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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.

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Trivia

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

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