Leonardo da Vinci (Marvel)

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Leonardo da Vinci in S.H.I.E.L.D. v1 #1.

Leonardo da Vinci is a male character that features in Marvel Comics.



Many years ago, he was approached by Chan Kong-Sang who came from the Immortal City of K'un-Lun and had been dispatched by the ruling Yu-Ti. At the time, the Yu-Ti had learnt that the Phoenix Force was heading towards Earth and he sought to save the world. Thus, he had sent a messenger to enlist the aid of Leonardo da Vinci who whilst sceptical made the journey to the hidden city. Once there, he witnessed the girl Fongji who was destined to become the Phoenix and was undergoing training to become the next Iron Fist but this was not going well. This was because she was reluctant in cooperating and had never been raised to speak until the Yu-Ti goaded her by insulting her mother. In a rage, the red haired girl manifested the power of the Phoenix before collapsing with da Vinci looking to examine her. He had the people of K'un-Lun help him in creating a large telescope in order to witness the coming approach of the fiery Phoenix. Leonardo later accompanied the Yu-Ti and the Thunderer to the caves of Shou-Lao the Undying where Fongji was sent alone to complete the training to become the Iron Fist. After two days, she emerged having completed in her task and had manifested the power of her role. Later, da Vinci caught sight of the Phoenix approaching the planet and had a message sent to the Yu-Ti to warn them that the time of prophecy had arrived. (New Avengers v2 #26)

During the Cold Wars, Leonardo began to operate in secret under the alias of Aries where he formed an organization called the Great Wheel of Zodiac. This group consisted of Vasili Dassaiev, John Garrett, Shoji Soma, Cornelius van Lunt, Baron Von Strucker, Dum Dum Dugan, Nick Fury, Jake Fury, Daniel Whitehall and Viktor Uvarov and Thomas Davidson. Each member was the head of a great organization in the world covert intelligence communities and was assigned a code name from the zodiac. Aries dispatched them on various key missions that was in reality to provide them resources such as technology of great values for their own separate respective agendas. As a result, the Great Wheel fell apart primarily due to the betrayal from Dassaiev and Ivarov with S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra, Leviathan and the Zodiac formed in its place. (Secret Warriors v1 #25)

He began to shape S.H.I.E.L.D. into an agency of action and espionage with him personally selecting its heads and putting them into their position. (S.H.I.E.L.D. v3 #9)

After the dismantling of S.H.I.E.L.D., da Vinci looked into replacing the organization as he was unhappy with how it had evolved over the years into the modern era. He looked into developing a group devoted to super-science and selected a number of candidates to join this body that included Toni Ho, Riri Williams and Miles Morales. Around this time, Tony Stark was missing and da Vinci secretly arranged for Toni and Riri to find him by providing clues to his whereabouts. (Invincible Iron Man v1 #600)


Personality and attributes

Nick Fury had given him the acronym of D.E.A.T.H. that stood for Da Vinci Elevating Agents To Helm. (S.H.I.E.L.D. v3 #9)

It was claimed that he saw himself as a mythical ferryman similar to Charon that transported the heads of S.H.I.E.L.D. to their position as Director. He even demanded a fare and arranged for payment in advance from those that took on the post. (S.H.I.E.L.D. v3 #9)

Powers and abilities

Da Vinci was said to be an Immortal that had allowed him to live across the centuries. (S.H.I.E.L.D. v3 #9)

He made use of a coin shaped device that had a green spiral design that was Model S-168 Hypno-Beam that was able to place a post-hypnotic suggestion in those that saw it. With it, he caused people to forget ever encountering him and ensuring his secrecy. (S.H.I.E.L.D. v3 #9)


  • Leonardo da Vinci was created by Stan Lee and Larry Lieber where he made his first appearance in Tales of Suspense v1 #49 (January, 1964).
  • He was based on the real world Leonardo da Vinci.


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