Gargantua (Marvel)(01 - Edward Cobert)
Real Name: Edward Cobert
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Gargantua possesses the ability to draw upon mass from another dimension in order to grow in stature and strength. Since his first appearance, he remains stuck at a minimum heigth of approximately 20-25 feet.
Edward Cobert was a scientist working for SHIELD and heading a program to develop new superhumans that would control or eliminate existing superhumans on behalf of the government. Cobert subjected himself to his own experiments and became a destructive, dim-witted giant dubbed Leviathan who proceded to go on a rampage before being subdued and imprisoned by SHIELD. The Secret Empire, who had agents also held in SHIELD custody, arranged for Leviathan’s release, and his subsequent rampage in the streets of New York was stopped by the Defenders, but not before the Secret Empire secreted their agents away.
Leviathan was somehow also freed by the Secret Empire, for when the Defenders managed to infiltrate the organization’s headquarters, Leviathan helped capture the team. Even so, the Defenders escaped and overthrew the Empire. Later, the U.S.Agent (as Captain America) and Battlestar (as Bucky) brought down another version of the Empire, battling Leviathan, its guardian.
Cobert next became a pawn of the evil Mad Thinker, who gave him the new costumed guise of Gargantua. The Thinker hoped that Cobert would be publically defeated by the Wasp and Wonder Man, who were engaged at the time in high-profile protests against the goverment's first proposed legislation regarding superhero registration/regulation. As planned, the heroes easily subdued Cobert, and thus the Mad Thinker helped sway public opinion against the legislation.
Gargantua was recruited to be a member of Doctor Octopus's version of the Masters of Evil. The group attempted to storm the mansion headquarters of the Avengers when the team was away on a mission. Unknown to the villains, this feat was made easier due to the fact that many of Earth’s super-powered individuals were being replaced by monstrous doppelgangers of themselves. The Masters of Evil were thwarted by the Guardians of the Galaxy who were visiting the mansion, but both teams were forced to band together to fight their doppelgangers. After defeating them all, Doctor Octopus hoped to continue the battle against the Guardians, but Gargantua and the others refused to turn on the heroes who had helped them survive and disbanded after forcing Doctor Octopus to flee.
First Appearance: Avengers Spotlight (1989) #28
Leviathan (Marvel)(01 - Edward Cobert)
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Avengers Spotlight (1989)
#4 Defenders: Strange Heroes (2012)
- 'The Brave...and the Bold'
Guardians of the Galaxy (1990)
#28 Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015)
- 'Infinity War Tie In Part 2 of 3: Villains, Villains Everywhere!'#29
- 'Let loose The Dogs Of War!'
The Avengers (1963)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
The New Warriors (1990)
#36 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'The Scales of Justice'
Masters of Evil (Marvel)
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