Garthwaite claims to have found his powers channeled into his crowbar during a battle with Thor—antipathy toward the Thunder God being another thing the Wrecker has come to share with Loki, whom he believes granted him said power in the first place. Shortly thereafter the Wrecking Crew was born. They have been in and out of the Raft ever since, and the Wrecker has done time in the Vault.
SHIELD psychoanalysts suggest the Wrecker is a constant reminder to Loki of power that should have been his, but he also finds the Wrecker a useful pawn in his endless battle against Thor. To the Wrecker, his own powers give vent to his anger over his childhood. This is perhaps the most relevant quality the Loki and the Wrecker share: resentment toward their fathers. The rest of the Wrecking Crew is along for the ride, although we believe Thunderball still harbors ambitions to lead the group himself.
PREPARED BY JASPER SITWELL
S.H.I.E.L.D. PERSONNEL FILE: Thunderball
Designation: Professional Criminal
Criminal Record: Extensive, with outstanding warrants for assault, property damage, and burglary.
Powers: Super-strength and endurance.
Unique Weapons: Dr. Franklin wields a wrecking ball “enchanted” by Norse “magic” in the same way his partner-in-crime The Wrecker has claimed his crowbar was.
Known History: Like the other members of the self-styled “Wrecking Crew,” Franklin was serving time with the criminal known as “The Wrecker” when the group gripped his enchanted crowbar simultaneously during a thunderstorm. When a lightning bolt struck the crowbar a portion of the weapon’s enchantment was passed to the other convicts, granting them superhuman abilities. Fortunately for the world, Thunderball and his partners in crime have not proven very effective in wielding their powers, as they have been defeated time and again and returned to prison.
Observations: “You recall the Wrecking Crew, I take it? You’ll be thrilled to hear that their smartest member, Dr. Eliot Franklin, is taking his solo act on the road again, working as a hired hand for The Hood. I’m sure the rest of the Wrecking Crew are still around and up to no good, but even among that bunch Thunderball has always been the toughest nut to crack. But what can you expect from a man who was building Gamma radiation bombs and hoping to profit from their sale?” — Jasper Sitwell