Tony Stark is arguably the most important tech character in Marvel. He's been around since 1963. He and a few other technical geniuses are responsible for the level of advanced general technology in the Marvel universe. This level is much more advanced than the real world, although the average person doesn't have access to all of it, so the average person's tech level is only slightly higher than the real world. To those with money and/or connections is very high. Time travel, cybernetics, advanced medicine, power armor, mecha, AI, and more are all fairly readily attainable to anyone with the means. Stark is a technical genius with several degrees and doctorates. He has invented numerous devices, acquired many patents, and financed many other inventors. Even if he had never become Iron Man, he would have helped advance technology a great deal. Him becoming Iron Man made his impact on tech even bigger. Having to invent and upgrade his Iron Man arsenal lead to many technical achievement. Him encountering alien and future tech and reverse engineering them and building counters to them, lead to even more. Other people trying to emulate and/or surpass him, has led to many different tech characters, and even more advances. Just by existing, he has brought change in tech and science. When you add in all the times he's saved the world, or all reality, his importance to Marvel is hard to put into a number, or a few paragraphs. Stark is one of the few people in the MU who's only abelites or powers are his own genius. He creates his own powers. He's spent most of his time as a full human in a suit, he has at times become a a cyborg. In the movies, Stark and Banner make Ultron, but in the comics Pym does so. Stark has a big influence on Ultron, though, through combat and interactions, and Ultron has used a lot of Stark tech to improve himself, or as inspiration for his own developments. Stark has created other AI characters, such as his own LMD who tries to replace him. Stark is directly or indirectly responsible for many tech characters, such as: Rescue, Titanium Man, Crimson Dynamo, Ghost, War Machine, Iron Patriot, Ironheart, etc. He was a founding member of the Avengers, has constantly helped finance and do logistics and long term planning for the team, even when he isn't an active member. He's been full or co-leader numerous times. He's been in charge of SHIELD, and the US Department of Defense. He's founded and/or run many corporations. There is an alien race in one future, who use Stark tech, and call themselves The Stark. Dr.Doom and Stark have a decades old rivalry and grudging respect, and occasional cooperation. After Stark is put in a coma during Civil War 2, Dr.Doom, who reformed after attaining absolute power and finding it insufficient, took on the mantle of Iron Man, until Stark could return. Riri Williams, Ironheart, also started her career as a hero partly to fill the void left by Stark's absence. These are just some of the reasons Iron Man is my favorite Marvel, and Marvel Tech character.
- Iron Man - Wikipedia
- Iron Man (Character) - Comic Vine
Tony Stark was the arrogant son of wealthy, weapon manufacturer Howard Stark. Tony cared only about himself, but he would have a change of heart after he was kidnapped by terrorists and gravely injured. Pressured to create a weapon of mass destructio
- Anthony Stark (Earth-616) | Marvel Database | Fandom
Anthony "Tony" Stark is a genius inventor and billionaire industrialist, who suits up in his armor of cutting-edge technology to become the super hero Iron Man. The adopted son of weapons manufacturer Howard Stark,50 Tony inherited
Vision is one of my favorite tech characters, because he's living tech. He was one of the first AI heroes in Marvel. His story has helped define what it means to be human, what it means to be alive. What qualifies as being sentient. He was created by Ultron. In the comics he was created to destroy the Avengers, in the movies to be the new upgraded body for Ultron. In the comics he was made using one of the original Human Torch's (also an android) bodies, with major upgrades. He winds up with Wonder Man's mental structure inside his digital brain. He wasn't actually Wonder Man, he had some of his thoughts and memories within his own make-up. But he is his own being. They updated that part of his story in the movies by making Jarvis, Stark's AI assistant, be part of his make-up. He has his thoughts and memories, but he's still his own being. Comic Vision had an ongoing, complicated relationship with Scarlet Witch, possibly because she had been in a relationship with Wonder Man already. Some people, including Quicksilver, didn't approve of that relationship, because they didn't consider Vision to be a real person. The relationship ultimately didn't work out. Wanda ends up going crazy, and uses her abilities to create the kids she could never have with the Vision. These kids eventually fade from existence when Wanda is forced to realize they were never real, never meant to be. They are, in a way, also the Vision's kids. They eventually reappear as Wiccan and Speed, who don't know they are Wanda's kids, for a while. Vision has a weird family tree. He is related in some form to many people himself, and also everyone Simon was related to, and all the creations and family of Ultron. He's related to Wonder Man, Grim Reaper, Quicksilver, Magneto, Polaris, Wiccan, Speed, Ultron, Jocasta, Hank Pym, Wasp, and many more. He eventually creates his own android family, with a wife and two kids. One of his kids is killed by Victor, one of Ultron's creations, and technically his own brother. The Vision has had an influence on many stories and characters who followed, about whether an artificial being can be a person or not. The Human Torch, in the 30s and 40s, also explored this theme, but not with the same depth and complexity. He was not the first AI character in fiction. There are obvious influences from Asimov and other early sci-fi creators. But he is arguably the first major AI character in a major mainstream comic series. This meant he influenced a whole generation of comic readers. His influence on AI fiction is one of the main reasons he's important. All the things he's actually done is another. He's saved the world numerous times. He's been a part of many major Marvel battles and storylines. We wouldn't have the Marvel we have if not for him.
