Arsenal (Marvel)(01 - Beta Unit)
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Robot; immensely strong and durable, equipped with multiple weapons. Alpha had flame-thrower, multiple gun systems, and a toxic gas dispenser. Bet had the same plus inertia darts, an electro-stun field, and a high-intensity laser beam emanating from its eye.
In the final months of World War II, American and other Allied scientists created a prototype weapon system code-named Arsenal, coupled with a control unit code-named Mistress, and designed both systems were capable of independent thought. Arsenal and Mistress were to be activated only in the event of an Axis victory, in order that fighting may continue if the war was lost. Obviously, they were never called.
Later, the American government hoped to use Arsenal in the growing Cold War, but the director of the project, Howard Stark (father of Tony Stark aka Iron Man,) convinced the government otherwise. Howard Stark, however, continued to experiment on the systems, and programmed the Mistress with the persona and brain patters of his wife, Maria Stark.
Arsenal and Mistress remained dormant for many years, and above their lair, the Stark family mansion became the headquarters of the premier superhero team, the Avengers. During one of their battles, an errant sonic signal managed to activate Arsenal and Mistress. The weapons systems believed their activation meant Axis infiltration of America. Arsenal fought the Avengers to a standstill before retreating, and soon after kidnapped the members Hawkeye and Beast. Arsenal fought the Avengers again, but the Mistress was approached by Tony Stark/Iron Man who revealed the truth to it, believing the computer might actually be his mother reborn. However, its purpose gone, the Mistress began a self-destruct sequence which ultimately destroyed itself and Arsenal.
Sometime later, She-Hulk and Bruce Banner were in Avengers Mansion having a conversation. Bruce Banner was seeking out The Avenger's help in taking on The Leader. They were interrupted by a scream from Jarvis. Banner changed into the Hulk, and the two heroes charged towards the scream to find a one armed Arsenal holding a battered Jarvis. Somehow, Arsenal had survived the destruction of Mistress.
She-Hulk was the first to engage Arsenal in battle, and was sent flying across the room from an eye beam blast. The two heroes continued to fight Arsenal, and She-Hulk, realizing that Hulk was fighting using Bruce Banner's reason and rationality, which would be a detriment in the upcoming battle against The Leader, faked injury and unconsciouness at the hands of Arsenal. This sent the Hulk into a rage in which he was able to completely destroy Arsenal.
First Appearance: Iron Man (1968) #114
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#1 Avengers Academy (2010)
- 'Abraxas to Batwing'
Iron Man (1968)
#114 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'The Menace of...Arsenal!'#115
The Avengers (1963)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
The Mighty World Of Marvel (2009)
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