Adam Brashear was a young man who served his country as a U.S. Marine. When he discovered his super-powers, he fashioned a secret identity with which to protect his country; the Blue Marvel! He served as a hero for years, and was one of the most popular heroes of his time. Yet Adam had a secret, he was an African-American, a fact not lost on the government. As a precaution against so much power in the hands of a black man, they took steps to control him, even going so far as to plant a spy for him to date, whom he eventually married. His career as the Blue Marvel ended after he faced the Anti-Man. During the battle his mask was damaged, revealing his ethnicity, outraging portions of the U.S. population.
After being presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (after agreeing to give up adventuring) he retreated to the moon, where he threw away his medal. There he encountered Uatu the Watcher. While discussing his problems Uatu, and how they made him feel, the encountered an alien invasion force when Adam discovered a scout, defeated it, and followed it back to its armada. Leaping into action, Adam saved Earth by destroying their force, a fact that would remain secret.
Years went by without Adam donning the cape and cowl again, he lived a normal life raising a family and working having earned a PhD in Theoretical Physics; Electrical Engineering Degree from Cornell, before the return of the Anti-Man. Though because of his bitter history with the government he refused to help. Things grew even worse when his wife revealed her part in the plot to keep him under wraps, and her job as a spy. She was formerly an undercover agent sent to watch Brashear. She explains why she reluctantly took the job of spying on him, and later, how she eventually fell in love with Adam, despite the prevailing racism and prejudice of the era. Brasher, feeling shocked and betrayed by his wife's revelation, once more retreats to the moon. Where, his solace is interrupted by the Watcher. The two have a conversation, in which the Watcher helped him remember why he had become a hero in the first place, though he vowed that he would never take the fall again.
During there talk The Watcher reminds them of the first time that they met. At that time (1960's) an alien invasion task force assembled over the moon with the Earth within its sights. Blue Marvel dispatches the armada with relative ease, saving the Earth. However, his victory is unrecognized for no one besides himself, the Watcher, and any possible surviving aliens know of it . Cut back to the present, Adam leaves to talk to Tony Stark aboard the Helicarrier. After Adam talks with the Mighty Avengers, he eventually decides to resume his Blue Marvel identity. Answering Tony Stark's call to defeat the re-emergent Anti-man.
Blue Marvel was created by actor/comic writer Kevin Grevioux and artist Mat Broome.
Major Story Arcs
Later, The Blue Marvel is confronted by Anti-Man (who was revealed as Brashear's best friend and a fellow member of the US Armed Forces) and they have the classic "hero trying to talk the misguided villain down" discussion, wherein The Blue Marvel tries to reach Anti-Man by reminding him of all the good times they spent together with both of their families at picnics and BBQs and such, and how they are the godfathers to each others children. Unfortunately, Anti-Man seems to have grown much stronger since Adam defeated him decades ago, and the Blue Marvel is unable to put him down.
It is revealed that Adam received his powers while, as a scientist, conducting a test on an anti matter device which exploded and gave him (and his former friend who would later be known as Anti-Man) his superpowers. Notably, in some of the Blue Marvel's escapades, Namor & Adam had a few run-ins and team-ups in the 1950's, and are old friends. Some time later, Anti-Man is seen talking to himself about how man kind previously has hurt and killed others for stupid reasons - WW2, Stalin, Civil Rights riots,Vietnam, and that how he is going to change everything. He is flying over the planet literally blasting various countries with antimatter. Adam has explained that Conner (a.k.a Anti-Man) was able to tap into more power than Adam since he is unstable and that is why he is harder to contain. Adam explains that he could link to his power since they are drawing from the same source, and then send a positive plasma charge back out to disperse Conner's form through implosion.
The Mighty Avengers
However, Reed Richards argues that the plan is too risky since it could blow up the planet. Brashear gets mad that the Avengers don't want him to use that plan, Adam flies out regardless and they chase after him. Each one takes their respective shot at him, then Sentry launches at him and explains how he was like him, prideful and not willing to listen.
