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The newest Avenger Nighthawk – the strange history of Marvel’s Batman

April 20, flow Known as Marvel’s homage to Batman, Marvel Comics’ version of classic anti-hero Nighthawk joins the Avengers in Avengers #55.

But Nighthawk’s somewhat convoluted backstory has fans wondering which version of the character is on the team and where the other versions are.

Nighthawk is one of Marvel’s weirdest characters, with a history that transcends multiverses and, in some ways, even comic book publishers, as his entire team, Squadron Supreme, began as a way for the Avengers to sneak into DC’s Justice League without going red. tape of a real crossover.

There are at least five well-known versions of Kyle Richmond AKA Nighthawk, including one who became one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and most of them once existed in the Marvel Core Universe.

Therefore, “Where are they now?” As for your question, Newsarama has all the answers on each of the most important Nighthawk “variants”, including how the last Nighthawk came to be.

Sinister Squadron Nightjar

Sinister Squadron Nightjar

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Unlike most other versions of Nighthawk, the character’s first incarnation to appear in the comics was in 1969’s Avengers #69 from the core Earth-616 Marvel Universe. Born into a wealthy family, hobbyist Kyle Richmond uses his wealth to become the Nighthawk of Squadron Sinister, a group of villains led to their lives of crime by the cosmic entity known as the Grandmaster.

Although Squadron Sinister’s version of Nighthawk was the first to appear chronologically of the character, later stories revealed that the Grandmaster had copied Squadron Sinister’s appearances from Squadron Supreme heroes living in the multiverse world of Earth-712. This Squadron Sinister Nighthawk is not technically the original Nighthawk in terms of the story timeline.

(And in a meta sense, Squadron Sinister/Supreme is based on DC’s Justice League heroes, and Nighthawk himself is a pastiche of Batman).

This version of Nighthawk eventually turned his back on the rest of the Sinister and utterly evil Squadron, and joined the heroic Defenders as a long-term member in the heyday of the 70s until his apparent death. It has since been brought back to life, even raising a successor named Joaquin Pennysworth before retiring.

Neither Kyle nor Joaquin have resurfaced since Kyle’s retirement, but a Skrull impostor posing as Kyle emerged before he was later revealed.

Supreme Squadron Nightjar

Squadron Supreme Nightjar

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As we said, Squadron Sinister was created by the Grandmaster in the image of the heroes of Earth-712, Squadron Supreme. Sort of a parody/homage to Justice League’s Batman, Nighthawk is one of the founding members of most versions of the Squadron.

Much like in Earth-616, Earth-712’s Nighthawk is Kyle Richmond, a multi-billionaire whose wealth was gained through his father’s criminal enterprises, leading him to choose to use the money for good instead. only for evil.

After years with Squadron Supreme, this “Varision” of Richmond retires as a superhero to enter politics, even being elected President of the United States of Earth – though his mind is temporarily invaded by an alien consciousness. before he was brought back. , he eventually quit politics and returned to superheroes.

However, when Earth-712’s Supreme Fleet decides to take over their world and turn it into a version of utopia, Nighthawk disagrees and leaves the team, becoming a freedom fighter against tyranny. of his former allies.

Supreme Power Nightjar

Supreme Power Nightjar

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In the early 2000s, Marvel Comics rebooted Squadron Supreme into a new mature reader title called Supreme Power. Written by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Gary Frank, Supreme Power tackles some of the complex themes of the ’80s limited series Squadron Supreme (the aforementioned story of the team that took over 712 Earths) through a more violent lens. Marvel’s MAX stamp.

In this reality – later dubbed Earth-31916 of the Multiverse – Kyle Richmond is a black man whose parents were murdered by white supremacists, leading him to become the anti-racist vigilante Nighthawk. He eventually helped find the Earth-31916 Squadron Supreme, but all of his realities were destroyed until the Secret Wars of 2015, which destroyed and rebuilt the entire Marvel Universe.

After Secret Wars, this version of Nighthawk ended up in Marvel’s Earth-616 universe, where he co-founded a new version of Squadron Supreme and starred in his own Nighthawk, along with surviving refugees from other dead realities. Title.

She was also given a protege named Tilda Johnson, who initially operated under the code name Nightshade – but when Earth-31916 Kyle Richmond was killed during the events of Secret Empire, Tilda was given her costume with Nighthawk’s mantle .

