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Electronic Boogeyman

Iron Man  #219

in Iron Man (1968) #219

Ghost reveals himself to Iron Man, appearing out of thin air after ransacking a lab at a company Tony Stark bought just moments before. Ghost takes Round One in his first appearance, leaving behind a sinister message on a monitor.

Iron Man  #239

in Iron Man (1968) #239

Can you ever kill a ghost? The phantom agent is back, this time bumping into Iron Man at tech startup Electronica Fabrizzi. Their assets are detonated, and Iron Man gets ‘ghosted’!

Amazing Spider-Man Annual  #25

in Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #25

Kingpin hires Ghost to undermine Roxxon Corporation’s latest venture – their replication of cheap and durable Vibranium! You know Black Panther’s getting involved where Wakanda’s greatest resource is concerned!

Iron Man: Inevitable  #1

in Iron Man: Inevitable (2005) #1

Ghost returns in his most streamlined suit yet! The Living Laser’s life form is being stored in tech recently acquired by Tony Stark. Aware of Iron Man’s civilian identity, Spymaster hires Ghost to destroy Stark International…and unleash the full spectrum of the Living Laser!

Thunderbolts  #151

in Thunderbolts (2006) #151

He joined Norman Osborn’s Thunderbolts in #128, but Ghost’s paranoia (or psychosis) continues to put off his teammates. Team psychologist Moonstone peels back the layers of the former programmer – learning why his hostility towards ‘establishment’ is so personal.

Invincible Iron Man  #20

in Invincible Iron Man (2008) #20

Tony Stark is in a self-induced coma so that Osborn, (now a publicly celebrated super hero), can’t purloin information about weaponized tech. Madame Masque hires Ghost to take out Stark permanently, and what follows next are a series of sneak attacks on Tony’s nearest and dearest!

The Amazing Spider-Man  #17

in The Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #17

Watch out Parker Industries! Ghost attempts to “set the world free” by overriding Parker Industries’ security protocols…and turning them against the employees!

The Amazing Spider-Man  #12

in The Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #12

Ghost spooks Peter once more, this time at a charity gala for Parker Industries! Iron Man helps Spidey foil the attack, and Ghost is placed behind bars at a private super human prison (the kind of institution he’s vehemently against).


Iron Man: Why Ghost is Different From Every Other Marvel Villain

Compared to other villains in the Marvel Universe, Ghost's motivations are purely ideological, making him a unique threat with unusual solutions.

The Marvel Comics rogue known as Ghost is quite unique when compared to other Marvel villains of similar stature. While other villains simply care about money, power, or revenge, Ghost's motivations are much more purely ideological. All the paranoid member of the Thunderbolts wants is to see the end of major corrupt corporations, seeing them as the true enemy and scourge of the world. This isn't surprising, given his origins, though what is surprising is how faithful he is to those ideals, having no true personal agenda against the heroes he faces, so long as they don't get in his way while he's trying to dismantle every greedy company he can.

The Ghost first appears as an Iron Man villain in Iron Man #219, though his origins would later be revealed in Thunderbolts #151 from writer Jeff Parker with art by Kev Walker. In the issue, Ghost shares with Moonstone that he used to be a simple IT programmer and engineer, though he never gives out his true name (that would be too risky for the paranoid hacker). His origin began with his creation of Ghost-Tech: flux-state processors that can become intangible, and his company loved him for it. However, when he tried to take time off due to exhaustion from being overworked, they grew angry with him. They wanted greater profits than they were already getting, all the while taking credit for his inventions. As a result, his company secretly hired a woman to distract him and keep him working, and the two formed a relationship that was only real to him.

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However, when the woman tried to extort more money, the corporate heads had her killed. Overcome with grief, the IT programmer threw himself into his work. He also soon learned the true nature of his relationship to the woman, which plunged him even further into darkness. He chose to fuse the flux-state processors to his body and neurons, making him intangible. With this action, the Ghost was born, and he determined to use his new powers for revenge.

