Hello true believers and Golden Guardians of Good!
WHAT THIS IS
This Frequently Asked Questions series is all about Robert Reynolds also known as The Sentry and sometimes even as the Void. It exists to clear up some of the confusion regarding the Sentry. It is dedicated to the following people:
- Robert "Sentry / Void" Reynolds himself,
- his creator and overall amazing writer Paul Jenkins,
- Brian Michael Bendis, the writer who decided to bring the Sentry into the Marvel continuity,
- Rick Remender, who decided to bring the character back,
- all the writers who ever wrote on the Sentry,
- and ultimately all of the Sentry fans out there!
WHAT THIS IS NOT
This is NOT final, set-in-stone information. All of this is subject to change, especially considering the fact that this has been written one week before the Sentry returned to the Marvel universe. We don't know how the take of the new writer Rick Remender will be on the Sentry.
This is also NOT the biased take of a crazy Sentry fanboy on the character. My only goal is to clarify some stuff with as much backed up information as possible.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Sentry's origin?
Are Void and Sentry separate entities?
Does Sentry have molecule manipulation?
Just how powerful is Sentry?
Did Thor defeat the Void?
Is Void the Angel of Death? [PROFANITY WARNING]
Is Sentry a Superman ripoff?
How can Sentry become a better character?
WHAT THIS SPECIFIC PART IS ALL ABOUT
At first let me warn you... Just like it's already noted in the title of this thread - you will see quite some profanity in this one.
There was not only one moment in comics, where it was mentioned that the Void is the Angel of Death. That the Sentry is God. But one particular moment started it all. One scan started the comparisons and we will take a look at them. So the question is... Is Void the Angel of Death and are Sentry's powers linked to God?
Please keep in mind that this is not meant to disrespect anyone, who believes in God. This is all about a fictional character in a fictional Universe, where the writer (under the name of The One Above All) is the God of that universe. Of a universe, where cities like New York and Los Angeles exist. Of a universe, where Norse and Greek mythology exists and covers their Gods up as well.
IT'S GOD'S WAY
As I said it ... there was tat one particular moment, that started it all. Let me show you:
So, what exactly is happening right there?
We see events 1600 years before the uhm ... Common Era. It is Moses, who is preaching to his people and at the same time he is summoning something from the sky. He is summoning voidy tentacles.
What these scans show, is the idea of an existing link between Moses and Sentry. Judging by that it would mean that Moses already had the powers the Sentry has now. Judging by that it would mean that everything Moses believed God would do, he did himself. He was the one, who split the Red Sea, summoned the plagues and ultimately it seems like he not only summoned frogs, but also voidy tentacles.
Let's skip fast forward few eras, where the Sentry lives and does what he sometimes does:
What is happening there? We have the Sentry, who hovers in the sky and summons the same voidy tentacles from Moses era, which the city, while the Watchtower in the background is getting morphed around. Interestingly Sentry has regular eyes and it looks like he is crucified. When Osborn arrives on the scene, Sentry puts his hands down and it's actually the Void with black eyes and black speech bubbles, who responds.
But why did it go down that way? Why was Sentry's pose like he got crucified? Did the powers just passivly let him do that pose, because of other old events?
The first Sentry volume mentioned names from the old testament as well. It even went so far to call him bigger than God:
In case you didn't quite understand where I'm going with this, let me clarify it, before we continue:
This is just so that we can dig deeper into the lore of the Sentry. This is not to find out if there is a link between the Sentry and the Christian God. I will tell you right now that even if there is one, you're not supposed to take it seriously. Why? We will cover that up later, but for now let's continue with the events in the comics.
So what did we have so far?
We saw Moses summoning voidy tentacles, something Sentry / Void did as well, but more so the Void and that's also one of the reasons they called him the Angel of Death. Or at least, Norman Osborn did it, who was most of the time there, when Sentry and Void pulled off unbelievable stuff.
But then again, when Osborn said that stuff he was wearing the Green Goblin mask, even though he was in the Iron Patriot suit before. It's very questionable if he should be used as a reliable source.
The actual question is if Sentry's power-set can be linked to the past. Because of the Moses instance, one would think that you could make that argument. But how would that argument look like?
This now is really interesting... Sentry took the enhanced version of the super-soldier-serum. Captain America was the guy who took the regular super-soldier-serum and turned into a peak human, but when Robert Reynolds took the enhanced version he turned into the Void and later on created the Sentry. He was called godlike, God, near-omnipotent, omnipotent, all-powerful and immortal many times. And judging by the stuff he has pulled off, you could see what he has been called all that.
Then there was a different person, who took the enhanced version of the super-soldier-serum. It was Colonel America, who gained mental powers like telekinesis and telepathy. His mental powers were not really stable, but he was powerful enough to level an entire island, yet not nearly as powerful as the Sentry.
Judging by that something else happened to the Sentry, when he took the super-soldier-serum... In the non-canon book "The Age Of The Sentry" it is said that Sentry's powers came from a different world, where a powerful entity called Destroyer Darkmass was destroying and recreating that reality constantly... The Sentry power managed to escape that reality and it got captured in the super-soldier-serum by Tony Stark's father and the Professor, who was around the Sentry in the past. Now that certainly is not canon, but ...
... since Sentry became a lot more powerful than Colonel America, even though they both took the same version of the super-soldier-serum ... what if Sentry got empowered by something else that randomly used the super-soldier-serum as a trigger? Of course this is just a theory and has NOTHING to do with the actual revelations in the comics, but judging by this theory ...
... the Sentry would have been the next in line to gain godly powers ... One would assume that Moses was the first one, who was summoning voidy tentacles and other things, splitting the Red Sea and doing other stuff, which Sentry should be capable of as well.