Tilda has appeared in her civilian identity since the end of the Secret Empire, but did not appear as Nighthawk.

Final Universe Nighthawk

Final Universe Nighthawk

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Like most Marvel heroes at this point, Nighthawk has his share of “variants” among the many worlds of the Multiverse, as this list shows.

There was even a Nighthawk in the ill-fated Ultimate Universe that was destroyed until the multiverse’s overhaul Secret Wars event, which also destroyed Supreme’s world, though his story is slightly different than most of its other counterparts. Powerful version of Nighthawk.

In the Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610), Kyle Richmond is a member of the Defenders, a second-rate super-team who eventually gain enhanced powers to take on their world’s version of Thor.

This version of Nighthawk is less of a Batman-like vigilante than most of his counterparts, instead wearing a weapon-laden winged armored suit unlike Iron Man.

America’s Supreme Squadron Nighthawk

America's Supreme Squadron Nighthawk

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The most recent and current incarnation of Kyle Richmond also hails from an alternate reality – but in his case, his Earth-TRN852 home is not a normal part of the multiverse, but a magical artifact of evil villain Mephisto.

As seen in the 2021 Heroes Reborn event, Earth-TRN852 is a world where the Avengers never formed and most of Marvel’s other main heroes never attained their powers; Squadron Supreme of America replaces the Avengers as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. violent and authoritarian methods similar to the previously mentioned Earth-712 counterparts.

Nighthawk’s heroic story is full of little bits and pieces from Spider-Man’s adventures on Earth-616, including encounters with Venom, the Green Goblin, and even securing Miles Morales as a protege.

Although little is known of his history as a magical creation of Mephisto, this version of Kyle Richmond brings together elements from the backgrounds of other “variants” of Nighthawk, including his resemblance to his Supreme Power version. , the anti-authoritarian nature of the Earth. 712 Nighthawk and his teammates have in common that they backfire when they go further than he is willing to follow.

Avengers #55 pages

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Because of this, the American Nighthawks Squadron Supreme finally discovered Mephisto’s role in the creation of the team and the existence of their world, and asked their teammates to help the Avengers break Mephisto’s spell. and return to the elemental reality of Earth-616.

Since then, Nighthawk and the rest of Squadron Supreme of America have remained at the core of the Marvel Universe, even as Nighthawk has distanced himself from his former teammates. Recently, in Avengers #55 on April 20, this version of Nighthawk joined the Avengers to help take down Mephisto once and for all, as the evil manipulator is set to become one of the greatest threats to the universe. Marvel in 2022.

And on that note, read the rest of our picks for Marvel’s Most Wanted – Marvel Super-Villains to watch in 2022.


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The newest Avenger Nighthawk – the strange history of Marvel’s Batman

On April 20, the current version of classic Marvel Comics anti-hero Nighthawk, known as Marvel’s homage to Batman, joined the Avengers in Avengers #55.
But the somewhat convoluted history of Nighthawk has fans asking which version of the character is on the team, and where the other versions are.
Nighthawk is one of Marvel’s oddest characters, with a backstory that crosses Multiverses, and even in some ways comic book publishers, as his entire team, the Squadron Supreme, started out as a way for the Avengers to slyly fight DC’s Justice League without the red tape of an actual crossover.
There are at least five well-known versions of Kyle Richmond AKA Nighthawk, including the one who just became one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and many of them have existed in the core Marvel Universe at one time or another.
So when it comes to asking “Where are they now?”, Newsarama has all the answers about each of the most prominent Nighthawk ‘Variants’, including how the most recent Nighthawk came into the picture.
Nighthawk of the Squadron Sinister

