Forge (comics)

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Forge
XMEN Forge.jpg
Portion of X-Factor #106 cover
Artwork by Steve Lightle.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Uncanny X-Men #184 (Aug 1984)
Created by Chris Claremont
John Romita Jr.
In-story information
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations X-Men
X-Factor
X-Corporation
X-Force
Notable aliases The Maker, Genesis
Abilities
  • Superhuman intuitive talent at inventing
  • Genius-level intelligence
  • Various mystical abilities
  • Skilled marksmanship

Forge is a fictional character in Marvel Comics.

A mutant with an unsurpassed brilliance in technology, Forge has had a lengthy career as a government weapons contractor. He shared a romantic relationship with Storm, and a brief affair with Mystique which led him to associate with the X-Men, beefing-up the technology at the X-Mansion. He was also a member of the Pentagon-funded mutant group X-Factor.

Publication history[edit]

Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist John Romita Jr., Forge first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #184 (August 1984).

As part of Marvel NOW!, Forge will return and become a member of Cable's X-Force.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Forge is a mutant with an innate superhuman talent for invention - an intuitive genius, it is as natural as breathing for him. He is a Native American of the Cheyenne nation. Although he was trained as a medicine man, he has primarily relied upon technology rather than mysticism to accomplish his tasks. This rift between Forge and his elder teacher, Naze, made Forge leave his past behind and join the military.

While in the army, Forge became a good soldier and served in the Vietnam War. After rising in the ranks to become a sergeant, he was asked by S.H.I.E.L.D. to join. Forge declined, because he saw his need was in Vietnam. During his second tour of duty in the war, his comrades were killed by enemy troops; in anger, he used their spirits to summon a band of demons to destroy the opposition. Forge, concerned about his former comrades, decided to order a B-52 bombing on his position to close the portal from the world of the unliving. The bombs came down destroying the spirits. This action wasn't without a heavy price, as Forge lost his right leg and right hand. This action allowed the demon called the Adversary to come to Earth and Forge has since been hesitant to employ his mystical abilities.

Years later, Forge had created cybernetic replacements for his lost limbs. When Tony Stark stopped making advanced weaponry for the Federal government, Forge was hired as an employee of the Defense Department.

One of his earliest commissions was to design a weapon to detect the shape-shifting aliens, known as the Dire Wraiths. Subsequently, Forge constructed a device capable of neutralizing mutant powers. Following orders from the President, Henry Peter Gyrich, an agent of the National Security Council, took the device.[2] Forge protested because the device was untested and it was extremely dangerous to use. The device was to be used against a member of the X-Men, named Rogue, who was wanted for allegedly killing a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. However, the device instead removed the powers of her teammate, Storm.[3]

Romance[edit]

Forge rescues Storm after she fell into a river. Forge brings her back to his home, in Dallas, Texas. During her recovery, romantic feelings develop between them. However, when she finds out he developed the gun which took her abilities, Storm leaves him in contempt.[4] They are briefly reunited to fight the common enemy of the Dire Wraiths. The Dire Wraiths resurfaced to prevent Forge from perfecting his neutralizer, and are defeated by the combined forces of the X-Men, Magik and Amanda Sefton.[5]

Forge later improves his Neutralizer, against the Wraiths. Yet, he becomes hesitant to design more devices like it because of what happened with Storm. With the help of the Wraiths' enemy, Rom the Spaceknight, Forge creates a large scale version of the neutralizer in Earth's orbit. Rom and Forge use the device on the Wraith's home-world, casting the entire race into the other-dimensional Limbo.[6]

After saving the world, Forge destroys all remaining Neutralizers and focuses on ridding the Earth of the Adversary. The Adversary, in the shape of Naze, convinces Storm that Forge was driven insane by her leaving and is planning to open a gate to hell.[7] Storm tries to kill Forge, but the moment she stabs him she sees that she was tricked.[8] The Adversary banishes Storm and Forge to another dimension, devoid of human life. Storm and Forge spent an unknown amount of time there, rekindling their romance. Finally they discover a way to return to Earth to stop the Adversary. Forge restores Storm's abilities and uses her abilities to power a gate back home.[9]

