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I ain't just Crusher Creel, an ordinary con anymore! I'm the Absorbing Man... the most dangerous guy in the world!
~ Absorbing Man

Carl "Crusher" Creel, also known as Absorbing Man, is a former supervillain from Marvel Comics. He is a man with the ability to absorb the physical properties of any material he touches and shapeshift into different forms - he somewhat redeems himself in the end-stages of Immortal Hulk by helping to defeat the One Below All.

History

Carl "Crusher" Creel was a former heavyweight boxer turned into a criminal who was chosen by Loki to drink an Asgardian potion that gave him the uncanny power to absorb any substance into his own body by touching it. He was sent to battle Thor, but was defeated by overreaching his power by trying to absorb the entire earth and instead exploded. However, because of his unique his powers, Creel was not truly dead and Loki magically reassembled his body. Since then he has battled Thor many times, as well as the Hulk and other superheroes. He also joined the Masters of Evil at one point.

Sometime later, Loki enlisted the Absorbing Man as an ally in an attempt to overthrow Odin but was banished into outer space by the All Father. During the first Secret War staged by the Beyonder, Creel met another supervillain named Titania II and together they served in Baron Zemo's army when their team took control of the Avenger Mansion. Creel and Titania became partners in crime and eventually married but have since divorced and the Absorbing Man returned to his criminal career.

Creel also revealed that he had a troubled childhood in Immortal Hulk, saying that he pitied Bruce Banner as his father also beat him regularly until he in turn beat his father in retaliation - he admitted all of this when confronting a demonic Brian Banner and helped to free an imprisoned Bruce, allowing Hulk to attack the One Below All and close the gates of Hell.

Powers and Abilities

Absorbing Man can transform his body into any substance he touches, including stone, metal, brick, concrete, earth, and even more unstable substances like water, light, and electricity. He also carries a ball-and-chain that was attached to him during the transformation which he uses as a weapon, that can also absorb the same substance as himself. The Absorbing Man can alter the molecular structure of his body, his clothes, and his wrecking ball to mimic the properties of any material he touches. This process also gives him enhanced strength, endurance, and in most cases, resistance to injury. If the object touched holds some form of energy, such as a battery or a blast furnace, Creel absorbs these properties as well. The Absorbing Man can also absorb/duplicate the powers, strength, and durability of those within a certain distance, without the need for contact, as demonstrated in fights against Thor and the Hulk. He also has limited shape-changing abilities when absorbing certain objects, such as forming hammer-like fists when touching a hammer or growing to enormous size when copying items of massive power or strength. More recently, Creel has developed the ability to control the mind of another person, even over vast distances. He was shown to be able to "re-grow" his arm when it fell off (in his rocky form) by re-attaching it, then changing back to human form. Some of the substances he has absorbed are; Thor’s Uru hammer Mjolnir, Odin’s cosmic bolt, Hulk’s (gray) strength, Captain America’s shield, the Thing’s skin, titanium, bronze, Dazzler’s light, iron, diamond, helium, water, earth, granite, bricks, Ultron's metallic armor, the Sentry's energy, cinder-blocks and Quasar’s quantum bands. If his body is broken into pieces while in a non-human state he can mentally reassemble himself.

In Other Media

TV Appearance

The Marvel Super Heroes

Absorbing Man appears in the Thor segment of 1966's The Marvel Super Heroes.

The Incredible Hulk

Absorbing Man appears in The Incredible Hulk episode "They Call Me Mr. Fixit" voiced by Jim Cummings. This version is an enforcer to Miss Allure.

The Avengers: United They Stand

Absorbing Man appears in The Avengers: United They Stand.

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

Absorbing Man appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Videogame Appearance

  • Absorbing Man appears in The Incredible Hulk video game
  • Absorbing Man appears as a boss in the PSP, PS2, and Wii versions of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2
  • Absorbing Man appears in Lego Marvel Super Heroes
  • Absorbing Man appears in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.He appears as one of the villains introduced in Season 2
  • Absorbing Man is a playable character in Marvel: Future Fight
  • Absorbing Man appears as a playable character in Lego Marvel's Avengers

Trivia

  • He was heavily referenced by David Banner, the main villain of 2003 film Hulk due to share similar powers.

