Mephisto

 In: Characters
 Posted: 2008
 Staff: Dave Sippel (E-Mail)
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Attributes
Eyes:

White

Features:

Variable, but often demonic

Hair:

Red

Height:

6'6'' (human form)

Weight:

310 (human form)

Powers
Abilities:

Highly intelligent and incredibly powerful

Equipment:

Magic

Limitations:

Arrogant to the point of blindness

Powers:

Matter manipulation, astral projection, levitation, telepathy, force blasts, invisibility, various other magical powers

Strength Level:

God-like

Weapons:

Magic

Summary
Citizenship:

Infernal

Created By:

Stan Lee, John Buscema

Current Aliases:

Too many to list, but aliases include the Devil, Legion, Lucifer, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles

Current Groups:

Unknown

Current Occupation:

Ruler of Hell

Dual Identity:

Known to those involved in the occult

Education:

Self-taught

Former Aliases:

See above

Former Bases:

Hell

Former Groups:

Unknown

Former Occupation:

Demon

Known Allies:

Hell-Lords, Lords of the Splinter Realms, formerly Six Fingered Hand, led the Legion Accursed and Lost Legion

Known Confidants:

Doesn't really trust anyone

Known Relatives:

Blackheart (son), Mephista (daughter), countless other demons

Legal Status:

None, he's a demon.

Major Enemies:

Silver Surfer, Doctor Strange, Doctor Doom, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man

Marital Status:

Was engaged to Spohrrinox at one time

Place of Birth:

Primeval earth

Real Name:

Mephisto

Usual Bases:

Hell

Background

In the beginning, there was a race of Elder Gods, who were the first life forms on earth and degenerated into demons. Many of these beings were destroyed by the Demogorge, who later became one with the sun. The remaining energies spawned a new race of demons, one of which was Mephisto.

Mephisto and his brethren took advantage of the human concept of evil and each of them used the name Satan as needed. Mephisto also took part in countless alliances with other demons in other realms, forming the Lords of the Splinter Realms. No one can make a deal like Mephisto.

He uses chosen mortals as "spirits of vengeance," who further his cause on earth. (One of the most well known spirits of vengeance is Ghost Rider.) This has gone on for all of human history. In 987 A.D., Mephisto gave eternal life to the English Sect of Chasidm. In return, he wanted souls. In 1349, he lost a bet to Morgan Goth, who gambled his soul to survive a plague.

Mephisto became fascinated by earth's newly emerging super beings, especially the seemingly pure Silver Surfer. He met the Surfer soon after he arrived on earth and saw him as a challenge. Mephisto needs humanity to stay uneducated and savage, that way he can continue to populate Hell with their souls. The Surfer's mercy and nobility threatened to change that.

He battled Reed and Sue Richards after an exorcist named Elspeth Cromwell tried to exorcise the "demons" that gave them their power. Empowered by a dark mystical energy, Mephisto took all three souls, plus that of Franklin Richards. However, Franklin's huge mutant powers tore the demon apart.

Reborn from the evil inherent in humanity, Mephisto eventually regained the six shards of his soul. He went on to torment Thor and sought the valuable souls of the Scarlet Witch and the Invisible Woman.

"Triumph and Torment"

Years ago, a gypsy woman named Cynthia von Doom challenged the rule of Baron Shabbot, leader of Latveria. She ended up dead and her soul ended up in Hell. Her son, Victor von Doom, eventually became dictator of Latveria. Doctor Doom was a brilliant scientist and sorcerer and battled Mephisto many times for his mother's soul on Midsommers Eve. Eventually, he reluctantly sought the aid of Stephen Strange to regain his mother's freedom. Cynthia was freed, but Doom tried to leave Strange's soul behind to bribe Mephisto. Only after his mother ordered him to return to Doctor Strange did Doctor Doom save him. (Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment)

"Hopes and Fears"

Spidey faced Mephisto one Christmas, after seeing what he thought was a shooting star falling toward Manhattan. He headed toward the site of impact and found a hole had been slammed into the earth and put a subway full of passengers in danger. After saving the travelers, Spider-Man fell even deeper into the hole and soon found himself in Hell. Spidey was greeted by Mephisto, who revealed that the meteor had really been an angel falling to earth. Not just any angel, but the living Spirit of Christmas. Spider-Man's appearance was unexpected, but welcome. Seeing a chance to make a wager, Mephisto offered Spidey a deal: if he could save the angel from his trap, Mephisto would set both of them free. If he failed, the angel died and the demon took Spider-Man's soul.

