Carl "Crusher" Creel is an enhanced individual with the ability to absorb the properties of anything he touches. Originally a boxer, Creel appeared on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s radar and had been deemed too dangerous, so John Garrett was sent to kill him. Garrett, who was secretly working for HYDRA, faked Creel's death and recruited him into HYDRA. Creel worked for Daniel Whitehall and was ordered to steal the Obelisk, but Creel was stopped by Phil Coulson's team and handed over to Glenn Talbot for custody. Having recovered from the effects of the Obelisk, Creel then underwent months of treatment to be rid of HYDRA's brainwashing. When Glenn Talbot was made the head of the ATCU, he commissioned Creel as his bodyguard during the meeting to discuss the Inhumans and the threat they posed. Although S.H.I.E.L.D. had initial doubts about trusting Creel, he soon proved himself to be trustworthy.
Fighting Battlin' Jack
- "Creel goes down! He's not getting up; it's over!"
- ―Fight Announcer
Carl Creel was a boxer who used the moniker "Crusher" in his bouts. During this time, he fought "Battlin' Jack Murdock" and lost, despite the fact the fight had been fixed by Roscoe Sweeney in Creel's favor. As punishment for failing to throw the fight, Murdock was murdered shortly afterwards. At sometime in the many years following, Creel was the subject of an experiment, which was carried out by Wolfgang von Strucker of HYDRA. He attained the ability to absorb any element and turn his skin into that same material, gaining a high victory status by using his talent to hide steel-skinned fists under his boxing gloves when he fought.
Recruitment by HYDRA
Daniel Whitehall's Assassin
When S.H.I.E.L.D. learned of his dangerous powers, he became an Index candidate and S.H.I.E.L.D. sent John Garrett to terminate him. Garrett, an undercover HYDRA agent, chose instead to fake Creel's death and recruit him to HYDRA as a brainwashed assassin. Creel was soon recruited by Daniel Whitehall as his assassin, obeying any order given to him by Whitehall or Sunil Bakshi, although he remained indifferent to HYDRA's goals.
Hunting the Obelisk
Following the direct orders of Daniel Whitehall, Creel interrupted an undercover operation where a team of mercenaries were attempting to procure some valuable information from Roger Browning, a former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., on where a level ten 0-8-4 was being held. Quietly making his way into the meeting, Creel sneaked up behind Browning and, as Isabelle Hartley noted that Browning had brought more bodyguards than he had agreed to, Creel was forced to charge forward as he snapped Browning's neck and stole the file.
When Creel killed Browning, the rest of the mercenaries immediately fired upon him, however Creel simply absorbed the bullets and was completely unaffected. As Lance Hunter and Idaho still continued shooting at him, Creel responded by striking at Hunter, sending him falling back across the table before Creel escaped after jumping from a window. As Skye and Antoine Triplett arrived on the scene to assist Hartley's team in their fight against Creel, Triplett noted they were too late and that Creel had now vanished having jumped twenty-five feet down to ensure that he could not be captured by S.H.I.E.L.D..
Returning to his hideout, Creel gave the information about the 0-8-4 to his HYDRA employer, Sunil Bakshi, although he failed to give the HYDRA salute of "Hail HYDRA" as he remained uninvested. Bakshi told him that his own employer Daniel Whitehall was pleased with the update and rewarded Creel by giving him a sample of the extremely rare diamond Musgravite, which HYDRA had searched for and found specifically for him to absorb. Creel took the diamonds and watched closely as his hand transformed, enjoying all the sensation his power gave him. Creel later relaxed by absorbing some more wood.
Ambushing Glenn Talbot
Under the direct orders of Daniel Whitehall, Creel was ordered to find and capture Brigadier General Glenn Talbot to learn of the location of the Obelisk. The Absorbing Man sneaked up behind Talbot, who was out with his wife and son, but General Talbot had been warned about the upcoming attack by S.H.I.E.L.D. and defended himself against Creel, spinning around just in time and hitting his attacker in the face, much to Creel's surprise as he was not expecting any resistance. Although Creel initially began to gain the upper hand in the fight, Talbot was assisted by Melinda May who had kicked Creel away.
With no orders from his HYDRA employers to keep May alive, Creel grabbed a brass ball and chain and attempted to kill the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, while also transforming his own arm into brass at the same time to maximize his strength. With General Talbot now safely away from danger, May stood her ground against the Absorbing Man, who swung the ball and attempted to strike her with it, but May used her S.H.I.E.L.D. training to dodge Creel's blows. Using her speed May was able to avoid all of Creel's attacks until she gained an opening and then kicked Creel into the chest, knocking him back but still not defeating him due to the Absorbing Man's impressive strength.
