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By Byron Brewer
I did not read Captain Marvel’s adventures before his hook-up with Rick Jones, but I have seen the beautiful work that artist Gene Colan did on the strip in reprints. As beautiful as the red and blue costume is, maybe the best costume of a cosmic champion, the green and white still stirs a nostalgia I never lived.
I also did not see the original appearance of the Supreme Intelligence in Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #65 (too young), but it seems like I know the character all too well. And despite what good or evil it may have done before or since, I will always think of the Supremor as the thorn in poor Mar-Vell’s side and the true author (in the Marvel U.) of the Kree-Skrull War.
The Supreme Intelligence was created more than a million years ago on the planet Kree-Lar by the Kree to help them create a Cosmic Cube like the one that their enemies, the Skrulls, had once created. It is composed of the brains of the greatest Kree minds (thinkers, generals, philosophers, scientists and so on), removed upon their deaths and assimilated by the computer, adding their knowledge and experience to its own.
Eventually the Supremor developed a mind of its own and refused to create the device knowing the dangers that could be wrought by an evolved Cosmic Cube, which was what had destroyed massive parts of the Skrull Empire. Despite this, it was allowed to continue to exist to serve the Kree with its wisdom. Its influence eventually grew to the point where it replaced the Kree government as ruler of the Kree Empire, although it has occasionally been subsequently deposed for periods of time. Most of the Kree are fanatically devoted to it, and its worship is an organized religion.
Early in the career of the Fantastic Four, the Supreme Intelligence sent Ronan the Accuser to execute them. It later discovered the treachery of Zarek and Ronan, and then honored Kree hero Mar-Vell with a new uniform. The Supreme Intelligence was deposed as the leader of the Kree Empire by Ronan, and was revealed to have mentally influenced Rick Jones and the U.S. Alien Activities Commission from behind the scenes in order to regain its power. It stimulated Rick Jones's psionic potential, the evolutionary potential of the human race known as the Destiny Force, to end the Earth vicinity campaign in the first Kree-Skrull War. The Supremor revealed that it realized long ago that the Kree were at an evolutionary dead-end. Its main concern became to find a way to jump-start its race's evolution, and its manipulations of Rick Jones and Mar-Vell were part of this process.
The Supreme Intelligence then regained leadership of the Kree Empire and mentally dominated Ronan, using the Accuser as a pawn in battle against Rick Jones and Captain Marvel. It attempted to absorb the minds of Rick Jones and Captain Marvel, and employed the remote control Supremor androids as a housing for its consciousness.
The Supremor understood that the Skrulls lost their ability to shapeshift, and plotted a new campaign for a second war. During this war, the Supreme Intelligence acquired the Soul Gem, which the creature used to maintain peaceful balance between its blue and pink Kree components. It used the Soul Gem to absorb the soul of the Silver Surfer. But the the Surfer's soul escaped from him and removed the Soul Gem, causing the Supreme Intelligence to lose its sanity. Aterwards, Nenora, a Skrull spy in the guise of a high ranking Kree official, took command of the Kree Empire. The war ended with Nenora being exposed as a Skrull.
The Contemplator later began restructuring the Supreme Intelligence's scrambled consciousness. It was then taken over by the mind of the Contemplator. It was soon liberated from the Contemplator's control by a Cotati wizard, although under the Cotati's influence the Supreme Intelligence appointed the alien "Clumsy Foulup" as the supreme Kree leader. The Supremor was restored to power a while later.
During Operation: Galactic Storm, the Supremor secretly arranged to have a Nega-Bomb detonated in the Kree Galaxy, hoping its energies would reactivate the Kree's genetic potential. But in the process, billions of Kree were killed. This led a group of Avengers to decide to execute it for genocide, against the wishes of the rest of the team.
But the Supremor wasn't killed. Prior to the death of its host computer, it beamed itself to an awaiting starship hidden from the conflict between the Kree and Shi'ar. This ship later was damaged and found by SHIELD, who captured the small computer the Supremor was now residing in. SHIELD kept the Supreme Intelligence on the Earth's moon for study, as the Supremor bided its time.
The Supreme Intelligence soon escaped after it possessed the minds of some SHIELD scientists and had its body taken to Manhattan, where it planned to explode another Nega-Bomb, this time in the sewers of Manhattan. The Supremor witnessed the first Kree mutation when it encountered one of the Kree Imperial Guard, Commando, who underwent his mutation when he sought to destroy the computer housing the Supreme Intelligence. It was this act that freed Supremor, allowing it to return to the depths of space.
The Supremor reached the Kree Empire and had a new housing constructed for it, as it soon managed to obtain the Forever Crystal, a very powerful mystical artifact, from Kang, and used it to advance the Kree's evolution, creating a supposedly new race, the Ruul. Through them, it manipulated the Intergalactic Council into turning against the Earth, but its plans were stopped by the Avengers.
Later, the Supreme Intelligence got its wish for more genetic stock for the Kree, when some of the Inhuman tribes reunited with the regrowing Kree Empire. Combined with the Ruul and the mutated Kree, the Kree Empire would soon rise again after throwing off the shackles of the Shi'ar Empire. However, after the universe was destroyed and recreated by Genis-Vell and Entropy, son of Eternity, the Kree race was restored to its original form and to an evolutionary dead-end.
In Annihilation, it was declared that the Supreme Intelligence was not in command of the Kree Empire, having been replaced by the merchant House of Fiyero. House Fiyero, in fact, placed the Supreme Intelligence in a state of “living death” and ruled the Kree without its consent. The Kree are now ruled by Medusa of the Inhumans.
The Supreme Intelligence was seen in Annihilation Conquest where his remains had been retrieved by the Phalanx who were attempting to reactivate him. By reactivating the Supreme Intelligence, the Phalanx plan to send a mental echo across space containing a message that will invade the minds of the Kree, turning every Kree in the galaxy into Phalanx at once. This was foiled by the arrival of the Wraith, who allowed the weapon to activate and used his exolon swarm to absorb the soul of the Supremor, essentially housing the spirit within himself.
The Supreme Intelligence (it is assumed the one of the Marvel U.) has been in touch with Noh-Varr, the former Marvel Boy and an alternate universe Kree who now goes by the name Protector.
What new plans are brewing in the collective mind of the Supremor? Whether it is in a Wraith story or the pages of The Avengers, we feel something big is coming soon from the Supreme One.