Ghost's first mission was to topple the company that took everything from him, killing them all. The Ghost then dedicates his life to overthrowing corporate greed, in all of its forms. He takes out corrupt institutions one by one, including the ones that might hire him to take out their rivals. He has no loyalty to any employer or rival, having one singular goal: the eradication of corrupt companies. However, it's rarely personal for Ghost when it comes to the individuals. For example, in Thunderbolts #150, Ghost goes after Tony Stark, trapping him in another dimension and relentlessly attacking him until Iron Man explains that he recently dismantled his company, converting it into (technically speaking) a small business. Upon hearing this, Ghost immediately halts his onslaught and even helps the hero return home - the company was his enemy, and now it's gone he holds no grudge against Tony as an individual.

It's truly quite interesting how dedicated Ghost is to his mission, refusing to adopt personal grudges towards Iron Man or any other individual, hero or otherwise, so long as they're not part of the system he loathes so much. He only cares about the destruction of corporate greed, which is quite unique. Most villains hold grudges and hatred towards one or more heroes in the Marvel Universe, especially those who most often thwart them and their plans, but not Ghost. His mission is apparently far too important for distractions such as vendettas of the personal variety.

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Powers and Abilities

A gifted inventor, also skilled with computers and demolitions, the Ghost’s primary accomplishment is his suit. It enables him to become intangible or invisible at will by harnessing polarized electrons, which he can use them on others with whom he’s in physical contact.

The intangibility and invisibility can’t both be used to their fullest extent at the same time, but he can use a degree of invisibility while intangible so as to become translucent (in DC Heroes terms he can use 1 AP of Invisibility, allowing him to use his Stealth subskill with 1CS less deducted from the OV/RV based on environmental conditions).

It also allows him to:

  • reprogram computer-controlled equipment by touch
  • Fly.
  • Shoot electricity (which can cause short-term memory loss if applied correctly).
  • Detect life signs.
  • Offer a degree of protection from radiation.

While he is vulnerable to sonics, even while phased , he has altered his audio receptors to let him block such attacks when expected.

He controls it mentally via circuitry in his mask. It has a wi-fi communicator built in, records all his conversations and an onboard hard drive for data storage during thefts.

He has also used a gun which fires concussive blasts, and a number of explosive devices.



(A general history of his time with the Thunderbolts can be found in the Thunderbolts entry.)

His true identity unknown, the Ghost claims to have been a business executive and inventor. But due to betrayal by businessmen he used his technology to start a one man war on the corporations he came to see as ruining society.

He told Moonstone a story where he was a technological genius who developed super-fast processors by having them phase out of reality. Used by executives who then tried to kill him, he was fused with some of his technology by the explosion. It’s dubious whether someone so paranoid would share the truth with someone like Moonstone, and his true history may never be known.

What’s certain is his pathological hatred for corporations. He became a hacker’s tale, an electronic bogeyman who destroyed companies for fun and profit. He hired himself out as a corporate saboteur, even working for corporations as long as their money allowed him to support his vendetta, and as long as they targeted other ‘deserving’ victims.


It was while attacking Accutech on behalf of Roxxon that he first clashed with Iron Man (Anthony Stark). Stark managed to drive him off before he could finish the job, causing the Ghost to swear revenge on “Iron Man’s boss”, Tony Stark.

Anxious to hide their link to him, Roxxon hired the Spymaster to dispose of Ghost. He tried to carry that out during a joint attack on Stark Enterprises. The battle ended with Spymaster’s death, Ghost having materialized Spymaster into a wall (although it was later revealed he’d faked his death).

Ghost (Iron Man enemy) firing a weapon

Iron Man drew Ghost into a trap, within a room with a beta particle generator. The radiation interfered with Ghost’s circuitry. His hatred of Stark had grown so great that he ignored the danger to his life to try and destroy the generator, disappearing in the resulting confusion.


