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Mastermind (Marvel)(01 - Jason Wyngarde)
Real Name: Jason Wyngarde
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Mastermind's mutant powers are of illusion casting. He can psionically cause other people to see, hear, touch, smell, and/or taste things that don't exist. For this to work, these people have to be within a range of his powers. He is capable of affecting even telepaths as powerful as Professor Xavier and Jean Grey, although he required an amplifying device to manipulate Dark Phoenix.

Jason Wyngarde was a slight man with matted grey hair. He frequently used his illusory powers to assume the appearance of a younger, more handsome man. In his favorite disguise, he sported Victorian era style whiskers.

Nothing is known of Jason Wyngarde's life before joining the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. With Mastermind's help, the Brotherhood was able to take over a South American country, with an illusion of thousands of soldiers. After the Brotherhood's defeat by the X-Men, the group attempted to lure the Stranger to their cause. The Stranger, being an enigmatic cosmic entity, instead of a mutant, turned Mastermind into stone.

After the spell wore off, Jason joined Factor Three, an organization that attempted to take over the world. Factor Three eventually disbanded when their leader turned out to be an alien, instead of a mutant. Former members of Factor Three, Blob and Unus, joined with Jason to reform the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

This new brotherhood was looking for new recruits. Mastermind attempted to recruit Beast to his group, but ultimately failed. Magneto returned to the group to resume his leadership and created Alpha, the ultimate mutant. This new creation of Magneto's turned the entire team into infants, including his master.

After being restored to adulthood, Mastermind became involved with the Hellfire Club during the famous "Dark Phoenix Saga," in which he was largely responsible for turning Phoenix into Dark Phoenix. He did this through the use of his own powers and a mindtap mechanism created by Emma Frost, which he used to project his illusion directly into her mind, causing her to believe she was a Victorian aristocrat, married to Jason Wyngarde (Mastermind) and the black Queen of the Hellfire Club. He eventually turned her against the X-Men. Cyclops attempted to free the Phoenix in a duel with Mastermind on the Astral Plane, but was soundly defeated when Mastermind "killed" him during the fight, which Cyclops' physical body barely survived. But instead of binding the Phoenix to him forever, as Mastermind had hoped, the shock of Scott's psychic "death" broke her free from his control. Enraged at what he had done to her, the Phoenix reached into his mind and expanded his consciousness, literally making him one with the universe. This experience flooded his mind with images of the cosmos and left him catatonic.

When Mastermind was able to regain his sanity, he sought revenge on everyone that caused him pain. He gave the final nudge to Rogue towards leaving Mystique for the X-Men through subtly manipulating Rogue's rapidly deteriorating mental state, while at the same time inflicting nightmares on Mystique. He interfered with the engagement of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor and the wedding of Wolverine and Mariko Yashida; although the former couple were subsequently married, the latter were not. Cyclops uncovered Mastermind's plot to trick the X-Men into believing that Pryor was the reincarnation of Phoenix and defeated Mastermind in a battle in the X-Mansion in which he had used illusion to manipulate the other X-Men into attacking Cyclops. Jason later sought the power of the Phoenix Force, but this time he had to face Rachel Summers and Excalibur; he was defeated.

Mastermind later died of the Legacy Virus, but before he succumbed, he asked Jean Grey's forgiveness for what he had done to her, unaware she had never truly been Phoenix. Nevertheless, she did forgive him, and he died at peace.

After his death, Mastermind appeared in a flashback sequence in New Avengers #10 that implied that he, on orders of the United States military, was responsible for the creation of the Void, the murderous and all-powerful counterpart of the super-hero Sentry.

Mastermind's name and powers still live on through his daughters: (Martinique Jason and Lady Mastermind).

Chris Claremont and John Byrne based his name on actor Peter Wyngarde, best known for his role as Jason King (from the British TV show "The Avengers", forming the basis for Mastermind's "Jason Wyngarde" identity.

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #4

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Issue Appearances:
All-New X-Men (2013)
Amazing Adventures (1970)
Avengers (1998)
Avengers Origins: The Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver (2012)
Avengers: The Children's Crusade (2010)
Captain America (1968)
Classic X-Men (1986)
Code of Honor (1997)
Die Marvel-Superhelden-Sammlung (2017)
Excalibur (1988)
Excalibur (2004)
Fear Itself: The Worthy (2011)
Gambit & Bishop (2001)
Generations: Phoenix & Jean Grey (2017)
Giant-Size X-Men (1975)
Journey Into Mystery (1952)
Magneto (2014)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Holiday Special (1991)
Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts (1995)
Marvel Saga: The Official History of the Marvel Universe (1985)
Marvels Companion (2014)
New Avengers (2005)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Professor Xavier and the X-Men (1995)
Quicksilver (1997)
Quicksilver: No Surrender (2018)
Saga of the Sub-Mariner (1988)
Secret Warriors One Shot: Who's Your Daddy? (2009)
Silver Surfer (1968)
Spidey Super Stories (1974)
The Avengers (1963)
The Defenders (1972)
The Marvel X-Men Collection (1994)
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 Sensational She-Hulk (1989)
The Very Best of the X-Men (1994)
The Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1985)
Uncanny Avengers (2012)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
Unlimited Access (1997)
What If? (1977)
What If...? (1989)
Wolverine (1988)
Wolverine Encyclopedia (1996)
Wolverine Saga (1989)
Wolverine: Weapon X Files (2009)
Women of Marvel (2011)
Women of Marvel Digital (2010)
X-Factor (1986)
X-Factor Forever (2010)
X-Men (1991)
X-Men (2010)
X-Men Giant-Size (2011)
X-Men Legacy (2008)
X-Men Unlimited (1993)
X-Men Unlimited (2004)
X-Men: Curse of the Mutants Saga (2010)
X-Men: First Class (2006)
X-Men: First Class (2007)
X-Men: Grand Design (2018)
X-Men: Grand Design - Second Genesis (2018)
X-Men: Hellfire Club (2000)
X-Men: Hidden Years (1999)
X-Men: Odd Men Out (2008)
X-Men: Ronin (2003)
X-Men: The Ultra Collection (1994)
X-Men/Dr. Doom '98 (1998)

Group Affiliation(s):
Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (01 - Original)
Factor Three
Hellfire Club (Marvel)

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