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)
Unlike most other versions of Nighthawk, the very first incarnation of the character to appear in comics in 1969’s Avengers #69 is from the core Earth-616 Marvel Universe. Born into a wealthy family, dilettante Kyle Richmond uses his wealth to become the Nighthawk of the Squadron Sinister, a group of villains manipulated into lives of crime by the cosmic being known as the Grandmaster. 
Though the Squadron Sinister version of Nighthawk was the first version of the character to appear chronologically, later stories revealed that the Grandmaster had copied the Squadron Sinister’s appearances from the heroes of the Squadron Supreme, who live on the Multiverse world of Earth-712 –  meaning that the Squadron Sinister Nighthawk is not technically the original Nighthawk in terms of the in-story timeline. 
(And, in a meta sense, the Squadron Sinister/Supreme are based on the heroes of DC’s Justice League, with Nighthawk himself being a pastiche of Batman).
This version of Nighthawk eventually turned his back on the rest of the Squadron Sinister and on villainy altogether, joining the heroic Defenders as a long-term member in their heyday of the ’70s until his apparent death. He’s since returned to life, even training a successor named Joaquin Pennysworth before retiring.
Neither Kyle nor Joaquin have appeared since Kyle’s retirement, though a Skrull imposter impersonating Kyle did later appear before being exposed.
Nighthawk of the Squadron Supreme

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)
As we said, the Squadron Sinister was created by the Grandmaster in the image of the heroes of Earth-712, the Squadron Supreme. A kind of parody/homage to Batman of the Justice League, Nighthawk is one of the founding members of most versions of the Squadron.
Just like on Earth-616, the Nighthawk of Earth-712 is Kyle Richmond, a multi-billionaire whose riches were built through his father’s criminal enterprises, leading him to choose to use the money for good instead of evil.
After years alongside the Squadron Supreme, this ‘Variant’ of Richmond retires as a superhero to enter politics, even being elected president of the United States of that Earth – though his mind was temporarily taken over by an alien consciousness before being restored, leading to his eventual departure from politics and return to super-heroics. 
However, when the Squadron Supreme of Earth-712 decide to conquer their world and turn it into their version of a utopia, Nighthawk balks at the idea and quits the team, becoming a freedom fighter against the tyranny of his former allies.
Nighthawk of Supreme Power

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)
In the early ’00s, Marvel Comics relaunched the Squadron Supreme in a new, mature reader title called Supreme Power. Written by J. Michael Straczynski with art from Gary Frank, Supreme Power picked up some of the complex themes of the ’80s Squadron Supreme limited series (the aforementioned story about the team taking over the 712 Earth) through a more violent lens as part of Marvel’s MAX imprint.
In this reality – later dubbed Earth-31916 of the Multiverse – Kyle Richmond is a Black man whose parents were murdered by white supremacists, leading him to become the anti-racist vigilante Nighthawk. He eventually helped found the Squadron Supreme of Earth-31916, though their entire reality was destroyed in the lead up to 2015’s Secret Wars, which demolished and rebuilt the entire Marvel Universe.
In the aftermath of Secret Wars, this version of Nighthawk found himself in the core Earth-616 Marvel Universe, where he co-founded a new version of the Squadron Supreme alongside refugee survivors of other dead realities, as well as starring in his own Nighthawk title.
He also took on a protégé named Tilda Johnson, who first operated under the codename Nightshade – though when the Earth-31916 Kyle Richmond was killed during the events of Secret Empire, Tilda took up his costume along with the mantle of Nighthawk.
Tilda has appeared in her civilian identity since the end of Secret Empire but hasn’t shown up as Nighthawk.
Nighthawk of the Ultimate Universe

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)
Like most Marvel heroes at this point, Nighthawk has his share of ‘Variants’ from the many worlds of the Multiverse, as seen across this list.
Though his story is a bit different from most of his other counterparts, there was even a Nighthawk in the ill-fated Ultimate Universe, which was destroyed in the lead up to the Multiverse-remaking Secret Wars event that also destroyed the world of the Supreme Power version of Nighthawk. 
In the Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610), Kyle Richmond is a member of the Defenders, a second-rate super-team who eventually gains souped-up powers in a bid to take on their world’s version of Thor.
This version of Nighthawk is less of a Batman-esque vigilante than most of his counterparts, instead wearing a winged armored suit full of weaponry, not unlike Iron Man.
Nighthawk of the Squadron Supreme of America

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)
The most recent and current incarnation of Kyle Richmond is also from an alternate reality – but in his case, his home of Earth-TRN852 is not a regular part of the Multiverse, but a magical creation of the devilish villain Mephisto.
As seen in the 2021 event Heroes Reborn, Earth-TRN852 is a world where the Avengers never formed and many of Marvel’s other prominent heroes never got their powers, with the Squadron Supreme of America taking the Avengers’ place as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – although with violent, authoritarian methods similar to their previously mentioned Earth-712 counterparts. 
In Nighthawk’s case, his heroic history is full of bits and pieces taken from the Earth-616 adventures of Spider-Man, including encounters with Venom, the Green Goblin, and even taking on Miles Morales as a protégé.
Though little is known about his history as a magical creation of Mephisto, this version of Kyle Richmond combines elements from the backstories of the other Nighthawk ‘Variants’, including his resemblance to the Supreme Power version, the anti-authoritarian nature of the Earth-712 Nighthawk, and the common thread of turning against his teammates when they go farther than he’s willing to follow them.

