Exodus (comics)


Exodus (comics)

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caption=Exodus drawn by John Romita, Jr.
comic_color=background:#ff8080
character_name=Exodus
real_name=Bennet du Paris
species=Human Mutant
publisher=Marvel Comics
debut="X-Factor" #92
creators=Scott Lobdell
Joe Quesada.
alliance_color=background:#c0c0ff
alliances=Marauders Acolytes Crusaders Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
aliases=Paris Bennet
powers=Superhuman physical attributes
Psionic powers
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Exodus is a fictional character, a comic book supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. Created by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Joe Quesada, he first appeared in "X-Factor" #92 (July 1993). His real name was initially given as Paris Bennett, but this was uncovered as an alias when he was revealed to have been born in 12th century France under the name of Bennet Du Paris.

Fictional character biography

Origin

Born in the 12th century, Bennet du Paris had always felt different, as if he had a deep hidden power. As an adult he was a crusader and became best friends with Eobar Garrington, the Black Knight of that era. The two had set out on a quest to find the Tower of Power, the domain of the mythic "Eternal Pharaoh" in Akkaba when Dane Whitman (the 20th century Black Knight) and Sersi had been transported back to the 12th century, Whitman transported into Eobar's body. Eobar retained control, but felt something was wrong. When he came into contact with Sersi he abandoned the quest, angering Du Paris, who then left to find the tower alone. Traveling for hours through violent sandstorms, when he finally collapsed a voice spoke to him, asking him if he was willing to risk everything to become one of the strong. Du Paris was then tested, and his mutant powers manifested for the first time. Proving himself strong, he disappeared from the spot.

Meanwhile Sersi had awakened Dane's mind and he now had control of his body as Eobar passed on. While searching for Du Paris, the two were captured by Apocalypse. When they awoke they found Bennet Du Paris had been transformed into Exodus, recognizing him as the same Exodus from the 20th century. Apocalypse commanded Exodus to destroy the Black Knight. When Dane refused to kill Exodus, Sersi intervened, though her attack proved useless. Apocalypse again commanded Exodus to kill Sersi and Dane, though this time Exodus refused. He turned on Apocalypse calling him a "false god". Apocalypse stripped Exodus of his power and sealed him away in a crypt in the Swiss Alps.

Six months later Dane found the crypt in which Exodus was trapped and in a coma-like state. He found there was a curse preventing Exodus from leaving, yet others were allowed to come and go as they pleased. Dane left guards who had sworn to look after the crypt for generations to come, and he and Sersi returned to their time.

Acolytes

Sometime later, in the 20th century, Magneto found and freed Exodus, taking him back to Avalon. Exodus became Magneto's right-hand man, replacing Fabian Cortez who had betrayed Magneto. Exodus appeared before the government sanctioned team X-Factor (his first actual appearance). It seemed as though Exodus wanted to tell them something, but he refrained and left.

Exodus then appeared before the mutant team X-Force to take Cannonball and Sunspot to Avalon with him. They declined, but the team proved no match for Exodus. Exodus was followed back, and X-Force invaded Avalon to rescue their teammates. The whole of X-Force fled the station, but not before Cable was mortally wounded by Magneto.

When Charles Xavier wiped Magneto's mind clean in an attack by the X-Men on Avalon, Exodus assumed leadership of the Acolytes. Exodus would converse with the mindless Magneto, believing he could hear Magneto's voice.

Soon after, Fabian Cortez had resurfaced in Genosha, where he had taken Magneto's granddaughter Luna prisoner. The tension between the mutants and humans there had erupted and Genosha was in a state of war. When Luna's mother Crystal realized Luna had been taken, she and the Avengers left for Genosha. Meanwhile Quicksilver, Magneto and the X-Men had also gone to Genosha to save Luna. Exodus arrived in Genosha to save the mutate people and destroy the humans. He quickly came to blows with the Avengers, defeating both War Machine and Sersi before leaving. Exodus then found Fabian Cortez in the sewers of Genosha, using the baby Luna as a human shield. Cortez tried his best to escape, telling Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Crystal and Jean Grey they must kill Exodus in exchange for Luna's life. They were no match for Exodus, however, and he took control of Cortez, making him hand over Luna and seemingly killing him.

