Maestro is a male supervillain that features in Marvel Comics.
Following the Spider-Verse, a change in the Multiverse and timeline saw the year 2099 itself being altered into a desolate wasteland with the Maestro arriving on this world to conquer it which became known as Dystopia. During an encounter with Spider-Man Miguel O'Hara, he intended to forcibly enlist his aid in operating a time machine so that the Maestro could go back into the past to conquer it as he desired a new land to conquer. (Spider-Man 2099 v2 #10)
After the Final Incursion, Doctor Doom created a new planet known as Battleworld. Among its many realms was the lands of Dystopia whose appointed Baron was Maestro. (Future Imperfect v1 #1)
Following the destruction of Battleworld, the Multiverse was restored with its inhabitants returned to their various planets. The ruined Battleworld became known as the Battlerealm and on a piece of it survived the weakened Maestro. He witnessed the arrival of the Elders of the Universe who debated on how to distribute the power of the reborn Multiverse amongst themselves. The Grandmaster offered a new Contest of Champions amongst themselves whereby each Elder had a champion from across the Multiverse to battle in the Battlerealm. The Maestro confronted them which was when the Collector selected him to be his champion and he participated in the Contest. He defeated numerous combatants such as Iron Hulk with each foe eliminated leading to an Elder losing the Contest. In the end, it was the Maestro and Punisher 2099 who was the champion of the Grandmaster. The Collector and Grandmaster were ready to send their champions against one another in a final battle for possession of the Iso-Sphere. However, the Maestro refused and instead offered an alternative namely a new Contest whereby he along with Punisher 2099 would serve as coaching summoners to teams of champions. The two Elders agreed but his was ultimately part of the Maestro's machinations as he had formed a secret alliance with Punisher 2099 to take the power of the Iso-Sphere. With scavenged technology, he staged an attack on the weakened Grandmaster to claim his portion of the Iso-Sphere whereupon he summoned the remaining part from the Collector. With the Iso-Sphere forged, he used its power to banish the Elders from the realm and recreated Battleworld in order to become its God-King. (Contest of Champions v2 #6)
He then arrived in an isolated region of the Northern Territories in Canada where he took over Fort Wells and forced the inhabitants to serve him. This saw him kill those that tried to escape whilst making the men serve as guards and the women as concubines. During this time, Old Man Logan came to hear of the Maestro's return and sought him out in order to defeat him. They fought at Fort Wells with the Maestro managing to defeat Logan and intended to kill him. (Old Man Logan v2 #48) Despite his efforts, Logan survived but was captured again where the Maestro intended to kill him slowly. During this time, some people in the town were working in secret to rise up against him. This gave Logan the opportunity to inject himself with Regenix to boost his healing factor to help him in the fight. The Maestro led Logan to his time travel machine where he offered Old Man Logan to return to his own world on the condition he allowed the villain to continue operate free. Logan refused and Maestro in spite destroyed the machine to prevent the hero from returning to his world. In their fight, Old Man Logan used the last fading strength of the Regenix to help him in cutting off the head of the Maestro thus killing the villain. (Old Man Logan v2 #50) However, in reality, his body was regenerating slowly but had been recovered by Forge who kept the Maestro's body in stasis to slow down his body repairing itself whilst also looking to create anti-Hulk weaponry for the time when his body was restored. (Dead Man Logan v1 #6)
Personality and attributes
He grew angry if any of his relics from the Box Room were damaged as he desired them to be in mint condition. (Contest of Champions v2 #2)
Powers and abilities
On his wrist was a computer device that linked to his Box Room of weapons and relics that he could summon for use in battle where they teleported in an instance for his use in a fight. (Contest of Champions v2 #2)
Through his intelligence, he created the Dog O'War that were large mechanical canine riding hounds used by the forces of Dystopia. (Hulk: Future Imperfect v1 #1)
- The Maestro was created by Peter David where he made his first appearance in The Incredible Hulk v2 #401 (January, 1993).
- Though made by Peter David, the character was an alternate version of the Hulk who was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
In other media
- In Avengers Assemble, Maestro was mentioned in the episode "The Age of Tony Stark" when a horde of robots from the future were incidentally brought to the present by the Time Gem. When the machines see the Hulk, they state that the Maestro was detected and targeted him.
- In Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., the character made an appearance in the episode "The Maestro Enter" where he was voiced by Fred Tatasciore. He was the Hulk of an alternate future timeline when a Gamma Meteor was on a collision course for Earth. The Agents of S.M.A.S.H. were aware of its arrival due to being forewarned in another further alternate timeline by the High Evolutionary. Hulk and his comrades went into space to destroy it before it could impact Earth but only succeeded in splintering. During this event, the Hulk was unknowingly stricken with a gamma infection that altered his personality making him more paranoid, aggressive and violent causing him to become a tyrant who conquered the planet. He defeated its various heroes including his fellow S.M.A.S.H. members and ripped off A-Bomb's left arm as he became the Maestro. As the Maestro, he was a brutal dictator and had the Abomination as his servant. Seeking to ensure this timeline, the Maestro went back in time and saved the Hulk after he had been infected and the meteor destroyed where he attempted to steer him on the path to ensure his own future. At this time, the future A-Bomb travelled back in time seeking to cure the past Hulk an prevent the Maestro's future but the evil Hulk convinced his earlier self that Rick Jones along with his friends were all his enemies. Both the Maestro and the Hulk battled the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. until future A-Bomb repaired his Gamma Neutralizer and passed it to his past self who used it on the current version of the Hulk. With the Hulk cured, the Maestro's infection was similarly gone and he became repentant over his actions. Both the Maestro and the future A-Bomb then disappeared as the future had been rewritten.
- In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the Maestro was referenced in a card power-up in the fighting video game.
- In Marvel Heroes, the Maestro appeared as an alternate costume for the Hulk.
- In Marvel: Contest of Champions, the Maestro appeared as an antagonist and operated as the Summoner in the game.
- In Marvel: Future Fight, the Maestro appeared as am alternate costume for the Hulk.
- In Incredible Hulk: What Savage Beast, the Maestro appeared in the past to kidnap Bruce Banners and Betty Ross's newborn gray skinned son Brett who he took twenty years into the future. The boy grew up to believe in the Maestro's goals of conquest until Banner convinced him it was evil,
- The Incredible Hulk v4: (1993)
- Spider-Man 2099:
- Contest of Champions:
- Old Man Logan v2:
- Dead Man Logan v1: