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Annihilus (Marvel)
Real Name: Annihilus
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Annihilus is capable of self propelled flight. He can withstand the vacuum of space. He wears armor that grants him resistance to most forms of injury (extreme temperatures, ballistic force, bullets, etc.) His armor is actually an insectoid exoskeleton with some armor components. He is superhumanly strong; the upward limit of what he can lift is just under 50 tons.

Annihilus wields the Cosmic Control Rod, a weapon of great power. It allows him to manipulate cosmic energy in order to manipulate the molecular structure of matter. The rod is capable of projecting destructive energy of up to 10 megatons of TNT. Continuous exposure to the cosmic energies of the rod has also retarded the aging process of its wielder.

Though Annihilus has knowledge of technology centuries beyond what is known on Earth, his intelligence is only above average compared to normal humans; he is not an original thinker.
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Annihilus is an opponent of the Fantastic Four, who lives in the Negative Zone (another dimension) where he is monarch. Annihilus is an enemy of Blastaar, another enemy of the Fantastic Four. He is a member of an insectoid race and possesses alien technology far in advance to what is encountered on Earth. He is armed with a unique and powerful weapon, the Cosmic Control Rod. Mister Fantastic once travelled to the Negative Zone and took the Cosmic Control Rod to save the life of his unborn son, Franklin Richards.

Annihilus has survived certain death on numerous occasions; while his body has been destroyed, he has been reborn again from within his original body into a smaller weaker state, one which quickly grows into his former self, complete with a new cosmic control rod.

On another trip to the Negative Zone by the Fantastic Four, Annihilus was again killed, this time by Hellscout, a member of a group of pilgrims who had been sent to the Negative Zone on their crossing to America from England. The pilgrims had him confused for a demon because of his appearance. He was in an extremely weakened state and appeared to be near the end of his life when this occurred. Annihilus reappeared in the 2005 comics mini-series Fantastic Four: Foes with a duplicate who he was fighting for control of the Negative Zone.

In the Blink limited series, Annihilus became involved in a brief romantic relationship with the Age of Apocalypse version of Blink. This was presumably the Age of Apocalypse Annihilus from an alternate dimension.

The conflict between the two Annihilus spawn, however, seems to have been resolved, as it appears one of them- the other presumably deceased- is now leading the Annihilation Wave, an enormous fleet of Negative Zone battleships, ostensibly claimed to have the goal of conquering the universe. He claims that the universe is expanding into areas of the Negative Zone, making the universe now rightfully his territory. His forces have already destroyed the Kyln, an intergalactic power station and maximum security prison, and the planet Xandar, headquarters of the Nova Corps. He has since gained the aid of Thanos, and two beings that were trapped in the Kyln by Galactus, Tenebrous and Aegis. Tenebrous and Aegis then managed to defeat Galactus and the Silver Surfer, and the two are connected to a giant mechanism in Thanos' starship. It has now been revealed that Annihilus' goal is actually creating a massive Power Cosmic bomb with which to destroy the Universe and the Negative zone, leaving Annihilus the only survivor. Drax, however, with the help of the Silver Surfer, manages to free Galactus, who then nearly annihilates the Annihilation Wave, with Galactus, The Silver Surfer, Nova, Phyla-Vell, and Star-Lord, and the surviving Annihilus the only beings still alive in the area. Nova then has a final battle against Annihilus, in which Phyla manages to steal away the Quantum Bands, and Nova then finally kills Annihilus, by shoving his fist down his throat and ripping out his internal organs.

In the epilogue, however, Annihilus' surviving general of his armies, Ravenous, is seen taking a newborn egg for one of the last surviving queen insects, and holding a fetal looking bug in it, proclaiming "THE LORD ANNIHILUS LIVES!"

He also leads an elite personal guard, The Centurions, 100 super-powered aliens, each from a different Negative Zone world. They are extremely loyal to him and form a devastatingly effective army.


First Appearance: Fantastic Four (1961) Annual 06

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Issue Appearances:
All-New, All-Different Avengers (2016)
Annihilation (2006)
Annihilation Classic (2008)
Annihilation Prologue (2006)
Annihilation: The Nova Corps Files (2006)
Annihilation: Conquest - Quasar (2007)
Annihilation: Nova (2006)
Annihilation: Ronan (2006)
Annihilation: Saga (2007)
Annihilation: Silver Surfer (2006)
Annihilators (2011)
Avengers (2013)
Bug (1997)
Captain Marvel (1968)
Curse of Rune (1995)
DC Versus Marvel/Marvel Versus DC (1996)
Fantastic Four (1961)
Fantastic Four (1998)
Fantastic Four (2013)
Fantastic Four (2014)
Fantastic Four Roast (1982)
Fantastic Four Unlimited (1993)
Fantastic Four: Foes (2005)
Fantastic Four: The End (2007)
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Comics Magazine (2001)
FF (2011)
FF (2013)
Generations: Captain Marvel & Captain Mar-Vell (2017)
Giant-Size Fantastic Four (1974)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2015)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2019)
Hero Initiative: Fantastic Four (2012)
Iceman and Angel (2011)
Infinity (2013)
Infinity Gauntlet (1991)
Jack Kirby's Heroes and Villains (1987)
Lockjaw (2018)
Marvel 75th Anniversary Omnibus (2014)
Marvel Age (1983)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Graphic Novel (1982)
Marvel Holiday Special (1991)
Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four (2003)
Marvel Team-Up (1972)
Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
Marvel Universe Hulk: Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (2013)
Marvel: Shadows & Light (1997)
Mighty Avengers (2013)
Nova (2013)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Fantastic Four 2005 (2005)
Rune (1995)
Secret Invasion Saga (2008)
She-Hulk: Cosmic Collision (2009)
Spider-Man (2016)
Strange Tales (2009)
Target Presents: Reading to the Rescue (2004)
Thanos (2014)
Thanos Vs. Hulk (2014)
Thanos: The Infinity Finale (2016)
Thanos: The Infinity Relativity (2015)
The Avengers (1963)
The Infinity Entity (2016)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe (2016)
Thor (1966)
Uncanny Avengers (2012)
War of Kings: Ascension (2009)
Warlock (1998)
Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man (1999)
What If? (1977)
What If? Annihilation (2008)
What If? Spider-Man (2011)
What If...? (1989)
X-Men: Gold (2017)

Video Game Appearances:
Fantastic 4 (2005)

Group Affiliation(s):
Annihilation Wave (Marvel)
Galactic Council (Marvel)
Infinity Watch (Marvel)(Year 3193)

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