The Blob's superhuman strength greatly increased over the years, in a manner similar to that of the Thing. Kurt seemingly succeeds in his goal of revenge by teleporting a live shark into Fredrick's stomach during a fight with him, causing him to be devoured from within. Xavier telepathically contacts Marvel Girl and tells her to remove her blindfold using her telekinesis, then levitate a knife from a performer's tent to cut through her bonds, after which she frees the other members. Dukes subsequently met fellow mutant Unus the Untouchable, and under subliminal commands from Xavier’s enemy Lucifer, the pair attempted to frame the X-Men as thieves. It appears that McCoy or Sinister himself had his powers altered in a manner that allowed Blob to project his gravitational field outward. While holding her hostage in Croatia, Blob first encountered the X-Men as they rescued her from the Brotherhood. Dukes and the Brotherhood were subsequently duped by Empyrean into stealing a time machine created by the X-Man Beast to allow Empyrean to travel back in time and release the Legacy Virus earlier; however, the X-Men intervened and Empyrean was instead sent back to the prehistoric age. According to X-Tremists writer Leah Williams, "My hope in removing the villainy aspects of his character for X-tremists was to make people confront how they feel about fatness in general by utilizing an intriguing aspect of AoX: there is no bodily prejudice. ; (currently) 210 lbs. Blob later resurfaces as a member of X-Cell, a group of depowered mutants that blames the government for the loss of their powers, attacking Mutant Town in defiance of the Decimation. After being defeated, Fred, as "The Blob" begins a career as a criminal and later a terrorist. "Fred" Dukes) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. [40] It is also revealed that he left the Age of Apocalypse timeline and joined Archangel's quest to become the new heir of Apocalypse. Ultimately, they were freed by the combined efforts of the X-Men, Captain America, and the Falcon. After helping the X-Men against Cerebro, Blob’s Brotherhood was recruited by Mystique to recover the head of X-51, the Machine Man. Phil Noto’s 'King in Black: Return of the Valkyries' #1 cover reveals a brand-new Valkyrie!

On another occasion, Sleepwalker defeated the Blob by using warp beams to wrap a steel girder around the villain, crushing his blubber and causing him great physical pain. He seems to eat constantly, and is often seen browsing the internet or chatting to people via instant messaging. Iceman uses his power against Dukes to create an ice block around his foot, but the Blob easily escapes. He is seen alongside Toad and Pyro being chased down by other zombie super-beings. His pseudo freedom was fleeting because moments later the head of the pens, Havok's older brother Cyclops, showed up to deliver a searing optic blast that would put him back in his place. [32], In Uncanny X-Men #16, Fred Dukes is working with Mystique in Genosha and is once again shown as heavily obese and appears to have his powers restored. Origin [edit | edit source] After refusing an invitation to join theX-Men, mutant Fred Dukes attempts to steal the X-Men's technology in an ill-advised attempt at world domination. Dukes is also susceptible to psionic attacks and psychic manipulation, and he can be incapacitated by sensory assaults; for example, Banshee was able to render Blob unconscious solely through the use of his sonic scream. [42] During the saga the X-Force team is captured and tortured after Nightcrawler from the Age of Apocalypse universe betrays the team,[43] to get his revenge on Fredrick due to him eating his wife Linda. They kidnapped young mutant Sonny Baredo (the future Humus Sapien), though the Blob and others soon left him behind with the Ogre. During this mission, Blob grabbed ahold of John Wraith's helicopter and threatened to eat him. Due to the Scarlet Witch's depowering of 90% of Earth's mutants, the Blob is one of the thousands to lose their power, though his epidermis does not shrink to compensate for his loss of mass, leaving him with huge folds of loose skin. They then enter the X-Mansion to find the Professor and his technology. [23] He battles X-Factor again,[24] and under Spiral's orders, he and Pyro battle Daredevil in an attempt to capture a young mutant. [26] He joins Avalanche and Pyro in attacking Avengers headquarters. [57], Blob is an enforcer on the alternate universe when the Apocalypse Twins skew the time lines and create a mutant utopia. After Onslaught was defeated, both Dukes and the Mimic offered their services to the “favor trader” Sledge, who in turn granted them better control of their abilities. [47], Eric Magnus is Chief of Detectives and Fred appears as a member of his Brotherhood, a cabal of bent policemen. [volume & issue needed], The Blob is vulnerable to attacks directed at his face, as his eyes, nose, mouth, and ears do not have the same protection as the rest of his body. [22] On one occasion, a concentrated optic blast fired by Cyclops was sufficient to puncture a hole through his shoulder, much to the shock of Dukes himself. He becomes part of the plot to assassinate Senator Kelly, the event which leads to the apocalyptic alternate future of Days of Future Past. Later, Dukes and his former teammate Avalanche were among those mutants forcibly recruited into the paramilitary X-Corps group, led by former X-Man Banshee, until it disbanded following infiltration by Mystique. After Mystique had the U.S. government pardon the Brotherhood for their crimes in exchange for becoming federal agents as Freedom Force, their first mission was to capture Magneto. Following defeats at the hands of X-Force and X-Factor, Freedom Force’s replacement as the government’s sanctioned mutant team, the Brotherhood sought to capture the mutant Portal but were opposed by Darkhawk, Sleepwalker, and Spider-Man.


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