Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutate (? - see comments)
Group Membership: Power Broker, Inc. (Sergei,
Nefaria (Luchino Nefaria), Plantman
(Paul), Sergei, Wizard (Bentley Wittman);
formerly Paul Brokeridge, Augustine Cross, Darren Cross, Hardball (Roger Brokeridge), Slug (Ulysses X. Lugman), Stinger (Cassie Lang)
Enemies: Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Paul
Brokeridge, Cross Technologies (Augustine Cross, Darren Cross,
Crossfire/William Cross, others), Hardball (Roger Brokeridge), Slug
(Ulysses X. Lugman), Stinger (Cassie Lang)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "The Broker," "Dude," "Mister
Broker," "You Lousy Nut"
Base of Operations: Silicon Valley,
First Appearance: Avengers: The Initiative I
Annual#1 (January, 2008)
Powers/Abilities: The Power Broker could fly under his own power and could project energy strong enough to destroy an entire yacht, incinerate human beings and even melt guns and cellphones.
His armor housed advanced communications systems,
allowing the Power Broker to perform video conference calls from nearly
anywhere and he had vast resources including technology capable of
granting superhuman powers to others and advanced I.T. solutions
sufficient enough to design and code several different software
Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 155 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Yellow with blue irises (glowing orange)
Hair: White; formerly blonde
History: (Avengers: The
Annual#1/3 (fb) - BTS) - Deciding to become the new Power Broker, an
unidentified man gave himself superhuman energy-manipulating abilities.
After setting up his power-granting business, the new Power Broker gave
steroid-using wrestler Paul Brokeridge superhuman strength and
durability but neglected to inform Paul that he would also be making
others just as strong, ultimately resulting in Paul being crippled by
(Avengers: The Initiative I Annual#1/3) - After finding the Power Broker's business card in the now-invalid Paul's room, Roger Brokeridge left to exact revenge on the Power Broker for Paul's condition. Feigning interest in obtaining superpowers, Roger met with the Power Broker, who commended Roger for being wise enough to seek out the Power Broker. Warning that power came with a price, the Power Broker asked if Roger was prepared to pay that price. Roger responded by revealing his intentions and brandishing a gun, threatening to shoot the Power Broker for misleading his brother Paul. Noting Roger's desperation, the Power Broker offered to grant Roger enough power to allow Roger to help his family monetarily take care of Paul in exchange for seventy percent of the money Roger earned or anything Roger stole with his newfound power. After Roger reluctantly agreed, the Power Broker transformed Roger, warning that the power would come with terrible pain that would ultimately pass.
(Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#3 (fb)) - Reminding Roger of his contract, the Power Broker made Roger his pawn and when Roger registered with the Fifty-State Initiative as Hardball, the Broker forced Roger to become a double agent by promising to heal Paul until Roger's double agent status was publicly revealed.
(Astonishing Ant-Man I#3 (fb) - BTS/Astonishing
Ant-Man I#9-12 (fb)) - The Power
Broker started a software application called Hench, which would allow
others to easily find and hire supervillains to act on their behalf.
(Astonishing Ant-Man I#1 (fb) - BTS) - After creating the Hench app, the Power Broker arranged a meeting with Darren Cross of Cross Technological Enterprises in hopes of getting Cross to invest in the app.
(Astonishing Ant-Man I#1) - As Darren Cross grumbled about the idea of investing in a software application, Power Broker introduced himself and began his pitch to convince Cross to invest in the Hench app. Demonstrating the app, the Power Broker searched the app for Cross' nemesis, Ant-Man, and the app determined Whirlwind as a match for Ant-Man. Whirlwind was quickly dispatched by Power Broker's Hench app and the Broker showed video of Whirlwind's encounter with Ant-Man to Darren Cross, who appeared thoroughly impressed. Before Cross could see Whirlwind kill Ant-Man, the Power Broker explained that Whirlwind's attack on Ant-Man was merely a trial example of how the Hench app worked and what it was capable of should Cross decide to invest in it. When Power Broker admitted he couldn't just kill Ant-Man for free, Darren Cross demanded to know how much the Broker wanted him to invest, announcing that he would pay anything to see Ant-Man dead. As the Power Broker blathered on about Hench's first round of backing, Cross repeated that he would pay anything, suggesting fifty to one hundred thousand dollars. Smiling, the Power Broker explained that Hench's first round of backing raised 1.2 billion dollars and Cross angrily refused to pay that much, prompting the Power Broker to cancel Whirlwind's attack on Ant-Man via the app. The Power Broker then calmly announced his demonstration ended and began to leave, remarking on how sorry he was that they couldn't reach an agreement as Cross demanded the Power Broker stay put. Power Broker instead kept going and an angry Cross uncontrollably grew in size to match his anger, accidentally getting his head stuck in the conference room ceiling.