X-Men[edit]

Forge and Storm arrive on Earth and join the X-Men in their battle with the Adversary. Forge is required to sacrifice nine willing lives to banish the Adversary forever; eight X-Men and Madelyne Pryor volunteer and die in the casting of Forge's spell. The goddess Roma intervenes and secretly restores the X-Men to life.[10] Magik, younger sister of X-Man Colossus, sees Forge as responsible for the death of her brother and attacks Forge, who fights back using his knowledge of Native-American sorcery. Feeling guilty over his involvement, Forge allows Magik to stab him with her Soulsword in the hopes it will kill him. Instead its effects cause both mutants to come to terms with their shortcomings.[11]

Destiny[edit]

Forge, still unaware of the X-Men's resurrection, fights alongside Mystique's Freedom Force and an interim team of "X-Men" against the Reavers at Muir Island. He uses his mutant skills to create a rifle that deactivates the cyborg enemy 'Skullbuster' and forces the rest of the Reavers to retreat. During the battle, Destiny is killed, but not before foreseeing that Forge and Mystique would one day love one another, a fact that both parties find implausible. Afterward, Mystique blames him for Destiny's death.[12]

Banshee approaches Forge, hunting for leads about the whereabouts of the X-Men. Forge is convinced by visions that all the X-Men are still alive. During this time, his days as a soldier in the Vietnam War are depicted.[13] The two of them travel all over the world looking for their missing friends. Forge and Banshee eventually find the X-Men and become full-time members.[volume & issue needed] They fight against several threats, such as Genoshan soldiers,[volume & issue needed] Skrulls,[volume & issue needed] and the Shadow King.[volume & issue needed] Forge's skills are critical in defeating Cameron Hodge and overthrowing the Genoshan government. His plans are kept deep inside his own mind by a self-induced trance that even the forced removal of his false limbs does not break.[volume & issue needed]

Forge later becomes a member of the X-Mansion's "support team".[volume & issue needed] He redesigns the Danger Room and the Blackbird jet.[volume & issue needed]

End of romance[edit]

With the arrival of Bishop and Storm's constant involvement with the team, Forge and Storm's relationship becomes rocky. Forge eventually leaves the X-Men, when he believes that Storm would've rejected his proposal of marriage.[14] The pair continue to have an on-again-off-again relationship, until it ends for good. Forge goes back home to Dallas to become a government contractor again and to help with the mental care of Mystique, who is becoming schizophrenic.[volume & issue needed] During her stay, Forge and Mystique grow closer and have an affair.[volume & issue needed]

X-Factor[edit]

Forge replaces Valerie Cooper as the new government liaison for the mutant superhero team X-Factor.[15] Forge goes on his second cosmic adventure while with X-Factor, venturing to the far side of the sun with dozens of other superheroes in the incident known as the Infinity Crusade.[16] Forge is personally affected as one of his team, Wolfsbane, is kidnapped by the villain called the Goddess. Forge ends up orbiting a duplicate Earth in an escape pod, along with the vigilante Nomad. He did wish to fight but his pod was needed as part of a communications chain.

When the team begins to experience personal problems, Forge takes a more active involvement, gradually taking over the leadership of the remaining members of X-Factor. In this context, he sees the mutant criminals Mystique and Sabretooth forced to become unwilling members of his team.[17][18] Forge also comes to terms with his heritage when the Adversary returns. With Naze's assistance, Forge defeats the Adversary by combining technology created using his mutant powers with his mystical abilities.[19] Under Forge's leadership, X-Factor is tricked into hunting and battling former team member Multiple Man.[20] Following this, Forge severs the team's involvement with the government and leads them underground.[21] Forge and Mystique become more attracted to one another while working together as members of the team, with Forge ultimately falling in love with Mystique.[22] During their time underground, another former X-Factor member, Strong Guy, awakes from a coma that he suffered due to his powers over-stressing his heart. Forge creates a device which saves Strong Guy's life.[23] Along with the other team members, Forge is severely injured after Sabretooth betrays and attacks the team.[24] Mystique escapes her forced membership while Forge is recuperating.[25] After recovering from his injuries, Forge refuses to become a member of a new X-Factor line-up led by former team leader Havok, as he feels that Havok is no longer trustworthy.[26] This new version of X-Factor disbands shortly thereafter.[27] For a time, Forge is not active on any mutant groups, though he briefly works as support staff at the X-Men's mansion.[28]