Before Creel could continue fighting Agent May, he was thwarted and subdued by the combined might of May and Skye, who had shot him with a Taser Projectile Launcher which had electrocuted Creel before several members of the United States Armed Forces working under the orders of General Talbot quickly arrested Creel while May made her escape from the scene. Creel however showed no resistance to being arrested and instead transformed his arm back from brass and raised his hands in surrender while General Talbot was taken away to his car to be taken to safety away from Absorbing Man.
Believing him to have been defeated and that he had then willingly surrendered during the brief skirmish against S.H.I.E.L.D., Creel was arrested by Brigadier General Talbot's soldiers and taken into military custody and locked inside the Government Storage Warehouse with armed Sergeants Logan and Smith watching over his glass cell with seemingly no exit for him to escape through. However, knowing that this was all part of HYDRA and Daniel Whitehall's true overall plan to obtain the Obelisk which was being stored in the same Warehouse, Creel prepared for the next stage of the plan, his own escape.
Stealing the Obelisk
Creel easily escaped his cell by ensuring that his guards were facing away from him before turning into glass, becoming invisible to their human eye, and tricking them. When Logan and Smith attempted to locate Creel by exploring the cell, he killed them both before searching the Warehouse. When Creel encountered a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, arriving to search the facility for the Obelisk as well, Creel hid by turning into the concrete wall and followed the agents.
Following the team of agents through the large warehouse's many hallways, Creel encountered Isabelle Hartley, who had successfully recovered the Obelisk inside of one of the many crates that Brigadier General Glenn Talbot's soldiers had seized. Hartley however spotted Creel just in time and attempted to kill him with a knife, but he was able to turn his skin into steel and deflect the blade. When she then attempted to use the Obelisk to defend herself, it instantly began to engulf her hand, causing Hartley intense agony. Seeing the effects of the Obelisk and Lance Hunter appearing caused Creel to flee.
When Hunter and Idaho attempted to get Hartley medical attention due to the intense and life threatening pain the Obelisk was causing her, all while General Talbot's military soldiers began advancing on the S.H.I.E.L.D. team, Creel managed to get out of the facility ahead of the team. While Hunter and Idaho were still speeding towards the hospital in a desperate attempt to save Hartley's life, Creel managed to get in front of their speeding car, then turning his entire body into concrete and causing their S.H.I.E.L.D. SUV to crash into him and roll over, managing to kill Hartley and Idaho in the wreckage.
Calmly walking over to the completely wreaked SUV, Creel saw the two deceased agents inside, failing to notice that Hunter had just managed to survive the crash through sheer luck. Creel then found Hartley's severed arm on the ground still clutching onto the Obelisk, as Hunter had decided to cut off her arm in a desperate attempt to stop the Obelisk from killing her. Not wishing to suffer with the same horrifically painful fate as Hartley had endured, Creel then turned his hand into rubber by touching the crashed SUV's tire and retrieved the Obelisk and calmly walked away from the crash site.
On the Run
Despite doing his best in attempting not to allow his skin to touch the surface of the Obelisk, Creel was affected by the Obelisk's power and felt his skin absorbing all its deadly effects. Seeking to get away and hand the Obelisk over to Daniel Whitehall as per his orders, Creel stole a van and made his escape, unaware that Melinda May was closely following him on a motorbike in order to discover who he was working for.
As were his orders, Creel went to the Halfway House Cafe where he waited for Sunil Bakshi to come and meet him and finally take the Obelisk off him, with Creel hoping that Bakshi could also provide an explanation on how to stop the Obelisk's infection from killing him like Isabelle Hartley. When the Waitress attempted to clear his table while he still waited for Bakshi to arrive, Creel accidentally touched her arm, causing her body to turn to stone within minutes due to the Obelisk's power which was inside Creel's skin. Creel then ran away before S.H.I.E.L.D. could arrive and take him into custody.
Returning back in his hideout, Creel desperately attempted to absorb items he had collected, such as a metal lighter and a piece of cloth, that could possibly help remove the effects of the Obelisk's deadly power, however he had little success. Running out of options, Creel was then contacted by Bakshi, who still wanted Creel to give him the Obelisk and promised that HYDRA would help him with his problem. Although Creel had desperately asked for help as soon as possible, Bakshi just hung up the call, resulting in the furious Creel smashing his phone and yelling at some people who were sat nearby.