Sentry then really lays out a barrage of punches and brings Brashear down to the floor, then Adam lets loose a punch that knocks Sentry into space. Then Adam takes out the other Avengers, when Sentry flies back to Earth and they both seem tired. Adam passes out, while Sentry falls to his knee's from the previous shot.
The Antimatter storms caused by Anti-Man persisted and were causing the Negative Zone itself to spill out into mainstream Marvel Universe. Reed and Iron man later come together to build a negative gamma cannon that supposedly will polarize Anti-man's energy and keep him from coalescing or coming together after he is taken apart.
Adam is seen in a stasis tube to be kept from going out again. Sue Richards brought Adam's wife to see him, she argues as to why he is kept like that. The antimatter storms start hitting on parts of Manhattan. Adam wakes up and breaks through the chassis, his wife begs him to be straight forward and face that he is angry at himself for letting others boss him around and not follow his own instincts.
That he was afraid of causing tension for races or government. She tries to persuade him to just let the Avengers deal with this, he tells her he can't just leave it like that. He kisses her goodbye and flies away. Anti-man is seen taking everything from the Avengers and just giving it back in return. Adam appears and knocks him back. Adam then tells the Avengers he has a plan.
He has certain members holding other people back for safety, Iron Man and Ms. Marvel flying around him in circle as fast as possible, while hitting him with plasma bursts, She Hulk and Wonder Man and Ares take the low ground and hit him with everything so he can expend as much energy as possible. Then Reed realizes that Adam is trying to create an artificial cyclotron particle accelerator so as to disperse him. While Sentry and Adam go straight at him from the high ground.
Adam then syncs up with Anti-Man's energy and starts weakening Conner. Candace is in the crowd and runs to Adam, Conner yells. Saying he has more power than anybody and he is going to show it. He lets out an energy wave that knocks out most Avengers. Then Candace get's caught in the blaze, turning her into a burned/deformed dying meat sack.
Than with her dying words she makes Adam promise that he won't hide from the world anymore. Anti-Man then hits Adam again and the antimatter storms are now all over the planet and Conner say's how he will give the world hell. Adam and Anti-man then trade blows as Adam say's he has become like all others, in justifying genocide for a point of view.
Adam takes Conner into space and sync's with him and is about to disperse his energy as Conner begs for his life. Adam says he feels sorry for Conner, but forgives him for all he has done. Adam than releases the energy saving the Earth and destroying Anti-Man. After the funeral for Candace, Stark visited Adam to apologize for his loss and to invited him to join the Avengers. Adam says he wants time to think it over. At home, he finds a box with a letter from his late wife. In it is a new uniform she made for when he one day goes back as the Blue Marvel.
Recently, Adam's fear of not being able to fit into the new Heroic Age was shattered when his old friend, Uatu, convinced him to confront the world-destroying tyrant known as King Hyperion, a mentally deranged version of The Squadron Supreme's Hyperion who had served as one of The Exiles' primary arch-nemesis' long ago. As they fought, King Hyperion managed to get the upper hand and viciously beat Adam while the inhabitants of a village ruined by their fight watched and came to the mistaken conclusion that Adam was just another tyrant like King Hyperion. As Adam lay there in the mud while the villagers tossed things at him, King Hyperion took a little girl hostage and threatened to rip her apart. Adam became furious and managed to find the strength to continue fighting the mad God Emperor of Earth - 4023.
By allowing himself to cut loose and unleash his anti-matter energy powers, Adam managed to bring King Hyperion down and save the village. After defeating King Hyperion, the little girl whose life Hyperion threatened thanked Adam for saving her and in turn, changed the way the villagers viewed Adam. No longer was he considered a villain and was praised for saving their small village from annihilation, giving Adam the confidence to try and fit his way into the new Heroic Age.
Weight: 230 lbs
Hair: Black, with gray highlights
Blue Marvel's powers are a result of being mutated by radiation generated by the then unstable event horizon to the Negative Zone; the experiment renders his form unaffected from anti-matter. His powers make him a force to be reckoned with and one of the strongest beings in the Universe.
