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Stan Lee answered this question in an interview with Eric Spitznagel of Vanity Fair (March, 2011). You can read the transcript on ComicBookMovie.com. VF: If it weren’t for the Comics Code, would the Hulk’s pants have ripped off like his shirt? Stan Lee: I guess it probably would have. So occasionally the Code did some good things. VF: Did you ...


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The Muramasa Blade The Muramasa Blade (the second, made specifically for Wolverine - not the Black Blade) has been shown to effectively negate healing factors entirely. It has been used to It was described by Wolverine as "the only thing in the world that could put him down." At this point in time, Wolverine removed Daken's Muramasa-coated claws and ...


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1915: The Mystery of Lucien Delorme, a novel by Guy de Téramond (pseudonym of François-Edmond Gautier de Téramond), translated into English by Mary J. Safford from the 1914 French L'Homme qui voit à travers les murailles ("The man who sees through walls"); available at the Hathi Trust Digital Library. From Bleiler's review: The common factor is Lucien, ...


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The Invisible Man - H. G. Wells, 1897 In discussing the process used to turn the protagonist invisible, Wells writes: ...the essential phase was to place the transparent object whose refractive index was to be lowered between two radiating centres of a sort of ethereal vibration, of which I will tell you more fully later. No, not those Röntgen vibrations—...


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From Wikipedia's "Powers and abilities of Superman": Flight - The ability to naturally defy and operate independently of gravity and propel himself through the air at will. Originally, he only had the power to jump great distances, as stated by the 1940s Superman cartoons ("Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound"). Has ranged from simply ...


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Actually, scientifically and biologically it's fine for him to have spinnerets in his wrists. Research earlier this year has confirmed several species of tarantula (and therefore likely other spider species) really DO produce silk from their limbs as well as their abdomens; it's part of what helps them climb surfaces. http://jeb.biologists.org/content/214/...


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The only surefire way would have to be complete instantaneous obliteration to remove the possibility of any cellular regeneration. That said, Professor Xavier compiled a set of failsafes called "The Xavier Protocols" detailing how to defeat the X-Men in the chance that any of them became a threat. As per Wikipedia: It has been stated in the Xavier ...


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This is "The Random Man" by Marc Laidlaw. “No particular reason, it’s yust happening. Given a random universe, it’s perfectly plausible, though the florts are against it.” “The whats?” “I meant ‘odds.’ It’s hard to get all the words right when everything is just a fluke.” .... “Sure,” said Milt. “Why not? If I’ve been chosen at random, why ...


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In John Byrne's original "Man of Steel" reboot of Superman, the position was adopted that most or all of Superman's powers were fundamentally psychokinetic in nature. This really made, and continues to make, an enormous amount of sense, explaining as it does things like why he gets strength and heat vision in the same power set, why his costume is as ...


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Though the legends are unclear, it is rumored historically that Heimdall is a member of the Vanir, a race of fertility gods gifted with powerful magic and the gift of foresight. They were enemies of Odin and his people, the Aesir, and once they were defeated, absorbed into the Aesir to became part of the Asgardian pantheon of deities. In Norse Mythology: ...


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Well, there was a scene in an issue of Justice League of America, (vol. 1, from the late 1970s) written by Steve Englehart where Flash, Wonder Woman, and (I think) Batman were in a snowy area in some mountains (maybe the Himalayas). I think it was during his "Manhunters" story, so probably issue 140 or 141. Flash is running in place and rubbing his arms to ...


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In the FAQ on her website, J.K. Rowling says: Q: In "Philosopher's Stone" Aunt Petunia says that Lily came back from Hogwarts with frog spawn in her pockets and turned teacups into rats. If this is true, why wasn't Lily expelled? A: Aunt Petunia is exaggerating a little; you have to allow for her state of mind when she started shrieking these things....


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There was a part in Days of Future Past that actually showed Wolverine dying at the thought age of 75 (he looked late 40's early 50's) in which the Wolverine's body is instantly incinerated by a Sentinel's blast leaving only the Adamantium skeleton. Here's an image of the event from Thaddeus Howze's answer:


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I submit that it was Atomic-Man, at least in comic books Atomic-Man was created in 1945. Yes, the same year as the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and indeed the first year that any comic book writer who was not also a nuclear physicist would likely conceive of creating a radiation-influenced character. He made his debut in Headline Comics #16. ...


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Unsurprisingly, most of the White Walker (The Others) abilities revolve around ice and cold. I am going to draw on some back story from the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, but only where it is relevant to what we also see in the Game of Thrones show-verse. Create swords and other items from ice (seen in show): Shaw: Do you know what substance an Other ...


