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The Runner possesses a cosmic-enhanced life force. This cosmic-enhanced life force is the source of his superhuman abilities. These include a variety of powers, including: Augmentation of his physical attributes and senses, a virtually immortal body and immunity to aging and disease. He is also impervious to conventional injury through regeneration. As well as these abilities, he's able to use his cosmic life force for a variety of other effects. These include the ability to generate energy blasts and transformation and rearrangement of matter on a planetary scale.
His current age is approximated at 5 billion years. As an Elder of the Universe, Runner was originally immortal as long as he was occupied by his obsession. However, after the Grandmaster tricked Death into exiling all of the Elders from her realm, Runner became unable to die by any means.
Runner also possesses superhuman strength (around class 10), is able to survive in space unguarded, and is able to fly at warp speed.
In addition, the Runner has the ability to stimulate the pleasure centers of the beings around him, causing them to feel good in his presence. This basically makes anyone he comes into contact with, like him, even if they're in the middle of battle.
The ability the Runner possesses to stimulate the pleasure centers of the people around him may or may not be under his control. It's doubtful however, that he would even try to control it in the first place.
First Appearance: The New Defenders (1985) #143
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Annihilation: Ronan (2006)
Marvel Hit-Comic (1989)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A To Z Update (2010)
#1 Quasar (1989)
- 'Marlene Alraune to Zuri'
#17 Silver Surfer (1987)
- 'Reborn to Run'#58
- 'Distant Running'
#3 The New Defenders (1985)
- 'Space Is Eternity'#17
- 'Playing With Matches'
#143 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Another Runner...'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89 (1989)
#6 The Thanos Quest (1990)
- 'Prowler to Serpent Society'
What If? Secret Wars (2009)
- 'What if... Doctor Doom Kept the Beyonder's Power?'#1 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'What if... Doctor Doom Kept the Beyonder's Power?'
Elders of the Universe (Marvel)
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