Ultron is an AI created by Hank Pym, who was supposed to become the protector of Earth. In the movies, Stark and Banner create him. His programming gets fuddled, he gains sentience, and goes insane. He decides the best way to save Earth is to destroy humanity. He attempts to achieve this goal for decades, as well as constantly seeking revenge against Pym and the Avengers, partly for creating him, and partly for stopping his ambitions. Ultron was not the first AI in Marvel, but he becomes one of the most prominent and recognizable ones. He is one the Avengers most recurring villains. He occasionally is a villain for non Avenger heroes. He creates a body from adamantium, and is the first person to use that metal. He creates the Vision, to use against the Avengers, but Vision has free will and chooses to join the Avengers and helps them stop Ultron. He creates Jocasta, to be his mate, and meshed with the brain pattern on Wasp, much as Vision ends up with Wonder Man's brain pattern. Jocasta, also turns against him, in the end. You'd think he'd stop making sentient robot family after that, but he does it a few more times. I guess even a genocidal maniac robot feels the need to create a family. He believes that robots are superior to organic life, and that their emotions and illogical behavior is a weakness, and a danger, but he himself often acts from emotion and does illogical things for petty vengeance. This hypocrisy would have been more of a character defect, if he weren't also insane, and is maybe mentally uncapable of seeing the hypocrisy. Ultron is both a living manifestation of technology, and a creator of it. He is constantly creating more drone soldiers, and upgrading them and himself. People reverse engineering his work has led to many advances. There are many creations and upgrades that people have created to fight him. He is one of the most important villains in Marvel, and possibly the most important AI one. He has killed many people, wiped out several towns, cities, and even planets. There are several alternate timelines where he enslaved and/or destroyed the world. Ultron is genderless physically, but chooses to call himself male, probably because Pym used his own brain to help program him. He is one of my favorite tech characters, because he is the embodiment of both human innovation, and its hubris.
James Rupert Rhodes was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He first met Tony Stark while flying combat missions in Vietnam. Rhodes' helicopter had been shot down by Viet Cong rocket fire, and while trying to get the aircraft airborne again, he encountered Stark in a bulky prototype suit of powered armor. At that moment the Viet Cong attacked, and Stark, in his suit, helped to drive them off. Together, Rhodes and Stark made their way to a nearby enemy base where they stole another helicopter, flying it back to the American lines.
James Rhodes becoming Iron man
After the end of the Vietnam War, Stark, who had secretly become the superhero named Iron Man, offered Rhodes a job as his personal pilot, and Rhodes soon became one of Stark's closest associates and confidants as well as Stark Industries' chief aviation officer. As a result, he had numerous adventures with his employer where his daring and skills were valuable assets. When Tony relapsed into his alcoholism, James Rhodes took over the Variable Threat Response Battle Suit (War Machine). James Rhodes took up the mantle of Iron Man for some time, and would return to using this suit.