Guessing that the angel was a source of hope for humanity, Spider-Man agreed and flung himself into the steel jaws of the trap to held it open. The strength of the trap was too much, and it snapped shut killing the angel in a burst of feathers. Mephisto happily claimed Peter's soul, a small orb with a terrified face. He then returned the soul to Spidey's motionless body, claiming that he was irritating and not worth the effort. Mephisto then went to earth to see how he had filled humanity with despair and was stunned to see New Yorkers singing carols in the street. The angel then appeared to Mephisto, alive and well, told him that his existence is caused by mankind's joy and hope. The angel told Mephisto that even he showed mercy when he allowed Peters soul to return to his body. Mephisto returned to hell in a rage and Spider- Man was returned to earth and to his wife. (Marvel Holiday Special 1993)

"Lo, There Shall Come a Champion!"

At one point, the immortal being called the Beyonder threatened to erase Mephisto's realm and all of reality from existence and the demon devised a ruse to spare himself. They made a wager and the Beyonder chose a champion for each of them to battle in terms of morals and ethics. Beyonder chose the demon Zarathos, a spirit of vengeance whom hated Mephisto, for himself and Spider-Man to fight for Mephisto.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man learned of a plot to kill Wilson Fisk by a group of thugs. He pondered whether or not he should save the mobster's life when Zarathos appeared as the Green Goblin, warning him to stay away from Fisk, saying that he deserved to die. Zarathos also appeared to Peter as his parents, Gwen Stacy and Captain George Stacy, all telling him that he was a disappointment. The final blow came as the Spirit appeared as Ben Parker and told Peter that he could have used his power to become rich and famous. As the taunts weakened Spider-Man’s will to be good, the demon showed its true form. Confused by the strange events, Spider-Man still managed to defeat Zarathos and get to the scene of the attempted assassination of the Kingpin in time. In the end, Zarathos was returned to Hell and the Beyonder granted the universe the right to exist for another 24 hours. (Amazing Spider-Man #274)

“Infinity Gauntlet”

As Thanos cut a path of death across the universe, his ally, Mephisto, challenged him to remove all of the infinity stones except for power. He told Thanos that it would be a greater victory and be more impressive to Lady Death. Mephisto actually hoped that losing the stones would cause him to fail against the heroes. Thanos knew that the surviving heroes were coming for him and asked Lady Death to support him, which she refused. Thanos created Terraxia in his image as an ally. She went on to kill Iron Man and Spider-Man. (Infinity Gauntlet #1-#6)

"Slingers"

After Norman Osborn framed Spider-Man for the murder of mobster Joey Z, Peter was forced to continue crime fighting in four separate identities: Ricochet, Prodigy, Dusk and Hornet. After his name was cleared and he went back to the webs, the four identities were taken by four teenagers. Led by an aged, obscure former superhero called the Black Marvel, the "Slingers" did what they could against New York crime. (Slingers #1-9)

When their benefactor, Dan Lyons, died in the hospital his soul was taken by Mephisto. Soon after, the group was meeting on a Times Square rooftop when the billboard behind them came to life. They were attacked by supersized superheroes, who dragged them into the billboard. They then arrived in Hell and were greeted by Mephisto. (Slingers #10)

The four of them were held in separate cages, alive but without their powers. Mephisto told them of how he had met Lyons, as he was waiting for death in his nursing facility. Lyons spent his days longing for his youth, when he could be a hero again. The demon made the expected bargain with him, returning his youth and strength to him. He also sent him the teenagers and the means to give them the powers of their namesakes. Lyons had betrayed them and nearly let them die, and had earned their hate. Mephisto was curious if such honorable young heroes would bring themselves to save the soul of the man that betrayed them. Their forgiveness would save the Black Marvel's soul. Ricochet was the least forgiving but his refusal didn't last long, as the demon sent them to different illusions. Prodigy tried and failed to save a young man from a burning building. Ricochet was sent to an arena, where his agility and avoidance of traps wowed the audience. That is, until the crowd began to throw rocks at him, knowing that he was secretly a mutant. Hornet fell through the sky and was attacked by countless crows, he vaporized them but still crashed to the ground. His suit of armor was destroyed, leaving him helpless and vulnerable with his palsied arm. Dusk appeared in a beautiful fairytale land, the place she imagined herself in when she was afraid as a child. She briefly felt safe but was attacked by white creatures that looked like her opposite.

