In the Young Justice: Phantoms finale, Miss Martian used her telepathy to mimic Itachi’s greatest move, while deploying an Injustice twist.
The following contains spoilers for Young Justice: Phantoms Episode 26, “Death and Rebirth,” now streaming on HBO Max.
One of the most intriguing aspects of Naruto is how, despite all the Konoha-nin being so impressive, from the title character to Sasuke, many fans took to Itachi Uchiha on a personal level. Many connected with that outsider attitude, especially the rogue energy he possessed, akin to Batman.
It’s why he’s seen as an iconic figure across all anime and manga. Interestingly, come the Young Justice: Phantoms finale, Miss Martian used her telepathy to mimic Itachi’s greatest move. However, it had a twist remixed from the Injustice story.
This revolves around the genjutsu, where Itachi used his Sharingan eye to trap people in dreams and fake worlds. The Tsukuyomi is his most famous technique, where he left people to be mentally tortured. Kakashi faced this excruciating move, barely escaping, while others like Kurenai were examples of those he fooled. Itachi’s most noted for using the “Demon Illusion” in his battle against Sasuke, though, tricking his little brother. Sasuke thought he killed Itachi, but the elder Uchiha duped him and battered him senseless before his chakra gave out, and he died.
Miss Martian used a similar trick in Phantoms when Ursa Zod, aka the new Emerald Empress, used her green flame in Metropolis. She left Megan scared, as Martians are afraid of fire, while shooting her eye lasers at the hero. It culminated with Ursa punching through Megan’s chest and ripping her heart out in a graphic scene. It mirrored when Superman punched through Joker’s torso in Injustice after the clown killed Lois and his unborn baby. In this case, Ursa had that extra pomp, cherishing the heart like Mortal Kombat’s Kano did with his signature Fatality.
However, Ursa was holding nothing but air in the real world, nodding to when Megan faked the death of her crew earlier in the episode with an illusion. She had no idea Megan breached her mind in either case, planting the kill here, and then phasing up behind her. Miss Martian quickly used her powers to then shut down Ursa’s mind, taking the Eye of Ekron out. This de-powered her as the Emerald Empress, giving Megan the win.
Buoyed by this, Megan then dropped her defensive strategy, going on the offensive to shut down Lor-Zod’s mind. She wanted to get revenge for him hurting Superboy, killing Tomar-Re and attacking her friends, which ultimately made her more aggressive and direct than Itachi. Thankfully, she was able to maintain control as the House of El fell, not becoming the Injustice Man of Steel, who got addicted to hatred and murdering those who stood in his way.
All 26 episodes of Young Justice: Phantoms, as well as the three previous Young Justice seasons, are available on HBO Max.
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