War Machine has been one of my favorite Marvel characters for decades. Part of why I like him is his connection to Iron Man, but it's mostly on his own awesomeness. At one point I liked him a bit more than Iron Man, because I felt that I couldn't relate as much with someone who was born a billionaire, but that feeling changed and Iron Man became my favorite. Rhodey is loyal, and a badass. He often is picked for missions that Iron Man would have issues with, and has generally been more willing to kill people, when necessary. He became immensely popular in the early 90s, after donning the War Machine armor. Probably because of the popularity of hardcore badasses with big guns, then. He was so popular, that DC made their own version of him, with Steel. He's not as smart as Stark, but he is also a technical genius who eventually gets an aircraft engineering degree. He is maybe a better fighter and tactician than Iron Man. His armor is constantly upgraded, but is always at least a bit behind Stark's current suit. I have liked the way his suit looks, better than most of the Iron Man armors. I like him because he's both a hero, and someone that would be an awesome bro to chill with. He's been in many of my favorite stories
Origin: Dr. Boliver-Trask was concerned with the emergence of the species 'MUTANT', that their genetic abilities, combined with their ever-increasing numbers would lead to Homo Sapiens being subjugated by them. That was the motivation that spurred him to create his "Master Mold", a servitor/controller that would command the many 'Sentinels' that Trask would create later. Unfortunately the A.I. it had been given, began to grow exponentially and Master Mold became sentient, and made sure his progeny acquired this ability also. Ironically, unbeknownst to Trask he had fathered two children who would grow up to become mutants: Tanya (and Lawrence) who had the ability of time travel and due to the instability of her power became lost in the timestream.
When Bolivar discovered that Lawrence was 'gifted' with precognition, he went to great lengths to create a device that would cloak his son's genetic ability (from his guardians) and hid it within an amulet, that he gave Lawrence, after Bolivar realized his son had predicted his wife's death. Trask had created humanity's guardian in Master Mold, but had not factored in Sentinel Logic in problem-solving, "We were created to be the Guardians of Mankind - and to guard them properly we must RULE them completely".
Master Mold commanded the existing Sentinels to capture their creator and return with him, So that he could commence the creation of a vast army of Sentinels with the intention of World domination. Trask, after witnessing Beast's interrogation under the Psycho-probe, realized that it was he, who had created the threat. To right His Wrong, in a attempt to destroy Master Mold, he sacrificed himself by triggering a catastrophic explosion. The X-Men barely escaped, Bolivar was found by his son, who, from that day blamed Mutants (specifically the X-Men ) for his father's demise, and made it his project, to vastly improve on his father's design, initially converting the Mk I's then eventually creating the superior Mark II Sentinels. They could identify/determine a mutant's power from a distance due to an encyclopaedic database and advanced scanning equipment, and could conceive a plan to nullify/neutralize all mutant powers/attacks, and incapacitate any opponent.
Judge Chalmers (a close family friend) abhorred by Lawrence's extreme solution, (and privy to the family secret) decided to shock his young ward by snatching the amulet about his neck (That, to that day had hidden his presence from his servitors) No longer masked by the amulet, his former servitors, apprehended Trask and followed his last order as their leader, "Secure All Mutants in area - - and DESTROY them", Needless to say the X-Men triumphed and saved the Day. In a future confrontation with his creations, Lawrence became involved, when Quicksilver used him, to locate his sister, the Scarlet Witch, who had been abducted by Sentinels, (lead by their (unbeknownst to them) Now mutated leader, No. 2, recently returned from their aborted mission to the Sun) in their latest scheme to rid the world of Mutants. Unfortunately, He too, came to an untimely end, crushed beneath one of his creations like his father.
Even though two generations of Sentinels had failed in their objective, the technology still lived on, the US government took possession of Trask's blueprints and specs, wherein (Steven Lang and later) Sebastian Shaw set out to build a new line of Sentinels.
1st Appearance: X-Men #14 1965
The Sentinels are one of my favorites partly because of the amazing engineering it took to make them, and partly because I love to hate them. They are one of not the biggest threat the X-Men ever faced, even more than Magneto or Apocalypse, in my opinion. They have been a foil to all the mutant species and sometimes all of humanity, for decades. There are the classic giant robot versions, sentinels from the future with hyper advanced technology that they brought back and shared with the current time's Sentinels. There are massive moon sized versions, tiny nano-tech versions, biological versions, and bio Sentinels who though they were regular humans until they were activated and commanded to attack someone. They have probably killed more mutants than any other enemy group. They have a great deal of raw power, but their greatest strength is their adaptability. Over a brief time, they can make themselves nearly immune to any type of attacks that have been used on them. They can also, often mimic abilities they have seen, making technological versions of them. They have been hyper adapted and engineered over decades by some of the best engineers that ever lived, and by their own AI learning and development.