He next appeared plaguing an Italian company remotely owned by Justin Hammer, who tried selling the problem to Tony Stark. Stark discovered its true owner, though. He reached an arrangement to work with some of Hammer’s operative, Blacklash, Blizzard and Boomerang, to hunt the Ghost.

Hammer’s team inevitably turned on Iron Man during the fight.&emsp.The Ghost took advantage of the situation, rendering Iron Man temporarily intangible. Succeeding in destroying the company, the Ghost escaped. He soon confronted Hammer, who briefly trapped him in a room which countered his intangibility, holding him just long enough for Hammer to flee.

The Vibranium Vendetta

Accepting a job from the Kingpin to sabotage a Roxxon experiment, Ghost clashed with Spider-Man and the Black Panther while trying to steal a synthetic vibranium.

The situation escalated when Sunturion got involved. But Ghost managed to escape, planning on trying again. After clashing with Ultron, however, he decided to forget about it, returning Kingpin’s money and leaving.

Ghost (Iron Man enemy) standing in an explosion

He again clashed with Spider-Man on another assignment, when targeting Tricorp. His attempt to sabotage an energy test brought him into conflict with Spider-Man and the time travelling historian Cassandra Locke, who shut down his tech long enough for Spidey to take him down. The Ghost was arrested.


Partnering with MODOK, then in charge of an AIM division operating as the Advanced Corp, the Ghost later bombed a number of companies. He also infiltrated Askew Electronics as “John Morley”. It’s unclear whether he was using technology to disguise himself, but he apparently had the Ghost suit on when he needed it. So he may have had a temporary device, possibly provided by MODOK, to alter his appearance.

This again drew him into conflict with Iron Man, whom he nearly beat in their first fight. But in their second he made the mistake of attempting to phase his hand into his chest again. Anticipating the manoeuvre, Stark had rigged the armour to cause feedback against the Ghost, knocking him out, and he was arrested.


Having escaped custody, he was employed by the third Spymaster to free the Living Laser from where he was currently held by Stark Industries. He believed he’d killed Iron Man during the attempt, but this turned out to be untrue.

Ghost tried going after Stark again, only to find he’d upgraded his security systems with measures which disrupted his intangibility. Managing to escape, Ghost abandoned the assignment.

Dark Reign

The Ghost became increasingly unhinged, and unhealthily spending so much time in his costume (preferring to be in a sealed environment otherwise). He was recruited into Norman Osborn’s black ops Thunderbolts team.

Based in the Cube prison, he had his room completely sealed so that he could only access it by phasing. He had his own stock of MRE army rations so he couldn’t be poisoned.

He’d also reprogrammed the Cube security systems to make them unable to observe him.

Ghost (Thunderbolts) phasing through a wall

He followed his own agenda, though, keeping secrets from Osborn and acting covertly against his orders. He claimed at one point that he was waiting for Osborn to become king of the corporate world so he could be close enough to act as a virus in his new empire.

Stark Disassembled

Hired by Madame Masque to kill the lobotomized Stark, Ghost took to the job with glee. He was frustrated a couple of times, though not for long, and seriously wounded Dr. Strange. But Stark recovered in time to grab the Ghost Phone Masque had armed Ghost with, and sending him far away.


With Osborn beginning his assault on Asgard, Ghost had no time to try for Stark again, instead focussing on stopping Osborn. He made sure Pym’s Mighty Avengers were there to help, and helped them against the Thunderbolts, but was still regarded with suspicion. He was arrested following the incident, but his actions were taken into consideration.

Heroic Age

He was recruited into the new Thunderbolts as a part of his sentence, happy to get his suit back.


Obsessed with his vendetta against corporations, Ghost has become increasingly unhinged in recent years. He took notably less care of his health. He retains his intellect however, albeit tinged with a degree of paranoia. But this does make him good at spotting when someone’s trying to fool him.