Xavier's Underground[edit]

Forge later took part in Xavier's Underground movement. He worked with a former X-Factor member, Multiple Man, in Genosha.[volume & issue needed] Afterwards, Forge returned to the X-Men and became a mentor to Danielle Moonstar, for a brief stint.[volume & issue needed]

Later, Charles Xavier asked him for help in locating Mystique whom he needed for a clandestine mission.[volume & issue needed] Forge also helped Cannonball and Siryn find Cable with the aid of Deadpool,[volume & issue needed] and built a pair of special gauntlets for New X-Men team member Surge;[volume & issue needed] afterward, he returned to his lab to build a Nimrod unit with the primary objective of protecting mutants and secondary objective of protecting humans.[volume & issue needed] He then encountered a time-traveling Nimrod suffering from severe damage, demanding that Forge fix him; this version of Nimrod came from an alternate future, and had compelled an alternate version of Forge (married to Storm, with two children) to build a device to allow it to travel to the past. The alternate Forge had seemingly complied, but actually built a device to send Nimrod not only back in time, but also to another timeline, and to disable him upon arrival.[volume & issue needed] Nimrod threatened to harm this reality's Storm, and Forge offered to transfer Nimrod into his own version of the Sentinel, which Nimrod agreed to. The transfer was interrupted by the arrival of Surge and the rest of the New X-Men, who had received Forge's distress call through Surge's own gauntlets; in the ensuing battle, Forge helped them defeat Nimrod.[volume & issue needed]

Messiah Complex[edit]

After Forge sends Madrox and Layla to the future, he goes on a mission at Cyclops' behest to rendezvous with the other X-Men, who are on their way to confront Sinister's forces. He is shot by a seemingly treacherous Bishop.[29] He is then seen in the recovery room along with other injured X-Men.[30]

Divided We Stand[edit]

Forge has not been the same since Bishop attacked him during his mad quest to murder the first mutant child following M-Day. Forge suffered an array of injuries including serious head trauma. Bishop stole several time travel devices that Forge was reverse engineering. Throughout his recovery, Forge has been obsessed with recreating his notes and research on these devices. Fixated to an unhealthy degree on this project, Forge shuts himself off in his home at Eagle Plaza to devote all his time to this work. But before he begins, he enhances his home’s defense systems to ensure that he never falls victim to such an attack again.

Ghost Box[edit]

Forge later returns in Astonishing X-Men #29, when the X-Men fly to his complex on Wundagore Mountain to confront him about his apparent role in an inter-dimensional invasion of Earth.[31]

After following a trail of mysteriously genetically-created mutants and death, the X-Men finally track Forge down, who through a monologue, reveals his true madness. He endeavors to save the world from the Annexation, an invasion from a parallel world on the other side of the Ghost Box, the transdimensional teleporter. He plans this by sending the X-Men to the parallel universe that is home to the Ghost Boxes to destroy them before the Annexation begins. The X-Men try to talk Forge down but he rebukes them and furthers his madness by forcibly opening the Ghost Box, risking all life on Earth. Thanks to the assistance of Abigail Brand and Beast, a world-destroying laser is shot into the opening of the Ghost Box and before everything is destroyed, Ororo offers Forge a chance to come back with them. Forge only screams of his rejection by Ororo and she lets him go. Forge remains in his complex as it is destroyed.[32]

Cable and X-Force[edit]

As part of the Marvel NOW! event, Forge is shown to be alive following the destruction of his complex. Forge is approached by Cable (after he used his telepathic abilities to help cure him of his insanity) to be in a new X-Force team created by Cable.[33]

Forge creates a cybernetic arm for Cable and becomes the first member of Cable's team.[volume & issue needed]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Forge is a mutant with a superhuman intuitive talent for inventing mechanical devices, backed up by the ability to visually perceive mechanical energy in action. This power allows him to instinctively recognize the potential and functional uses of any machine or technological device in his visual range, a skill that combined with his natural intelligence gives him the ability to conceive, design and build highly advanced mechanical devices; and operate, modify and disassemble existing technology or create countermeasures for it. Forge's superhuman talent for invention does not mean that he is of a superhuman intellect, even a genius at invention must for the most part consciously work out the theoretical principles behind the invention and then the design of the invention itself through a series of logical steps. In Forge's case, however, many of these logical steps are worked out by his subconscious mind. Hence, Forge himself might not be entirely aware of exactly how he figured out how to create an invention of his. Sometimes, he must disassemble a device he has made to even figure out how it works.

