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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked - The Beyonder is a Cosmic Cube! No, Wait, He's an Inhuman! No, Wait...

New Avengers: Illuminati was a five-issue mini-series by Brian Michael Bendis, Jimmy Cheung and Mark Morales that examined the untold history of the Illuminati, a small group of superheroes who, in effect, secretly control the Marvel Universe from behind-the-scenes.

In #3, Professor X reveals that he read the Beyonder's mind at the start of Secret Wars and he discovered a secret...

They go visit the Beyonder in outer space and he more or less confirms this new origin...

In the end, Black Bolt basically told him to go away, and he did so (presumably this was an alternate take on the ending of Secret Wars II)...

Recently, in the long story leading to the current Secret Wars storyline, Jonathan Hickman revealed that the people behind the destruction of the multiverse was specifically a GROUP of beings known as the Beyonder. He explained in an interview that the New Avengers: Illuminati story was just a construct of the Beyonder (which is a pretty clever solution, to be honest) and in New Avengers #30 (by Jonathan Hickman, Dalibor Talijac and Rick Magyar), Yellowjacket reveals that the Beyonder the Marvel Universe has been dealing with was actually just a child version of the Beyonders...

An interesting aspect of this retcon (or reversion of a retcon?) is that it returns the Beyonder to the extra-special powerful being that he was early on and not just "one of many cosmic beings."

Okay, that's it for Abandoned an' Forsaked! Feel free to drop me an e-mail if you have an idea for future installments. My e-mail is bcronin@comicbookresources.com.

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