The four members were then reunited, having been tested by Mephisto as individuals. Now that they had faced themselves, he wanted to see how they fought as a team against his demonic horde. (Slingers #11)

Mephisto very much enjoyed the range of emotions the four of them were experiencing: despair, spite, dread. That didnt last long, as Dusk unleashed a power that wiped out the horde. Mephisto opened a portal to New York for them, offering them the chance to escape but at the same time, the horde was advancing on Black Marvel's soul. The test was obvious: escape to freedom or save the man that betrayed them and risk staying in Hell. Ricochet and Prodigy were in favor of running for the portal, while Hornet immediately flew to save their former mentor. Dusk watched as Hornet was being buried in demons and as Ricochet threw one of his disks at the crystal encasing the Black Marvel's soul. It harmlessly bounced off of the crystal, to Mephisto's amusement.

Ricochet charged to the crystal, but Mephisto warned him that his energy would eventually expire while the demon's control would not. The group refused to play his game anymore. Looking back, they saw that the crystal had cracked and Dan Lyon's soul had been freed. They walked back to the portal, saying they were all free. As they left, Mephisto mused that they may have been noble today but everyone feels spite. Time would tell which direction they would choose. (Slingers #12)

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois"

Yet again, Mephisto's soul was shattered and rained down on earth in 666 pieces. The shards reanimated the recently dead, such as the Jack O'Lantern (Steven Levins). Jack O'Lantern formed an army of the dead in Sleepy Hollow, Illinois and was defeated by Ghost Rider. (Ghost Rider #8-#10)

"One More Day"

Peter had unmasked to the public after the Superhuman Registration Act had been passed, to prove to other hesitant vigilantes that it was safe to do. During the Superhero Civil War, Spider-Man betrayed Iron Man and left Avengers Tower with Mary Jane and May Parker. They were fugitives from the law and were hiding out in a hotel room when they were found by a sniper hired by Wilson Fisk. The shot missed Peter and Mary Jane but hit May, leaving her near death. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #538)

The doctors said that her time was short, only days or hours. In desperation, Spider-Man turned to Doctor Strange who tried to make him understand that her death was inevitable and preventing it was unethical. Spider-Man refused to let her death be his fault and demanded that Strange do something about it. The sorcerer briefly gave him the ability to be in many places at once, so that he could ask many people for help. He asked Beast, Black Panther, Mister Fantastic, Michael Morbius and Doctor Octopus for help. There was nothing they could do. He even asked Doctor Doom, hoping that even he could empathize. The answer was the same.

Strange explained to him that the cycle of life and death is essential to the survival of the universe. To fight the cycle is to fight creation. The power to do so was not in Doctor Strange's hands. After Spider-Man left the Sanctum Sanctorum, he was greeted by a little girl that told him that Strange didn't have the power but she did. (Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (vol. 1) #24)

The girl walked away, confidently telling Spider-Man that she didn't have much time, that he had even less, and May had no time at all. Spider-Man asked where her parents were, and the girl replied that they were around. They cut her a lot of slack because she was so smart for her age. She took at her dad but she wanted to be beautiful like her mom. Spider-Man assured her that she'd grow up to be beautiful and she said she may never grow up. She then snapped at him, saying he was selfish and self involved. He always put his pain at the center of the universe. As long as he could sleep with a clear conscience, he didn't care who paid for that good night's sleep. She walked away, calling him an idiot.

She disappeared and Spider-Man asked a man nearby if he saw where she went. He nonchalantly said she did that sometimes, then went on to say he was a software designer that created video games. He said guys get into that because the chance to be a hero passed them by and there was nothing else. He said if he could be a superhero in real life, he wouldn't ask for anything else. He'd be grateful.

