: I know there are fans that would like him to
: have an arsenal of super powers like
: Superman but to me physical strength by
: itself and nothing else is good enough.
: I'd rather he had to contend with wacky
: powers like eyebeams, energy projection etc
: from a villain, have to think creatively
: while being in a position of disadvantage
: than him being the arsenal of superpowers.
: Its always more heroic the guy that presents
: himself into battles virtually naked and
: ends up striping the other guy from his
: weapons and wining the battle.
: I think right now he is just a strong guy
: that can fly. I know Bendis did something
: with him reversing the ionic flow in Ultron
: but I think that was only controlling
: something that was already in Ultron.
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: I know he has eyebeams in the past, has been
: able to grow, and he used his ionic energy
: on Ultron in Mighty months back.
Stan Lee was never one to make scientific sense of his characters' abilities - "ionic energy" is sort of a funny concept. Ions are atoms which have lost or gained an electron - they're matter, not energy.
Filling in for Stan, I surmised that the ion in ionic energy has something to do with its effect. Busiek and Perez helped me further by giving Wondy a nice purple glow, which I fancy as perhaps ionization from the contact of said energy with the atmosphere.
That aside, I started to postulate about the nature of ionic energy. It has given Wonderman, extended life span, superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and durability. Staying with canon ionic energy has also given Wondy the ability to grow, shoot eyebeams and control ionic energy.
I think all these abilities are consequences of ionic energy. Most of these abilities are shared by frequent Avengers nemesis, Count Nefaria. Atlas used ionic energy to grow.
You rather Wonder Man only have physical abilities, and that's fine. Let me excuse myself now because it doesn't end there for me. Other powers have been seen as a consequence of ionic energy. Losing control of his power Wonder Man transferred ionic energy to Crazy Eight, which resulted in this sample of wacky super powers:
and a couple I can't remember.
I hope you don't faint, but even this might just be the beginning. Even though the Crazy Eight lost their powers after Wondy absorbed it back into him - precedent for Bendis' use of ionic energy against Ultron - ionic
I imagine that ionic energy has, perhaps indirectly, resulted in.
Fabian Nicieza's Thunderbolt had two story lines in which Zemo manipulated that indirectly or directly responsible for empowering most of the Marvel Universe, bending the laws of physics and allowing the impossible. Once he stole all the powers. Afterwards he fought and empowered populace exposed to a power he was battling Grandmaster for possession. What those Thunderbolts story lines and Wonder Man have in common is the surname of the man Wonder Man's powers, Zemo.
Did Helmut read his father's notes on ionic energy when he created his power draining contraptions in Thunderbolts? Is ionic energy this same energy? Maybe, but I hope not. I'm dying to call it the "No Prize" energy. No, rather I think ionic energy itself may be a consequence of this said energy.
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