Tinkerer (Phineas T. Mason)

Phineas T. Mason

Religion: not determined yet

Name: Tinkerer

Alter Ego: Phineas T. Mason

Other Names: The Terrible Tinkerer; Phineas Mason

Classification: villain villain   scientist scientist  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #2 (May 1963): "The Uncanny Threat of the Terrible Tinkerer!"

Creators: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 104

Enemy of: Spider-Man

Ally: Justin Hammer

Occupation: inventor, technician

Race: white

Gender: male

Note: serves the underworld


BELOW: Eddie Brock ("Venom") was moved by Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" to renounce villainy, sell The Symbiote, and donate the money to charity: The Terrible Tinkerer conducts an auction for super-villains in which Eddie Brock is auctioning off the alien symbiote that transforms him into Venom - selling the symbiote to the highest bidder. Note how Mysterio questions whether Eddie Brock's actions are truly "Christ-like." It is not every day you see a super-villain question whether somebody's actions are "Christ-like." But Eddie Brock's spiritual motivations in this case are very sincere, and hearken back to the earliest beginnings of this Catholic character, who first merged with The Symbiote after a sincere prayer in a Catholic church. Note how the Tinkerer refers to Eddie Brock's "crisis of faith." This term is usually used to describe as a period of doubt that causes one to question one's beliefs. In this case, Eddie Brock has come to doubt his life as a villain, and is actually turning back to his religious faith.

Eddie Brock (Venom) was moved by Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ to renounce villainy, sell The Symbiote, and donate the money to charity

Source: Marvel Knights Spider-Man #6 (Nov. 2004): "Venomous: Part Two", pg. 23, panels 2-4. Written by Mark Millar. Art by Rachel Dodson, Terry Dodson. See also: charity; Christ-like; faith; repentance; crisis of faith; Catholic; Venom (Eddie Brock); Jesus Christ (Jesus of Nazareth); Tinkerer (Phineas T. Mason); The Symbiote; Mysterio (Daniel Berkhart); Mel Gibson

This character is in the following 20 stories which have been indexed by this website:
The Amazing Spider-Man
Avengers: The Initiative #27 (Oct. 2009): "Even The Losers / The Taking of 42" (mentioned)
Cable (vol. 1) #65 (Mar. 1999): "Acid Bath"
Captain America
Dark Reign Files #1 (Apr. 2009)
The Deadly Foes of Spider-Man #1 (May 1991): "Book I: Punishment and Crime"
Marvel Knights Spider-Man
Ms. Marvel (vol. 2) #37 (May 2009) (mentioned)
Punisher War Journal (vol. 2) #16 (Apr. 2008): "The Survivors Guild"
Spider-Man: Dead Man's Hand #1 (Apr. 1997): "Dead Man's Hand"
Vengeance of the Moon Knight #2 (Dec. 2009): "Shock and Awe: Chapter 2: The Sentry's Curse" (8-panel cameo)

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