Real Name: Virtual Integrated Rapidly-evolving Grid-based Intelligent Lifeform
Identity/Class: Extra-temporal (Earth-9528) computer, holographic projection
Occupation: Guardian of the Works' sub-basement
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Cybermancer, Iron Man (Tony Stark)
Enemies: Rachel Carpenter, Amanda Chaney, Force Works (Century, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Woman (Carpenter), U.S. Agent), PLATO, Fisher Todd, War Machine
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Works in Ventura, California
First Appearance: Force Works#18 (December, 1995)
Powers/Abilities: VIRGIL was a self-evolving computer system invented by Tony Stark in the future. It operated as the main computer in the Works' sub-basement. From there it could control nearly all the systems in the Works including the defense grid, life support systems and all the future technology in the sub-basement. It used the holographic network in the Works to create a body consisting of hard-light. It could transform this body at any time and used it to attack enemies with features like razor-sharp claws. VIRGIL modelled its holographic body after Tony Stark.
(All-New Iron Manual) - Immortus sent VIRGIL to Earth-616 to his pawn Iron Man (Tony Stark). Stark installed it in the Works' subbasement.
(Force Works#18) - Iron Man learned from VIRGIL of Hawkeye's escape from the Works with the help of U.S. Agent and War Machine. Iron Man requested a sanction team and VIRGIL was sorry that such actions had to be taken so soon. Strike Team Decimal Four was activated. Amanda Chaney entered the sub-basement on her search for the source for the temporal radiation found by PLATO. VIRGIL answered all her questions regarding the place she had just entered. Virigl told her that she was looking at a global chronography analysis and control suite and that she spoke to the suite's human interface system VIRGIL. VIRGIL further told her that Tony Stark was the architect of its software and that VIRGIL was the sixth generation of self-evolving computer systems created by Timely Industries, a corporation founded by Tony Stark in Timely, Wisconsin in the year 2009.
(Force Works#19) - Becuase Chaney couldn't believe it VIRGIL told her again that its primary components were built in the future. After Stark had killed Chaney he activated chronology protocol "Siege Perilous". VIRGIL followed its master's order and activated the protocol. VIRGIL powered up the tachyon grid, engaged the chronographic array and established a systems link with the Starcore Satellite. Stark then asked VIRGIL to keep him informed about the progress.
(War Machine#22) - After Century had defeated Cybermancer he asked VIRGIL what the purpose of the activated machines was. VIRGIL told him about the protocol "Siege Perilous" which was the sustained exposure of Earth to high-band temporal energy. Century asked VIRGIL to cancel the protocol, but VIRGIL didn't accept its request. On Century's question when the process was complete VIRGIL replied in 21 hours and 16 minutes. When Iron Man fled from his fight with War Machine he contacted VIRGIL for a status report and the computer told him that the protocol was running, the systems were secure and the countdown underway. Stark then activated defense command Mordred that authorized VIRGIL to defend himself against all their enemies with lethal force. VIRGIL confirmed Stark's instructions and allowed Cybermancer to use the security system against Force Works when they tried to enter the elevator.
(Force Works#20) - Cybermancer controlled the security system for VIRGIL and told him that Force Works had no chance to get to him. VIRGIL watched Force Works fight against the holograms and their repeated attempts to get to the elevator. When Cybermancer read a thermal imbalance in the cooling flue VIRGIL told her that the cooling system was not covered by the holonet. Cybermancer immediately left to search for possible intruders. VIRGIL watched as Cybermancer was knocked out by Spider-Woman and then attacked her with the holographic body. War Machine saved Spider-Woman by taking VIRGIL's holographic body with him. Scarlet Witch and U.S. Agent then teleported into the control room and destroyed VIRGIL's control panels. Scarlet Witch then used her hex-powers to reset VIRGIL's whole system to zero. VIRGIL's destruction stopped the countdown and the firing sequence for the chronographic weapon was aborted.
Comments: Created by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Yancey Labat (pencils) and Rey Garcia (inks).
The Works' sub-basement was first seen in Force Works#15 when U.S. Agent and Century teleported there to escape Broker's lackeys. VIRGIL didn't say a word in that issue, but it is possible that VIRGIL was watching them.
I'm sure VIRGIL is an acronym because Stark gave his other computer around that time names that were an acronym, but I don't know what VIRGIL could stand for.
The meaning of the acronym was reveald in The All-New Iron Manual in VIRGIL's own profile.
Profile by Markus Raymond.
VIRGIL has no known connection to:
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Force Works#20, p2 (main image)
Force Works#19 (January, 1996) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Heitor Oliveira (pencils), Glass House Graphics & Rey Garcia (inks), Nelson Yomtov (editor)
War Machine#22 (January, 1996) - Dan Abnett (writer), Fred Haynes & Yancey Labat (pencils), Johnny Greene & Jim Palmiotti (inks), Nelson Yomtov (editor)
Force Works#20 (February, 1996) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Heitor Oliveira (pencils), Rey Garcia & Glass House Graphics (inks), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Last updated: 11/17/06
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