Real Name: William Cross
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Has a cybernetic replacement for his left eye which can see infrared. Crossfire also has a cybernetic replacement of his left ear which is an adjustable, super acute audio sensor.
CIA interrogation expert William Cross was already building his own rogue covert operations when he romanced federal corrections officer Rozalyn Backus with whom he developed ultrasonic brainwashing technology. Backus was unaware of Cross' illicit activities, and they were engaged to be married until Cross stole the technology and disappeared. In his disappearance he faked his own murder and framed Backus for the murder. Surviving an attempt on his life, which cost him his left eye and his left ear, he replaced them with cybernetic implants and became a prosperous high-tech freelance subversive as Crossfire. Plotting to make the growing superhero community exterminate each other via ultrasonic mind control, Crossfire abducted the Thing (Ben Grimm) to test his technology. Moon Knight (secretly Cross' ex-CIA colleague Marc Spector) interfered and Crossfire was defeated.
Crossfire secretly rebuilt his operations at Cross Technological Enterprises (CTE), founded by his cousin, Darren Cross. When Hawkeye and Mockingbird investigated, Crossfire first tried to eliminate them using the assassins Bombshell, Oddball, and Silencer. When his three assassins failed, Crossfire decided Hawkeye would make an ideal test subject for his super hero mind control plot, because Hawkeye was prominent enough in the super hero community to attract them en masse at his funeral and weak enough to be an easy target. Hawkeye thwarted the brainwashing, captured the criminals and rescued Mockingbird, whom he married shortly thereafter.
A vengeful Crossfire subsequently stalked the newlyweds to the estate of former film star Moira Brandon who was declared an honorary Avenger after she helped the heroes recapture Cross. The criminal mercenary jugglers known as the Death-Throws freed Cross from police custody, but when he proved unable to pay them, they held Cross for ransom until Captain America, Hawkeye, and Mockingbird captured the whole gang. Crossfire later escaped and placed a bounty on Hawkeye's arm, hoping to destroy the hero's archery skills and break his spirit. Cross and his small army of superhuman bounty hunters were defeated and captured by Hawkeye, Mockingbird, and Trickshot.
At some point during one of his prison stays he befriended Vector of the U-Foes whose secret power nullification technology Cross had hoped to exploit. Recaptured following an encounter with S.H.I.E.L.D., Cross was imprisoned in the Vault where Rozalyn Backus (long since exonerated) was a member of the Vault's Guardsman force. Seemingly aiding and then foiling an escape plot by the U-Foes and Crossfire, Backus turned the criminals against each other, faked her own death, and stole a fortune in cash and goods from the criminals, including Vector's power nullification chamber (which Backus later claimed she secretly destroyed since she felt it ws too dangerous to preserve). The criminals were later transferred to the new Raft super-prison , and all escaped during Electro's mass breakout, with Crossfire leading a gang of his fellow mind-manipulators: Controller, Corruptor, Mandrill, and Mister Fear (Alan Fagan). Pursuing Backus, the chamber and their grudges against each other, the U-Foes and Crossfire's gang fought a super-powered gang war in New York until the Avengers broke it up. Crossfire and his gang were recaptured (except the Corruptor) and Backus surrendered herself to the authorities.
Trained in unarmed combat specializing in killing strokes. He is an expert marksman. Crossfire is also highly skilled at the various arts of espionage. Has a specialized knowledge of applied ultrasonic and brainwashing techniques. He normally has an 85% hearing loss in his left ear when not augmented by cybernetics.
First Appearance: Marvel Two-In-One (1974) #52
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#5 Avengers Spotlight (1989)
- 'Dead Man's Switch, Part 5: A Little Crazy'#6
- 'Dead Man's Switch, Part 6: Uninvited Guests'
#24 Avengers Unconquered (2009)
- 'A Show of Hands'#25
- 'Forewarned is Disarmed'
#22 Avengers West Coast (1989)
- 'The Final Battle!'#24
- 'The Hordes Of Hellfire!'#28
- 'Fall Of The Avengers!'#34
- 'Siege Begins Here!'#35
- 'Earth's Mightiest Heroes Reunited At Last!'
- 'The Death of an Avenger'
Captain America (1968)
Captain America (2005)
#43 Dark Reign: The Cabal (2009)
- 'Time's Arrow - Part 1 of 3'
Dark Reign: The Hood (2009)
#1 Die Spinne (1980)
- 'Family Man'#5
- 'Chain of Command'
#175 Gambit (2012)
- 'Die Nacht der lebenden Toten'#176
- 'Wohin am Heiligabend?'
#9 Hawkeye (1983)
- 'A Man Walks into a Bar...'
#4 Hawkeye & Mockingbird (2010)
- 'Till Death Do Us Part...'
#1 Hawkeye: Blindspot (2011)
- 'Ghosts: Part 1'#2
- 'Ghosts, Part 2: Rumors of Death'#3
- 'Ghosts, Part 3: Lex Talionis'#4
- 'Ghosts, Part 4: Unnatural Histories'#5
- 'Ghosts, Part 5: Let Go'#6
- 'Ghosts, Part 6: Haunted'
Heroic Age: Villains (2011)
#1 Marvel Legends (2007)
- 'Heroic Age Villains'
#52 Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
- 'Iron Man Into The Danger Zone!'
#52 Marvel Zombies 4 (2009)
- 'A Little Knight Music'
#2 New Avengers (2005)
- 'Midnight Sons: Part 2'
New Avengers Finale (2010)
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1989)
#40 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'The Cold War Of Nick Fury 3/4: Salvation!'#41
- 'The Cold War Of Nick Fury 4/4: Redemption!'
HC vol. 03 Secret Avengers (2010)
- 'Captain (Nextwave) to Elements of Doom'
#29 Secret Avengers (2013)
- 'A Council Of Masters'#30
- 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'#32
- 'To Hold Back A Black Hole'
Secret Invasion (2008)
Secret War (2004)
#3 Siege: Captain America (2010)
- 'Book Three of Five'
Spider-Man: Breakout (2005)
#1 The Astonishing Spider-Man (2007)
- 'Breakout: Part 1'#2
- 'Breakout: Part 2'#3
- 'Breakout: Part 3'#4
- 'Breakout: Part 4'#5
- 'Breakout: Part 5'
The Avengers (1963)
#239 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'Late Night of the Super-Stars!'
HC The New Avengers: Most Wanted Files (2006)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
#3 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Cloak to Doctor Octopus'
Union Jack (2006)
#2 Villains For Hire (2012)
- 'London Falling Part 2'
#1 West Coast Avengers (1984)
- 'Knight Takes King'#2#3
- 'No Strings'
Hood's Criminal Syndicate
Masters of Evil (Marvel)
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