The Magus is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics supervillain. He is an evil version of the hero Adam Warlock.
The Magus was created by Jim Starlin, and appears as an image in Strange Tales vol. 2, #178 (February 1975) and in person in Warlock #11 (February 1976).
The Magus in his first incarnation is the evil, alternate future incarnation of Adam Warlock and rules a religious empire called the Universal Church of Truth. The Magus subtly guides Warlock through a series of actions that will eventually result in him becoming the Magus. The Magus sent demons against Adam Warlock, revealing himself to be Adam Warlock's future self. The Magus revealed his origin to Adam Warlock. He battled Adam Warlock, Gamora, and Pip the Troll, and had the Matriarch killed. With his Death-Squad, he battled Adam Warlock, Gamora, Pip, and the mad Titan Thanos. The Magus' plan is thwarted, however, by Thanos who provides Warlock access to a dimension where he destroys all but the shortest of his future timelines, as well as the efforts of the In-Betweener. The Magus — unable to stop Warlock as he was locked in battle with Thanos — then ceases to exist.
Years later, after Warlock had died and subsequently been resurrected , he acquires the Infinity Gauntlet and subconsciously expels his evil psyche, which recreates the Magus. The Magus then acquires several versions of the artifact the Cosmic Cube and engages Warlock, Thanos and many of Earth's heroes in a long and protracted war, creating various doppelgängers of Earth's heroes to keep them occupied. Alongside his doppelgänger of Thanos, he battled the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the X-Men, Alpha Flight, X-Factor, the New Warriors, the Infinity Watch, the true Thanos, Galactus, Doctor Strange, and the Silver Surfer. The Magus's final goal was to force his opponents to reassemble the Infinity Gauntlet, thus granting him access to its unlimited power. Although the plan seemingly succeeded, Thanos, correctly surmising the Magus's true goal all along, was able to trick the Magus by replacing the Reality Gem with a convincing but powerless replica, thus creating a limit in the Magus's powers that allowed Warlock to take the Magus by surprise while he was once again occupied by Thanos. Having shaken the Magus's control of the Infinity Gauntlet, Warlock releases Infinity and Eternity — two aspects of the same entity, rather than, as the Magus had believed, two distinct entities — who subsequently overpower the Magus, allowing Warlock to use the Soul Gem to absorb the Magus, although Warlock is left in a coma as a result. Adam Warlock later confronts the Magus and seeks his aid against the Goddess, the "good" aspect of Warlock's persona. The Magus, however, tries to take over Warlock's form, but is defeated and left trapped in the Soul Gem.
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