PREPARED BY JASPER SITWELL
S.H.I.E.L.D. REPORT: Ironclad
Classification: Professional Criminal
Criminal Record: Extensive
Powers: Superstrength, impenetrable metal skin, complete mental control over his own density
Known History: Steel was the pilot of the spacecraft involved in industrialist Simon Utrecht’s successful attempt to recreate the accident that granted the Fantastic Four their powers. Unfortunately, Utrecht wanted to gain cosmic ray abilities for himself and his three crewmembers to amass vast personal power. Ironclad gained powers analogous to the monstrous Thing, and along with his fellow “U-Foes,” as Utrecht chose to call his quartet, he has been a threat to humanity ever since.
Observations: “Have you ever noticed that certain people in our various spheres of influence have amusingly or tragically ironic names?
But such is not the case for Michael Steel. I mean, what are the odds that a man named Steel would develop a super-dense, metallic body when exposed to a particularly large dose of cosmic radiation? If only his name had been Michael LotteryWinner, things really might have gone his way.”— Jasper Sitwell