A man in a limousine drove past them, saying he saw the little girl that Spider-Man was looking for. Spidey got into the limo and was impressed by the technology inside and declined a drink, saying he chose not to. The man said it was funny where choices took people. He used to get beat up in high school but started inventing things and became wealthy. Now he former bullies worked for him. Still, he never got everything he wanted. He lost the beautiful girl from school and she was all he ever wanted. He'd trade it all for her. He dropped Spider-Man off in a rough neighborhood, telling him the little girl was inside a building.

There was a woman in red waiting inside, standing in the shadows. She had been waiting for him for his entire life, which confused him. She assured him that she'd been waiting for him as long as he'd lived. The woman explained that some cultures believed that when dreaming, we can meet alternate versions of ourselves. Spider-Man didn't believe in that but she said he'd just met some of them. The woman's eyes began to glow red and she said that she found it interesting that in so many realities, he ended up alone. Spider-Man finally told her that he didn't know or care about the game she was playing, saying he didn't have time. She disagreed, saying time was all that he had. She changed into Mephisto, telling Spider-Man that he was the only one that could save his aunt's life. Some things could be changed in a mortal's life, with the mortal's permission.

Spider-Man assumed that the devil wanted his soul, which Mephisto denied. He gave up on that cliche years ago. Someone that sells their soul for someone else suffers in Hell righteously, which was unsatisfying for him. Mephisto's love was suffering, loss, regret, hopelessness and sadness. He would go anywhere to hear a soul in pain. He asked Spider-Man if he was serious when he said that he'd do anything for May's life. He wanted to talk to Mary Jane, but Mephisto had already done so. He took Spidey to the hotel that May had been shot at and MJ asked if what the demon said was possible. He said that what he wanted was greater than a soul, that which gave them their greatest joy and strength: their marriage.

Mephisto gave them 24 hours to decide on his offer. At that time, they would either lose their marriage or May. (Sensational Spider-Man (vol. 1) #41)

"One Moment In Time"

It turns out that Mephisto stopped the Parker marriage by altering a minor event in time. Shortly before the wedding, Spider-Man captured Electro after he escaped from an armored car. Spider-Man had originally foiled the heist and captured everyone involved, but after Mephisto's interference, one of the hired thugs escaped police custody and went on a rampage. Spider-Man again had to chase him down, which actually led to his momentary defeat by the overweight criminal. (Facepalm.) This made him late for the wedding, making MJ end their engagement. The petty thug returned years later, during the Superhuman Civil War, and tried to kill Anna Watson. MJ couldn't take all of the danger of people trying to hurt their loved ones and she left for California to pursue her acting career. It was there that she met and started dating Bobby Carr.

"Circle of Four"

Mephisto's estranged son, Blackheart, concocted a scheme to bring Hell to Earth in Las Vegas and have the Inferno sweep across the globe. However, the scheme was halted, but not ended, by Dr. Strange and Damian Hellstrom. Fighting in the affected area of Sin City was done by the Red Hulk, Ghost Rider, X-23 and Agent Venom (Flash Thompson)). Blackheart contacted his father to taunt him with his victory, but Mephisto was less than impressed that "a small bit of hell now touches a small bit of earth." Blackheart promised that he would rule all of the souls of earth and would torment his father for eternity. (Venom #13)

After Red Hulk, Venom, Ghost Rider and X-23 were killed by Blackheart's goons, they went to Hell and were treated to their perfect lives. Flash was made into the new Spider-Man, Hulk was named a hero to his country, Ghost Rider became the protector of her native Mexico and X-23 destroyed Weapon X with the help of Wolverine. Mephisto then turned their dreams upside down and had their perfect lives end with the death of loved ones. They then awoke from their hallucinations and realized they had died and gone to hell, and Mephisto explained that the torture of hades can be made worse by showing them their dreams. He offered to send them back to earth to defeat Blackheart if they promised to make a covenant with him. At some point on earth, they would owe him a favor that they could not refuse. They agreed. (Venom #13.3)

The four eventually defeated Blackheart by joining the Venom symbiote and the Spirit of Vengeance to the Red Hulk. Returned to Hell, Blackheart groveled to his father to be given another chance. Mephisto returned his son to a casino, as a bathroom washer for a burrito buffet. (Venom #13.4)

"Isn't It Bromantic?"