Exodus then appeared to the mutates of Genosha, telling them to kill all humans or the entire island would be crushed under his force field. The Avengers and X-Men teamed up and took the fight to Exodus, but it proved futile. It wasn't until Professor Xavier unleashed a powerful psionic attack on Exodus that Black Knight was able to sneak up on Exodus, cutting through him with his energy blade. Exodus, weakened and defeated, left for Avalon, but not before unleashing a powerful attack on Quicksilver. It was also revealed during this battle that Black Knight remembered Exodus, but not from where or when.

Exodus vs. Holocaust

The Acolytes discovered a cocoon of ice with a living being inside floating near Avalon. Despite some Acolyte's objections, Exodus ordered the cocoon to be brought on board, believing it to be a sign of things to come. This, together with his insistence that he hears Magneto's voice and refusal to show Magneto's body, made some Acolytes doubt his sanity. During the night the being inhabiting the cocoon awoke and absorbed several Acolytes, killing them. The being turned out to be Holocaust, one of the survivors of the altered reality the Age of Apocalypse. Holocaust confused Exodus with his AoA counterpart. Holocaust knew that he was among enemies when he heard of Magneto's presence. Exodus and Holocaust battled without regard for anything around them, destroying Avalon and sending its remnants to Earth.

Severely weakened from his battle with Holocaust, Exodus made his way back to the crypt in the Swiss Alps where Apocalypse had originally locked him away. There Exodus hoped to rest and regain his powers, but discovered that his powers had somehow changed. Exodus became a kind of "psychic vampire", needing to absorb the psionic energy of others. When he sensed the energies of Cable and X-Man nearby, he was delighted at the sheer power they possessed. Exodus battled X-Man, becoming more powerful every time X-Man used his power. It looked as though Exodus would be victorious until X-Man discovered Exodus' link to Apocalypse. Enraged, X-Man let loose the full extent of his power, which proved to be too much for Exodus, and sealed him in a rapidly closing crevasse.

Back with the Acolytes

Exodus survived, his powers reverted to normal, and he returned to leading the Acolytes. Seeing the High Evolutionary's experiments as crimes against nature, Exodus sent an army of Mutates and a team of Acolytes in an attack against the Evolutionary's base, Wundagore Mountain. Despite opposition from Quicksilver and the Knights of Wundagore, Exodus successfully gained control of the citadel while the High Evolutionary escaped. Exodus considered it his "holy mission" to rid the world of impure and artificial mutants such as the High Evolutionary and his creations, the beings known as Inhumans, and those infected with the Legacy Virus. He sent a team which included Pyro, Avalanche, Omega Red and Feral to find the High Evolutionary, promising the infected members a cure to the Legacy Virus. He also sent Fabian Cortez on a mission to destroy the Terrigen Mists in the Inhuman city of Attilan; however in the end, Cortez failed.

The High Evolutionary decided it was time to regain control of Mount Wundagore, and set off with a team towards the citadel. There he was betrayed by Man-Beast who stole the scepter housing Isotope E, greatly empowering him. Exodus and his Acolyte's appeared and Exodus demanded the isotope be handed over. Man-Beast refused to comply. After a horrific battle between Exodus and Man-Beast, the two came to the conclusion that they had much in common and decided to share the isotope. Together they took Quicksilver, the Knights of Wundagore, and the Heroes For Hire prisoner. Quicksilver eventually escaped, gained control of Isotope E himself, turned the isotope on himself, and became more powerful than he had ever been before. Exodus apparently proved no match for the super-charged Quicksilver and was soundly defeated.

Just as Pietro began to celebrate however, the High Evolutionary, now 20 feet tall and completely insane, smashed through the wall behind them. The Acolytes refused to help in the battle against High Evolutionary, prompting Exodus to call them cowards; the mutant announced that the High Evolutionary was an abomination and that Exodus would defeat him by any means necessary. Thena and Exodus' subsequent proved ineffective, until Man-Beast appeared and suggested that the three of them unite their psionic power. This tactic worked and the High Evolutionary began to shrink back down as a result of their combined assault, but Quicksilver intervened and convinced them to stop before they could kill the High Evolutionary.

With the High Evolutionary de-powered, Quicksilver reverted to normal, and Thena incapacitated, Exodus attempted once more to destroy the High Evolutionary. However, he was again halted in his attempt, this time by the voice of the Black Knight. The Knight allowed Exodus into his mind where the mutant discovered that this Black Knight was his friend from centuries ago. The two then engaged in combat until the Black Knight defeated Exodus and once again sealed him in the crypt Apocalypse had created.