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)
As such, the Squadron Supreme of America’s Nighthawk eventually discovered Mephisto’s role in the team’s creation and in the very existence of their world, turning on his teammates to help the Avengers break Mephisto’s spell and return to the core reality of Earth-616.
Since then, Nighthawk and the rest of the Squadron Supreme of America have stayed in the core Marvel Universe, though Nighthawk remains estranged from his former teammates. Most recently, in April 20’s Avengers #55, this version of Nighthawk joined the Avengers to help take down Mephisto once and for all, as the devilish manipulator seems poised to be one of the biggest threats to the Marvel Universe in 2022.
And on that note, read up on the rest of our picks for Marvel’s Most Wanted – the Marvel supervillains to watch out for in 2022.

#newest #Avenger #Nighthawk #strange #history #Marvels #Batman

The newest Avenger Nighthawk – the strange history of Marvel’s Batman

On April 20, the current version of classic Marvel Comics anti-hero Nighthawk, known as Marvel’s homage to Batman, joined the Avengers in Avengers #55.
But the somewhat convoluted history of Nighthawk has fans asking which version of the character is on the team, and where the other versions are.
Nighthawk is one of Marvel’s oddest characters, with a backstory that crosses Multiverses, and even in some ways comic book publishers, as his entire team, the Squadron Supreme, started out as a way for the Avengers to slyly fight DC’s Justice League without the red tape of an actual crossover.
There are at least five well-known versions of Kyle Richmond AKA Nighthawk, including the one who just became one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and many of them have existed in the core Marvel Universe at one time or another.
So when it comes to asking “Where are they now?”, Newsarama has all the answers about each of the most prominent Nighthawk ‘Variants’, including how the most recent Nighthawk came into the picture.
Nighthawk of the Squadron Sinister

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)
Unlike most other versions of Nighthawk, the very first incarnation of the character to appear in comics in 1969’s Avengers #69 is from the core Earth-616 Marvel Universe. Born into a wealthy family, dilettante Kyle Richmond uses his wealth to become the Nighthawk of the Squadron Sinister, a group of villains manipulated into lives of crime by the cosmic being known as the Grandmaster. 
Though the Squadron Sinister version of Nighthawk was the first version of the character to appear chronologically, later stories revealed that the Grandmaster had copied the Squadron Sinister’s appearances from the heroes of the Squadron Supreme, who live on the Multiverse world of Earth-712 –  meaning that the Squadron Sinister Nighthawk is not technically the original Nighthawk in terms of the in-story timeline. 
(And, in a meta sense, the Squadron Sinister/Supreme are based on the heroes of DC’s Justice League, with Nighthawk himself being a pastiche of Batman).
This version of Nighthawk eventually turned his back on the rest of the Squadron Sinister and on villainy altogether, joining the heroic Defenders as a long-term member in their heyday of the ’70s until his apparent death. He’s since returned to life, even training a successor named Joaquin Pennysworth before retiring.
Neither Kyle nor Joaquin have appeared since Kyle’s retirement, though a Skrull imposter impersonating Kyle did later appear before being exposed.
Nighthawk of the Squadron Supreme

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)
As we said, the Squadron Sinister was created by the Grandmaster in the image of the heroes of Earth-712, the Squadron Supreme. A kind of parody/homage to Batman of the Justice League, Nighthawk is one of the founding members of most versions of the Squadron.
Just like on Earth-616, the Nighthawk of Earth-712 is Kyle Richmond, a multi-billionaire whose riches were built through his father’s criminal enterprises, leading him to choose to use the money for good instead of evil.
After years alongside the Squadron Supreme, this ‘Variant’ of Richmond retires as a superhero to enter politics, even being elected president of the United States of that Earth – though his mind was temporarily taken over by an alien consciousness before being restored, leading to his eventual departure from politics and return to super-heroics. 
However, when the Squadron Supreme of Earth-712 decide to conquer their world and turn it into their version of a utopia, Nighthawk balks at the idea and quits the team, becoming a freedom fighter against the tyranny of his former allies.
Nighthawk of Supreme Power