His paranoia has left him suspicious of everyone. He doesn’t like being out of his costume for any length of time in case he’s poisoned. He prefers to live in a sealed area accessible only by phasing.

While not necessarily likely to betray his team mates, his motivations are never clear cut. He’ll often observe his colleagues from the sidelines so he can work out their agendas, and how best they can work in concert with his.

He’s been known to manipulate team mates, possibly to see how they’ll react, or on one occasion to (maybe) get them to grow together as a team. He often worked against Osborn’s wishes when they clashed with his (although usually in a covert manner).

His primary goal in a team will always be to know everything about everyone, so he can be sure how much of a threat they pose him.

While determined to destroy corporations, primarily technological ones, he takes a long term view of his plans. He will hire himself out to other corporations so as to fund his war.

He seems to prefer to cause the maximum damage while destroying his targets, using bombs on facilities and assassinating executives. This is even though his hacking skills would probably allow him to cause a company’s collapse without loss of life.

For a long while he targeted Tony Stark as the model of everything he hated, and would go out of his way to strike at Stark. During their last confrontation Stark opened his accounts to Ghost, proving he’d divested himself of his corporate assets and now only had a relatively small company.

Since he was no longer a corporate figure, Ghost’s hatred of him immediately dissipated and they were able to work together.


“Congratulations ! You have succeeded where most have failed ! For you have indeed uncovered — the Ghost !”

“I can’t be bought, Hammer ! Businessmen made me what I am today — and I won’t trust them again ! Sure, I take money for destroying companies ! But I’d do it for free if weasels like you didn’t hire me !”

“I never eat food that I haven’t prepared myself. You can’t be too careful. Not these days.”

“Don’t tell me what to do. Just… don’t.”

Paladin: “It stops hurting when I’m intangible.”
Ghost: “Everything’s better when you’re intangible. Once you realize nothing’s really real… well, it gives you perspective.”

[On being painfully teleported to Asgard] “Assessment: I have died and a large clerical error was made in my afterlife assignment.”

“For great acts of high treason in the name of your bloody corporations around the world… For the many woeful misdemeanours committed in the name of your almighty dollar… I condemn you, Anthony Edward Stark, to death. Any last words ?”

“I regret that I must be party to your demise. You were but pawns of an insidious global police force, who likely used you as guinea pigs. We are all pawns in such a construct.”

“My birth branding no longer applies. Nor does any federal identification number. All designations try to define who I am. But nothing explains that. Only I know who I truly am.”

Ghost: “This is no mere mental exercise. I have been following the daily crossword in Front Line for several weeks now. I am certain that it is being used to communicate messages among a secret group in New York. My guess is a very select group of influentials numbering under 30…”
Moonstone: “I see. Ghost, why do you see plots and conspiracies everywhere ?”
Ghost: “Because… there are.”

“Corporate hierarchy will always push to the top those who will oppress and exploit the true creative forces. So in this… afterlife… I haunt them into oblivion. The schemers, power players, manipulators… Eventually I come for them all.”

Warden John Walker: “We have a duty to protect innocent citizens.”
Ghost: “You may have a duty. I have a nanobot leash and a very different definition of innocence.”

DC Universe History

Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor have both become victims of his campaign. He has worked together a few times with Anarky, but his increasing paranoia prevented them developing any long-term working relationship.

At one point his attacks became so severe that the Captains of Industry were formed to hunt him down. He clashed with them a few times. He then decided he didn’t need to fight them, so changed his approach to be more subtle, not leaving signs that he’d been responsible for accidents. Unsuccessful in their searches, the Captains were eventually turned to more profitable activities.

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Dex: 05 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Nihilist
Int: 07 Wil: 07 Min: 06 Occupation: Former business executive
Inf: 04 Aur: 05 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 016 HP: 050

Gadgetry: 08, Military Science (Demolitions): 06, Scientist (Computer Science, Computer Hacking): 11, Scientist: 08, Thief (Security Systems): 10, Thief (Stealth): 07, Weaponry (Firearms): 05

Stroke of Genius.