Creel however was interrupted by the arrival of Raina, who explained that she was aware that he had come into possession of the Obelisk, which she wanted for her own reasons, and so she offered a Carbyne ring that would allow him to absorb its power in exchange for the 0-8-4. Creel however refused her offer, telling her to stay away or his HYDRA employers would have her tortured and killed, noting that he was fearful of what Daniel Whitehall would do to her pretty face if he captured her. Creel walked away, taking the ring with him while still promising not to tell Whitehall about Raina if she stayed away.
Captured by S.H.I.E.L.D.
- "It's spreading all over, I can barely contain it."
"Pass me the case and I'll help you."
"Help me, and I won't do to you what I did to the waitress."
"Calm down Mr. Creel, take a deep breath."
- ―Carl Creel and Sunil Bakshi
Creel finally met with Sunil Bakshi, where Creel informed him that he was struggling to control the deadly powers of the Obelisk, as it had continued to try and consume his body and could potentially kill him in a highly painful manner. Bakshi however remained calm and insisted that Creel had over the case containing the Obelisk to him and in exchange he and Daniel Whitehall would help to cure him, only for Creel to threaten to kill Bakshi like he killed the Waitress if Bakshi refused to help him, so Bakshi ordered him to calm down.
Telling him to take a deep breath and clear his mind, Bakshi was able to help Creel overcome the effects of the Obelisk when he used the trigger phrase from the brainwashing method used on him, which helped Creel relax and concentrate on his arm, allowing him to safely absorb the effects of the Obelisk by focusing his absorption powers on the Carbyne ring he had previously stolen from Raina. With the threat of a slow and painful death seemingly having been dealt with, Creel told Bakshi that he was now happy to comply to HYDRA and Whitehall's wishes and he prepared to hand over the Obelisk.
However, just before Creel could hand over the Obelisk onto Bakshi and walk away, their meeting was then suddenly interrupted when Creel came under fire by Lance Hunter, who was furiously attempting to avenge the deaths of his friends Isabelle Hartley and Idaho. Upon hearing a commotion as people ran in terror, Creel turned around just in time to see Hunter aiming his sniper rifle directly at Creel's head. As Hunter fired a single shot at Creel, the Absorbing Man was able to turn his skin to steel and deflected the bullet, much to the utter horror of Hunter, who was at a complete disadvantage against Creel.
While Bakshi escaped all the gunfire, Creel then got to his feet and furiously chased after Hunter as he attempted to flee inside a nearby building for safety. Creel however quickly caught up with his would be assassin, smashing through a glass doorway attempting to strike him with his steel fists. Despite Hunter desperately trying to defend himself using a fire extinguisher, Creel managed to hit him with his steel fist before he was able to trap Hunter in a corner, and prepared to kill Hunter using the Obelisk's power into his hand, promising the terrified Hunter that this would be a highly painful death.
However before Creel could kill Lance Hunter, he was stopped by Phil Coulson who stabbed him in the back with the modified Overkill Device which made him unable to control his own absorbing powers, allowing the 0-8-4 to take over his body and turned Creel into stone, seemingly permanently. Creel was then taken in by Coulson and was placed in a Cryostasis Chamber for the protection of others. He was turned over to Brigadier General Glenn Talbot as the peace offering from Coulson in exchange for breathing room for the activities of the new S.H.I.E.L.D. while they still fought against HYDRA.
Showdown with Lincoln Campbell
- "Do you know how you got your powers?"
"Something went wrong?"
"Something went right!"
- ―Jemma Simmons and Carl Creel
During his time in prison, Creel was eventually returned back into his normal human form from being frozen in stone due to the affects of the Overkill Device. This time away from HYDRA also allowed Creel to finally break free of Daniel Whitehall's control over him, giving back his control over his own mind and making him regret his actions as HYDRA's assassin. Brigadier General Glenn Talbot saw this change in Creel and after months of training, recruited Creel as his personal bodyguard, believing he could trust Creel with his life.
As General Talbot saw his wife Carla leave the airport having chosen to leave him due to Gideon Malick kidnapping their son, Creel stayed close by as Talbot had a meeting with Phil Coulson. In the middle of their conversation, Creel, who was sitting on a bench watching over Talbot, followed them to ensure their safety. Lincoln Campbell, who was there to look for anything suspicious, found Creel following the two into a parking lot. Right when Creel walked in to the lot, Coulson, who believed Creel was still a HYDRA assassin, locked Talbot inside a S.H.I.E.L.D. SUV as Melinda May ordered Campbell to attack.
