|For the criminal who also goes by "Shocker", see Jackson Brice|
- "Now you're the Shocker."
- ―Adrian Toomes to Herman Schultz
Herman Schultz is a former salvage worker turned professional criminal and one of the key members of Adrian Toomes' Crew who sold alien-human hybrid weaponry created by the Tinkerer. After Toomes killed his former crewmate Jackson Brice, who had used a modified gauntlet occasionally under the alias of Shocker, Toomes passed the gauntlet down to Schultz and appointed him as the new Shocker. With his new title and power, Schultz continued to assist Toomes in fighting off Spider-Man's many attempts to stop all their black market arms deals.
Toomes Salvage Company
Battle of New York Cleanup
Schultz worked for the Toomes Salvage Company where he was employed by Adrian Toomes. During his career, Schultz helped clean up after the Battle of New York, during which he attempted to take apart a crashed Chitauri Chariots only for Toomes to recommend he instead use a Chitauri Staff to cut through it. During all their work however, Damage Control arrived and Anne Marie Hoag informed Toomes that they had lost their contract to clean up the city.
As Damage Control had taken over the clean-up contracts under the orders of Tony Stark, Schultz and the other members of Toomes' crew discussed how the Avengers were profiting on their own chaos while they lost work. Schultz turned to a life of crime alongside his co-workers. He, alongside Jackson Brice, would act as arms dealers, selling tech such as broken Ultron Sentries, anti-gravity climbers and Black Hole Grenades among other rare technologies.
Encounter with Spider-Man
- "Hey, hey! If you're gonna shoot at somebody, shoot at me!"
- ―Spider-Man and Herman Schultz
Herman Schultz and Jackson Brice met Aaron Davis in the outskirts of Queens where Brice enthusiastically demonstrated the Ultron Blaster Gun, straight out of Sokovia. Davis was wary of the weapon, telling them that he wanted a small device so he could simply mug people. Brice put the weapon away and offered several other devices, including Black Hole Grenades, Taser Rods and an Anti-Gravity Climber, which Davis took interest in.
When the trio heard a ringtone, Schultz and Brice immediately assumed that Davis had set them up. As they pulled their guns on him, Spider-Man appeared, telling the arms dealers to shoot him instead. As Davis made a retreat, Schultz opened fire on the young vigilante and Brice put on Shocker's Gauntlet. As Brice dealt with Spider-Man, Schultz started the van and drove away with Brice.
As Spider-Man swung after the two, Brice activated several weapons, shooting at the web-slinger and causing damage to the getaway van. Brice accidentally drops one of the weapons when Spider-Man snags the van doors, causing Brice to suggest calling Vulture, which Schultz instantly does. With the Vulture showing up and successfully dealing with Spider-Man, Schultz and Brice made their getaway.
Becoming the Shocker
Schultz and Jackson Brice managed to get back to their base. Brice was thrilled with the chase, only to be confronted by Adrian Toomes while Schultz stayed in the background. As the argument with Brice and Toomes escalated, Toomes tells Brice that he is fired. Disgusted, Brice threatened Toomes, saying that he will inform the authorities about their operation. Brice then asked Toomes what would happen if he told Doris Toomes about his business.
This was a step to far for Toomes, who promptly picked up a gun and shot Brice instantly killing him and leaving Schultz staring at his friend's ashes. Confused and shocked about his actions, he asked the Tinkerer if he had picked up a Anti-Gravity Gun, only to have picked up a Chitauri Gun instead. Toomes walked over to Brice's ashes and picked up the Shocker's Gauntlet and passed it to Schultz, sarcastically telling him that he was the 'Shocker' now.
Tracking the Energy Source
The next day, Schultz took scanner and set out with Randy Vale to locate the Chitauri Energy Core that was lost during the car chase last night, eventually tracking the power source to the Midtown School of Science and Technology. Looking through the workshop room where his scanner told him was where the energy source had last been activated, Schultz thought he heard a noise. Checking the sound, Schultz is unknowingly tagged with a Spider-Tracer. Believing it to be a lost cause, Schultz left and headed for Maryland for the Attack on the Damage Control Truck.
Several days later, the crew received a tip that a truck full of confiscated technology was heading to the Damage Control Headquarters by the way of Maryland. Standing by in a van with Tinkerer, Schultz oversees the heist going down, including Spider-Man showing up, causing Toomes to quickly escape, angrily leaving his stolen technology behind.
Back at the base, Toomes was still fuming over the loss of the technology. Tinkerer offered to upgrade the Vulture Suit with the high-altitude vacuum seal, so they could pull off an airborne heist. Toomes turned Mason down, asking if they still had enough technology to sell on the Staten Island Ferry in a few days. Mason conformed this. Toomes began muttering that it was all Spider-Man's fault and he would kill him for interfering with his business. Schultz overhearing, told Toomes to look at the television, which was broadcasting the Rescue at the Washington Monument, including Spider-Man saving Toomes' daughter, Liz.
The next day, Herman Schultz and Toomes made their way on the Staten Island Ferry. Schultz left Toomes dealt with their new buyer Mac Gargan. Meeting him at the front of the boat, Schultz told him that the technology was being stored in a white van. Spider-Man suddenly showed up, quickly dispatching Gargan and his associates.