Deadpool was hired to kill Peter Parker after being led to believe that he had conducted some nasty experiments at Parker Industries. After "befriending" Spider-Man to learn more about Peter, he does kill Mr. Parker. After Peter arrives in Hell, he is met by a smug Mephisto, who told him that he is the architect of Peter's greatest failure. He wanted Peter to know that no matter how many or how great his victories, his soul will always feel empty. He will always be lonely. He was resuscitated by Deadpool, who had learned that Peter was a good person. (Spider-Man/Deadpool #5)

"Deal With the Devil"

Mephisto fooled Ben and Cassandra by making them think that his cure for Abby would make her immortal. He disguised himself as the little girl, telling Ben and her mother that immortality was a curse that she wanted nothing to do with. She had traveled back in time to tell them that she preferred to die of Crook's disease. They believed that they were letting her die on her own terms but as soon as she passed, her "future self" changed into Mephisto. He taunted Ben, saying that he couldn't break a deal with the devil and get away with it. Ben tried to inject the medicine into the girl, but she had already died. Mephisto told him that Cassandra would think that Ben had refused to give her the antidote, and wanted to sell it. Mephisto offered him another deal: if he could stay alive for another hour, her memory of what happened would be corrected. Ben agreed, and was immediately stabbed by Cassandra. (Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #23)

The Scarlet Spider was chased across Las Vegas by Kaine, who was intent on killing him. He was eventually shot to death by Kaine in front of Cassandra. (Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #24)

After realizing that he was dead, Ben saw Mephisto standing next to him. The demon told him that if it made him feel better, he restored their accurate memories after Ben died. Ben realized that he did it because the truth would torture them. Ben protested that he was going to go to Hell, because he died saving someone's life. Mephisto replied that a serial killer once saved a drunk man from being hit by a car but was still howling in Hell. Mephisto insisted that Ben knew that he was a villain and deserved his fate, which made Ben hit him. Amused that they were going to fight, Mephisto backhanded him across the street. Mephisto asked if he was finally ready, and Ben replied that he was but spoke in a different voice. He then knocked Mephisto on his butt. Incensed that a dead mortal was beating him, Mephisto tried to send him to Hell but Ben didn't move. Mephisto realized what was happening and told the entity possessing Ben that it had no say in the matter. It insisted that it wasn't Ben's time and Mephisto warned it that it was new to power and was making a mistake. It told the demon that it could make it's own choices and Mephisto left, saying that it didn't know what it was unleashing onto the world. The entity was Abby, who had been changed by Ben's formula. (Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #25)

"Otto-Matic"

Otto Octavius had taken over a cloned body of Peter Parker and was living in San Francisco, going by the name Elliot Tolliver. A Norman Osborn from an alternate reality had come to Earth 616 after they had met during Spider-Geddon. Osborn kidnapped a boy named James and ordered Elliot to kill three upstanding citizens with everything to live for in two hours and do it in front of television cameras. Osborn wanted to prove to the world that the Superior Spider-Man was a fraud and a killer. Elliot didn't believe that he could stop Osborn so he summoned Mephisto. Mephisto said that if he wanted help with the dimension jumping Osborn, there was a problem. The Mephisto of that Osborn's realm wouldn't want Mephisto interfering with his "property." Elliot said that he wanted to make him Doctor Octopus again, so he'd be ruthless enough to defeat Osborn, but only for a day. Mephisto considered it an interesting idea but declined it. Elliot offered his soul and the demon answered that he was going to get his soul anyway. His counter offer was to make him Doctor Octopus again, permanently. Elliot would be free of all physical and mental disease, including the influence of Peter Parker.