(Astonishing Ant-Man I#7 (fb) - BTS) - After taking a
job for Augustine Cross, Ant-Man allies Machinesmith and Grizzly hacked
into the Power Broker's data systems and Machinesmith left himself
access to that data following the hacking.
(Astonishing Ant-Man I#3
(fb) - BTS) - The Power
Broker arranged a meeting with the crimelord Slug and allowed Slug a
trial run of the Hench app by aiding Slug in hiring the Hijacker
to steal a Giganto monster from S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.
(Astonishing Ant-Man I#3) - Upon defeating the
criminal Hijacker, Captain America (Sam Wilson) explained to Ant-Man
that Hijacker had been hired by the crimelord Slug using the Power
Broker's Hench app and asked Ant-Man if he had heard of the app. When
Captain America suggested returning to Miami to help Ant-Man take care
of the Hench app, Ant-Man asked Cap to let him handle it and Cap
relented, reminding Ant-Man that Power Broker and Slug were typically
Captain America foes before departing. As Cap left, Ant-Man thought
about how it would feel good to bust some supervillains and figured
neither Power Broker and Slug were happy with him for defeating
Hijacker at that moment. Watching the battle between Captain America,
Ant-Man and Giganto from the Slug's boat, the Power Broker expressed
hope that the Slug had enjoyed his trial run. When the Slug seemed
excited for having trafficked drugs while Giganto had kept heroes
distracted, the Power Broker asked if he could assume that Slug would
now want a Hench premium membership that came with a free hat.
Surprisingly, Slug admitted that while he was impressed by the Power
Broker's technology, Hench was not the only villain-hiring application
out there. Shocked, the Power Broker was shown a video announcing Cross
Technologies' Lackey app on the Slug's phone. Angry that his idea had
been stolen, the Power Broker destroyed the Slug's phone and when the
Slug joked that the Power Broker would now be "power broke" with
Lackey's half-off sale, the Power Broker destroyed the Slug's yacht and
proclaimed that the Slug's jokes were terrible. Announcing the Slug
muted and blocked, the Power Broker had Siri call his development team
to inform them of an impending long night of upgrading the Hench app to
(Astonishing Ant-Man I#6 (fb) - BTS) - Angry that
Cross Technologies had stolen his idea, the Power Broker brutally
hacked into Cross Technologies' security mainframe and found video
footage of a recent battle between Ant-Man and Darren Cross, who had
kidnapped Ant-Man's daughter Cassie Lang in an attempt to harvest her
Pym Particle-infused heart to cure his own heart condition.
(Astonishing Ant-Man I#5) -
As a drunken Augustine
Cross celebrated the success of the Lackey app alongside his uncle, the
villainous Crossfire, Crossfire reminded Augustine that the success was
only because Cross Technologies had stolen the idea from the Power
Broker, who would likely come back at Cross Technologies in
retaliation. At that same moment, the Power Broker was meeting with his
developers, who informed him that the Hench upgrade would take at least
another month. Reminding his developers who he was and asking if they
had seen the old trope where the villain kills one of his men to
encourage the others, the Power Broker eradicated all three developers
present, announcing that they were all replaceable. Remarking that he
now wouldn't have to listen to his developers whining about local
housing prices, the Power Broker ordered his assistant Sergei to bring
him a new batch of coders, as the countdown to change the world had
begun. A short time later, the Power Broker held an investors meeting
and left the new Blacklash to help guard the doors. While the Power
Broker spoke, Ant-Man and the new Giant-Man
(Raz Malhotra) arrived and attempted to get inside, only to be met by
Blacklash, who announced that the Power Broker was busy and they would
have to deal with her. As Giant-Man and Ant-Man battled Blacklash
outside, the Power Broker reminded the supervillain investors of
Hench's success within the past year and announced the impending
version 2.0 upgrade with a new feedback system and new customization
options. Announcing the final proposed upgrade to Hench, the Power
Broker revealed his idea to empower criminals for use with the Hench
app following a strict background check that encouraged a felonious
past. With this new idea revealed, the Power Broker then announced the
debut of the Hench X app, upgraded from the previous Hench app and
launching first in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Miami
before going live throughout the country and eventually, worldwide.
Thanking the audience, the Power Broker then exited through the
building roof as Blacklash escaped Ant-Man and Giant-Man. Returning to
Ant-Man's lab, Ant-Man and Giant-Man discussed having Giant-Man focus
more on his lab for the time being and leaving villains like the Power
Broker to Ant-Man.
