Turk Barrett

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Turk Barrett
Publication information
First appearance Daredevil #69 (October 1970)
Created by Roy Thomas
Gene Colan
In-story information
Species Human
Team affiliations Infinity Watch
Notable aliases Mauler

Turk Barrett is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He has had many run-ins with Daredevil, where his inept schemes are usually played as comic relief.[1]

Turk Barrett is a recurring character across the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Netflix shows, portrayed by Rob Morgan.

Publication history[edit]

Turk Barrett first appears in Daredevil (vol. 1) #69 (October 1970) and was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gene Colan.[1][2]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Turk was a small-time crook operating in Hell's Kitchen. Roscoe Sweeney once sent Barrett to pay Jack Murdock to throw a boxing match.[3] Barrett was associated with a street gang called the Thunderbolts.[4]

Barrett also worked for Eric Slaughter.[5] Barrett once stole the Mauler armor to confront Daredevil, however, he is defeated in seconds.[6] Turk later stole the Stilt-Man armor, offering his services but the Kingpin declined to employ "idiots", and Wilbur Day contacted Daredevil with knowledge of how to defeat him.[7]

Turk has spent quite a bit of time at Josie's Bar in New York City. His primary associate is "Grotto" who often reluctantly participates in Turk's schemes. Turk once mugged a "Santa" at Christmas and intended to use the Yuletide attire to swindel charitable donations from others. In this instance when he was confronted by Matt Murdock, Turk stabbed the disoriented Murdock seriously, almost fatally, wounding Matt.[8]

During the 2016 "Civil War II" storyline, Turk Barrett is with Kingpin when they hear from a barista named Armand that his girlfriend named Sonia went missing. They track her down to a human trafficking business that Man Mountain Marko and Kingpin's former minion Janus Jardeesh were working for.[9]

During the 2018 "Infinity Countdown" storyline, Turk Barrett found the Mind Gem and started using its powers for his own personal gain.[10] While doing a ride-sharing scam as he is driving through Greenwich Village, Turk Barrett stumbled upon a bunch of Skrulls attacking some monks that were delivering the Mind Infinity Gem to Doctor Strange at the Sanctum Sanctorum. Upon acquiring the Mind Gem during the fight, Turk Barrett begins to establish a criminal empire so that he can fill the void that was left when Kingpin left the criminal business. After briefly confronting Turk, Daredevil finds that he somehow can see again when in his presence. Turk uses the Mind Gem to get the judges to change their verdict on some criminals while gaining their loyalty and money. Daredevil caught wind of Turk Barrett's goals and warned him about playing in the criminal big leagues.[11] Doctor Strange later tracked down Turk Barrett in order to get the Mind Gem from him only for Turk to evade him. He is among the Infinity Gem holders that are contacted by Doctor Strange who wants them to come together as the Infinity Watch to safeguard the Infinity Gems from such calamities including Thanos.[12]

Other versions[edit]

In the alternate timeline of the 2005 storyline "House of M", Turk Barrett is a member of Willis Stryker's gang. After Stryker was defeated, Turk willingly followed Luke Cage when he took control of the group.[13]

The Ultimate Marvel version of Turk Barrett is a gangster. A criminal acquaintance of Aaron Davis, he has Jefferson Davis as his main enforcer, eventually leaving his territory to Wilson Fisk's criminal empire.[14]

During the Secret Wars storyline, a variation of Turk Barrett resides in the Battleworld domain of the Valley of Doom which is based from the remnants of Earth-51920 where every Marvel character is depicted in Wild West form. He is one of the minions of Mayor Wilson Fisk. Barrett and the rest of Mayor Fisk's men attack Red Wolf when he tried to destroy Roxxon Dam. Upon being tipped off by Ben Urich, Sheriff Steve Rogers intervened and was able to put him in sheriff custody. Later that night, Mayor Fisk sent Turk and his men to lure Sheriff Rogers out of the Sheriff Department so that they can kill Red Wolf. This plan didn't go well as Sheriff Rogers and Red Wolf were able to kill Turk and those involved in the attempt on Red Wolf's life.[15]

In other media[edit]