Anna Maria begged Elliot not to do it, telling him to think of all of the work he'd done. Mephisto promised that he'd remember everything that he'd done as the Superior Spider-Man but he'd forget all of Peter's memories. Anna reminded Elliot that he'd done awful things as Otto Octavius and Mephisto interrupted, saying that Otto had insisted that those deeds were done because of the brain damage done to him in the accident that melded the tentacles to him. He promised to cure any such brain damage...if it existed. Elliot hesitated and Mephisto asked if he thought that Parker is the only hero. Anna told Elliot that she'd watched him go from a selfish egomaniac to someone that cares and begged him to not throw it away. Mephisto told him that Osborn was going to kill James soon and others were trying to get Mephisto's attention. Soon, Doctor Octopus was torturing the Brothers Grimm, demanding to know where to find Norman Osborn. (The Superior Spider-Man (vol. 2) #11)

"Sinister War"

Dr. Strange explained to the demon that Peter's soul was crying out from pain, suffering and loss. He wanted to know what Mephisto had taken from him, and the devil replied that he cant take anything that isn't given freely. Strange demanded that he undo whatever had been done, and Mephisto told him that his hands were tied. Strange began to say that Peter would never make an agreement, but Mephisto interrupted and said that he would be surprised what people would be willing to do under the right circumstances. As they were in Las Vegas, Mephisto suggested that they tried a game of chance. (Sinister War #1)

At the Hotel Inferno in Las Vegas, Mephisto was disappointed that his demonic roulette wheel went against him. He had been looking forward to collecting the 35 souls of the villains that had been coerced into battling Spider-Man by Kindred. (They had all been forced to attempt to kill Spidey and go to Hell if they failed. The onslaught against Spider-Man was ended prematurely by Doctor Octopus.) Mephisto reassured Stephen that Spider-Man was walking away from a fight that he should have lost. The devil suggested that Spider-Man enjoy his small victory before his quickly approaching loss. (Sinister War #4)

"Sins of Our Fathers"

As Kindred explained Harry Osborn's ruse to Mary Jane, an artificial intelligence program made to resemble Harry spoke with Norman. Norman never had children with Gwen, it had all been a master manipulation by Harry, the Chameleon, Mendel Stromm and Mysterio. Meanwhile, Dr. Strange was tired of Mephisto's games and the demon warned him to stay away from gambling if he hated it so much. He knew that Strange was only concerned about one thing: the virtue of a hero for the corruption of a soul. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 5) #73)

"What Cost Victory?"

When Harry died after saving Peter's life, he immediately went to Hell and was greeted by Mephisto. Harry didnt feel like he deserved to be there and Mephisto reminded him of his schemes to make Peter think that his parents were alive, and that Norman had children with Gwen. Ashamed, Harry said that there had been no time to explain all of that to Peter as he was dying. Before being taken away to be tormented, Harry begged Mephisto to explain why he'd always felt cursed in his life. Mephisto told him that it was never about him, he was just a pawn. There were many players in the game, friends and foes. In the end, they were all ending up in the same place.

In the present day, Dr. Strange and Mephisto were still in the Hotel Inferno. Mephisto suggested another turn at the roulette table and if he won, he would also get Strange's soul. The doctor agreed. Spinning the wheel, the demon warned that no matter the outcome, there was no going back.

As Spider-Man fought the two Kindreds, Norman explained to MJ that he had sold Harry's soul to Mephisto. Now they were all going to burn together.

Mephisto offered to help Dr. Strange, as he'd helped so many people before. He would release Harry's soul and all Strange had to do was win the spin of the table.

The Kindreds killed Harry (whom we'd thought he never really died but turned out to just be a clone) and Spider-Man went after them for revenge. Watching from the hotel, Mephisto bragged that Spider-Man's bloodlust was turning the odds in the demon's favor. Strange accused Mephisto of cheating and he denied it, saying that he'd just been playing the game longer. The Kindreds were actually also clones, which had gone by the names of Sarah Stacy and Gabriel Stacy. They aged and died rapidly and every time, they went to Hell. They suffered horribly but the suffering had a purpose. It prepared them for this moment, when they would take out their hate on Spider-Man, who had only wanted to forget them. He would burn in their place.