Thunderbolts (Low).

Creepy Appearance, MIH (Corporate types).


  • GHOST SUIT [BODY 05, Data Storage: 08, Intangibility (Range of Touch, Partial Intangibility, no protection vs. magic, takes no damage from intangibility attack): 10, Extended Hearing: 06, Flight: 05, Hypnotism (erase short term memory only, Contingent on Lightning): 08, Illusion (Only fools technological observation): 06, Illusion (Project recorded image and audio): 01, Interface (computer-controlled tech only): 12, Invisibility (Range of Touch): 08, Life Sense: 04, Lightning: 06, Neutralise(Technological audio recording): 05, Radio Communications: 10, Recall (audio): 06, Sealed System (Radiation protection only): 04, Sound Nullify (Must be activated): 06, Thermal Vision: 06, Advantage: Misc. (Lip Reading), Limitations: Dispersal and more than an AP of Invisibility cannot be used concurrently, Drawback: Power Loss (as part of Cage’s Thunderbolts, his suit can be deactivated should any of the command team wish)].
  • In his early days he used a gun which fired an unidentified type of energy. Gun [BODY 05, Energy Blast: 06].
  • He also briefly used a phone engineered by the Tinkerer to allow him to transport himself via the signals. Ghost Phone [BODY 03, Teleportation: 22, Limitations: Teleportation is Contingent on Dispersal (-1), and only allows travel to another phone (-1)].
  • At one point he created a small device which attached itself to a target and made them intangible, and unable to deactivate it. Intangibility device[BODY 04, Cling: 05, Dispersal (Triggered by Ghost): 08].

Previous stats

Originally his STR and BOD were both an AP higher.

His original suit only had Dispersal and Invisibility, and it was only by his second appearance that Invisibility could be used on others. The rest of the Powers were only available by the time he got his current suit.

By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: Marvel Comics.

Helper(s): Wikipedia, Marvel Handbook A-Z, Capita_Senyera.

Writeup updated on the 6th of May, 2015.


Ghost (Marvel Comics)

Character in the Marvel Universe

For other uses, see Ghost (comics).

Ghost is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is a genius inventor and hacker who wears a battle suit that allows him to become invisible and intangible. Although he started out as an adversary of the superheroIron Man,[1] Ghost has also been depicted as an antihero and member of the Thunderbolts.

The character has been substantially adapted from the comics into various forms of media, including animated television series and video games. Hannah John-Kamen portrayed a female version of Ghost in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).

Publication history[edit]


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Created by David Michelinie and Bob Layton, the character first appeared in Iron Man #219 (June 1987).[2] Originally a supervillain to Iron Man, Ghost has since become an anti-hero figure after becoming a member of the Thunderbolts during the events of "Dark Reign" and "Heroic Age".

Fictional character biography[edit]

Very little is known about the identity of the Ghost. He claims to have been an IT researcher at one time, and to have been made into what he is by corporate greed. The Ghost is an anticapitalist saboteur who seeks to destroy various political and economic institutions he views as oppressive, apparently being most interested in those dealing with advanced technology and surveillance. He has, at times, hired his services out to corporations and other organizations, such as Norman Osborn's Thunderbolts, that wish to destroy rival groups, but invariably plans to turn on his own employers and topple them as well.


