Phastos

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Phastos
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Phastos.
Art by Mark Texeira.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Eternals #1 (October 1985)
Created byPeter B. Gillis
Sal Buscema
In-story information
SpeciesEternal
Notable aliasesHephaestus, Vulcan, Phillip Stoss
AbilitiesEternal body grant superhuman speed, strength, durability and regeneration
Cosmic energy manipulation
Flight
Illusion generation
Matter transmutation
Teleporation

Phastos is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He first appeared in The Eternals #1 (October 1985). He is a member of the Eternals, a human offshoot race in the Marvel Universe.

Brian Tyree Henry portrays Phastos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Eternals (2021).

Publication history

Phastos first appeared in The Eternals #1 (October 1985), created by writer Peter B. Gillis and artist Sal Buscema.

Fictional character biography

Phastos's history is very murky. He is a third or fourth generation Eternal who chose to remain on Earth because of his obsessive search for an unidentified item or person.[volume & issue needed] He continues to serve as the master technologist for the Eternal race, and it was his genius which allowed Virako to return from apparent death.[volume & issue needed] Although he despises war, Phastos chose to follow Ikaris into battle against the minions of Apocalypse.[1]

Phastos is shown living under the name Phillip Stoss,[2] before having his real identity revealed to him.[volume & issue needed]

Powers and abilities

Phastos' Eternal body is superhumanly fast, strong, tough, and can regenerate. He can project "Cosmic Energy" in the form of beams from his eyes and hands. His cosmic energy manipulation allows flight, illusion generation, matter transmutation, and teleportation.

Phastos carries a special hammer capable of firing bolts of an unknown energy.

Phastos is also a brilliant engineer, technologist and inventor.

In other media

Film

  • Phastos appears in Eternals, portrayed by Brian Tyree Henry.[3] He is an Eternal and an intelligent weapons and technology inventor.[4] He is the first superhero to be depicted as gay in an MCU film.[5] Phastos was sent to Earth in 5,000 BC to progress the planet's societal development, and protect it from the Deviants. He guided and progressed many technological revolutions throughout the course of human history, but fell into a state of dejection when he realized that the tools he introduced to humanity were used in August 1945 to create the first atom bomb which resulted in monumental loss of human life. Blaming himself, he grew distant from his fellow Eternals. In the present day, Phastos settled and started a family with his husband Ben, and together raised a son, Jack. He met again with the Eternals to prevent a new wave of Deviants led by Kro, and realized their true purpose; to pave the way for the Emergence of Earth, which would lead to the birth of Tiamut and result in the destruction of the planet. The Eternals were divided, with Phastos sidestepping to protect the planet and prevent the Emergence from occurring. By choosing to save the planet and its occupants rather than allow the Emergence to occur, Phastos was abducted from Earth by Arishem to places unknown.

Notes

  1. ^ The New Eternals: Apocalypse Now (February 2000)
  2. ^ Eternals (vol. 4) #1
  3. ^ Coggan, Devan (July 20, 2019). "Marvel introduces 'The Eternals' at Comic-Con with Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, and more". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on July 21, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  4. ^ Coggan, Devan (August 18, 2021). "Meet the Eternals: A guide to Marvel's 10 newest heroes". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on August 18, 2021. Retrieved August 18, 2021.
  5. ^ Ferber, Lawrence (February 13, 2020). "Haaz Sleiman on "Little America" and Kissing Marvel's First Gay Superhero". NewNowNext. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved February 13, 2020.

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