(Astonishing Ant-Man I#6
(fb)) - Cassie Lang heard
about the Hench X app from some kids in her new school and soon learned
the Power Broker was using the app to engineer supervillains. Figuring
she could get empowered by the Power Broker then turn on him to shut
his operation down, Cassie set up a meeting between herself and the
(Astonishing Ant-Man I#6) - After making Cassie Lang wait for awhile due to shortstaffing constraints at Power Broker, Inc., the Power Broker greeted Cassie and apologized for the delay, explaining that the Hench X app kept crashing and he had investors to ensure. The Power Broker then explained that while he didn't normally interview with Hench X candidates personally, he took a special interest in Cassie due to her status as a former Avenger. When Cassie claimed only to have been a Young Avenger, the Power Broker nonetheless suggested she would be the perfect candidate for the Hench X platform and remarked that they should go ahead and make a supervillain. As the two walked and talked, the Power Broker admitted he had two red flags about Cassie that needed addressing, the first of which was whether she was sincere about becoming a supervillain since her past track record as a hero painted her as very upstanding. Thinking her cover might be blown, Cassie uttered "um...no?" and the Power Broker changed the subject to Cassie's past heart trouble and her two heart transplants. When Cassie's memory proved somewhat hazy about her most recent transplants, the Power Broker displayed an image of Darren Cross, whom Cassie recognized as a villain who had forced Cassie's heart doctor to perform transplants on the homeless before Ant-Man stopped Darren and rescued Cassie from Darren's clutches. Revealing to Cassie that Darren was once more alive, the Power Broker revealed the video footage of Ant-Man's recent battle with the revived Darren Cross. After revealing that Cross had stolen Cassie's heart, forcing her second transplant, the Power Broker admitted that he knew Cassie had no real interest in becoming a supervillain but offered the empower Cassie for free if she would be willing to break into Cross Technologies and liberate the Power Broker's Hench technology. Soon after Cassie agreed, the Power Broker acquired Pym Particles to re-empower Cassie and while Cassie geared up, the Power Broker revealed that his company had stolen Cassie's new costume designer away from Marc Jacobs. The Power Broker then explained that Cassie's new helmet would allow her to communicate with over five thousand insect species then thanked Cassie for creating an account with Power Broker as the costumed Stinger.
(Astonishing Ant-Man I#7/Astonishing Ant-Man I#9
(fb)/Astonishing Ant-Man I#11 (fb)) - Upon learning Cassie was
missing, Ant-Man traveled to her home and found a Hench app decal.
Assuming the Power Broker had kidnapped Cassie, Ant-Man realized the
Power Broker was in town for a Hench X launch party and traveled to
confront the Broker. Indeed at a Miami launch party, the Power Broker
welcomed the audience to be evil and become a supervillain using his
latest Hench X app. Trusting they had already seen his live streams and
interviews, the Power Broker called audience member Paul onstage and
led him into a transformative Hench pod, announcing Paul as the new
Plantman after Paul had been transformed into a plant-like creature.
Moments after, Ant-Man arrived on the scene and accused the Power
Broker of kidnapping his daughter, prompting the Power Broker to
unleash the new Plantman against the hero as an unplanned test of his
Hench X app. Once Ant-Man defeated Plantman, the Power Broker commended
Ant-Man on his victory but commented that Ant-Man's social presence was
lacking. He then bombarded Ant-Man with energy from his hands, causing
an explosion and using his powers to knock Ant-Man aside, sternly
claiming that he did not kidnap Cassie Lang and remarking that he could
not wait until Ant-Man discovered the truth. He then said goodbye and
departed into the sky, leaving an injured Ant-Man behind. Following the
battle, Ant-Man's allies Machinesmith
and Grizzly revealed that they had taken a job from Darren Cross to
steal data on the Hench app for Cross Technologies and Machinesmith
admitted that he left himself access to the Power Broker's data.
Machinesmith then revealed that his data access to the Power Broker's
systems had revealed that Cassie was working for the Power Broker and
infiltrating Cross Technologies on his behalf.
(Astonishing Ant-Man I#8) - As Stinger infiltrated Cross Technological Enterprises on the Power Broker's behalf, she reported back to the Power Broker, informing him that she had arrived. The Power Broker led her to a ventilation shaft that she could enter and Stinger admitted that she was somewhat new to the whole "super villain" thing and Power Broker replied that if she decided to remain a villain, his company was always looking to empower self-employed contractors. Focusing on the task at hand, the Power Broker then led Stinger into Cross' Server Room and warned her not to get overconfident, as they still had a long way to go in their revenge scheme on Cross. The Power Broker then instructed Stinger to plug a flash drive containing a virus into Cross' first server but Stinger was quickly caught by Darren Cross, Augustine Cross and Crossfire.