As the Ghost told Moonstone, he once worked as a programmer and an engineer at a rising IT company called Omnisapient. Impressing the board of directors with his technological prowess and genius intellect, he quickly rose up the ranks and assumed the company's flagship project for which he developed a revolutionary processor that could physically change in reaction to its environment, becoming intangible before it can overheat. Thanks to his Ghost Tech, the company's stock skyrocketed while the board, ever more dependent on the man who would become Ghost, collected the credit. Exhausted after months of work, the socially introverted programmer decided to leave on vacation, conflicting with the board of directors' expectations for an ahead-of-schedule launch that could increase their profit margins significantly. Approached by an attractive co-worker as he was about to leave, the young man cancelled his travel plans and began a relationship with her. Happier and more productive than ever, he now found every single aspect of his life tied to the company, all part of a well-oiled machine, until his lover died in an explosion at her apartment. Depressed over her death and unable to cope with its apparent randomness, he sought solace by immersing his consciousness into the data networks he created by wiring his own flesh with his flux-state processors. Within this network, no randomness existed and his unconscious mind, in a state of alpha, could solve any dilemma his conscious mind was unable or unwilling to. In this state, he pieced memories and hidden fragments of data together to realize his dead lover had been hired by the board to seduce him, keeping him happy and available to the company's every demand, and later murdered for blackmailing them for more money. Terrified, he attempted to flee, but his discoveries had been detected by the board of directors which dispatched a contract killer after him. The hitman detonated a bomb in his apartment before he could leave, destroying the entire building and killing dozens of tenants. However, he survived, made intangible by the flux-state processors fused with his body when a wall of fire hit him. The experience completed his psychological transformation and the once naive workaholic emerged as the Ghost, a paranoid vigilante bent on wiping out corporatocracy. He took revenge upon the board of directors, butchering them, along with their contract killer, and then erased all records of his previous life.[3]

The Accutech Merger[edit]

Sometime after this, Ghost was hired by Carrington Pax, a leading executive of the Roxxon Oil Corporation, to destroy Accutech Research and Development. Accutech was trying to develop a beta particle generator and when they refused to sell it to Roxxon, the Ghost was hired to drive Accutech into bankruptcy. Tony Stark was interested in acquiring Accutech's technology and bought the company. Investigating a disturbance at the new facility as Iron Man, he first met the Ghost. Iron Man managed to drive the Ghost from Accutech, but the Ghost swore that he would have his revenge on Iron Man's employer, Tony Stark.[volume & issue needed]

For the next few weeks, Tony Stark spent all his free time modifying his armor. Sometimes, for extra security, he would sleep in his armor, too. When Pax and the other executives at Roxxon heard that the Ghost had gone rogue, they feared his actions would make the company look bad, so they called in Spymaster to take care of him. After a fierce battle at Stark Enterprises, the Ghost killed Spymaster. Using a modified version of his intangibility circuits, the Ghost made Spymaster materialize in a wall. The shock caused Spymaster's whole body to shut down, and he was believed dead.[4] It was shown years later in Dark Reign that the Spymaster had faked his death.[5]

Tony finally took the offensive against the Ghost. He set up a trap and the Ghost walked right into it. After a short battle between Iron Man and the Ghost, Iron Man cornered the Ghost in the room with the beta particle generator. He had it turned on so he could see the cloaked Ghost better, since radiation from the generator would cause interference in the Ghost's sophisticated tech-suit. However, prolonged exposure to the generator was fatal, and Iron Man didn't want to stay in the room for too long. But the Ghost had sworn to bring down Stark Enterprises and nothing, not even the chance of dying, would stop him. As he tried to reach the generator to destroy it, the intense heat from his overloading costume caused the floor to melt and the Ghost fell through. As Iron Man searched for him, all he found of the Ghost was his burnt costume. Still, Tony didn't believe that the Ghost was dead.[6]

Unholy Ghost[edit]

Indeed, fairly soon after, the Ghost reappeared — this time plaguing a company in Italy, owned by none other than Justin Hammer.[7] The shrewd industrialist intended to sell the company, Electronica Fabbrizi, to Tony Stark, ridding him of a dangerous enemy and a useless asset, as well as sticking a business rival with a nasty problem. However, after Tony Stark discovered the true ownership of the floundering company, a compromise was reached: Hammer's forces and Iron Man would cooperate in taking out the Ghost.[8] Hammer sent his operatives Blacklash, Blizzard, and Boomerang to help Iron Man fight the Ghost. However, Hammer's team betrayed Iron Man, planning to get rid of both their enemies.[8]