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I think it is fairly clear that E.T. is from the species of the Star Wars galaxy, probably having come on a generational ship, since the journey would be very long indeed. Since the Force pervades the galaxy and everything in it, and can be used for purposes of manipulating it, I think it's reasonable to assume that E.T.'s "magic" did use the force at some ...


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Magneto can manipulate Colossus. It's a semi-frequent theme between the two of them (like with Wolverine). Unsurprisingly, Magneto often comes on top where Colossus is concerned. One example - X-Men #112: A pertinent excerpt: Neither one of these are my images or scans.


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Control is a matter of debate, but Colossus can be affected by Magneto's powers easily. Magneto is able to hold Colossus at bay, freeze him in place or simply repel him great distances with apparently little effort. When Colossus takes on his metallic form, his mutant power transforms him into a being composed of an "organic osmium alloy", a super-dense ...


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I don't think the books ever went into much detail, but from this... Book III, ch.10: ‘Be­hold, I am not Gan­dalf the Grey, whom you be­trayed. I am Gan­dalf the White, who has re­turned from death. You have no colour now, and I cast you from the order and from the Coun­cil.’ He raised his hand, and spoke slowly in a clear cold voice. ‘Saru­man, ...


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Generally with many things such as the force, there are two components. The first is a person's innate power, their natural talent. The real strength comes from taking a person's raw talent, and learning to use it. For instance, two people could be racing cars, one with a more experienced driver and less powerful car than their opponent. The more ...


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No. Using the basic premise that mutants were caused by the experimentation on the human genome by the god-like and mysterious beings known as the Celestials, first upon the Deviants, then the Eternals, and finally Humanity and the Inhumans, there has always been an implied arms races to create the most powerful reality-altering life-form possible for an ...


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Your question doesn't state a specific canon or universe so specifically in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999) Spider-Man originally only has one type of webs, his normal ones. He creates the mixture himself and does improve on it but it is generally just the same webbing. He is up to at least version 3.01 as we see his doodles in class when he is ...


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From Marvel Universe: Nightcrawler can easily teleport north south along Earth's magnetic lines of force. However, teleporting east west against them or teleporting vertically is more difficult. Under optimal conditions, Nightcrawler can teleport 2 miles east west, 3 miles north south, and 2 miles vertically if he exerts himself. He also tends to prefer ...


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Harry Dresden has described himself as 'easily in the top 40, world-wide, for raw power'. What he lacks is precision, experience, and technique. His power has never really 'spiked' without outside assistance. Rather, his technique and precision have improved and he has gained experience. He's gotten more powerful as well, but that is because magical ...


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In the DCAU - Justice League Unlimited: The Balance Diana and Shayera (Hawk Girl) have this exchange: Shayera Hol: Aren't you cold in that outfit? Wonder Woman: Not really. Shayera Hol: Of course not. The Princess doesn't get cold. The Princess doesn't even sweat in the Fire Pits of Tartarus. Wonder Woman: I do too sweat. Shayera Hol: Please, you ...


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Anakin was the chosen one. He was supposed to destroy the Sith and later on become the most powerful Jedi ever. Palpatine got to him too early before he knew what was good for him. Everyone was testing him at once, the council, obi-wan and the force (his dreams). The only reassurance he got was from Palpatine. While training Luke, Yoda explained that ...


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No, Iron Man's repulsor technology and Cyclops' optically-directed ruby beam (called his optic blast) are not the same effect even though there are potential similarities in the types of damage they may both produce. Iron Man's repulsor is a particle beam. Iron Man repulsor technology is a particle beam weapon with explosive and concussive effects. These ...


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Ms. Marvel was originally Carol Danvers, just a regular human working at NASA where she happened to meet one Dr. Phillip Lawson (we know him as the Kree super hero called Captain Marvel). A romance blossomed between them after he saves her life and after hearing of said romance, a Kree enemy (Yon-Rogg) kidnaps Carol to draw Captain Marvel into a trap. ...


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Yes, despite the hype of Wolverine surviving a nuclear weapon (this explains how he did it) there are explosives of a non-nuclear nature that would be capable of killing him. Thermobaric bomb destroys an underground silo A thermobaric explosion at point blank range would assuredly kill Logan. It has all of the explosive power of a nuclear weapon with none ...


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You can't. Wolverine has been obliterated down to just his skeleton and then regenerated his entire body in mere moments. In short, Wolverine is a fictional character, so no matter what method you devise to kill him, there will always be a way for him to survive. There was a Sam Keith story called "The Many Deaths of Wolverine" that documented all the ...


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