The DC Universe is filled with many heroes who use magic to save the day, but one of the most powerful (and boasts a very comprehensive and versatile story in the comics) is Doctor Fate. This wizard with a doctorate is about to make his debut in the DC movies with the former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan in the role. To learn all about the character before you are introduced to Doctor Fate in Black Adam (set for July 29, 2022), take a look at these essential facts that have been ripped from the pages of DC Comics.
Doctor Fate is a founding member of the Justice Society
Created by legendary cartoonist Gardner Fox and illustrator Howard Sherman, Doctor Fate made its official debut in April 1940 in issue 55 of More fun comics – an anthology of fantasy stories that also saw the birth of several other classic DC Comics characters from the Golden Age, such as Specter. The Mysterious Being was the first second superhero that Doctor Fate fought with before they both became founding members of the Justice Society of America at the instigation of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
This group of costumed vigilantes – who actually precede the Justice League – will make their big-screen debut in Black Adam with Aldis Hodge playing Hawkman and Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, to name a few. However, Pierce Brosnan’s Doctor Fate is more than likely the most powerful of the herd.
The fate of the doctor possesses a wide range of magical abilities
Where do we start when we talk about what Doctor Fate is capable of? As one of the most powerful magic users in DC Comics, his list of powers (which were originally portrayed as having a more scientific origin before being rethought as more traditional magic) outweighs Superman by a wide margin. His magical abilities range from sensory (discovering the presence of magic or one’s moral aura), to psychokinetic (he can control magnetism, time, matter or people’s thoughts) and also far, far beyond.
Doctor Fate is an expert in various other spells that allow him to perform astral projection, become invisible, phase through solid objects, heal instantly, teleport, create flames and travel to different dimensions through the DC Multiverse. In addition to having strengths that are more common among superheroes (such as flight), he is even prone to weaknesses that are common among average mortals (he is vulnerable to various gases, and lack of oxygen can make him paralyzed). Without magic, however, he can still kick ass with Jujitsu, help those in poor health with his medical expertise, and speak different languages.
Doctor Fate was taught his magical skills by his old mentor, Nabu
It must be understood that Doctor Fate (whose real name by the way is Kent Nelson) was not born with all these abilities. It was something he had to teach – an education that began in the early 1920s, when he and his father – a co-archaeologist named Sven – were excavating in Mesopotamia, where the young man encountered a temple, he decided to explore. There he found a sarcophagus containing the remains of Nabu the Wise, which Kent ended up freeing from years of suspended animation with just a pull of a handle.
Unfortunately, Kent would soon after discover that his father had been killed by a poison gas released inside the grave. Nabu offered out of gratitude for his past deed and empathy for his loss to teach Kent “the secrets of the universe.” This is how he also developed his mastery of the mysterious art and his famous superhero uniform.
Each article of Doctor Fate’s uniform has a special meaning
It should also be noted that Doctor Fate’s costume is not just meant to hide his identity or help him look scary. The uniform consists of three special garments that serve as the main source (or special reinforcement) of his powers.
Giving Doctor Fate the full range of his magical abilities is the Helmet of Destiny, also known as Nabu’s helmet, referring to the name of its creator and the fact that it keeps the wearer spiritually attached to him. The Amulet of Anubis holds the key to Kent Nelson’s psychokinetic abilities and dimensional journeys, but can also be used as a kind of portable prison for trapped souls. The Cloak of Destiny makes the wearer super strong, invulnerable and allows them (not surprisingly) the opportunity to fly.
Doctor Fate is also one of the orderlies
In addition to being a significant member of the Justice Society of America, Doctor Fate has also fought alongside the Justice League, and his undead I held a position in the Black Lantern Corps. There is another group for which he is not only more important, but the group itself is almost the most important group of powerful beings the DC Universe has ever seen. They are called masters of order.
This is an organization of mysterious, god-like beings who are responsible for maintaining order in the universe from enemies like the Lords of Chaos – essentially the Injustice League to their Justice League, if you will. Kent Nelson is known as a “primary agent” of the Lords of Order, as are some other people who have been known to wear the Doctor Fate moniker.
Kent Nelson is only the first doctor fate
It is quite typical in any comic book universe that a particular superhero alias is passed on to more than one person, and Doctor Fate is certainly no exception. However, the story of Ken Nelson’s heirs boasts a particularly unique line-up – such as Eric and Linda Strauss, who were a married couple who merged into one being to become the superhero. The successor was Enza Nelson, who is also Kent’s wife.
Jared Stevens was hired to pick up Doctor Fate’s artifacts before Nabu made him a hero known as “Fate”, who wore the Cloak of Fate around his arms like gauze, has a strange tattoo around his eye from when Anubis’ amulet jumped into the air in his face and melted the Helmet of Destiny into a dagger and throwing stars. The next two successors were descendants of other JSA members Hawkman and Hawkgirl (their son Hector Hall) and Kent Nelson (his great-nephew, Kent V. Nelson), before Khalid Ben-Hassin took over. Ny 52 era. The current Doctor Fate has been young Khalid Kent Nassour since 2011.
Despite the many ways they differ, I would not blame you if you ever confused Doctor Fate with the Doctor Strange of the Marvel movies. In fact, the Wizards were combined into one character named Doctor Strangefate, which was created as part of a series of DC characters and Marvel characters called Amalgam Comics, which also had a Batman / Wolverine combination known as Dark Claw. Now, this is a series of superhero movies I’d love to see … when hell freezes over, probably.