The Latverian Monarch known to many as Doctor Doom was born a brilliant person named Victor von Doom. In a deal with the devil, his mother sacrificed her soul in return for her son to be a ruler. He spent much of his life studying both dark magic and science, only to have his plans continually foiled by meddling superheroes. As monarch of Latveria, Doom's rule is dealt with a heavy hand. Between his time platform (the first known time machine on Earth) and his doombots (robotic replicas of himself with artificial intelligence), Doom is a brilliant inventor and scientist. While at the same time, he is one of the most powerful sorcerers in existence, making him easily amongst the most dangerous villains on Earth.
Victor von Doom was born in a Romani camp outside Haasenstadt, Latveria. His mother, Cynthia, was killed in a bargain with Mephisto that went wrong. Despite his father's attempts to care for her, a noblewoman died and Werner von Doom fled with a young Victor on a cold winter's night. Victor survived the cold, but unfortunately his father did not. Doom sought to increase his knowledge of both science and magic in order to rescue his mother, whose death he blamed on Mephisto. In his youth, Victor fell in love with a woman named Valeria, but she resisted his advances.
The State University in Hegeman, New York offered Victor a scholarship. While attending classes there, he met Reed Richards and Ben Grimm for the first time. They developed a dislike for each other, leading to Reed Richards commiting the first prank he had ever pulled, changing Victor's last name on a trophy to "Doof." Doom became obsessed with developing a machine that could project the astral form of a being into other dimensions, seeing it as a way to free his mother's soul from Mephisto's clutches. Reed pointed out a flaw in Doom's calculations, but Doom arrogantly ignored his warnings, feeling Reed was trying to upstage him, likely due to their dislike for each other. The machine exploded, scarring Doom's face. He was soon expelled for conducting unethical experiments. From then on, he blamed Reed Richards for the destruction of his face as well as his expulsion.
Disgraced and bitter, Doom traveled the world. Eventually he came upon a small Tibetan village of monks who assisted him in creating a suit of armor. He returned to his homeland of Latveria to overthrow the leader and declare himself king. He then began to use his country's resources in order to further his plans of world domination. These schemes led Doom into conflict with the Fantastic Four on many occasions, as well as many other superheroes.
Doctor Doom's primary armor.
Doom first confronted the Fantastic Four by holding Sue Storm hostage. Doom forced the other members of the team to travel back in time using his time platform to retrieve the mystical Stones of Merlin. Later, he duped Namor into teaming up with him to destroy the team. During the team-up, he was shrunk to sub-atomic size, and ended up in the world of Sub-Atomica, where he quickly took control using his scientific knowledge and began plaguing the Fantastic Four with shrink rays. He was again defeated by the Fantastic Four with the aid of Ant-Man. His next attempt at defeating the Fantastic Four involved using the Terrible Trio, a group of thugs who had been given powers by Doom. This venture ended with him being transported into outer space by a solar wave. He was later found floating in space by Rama-Tut, who revealed to Doom that he was one of his ancestors. Believing that they might in fact be the same person, they decided that Rama-Tut would return to the future after sending Doom back to Earth. Back on Earth, Doom again clashed with the Fantastic Four. This time, they defeated him by hypnotizing him into believing he had destroyed the group.
The hypnotic spell was eventually broken by a Latverian stage magician who had come to Doom's castle to entertain him. Doom, realizing he had been tricked, was furious and traveled to America to take his revenge on the Fantastic Four, who incidentally had lost their powers. Despite the Four having no powers, Doom was again defeated, this time with the aid of Daredevil. His next attack came when he manipulated an army of the world's super-villains to attack the wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm.
When Doom battled and defeated the Silver Surfer, he stole the Surfer's powers and surfboard, becoming one of the most powerful beings on Earth. With these new-found powers, he was able to finally defeat the Fantastic Four. He then began running amok causing havoc all over the world. After another confrontation with the Fantastic Four, Doom was tricked into flying into the barrier Galactus set up around the Earth, and the Surfer's powers and surfboard returned to their rightful owner.