Before he could reveal his true intentions to ensure Talbot's safety, Creel was knocked down by Campbell's own Inhuman ability to fire a blast of electricity. In order to protect himself from further blasts of electricity fired by Campbell, Creel grabbed hold of a car's tire and transformed his body into rubber, making him immune to Campbell's electrical abilities. After throwing Campbell into a garage door, Creel walked towards Coulson, who shot him multiple times into the head. Campbell quickly recovered from the attack and again challenged Creel to finish the fight, distracting Creel from Coulson.
As Creel turned away from Coulson and went to attack the stunned Campbell again, Melinda May ambushed Creel and whacked him in the head with a metal pipe, tricking him into transforming him body into metal. Now metallic, Creel was then electrocuted by Campbell, knocking him to the ground and slowly killing him by overheating all the metal covering his body. However Campbell was quickly ordered to stop by Coulson and May, saving Creel's life just in time. As Talbot was then freed, he rushed over and informed Coulson that Creel was his own bodyguard, picking him up and standing by his side.
With the conflict over, Creel was taken into the Playground where he was placed inside a Containment Module while the S.H.I.E.L.D. team attempted to analyze and protect themselves from his powers. Creel was visited by Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons, the latter of which then questioned him about exactly how he obtained all of his absorption powers. Creel revealed to Simmons that he gained his powers from an experiment but would only give short answers as Simmons had asked him about what it felt to touch an Obelisk and how he survived the experience, with Creel noting that it had been highly painful.
Despite strong objections from almost all of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents at the Playground, a deal was eventually made between Coulson and General Talbot that Creel would be allowed to join them on their next mission, acting as Talbot's personal bodyguard, while secretly Creel would be searching for the kidnapped George Talbot. This decision mainly angered Lance Hunter who still held a deep distrust for Creel after he killed both Isabelle Hartley and Idaho while still under Daniel Whitehall's control. However once on Zephyr One, Creel put on his headphones and listened to music, ignoring Hunter's scrutiny.
Saving George Talbot
Upon arriving, Creel drove the S.H.I.E.L.D. team through Taiwan in a van towards the mansion where the upcoming symposium where they would be discussing Inhumans and what should be done about them was being held while Glenn Talbot and Phil Coulson entered as the invited guests and searched for the mole out of the other delegates. Meanwhile the small S.H.I.E.L.D. team used fingerprint scans obtained by Phil Coulson's Prosthetic Hand to break into all of the guest's rooms, leaving Creel inside of the van with his specific orders not to leave his post as his was still under great suspicion.
However Creel ignored these orders and followed the ones given to him by General Talbot, to track down Talbot's son George, who was being held hostage by HYDRA to blackmail the General. However as Creel was seen by Lance Hunter leaving his post and assumed that he was attempting to make his escape, he therefore left his post and began tracking down Creel. Eventually Hunter found George Talbot in a van, trapped inside Suspension Gel; in order to ensure that Hunter could not give the S.H.I.E.L.D. team the wrong impression that Creel was working for HYDRA and jeopardizing the mission, Creel knocked him out, although he ensured that he was not badly injured.
Discovering that General Talbot and Director Coulson had just been captured by Gideon Malick's soldiers and were being prepared for execution, Creel ran to their aid. Using a pillar, Creel made his body completely into marble before attacking the two guards and helping Talbot and Coulson escape. Creel explained how he had been forced to hurt Hunter and had located George Talbot, although he was still being held by HYDRA. Before Creel could break off their handcuffs, yet another guard attacked, forcing Talbot and Coulson to run while Creel defended them and eventually defeating the guard.
While Creel made his way through the mansion to regroup with all his allies, he found Hunter and Bobbi Morse still engaged in a gun fight with the HYDRA guards who were defending Malick, leading to Creel saving Hunter's life in the process as he had was almost ambushed. Despite this Hunter remained adamant that they were not even, due to Creel having previously killed his friends while he had been under the mind control of Daniel Whitehall. While this happened, Talbot and Coulson rushed into the room and Creel immediately freed them from their handcuffs with his bare hands as Talbot ordered him to.
