Captain Universe (Marvel)(02 - Gabriel Vargas)
Real Name: Gabriel Vargas
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The Uni-Power is an extra-dimensional force that possesses an individual (or on one occasion, twins) in a time of crisis, transforming that person into Captain Universe. As Captain Universe, the transformed person typically retains his or her original personality and appearance, though with Captain Universe's costume and heroic traits superimposed over the original. Captain Universe generally possesses superhuman strength, flight, X-ray vision, telekinesis, enhanced senses, and a psychic awareness of imminent danger; when a person already possessing one or more of these abilities was transformed into Captain Universe, those abilities were amplified by vast amounts. Some manifestations of the Uni-Power have demonstrated other, less common abilities as well as failing to exhibit some of the more 'usual' powers. Possessing its own sentience, the Uni-Power can and will abandon a host if necessary, or if said host uses the granted abilities in a detrimental or criminal fashion.
The Uni-Power itself emanates from the Enigma Force, the exact nature of which, naturally, remains an enigma. It is believed, however, to be connected to the Microverse, home of the Micronauts. The first Human Captain Universe was an astronaut, Captain Ray Coffin. Although the Uni-Power typically empowers normal, non-super-powered humans, it has in the past empowered Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Commander Arcturus Rann of the Micronauts, a toddler, and a dog, among others. Its counterparts in various alternate timelines have also possessed Mar-Vell, Mr. Fantastic, a member of the alien Badoon race, a Doombot and Quasar. Because of its never-ending supply of energy it has been the target of many individuals, terrorist groups and peacekeeping agencies such as AIM, the Psycho-Man, Doctor Doom and even S.H.I.E.L.D. In 2005, after a four year break from comic appearances, Captain Universe returned, and a series of Captain Universe specials were published, in which the Uni-Power possesses various Marvel heroes (the Hulk; X-23; Daredevil, who regained his sight while possessed; the Invisible Woman; Gladiator; and the Silver Surfer); all in a mission to restore its power which has been severely weakened from a mysterious force emanating from the darkest corners of the Microverse. Using the copied powers of each hero, it took paraplegic war veteran Gabriel Vargas as its host to face the one responsible for its weakening.
Recently the hero known as The Captain was drawn into a dark vision created by the Forbush Man. In this vision he had become Captain Universe but was catapulted to the other side of the Universe where another Earth existed. He learned that on this Earth everything that had ever gone right on our Earth had gone wrong here creating a world of chaos, anarchy, destruction and despair. The Heroes who lived here had become cold, cynical and hateful of Captain Universe because he was the only one who remembered what it was like to smile. Of course during his time on this Earth he became desperate to get home but found that getting from this Earth to his own would be impossible due to the sheer distance separating the two.
At some unknown point Captain Universe (Gabriel Vargas) is arrested by the Kree Government for accidentally attacking a group of Kree who were killing people who he thought were innocents but were actually sympathetic to the genocidal actions of the Annihilation Wave. For months he was studied by the Kree who, despite their highly advanced technology, could not learn much about the Uni-Power other than that the suit given to all users is actually a molecular shell and not spandex as was previously believed. Eventually Gabriel is released from prison and put into a highly aggressive session of training by the Kree Military as he and several other prisoners prepare for a mission that will halt the Phalanx's technophage virus from spreading further. It is not known if Gabriel and the Uni-Power ever determined the source of the Uni-Power's memory and power loss.
First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy (2004) #14
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#2 Amazing Fantasy (2004)
- 'Benny Beckley to Crazy Eight'
#14 Annihilation: Conquest (2008)
- 'Vegas: Play to Win, Part Two'
#2 Annihilation: Conquest - Starlord (2007)
- 'Together Alone'#3
- 'Together Alone'
Captain Universe/Silver Surfer (2006)
Chaos War: Dead Avengers (2011)
- 'Day One - Dead Avengers'
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