Blackheart

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Blackheart
Blackheart as he appears in "Marvel vs Capcom 2".
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceDaredevil #270 (September 1989)
Created byAnn Nocenti
John Romita, Jr.
In-story information
Team affiliationsHellfire Club
Notable aliasesBlack King, Voice, Son of Satan, Legion
AbilitiesHigh intelligence
Energy manipulation
Reality warping
Magical and mystical powers
Shape-shifting
Telepathy
Telekinesis
Accelerated Healing Factor
Superhuman physical attributes
 
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This article is about the Marvel Comics character. For other uses, see Black Heart.
Blackheart
Blackheart as he appears in "Marvel vs Capcom 2".
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceDaredevil #270 (September 1989)
Created byAnn Nocenti
John Romita, Jr.
In-story information
Team affiliationsHellfire Club
Notable aliasesBlack King, Voice, Son of Satan, Legion
AbilitiesHigh intelligence
Energy manipulation
Reality warping
Magical and mystical powers
Shape-shifting
Telepathy
Telekinesis
Accelerated Healing Factor
Superhuman physical attributes

Blackheart is a fictional demon in the Marvel Comics Universe. In the 2007 film Ghost Rider, Blackheart is portrayed by actor Wes Bentley.

Publication history[edit]

The character was created by Ann Nocenti and John Romita, Jr., and first appeared in Daredevil #270 (Sept. 1989).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Centuries of murder in a locale named Christ's Crown, New York, draws the attention of a demon-lord, Mephisto, who creates a "son", Blackheart, from the energy of the accumulated evil. Blackheart explores the nature of evil under his father's tutelage, clashing with and failing to corrupt Daredevil and Spider-Man.[1] Mephisto draws Daredevil, Brandy Ash, the genetically engineered Number Nine, and the Inhumans Gorgon, Karnak, and Ahura into Hell, where Blackheart tries to tempt them. However, he is impressed by humanity's free will and concludes that evil cannot hope to win out against good. When Mephisto learns of Blackheart's change of mind, he banishes him to Earth, warning him that if he ever uses his power again, he will be driven mad.[2]

Later, in an attempt to be free of captivity, Blackheart makes contact with Misha from the group Warheads and becomes the source of her pre-cognitive visions. Eventually Misha's squad, Kether Troop, invades Hell itself and frees Blackheart, who was temporarily in the disguise of Doctor Strange. Blackheart's plan to have the Troop slay Mephisto falls apart.[citation needed]

Blackheart returns to Christ's Crown and lures Ghost Rider, Punisher, and Wolverine to the town, hoping to recruit them in his war against Mephisto. When they all refuse, Blackheart brainwashes the entire town and kidnaps a young girl all three men had befriended. The group follows Blackheart and the girl back into his own realm and defeats him.[3] As Mephisto forewarned, the usage of his powers in this attempt drives him to madness. He again attempts to commission the services of the three heroes, using them to help him finally destroy Mephisto, and taking over his portion of Hell.[4]

Alongside the Grim Reaper, Blackheart brings Wonder Man to Mephisto's realm to battle Mephisto.[5]

Blackheart creates a group of Spirits of Vengeance in order to oppose the Ghost Rider, Noble Kale. Blackheart tricks Kale and tries to make him as a member of his group of Spirits of Vengeance, promising Kale the power to rule in Hell alongside him. The Ghost Rider double-crosses Blackheart and kills him, freeing the other Spirits of Vengeance, and gaining rule over Blackheart's portion of Hell.[volume & issue needed]

Having somehow survived, Blackheart attends a meeting with Mephisto, Satannish, Hela and Dormammu about a disturbance created by the newly resurrected Magik, who is looking for the soulsword and the original Bloodstone amulet.[6] Blackheart also attends the Devil's Advocacy to talk about the Serpent's threat on Earth.[7]