Schultz radioed Toomes to inform him that Spider-Man had interrupted the deal while he put on the Shocker Gauntlet, charging Spider-Man while swinging the weapon, only for the web-slinger to dodge at the last minute, causing his gauntlet to be embedded in the boat's railing. Spider-Man quickly webbed Schultz to the railing to prevent his escape. The FBI, who had set up a sting operation, showed up to arrest Gargan and Schultz, only to be attacked by Toomes, who had donned his Suit and grabbed a Chitauri Gun.
Freeing Schultz from his webbing restraints, Toomes told him to get off the ferry as they were retreating. Schultz raced to the top of the ferry, as the Chitauri Gun was violently malfunctioning, causing it to fire several lasers that cut the ferry in half. Seeing his opening, Toomes flew to the top of the ferry, where Schultz was waiting for him. Schultz jumped from the railing on top of the ferry, to land aboard Toomes' wings, Toomes took off, flying away from the battle before Iron Man could show up.
One Last Job
Back at their headquarters, Schultz packed his things, becoming concerned that he would be arrested soon, as the FBI would have got him at the ferry if not for Spider-Man's interference. Toomes convinced him to stay though to pull off one last job - hijacking the Stark Cargo Plane.
On the night of the heist, Shocker was called by Adrian Toomes, who had figured out the Spider-Man's secret identity. Shocker was told to head to the Midtown School of Science and Technology and wait to see if Spider-Man would appear to chase after Toomes. As Spider-Man appeared, Shocker attacked, striking Spider-Man and knocking him back.
With a powerful strike, Shocker smashed Spider-Man into a school bus, causing him to drop his Web-Shooters as he was attempting to get them on to follow the Vulture and stop his heist. Shocker mocked Spider-Man on making the wrong choice in following Vulture before he remarked on Spider-Man's homemade costume before punching him again with incredible force, sending him into a school bus windshield and through the other side.
Spider-Man questioned why the Shocker had been sent after him, but Shocker simply said he would never learn the reason. As Shocker prepared to deliver the final blow against Spider-Man, a web fired by Ned Leeds just managed to snag onto Shocker's Gauntlet, distracting Shocker long enough for Spider-Man to escape his grip, grab the web-shooter from Ned and web him to the side of a bus.
Taken into Custody
Shocker was discovered trapped to the side of the bus by the students of Midtown School of Science and Technology after their homecoming dance had ended, with multiple of the students taking pictures of and with him. While he was eventually arrested by the New York City Police Department, his gauntlet was stolen by Tiny McKeever.
Unlike his predecessor, Jackson Brice, Schultz is shown to be practical and level headed, putting business before emotion. This is shown multiple times such as his and Brice's first encounter with Spider-Man, when Schultz contacted Adrian Toomes rather than use the merchandise. When scolded by Toomes, Schultz was cautious enough not to get on Toomes's bad side even after Toomes accidentally incinerated Brice for his troubles. He was trusted as such that Toomes helped him avoid capture by Spider-Man.
Despite this Schultz is shown to have no qualms with killing anyone who would jeopardize his criminal activities. When he thought the Prowler had set him and Brice up he wasted little time in pulling a gun on him, only to be stopped when Spider-Man diverted his attention, shooting at the latter albeit unsuccessfully. He would later try to kill Spider-Man, seemingly on the orders of Toomes should he interfere in his business.
When facing the possibility of incarceration, Schultz originally quit Adrian Toomes' Crew to go on the run, only to be talked into another job by Toomes.
Powers and Abilities
- Shock Emission: Using his specialized gauntlet, Herman can generate and release powerful blasts of electric shocks that, when used on a human being, can propel them a great distance away and also subdue them.
- Enhanced Strength: The gauntlet possesses hydraulic functions that grant the user superhuman strength. They boost the wearer's physical attributes enough that they can propel school buses away and even combat enhanced individuals.
- Combatant: Shocker shows decent skill in combat, able to nearly kill Spider-Man, abet with the element of surprise, only failing due to Ned Leeds intervention.
- "You know, I wasn't sure about this at first, but now... damn!"
- ―Herman Schultz
- Shocker's Gauntlet: A modified version of Crossbones' Gauntlet that, when fired, is able to generate energy blasts that can push heavy objects. His gauntlet can inflict blunt force trauma if the blasts are aimed at a living target.
- Adrian Toomes' Crew
- Mac Gargan - Potential Buyer
- Aaron Davis/Prowler - Potential Buyer
- In the comics, Herman Schultz is a brilliant inventor who designed his own gauntlets in order to start his criminal career. He briefly worked with Hammer Industries in order to improve his equipment, but refused to give them the complete blueprints of his invention.
- The yellow sleeves of Shutlz's normal outfit is a nod to his mainstream counterparts costume.
Behind the Scenes
- Floyd Anthony Johns Jr., Hamid-Reza Benjamin Thompson and Trevor E. Dickerson were stunt doubles for Bokeem Woodbine in the role of Shocker.