The Kindreds destroyed the Osborn mansion, collapsing it onto Spider-Man. He was weak, unable to lift the load and Mephisto gloated in his victory. However, just as Mephisto had two champions in Sarah and Gabriel, so did Dr. Strange: Spider-Man and Mary Jane. She dug Spider-Man out of the rubble, just as the Kindreds also appeared. They said that Spider-Man won. Since they had failed Mephisto, he stopped protecting them from the rapid aging they suffered. Just like the previous Kindreds, they were no longer useful. As they died, Spider-Man told them that even if Gwen wasn't their mother she still would have helped them.

Mephisto and Strange had a drink together, after it was clear that Mary Jane had saved the day. Strange asked him why he was fascinated by Peter Parker. The demon answered that when he choses to intervene in a mortal's life, he knows everything about them. He also knows his own destiny, where he one day successfully conquers Earth. He's had the same vision of victory many times, and it always ends with his loss. He'd had that same vision since before Peter was even born, so he meddles in Peter's life. Strange told Mephisto that he was lying, that he never goes just after a person. He goes after something greater than the person. Mephisto merely chuckled and said that you never know what the future holds. The secret that he kept to himself was that it isn't Spider-Man that defeats him after his victory, it's his daughter, Spider-Girl. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 5) #74)

”Beat the Devil”

The Champions had had a series of wins, as squads in the team had saves in Japan and Mexico. That run of success ended in Dubai, where Brawn, Ms. Marvel, Viv Vision and Miles Morales faced Zzzax, a being of energy. The heroes failed to stop an explosion that killed several bystanders and teammates Ms. Marvel and Viv Vision. Spider-Man did feel some relief in that he rescued a young woman.

That is when Mephisto arrived and offered to turn back time to before the mission failed, allowing them to find a way to use their device to defeat Zzzax. Brawn told Spider-Man not to do it but Mephisto promised that he didn’t want any soul, blood pacts or debts. This offer was free and clear. Miles agreed to it and the demon turned back time and this time, the mission was more successful. However, the woman that Spider-Man had rescued was killed. Only Spider-Man and Brawn knew what had happened, while the others were confused by Miles anger. Miles left them to be alone and Mephisto found him, asking if this wasn’t what he wanted. (Champions (vol. 3) #2)

