George Washington "G.W." Bridge
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G.W. Bridge has no superhuman powers, but is trained in hand-to-hand combat, the use of firearms and is a great strategist. As a high-ranking member of S.H.I.E.L.D. he has contacts all over the world and has access to advanced technology and classified information.
Little is known about George Washington Bridge's early youth. He prefers to call himself "G.W." to avoid any jokes about the George Washington Bridge. Years ago, G.W. was a highly skilled mercenary, part of the Wild Pack, a group of mercenaries gathered by Cable. Other members included Theodore Winchester (Grizzly), Domino, Garrison Kane and Eugene Eisenhower "Ike" Canty (Hammer). In one mission, Bridge and the others experience Cable's teleportion technology, a beneficial but shocking surprise. After several successful missions, the Wild Pack was hired by Tolliver, an arms dealer, under the condition that they changed their name; agents from Silver Sable had let them know that the name "Wild Pack" was taken. The team renamed itself Six Pack and went on the mission. The mission turned out to be disastrous: They encountered Stryfe, Cable's archenemy. Cable shoots Hammer in order to prevent the man from surrendering vital intelligence. Cable leaves, via futuristic technology that is unable to carry the other members of the team. This convinces them he has purposely abandoned them. In the ensuing destruction, Kane loses both of his arms. Bridge, Domino and Grizzly managed to escape. Kane and Hammer survived, but were heavily injured. Hammer would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, while Kane would receive cybernetic replacements for the arms he lost.
Bridge joined S.H.I.E.L.D. and worked his way up to Commander. When Cable joined the New Mutants and turned them into X-Force, S.H.I.E.L.D. asks Bridge to investigate the team. Despite the grudge Bridge carried against Cable, he still felt that he owes Cable a warning, but it was ignored. Working with the Canadian Department K, Bridge formed Weapon P.R.I.M.E., a group of superbeings who all carried a grudge against Cable. Weapon P.R.I.M.E. included Garrison Kane, now known as Weapon X, Grizzly, Rictor, Yeti (originally identified as Wendigo) and Tygerstryke. They attacked X-Force, but found out that Cable had just left the team. Unwilling to fight his former teammates, Rictor joined X-Force. Also, Tygerstryke was wounded during the fight and the team fell apart.
While still recovering from the Weapon P.R.I.M.E. battle, Bridge travels to Department K in Canada. He meets with it's leader, Jeremey Clarke, who would ironically, turn out to be a villainous madman himself later on. At the time, Clarke is supervising Garrison Kane, who was training with his new arms. Bridge gives Kane vital information for a mission to bring Cable down. Kane believes Cable -is- Stryfe. In fact, Stryfe is his clone. This mission would end with Kane making peace with Cable, for a time.
G.W. Bridge returns to S.H.I.E.L.D. duty. He meets with Cable shortly afterwards and after a short fight, the two make peace. Over the next few years, Bridge would inform Cable and his allies in X-Force and the X-Men on any mutant-related problems S.H.I.E.L.D. encounters. Bridge warns Cable about Operation: Zero Tolerance. When Cable's mutant powers began to increase dramatically, Bridge started to distrust Cable again and formed a new Six Pack, this time funded by S.H.I.E.L.D. to investigate Cable. Cable defeated the Six Pack and convinced several members to take his side, but not Bridge. Shortly afterwards, Cable was defeated by the Silver Surfer.
Bridge and Domino reappear as they are hired again as mercenaries. Apparently Bridge has left S.H.I.E.L.D.
Most recently, Bridge returned to S.H.I.E.L.D. action at the request of Jasper Sitwell, looking drastically different physically and is shown to have converted to Islam. He was contracted to take down Frank Castle, the Punisher. However, G.W. was unsuccessful in apprehending the Punisher, despite cornering him in close quarters. In light of these events, Bridge has resigned from active S.H.I.E.L.D. status because he believes that he will never have the freedom under S.H.I.E.L.D. command to use necessary force to take Frank Castle into custody. He has been immediately re-hired by Sitwell as an independent contractor, feeling this move will give him the proper ability to use whatever means necessary.
First Appearance: X-Force (1991) #1
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#10 Amazing Spider-Girl (2006)
- 'Shadowoman to Tara'
#10 Cable (1993)
- 'Comes the Carnage!'
