The latest episode of She-Hulk “Just Jen”, introduced another Marvel character called – Mr. Immortal. The character has been one of the supporting characters in the comics, but he is extremely powerful. However, his MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) debut may or may not pave the way for a brighter future. Let’s see who this character is and what his future could be in the MCU…if there is one!
Who is Mr. Immortal in the comics?
Created by John Byrne, Mr. Immortal made his first appearance in West Coast Avengers (Vol. 2) #46 in 1989. He is the founder of a superhero subsidiary known as the Avengers of the Great Lakes (GLA) in Wisconsin. With his real name Craig Hollis, he soon discovers that his origin lies with supremely powerful beings known as Homo Supremes. His superpower is that no matter how hard he tries, he can never die.
Since birth, Craig has had visions of a cosmic entity called “Deathurge(or “D’urge”, as he would call it). His parents – Audrey Hollis and Edward Hollis thought he was his imaginary friend. At age eight, on a suggestion from Deathurge, Craig burned down his house, which killed his father. Later, Craig was adopted by Mr. O’Doughan who was very abusive towards him. But, in his foster family, he fell in love with his adoptive sister, Terri. However, shortly after reaching adulthood, Terri committed suicide. Grief-stricken, Craig jumped off a building. That’s when he found out he couldn’t die.
Even after many future suicide attempts, he failed to kill himself. Then he takes the mantle of Mr. Immortal. Later, he decides to train and mentor a team of superheroes and put his abilities to good use. Then he formed the Great Lakes Avengers. The team consisted of – Flatman, Doorman, Big Bertha, Dinah Soar and Leather Boy. According to the comics, Mr. Immortal could be our universe’s last living being at death, and someone who could potentially become the Galactus of the next cosmos.
Who is Mr. Immortal in MCU?
In the MCU however, Mr. Immortal (David Pasquesi) has seemingly been reduced to a slight nod to his comic book counterpart. The character made her live-action debut recently in the sixth episode of She-Hulk titled “Just Jen.” In this episode, Craig Hollis aka Mr. Immortal, since discovering he has the superhero power of immortality, decides to marry different women until he gets bored of them and decides to commit suicide and change his identity.
While She-Hulk is busy attending her best friend’s wedding, Craig comes to see GLK&H’s Mellory Brooke. He explains that he has been married several times and that he is “a good guy who does not want to hurt anyone”. He says he would need her help with his divorce, as he fears the settlement will bleed it dry. At the end of the episode, however, he comes face to face with his former wives (and a husband), who want compensation for all their lost time and money. He finally agrees to the settlement.
Does he have a future in the MCU?
The character of Mr. Immortal looks great in concept. But, the way the character was introduced, just a case that She-Hulk doesn’t deal with either, things don’t look very promising. Her presence in the episode felt more like a filler plot device than anything significant enough for the MCU. Its purpose was presumably only to show off Brooke’s expert legal skills, Nikki’s (She-Hulk’s friend) cunning, and presumably to introduce the public to the name of a certain organization – Intelligencia. (For more details on the Intelligencia, click on here) Perhaps, as Marvel slowly introduces the X-Men and Young Avengers to the MCU, he could appear somewhere in a future project. Who knows maybe in the future we might have live action Avengers of the Great Lakes (GLA) crew.
But when and where we will see Mr. Immortal again is not certain. Maybe never. But one thing is for sure, if Mr. Immortal existed in the MCU, then he was probably the best candidate to snap his fingers with the Infinity Stones. He wouldn’t die, and our beloved Tony Stark would have been with us. Anyway, let’s see what time has in store for us. Until then, peace afar!