding that his magic could theoretically be Chaos Magic. As Wiccan has no standard spells and most of it being improvised on the spot, this mechanism also alludes some similarity to Wanda's magic, due to the fact that their spells work on the same basis, by only saying what they want to happen into reality. While generally his spells are very effective, the spells can be degraded by a lack of willingness to perform them or stress. Wiccan can use magic to increase the powers of himself or others for long periods of time. Some notable spells being: sensing locations of others, levitation, thought-casting, psychokinesis, astral projection, and illusion casting. Wiccan initially cast his magic through a unique form of self-taught spell casting involving stating repeatedly an effect or action he wants to happen (i.e. "I want him to be OK, I want him to be OK!," or "Groundintogluegroundintogluegroundintoglue"), and has managed to precede from this method ever since, being capable of using his abilities without the need to repeat the desired effects.
- Clairvoyance: Wiccan has shown the ability to gain information by other means than his physical senses. with brief periods of intense concentration, can gain knowledge of a subject's location and its current state. It is notably highly difficult, though not impossible for him to locate those he is unfamiliar with, or only loosely associated with. He can also track down and sense or read someone's energy or those of the environment.
- Concussive Force Blast: Can generate and manipulate energy to project blasts of concussive force with different shapes and intensities, including, beams, bursts, bolts and waves.
- Creation: Wiccan can use his reality warping abilities in order to warp existence and create anything from nothing. He had created clothing, decor, objects and food from seemingly nothing to make his "room" in the Avenger's facility more confortable.
- Erasure: Due to his reality warping powers Wiccan can desintegrate and erase anything from existence. He was able to erase The interdimensional parasite known as mother from existence. He has disintegrated a bunch of parents with a burst of energy.
- Elemental Manipulation: Billy has shown the ability to influence and control several elements and aspects of nature.
- Electrokinesis: The primary form of elemental manipulation Wiccan is most used to is his electrokinetic powers. He can manipulate, generate, and discharge energy projections as either lightning or electricity from his hands or other parts of his body. Which gives him control over electric fields, electric charges, electric currents, electronics, and electromagnetism. This seems to not require the verbal components like his other "spells". Wiccan is capable of combining or performing his electrokinetic powers in unison with spells.
- Cryokinesis: Wiccan has the ability to control, generate, or absorb ice.
- Hydrokinesis: Wiccan can manipulate and control water.
- Photokinesis: Wiccan can project intense light and heat.
- Pyrokinesis: Can generate and control fire.
- Flight: Wiccan can engage in self-propelled flight and has shown to be able to give others the ability to do so. He can also levitate.
- Teleportation: Can teleport himself and others over undetermined distances with an untested maximum through his spells (e.g. I want to be someplace else) Thought he can teleport without a vocalized spell. Can also travel to and open gates or portals accessing other worlds, places and dimensions.
- Summoning: Wiccan has the ability to summon and transport anything or anyone to his location. He has able to combine his electrokinetic powers with his teleportation to summon a lighting in order to transport him along with his teammates to Wundagor Mountain. While he went as Asgardian, he used to summon his staff.
- Banishment: William has shown the ability to banish an object or being from a specific place to a certain place/area he chooses. When he Tried to banish the interdimensional parasite known as Mother, he fails due to the strain after bringing her to their dimension, the same happens when he tries to banish Laufey.
- Healing: Can quickly heal others through his spells (e.g. "I want to heal this man, I want to heal this man!"). However, the effectiveness of this healing can be greatly affected by his will to do it or if he has troubles focusing his mind on healing the target. When healing an enemy, the healing process could be considerably diminished than when healing someone he genuinely has an empathetic desire to heal. When trying to heal Teddy's Mother, he fails due to the stress of the situation making it difficult for him to completely focus on the task.
- Mental Manipulation: Wiccan has shown the ability to influence and manipulate other's mind, achieving a variety of effects. He offered himself to erase Executioner's mind after he confesses to know Kate's secret identity.
- Solid Energy Constructs: Wiccan can generate and manipulate energy to create solid constructs such as disks, orbs, shields, platforms, force fields, and other projectiles or constructions.
- Telekinesis: Can levitate, propel and manipulate objects and matter with his mind.
- Telepathy: Wiccan has shown to possess telepathic abilities. He was able to manifest the thoughs of someone's minds. He could read Teddy's mind and sense his douts about his feeling. He also tried to detect Scarlet witch's mind, when he and Speed where looking for clues about their past.
- Transmutation: Wiccan has shown the ability to turn, transmute and alter anything into anything else. He has change his and his teammates street clothes into their hero uniforms. He has also transformed a bunch of frogs back into humans, right after the Enchantress had transmuted them. His transmutation powers allows him to transform himself into anyone of his desire.
If Wiccan can't hear his spells, they don't work at all.
Billy previously carried a staff.
- Billy and Tommy Shepherd are reincarnations of the Scarlet Witch and the Vision's twin sons, Thomas Maximoff and William Maximoff.
- Wiccan first reached this conclusion after meeting Tommy, his identical twin except for the white hair. After reviewing intelligence files from the Skrulls and Avengers about Thomas and William, Billy decided he and Tommy must be Wanda's children reincarnated. He based this on their names, appearances, Tommy's white hair and speed matching his "uncle" Pietro, and Billy's powers being similar to Wanda's.
- The Scarlet Witch has confirmed that Billy and Tommy are indeed her reincarnated children.
- Wiccan met his "father" Vision for the first time in Avengers Assemble Annual #1.
- Wiccan was one of the many possible candidates for the title of Sorcerer Supreme.
- As Asgardian, Wiccan wore a winged helmet resembling those worn by Thor and other true Asgardians.
- Wiccan doesn't like the term "Warlock" being applied to him because it literally means "oath-breaker." He prefers mage, magician, witch, or spell-caster.
- Doctor Nemesis and Power Man have commented on a Jewish boy choosing the code-name Wiccan.
- According to his teammate and then-boyfriend, Hulkling, Billy Kaplan learned his spell-casting abilities from a self-help book belonging to Hulkling's mother.
- Wiccan is shown to be a member of the Initiative, along with Hulking. However, it is later revealed most of the Young Avengers did not actually join The Initiative or even register. They were registered by their Earth-A counterparts; both Wiccan and Hulking are seen complaining about being registered to their "A Selves". It's been subsequently shown that since registration, Billy has spent most of his time grounded at home with his parents pressuring him to register.
- Billy is a fan of George R.R. Martin's book series A Song of Fire and Ice, as well as its TV series version, Game of Thrones, and Tyrion Lannister is his favorite character.
- The Sound of Music is one of Billy's favorite films.
- Wiccan's email is "email@example.com".
- Billy is a member of the Forums social media network.
- It's suggested that Billy will become the same Demiurge that created Gaea, the mother of Thor, in the distant past.
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