Force (comics)

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Force (left center, below Iron Man) as featured on the cover of Iron Man #224 (Nov. 1987). Art by Bob Layton.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearancePrince Namor, the Savage Sub-Mariner #67 (November 1972)
Created bySteve Gerber
Don Heck
In-story information
Alter egoClayton Wilson
Notable aliasesCarl Walker, Taylor
AbilitiesVia suit:
Enhanced strength
Force field projection

Force (born Clayton "Clay" Wilson, legally changed to Carl Walker) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appears in Prince Namor, the Savage Sub-Mariner #67 (November 1972), and was created by writer Steve Gerber and artist Don Heck.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Clayton Wilson is a graduate student at Empire State University working as a research assistant to scientist Dr. Damon Walters who develops a prototype device for creating a protective force field. Wilson steals the prototype force field generator, creates a incorporated battle-suit, and adopts the alias "Force". The character then goes on a rampage through New York City until he was defeated by hero Namor the Sub-Mariner.[1]

Force later returns as a professional criminal, working for crime boss Justin Hammer in exchange for modifications to his suit. Force and a group of mercenaries hijack the yacht of industrialist Tony Stark (Iron Man's alter ego) and take several hostages. Iron Man, however, tracks the yacht, defeats Force and his men and rescues the hostages.[2]

Wilson eventually decides to reform. Hammer, however, traps the character in the suit and threatens to kill him if he reneges on the agreement. Force flees and Hammer sends the Beetle, Blacklash and the Blizzard to kill him. Iron Man aids Force in stopping the villains, then lies to the authorities and advises that Wilson was killed in battle to placate Hammer. Wilson is provided with a new identity and employment with Barstow Electronics, a subsidiary of Stark Industries.[3] Analysis of Force's armor reveals that elements were actually based on Stark's own designs, Stark bringing in Wilson to quickly ask him where he acquired that technology, thus setting in motion certain events and learning that Hammer acquired some of Stark's plans thanks to a raid carried out by Spymaster.[4] Wilson makes another brief appearance, impersonating Iron Man to assistance the hero.[5]

The character makes another appearance as part of the "Iron Legion" group, subsequently battling the giant robot Ultimo.[6]

After being blackmailed by Sonny Burch, Force travels to the country Iraq to aid Stark once again.[7]

Wilson reappears as Force during the Dark Reign storyline, arresting several villains employed by the Hood.[8]

Powers, abilities, and equipment[edit]

Clayton Wilson designed and used a powered battle-suit incorporating the force field projector designed by Dr. Damon Walters. The suit also provides enhanced strength, flight and can generate an electric current that can be channelled through the force field when activated. The character is a graduate student in physics.

In other media[edit]


  • Force appears in Iron Man: Armored Adventures. This version's armor is a recolored version of Iron Man's Space Armor design. In the episode "Armor Wars", he is a member of Obadiah Stane's Guardsmen and a former operative of the Maggia.
  • A different version of Clay Wilson appears in the live-action series The Punisher, portrayed by Tim Guinee. This version cares for his son Lewis (played by Daniel Webber), a discharged Army veteran who suffers from PTSD. In the episode "Kandahar", he attempts to comfort Lewis after he nearly shoots him, but his son pushes him away. Clay later tells Curtis Hoyle about what happened.[9] In the episode "Crosshairs", Clay attempts to connect with Lewis into moving on with life, unaware of the fact that his son just killed O'Connor. He even shows footage of the boxing match between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali in an attempt to connect with his son.[10]


  1. ^ Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner #67-68 (Nov. - Jan. 1972 - 1973)
  2. ^ Iron Man #140-141 (November-December 1980)
  3. ^ Iron Man #223-224 (October-November 1987)
  4. ^ Iron Man #225 (January 1988)
  5. ^ Iron Man #244 (July 1989)
  6. ^ Iron Man #300 (January 1994)
  7. ^ Iron Man vol. 3 #79 (June 2004); #81-82 (both July 2004)
  8. ^ Dark Reign: The Hood #1-3 (July-September 2009)
  9. ^ Goddard, Andy (director); Steve Lightfoot (writer) (November 17, 2017). "Kandahar". Marvel's The Punisher. Season 1. Episode 3. Netflix.
  10. ^ Goddard, Andy (director); Bruce Marshall Romans (writer) (November 17, 2017). "Crosshairs". Marvel's The Punisher. Season 1. Episode 7. Netflix.

External links[edit]

  • Force at the Marvel Universe wiki