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Raptor (Marvel)(02 - Gary Wilton)
Real Name: Gary Wilton, Jr.
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Shape-shifter, can transform himself into a bird-like form with superhuman strength, durability and flight.

Gary Wilton was the son of two research scientists who worked for a major drug company. When they learned that their unborn son would likely be severely malformed, they dedicated themselves into isolating a chemical which might correct the deficiencies. They appeared to be successful, and Maxine underwent a series of injections. However, both Gary and Maxine were in a major automobile collision, that killed Gary senior and sent Maxine into premature labor. Maxine gave birth to what appeared to be a normal son. Desperate to not lose her son as well, Maxine became obsessively protective and sheltering to Gary jr.

Several years later, Maxine married another man, Roger Morely, the head of Daedalus airlines. Morely was intolerant of the timid Gary, and attempted to force him to become more hardy through negative reinforcement. This further drove Gary, Jr. to become more and more timid and to lack confidence. At the age of twenty, Gary inadvertently walked into a gang murder, and fled from the members who attempted to kill him. Cornered and terrified, Gary transformed into another form, that of the Raptor. After savagely beating the gangsters, the Raptor returned to the form of Gary. After that Gary periodically transformed into the Raptor when he became overwhelmed with fear. This fact terrified him even further.

The Raptor was next seen when he inadvertently stumbled onto discovering the base of Ultron and Alkhema beneath Coit Tower, in San Francisco. Ultron detected Gary and captured him, but the Avengers West Coast then located the base and attacked the two robots. Ultron used his mesmerizer ray to take control of the Avengers, but Gary, having been unable to watch the struggle, was spared. However, when Ultron again confronted him, the fear caused him to transform into the Raptor and escape. Raptor used a communication card which Mockingbird had dropped to warn Iron Man of what had happened, and Stark summoned a group of reserve Avengers to assist him.

Raptor assisted Iron Man and the other Avengers in opposing Ultron and Alkhema, who ultimately found their goals opposed each other and degenerated into combat. Raptor unsuccessfully attempted to prevent Alkhema from escaping, but Ultron was contained.

Raptor kept his powers after M-Day and was recently seen in Marvel Civil War: Battle Report trying to flee into France but was confronted by French superhero Le Peregrine.


First Appearance: Avengers West Coast (1989) Annual 08

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Issue Appearances:
Avengers West Coast (1989)
Avengers: Roll Call (2012)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)

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"It's not a plane, it's sure not Superman, so it must be a bird! - Iron Man describing Raptor when they first meet."

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