Forge wore synthetic stretch fabric backed by micro-thin bulletproof Kevlar and thermal insulation while a member of the X-Men. He sometimes employs devices of his own invention. Most notable among these was his Neutralizer gun that could suppress superhuman mutant abilities. The only known examples of this device have been destroyed. Forge has also invented a hand-held scanning device that can detect the presence of superhuman beings or aliens.

Forge has knowledge of many scientific and technological fields.

He also possesses various mystical abilities such as spell casting through mystical training, though he rarely uses these. He possesses extensive knowledge of Native American magic.

His bionic right hand and right leg often contain concealed weapons and devices that he can use in combat. In addition, they can be outfitted with computer interfaces and plasma blasters. His skill as a hand-to-hand combatant and as a marksman from his military training were so impressive that Nick Fury offered him a job with S.H.I.E.L.D.

Other versions[edit]

Age of Apocalypse[edit]

In the Age of Apocalypse, Forge was a member of Magneto's X-Men. He left them to go his own way and became the founder and leader of the Outcasts, an anti-Apocalypse resistance cell of mutants in the disguise of a traveling theatre group. The Outcasts' consisted of Sauron, Toad, Brute, and Mastermind, and later Sonique, who is rescued by the group from the Infinites during their attack on a train. He became a father figure to Nate Grey, and also his trainer, teaching him how to combat without using his powers. When the Outcasts were attacked by Domino and her henchmen Caliban and Grizzly, Forge attempted to distract them with a Flash Grenade and later in the battle personally killed Grizzly for killing Toad. Forge was eventually killed by Sinister, who had been masquerading as a member of the Outcasts called Essex.[34]

Here Comes Tomorrow[edit]

In the apocalyptic alternate future of Here Comes Tomorrow, the final arc of Grant Morrison's run of New X-Men, a British Mutant under the name Smith had taken Forge's alias, the Maker. Though his powers and his relation to Forge, if any, are unknown, he bore some physical resemblance to the former Maker, and also carried numerous mechanical tools.[35]

House of M[edit]

Forge is seen in House of M as a scientist working under Tony Stark, Iron Man. He is one of Stark's most trusted employees and is one of the first to learn that he is truly Iron Man. He utilizes his skills in technology and computers by aiding Jarvis and Stark in tracking down the mutant gene bombs that Johnny Storm and Stark are hunting down all over the city.[36]

Hulk: Future Imperfect[edit]

In the mini-series Hulk: Future Imperfect, describing an alternate timeline where the Hulk becomes the Maestro, the Maestro claims that Forge created a weapon specifically designed to kill the Maestro, but that the Maestro killed him before the weapon could be used. The present-day Hulk would later encounter Forge using such a weapon.[37]

Marvel Zombies[edit]

Forge appears in Marvel Zombies alongside Magneto's Acolytes as one of few survivors who were hiding on Asteroid M from the hordes of zombie superheroes on Earth. He constructs artificial limbs for the Black Panther after the zombie Giant-Man consumes some of his original ones. Forge becomes close friends with Black Panther, and Forge's daughter later marries Black Panther's son and the couple later conceives a child. After the Panther's and Forge's children die under a mysterious circumstances (later revealed that to have been murdered by Malcolm Cortez), both friends become closer through their shared tragedy, and help to raise their grandson together.[38]