Doom is one of my favorites, because he's the greatest villain in it. He's one of the smartest people in Marvel. He's several kinds of genius. He's one of the best scientists, and also one of the best magic practicers. He's been a bane to every hero, and has put nearly every other villain in their place. He's sometimes becomes one of the most powerful beings in the universe. At his basic form, he's as strong as Iron Man, plus with magic. The few times he can't beat someone with raw power, he figures out a way to beat them with tactics and genius. He’s one of the best tacticians and leaders in Marvel, as well as being a genius. His very name is synonymous with greatness. The man is the best Marvel villain ever. Period. He steals the show in every major crossover: Secret Wars, Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity War. If he's there, he's the big deal villain. This is against beings like Thanos, Galactus, Magneto, Kang, Loki, whoever. They all pale in comparison. And unlike most of them, and most superheroes, Doom is a self-made man. His abilities come from his own genius in technology and magic. The Fantastic Four were an accident. Doom is a self-fulfilling prophecy. That's a major problem I have with the movie and Ultimate versions of Doom. They make him another "oops" super-being. That undermines an essential part of what he is. He runs his own country. He went to hell to save his mom. He's fought aliens and cosmic beings and left most of them on the brink of death. And he does it all with none of the deluded moralizing of the so-called "heroes". Granted he loses a lot, but that's usually because he takes on overwhelming odds. Or his own momentous ego brings him down. But if you want the greatest foil in Marvel, look no further.
Colonel Luther Manning is an American soldier from Detroit, Michigan, who, after being fatally injured, is reanimated in a post-apocalyptic future (originally given the date of 1990) only to discover that what remains of his dead body has been turned into the experimental Deathlok cyborg by Simon Ryker. He verbally communicates with his symbiotic computer, to which he refers as the abbreviated "'Puter". He escapes from Ryker's control, although he dreams he has regained his humanity. He battles the evil corporate and military regimes that have taken over the United States, while simultaneously struggling not to lose his humanity. He battles Simon Ryker and the first War-Wolf, and encounters his wife and son for the first time after becoming a cyborg. He battles Simon Ryker's Super-Tank, and then begins a hunt for a "cyborg doctor". He battles Simon Ryker as the Savior Machine, and his mind is ultimately transferred into a Luther Manning clone. He battles mutants alongside a time-traveling Spider-Man. He begins working for the CIA, encounters Godwulf for the first time, and is then finally sent back in time to the modern era.
He battles the Devil-Slayer, but then battles demons alongside Devil-Slayer. He later becomes controlled by Mentallo and the Fixer and is sent to assassinate the President, but is stopped by the Thing and Nick Fury. After his capture he becomes catatonic, and is taken to England for treatment by the Thing. He is cured by Louis Knort, and Nick Fury takes him into custody.
Deathlok is rebuilt by Roxxon as a robot and sent to sabotage Project Pegasus. The robot battles the Thing and Quasar, and self-destructs. The real Deathlok, now working for the Brand Corporation, battles Captain America and a time-traveling Luther Manning clone. Alongside Captain America, Godwulf, and the Redeemers, he battles Hellinger.
Some time later, the "mainstream timeline" Luther Manning begins dreaming that he is Deathlok. He is charged with temporal energy by Timestream. Timestream recruits this "mainstream" human Manning. Deathlok, Timestream, and Manning battled the Collins Deathlok, Siege, and Godwulf.
The Manning Deathlok eventually returns to his own time and overthrows the megalomaniac who had taken over the country. Manning remains in his near-future alternate reality, searching for a purpose in life and unable to disconnect himself from the machine bonded to him.
Eventually, Manning travels to the mainstream Marvel Universe and encounters Daredevil and the Kingpin. He lives a life of solitude until being apprehended by S.H.I.E.L.D., from which he is later kidnapped by the supervillain the Owl and, immobilized, put up for auction as a weapon. Before a sale can be completed, he is stolen by the crime lord the Hood and sent on a kamikaze decoy run.