Anti-Matter Manipulation: Blue Marvel is the first Anti-Matter Generator and Reactor; the source of his power is the energy released from anti-matter. Anti-matter is the same as normal matter, except that the sub-atomic particles are the opposite charge. Therefore, anti-matter and normal matter cannot coexist without exploding.
- Hand Blast: Blue Marvel can release concentrated beams of anti-matter from his hands.
- Concussion Beams: Blue Marvel can release beams of pure solidified anti-matter that causes concussive damage. The effects of these beams rang from slight push, hard hit, knock-out, minor and major damage, shattering, and total annihilation of the target.
- Concussive Force Bolts: Blue Marvel can release anti-matter energy from his hands as bolts of concussive force.
- Stun Bolts: Blue Marvel can project low-energy of anti-matter bolts that render human beings unconscious.
- Energy Beam/Blats: Blue Marvel can fire beams of anti-matter from his body, whether it be from his hands or eyes. He can also release anti-matter energy over a specific target area, causing great damage, and deliver great shock waves of pure force.
- Energy Constructs: Blue Marvel can turn anti-matter into any item he's seen, can imagine, or has a good idea how it functions.
- Expanding Energy Bolts: Blue Marvel can fire bolts of anti-matter that can rapidly expand upon contact with a object, person, or target. The size to which the bolts expands vary.
- Energy Orbs Projection: Blue Marvel can create orbs of anti-mater that he can launch at rapid fire rates. The orbs can also be used as part of a melee attack.
- Energy Enhanced Punches: Blue Marvel can focus anti-matter into his fists, which he can then use to shatter substances.
- Energy Pulse: Blue Marvel can produce a surge of anti-matter (from his hands or entire body), as a massive omnidirectional pulse of devastation power.
- Energy Waves: Blue Marvel can release waves of anti-matter energy and use them in various ways (to damage, push, bind and/or paralyze people). The waves can be sent through any form of matter creating ruptures.
- Energy Shields: Blue Marvel has been seen creating power shields, strong enough to deflect charging attacks from King Hyperio in a short time.
Anti-Matter Stabilization: According to Blue Marvel he is a stable "antimatter reactor", but from his broader explanation what he appears to do is channel exotic particles, generated by a stable event horizon, caused by the interaction of opposing positive matter and negative matter (Negative Zone) universes. Because Blue Marvel has retained his powers all this time, it would seem that either the specific generative reaction that granted him his powers, continues at an unseen or subatomic level in the facility where he first gained his powers, or exotic particles generated by the experiment somehow became quantum entangled with Blue Marvel. He is able to stabilize anti-matter, where anti-matter and matter would normally annihilate each other upon physical contact; Blue Marvel can prevent such an occurrence for a variety of effects, ranging from matter-antimatter constructs to the cohabitation of matter and antimatter beings.
Incalculable Strength: Blue Marvel possesses vast levels of superhuman strength. He was seen effortlessly lifting the 1960 era's American warship 'Enterprise' which weighs over 93,000 tons. He is capable of greater feats of strength, as shown when he easily moved a meteor "easily the size of Arkansas". He's capable of lifting far in excess of 100 tons easily, as shown when he's lifted a disabled battleship weighing 100,000 tons and flew it back to port for repair. Blue Marvel is stated to be in the same league as Sentry, Hulk, and Thor strength wise. The Watcher said that Blue Marvel could have "split the moon in two" with one blow. Prince Namor himself stated that after Blue Marvel's long hiatus, that only the Hulk and Thor have hit him as hard. Blue Marvel went toe to toe with Sentry, as well as with the rest of the Avengers; he knocked Sentry into orbit in a single blow, knocking him unconscious for several minutes. Sentry barely pulled off a win against Blue Marvel, who had been fighting the Avengers for quite some time, and nearly passed out himself. The uppermost limits of Blue Marvel's strength is unknown, but it equals or exceeds the likes of a vastly enraged Hulk, Sentry and others.
