Evil Eye of Avalon
The Evil Eye of Avalon is an artifact that features in Marvel Comics.
The Evil Eye is a power object that was intended to be a weapon against the Fomor. It can manipulate & disintegrate matter, project blasts of concussive force, laser-like and disintegrating rays, and create or destroy force fields. It also possesses dimensional- and time- travel powers.
The Avengers were summoned to the past to trick the Fomor into unleashing Balor. The Evil Eye lacked a power source, so the plan was to use Balor to power the Eye. A time-travelling Black Knight planned to use the Eye to defeat the Fomor; however, because the Eye drained all of Balor's essence, whoever used the Eye would be destroyed. Whitman was possessing his ancestor Eobar Garrington at the time, and when he used the Eye to drive the Fomor from Avalon, Garrington died and Whitman returned to his own time.
The Evil Eye was later presented to Prester John by the people of Avalon in the 12th century. He used the Eye against Kang the Conqueror, who had travelled back in time to coerce Prester John to ally with him to conquer the 20th century. Prester John also used the Eye against a time-travelling Eric Masterson. Prester John then returned to Avalon and went into suspended animation.
In the modern era, the Human Torch and Wyatt Wingfoot stumbled into Avalon and inadvertently revived Prester John, who attacked them with the Evil Eye. The Torch stole the Eye to free the Inhumans who had been imprisoned in the city, but as it was about to overload Wyatt knocked the Eye out of Johnny's grasp just before it exploded.
The force of the explosion shattered the Eye into six pieces -- blasting them into different locations around the Earth. When Dormammu realized he could use the Eye to pull Earth into his dark dimension, he teamed with Loki to trick the Defenders into gathering the pieces. Loki realized that Dormammu would also conquer Asgard if he could, so he gulled Thor and the Avengers into battling the Defenders for the pieces. Although the battles were mostly even, the Defenders managed to acquire every piece -- only to see them stolen by a servant of Dormammu, Asti the All-Seeing. The two teams eventually joined forces to battle Dormammu and his weapon -- with the Scarlet Witch being the only one left standing of the heroes. A desperate hex made the Eye suck Dormammu into itself for energy -- and blast all its power out onto Loki -- ending the threat and leaving the trickster god addled and docile. The Defenders then took the Eye to try and restore the Black Knight, who had been turned to stone.
Balor was freed from the Evil Eye by Morgan le Fay. He battled Doctor Strange, the Black Knight, and Victoria Bentley. His body dissipated when the Black Knight destroyed the Evil Eye.
- The Evil Eye of Avalon was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby where it made its first appearance in Fantastic Four #54 (September, 1966).
- According to the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe v1 #15 (1984), the Eye was constructed by the alchemists of the extra-dimensional Avalon.
- In the JLA/Avengers crossover, it was one of the twelve items of power sought by the heroes of the Marvel and DC Universe in the JLA/Avengers miniseries, and was located on Themyscira.
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