Professor Michael Collins was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a pacifist working for the Roxxon cybernetics corporation Cybertek. Upon discovery of the Deathlok program, he was shot with a sedative by Harlan Ryker and his brain was transplanted into the body of the John Kelly Deathlok cyborg. The machine was used against rebels fighting against Roxxon's influence in the fictional South American country of Estrella. Collins regained his consciousness during that mission and stopped the cyborg programming that would have killed a small child.
Although his brain was intended to serve only as a medium for the robot's programming, he was able to assert his will over it (installing a "no-killing parameter" into its programming). The computer is fully willing to listen to Collins, though he must take care to present his orders in a way that helps fulfill the mission and keep people from dying. The computer is fully capable of understanding distinct concepts, such as bluffing, as when Collins is forced to pretend to take a hostage.
He met Jesus Badalamente and also battles Mainframe.
Collins learns that his human body was still alive, and encounters Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. Harlan Ryker hides Collins's human body. Collins aids Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. in preventing a nuclear strike on the United States.
With the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and Misty Knight, Deathlok later battles Mechadoom. He meets the Punisher, and battles Silvermane. After that, he teams up with Spider-Man and several other heroes to stop the Sinister Six. He next meets Moses Magnum. Collins finally reveals his existence as a cyborg to his family.
Collins then begins to search for his human body. During this time he fought the Sleepwalker, and helps Silver Sable retrieve a purloined Statue of Liberty. He assists a makeshift team of other heroes in the "Maximum Carnage" incident, protecting the people of New York from a mass-murdering group of supervillains.
During the events of the miniseries Beyond!, the cosmic being the Stranger (pretending to be the Beyonder) transported Collins to an alien planet, where he was forced to live for years until being rescued with the aid of several other heroes. However, his rescue required the sacrifice of Greg Willis, the superhero known as Gravity. As an act of gratitude, Collins arranged Gravity's funeral. When Willis' body was later stolen by the cosmic entity known as Epoch, Collins enlisted the aid of the Fantastic Four in retrieving it.
There have been many Deathloks. From different universes, and different people given the same cyborg enhancements and/or going through the same black ops super soldier program. This post will focus on the first, Luther Manning, and Michael Collins, the 90s 616 version. These two were around the longest, and had the biggest influence on me, personally. I also really like several other versions, especially the Agents of SHIELD version, Michael Peterson. But I had to focus on one or two for this. My first introduction to Deathlok, was probably the 90s trading cards, and then reading the Collins 90s comics. I didn't read any of the Manning comics, until years lately. I only vaguely knew anything about him for years. Just that there was another Deathlok before Collins. He didn't appear in any of the 90s comics I read. This was before the internet or digital comics. I have read far fewer comics, and know less about Deathlok than any other person on this list. But he is still in my top ten tech characters, and is one of the first things to pop in my head when I hear cyborg. There are a lot of similarities between Manning, and Robocop. It's possible his story influenced the people who created Robocop. He definitely influenced the creation of DC's Cyborg. Megadeth made a song about Deathlok. They are one of my favorite tech Marvels, because they are hyper advanced, and a merge of human and machine. Most of the Deathloks spend much time lamenting their lost humanity, and trying to get it back. Deathlok's visual of basically a corpse being held together and made superhumanly powerful is something you don't forget. Manning was one of the earliest cyberpunk characters being created a decade before the term was created. He's had a bigger influence on cyberpunk and cyborg culture, than most people will ever know.
Darkhawk was one of my first favorite heroes I followed as a kid. I think he is one of the best Marvel tech characters, though I am obviously probably biased when I say that. He's been one of my favorite Marvel characters since I became a fan, despite barely existing for a couple decades. This means that he has had less of an impact on Marvel as whole, than anyone else on the list. But, he's still one of my personal favorites. I'm not sure why he lost popularity once the 90s ended, and Marvel seemed to mostly stop caring about anyone but their classic core characters who were around since the 60s, except for a few hugely famous and well known characters who had cultural impact outside of comic fans, like Wolverine, Blade, ect. So, basically, anyone who wasn't a "classic" or was well known from movies and cartoons, was pushed to the side and mostly ignored for decades. They started making new characters again, who are still widely appearing in things, and even ended up in movies and shows before Darkhawk or Nova and some of my favorite characters, also appearing in video games, long before them. Again, I'm not sure why. If I sound a bit bitter about them mostly ignoring Darhawk for 20 years, its because I am. I waited for years to play him in a game, and still haven't gotten to, outside of Lego and the Marvel mobile app games, which he wasn't added to until years after the game was created. Was happy to play him in the Lego game, but it's annoying that he doesn't say anything or have a personality in it. I didn't give up on Marvel because the snubbed some of my favorite characters, but it has always left me with a feeling or mild disappointment. Now, the only real chance that he will ever become a recurring character, again, is if someone somewhere decides to put him in a show or movie.