Later on, Exodus escaped from his prison yet again, this time emerging as a changed man. Disguising himself as Magneto, Exodus used his psionic power (boosted by technological means) to bring peace to the island nation of Genosha, forcing humans and mutants to coexist. When he was eventually unmasked by the X-Men, Exodus proclaimed himself a penitent trying desperately to atone for his bigoted past. Without his control, however, Genosha descended into civil war once more, leaving Exodus emotionally devastated.

Brotherhood of Mutants

This experience apparently leads him to renew his conviction that mutants were superior and that they were intended to inherit the earth. Having formed a new Brotherhood consisting of Avalanche, Nocturne, Sabretooth, Mammomax and Black Tom, Exodus leads an attack on a group of humans but was thwarted by the X-Men. After escaping, this new Brotherhood decideds to attack the X-Men in their home. Two of the residents, a young mutant child and a cafeteria employee, die as a result. For the Brotherhood the attack proves a complete disaster, resulting in most of the Brotherhood, Exodus included, being sucked into the mutant Xorn's head. They reappear in Mojoworld and make a deal with Mojo to leave. It is unknown whether this deal will come up later.

After M-Day

Exodus was one of the few mutants who retained his powers after the events of the House of M storyline. The '198 Files', he is listed as a severe danger. He now leads a new team of Acolytes with Frenzy, Random and Tempo as followers. Exodus and his new Acolytes attack the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier that is above the Xavier Institute. Their intent is to capture and use Cable to reveal how many mutant births would occur in the future. During the attack he is opposed by Rogue's team as well as the deprogrammed Northstar and Aurora. Upon discovering the revelation that no more mutant births occur post-Decimation and that he, his Acolytes, the X-Men and the remaining mutants worldwide are now an endangered species, he leaves. In Antarctica, he bows to Mr. Sinister, who reveals that he can save mutantkind from extinction.

Marauders

After defeating the Hetacomb on Providence, the X-Men return to Mystique's home where they are betrayed by Mystique, Lady Mastermind and a possessed Omega Sentinel and attacked by the Marauders. Seemingly as part of a three pronged plan alongside Gambit and Sunfire in Providence who attack Cable, and Exodus with his new group of Acolytes who ambush the Xavier Institute while only Kitty Pryde, Colossus and the New X-Men are home. It is apparent that Exodus has allied with the Marauders as part of Mister Sinister's plan to save the mutant race from extinction, leading to, ".

X-Men: Messiah Complex

Emma Frost faces off against Exodus. He is incapacitated and severely injured by Dust when she emerges from inside of him ["X-Men vol. 2 #207"] , using her sand form to tear his innards severely.

X-Men: Legacy

It is revealed that Professor Xavier is in the care of the Acolytes after being shot by Bishop ["X-Men: Legacy" #208] . Exodus has apparently fully recovered from Dust's attack and is trying to treat the head wound inflicted on him by Bishop. But even in his weakened state, Xavier is resisting Exodus' attempts. He states the only way he can save Xavier is to rebuild his damaged brain atom by atom, which he apparently does, but is forced to extract all of his memories in the process. Complicating the issue is Xavier's mind refusing to accept them back.

This forces Exodus to seek out the aid of the one person who may be able to restore Xavier's mind: Magneto. After Magneto wounds Frenzy by firing a medical laser into one of her eyes, Exodus asks him what punishment he would have instilled on a human who injured a mutant, (as the Acolytes considers Lehnsherr to now be a human and even claims that Magneto is dead and that Lehnsherr is just a shell that was left over). Magneto replies "Death" and Exodus proceeds to choke him with his telekinesis before Xavier challenges Exodus on the astral plane placing his newly restored mind at stake.

As Exodus and Xavier duel telepathically, Exodus forces Xavier to face his greatest failures, Legion, his relationship with Cyclops, the devastation of Genosha by Cassandra Nova, the deaths of Banshee, Thunderbird, and Sophie Cuckoo, among others. As Xavier is about to succumb to Exodus, Xavier pulls himself together and proclaims that he has had enough, seemingly throwing back Exodus' attack with a fierce psionic assault.