During the former heroes' forty years of absence, Forge anticipates that the zombies would return. Over the decades he and his forces plunder the technological remnants of the world. He makes improvements to Reed Richards' and Tony Stark's technologies for defenses of the colony New Wakanda, such as the Avengers' force field projector and Iron Man's armors. The interdimensional transporter is the only technology Forge is unable to rebuild, and it is later revealed that Fabian Cortez's son, Malcolm, has sabotaged it by removing some of its key components. Forge dons one of the Iron Man armors when the zombies return. After multiple extensive battles, the surviving zombies and the colonists begin a truce because the returning zombies' hunger has faded. Cortez ambushes and teleports the zombies to another dimension in order to seize power within the colony. Cortez kills Forge to hide this situation.[39]

Mutant X[edit]

The version of Forge who appears in the Mutant X comic is virtually the same as his mainstream incarnation: he first used his powers to manufacture anti-mutant technology for the government,[40] and later becomes Storm's lover. However, because Storm has become a vampire in the Mutant X universe, he allows her to regularly drain blood from him so that she will not have to violate her oath to never take a life.[41]

Ronin[edit]

In the alternate reality of X-Men: Ronin, the X-Men are superheroes based out of Japan. Forge is a Japanese police officer with an attraction to Storm. He also helps build and pilot an array of robots called Sentinel Force which are sent against the X-Men.[42]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

In the Ultimate Marvel continuity, Forge has been dramatically re-imagined. He became a member of the Brotherhood of Mutants and follows Magneto with the promise of getting to strike back at humans.[43] This version of Forge is also of Indian descent, a play upon the mainstream version of the character's American Indian heritage. This version's alter ego is Jonathan Silvercloud.

Magneto ordered Forge to invent a machine that would enhance his abilities to an extreme point (as the Professor's Cerebro does for telepaths), a point where Magneto would be able to kill every human on Earth. Forge, slightly naive, agreed to build it, the promise of Magneto's offer of ownership of Canada and a hate-free world blinding him. It was only at the final stages of his machine that he realized what he was truly doing-— about to slaughter millions of people. He attempts to confront Magneto about this, telling him that he was under the impression that Magneto would only frighten the humans. Magneto replies that in the start of a new nation, one must make sacrifices and coldly asks Forge if he is hesitating. Forge hastily assures him no; he is later seen depressed and angry.[44]

In the 'Magnetic North' storyline it is revealed that he was freed from prison by Mystique. As a pair, they frame Lorna Dane with one of Forge's devices. It causes her powers to malfunction, killing dozens of innocent people. Later, Forge does nothing as Mystique snaps the neck of a female police officer and assumes her form. As part of a carefully thought out plan, Forge and Mystique later personally attack the Triskelion; the headquarters for the Ultimates and a supervillain prison. They kill dozens of S.H.I.E.L.D. soldiers during the attack and even more die cleaning up the prison break which results.[45]

He is then taken into custody, but escapes Triskelion using a phasing device, also helping Wolverine break out as well. Although, according to General Nick Fury, he orchestrated the escape in order for Wolverine to lead him to the Hulk's location.[46] He is later tortured and killed in the Savage Land.[47]

Exiles[edit]

An alternate version of Forge is drafted onto the interdimensional superhero group the Exiles. Originating from Earth-2814, he was married to his reality's Storm. In this reality, the Skrulls succeeded in conquering Earth, but Forge, rebuilding and reprogamming Sentinel City to destroy their command city. He seemingly perished in the explosion, but was instead plucked out of time and put on the Exiles.[48]

Age of X[edit]

