Real Name: Kevin Masterson.
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Superhuman strength and durability,
In the alternate future of MC2, Eric's son, Kevin Masterson was granted the Thunderstrike Mace by Jarvis, the Avengers butler, as per his father's will. As the mace was made for his father alone, Kevin was unable to use it as his father had. The mace was later stolen from Kevin and eventually came into the possession of Loki, who had created a spell to tap the dormant power within the mace. Kevin leapt into the midst of the spell, absorbing the mace and the magic it contained into his body. He became his own version of Thunderstrike and would go on to reform the Avengers. Kevin thought that he could use his powers to in some way connect with his deceased father's memory.
Kevin made friends with teammate J2, as they both had inherited their superpowers from their missing fathers, and worked well with Stinger and Mainframe. When his team gained new members, he tried to form friendships with them, but he wasn't as close with them as he was his original teammates. Kevin tried to do some good as just his normal self, by volunteering at a housing project with his childhood friend Maria. But he found himself embroiled in a battle with the Sons of the Serpent. However, Kevin couldn't change without revealing his secret identity to Maria. The intervention of Blacklight helped hold off the Serpents, but when the building Kevin and Maria were hiding in collapsed he had to change, making Maria swear to keep his secret.
Thunderstrike's biggest challenge though, was when the Avengers traveled to a dark parallel dimension, where he encountered a dark version of his own father. But when the evil Eric Masterson recognized Thunderstrike as Kevin, Thunderstrike learned that in this reality, the evil Kevin had died, not Eric (as in Thunderstrike's reality). The evil Eric and Kevin bonded, and once the Avengers defeated the dark dimension's ruler, Kevin stayed behind to be with his "father".
Kevin returned to his home reality, and rejoined the Avengers to aid in the battle with Seth. But When Galactus destroyed Asgard, Thunderstrike seemingly lost his powers in Last Planet Standing. He was kidnapped by Ulik and Sylene, daughter of Loki, as part of a plan to restore Asgard. During the course of the series, Kevin Masterson struggled against his captors, and ultimately was responsible for turning the tables on the two villains. Thena, daughter of Thor, who had also taken part in the battle against her cousin, was able to restore Kevin's power, allowing him to become Thunderstrike once more.
First Appearance: A-Next (1998) #1
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#1 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
- 'Second Coming!'#2
- 'Suddenly... The Sentry!'#3
- 'Down 'N' Dirty With The Defenders'#4
- 'Who Shall Be Worthy?'#5
- 'The Gift'#6
- 'And Now Argo the Almighty'#7
- 'After the Fall!'#8
- 'Into the Depths'#9
- 'Team Matters'#10
#1 Amazing Spider-Girl (2006)
- 'Abraxas to Batwing'
American Dream (2008)
TPB Avengers Next (2007)
- 'Beyond Courage'#1
- 'Shattered Dream'#2
- 'The Choice And The Challenge!'#3
- 'To Follow That Dream!'#4
- 'Even A Dream Can Die!'#5
- 'The Dream And The Nightmare!'
#1 Fantastic Five (2007)
- 'Does the World Still Need the Avengers?'#2
- 'The Sound of Thunder!'#3#4
- 'Cry, My Beloved Homeworld'#5
- 'Farewell, My Planet!'
Last Hero Standing (2005)
#1 Last Planet Standing (2006)
- 'Who will be the...Last Hero Standing'#2#3#4
#0 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'Legacy in Black and White'#57
- 'Call of Thunder'#58
- 'Daddy's Girl!'#59
- 'Proof of Life!'#83
- 'Kill Phil!'#86
- 'Family Business, Part 1'
HC What If...? (1989)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
- 'What If... Starring Spiderman: Who Is She?'
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