After the battle, Xavier warns Exodus that if he attacks again, Xavier will shut off Exodus' powers permanently. Exodus extends an offer to Xavier; he offers Charles the leadership of his Acolytes, but Xavier refuses, calling Exodus a fool for Exodus knows how much pain and suffering has befallen those who have been entrusted to Xavier's care.

Powers and abilities

Exodus is one of the most powerful mutants. He possesses vast superhuman powers, including telepathy, telekinesis, and teleportation.

His telepathic abilities have at times matched those of Professor X and X-Man. [X-Men: Legacy #210] Exodus has also used mind control to immediately command a dozen X-Men to fall asleep. [X-Men (2nd series) #202]

Exodus is able to use his telekinetic abilities to lift heavy objects, generate highly durable force fields around him, and project damaging blasts. The Hulk and Apocalypse have been able to withstand his telekinetic attacks. He also uses this ability to allow himself and fellow Acolytes to effect a form of flight. [X-Men (2nd series) #202]

Exodus is a teleporter of great range. [X-Force (1st series) # 25] He has used this ability to transport himself and others across the planet and regularly transported Acolytes between the earth and the orbiting space-station Avalon.

He also acts as a "psionic vampire", absorbing and stealing psionic energy from those around him and using it to his own advantage.

In the presence of the loyal Acolytes his powers have appeared to be greatly amplified.Fact|date=June 2007 He showed himself capable of simultaneously:
# Amplifying Genoshan mutates' hatred of humans ["Avengers" #369]
# Crushing Genosha via a massive force field ["Avengers" #369]
# Immobilising Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, Crystal and Jean Grey in another force field ["Avengers" #369]
# Mentally resisting Professor X's telepathic control ["Avengers" #369]
# Protecting himself from physical attacks ["Avengers" #369]
# Dealing out damage to both the X-Men and the Avengers ["Avengers" #369]

Exodus has also been shown able to counter at least one form of reality manipulation. [X-Nation 2099 # 6]

Exodus has also stated that he can heal and also bring the dead back to life. He appears to have done so on several occasions bringing back Acolytes who had been killed as well as Professor X. ["X-Men: Legacy" #208] He quickly healed after Dust entered his mouth in sand form and obliterated his organs. [Messiah Complex, Chapter 12] Exodus is also either immortal or extremely long-lived.

Other versions

2099

In the Marvel 2099 universe, Exodus appeared in "X-Nation 2099" He was able to defeat X-Nation and the Wild Boys solo and resist the magic of Mademoiselle Strange and even the reality warping powers of Twilight. [X-Nation 2099 # 6] He became the leader of one of the factions searching for the "Mutant Messiah". His search was hampered by world-wide flooding.

Age of Apocalypse

In the Age of Apocalypse, Exodus was removed from his stasis by Apocalypse and was tortured by The Madri. Exodus was rescued by Magneto and became a member of the X-Men. Like his Earth-616 counterpart, this Exodus was one of Magneto's most powerful followers, though lacking the cruelty of his mainstream counterpart (something that may have been linked to his romantic involvement with the AoA version of Dazzler). Exodus was not aware of all his powers as Magneto never told him, afraid that his full power might corrupt him. Necessity forced Magneto to tell Exodus about his powers of teleportation. Conspicuously absent during the Xmen: Age of Apocalypse 10th anniversary limited series, his absence was explained away by editors in the handbooks as having gone on an unspecified mission where he disappeared with other fellow X-men, who were also not present during the mini-series. Their fate is yet to be revealed.

House Of M

In this alternate reality, Exodus rules Australia, assisted by Pyro and the Vanisher. They see the humans as nothing more than servants and this attitude brings them trouble when they harass some of the Hulk's new-found friends. The Hulk ends up attacking the seat of power directly, knocking Exodus down, seemingly claiming rulership over all Australia. Having been abandoned by Magneto for bringing the trouble on himself by disobeying Magneto's orders, Exodus attempted to keep control but quickly lost it. Later, Magneto contacted Banner and attempted to convince him that Exodus was willing to take over again and leave the Aborigines alone this time.

In other media

Video games

* Exodus appeared as a boss in the games ', ' and "" on the Sega Game Gear

* He also made a cameo appearance in "".

References

External links

* [http://www.marvel.com/universe/Exodus Marvel Universe Entry]
* [http://en.marveldatabase.com/Bennet_du_Paris_%28Earth-616%29 Marvel Database Entry]


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