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Subj: Re: Avengers questions
Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 11:18:42 pm EST
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Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 10:59:37 pm EST
> Recently I purchased some back issues, trying to fill holes, but now I have a couple questions. In Avengers #36-39, of the Heroes Return series, why was Iron Man in his classic armor? Also, why were there two Hank Pym's, and what came of both of them? And finally, what happened to Triathalon, the Triune, Pagan & Master Templar?
In the then-current issues of Iron Man, Tony's armor had actually come to life and turned on him due to a lightning strike and (as was eventually revealed) some Ultron Imperative code that had been snuck into it. After that, Iron Man was a little gunshy when it came to creating a brand-new state-of-the-art armor, and used a few of his older ones before getting his determination back.
In #27-29, the Avengers had confronted Kulan Gath, who had recreated a Hyborean Age villa behind a mystical force field in Silverclaw native South American land. The force field caused anything that stepped into it to be transformed into a Hyborean Age equivalent (soldiers into savages, tanks into mammoths, guns into spears). Goliath, She-Hulk and Warbird briefly set foot into the field unprotected, and Hank transformed into a Yellowjacket-themed buccaneer. They were pulled free by the others, but the magical effect on Hank was to somehow split him into two separate beings: Goliath and Yellowjacket. Yellowjacket was a living representation of Hank's old YJ personality, while Goliath was the "regular" Hank deprived of the YJ aspects of his personality. There was a lot of back and forth between the two Hanks, but ultimately they were rejoined together with the help of Johnathon Tremont, as Hank finally (again) made peace with his past, and reassumed the Yellowjacket identity he still uses today.
The Triple Evil that Tremont always spoke of arrived in Earth space, and he, the Triunes, and the Avengers joined forces to confront it. Tremont proved to be a madman with delusions of grandeur, trying to be the "big man" by draining and killing his followers and his brothers Pagan and Templar in order to supercharge himself to battle the Evil. He didn't have enough power on his own, though, and it was revealed that the Triple Evil was the living manifestation of the evil of the Triad, extra-dimensional supreme mystical beings seen years ago in X-Men. The Triad had tried to purge all evil from their souls, but didn't realize it would manifest as a separate entity.
The Triad then sent three "anti-body" shards of pure good energy to counter the Triple Evil. One shard empowered an alien champion, who tried to defeat the Triple Evil alone years ago, but failed and was consumed by it. The second shard fell to Earth and empowered Tremont and his brothers. The third shard was found by the Skrulls, used to charge one of their ships, and ultimately led to the creation of the 3-D Man. It was revealed that Tremont had kidnapped 3-D Man, reduced him to energy, and projected that energy into Triathlon in order to give him his original powers. After all this was revealed, Triathlon found the body of the first alien, and took its power and all of Tremont's stolen power into himself, becoming a Triad being himself along with the spirits of 3-D Man's human identities inside of him, Hal and Chuck Chandler. With his new power, Triathlon cleansed the Triple Evil of evil and used it to help the Avengers defeat Kang. After this, he gave up his excess power, returning the two 3-D Man brothers to separate human states.
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