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Movies
Hulk (2003): David Banner | Glenn Talbot | Thunderbolt Ross | Gamma Dogs
The Incredible Hulk: Abomination | Strategic Operations Command Center (Thunderbolt Ross & Kathleen Sparr) | Samuel Sterns | Tough Guy Leader
Hulk Vs.: Professor Thorton | Deadpool | Lady Deathstrike | Sabretooth | Omega Red | Loki Laufeyson | Hela | Enchantress
Planet Hulk: Red King
Heroes United: Iron Man and Hulk: Zzzax

Television
The Incredible Hulk (1978): Dell Frye | Michael Sutton | Dark David Banner | Wilson Fisk
The Incredible Hulk (1996): The Leader | Abomination | Zzzax | Glenn Talbot | Doctor Doom | Wendigo | Hybrid
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Spider-Man: Green Goblin | Dennis Carradine | Bank Robbers | J. Jonah Jameson
Spider-Man 2: Doctor Octopus | Harry Goblin | J. Jonah Jameson
Spider-Man 3: Venom | Sandman | New Goblin | J. Jonah Jameson
The Amazing Spider-Man: Lizard | Gustav Fiers | Cash Register Thief | Norman Osborn
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Electro | Green Goblin | Donald Menken | Rhino | Alistair Smythe | Ashley Kafka | Felica Hardy | Gustav Fiers | Norman Osborn
Spider-Man: Homecoming: Bestman Salvage (Vulture, Tinkerer, Shocker #1, Shocker #2 & Randy Vale) | Mac Gargan | Aaron Davis
Venom: Eddie Brock/Venom | Carlton Drake/Riot | Roland Treece | Cletus Kasady
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Kingpin | Prowler | Doctor Octopus | Green Goblin | Tombstone | Scorpion | Vanessa Fisk | Richard Fisk
Spider-Man: Far From Home: Mysterio | William Ginter Riva | Victoria Snow | Gutes Guterman | Janice Lincoln | Doug | Elementals (Molten Man, Hydro-Man, Sandman, Cyclone & Elemental Fusion) | Skrulls (Talos) | Obadiah Stane | J. Jonah Jameson

Television
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The Spectacular Spider-Man
Green Goblin | Tombstone | Doctor Octopus | Hammerhead | Venom | Sinister Six (Rhino, Vulture, Electro, Sandman, Mysterio & Kraven the Hunter) | Chameleon | Tinkerer | Enforcers (Shocker, Ricochet & Ox) | Silver Sable | Molten Man | Lizard | J. Jonah Jameson | Black Cat | Miles Warren | Frederick Foswell | Calypso | Roderick Kingsley | Morris Bench | Cletus Kasady

Ultimate Spider-Man
Doctor Octopus | Green Goblin | Taskmaster | HYDRA (Arnim Zola, Crossbones, Morbius & Baron Mordo) | Sinister Six (Kraven the Hunter, Rhino, Electro, Scorpion, Vulture & Hydro-Man) | Batroc the Leaper | Beetle | Lizard | Frightful Four (Wizard, Trapster & Klaw) | Juggernaut | Sandman | Venom | Loki Laufeyson | The Collector | Grandmaster | Carnage | Wolf Spider | Shocker | Shriek | Swarm | Dracula | Spider-Slayers (Kaine) | Absorbing Man | Abomination | Annihilus | Arcade | Attuma | Awesome Android | Blastaar | Blizzard | Boomerang | Chitauri | Deadpool | Destroyer | Doctor Doom | Dormammu | Skurge | Enforcers (Montana, Fancy Dan, Ox) | Frost Giants | Grizzly | Hammerhead | Jack O'Lantern | Korvac | The Leader | Living Laser | Man-Wolf | Maximus | Melter | Mesmero | M.O.D.O.K. | Molten Man | Mister Negative | Mysterio | Nightmare | Phalanx | Sabretooth | Toad | Ulik | Wendigo | Whirlwind | Wrecker | Piledriver | Thunderball | Ymir | Zodiac | Scorpio | Zzzax | J. Jonah Jameson

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Video Games
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions: Mysterio | Kraven the Hunter | Hammerhead | Hobgoblin | Electro | Sandman | Vulture | Scorpion | Deadpool | Juggernaut | Silver Sable | Goblin | Serena Patel | Carnage
Marvel's Spider-Man: Sinister Six (Doctor Octopus, Electro, Mister Negative, Rhino, Scorpion & Vulture) | Inner Demons | Norman Osborn | Silver Sable | Hammerhead | Black Cat | Kingpin | Screwball | Shocker | Taskmaster | Tombstone | Walter Hardy | Yuriko Watanabe

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