Image Gallery

Appearances

Cover Date Appearance Information
Feb 1983 FB: Ghost Rider #77
Sep 1993 FB: Marvel Comics Presents #135 (Story 2)
Dec 1997 FB: Ghost Rider (Vol. 2) #92
Date TBD FB: Silver Surfer (Vol. 1) #8
Mar 1991 FB: Ghost Rider (Vol. 2) #11
Jul 1997 App: Flashback - Ghost Rider #Minus 1
Date TBD App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 1) #3
Date TBD App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 1) #8
Date TBD App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 1) #9
Sep 1970 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #180
Oct 1970 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #181
May 1970 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 1) #16
Jun 1970 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 1) #17
Oct 1972 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #204
Nov 1972 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #205
Feb 1975 BTS: Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #155
Mar 1975 BTS: Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #156
Apr 1975 App: Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #157
Jan 1977 App: Marvel Super Special #1 (Kiss Special)
Jul 1978 App: Avengers (Vol. 1) #173
Aug 1981 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #310
Year 1982 App: Thor (Vol. 1) Annual #10
Aug 1981 App: Defenders #98
Sep 1981 App: Defenders #99
Oct 1981 App: Defenders #100
Nov 1982 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #325
Jan 1983 App: Ghost Rider #76
Jun 1983 App: Ghost Rider #81
Jan 1977 App: Marvel Super Special #1 (Kiss Special)
Mar 1985 App: Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #276
Apr 1985 App: Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #277
Sep 1980 App: Doctor Strange (Vol. 2) #75
Year 1985 App: Thor (Vol. 1) Annual #13
Dec 1985 App: Secret Wars II #6
Jan 1986 App: Secret Wars II #7
Mar 1986 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #274
Mar 1986 App: Secret Wars II #9
Jun 1986 FB: West Coast Avengers #9
Dec 1986 FB: West Coast Avengers #15
Date TBD App: Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) Annual #20
Date TBD App: Daredevil (Vol.1) #266
Jul 1989 BTS: Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #5
Aug 1989 App: Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #6
Sep 1989 App: Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #7
Oct 1989 App: Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #8
Year 1989 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) Annual #2 (Story 3)
Sep 1989 App: Daredevil (Vol.1) #270
Dec 1989 App: Avengers West Coast #52
Dec 1989 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #32
Date TBD App: Daredevil (Vol.1) #278
Date TBD App: Daredevil (Vol.1) #279
Date TBD App: Daredevil (Vol.1) #280
Date TBD App: Daredevil (Vol.1) #281
Date TBD App: Daredevil (Vol.1) #282
Feb 1991 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #429
Mar 1991 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #430
Nov 1992 FB, BTS: Thor (Vol. 1) #454
May 1991 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #432
Dec 1990 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #44
Jan 1991 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #45
Jun 1991 App: Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #30
Mar 1991 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #47
Date TBD BTS: Cloak & Dagger (Vol. 3) #14
Date TBD BTS: Cloak & Dagger (Vol. 3) #15
Feb 1991 BTS: Cloak & Dagger (Vol. 3) #16
Apr 1991 App: Cloak & Dagger (Vol. 3) #17
Jun 1991 App: Cloak & Dagger (Vol. 3) #18
Apr 1991 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #48
May 1991 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #49
Jul 1991 App: Quasar #24
Jul 1991 App: Infinity Gauntlet #1
Sep 1991 App: Quasar #26
Aug 1991 App: Infinity Gauntlet #2
Sep 1991 App: Infinity Gauntlet #3
Oct 1991 App: Infinity Gauntlet #4
Nov 1991 App: Infinity Gauntlet #5
Jun 1991 App: Sensational She-Hulk #28
Dec 1991 App: Hearts Of Darkness
Nov 1991 App: Ghost Rider (Vol. 2) #19
Jul 1992 App: Marvel Comics Presents #105 (Story 2)
Dec 1991 BTS: Thor (Vol. 1) #441
Jan 1992 BTS: Thor (Vol. 1) #442 (Story 1)
Jan 1992 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #442 (Story 2)
Jan 1992 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #443
Aug 1992 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #450
Sep 1992 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #451
Oct 1992 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #452
Nov 1992 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #453
Nov 1992 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #454
Dec 1992 App: Thor (Vol. 1) #455
Jun 1993 App: Wonder Man #22
Jul 1993 App: Wonder Man #23
Aug 1993 App: Wonder Man #24
Sep 1993 App: Wonder Man #25
Jun 1993 App: Infinity Crusade #1
Aug 1993 App: Infinity Crusade #3
Nov 1993 App: Infinity Crusade #6
Oct 1993 App: Avengers West Coast #99
Nov 1993 App: Avengers West Coast #100
Year 1994 BTS: Avengers (Vol. 1) Annual #23
Year 1994 BTS: Thor (Vol. 1) Annual #19
Jan 1994 App: Marvel Holiday Special 1993 (Story 1)
Feb 1993 App: Spirits Of Vengeance (Ghost Rider/Blaze) #7
Mar 1993 App: Spirits Of Vengeance (Ghost Rider/Blaze) #8
Apr 1993 App: Spirits Of Vengeance (Ghost Rider/Blaze) #9
Jul 1993 App: Ghost Rider (Vol. 2) #39
Nov 1994 App: Thunderstrike #14
Dec 1994 FB: Thunderstrike #15
Dec 1994 App: Thunderstrike #15
Sep 1994 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #96
Oct 1994 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #97
Nov 1994 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #98
Dec 1994 FB: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #99
Dec 1994 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #99
Jan 1995 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #100
Nov 1997 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #133
Jan 1998 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #135
Feb 1998 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #136
Mar 1998 App: Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #137
Sep 1998 App: Nighthawk #1
Oct 1998 App: Nighthawk #2
Nov 1998 App: Nighthawk #3
Mar 1999 App: Daredevil (Vol.2) #5
Oct 1999 FB: Slingers #11
Sep 1999 App: Slingers #10
Oct 1999 App: Slingers #11
Nov 1999 App: Slingers #12
Dec 1999 App: Thor (Vol. 2) #18
Jan 2000 App: Thor (Vol. 2) #19
Year 2000 App: Thunderbolts Annual 2000
Nov 2001 App: Thor (Vol. 2) #41
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 Posted: 2008
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