Now that my rant is done, I'll get to the point of why he's an awesome tech character. He is a mix of a regular human dude, and a high-tech Shiar murder robot. We didn't know for the first 15 years that he was Shiar tech, but that's what it turned out to be. His robot body can do nearly anything he wants it to at this point, up to it's max power limits anyway. He's not the most raw powerful character in Marvel, but he is probably one of the most versatile. And his overall power level is still on the high end. Super strength, agility, speed, flight, armor, force field, energy blasts, regeneration, stealth, super sight and senses, projectile firing guns. His body can turn into just about anything he wants, and he can summon numerous extra outside weapons, both real physical objects and energy constructs. He is kind of a mix of Iron Man and Green Lantern. He is as versatile as Iron Man, and in his current form is even stronger than IM, in any but his most OP armors. He's not as smart or inventive as Tony or many of the characters on here, but he is as technically advanced, if not more so, than most of them. And the millennia of information that the Raptors have gathered being available to him in his android body, makes him nearly equal on knowledge base to some of the super geniuses on here.
Growing up, Paul Nobert Ebersol, or Bert for short, was quick to develop an affinity for machines. Creating contraptions and complex robotic mechanisms before he was even 10, Bert felt unchallenged at high school and instead pursued various low-level jobs which made use of his gift.
Becoming bored again, the arrogant Bert found himself not holding jobs for long due to his superiority complex and he resolved to use his skills to become a criminal known as the Fixer. After a few bungled jobs working for HYDRA, the telepathic Mentallo tracked down Fixer and together they became partners.
Like many Marvel villains, Fixer drifted in and out of various titles, often accompanied by his partner-in-crime Mentallo. Fixer never found himself specifically attached to one heroes' rogues gallery and his most notable moment as a villain was when he joined Baron Zemo and his Masters of Evil in the classic Avengers story arc Under Siege.
Fixer's breakthrough came years later, in 1997, when writer Kurt Busiek chose him for his new super-team the Thunderbolts. Revamped as Techno, Fixer rose to prominence as a false hero, adversary, untrustworthy ally and later a full-formed altruistic team-mate within the pages of Thunderbolts.
Fixer is basically an evil Iron Man. He became a villain more out of being bored with regular life and wanting a challenge than anything else. He's gone back and forth between villain and anti-hero. He is a technical genius who has made some of the most advanced devices in Marvel. He is a mix of power armor and cyborg, was a robot for awhile. I enjoy every story he's in. His biting smart assness is hilarious. He's one of the best tech people in Marvel.
Forge is one of the people on this list, who I've read much fewer comics with them in it, than the rest. I've read a bunch about him, and a bunch of comics of him, but nowhere near as many as the rest on the list. For various reasons, I started reading comics in the 90s, went back and read a bunch of classic ones from the 60 and 70s, but have not actually read that many 80s ones. Forge was created in the 80s. Hope to get around to it, eventually.
Forge is one of my favorites, because he has made some of the most advanced tech, ever. His mutant ability is to be able to visualize and technological device, and the build it, sometimes without fully understanding how it works. He is an engineering genius, but not as hyper intelligent as the big super Marvel geniuses, like Stark, Richards or Doom. He is a cyborg, so is half machine. My first experience with him was in the 90s X-Men comics as their tech guru for a bit, before he went to join X-Factor and be there tech guy, and eventual leader. He's also one of the few people who are masters of science and magic, like Doom. He used both to stop the Dire Wraiths from taking the Earth. Him and Beast are mostly the ones who have created the advanced tech the X-Men regularly use. He has been captured several times by villains who wanted him to create stuff for them. He's been the tech guy for many heroes and groups over the years. He's been in on and off relationships with Storm and Mystique. Has been in a few undercover secret agent groups. Marvel would not be the same, without his inventions, but a lot of people still don't know him.