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)
In the early ’00s, Marvel Comics relaunched the Squadron Supreme in a new, mature reader title called Supreme Power. Written by J. Michael Straczynski with art from Gary Frank, Supreme Power picked up some of the complex themes of the ’80s Squadron Supreme limited series (the aforementioned story about the team taking over the 712 Earth) through a more violent lens as part of Marvel’s MAX imprint.
In this reality – later dubbed Earth-31916 of the Multiverse – Kyle Richmond is a Black man whose parents were murdered by white supremacists, leading him to become the anti-racist vigilante Nighthawk. He eventually helped found the Squadron Supreme of Earth-31916, though their entire reality was destroyed in the lead up to 2015’s Secret Wars, which demolished and rebuilt the entire Marvel Universe.
In the aftermath of Secret Wars, this version of Nighthawk found himself in the core Earth-616 Marvel Universe, where he co-founded a new version of the Squadron Supreme alongside refugee survivors of other dead realities, as well as starring in his own Nighthawk title.
He also took on a protégé named Tilda Johnson, who first operated under the codename Nightshade – though when the Earth-31916 Kyle Richmond was killed during the events of Secret Empire, Tilda took up his costume along with the mantle of Nighthawk.
Tilda has appeared in her civilian identity since the end of Secret Empire but hasn’t shown up as Nighthawk.
Nighthawk of the Ultimate Universe

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)
Like most Marvel heroes at this point, Nighthawk has his share of ‘Variants’ from the many worlds of the Multiverse, as seen across this list.
Though his story is a bit different from most of his other counterparts, there was even a Nighthawk in the ill-fated Ultimate Universe, which was destroyed in the lead up to the Multiverse-remaking Secret Wars event that also destroyed the world of the Supreme Power version of Nighthawk. 
In the Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610), Kyle Richmond is a member of the Defenders, a second-rate super-team who eventually gains souped-up powers in a bid to take on their world’s version of Thor.
This version of Nighthawk is less of a Batman-esque vigilante than most of his counterparts, instead wearing a winged armored suit full of weaponry, not unlike Iron Man.
Nighthawk of the Squadron Supreme of America

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)
The most recent and current incarnation of Kyle Richmond is also from an alternate reality – but in his case, his home of Earth-TRN852 is not a regular part of the Multiverse, but a magical creation of the devilish villain Mephisto.
As seen in the 2021 event Heroes Reborn, Earth-TRN852 is a world where the Avengers never formed and many of Marvel’s other prominent heroes never got their powers, with the Squadron Supreme of America taking the Avengers’ place as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – although with violent, authoritarian methods similar to their previously mentioned Earth-712 counterparts. 
In Nighthawk’s case, his heroic history is full of bits and pieces taken from the Earth-616 adventures of Spider-Man, including encounters with Venom, the Green Goblin, and even taking on Miles Morales as a protégé.
Though little is known about his history as a magical creation of Mephisto, this version of Kyle Richmond combines elements from the backstories of the other Nighthawk ‘Variants’, including his resemblance to the Supreme Power version, the anti-authoritarian nature of the Earth-712 Nighthawk, and the common thread of turning against his teammates when they go farther than he’s willing to follow them.

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)
As such, the Squadron Supreme of America’s Nighthawk eventually discovered Mephisto’s role in the team’s creation and in the very existence of their world, turning on his teammates to help the Avengers break Mephisto’s spell and return to the core reality of Earth-616.
Since then, Nighthawk and the rest of the Squadron Supreme of America have stayed in the core Marvel Universe, though Nighthawk remains estranged from his former teammates. Most recently, in April 20’s Avengers #55, this version of Nighthawk joined the Avengers to help take down Mephisto once and for all, as the devilish manipulator seems poised to be one of the biggest threats to the Marvel Universe in 2022.
And on that note, read up on the rest of our picks for Marvel’s Most Wanted – the Marvel supervillains to watch out for in 2022.

#newest #Avenger #Nighthawk #strange #history #Marvels #Batman


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