Makluans are best known on Earth by their least typical members. Though typically peaceful and noble, a number of Makluans departed their homeworld in search of worlds to conquer. Landing in China, the majority of the crew used their shape-shifting abilities to take on Human guise, hoping to infiltrate their society in order to gather reconnaissance before conquering the planet. The navigator, Fin Fang Foom, remained behind as a backup, allowing himself to become entombed, & entered into a hibernationary state with the application of a particular herb indigenous to that region. For unknown reasons, his comrades never awakened him.
In one possible timeline, the legendary British kingdom of Camelot was destroyed by attacking dragons. Merlin and the Lady of the Lake sought to prevent its destruction by projecting the mind of the Black Knight (Sir Percy of Scandia) forward in time to the 21st century (2006), and into the body of his descendent, Dane Whitman. There he enlisted the help of the recently-reformed superhero team Excalibur. Using the Lady of the Lake's power, the group was transported back in time days before Camelot's destruction. The teams then uncovered the fact that numerous Makluans had slain many of Britains native dragons, and that it was they who attacked Camelot. Excalibur returned to their own time after defeating the invaders.
In the 8th century, Fin Fang Foom awoke, but was eventually put back to sleep through use of the same herbs. He subsequently entered into Chinese legend, and his tomb remained guarded well into the the 20th century. His slumber would be interrupted again several times during that century. He was first awakened by teenager Chen Liuchow, who believed the legends of the great dragon, entered his tomb, and tricked him into attacking the nearby communist Chinese before putting him back to sleep. He was at some point captured by the Collector, then relocated to Monster Island by the Mole Man (Harvey Elder) before returning to hibernation. The madman Doctor Vault again awakened him to have him attack the Living Colossus. After returning to sleep, he was again awakened when his body was possessed by the demon Aan Taanu.
At some point, the spirit of the Makluan captain, Axonn-Karr, in the form of Human Chen Hsu, guided the man who would become the Mandarin to the Valley of the Sleeping Dragon. There, the Mandarin found the Makluan starship and its trove of advanced technology (including his signature power rings). He also awoke Fin Fang Foom so that he could be used to threaten the Chinese government. Mandarin's scheme was quickly met by Iron Man, but when the remaining dozen other Makluans revealed themselves and finally began their conquest. The Mandarin and Iron Man then banded together to destroy these invaders. In light of the events in medieval Britain & modern China, Fin Fang Foom may be the last Makluan on Earth; of course, with their natural shape-shifting abilities and incredibly long lifespans, it is impossible to say for sure.
Powers and Abilities
Various superhuman attributes, including greater physical strength, stamina & durability on account of more advanced musculature & super-dense scales on the dermis, as well as a longevity far in excess to that of an average Human. Extraordinary metabolism grants them rapid healing & the ability to regenerate certain of their body parts, entering a hibernationary state to accomplish this (this also influences their extended lifespans). Makluans are able to survive in the vacuum of space or under water for extended periods. Their wings endow them with flight capabilities under the speed of sound. They exhibit limited telepathy, but their psychic influence is often more compatible with the minds of other reptiles. They have natural shape-shifting abilities which allow them to assume a multitude of forms, able to alter not only their physical appearence but also their size, weight & mass by many orders of magnitude. It has been observed that individuals are able to transfer their life essence into the body of another living entity in case of death or serious injury; having done so, they are often able to transform the possessed body into their true form via their natural shape-shifting abilities. They can also exhale a corrosive chemical mist from their mouth, resembling fire, with varying degrees of intensity & accuracy.
Average Strength level
Greater than that of many Humans
Susceptible to the effects of a leafy herb indigenous exclusively to China, known to induce prolonged hibernation in individuals
Habitat: Mostly tropical, with 82% water covering the surface
Gravity: 77% Earth standard
Atmosphere: 65% nitrogren, 27% oxygen
Population: 2.8 billion
Type of Government: Worldwide democracy
Level of Technology: Extraordinarily high with advanced interstellar ships, warp drive, development of virtually limitless energy sources, psionic technology.
Cultural Traits: In general adventurous and benevolent.
Representatives: Axonn-Karr; Fin Fang Foom; the "dragons" of Britain.
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Links and References
- Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #6
- Wikipedia contributors, "Fin Fang Foom," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fin_Fang_Foom&oldid=94718624 (accessed December 26, 2006).