Ghost attempted to kill Iron Man by rendering him intangible. While Iron Man managed to save the lives of everybody involved, Electronica Fabbrizi was irrevocably destroyed and the Ghost escaped. However, when the mysterious villain confronted Hammer, it was revealed the ruthless business man had defenses developed against the Ghost's intangibility powers, and made his own escape, leaving his assailant trapped. Blasting his way out, the saboteur vowed to continue his crusade against Hammer and all companies anywhere.[9]

Ghost was next hired by the Kingpin to steal the new Roxxon process to create synthetic vibranium, and battled Spider-Man and the Black Panther.[10]

The Ghost was then defeated by Sunturion, but escaped and was then defeated by Ultron.[11]

The Big Bang Theory[edit]

Much later, several companies were suddenly and violently destroyed when bombs, apparently installed in personal computers, went off in inner-city offices. Tony Stark, who at the time was undercover as a common employee at one of the companies that went under, managed to track down the source of the attacks: the "Advanced Corp", a cover for AIM. It was then revealed that AIM, not usually operating in common business circles, on this occasion had employed a special agent to eliminate the competition: the Ghost. Nearly defeating Iron Man in their first fight and escaping without a hitch, he hit a nasty snag during their second fight when he attempted to phase his costumed hand into Iron Man's chest, and Tony Stark's then-artificial heart defended itself, knocking him unconscious. He was subsequently arrested, but his identity appears to have remained unknown.[12]


Later still, having apparently escaped, the Ghost (in a new, more streamlined outfit) was employed by the third Spymaster to help free the Living Laser, who was "held captive" by Stark Industries at the time. He attempted to kill Iron Man, and believed to have succeeded. In the end, he proved too unreliable and quirky, and was abandoned by his employer,remaining at large.[13]

The Ghost was mentioned by Gauntlet as the one who attacked him and left a NW mark on him (when it was actually the seemingly light-hearted recruit Slapstick).[14]

"Dark Reign"[edit]

During the "Dark Reign" storyline, Ghost seems to have become more unhinged and reclusive; however, as Ms. Marvel mentions "He smells... Badly." And The Ghost himself shows signs of increasing obsessiveness.[clarification needed] With the Thunderbolts officially disbanded, Norman Osborn recruits Ghost for his new Thunderbolts, now a black ops team under Osborn's direct control.[15]

Ghost helps Osborn take control of Air Force One with the Goblin (actually new Thunderbolts member Headsman), Doc Samson, and the new president aboard.[16] As part of Osborn's plan, the Ghost phases Samson out of the plane, and drops him from the sky.[17] Osborn calls for the Ghost to come to Stark Tower, where he unlocks a vault containing Iron Man's old armors.[18] Ghost later reveals to the Black Widow (actually Natasha Romanoff in disguise) that when Osborn is king of the corporate world, he'll act as "a virus" to bring it down from the inside. He explains he wants to inform Yelena's real boss, Nick Fury.[19] Widow was eventually exposed as Natalia Romanova, who was in fact Nick Fury's undercover agent, and who was attempting to make sure Songbird stayed alive. Paladin, Ghost and Headsman purposely turned on the other Thunderbolts in order for the two heroines to escape. However, Ghost insisted that they stay in the Thunderbolts, for they all have their own agendas. He uses electro-convulsive shock in order to make Scourge and Mister X forget about the betrayal.[20] At the end of the Dark Reign arc, Ghost betrayed Osborn by sending a data package he had collected to whatever heroes could receive it, warning them of Osborn's plans to capture Odin's magical weapon, Gungnir. Aware of the emergency, Quicksilver crossed the Atlantic Ocean and crushed Mister X (who wielded the weapon at the time) in combat, retrieving it.[volume & issue needed]