  • Turk Barrett appears in the TV film The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, played by Mark Acheson.[16] This version is notably Caucasian instead of African-American.[17]
  • Turk Barrett is a recurring character across the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Netflix shows, portrayed by Rob Morgan. This version of the character is depicted as comic relief, always being subject to misfortunes whenever he appears:[18]
    • Turk first appears in Daredevil. In season 1, he is an enforcer of Wilson Fisk, and is engaged in human trafficking and arms dealing.[19] He has a reputation for being shady, as in "Rabbit in a Snowstorm", he's shown selling a gun to one of Fisk's assassins, only for the gun to jam when using it for a hit despite Turk promising this would not be an issue.[20] After Fisk kills Anatoly Ranskahov for interrupting Fisk's date with Vanessa Marianna and begins making moves to eliminate Vladimir Ranskahov, James Wesley has Turk pass a message on to Vladimir to provoke into assembling his men into individual locations where Fisk then proceeds to attack them with suicide bombers.[21] In the season 1 finale, Turk is among those who are arrested by the FBI for his association with Fisk's empire.[22] By season 2, Turk has made parole and is back to dealing guns. He first appears in the season 2 premiere when Daredevil crashes an arms deal between Turk and some enterprising crooks to get information on the Punisher's recent attack on the Kitchen Irish. Later in the season 2 finale, Turk is abducted by the Hand as part of a trap Nobu has set for Matt and Elektra. He almost loses his foot after Karen Page activates his parole bracelet to alert the police, but Matt shows up and intervenes before that happens.[23]
    • Turk next reappears in Luke Cage.[24] In season 1, he first appears in "Code of the Street" where he is shown to occasionally visit Pop's Barbershop in Harlem to play chess with Bobby Fish. Detective Misty Knight is shown to be familiar with Turk's criminal activities when she and Rafael Scarfe cross paths with him on the sidewalk outside of the barbershop. Turk is indirectly responsible for kickstarting a gang war in Harlem, as he tips off Cottonmouth's henchman Tone to Chico's presence at the barbershop. This causes Tone to shoot up the barbershop with twin submachine guns, wounding Chico and killing Pop. When Turk crashes a meeting Cottonmouth is having with Tone, Mariah Dillard and Shades Alvarez in order to ask Tone for the money he'd been promised, Cottonmouth kills Tone by throwing him off the roof of Harlem's Paradise, and then sends Turk off without his money.[25] Turk doesn't appear again until season 1's penultimate episode, where he is seen doing business with Diamondback. He is established to be versed in Greek mythology as he has to explain to Zip what Diamondback means when describing his recent falling out with Shades as "Icarus shit". Later in the episode, Luke Cage tracks Turk down and traps him in a dumpster after scaring him into giving up Diamondback's warehouse.[26] In the season two episode "The Main Ingredient," Turk is revealed to have opened up a marijuana shop. Luke and Danny Rand visit Turk at his shop and intimidate him into giving up the location of a warehouse operated by the Stylers working for Bushmaster who are growing his nightshade.[27]
    • Turk makes an appearance in The Defenders episode "Mean Right Hook." Luke, seeking to help out a brother of the late Candace Miller as a favor for Misty, encounters Turk talking to an undercover police officer in a seedy Harlem bar known as Trouble in a Pair of Dice, and interrogates him for information on a recent string of murders that The Hand have been committing in Harlem. After some persuasion, he tells Luke that he has seen the dead men working with a new player (later revealed to be Sowande, one of the five Fingers that comprise The Hand's leadership) who has moved in since Diamondback was arrested, known on the streets as "White Hat" on account of his clothing. Luke uses Turk's information and catches Sowande picking up a cleaning crew to destroy the bodies of Hand victims, and eventually crosses paths with Danny Rand.[28]
    • In The Punisher episode "Resupply,"[29] Frank Castle, acting on intel from David Lieberman, goes after Turk to seek out guns, only to learn that Turk's shipments have dwindled aside from a pink Ruger Mini-14, due to most of it being sold to some Greek criminals. Frank settles for then pistol-whipping Turk unconscious instead of killing him, and is forced to crash a DHS sting operation to acquire guns.[30]
    • In the Jessica Jones second season episode "AKA Pray For My Patsy," Jeri Hogarth buys a revolver from Turk as part of her revenge on Inez Green and her con artist boyfriend Shane Ryback. It is also revealed that Turk is one of Jeri's clients and it is implied that she got his criminal charges for his work with Fisk reduced.[31]
    • In the Iron Fist second season episode "War Without End," Turk is seen selling guns to Ward Meachum and Mary Walker who are attempting to rescue Joy Meachum from Davos' captivity.[32]


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