By Tim Stevens
I know you are still looking for someone to analyze for your Case Review class. I came across this Michael Korvac and thought he might make for an interesting discussion for you and your students. Feel free to use my notes below to direct the dialogue.
Michael Korvac is an adult male who has appeared in two distinctive forms. The first of these was a man who presented as fairly average in physical fitness. The second was a so-called “perfect” form that often glowed with orange or pink energy. While in this form, he seemed to create an alter ego for himself that he labeled as just “Korvac.”
In his initial human form, the subject was a computer technician who claimed he was from the future. The mystical hero Doctor Strange fought the subject at this time and reported that his technological abilities were advanced enough to repel Strange’s magic, seemingly offering evidence that he was, indeed, from the future. During this time, he presented as intelligent and articulate while driven by a palpable sense of rage.
The scant evidence available about Korvac’s initial timeline suggests that he came from a world that was conquered by alien oppressors and that he may have aided them, at least at first. His anger may be a sort of inverted sense of disgust with himself as a result of this betrayal of his planet or it may speak to the subject eventually having been betrayed by those with whom he collaborated. Conflicting statements by him and witnesses indicate that either or both may be accurate.
Upon reaching his “perfect” form, an interesting pattern develops with the subject. He is simultaneously driven to the acquisition of more power and the imposing of his will on others while also seeming to seek out domesticity with an alien named Carina. Although there is evidence to suggest he was “undercover” when he and Carina settled into life as a married couple in a Queens suburb, it is an unusual choice for a being that had near god-like power himself and was supported by a woman who also boasted in impressive range of abilities. If his goal was indeed word dominance and he was nearly unstoppable, why bother with embracing the mundane?
This question is also at the root of the different opinions those that faced the subject seem to have. Some detail his (thankfully temporary) slaughter of several Avengers in battle while others point out that he seemingly created a situation in which those killed could immediately be returned to life. It is as though his inner cognitive dissonance is being played out by others’ views on him.
It appears Korvac was slain in battle with the Avengers. Although he did appear once more later, it would seem that this resurrection was undone by an object of great power called the Cosmic Cube. At this time, it is assumed that Korvac remains dead. For any further information you may need, Leonard, I suggest reviewing AVENGERS ACADEMY #10 and #11 by Doctors Christos Gage, Sean Chen and Tom Raney which will be available on March 2 and March 16 respectively.
Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Practicum Trainee at a Federal Correctional Institute and a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant.