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The In-Betweener possesses incalculable strength, is totally indestructible and can fly at warp speed. The In-Betweener has nearly limitless ability to manipulate time, space, matter and energy as well as almost infinite abilities with the entire range of psionic powers. The In-Betweener also has a telepathic link with its creator’s Lord Chaos and Master Order. However, there are limits to his powers indicating the In-Betweener is not all-knowing or infallible.
A long time ago, the conceptual beings Lord Chaos and Master Order created the In-Betweener and charged him with the task of keeping the cosmos in balance for them. The In-Betweener was then sent out into the cosmos to fulfill its mission first by kidnapping the being Adam Warlock in order to transform him into the Magus, but that planned ultimately failed when Warlock escaped by traveling through time and making the transformation impossible.
The In-Betweener later placed himself with a group of sorcerers known as the Creators as he planned to alter the fabric of reality by imposing his own concept of balance on the universe, but was opposed by the sorcerer supreme, Doctor Strange. The two battled, but the In-Betweener ultimately lost when Doctor Strange alerted his masters to his scheme.
Afterwards, the In-Betweener attempted to escape subservience to Lord Chaos and Master Order by allying himself with the Elders of the Universe with the plan to replace Galactus’s role in the universe. However, Galactus did not agree with this plan and defeated the In-Betweener in battle allowing him to be imprisoned by Chaos and Order. Later, the mad titan Thanos freed him from his prison only to trick the In-Betweener into surrendering his soul gem to him. Although free for a while, the In-Betweener was captured by his masters once again.
Recently, the would-be world conqueror called Scorpio learned that the last millennium had unraveled "incorrectly," and that the Zodiac Key was needed to ensure the following thousand years would unravel correctly. He then used the Key to steal the capitals of the world, usurp the dimension the In-Betweener made for himself as a place of reflection, and divide the In-Betweener into his order and chaos selves because he needed the raw power of chaos and his realm to further his plans. The Scarlet Witch had exhibited the characteristics of the In-Betweener when his chaos half tried to contact her because, as she explained to the other Avengers, he wanted to be rejoined with his order half. The Scarlet Witch then used her magics to locate the order half of the In-Betweener, and the Avengers along with Namor, the Sub-Mariner set out to find him. When confronted, the order half, not wanting to be merged with his other self, sent several of the Avengers to the Ankh Dimension, where they confronted Scorpio. Namor then attacked the order half on his own and was easily defeated, but just as the order half claimed his victory the mighty Thor returned to Earth and renewed the battle. Thor was holding his own, but the Scarlet Witch’s patience had run out and she attacked, and forced open a dimensional portal to follow the other Avengers to Scorpio, and the chaos half of the In-Betweener. The chaos half that was under the control of Scorpio was set free when the villain was defeated, and once it threatened the life of the Avenger, Vision, the Scarlet Witch used her powers to merge the two halves together again. Now whole, the In-Betweener returned the Avengers and the Earth’s cities and their peoples to their rightful places. The In-Betweener also commented on how the Avengers were a great power for good, but spoke of an equally powerful evil that would come and many would die possibly warning them of the Scarlet Witch's mental breakdown. With that, the In-Betweener teleported away and has not been seen since.
First Appearance: Warlock (1972) #9
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
#1 Avengers (1998)
- 'Amatsu-Kami (Japanese Gods) To Walker'
#57 Avengers Academy (2010)
- 'World Trust, Part 1: New Alliances'#58
- 'World Trust, Part 2: Assembled'#59
- 'Friends and Enemies'#60
- 'Chaos and Order'
Avengers Assemble (2012)
Damage Control (vol. 3) (1991)
#4 Docteur Strange (1979)
- 'Cleanliness is Next to Godliness'
#21/22 Doctor Strange (1974)
#26 Last Planet Standing (2006)
- 'The Return of the Ancient One!'#27
- 'I... The In-Betweener!'#28
- 'Fate... Like A Wheel'
Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe (2014)
#1 Marvel Universe: The End (2003)
- 'Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe Part One'#2
- 'Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe Part Two'#3
- 'Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe Part Three'#4
- 'Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe Part Four'
#4 Quasar (1989)
- 'The Cure'
#26 ROM (1979)
- 'The Eight Billion Year Funeral'#38
- 'Whose War Is this Anyway?'#50
- 'Horizon of Holes'
#41 Secret Wars II (1985)
- 'The Dweller On the Threshold!'
Silver Surfer (1987)
#16 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'Malice: a Four Thought'#17
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
#6 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Human Torch to Ka-Zar'
The Thanos Quest (1990)
#1 Vengeance (2011)
- 'Schemes and Dreams'
#9 X-Men Forever (2001)
- 'The Infinity Effect'#10
- 'How Strange My Destiny! Part 1: The Rice! / Who is Thanos? / Enter the Redemption Principle!'#11
- 'How Strange My Destiny! Part 2: Escape Into the Inner Prison! / The Strange Death of Adam Warlock!'
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