Then we had Jesus, who then had that power and he was doing quite some remarkable stuff as well, which Sentry replicated to some point.
Let us cover up all of that and once again I will post some of the screens at the end, but not all of them...
1) Moses summoned voidy tentacles from the sky:
So did the Void multiple times... subconsciously, because of the old events?
2) Jesus got crucified:
We had the Sentry in a crucified position... once again subconsciously, because of the old events?
3) Jesus healed a blind man:
Sentry healed the daughter of his doctor... she was in a vegetative state... at first he refused, telling his doctor that he is not God and that if he did it for her, he would have to do it for everyone else... That is a very good example of Sentry limiting himself with his morals, since he does not consider himself as what he might be...
A piece of information: The creator of the Sentry Paul Jenkins always intended the Sentry to be a trilogy... In the first volume Sentry was supposed to come back and find out that he was the Void all along... in the second volume Sentry was supposed to face his addition and overcome the Void once again and in the third volume Sentry was supposed to finally accept his Godhood...
4) Jesus resurrected multiple people:
Sentry resurrected his own wife after Ultron beat her to death...
5) Jesus resurrected himself from the dead:
As we all know Sentry is immortal and returning from the dead (well, it depends on Robert Reynolds, but that is covered up in different FAQs)...
6) Jesus freed a man (Legion), who was possesed by many demons:
Sentry fought against the Collective, a man with the powers of 50 mutants...
7) Jesus disappeared from a sealed tomb:
Sentry was in a cave, when the Avengers found him... the only exit was blocked and the Sentry teleported himself out...
8) Jesus walked over water:
Sentry was able to fly ... now there is a difference of course, but I ask myself ... would someone from Jesus' era and these powers really be able to fly the way Sentry did? I think that people back then simply never thought of actually flying, without having wings. They would probably think that only birds are able to fly and therefore Jesus walked over water, which went into the right direction.
Did he use molecule manipulation for that? Did he make himself as light as possible, or did he make the water under his feet hard to perform that feet? Who knows...
As I said it, I didn't post all of the scans, because some of them are in the other FAQ threads and some of them are so memorable, that you should know them, if you ever read Sentry comics :-)
So, what does all of that now exactly mean? Did Moses and Jesus have the same powers as Sentry? Was the Sentry the next person in line to wield these powers? Will there ever be a different character in the Marvel universe with the same powers?
What about the Void? Why was the Void not around in the past, when Moses and Jesus had the powers? Well, you have to understand that the Void is only there, because of Robert Reynolds' mental illness (covered in other FAQs).
Judging by that Moses and Jesus were perfectly fine. They believed in God and in the right case and that was the motivation for them to do what they did. And that is exactly the point, which negates the entire theory.
First of all it's the crazy maniac Norman Osborn, who called Void the Angel of Death. Osborn's word means nothing, so forget about that one immediately. Secondly it was Robert's wife Lindy, who had the idea that there could be something godly behind the power of a million exploding suns. She also called that just crazy theories. So there goes the second point.
But what remains is the moment, where we actually see Moses summoning voidy tentacles. That hints out that the theory could but true ...
... or at least that would be the case, if it hasn't been established that the Void functions as Sentry's counterpart. For everything good the Sentry does, the Void is there to do something evil.
There were many examples like for example when Sentry saved 150 people, Void killed 152 people. When Sentry healed a young girl, the Void gave a young mother breast cancer. When Sentry had the intention to kill the Void and told him that he hates him, the Void automatically did the exact opposite: The Void gave the Sentry a kiss, told him that he loves him and begged the Sentry not to kill him.
So if the Senrty must have a counterpart, which does as much evil as he does good, then why didn't Moses and Jesus have voidy counterparts? Or did they? Did Jesus sacrifice himself to safe the mankind from the "Wrath of God"? Did he sacrifice himself, because he didn't want to accept such a "Way of God"?
Makes you actually think about comics, doesn't it?
Well, no matter from which perspective you look at these events, you have to keep one thing in mind... Robert Reynolds is a mentally ill man and he has all of the power in the world. He can do anything and he can't die. That is a lot of responsibility.
Can his powers be linked to God? I won't give you a straight up answer to that question.
Should his powers be linked to God? No, they shouldn't.
Odin and Thor are gods of the Norse mythology. Zeus and Hercules are gods of the Green Mythology. They are in the Marvel comics around. Odin and Thor, as many comic book readers know are not really gods. They are powerful aliens from a different dimension, which were on the Earth few times and got worshiped as gods. Their existence does not really insult the beliefs of all too many people.
But having Robert Reynolds, a mentally ill man, who ... even though he saved hundreds of million people - he also killed millions of people ... and having such a guy being referred to the actual Christian God, who is important to a lot of people?
That is a very questionable thing to do, even for comic book standards.
Additionally to that the Moses instance in the comics never really got explained any further, so these two panels should be ignored. Not neccessarily because of the lack of information, but out of respect towards anyone who believes that God exists.
I personally do not believe in God, but I perfectly understand if there are people who might be upset, if Sentry gets referred to God.
Comic books are all about fun and new, interesting stories, but even these stories should have limits.
And that's it!
I know that I've talked around the topic here and there, but I hope that this thread still clears up some stuff. If you have any questions, then please go ahead and ask!
If you have a problem with my take on the referrences in the comic books, that's perfectly fine! Everyone is entitled to his / her own opinion. If you have a different take on it, feel free to share it with everyone!
PS: If you find any grammar mistakes or typos, keep them for yourself! English is not my native language. In fact I "main" two other languages, but my English is getting better every day and I hope that you were able to understand everything so far!