Blackheart later concocts a scheme to bring Hell to Earth and steal the souls of the planet's residents. As part of the plan, he takes human form and runs an operation in Las Vegas that sees him create several clones of X-23 and bond them to genetically created symbiotes. After Ghost Rider accidentally transports Hell to Las Vegas, Blackheart is confronted by the Ghost Rider, Venom, Red Hulk, and X-23, and summons four creatures that represent the antitheses of the four and sets them against the heroes.[8]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Blackheart is a powerful demon created by Mephisto, possibly from the essence of Darkforce. He possesses vast inherent supernatural powers, including superhuman strength, speed, and endurance which are magical in nature. He also has telekinetic and telepathic powers, and can levitate, teleport inter-dimensionally, change his size and physical form, enter and leave different planes of existence and dimensions at will, heal himself at the sub-molecular level, and has the ability to generate various forms of energies for destructive purposes such as powerful concussive blasts of black energy. He also possesses very high intelligence. Blackheart has demonstrated the ability to call forth armies from the pits of hell. He has also shown his telekinetic powers by ripping an entire planet apart by the force of will.[volume & issue needed] He can teleport himself and others to the Darkforce Dimension where he is at his strongest. He has no soul, making him invulnerable to the Penance Stare.[volume & issue needed]

Kid Blackheart[edit]

Kid Blackheart
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceGhost Riders: Heaven's on Fire #1 (Sept. 2009)
Created byJason Aaron
In-story information
Alter egoUnknown
Notable aliasesAntichrist
AbilitiesAs the Antichrist, Kid Blackheart potentially has unlimited power, however, he is still not strong enough to survive a battle with God's greatest weapon, the Ghost Rider.

Devil worshippers, looking to give Satan the perfect son, began the Blackheart Project. They mated some of the vilest individuals in different combinations, hoping to find the right mix to breed the Antichrist. They finally succeeded, but in doing so, they caught the eye of Zadkiel – a betrayer of God and usurper of Heaven. Zadkiel wanted to slay the Antichrist so the apocalypse would never come to pass, and he would remain forever. The Black Host made quick work of his enemies and just about every man, woman and child were massacred except for his intended target. Kid Blackheart settled in New York, but he could not stay hidden forever. Subjected to another assassination attempt, he would have perished if not for Jaine Cutter and her Breathing Gun. Jaine and the Antichrist fled but were again trapped by a group of mindless minions. Hellstorm, also tracking the boy so he might kill him, ended up having no choice but to defend him from his attackers. Kid Blackheart ran but did not get far before encountering Daniel Ketch. Snatching the boy from the streets and delivering him back to his saviors, Ketch was not surprised to see his brother, Johnny Blaze, and his Caretaker already in their company. Ketch explained how he made a deal with the devil to keep the boy safe in exchange for the keys to Heaven to stop Zadkiel.[9]

The group split up and the Antichrist played along, staying close to Sara, the Caretaker. When Jaine Cutter and Hellstorm were assaulted by Madcap and Scarecrow, he and Sara became separated from them. Taking refuge in a defiled church, Kid Blackheart decided to reveal his true goal. Master Pandemonium ambushed Sara, knocking her unconscious, so she could be chained and bound.[10] The Antichrist then said a few words in an unintelligible language and exposed Sara for what she truly was – a gateway to Heaven. Kid Blackheart, seeking to destroy Heaven for his father, led a horde of demons through her and into the shining city. However, once he arrived in Heaven, there was an army of Ghost Riders waiting on the other side. His troops did not stand a chance, and he was forced to flee, but not before suffering a few blows from Knuckles O'Shaugnessy. Kid Blackheart met with Master Pandemonium and Blackout for some rest and relaxation before they made another go at conquering the world for Satan.[11]

Other versions[edit]

Marvel Zombies[edit]

Blackheart is seen in Marvel Zombies 3 as one of the ones who are immune to the virus.[12]

In other media[edit]

Film[edit]

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daredevil #270
  2. ^ Daredevil #278–282.
  3. ^ Hearts of Darkness [graphic novel]
  4. ^ The Dark Design graphic novel
  5. ^ Wonder Man #22
  6. ^ X-Infernus #1
  7. ^ Journey Into Mystery #627
  8. ^ Venom (2011) #12
  9. ^ Ghost Riders: Heaven's On Fire #1
  10. ^ Ghost Riders: Heaven's On Fire #5
  11. ^ Ghost Riders: Heaven's On Fire #6
  12. ^ Marvel Zombies 3 #2

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