(Astonishing Ant-Man I#10 - BTS) - When Ant-Man was captured while trying to rescue Stinger, Stinger returned and gathered some of Ant-Man's allies to help in rescuing Ant-Man but Machinesmith remarked that unless the Power Broker had made her the new Captain Universe, they wouldn't be enough to handle Darren Cross and his agents.
(Astonishing Ant-Man I#11)
- From a Savage Land beach, the Power Broker communicated with the
investors of Hench X, informing them that the app had run out of funds.
When the investors grew angry, the Power Broker admitted that he may
need a new funding round and remarked that not all apps could become as
popular as Facebook. After being accused of stealing the investors'
money, the Power Broker admitted that the act was super criminal but
explained that he was beta testing a new travel app called Lair, which
allowed users to vacation in former super villain lairs. When the
investors refused to work with him and told him to go to Hell, the
Power Broker callously remarked that perhaps Mephisto's Hell realm
would be an interesting vacation spot before the investors hung up on
him. Commenting to himself that Steve Jobs was also laughed at, the
Power Broker was soon surprised by Stinger, who had shrunk down to take
out the Power Broker. Announcing herself as a disgruntled former
employee, Stinger blasted Power Broker and carried him off.
Comments: Created by Dan Slott, Christos Gage
and Steve Uy.
Online sources list this Power Broker as being mentioned in Captain America: Sam Wilson I#2 but the mention is actually a reference to the Power Broker (Curtiss Jackson), not this guy. Ditto Guardians of Infinity I#1. Similarly, a man resembling a bald Power Broker with a cybernetic arm appeared in a ball room scene in Agents of SHIELD I#3 but this man does not seem likely to be Power Broker. I get the confusion, however, as the man does seem to be pink or purple-skinned due to the coloring of the scene and does have a jaw that resembles Power Broker's jaw-line/costume piece but Power Broker has not displayed a cybernetic arm anywhere else and he was definitely not bald. One could argue artistic interpretation but my guess is that it's a different character entirely.
It is my understanding that this Power Broker's Power
Broker, Inc. company is actually a different company than the one
originally ran by Curtiss Jackson, as both were seen active around the
same time. This Power Broker first came on the scene with his company
in 2008, whereas Curtiss Jackson's version of Power Broker, Inc. has
been seen as active in 2012 in Avengers
It was unclear if the Power Broker's flight and
energy projection powers were result of some sort of mutation or if
they were a product of the armor he always seemed to be wearing...
Profile by Proto-Man.
The Power Broker has no known connections to:
Sergei was the Power Broker's assistant. After an angry Power Broker killed his programming team, the Power Broker ordered Sergei to bring him a new batch of coders, claiming that they were about to change the world.
--Astonishing Ant-Man I#5
images: (without ads)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#1, p10, pan4 (Power Broker in business suit, main image)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#1, p17, pan3 (Power Broker, headshot)
Avengers: The Initiative I Annual#1, p20, pan1 (Power Broker's original costume)
Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#3, p1, pan2 (Power Broker in original costume, with energized fist)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#3, p19, pan4 (Power Broker flying)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#5, p15, pan5 (Power Broker announcing one more thing)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#6, p16, pan1 (Power Broker walking through his offices)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#8, p19, pan1 (Power Broker looking at computer screens & communicating with Stinger)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#11, p11, pan2 (Power Broker on the beach)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#5, p7, pan5 (Sergei)
Avengers: The Initiative I Annual#1 (January, 2008) - "Be All That You Can Be" story - Dan Slott, Christos Gage (writers), Steve Uy (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#3 (September, 2011) - Sean McKeever (writer), Mike Norton (art), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#1 (December, 2015) - Nick Spencer (writer), Ramon Rosanas (art), Wil Moss (editor)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#3 (February, 2016) - Nick Spencer (writer), Ramon Rosanas (art), Wil Moss (editor)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#5 (April, 2016) - Nick Spencer (writer), Ramon Rosanas (art), Wil Moss (editor)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#6 (May, 2016) - Nick Spencer (writer), Annapola Martello (art), Wil Moss (editor)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#7 (June, 2016) - Nick Spencer (writer), Ramon Rosanas (art), Wil Moss (editor)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#8 (July, 2016) - Nick Spencer (writer), Brent Schoonover (art), Wil Moss (editor)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#9 (August, 2016) - Nick Spencer (writer), Ramon Rosanas (art), Wil Moss (editor)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#10 (September, 2016) - Nick Spencer (writer), Ramon Rosanas (art), Wil Moss (editor)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#11 (October, 2016) - Nick Spencer (writer), Ramon Rosanas (art), Charles Beacham (editor)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#12 (November, 2016) - Nick Spencer (writer), Brent Schoonover, Ramon Rosanas (art), Charles Beacham (editor)
First Posted: 01/30/2019
Last updated: 01/30/2019
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