When the Orb contacted Midas into helping him steal from the Watcher's citadel, the Exterminatrix accompanied them, and also got hold of one of the eyes of the Watcher after he was knocked out by Orb. The eye's influence caused numerous Mindless Ones in possession of the Orb to radically change, develop thoughts and evolve. After one of the Mindless Ones escaped the Orb's lair and committed suicide following a battle against the Avengers, the heroes began investigating the connection between the Mindless Ones' behavior and the death of Uatu, who had died shortly after the assault on his base.
When The Orb, Exterminatrix and Midas were finally pinned down, she fought numerous heroes until her defeat. The Orb then revealed himself and activated the eye, unleashing the secrets of the Watcher. In the confusion created by the blast, the Exterminatrix and Midas escaped. They then activated a spaceship hidden in a secret location to get back to the Moon and get more from the Watcher's base.
In the Moon, Nick Fury tried to stop Doctor Midas, but he was attacked by the Mindless Ones. After getting rid of the monsters, he found Midas absorbing the powers from Uatu's corpse. By forcing Midas to absorb the power of one of Uatu's eyes all at once, Midas overloaded and exploded.
Initial exposure to cosmic rays gave him a plethora of irradiated gifts:
- Transmutation: The artificial cosmic ray baths gave him limited molecular manipulation abilities. Anything Midas touched would literally turn to solid gold, including humans and bodies of water, hence the name and anointed phrase "I turn anything and everything to my advantage". Which is how he amassed his circumstantial wealth.
Once after bathing in concentrated cosmic rays he acquired:
- The powers of the Fantastic Four:
- Cosmic Water: Perfectly elastic plasticity ranging to shape-changing, dense flesh, and elongation.
- Cosmic Earth: Nigh-impervious rock physiology which greatly magnifies his strength, durability, stamina, and sensory perceptions.
- Cosmic Flame:
- Cosmic Air: Manipulation of invisible force fields to put pressure around an object to crush it like a tin can.
- Cosmic Awareness
- Regenerative Healing Factor:
- Molecular Psychic Linking: Midas is able to link with lifeforms on a molecular level and read their minds.
He is very clever and knows take advantage of any situation.
While armored, lower 100 tons, fully mutated approx. exceeding 100 tons.
He possessed a suit similar to the Iron Man Armor Model 1.
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