As Creel looked on awaiting his next orders, the furious Talbot then questioned one of the guards about his son's whereabouts and when the man refused to answer, Talbot then hit him so hard he knocked him out with a single solid punch to the jaw. While Hunter and Morse were sent into Russia to track down and finally capture Malick, the rest escaped once Melinda May had located George Talbot and they returned to Zephyr One where Talbot ensured his son was safe from harm and would not be kidnapped by Malick again. With their current relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. improved, Talbot and Creel returned to the ATCU with Creel still working as Talbot's own bodyguard.
Recruited by General Hale
As Creel learned that Brigadier General Glenn Talbot had seemingly been shot and mortally wounded by Daisy Johnson and was put into a coma, Creel chose to resign from working for the military as their hired gun. However, while jogging in Philadelphia, Creel was stopped by General Hale's car who noted that she had previously promised to come and find Creel once S.H.I.E.L.D. had finally reappeared after they vanished.
Creel however still insisted that he was done with being the hired gun for the United States Armed Forces, noting that doing that had not done General Talbot any good as he had still wound up being shot. General Hale however explained to Creel that she had no interest in using him as a hired gun, instead telling Creel that she was putting together a team which she now wanted to recruit him for. Despite still having doubts over what Hale's true motives for Phil Coulson and the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. could be, Creel eventually relented and got inside Hale's car to learn what she had planned for her new team.
With Creel now onboard with Hale's plan, he was taken into her safe house facility where he trained to test his strength under the watchful eye of several scientists. While Creel lifted some weights, Ruby then entered the room along with Werner von Strucker and showed him Creel, reminding the young Strucker that Creel's ability to absorb the properties of anything he touched was granted to him by HYDRA and Baron Wolfgang von Strucker's experiments. As Creel put down his weights, Strucker entered to look around while Ruby stayed inside of the doorway with Hale and commented on their latest recruits.
Brought up on the streets, Carl Creel spent much of his youth as a petty criminal, using his strength to forge a career as a boxer under the supervision of Roscoe Sweeney, who would ensure that he won his fights by bribing his opponents, including Jack Murdock, into throwing the fight in order to earn money from the bets. However when Creel developed super powers, he was found by John Garrett and Daniel Whitehall who forced him to undergo the Faustus brainwashing, turning a small time crook into a murderer for HYDRA.
However once freed from his brainwashing, Creel used his powers for good while aiding Glenn Talbot in his fight against Gideon Malick. Talbot gained such a strong faith in Creel that he fought to keep Creel close by despite Phil Coulson's reluctance due to Creel having murdered some of his S.H.I.E.L.D. agents while under HYDRA's control. Creel proved himself to be both loyal and a formidable ally as he rescued George Talbot during the mission, although Lance Hunter refused to forgive him for his previous crimes.
A man of few words, Creel prefers to let his fighting skills do the talking. He did not brag while overpowering Isabelle Hartley or Lincoln Campbell; he simply continued with his mission to obtain the Obelisk, only once warning Lance Hunter that his death would likely be painful. When Raina attempted to buy the Obelisk from Creel, she was warned to stay away as Creel noted that Daniel Whitehall would likely kill her as a result, showing Creel's unwillingness to cause harm to those who do not need to die in his view.
Powers and Abilities
- "Once Creel touches a substance, he can absorb it and somehow consciously transform the molecules of his body into that substance. He wouldn't tell us how, but he enjoys the way it feels."
- ―Grant Ward
- Elemental Mimicry: Carl Creel is able to duplicate at will the physical properties of anything he touches or that touches him. Certain items, such as flawless diamonds, are enjoyable for Creel to absorb, causing a euphoric effect in him. He usually uses his powers to increase his strength and durability, but he also uses them sometimes to blend into his surroundings or to isolate himself from harmful effects, such as electricity.
