Maximus is a male comic supervillain who features in Marvel Comics.
Similar to his brother, his birth was an experiment with him initially being referred to as Subject 2 before his parents settled on Maximus. His father Agon monitored the chamber whilst his mother Rynda filtered the Terrigen Mists into her unborn child's brain. This gave him a sense of awareness of all points in his history that included the far future with him getting flashes of such events. (Royals v1 #3)
As his mental powers came to develop, he learnt that he could exert his influence on lesser minds causing them to follow his commands. This saw Maximus use his abilities for amusement causing numerous acts of misunderstanding amongst the people of the city with few being aware that he was the culprit of their problems. (Avengers v1 #95) When his brother was 19 years old, their father decided to end the exile for Black Bolt as he was now perhaps old enough to better control his abilities. This saw him being reintroduced to his cousins but Maximus used this opportunity to use a nerve beamer to cause intense pain in his brother. The intention was for him to scream and cause untold devastation to Attilan once again thus proving he was a danger to the city. This, in turn, would result in his permanent exile from the people and allow the Crown of Attilan to fall into the hands of Maximus. Despite his scheme, he was thwarted by his cousins in the Royal Family who apprehended him. (Thor v1 #149)
Many years ago, he came to contact with his people's creators among the extraterrestrial Kree where one of their representatives secretly came o the society. Once there, he forged an alliance with an agent of the warrior Ronan the Accuser whereby once he came to power that Maximus would rule the Inhumans and serve as vice-regent of the Kree to rule Earth in their stead. The meeting was discovered by his brother Black Bolt who sought to stop it leading to a confrontation with Maximus. The fight allowed for the Kree pilot to escape onto his craft which attempted to depart and bring the rest of this people. In desperation, Black Bolt unleashed his voice to stop the ship causing it to lose control and crash back into the city thus killing his parents. (Avengers v1 #95)
Personality and attributes
Due to the secrets his parents entrusted to him, Maximus saw himself as being his brothers keeper. (Royals v1 #3)
Powers and abilities
His birth was engineered so that his gifts were attuned to his brother Black Bolt that meant he could resonate with his voice that under proper circumstances could unlock his mind and expand it. (Royals v1 #3)
One of his minions was the invincible bipedal robotic Zorr that had great strength and a left arm that contained an energy weapon who claimed that he was more powerful than an army. (Fantastic Four v1 #82) It was built with a hypnotic inducer designed to break the will of its opponents and slow them down. (Fantastic Four v1 #83)
He built a kit known as a multi-tool that contained a range of devices such as screwdrivers, electron stylus, hacking suite, image inducers and more with this being small enough to hide beneath the skin. (Royals v1 #3)
- Maximus was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby where he made his first appearance in Fantastic Four v1 #47 (February 1966).
In other media
- In Fantastic Four, the character appeared as an antagonist in the episode "The Inhumans Saga Part 3: Beware the Hidden Land" where he was voiced by actor Mark Hamill.
- In Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Maximus appeared as an antagonist in the animated television series episode "Inhuman Nature" where he was voiced by actor Nolan North.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man, the character appeared as an antagonist in the episode "Inhumanity" where he was voiced again by actor Nolan North.
- In Guardians of the Galaxy, Maximus appeared in the animated television series in the episode "Crystal Blue Persuasion" where he was by actor Diedrich Bader.
- In the Avengers: Ultron Revolution, Maximus appeared in the animated television series in the episode "Civil War, Part 1: The Fall of Attilan" where he was once again voiced by actor Diedrich Bader.
- In Inhumans, Maximus appeared in the live-action television series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe where he was portrayed by actor Iwan Rheon.
- In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Maximus was referenced by several Inhuman characters in the video game with Gorgon stating that he had him locked safely in the maze.
- In Marvel: Avengers Alliance, Maximus the Mad appeared as an antagonist in the video game. His backstory stated he was the mad scientist brother of Black Bolt who both subverted his rule and aided him at times. In "Special Operations - Inhumans", its revealed that he had secretly made a deal with Thanos but betrayed him leading to the Black Order targeting him for revenge.
- In Marvel: Future Fight, Maximus appeared as a character in the mobile video game.
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