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Blockbuster by Luke Ross
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Uncanny X-Men #210 (Oct 1986)
Created by Chris Claremont
Michael Golden
In-story information
Alter ego Michael Baer
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations Marauders
Abilities Superhuman Size, Superhuman Strength, Superhuman Stamina, Superhuman Endurance/Durability

Blockbuster (Michael Baer) is a fictional mutant character in the Marvel Comics Universe created by Chris Claremont and Michael Golden. His first appearance was in Uncanny X-Men #210.


Publication history

Blockbuster first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #210 (October 1986), and was created by Chris Claremont and Michael Golden.

The character subsequently appears in X-Factor #10 (November 1986), Thor #373-374 (November-December 1986), The Uncanny X-Men #240 (January 1989), #243 (April 1989), X-Man #13 (March 1996), X-Men #200-203 (August-November 2007), and X-Men: Messiah Complex #1 (December 2007).

Blockbuster appeared as part of the "Marauders" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #18.

Fictional character biography

Blockbuster is a member of the Marauders, a team of superhuman assassins brought together by the mutant thief Gambit when he was in the employ of the enigmatic Mister Sinister. On Sinister's orders, the Marauders massacre the underground community of mutants known as the Morlocks. In the course of the massacre, the Marauders, including Blockbuster, clash with various superhuman champions, including the mutant adventurers known as the X-Men.

The Norse god Thor, summoned to the Morlock tunnels by his ally, the frog Puddleglup, happens upon Blockbuster following his torture of the mutant Archangel. After a brief battle, in which Blockbuster is able to break Thor's left arm, Thor kills Blockbuster to avenge the innocent Morlocks he has slain. Thor then burns his remains, along with those of the slaughtered Morlocks.

Sinister uses his technology to clone the Marauders. Blockbuster and other previously-slain Marauders return during the demonic invasion of Manhattan referred to as the Inferno. Blockbuster is among the Marauders set by Sinister to defend his orphanage/laboratory headquarters. Blockbuster is slain by the mutant Havok, who had, along with most of the X-Men, been tainted by the demonic invasion, becoming more bestial and aggressive.

Though the X-Men discovered and deactivated many of Sinister's Clone Vaults after the events of the crossover saga X-Cutioner's Song, Blockbuster returned with the other original Marauders, when they attacked the X-Mansion.[1]


Messiah Complex and Death

Blockbuster's body is seen later being "eaten" by Predator X after he and the rest of the Marauders arrive at an Alaskan town. The Marauder's goal had been to find a mutant baby, a current rarity; they had also encountered the Purifiers, another group searching for the child.

It is unknown if Sinister's cloning samples survived after M-Day, and whether he will be cloned again[2].

Powers and abilities

Blockbuster has an enormous physical mass, which grants him superhuman size, strength, stamina, and resistance to physical injury. He is shown to be powerful enough to withstand direct blows from Thor, at least for a while, until Thor eventually killed him .

In other media


  • Blockbuster appeared in the X-Men episode "Sanctuary." He is among the mutants that move in to Asteroid M. In "Graduation Day," he made an appearance in Magneto's army.
  • Blockbuster first appears in the Wolverine and the X-Men episode "eXcessive Force". He is one of the Marauders and was first seen assisting Vertigo into chasing after Berzerker only to run afoul of Cyclops who defeated Blockbuster.


  1. ^ X-Men vol. 2 #200
  2. ^ X-Men: Messiah Complex #1

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