#3 Cable - Blood and Metal (1992)
- 'Twenty Questions'#4
- 'A Leader Among Men'#33
- 'Never Is a Very Short Time'#34
- 'Loose Cannons'#37
- 'True Lies'#38
- 'In Perspective'#45
- 'Moving Target, Part One: No Escape'#47
- 'Moving Target, Part Three: Man to Man'#59
- 'Pressure Points'#61
- 'Captive Audience'#80
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- 'The Nexus of Time and Space'#82
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- 'Reality Trembles'#92
- 'Orchestral Movements In The Dark'#95
- 'Eternity Waits'
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#6 Cable: Second Genesis (1999)
- 'If Looks Could Kill, Part 6: I've Got You Under My Skin'#7
- 'The Burnt Offering, Part 1: Headless Horseman'#8
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- 'The Burnt Offering, Part 4: Born Sinners'#11
- 'Thirty Pieces, Part 1: Predator & Pray'#12
- 'Thirty Pieces, Part 2: True Confessions'#27
- 'Born Again, Part 2: With Eyes Open'#33
- 'Six Packs and Powder Kegs'#34
- 'Falling Into Place'
Cable/Machine Man '98 (1998)
Annual 01 Captain America (1998)
- 'Engines of Destruction, Part 1: Metalmorphosis'
#69 Deadpool & Cable (2011)
- 'Healing Factor, Chapter 3: Finale'
Deadpool Corps: Rank and Foul (2010)
Fantastic Five (2007)
Iron Man (1998)
Kitty Pryde, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1997)
Last Planet Standing (2006)
Machine Man/Bastion '98 (1998)
Annual '98 Marvel (1988)
- 'Engines of Destruction, Part 2: Deus X Machina'
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1989)
#33 Punisher (1995)
- 'Man Of Action'#45
- 'The Treachery Within'#46
#7 Punisher (2009)
- 'He's Alive?!'#11
- 'Manhattan Onslaught'#12
- 'Total X-Tinction Part 1: Capitol Offenses'#17
- 'Dead Man Walking'
HC vol. 02 Punisher War Journal (2007)
- 'Dead End'TPB vol. 02
- 'Dead End'#6
- 'Dead End'#7
- 'Dead End: Chapter 2'#8
- 'Dead End: Chapter 3'#9
- 'Dead End: Chapter 4'#10
- 'Dead End: Chapter 5'
#1 Punisher: In The Blood (2011)
- 'How I Won the War, Part 1: Bring On the Bad Guys'#2
- 'How I Won the War, Part 2: Dead Soldiers'#3
- 'How I Won the War, Part 3: Mutually Assured Destruction'#5
- 'NYC Red'#6
- 'Goin' Out West'#8
- 'Heroes and Villains'#13
- 'Hunter/Hunted, Part 1'#14
- 'Hunter/Hunted, Part 2'#15
- 'Hunter/Hunted, Part 3'#19
- 'Jigsaw, Part 2 of 6'#20
- 'Jigsaw, Part 3 of 6'#21
- 'Jigsaw, Part 4 of 6'#22
- 'Jigsaw, Part 5 of 6'#23
- 'Jigsaw, Part 6 of 6'#24
- 'Secret Invasion: Part 1 of 2'#25
- 'Secret Invasion: Part 2 of 2'
#1 Ryhmä-X / X-Men (1984)
- 'In The Blood Part One'
#31 Tales of the Marvel Universe (1997)
- 'With Friends Like These'
#1 The Mighty World of Marvel (2003)
- 'Tales of the Marvel Universe'
#83 Thunderbolts (1997)
- 'The Hulk Battles the Red King!'
#6 Wolverine (1988)
- 'Unstable Elements!'#8
- 'Songbird: Alone!'#10
- 'Heroes' Reward'#15
- 'Wanted Dead or Alive'#16
- 'Thunder & Lightning'#27
- 'Flight Plans'#48
- 'The Parent Trap'#56
- 'Beyond Redemption!'
Annual 01#1 X-Men (1991)
- 'A Force To Be Reckoned With'#2
- 'The Blood Hunters'#4
- 'Sabotage Pt. 2'#5
- 'Under the Magnifying Glass'#8
- 'Flashed Before My Eyes'#11
- 'Friendly Reminders'#12
- 'Traitors to the Cause'#13
- 'Everything Hits the Fan'#14
- 'The Open Hand'#20
- 'Assault On Graymalkin'#21
- 'War Machines'#22
- 'Ordnance Weighed In Blood'#55
- 'Without a Net'#63
- 'Wish You Were Here'#64
- 'The Haunting of Castle Doom'#66
- 'Tragic Kingdom'#69
- 'Roadside Attractions'
#91 X-Men Forever Giant-Size (2010)
- 'Technical Difficulties'
#1 X-Men: The Ultra Collection (1994)
- 'Can Love Find A Way?'
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