An alternate version of Forge is present in the Age of X reality. He was present when Magneto used New York skyscrapers to create his so-called "Fortress X".[49]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Forge also guest starred in the X-Men Evolution episodes "Middleverse" and "Shadow Dance", voiced by Samuel Vincent. In this series, Forge had the ability to turn one of his hands into a multi-tooled robotic device — possibly corresponding to the comic versions' prosthetic hand. This version of Forge was a teenager who talked and dressed like he had been stuck in time since the 1970s, because that's exactly what happened as revealed in "Middleverse" where one of Forge's inventions had backfired and kept him stuck in a pocket dimension for over twenty years. In return for Nightcrawler freeing him from Middleverse, Forge enhanced Kurt's powers with technology, but suffered the consequences of tears leading to the other dimension as seen in "Shadow Dance" where Nightcrawler's teleportation experiment with Forge ends up releasing strange creatures from a brimstone-like dimension. Luckily, Forge was able to use a special projector to send the creatures back after the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants managed to knock most of them out.
  • Forge appears in Wolverine and the X-Men,[vague] voiced by Roger Craig Smith. He works as the X-Men's engineer, who is often seen working on repairs to the advanced systems of the mansion, such as the Danger Room, Cerebro, and the Blackbird (which he had to reactivate the cloaking technology when the X-Men had tracked Professor X's body to Genosha). He is also the inventor of the mutant inhibitor collar, which is highly sought after by the humans to use against mutants. In the future, Master Mold uses an evolved version as a containment for mutant prisoners. In this series, he is portrayed as being a much younger, inexperienced member of the X-Men and attends missions for analysis only. Wolverine assigns Forge the responsibility to download the advanced coding of Master Mold and create a virus to stop it. Equipped with an arm-mounted laser blaster, Forge is first seen in combat on a mission with Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Emma Frost to rescue Cyclops and Jean Grey from Mister Sinister.

Video games[edit]

  • Forge was a playable character and plays a pivotal role in X-Men: Next Dimension. He is kidnapped by Bastion in order to extract the designs for a weapon that can depower mutants from his mind and install it into the Sentinels. He is voiced by Carlos Ferro.
  • Forge appears as a Non-playable character in the video games X-Men Legends and X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse voiced by Lou Diamond Phillips. In the first game, the X-Men had to save him from Juggernaut who attacks his lab on Muir Island. In the second game, he helps the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants in their fight against Apocalypse. In both games he sells equipment to party-members (taking the place of Beast in the second game). In the trivia, mini-games, his relationship with Storm is mentioned as well. It is stated that his abilities are inventing new technology and mystic powers.

Novels[edit]

  • He is mentioned in the novelization of the movie X-Men: The Last Stand as the creator of Mystique's mobile prison.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richards, Dave (14 September 2012). "EXCLUSIVE: The Future is Hopeless for "Cable and X-Force"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Uncanny X-Men #184
  3. ^ Uncanny X-Men #185
  4. ^ Uncanny X-Men #186 (October 1984)
  5. ^ Uncanny X-Men #187-188
  6. ^ Rom #66
  7. ^ Uncanny X-Men #220-223
  8. ^ Uncanny X-Men #224 (December 1987)
  9. ^ Uncanny X-Men #226
  10. ^ Uncanny X-Men #227
  11. ^ "New Mutants" #66 (August 1988)
  12. ^ Uncanny X-Men #254-255
  13. ^ Uncanny X-Men #262-263
  14. ^ Uncanny X-Men #290
  15. ^ X-Factor #93
  16. ^ Infinity Crusade #1-6
  17. ^ X-Factor #114
  18. ^ X-Factor #120
  19. ^ X-Factor #120-121
  20. ^ X-Factor #128-129
  21. ^ X-Factor #132-133
  22. ^ X-Factor #132-134
  23. ^ X-Factor #135
  24. ^ X-Factor #136
  25. ^ X-Factor #137
  26. ^ X-Factor #145
  27. ^ X-Factor #149
  28. ^ X-Men vol. 2, #103
  29. ^ X-Men #206
  30. ^ Uncanny X-Men #494 (2008)
  31. ^ Astonishing X-Men #29
  32. ^ Astonishing X-Men #30
  33. ^ Marvel Now Point 1 #1
  34. ^ X-Man #1-4
  35. ^ New X-Men #151
  36. ^ Iron Man: House of M #1-3
  37. ^ The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect #1
  38. ^ Marvel Zombies #1-6
  39. ^ Marvel Zombies 2 #1 - 7
  40. ^ Mutant X #13 (September 1999)
  41. ^ Mutant X #4 (January 1999)
  42. ^ X-Men: Ronin #2
  43. ^ Ultimate X-Men #27
  44. ^ Ultimate X-Men #28-30
  45. ^ Ultimate X-Men #62-64
  46. ^ Ultimate Hulk vs. Wolverine #4-5
  47. ^ Ultimatum #3
  48. ^ Exiles (v.3) #1
  49. ^ Age of X: Alpha #1

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