Cross Technological Enterprises

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Cross Technological Enterprises
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Marvel Premiere #47 (April 1979)
Created by David Michelinie
Bob Layton
In-story information
Type of business Technological development company
Owner(s) Darren Agonistes Cross
Augustine Cross
William Cross

Cross Technological Enterprises (often referred to as Cross Tech or C.T.E.) is a fictional corporation appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. First appearing in Marvel Premiere #47, it is portrayed as being one of the leading technological companies along with Stark Industries and Oscorp.

Publication history[edit]

Cross Technological Enterprises first appeared in Marvel Premiere #47-48 (1979). Hawkeye appeared as the chief of security of C.T.E. in The Avengers #189 (1979), Marvel Team-Up #92 (1980), Marvel Fanfare #3 (1982), and Hawkeye #1-4 (1983). The company has also appeared in Iron Man #145 (1981), Marvel Two-in-One #85 (1982), The Avengers #233-234 (1983), and Avengers Annual #13 (1984).

C.T.E. later appeared in Ant-Man #1-5 (2015) and Astonishing Ant-Man #1 (2015).

Fictional history[edit]

Self-made man Darren Agonistes Cross created and headed his company Cross Technological Enterprises and made it a success to rival the top competitors. However, Darren was diagnosed with a rare heart condition. He used his own technology to create an experimental nucleorganic pacemaker to save his life. Although a success, the nucleorganic pacemaker mutated Darren's body to and gave him superhuman abilities. A side-effect of the mutation was that Darren would quickly overuse and burn out his heart. Multiple heart transplants were performed, but each heart was removed when overused. Desperate, he kidnapped heart surgeon Doctor Erica Sondheim to replace his damaged heart. He also kidnapped 'donors' from slums. Ant-Man, also looking for Doctor Sondheim to save the life of his daughter Cassie, attempted to rescue her. A battle between Darren and Ant-Man resulted in Darren burning out his heart and dying, Sondheim revealing when Ant-Man interrupted the operation she replaced his old heart rather than a new one.[1] The company was then taken over by Darren's son, Augustine.[2]

A number of burglaries had occurred at C.T.E., despite the company's belief that their security systems was impregnable. Hawkeye, searching for a job after recently parting ways with the Avengers, sensed an opportunity. He broke into the office of K.H. Keeshan, a high-level employee in the company, and asked for a job. Despite being met with anger over his actions, Keeshan hired Hawkeye to uncover the mystery behind the burglaries. Hawkeye soon discovered that the burglaries were being committed by Deathbird, a member of an alien race named the Shi'ar. Hawkeye battled and defeated his powerful foe and gained full employment at C.T.E. as the Head of Security.[3] He later went on to defend the company against Mister Fear.[4]

Hawkeye later helped sabotage a plot by C.T.E. employee Ambrose Connors after an encounter with El Aguila.[5] He also starts a steady relationship with the company's Head of Public Relations, Sheila Danning.[6]

The superhero Mockingbird, working on a lead that C.T.E. is involved in criminal activities, breaks into one of the company's warehouses searching for evidence. She is confronted by Hawkeye, who believes that Mockingbird is an industrial spy. The pair battle, with Mockingbird trying to convince Hawkeye of her intentions, until she is captured by C.T.E. security forces. Hawkeye, sensing that something is not right, later conducts his own investigation into the company. He is then betrayed by Sheila Danning and captured by the C.T.E. security forces and relieved of his duties. Together, Hawkeye and Mockingbird manage to escape and set out to learn the truth behind Cross Technological Enterprises. They discover that Crossfire, cousin to original owner Darren Cross, has gained control of the company and is using it to further his goals of destroying the superhero community. Hawkeye and Mockingbird are able to defeat Crossfire, and get married shortly afterward.[7]

C.T.E. Head of Systems Designs Douglas Arthur Cartland is among a group of scientists brought together to sort through the acquired machines of Bruce Banner. Cartland, accompanied by Beast, meets with Mister Fantastic, Captain America and the Avengers. Later, while secretly attempting to learn about Banner's machines to further his own career, Cartland is attacked by Arnim Zola. He is soon rescued by the gathered superheroes.[8]

Years later, Augustine resurfaces and operates at the Cross Technological Enterprises branch in Florida. He kidnapped Erica Sondheim and brought her to Cross Technological Enterprises where he plans to force Erica into transplanting a new heart into the body of a cryogenically-preserved Darren Cross.[9] When Cassandra Lang was captured by Crossfire when Augustine believed that her Pym Particle-irradiated heart could sustain the condition of Darren's body, Scott Lang, Grizzly, and Machinesmith worked to rescue her. During the rescue mission, Scott Lang ended up encountering a resurrected Darren Cross.[10]

After Darren Cross refused to invest in Power Broker's Hench App, Augustine Cross temporarily hired Machinesmith to hack into Power Broker Inc.'s database so that they can steal the algorithm for Cross Technological Enterprises and make their knock-off of the Hench App called "Lackey."[11]

In order to better combat Ant-Man, Darren Cross hires Egghead to work for Cross Technological Enterprises. Egghead creates for him the Yellowjacket armor to help him control his abilities.[12]

Staff[edit]

  • Darren Agonistes Cross - Founder and CEO
  • Augustine Cross - CEO
  • Ambrose Connors - Special Project Director
  • K.H. Keeshan -
  • Sheila Danning - Head of Public Relations
  • Douglas Arthur Cartland - Head of Systems Design
  • Ronald English -
  • Jorge Latham -
  • Egghead -

Former staff[edit]

Technology[edit]

  • Darren Cross' nucleorganic pacemaker[13]
  • Hawkeye's Sky-Cycle (created by Jorge Latham)[6]
  • Silencer's sound nullifying uniform[14]
  • Crossfire's undertaker machine[15]
  • Ronald English's nucleonic radiator[5]

In other media[edit]

Film[edit]

  • Cross Technological Enterprises appears in Ant-Man.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marvel Premiere #47-48
  2. ^ Iron Man #145
  3. ^ The Avengers #189
  4. ^ Marvel Team-Up #92
  5. ^ a b Marvel Fanfare #3
  6. ^ a b Hawkeye #1
  7. ^ Hawkeye #1-4
  8. ^ Avengers Annual #13 (1984)
  9. ^ Ant-Man Vol. 2 #3
  10. ^ Ant-Man Vol. 2 #4
  11. ^ Astonishing Ant-Man #1
  12. ^ Astonishing Ant-Man #12
  13. ^ Marvel Premiere #47
  14. ^ Hawkeye #2
  15. ^ Hawkeye #4
  16. ^ [1]

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