The Wrecker had formerly been a violent criminal who demolished crime scenes with his crowbar after gaining his power when he was mistaken for Loki and given godly powers. During a battle with Thor, Wrecker was thrown upon the electrified third rail of a New York City subway track and the magic powering him was driven from his body into the crowbar. Without the crowbar, he was sent to Ryker's Island.
Together with three other inmates at Ryker's Island Prison, Dr. Eliot Franklin, Henry Camp, and Brian Phillip Calusky, the Wrecker made a successful jailbreak and managed to relocate his crowbar. Willing to share his power with his allies, the Wrecker had the three other convicts join him in holding onto the crowbar outside during an electrical storm. Lightning struck the crowbar, magically distributing the enchanted strength bestowed upon the Wrecker among the four of them. The Wrecker's three allies then adopted costumes and aliases as well: Franklin became Thunderball, Camp became Bulldozer, and Calusky became Piledriver. Together the four superhumanly strong criminals became known as the Wrecking Crew.