Invulnerability: Blue Marvel possess nigh-invulnerability similar to Sentry, and has no physical weaknesses; he can withstand: tremendous impact forces, high-caliber bullets, exposure to temperature and pressure extremes, and powerful energy blasts without sustaining injury. Blue Marvel has withstood a nuclear detonation without any apparent physical trauma whatsoever.
Superhuman Durability: Blue Marvel's tissue, skin, muscles, bones, etc. are extremely dense/solid, allowing him to withstand harmful strains on his body; he's has survived a 1 megaton atomic bomb exploding in his hands without suffering any type of damage. He also withstood blows from a large collection of superhumans such as: Ms. Marvel, Ares, Iron Man, Wonder Man, and Sentry while remaining unharmed.
Regenerative Healing Factor: Despite his nigh invulnerability to injury, it is possible to injure Blue Marvel; if injured he can regenerate completely instantaneously, this includes cellular regeneration and rejuvenation. His brain cells and nerves can also be completely repaired, keeping his mind intact. Blue Marvel's healing factor also makes him immune to drugs, disease, and all harmful foreign substances. It also keeps him at optimal health and at his physical prime, increasing his lifespan, making him practically immortal.
Superhuman Reflexes: Blue Marvel reflexes are superior to those of the finest human athletes. He's capable of catching bullets and dodging projectiles.
Superhuman Agility: Blue Marvel's natural balance, agility, and body coordination are enhanced to levels that are far beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete.
Superhuman Stamina: Blue Marvel's enhanced musculature is far more efficient than that of a human. As a result his muscles produce no fatigue toxins thereby granting him theoretically unlimited stamina.
Self-Sustenance: Blue Marvel can survive in harsh environments without air, food, or water. He's also able to survive unaided in space.
Superhuman Speed: Blue Marvel is capable of thinking, moving, and reacting vastly faster than any normal human being. The true limits of his speed are unknown, but he's fast enough to keep up with Sentry.
Flight: Blue Marvel flies by manipulation of gravitons, manipulation of magnetic fields, control of his absolute molecular movement, and utilizing his superhuman speed. Although his top flight speed remains unknown, he can fly far beyond supersonic speeds, reach speeds of at least escape velocity (7 miles per second), and has been seen flying into space unaided under his own power.
Superhuman Sense: Blue Marvel possesses sensory abilities that exceed far above normal human capabilities.
- Enhanced Vision
- Enhanced Sense of Smell
- Enhanced Sense of Taste
- Enhanced Hearing
- Enhanced Sense of Touch
- Enhanced Mental Perception: Blue Marvel possesses the ability to sense & comprehend things on levels that far exceed human capabilities.
Matter Manipulation/Transmutation: Blue can manipulate, control and reshape matter, at the molecular level. Blue Marvel can also transmute matter into anti-matter and vise versa.
Molecular Manipulation: Blue Marvel evidently is able to affect matter at a molecular level with a great degree of precision and control, as he did when he not only healed Monica Rambeau, but further boosted her electromagnetic abilities. It is not known if this power is limited to electromagnetic particles only, or if he's able to affect all matter, allowing him to alter an object's molecular composition or transmute elements.
Decelerated Aging/Longevity: Blue Marvel ages at a vastly slower rate than that of normal human beings.
Athlete: Adam is a highly talented Football Player, and former Fullback at Cornell University.
Combat: Adam has been trained by the US Marines in armed and unarmed combat at Montford Point. He was able to directly engage Iron man, Ares, Wonder Man and Ms. Marvel in combat at the same time, and casually overpower them.
Super Genius level Intellect: Adam has a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics and a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University; he graduated Magna cum laude. He's a genius in the field of Theoretical Physics, and has made extraordinary strides in the study of antimatter.
Wealthy: Adam is a tenured Physics Professor at the University of Maryland, Scientist, and Engineer.
In the What If Secret Invasion, we see Blue Marvel fighting along side the Avengers against the Skrulls and Red Hulk. Blue Marvel was seen working as the resident scientist/powerhouse of the team. In this universe the Skrulls had taken over Earth.