The Wizard is a male comic supervillain that features in Marvel Comics.
At his hideout, he constructed his newest invention that were his Wonder Gloves which he believed would give him an advantage against the Fantastic Four. Thus, he struck them at their home in the Baxter Building where he overpowered them at a time when the Thing was turned back to normal. Initially, Wittman managed to overpower his foes but he was ultimately deprived off the gloves by the Human Torch with the Wizard quickly escaping the scene to avoid capture. (Fantastic Four v1 #78)
Around 20 years ago, he was known to had met a woman by the name of Salamandra with the two becoming lovers. He, however, found the woman interesting for use as part of an experiment as she was the daughter of a dragon. This saw Benley Whitman using machines to make her pregnant with his child and kept her sedated during the process as Salamandra wanted to abort the offspring. Whilst pregnant, he conducted experiments on the unborn child in an effort to instil powers but when his daughter Cole Whitman was born she proved to hold no abilities. Thus, he was known to had left both Salamandra and their daughter instead to pursue other ventures. (Fantastic Four v1 #515)
After Intelligencia's defeat, its members scattered around he world to escape capture with Wittman enjoying himself on a cruise ship. He was tracked down by the She-Hulk and Lyra where they managed to successfully capture him. Imprisoned in Gamma Base, he made a deal for better arrangements for his cell whereby he gave up the locations of the other Intelligencia members. (She-Hulks v1 #1) Whilst She-Hulk captured each member, the Wizard vowed to get revenge against her and used his time imprisoned to modify his cell with an anti-gravity field. This allowed him to eventually escape from Gamma Base where he decided to pursue his revenge with him targeting a school dance attended by Lyra in her civilian guise. The Wizard attacked leading to Lyra's human date being badly injured thus ostracizing her from her friends when they came to learn that she was the Savage She-Hulk. (She-Hulks v1 #4)
He was with the Intelligencia at their Geo-Base 1 headquarters in the Arctic when it came under attack from the Sinister Six. During the battle, Wittman confronted Sandman with the two deciding not to fight one another due to their friendship as members of the Frightful Four. Flint admitted that he was working with Octavius as he could help him with his daughter. Bentley told Marko that he would have helped him had Sandman approached him but before the two could come to an agreement then Doctor Octopus sent the Wizard into orbit with the Zero Cannon. (Amazing Spider-Man v1 #676)
He came afflicted with a brain tumour that caused him to respond in erratic and a mad-like manner. (Fantastic Four v1 #610) This saw him create a number of clones of himself which included a young version called Bentley-23. The other adult subjects were retrofitted to control power suits and attack the Fantastic Four but were defeated. Afterwards, the Four found and defeated the Wizard who was taken into custody with the young Bentley-23 taken into care. (Fantastic Four v1 #570)
Personality and attributes
For a time, he was a lover of Salamandra and had a daughter with her named Cole Whitman but abandoned them when the child showed no powers. (Fantastic Four v1 #515) He also had a younger clone son of himself who was referred to as Bentley-23. (Fantastic Four v1 #570)
Powers and abilities
He was knowledgeable in genetics to the point in allowing him to create clones. These included modified hunter-killer clones that utilised DNA-based processing, redundant intelligence centers, transuniversal point-to-point streaming and other such features with them being powered plutonium-powered brain. (Fantastic Four v1 #570)
One of his creations were his multi-powered Wonder Gloves that gave him superhuman strength, could fire shock bolts, create whirling typhoon-spheres, generate a forcefield, (Fantastic Four v1 #78)
- The Wizard was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby where he made his first appearance in Strange Tales v1 #102 (November, 1962).
In other media
- In Spider-Man, the Wizard appeared as an antagonist in the 1981 animated television series episode "Under the Wizard's Spell" where he was voiced by actor Brad Crandall.
- In Fantastic Four, the Wizard appeared as an antagonist in the animated television series episode "And the Wind Cries Medusa" where he was voiced by actor Ron Perlman.
- In Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes, the Wizard appeared in the animated television series episode "Frightful" where he was voiced by actor Jonathan Holmes.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man, the Wizard appeared as an antagonist in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Tom Kenny.
- In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, the Wizard appeared as a mini-boss in the video game where he was voiced by actor Danny Mann.
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