|Steel||Creel turned his fists into steel during his boxing matches, in order to ensure that he easily won to become a famous boxer. He also tried to absorb the properties of the steel from a lighter to counteract the effects of the Obelisk he unconsciously absorbed, but he was unable to keep the absorption. During his confrontation against Lincoln Campbell, he was tricked by Melinda May into transforming into steel, to allow Campbell's powers to submit him.|
|Lead||Creel transformed his body upon contact into the lead from the bullets that Isabelle Hartley, Lance Hunter and Idaho shot at him while he retrieved Roger Browning's file about the Obelisk.|
|Musgravite||Creel received a rare musgravite as payment for his services to HYDRA, as Daniel Whitehall knew that his structure would give Creel pleasure when he absorbed its properties.|
|Wood||Following a successful assignment, Creel stayed in the truck he used as hideout, where he stored a collection of materials in order to absorb their properties.|
|Brass||Being attacked by Melinda May during his attempt to capture Glenn Talbot, Creel took a piece from a guard rail to use it as a ball-and-chain weapon, absorbing the properties of the metal into his arm to increase his strength.|
|Bulletproof glass||Creel absorbed the properties of the reinforced glass from the walls of his cell in the Government Storage Warehouse, becoming both durable and transparent, and leading the privates tasked with guarding the cell to believe he had escaped.|
|Concrete||Creel absorbed the properties of the concrete from the walls of the warehouse to conceal himself and ambush Isabelle Hartley, using this material to protect himself against Hartley's stabs.|
|Asphalt||Creel transformed himself into asphalt to make the vehicle where Hartley, Hunter and Idaho had escaped suffer an accident and retrieve the Obelisk that Hartley had touched.|
|Rubber||Creel absorbed the properties of the rubber from S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicle's wheels to isolate himself from the Obelisk as he took it from Hartley's amputated arm. He also absorbed the properties of a wheel to isolate himself from Lincoln Campbell's attack.|
|Obelisk||Creel unintentionally absorbed the properties of the Obelisk as he touched it, killing whoever touched his arm with the same petrification effects that the original device had. Thanks to Sunil Bakshi, Creel managed to control this material, using it as a weapon.|
|Clay||Creel also tried to absorb the properties of clay to counteract the effects of the Obelisk, thinking it would be an insulating material, but the absorption failed too.|
|Cloth||Creel finally tried to absorb the properties of a piece of cloth to counteract the effects of the Obelisk, but as the two previous absorption, it was futile.|
|Carbyne||Raina tried to persuade Creel into giving him the Obelisk by offering him a ring made of carbyne, describing it as an allotrope of carbon found in stardust, three times harder than diamond and with the ability of storing energy. Creel took the ring from Raina, and later absorbed its properties to shield himself from a direct shot to his head made by Lance Hunter and to attack him as Hunter tried to run.|
|Polytectic Adaptive Material||Creel was held in a containment module and absorbed the properties of the module's polytectic adaptive materials.|
|Marble||Creel absorbed the properties of marble during the symposium on Inhumans in Taiwan to rescue Glenn Talbot from a group of HYDRA operatives, in order to become impervious to their bullets.|
- "I'm not gonna sugar coat it pal, this is really gonna hurt."
- ―Carl Creel to Lance Hunter
- Petrification: After absorbing the effects of the Obelisk, Creel gained the ability to turn people to stone. Originally, he had no control over this ability, but, after compliance to Sunil Bakshi's words, Creel gained control to the point of desiring to use it against Lance Hunter.
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- "Creel was a boxer, nicknamed the Crusher. Turns out any opponent has a glass jaw when you have steel fists under your gloves."
- ―Grant Ward
- Combatant: Though Creel was a boxer, he never learned to fight without using his powers to give him an advantage. When he heard a gunshot, he instinctively transformed into a bulletproof material. During his struggles with Melinda May, and later Lance Hunter, Creel sought materials to duplicate, instead of fighting equally.
|Appearances for Carl Creel|
In chronological order:
- In the comics, Carl Creel received his powers from Loki so he could challenge Thor, and he was carrying a ball-and-chain weapon that received the same duplication powers as he did. The ball-and-chain ripped from the guard rail that Creel uses in Washington, D.C. is an homage to this weapon.
- Carl Creel closely resembled Groot when he absorbed a piece of wood.
- The petrification power of Creel is similar to that of the Grey Gargoyle.
- Creel is one of only three humans to survive physical contact with Diviner metal, and, due to his powers, the only one who did not require amputation of the affected limb. The others are Isabelle Hartley, whose death he caused after she ceased to be in danger of petrifaction, and Phil Coulson.
Behind the Scenes
- Jeph Loeb, the head of television production for Marvel Studios, was the first to put Creel in a boxing match against Jack Murdock in the comic, Daredevil: Yellow.
- Antal Kalik was a stunt double for Brian Patrick Wade in the role of Absorbing Man.
- ↑ Daredevil: 1.02: Cut Man
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 3.12: The Inside Man
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.13: Principia
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.01: Shadows
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.02: Heavy is the Head
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.22: World's End
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.11: All the Comforts of Home