Mercy (comics)

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For the DC Comics character, see Mercy Graves. For the Vertigo graphic novel, see Mercy (Vertigo).
Mercy makes her first appearance battling the Hulk. From Incredible Hulk #338
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance The Incredible Hulk, volume 1, #338 (Dec. 1987)
Created by Peter David
Todd McFarlane
In-story information
Alter ego Abigail Mercy Wright
Species Unknown
Team affiliations Thunderbolts
Notable aliases Angel of Mercy
Abilities Flight
Energy projection in spear form
Astral projection
Extrasensory perceptions

Mercy (Abigail Mercy Wright) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Mercy first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #338 and was created by Peter David and Todd McFarlane.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Abigail Mercy Wright is an extremely unpredictable and dangerous foe, and has given multiple explanations to her origin, including being an alien,[1] and angel,[2] or, much later, a woman who gained her powers through radiation treatments to save her from brain cancer.[volume & issue needed] She considers herself on a mission of "mercy" to "help" those who are overcome with despair, but don't have the strength to commit suicide, believing that she is doing them a favor. This can include anything from dropping an electric toaster into the bath,[3] to guiding the spirit of a comatose person to the afterlife.[4] The Hulk is one of the few people Mercy has been unable to "help," as he refuses to stop fighting, no matter how horrible his existence may be.[5]

As part of the Marvel NOW! event, Mercy later appears as one of the Red Hulk's recruits for his new black ops incarnation of the Thunderbolts.[6]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Mercy has a myriad of different powers. She can fly/levitate, turn intangible and invisible, or teleport to another area with a thought. She is able to project energy spears, which can inflict damage or drain power. She can shift into different shapes, including a large amorphous lump, which can suffocate a victim, or perfectly mimic the form and personality of another person. In a flashback from the Hulk: Destruction mini-series based upon the game of the same name, she turned into a giant super-strong monster, based upon the "Devil Hulk".[7] When her physical form was destroyed by an exploding tanker, she immediately reformed in another location.[8] She can read minds, communicate through telepathy and perform astral projection, and possesses additional extrasensory perceptions enabling her to sense cosmic events of great importance.

In other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

  • Mercy appears in The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, voiced by Vanessa Marshall. This version appears as the bodyguard of Director Emil Blonsky to get rid of gamma-irradiated beings. Mercy has the powers of teleportation, telekinesis, energy manipulation, and levitation. She got her powers from gamma radiation, which was used as treatment that cured her of a brain tumor that would have eventually killed her. During her boss fight, Mercy plans to stop the Hulk from getting the fuel rods, but failed. As Mercy tries to tell the Hulk about her ex-employer's current plans, Blonsky kills Mercy as he blows up the building she was in to try to stop the Hulk.


  1. ^ The Incredible Hulk #338
  2. ^ The Incredible Hulk #426
  3. ^ The Incredible Hulk #458-459
  4. ^ The Incredible Hulk #426
  5. ^ The Incredible Hulk #426
  6. ^ Thunderbolts Vol. 2 #1
  7. ^ The Incredible Hulk #458
  8. ^ The Incredible Hulk #458

External links[edit]

  • Mercy at Marvel Wiki
  • Mercy at Comic Vine
  • Mercy at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe