So, given this, I think my original idea won't fit as a primary team member. Power suit man can probably work as a recently established superhero while his alter ego is helping to fund the Superiors project along with his Wall Street buddies. After talking with Foxy Oni, I think I'll go with a different route to start, and have that character as a secondary one to come in at some later point to be determined.
With that said, I submit:Code Name:
Dark Power - Marcus PowellReal Name:
Marcus Franklin Description:
Even before his involvement with the project, Marcus was already a towering figure of a man, well over 6 feet with a sturdy figure. The formula used on him increased that imposing height to just under 7 feet, and his figure became decidedly more powerful in appearance. His skin is most commonly described as dark chocolate in tone, and he keeps his head clean-shaven except for a thin goatee. He tends to wear in battle much the same clothes he wears on the street, namely specially woven fabric jackets, jeans, and shirts that can both fit his muscular frame and keep up with the fights he gets into. The clothes are generally made from a spider-silk and polymer weave in order to survive small arms fire (to which he is essentially immune) and other extreme forces put upon him. Along with the more obvious enhancements, one the Superior Project tries to keep under wraps in order to keep a family-friendly image is his burgeoning manhood. Even with the special restraining undergarments he wears, rumors persist of Dark Power's 'Power Rod'. Ironically, the porn world's attempts to emulate him would show to come up short if his secondary enhancement became public knowledge.Nude Image
(Up for other suggestions.)Powers/Skills/Gadgets:
The Power Jack treatment provides several primary benefits when it is capable of binding to a recipient properly. Dark Power follows very closely in the vein of the first successful case. His natural physique has been enhanced and given a further boost internally, giving him an ability to lift several tons of weight easily and a known cap of about 30 tons. His skin is extremely tough, able to ignore most small arms fire and melee threats, and his super-charged metabolism allows for regeneration from those things that bypass the initial resistance - the limits of this regeneration are unknown, but the slow regrowth of a lost pinkie finger shows he can restore at least some lost parts given time. Finally, the physical limitations of endurance seem to be all but entirely absent in Dark Power. He rarely sleeps, and he has been clocked at being able to run at a 25 MPH for over 16 hours straight suffering the equivalent exhaustion of a normal subject's completion of a set of jumping jacks.History:
Several genetic markers had been discovered in US government experiments with metagenic treatments after repeated failures to recreate the process that gave British WWII super-soldier Union Jack his unique powers. It was believed these markers in that man's DNA were the unique binding agents required to make the chemical stew hold. During the Vietnam War, American soldiers were traced and studied to see if the markers could be found among them. Among them was their most promising candidate, Darius Franklin. He was given a low dose of the serum to see how it work. At first, the effects seemed to take hold, but it seemed that over a repeated series of injections the treatment was slowly killing him. After his death in a secret lab in Cambodia, it was discovered that despite his DNA having all the appropriate components, one final mutation in the mitochondria was required for the subject to keep up with the cellular modifications.
The news of Darius' death was heartbreaking to his wife and children back home in Harlem, New York. Marcus was born in 1963, his sister Faith 1966 and brother Darius Junior in 1967. Still a boy when the news came of his father's death in action, he did not take it well. As a teen, the need for more money when the pension checks couldn't help his mother make ends meet led him into the local drug trade; working as essentially hired muscle for one of the larger heroin dealers in the boroughs, he was able to keep the creditors at bay. He was able to avoid police interference for the most part thanks to his employers. Still, a short stint for possession ended up being the way attention feel onto him from the government; analysis of some tissue left over from a brawl in the jail showed his mother gave him the mitochondrial mutation his father lacked.Qualifications:
The value of Marcus Franklin became more clear at the turn of the decade. Becoming a man in the ascendency of crack cocaine and seeing the epidemic change changed his outlook on his former job. A government agent gave him an offer to turn his life around by doing some undercover work for the DEA. The real purpose of this arrangement was to test their treatment on him by starting with low doses. Unlike his father, Marcus' body kept each dose's effects rather than burning through them, and so as he worked to disassemble several cartels with the government's quiet backing, he grew and quickly became the man known as Dark Power. His track record made him something of a local legend under the guise created for him by the government, and the nature of his actions keep him loyal since the program holds a barrier of protection over the lives of his family members.Motivations:
Despite the squalor and suffering which surrounded Marcus for most of his life, he still holds an idealistic notion that he can recover his neighborhood. A significant amount of the money his makes goes to his family and charitable projects in the Harlem area, still helping to improve it as he can when he can't defend it himself. Personality:
A bit cocksure, Marcus generally fluctuates between a somewhat imperious posture and a grim, Stoic figure. He tends to be friendly, and plays up his exploits when given the chance. He does tend toward a more serious tone when discussing the issues important to him. Though difficult to anger, extreme stress can set him off into something of a rampage of vengeance when he has a convenient target.Vices/Secrets:
The Dark Power's willpower has always been the factor which kept him safe in his lowest days, but there were several crimes that under the War on Drugs initiative he would find himself locked up for, and worse retribution from drug cartels for actions in his vigilante days. So far, the Superior Program has promised to help keep his shady past from being connected with his new persona.