Caliban is a fictional character that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He’s commonly associated with the X-Men. The character was portrayed in the live-action movie X-Men: Apocalypse by Tomas Lemarquis and by Stephen Merchant in Logan. Take a look below for 25 more fun and interesting facts about Caliban.
1. Caliban was created by writer Chris Claremont and illustrator Dave Cockrum. He first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #148.
2. Caliban was born an albino mutant with a pale complexion and large yellow eyes.
3. At some point in his life, he was banished from his home by his father, who called him Caliban, after a character from the play The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
4. At some point, Caliban was recruited by Callisto, to use his superhuman ability to locate other mutants for her, whom she organized into the underground community known as the Morlocks.
5. With the help of Apocalypse and through genetic manipulation, Caliban became the second Horseman of Apocalypse known as Death.
6. In the Age of Apocalypse reality, Caliban was a henchman of the bounty hunter Domino, using his powers to track down Nate Grey.
7. In the Age of Apocalypse reality, Caliban is an egotistical coward who is nonetheless well learned in literature and is a skilled swordsman. He is killed by Toad, a member of the Outcasts.
8. In the House of M reality, Caliban is seen as a member of the Genoshan Black Ops version of the Marauders.
9. Caliban was introduced to the Ultimate Marvel Universe in Ultimate X-Men #82 as a member of the Ultimate Morlocks.
10. In Ultimate Marvel, Caliban is portrayed with a darker grey color instead of chalk white. He’s also a stronger physical combatant and has the ability to change into a massive monster.
11. Caliban was intended to be a member of an X-Men in-training secondary team, alongside a newly create Kitty Pryde and Willie Evens, Jr. However, editor-in-chief Jim Shooter got rid of the idea saying that it sounded too much like the Legion of Substitute X-Men.
12. Caliban is the only character to take up the mantles of two different Horseman of Apocalypse: first Death and later Pestilence.
13. Caliban originally possessed the normal human strength of a man of his age, height and build who engaged in minimal exercise. However, he can draw from the fear of nearby people and use it to enhance his strength.
14. The limits of Caliban’s superhuman strength are unknown, but he proved that he could easily outmatch the original Spider-Woman, who could lift about 7 tons.
15. As a result of Apocalypse’s bio-engineering, Caliban possesses superhuman strength that allows him to lift more than 10 tons. He also retains the ability to increase his strength by siphoning fear from others around him.
16. Caliban is able to psionically sense the presence of other mutants within a 25 mile radius of himself. He once detected the powerful Moloid mutant Val-Or’s psychic scream at the other side of the planet
17. When stressed, Caliban’s adrenaline kicks in, causing him to temporarily manifest two additional powers. These powers subside when his stress levels return to normal.
18. Caliban’s panic response increases his physical strength, the upper limits of which easily overpowered Spider-Woman.
19. Caliban once manifested an enlarged, menacing shadow when his fear power was in effect.
20. As Death, Caliban was able to use his fear abilities with greater control than before. He could absorb fear-energy to turn it against those around him, inducing more intense fear within their minds by directing his shadow force at them.
21. As Death, Apocalypse intended to use Caliban as a weapon against Mister Sinister.
22. As Pestilence, Caliban’s fear inducing ability changed again to become a mental plague.
23. As Pestilence, Caliban soaked up negative emotion from his environment and converted it into a psychic attack that struck from within on the highest planes of the mindscape and broke down the physical and mental functions of the target.
24. Caliban appeared in X-Men: Evolution, where he was voiced by Michael Dobson. He was seen as a member of the Morlocks.
25. Caliban made a number of cameo appearances in the 1990s X-Men: The Animated Series, including the episode “Slave Island.”