"Stark Disassembled"[edit]

Because Tony Stark had purposely lobotomized himself into a vegetative state, and had his power of attorney transferred over to Donald Blake, Madame Masque hired Ghost to kill Stark. She provided him a phone made by the Tinkerer, which he could use to execute his phase abilities to reach any place in the world. Ghost managed to track Stark to Broxton, Oklahoma, where he twice attempted to assassinate Stark. All the while, Stark's comrades were attempting to reboot his brain. By then, Stark had regained consciousness and used the Ghost's own phone against him, sending him to a facility in Seoul.[21]

Thunderbolts post-"Siege"[edit]

For his help in the downfall of Norman Osborn, Ghost was recruited into the new Thunderbolts team formed in the aftermath of the "Siege" storyline.[22] Ghost is the first team member that Cage meets with as he arrives at the Raft.[23] During the 2010 "Shadowland" storyline, he would witness Crossbones assassinate a police officer the Thunderbolts were meant to save.[24] Ghost would also prove instrumental in the attempted Thunderbolt break out, but in doing so, managed to go to an alternate dimension, and he came face to face with Iron Man again. In order to beat Ghost, Iron Man transmitted into Ghost's network a confirmation that all Stark Industries divisions were being shut down effective immediately. Ghost therefore resigned from plans to kill Stark, because he is no longer a tech monopolist.[25] After coming back to The Raft, Ghost told Moonstone an unverifiable origin tale, whereupon he mused over whether that means he's regained his capacity to trust or whether he simply perceives her as no threat at all, only to conclude, as he phased through a speechless Moonstone, that both are irrelevant to a man who abandoned his humanity and is truly untouchable.[3]

Ghost is later approached by Tiberius Stone and Mark Raxton, who hire him to sabotage Parker Industries, a competitor to Stone's own company Alchemax.[26] Ghost infiltrates Parker Industries, and while he is subdued by Spider-Man and the company's employees, he still succeeds in destroying their building and everything in it with explosives.[27][28]

Powers and abilities[edit]

The Ghost wears a battlesuit of his own design. Its Ghost-tech enables him to turn himself and any objects he touches invisible or intangible, but not both at the same time. Devices in the battle-suit enable him to hack and reprogram all manner of electronic systems in his vicinity as well as intercept, tamper with, or silence electromagnetic signals. This tech along with his superb intellect make him a super-hacker.

The Ghost also invented guns that fire bursts of electricity or concussive force blasts and employs a large arsenal of high-tech weaponry, including incendiary devices, self-targeting Anson grenades and sound-activated bombs. He often avoids direct confrontations altogether, preferring subterfuge and ambush tactics.

He is a brilliant tactician, inventor, and computer hacker.

Other versions[edit]

The Ultimate Marvel version of Ghost is introduced in Ultimate Comics: Armor Wars #1, where he sneaks into one of Tony Stark's underground hideouts and steals an ornament from him. His armor has the traditional phasing capabilities, and he is also able to generate teleportation fields that allow him to warp objects away.[29] He is later revealed to be working for "Project Tomorrow" under the Titanium Man.[30] After Justine and Tony are kidnapped by Titanium Man's forces, who reveals himself to be Howard Stark Sr., he and all the other experiments except Tony are killed by an EMP that destroys all tech nearby.[31] Very little is known about this Ghost, but according to Howard Stark Sr., "He got a funny accent."[31]

In other media[edit]


  • Ghost makes a cameo appearance in the 1990s Iron Man animated series episode "The Armor Wars" (Pt. 1), voiced simultaneously by Jennifer Hale, Jamie Horton, and Tom Kane.[32] He is hired by Justin Hammer to steal Iron Man's armor designs.
  • Ghost appears in the Iron Man: Armored Adventures animated series, voiced by Michael Dobson.[citation needed] He appears in the episodes "Chasing Ghosts", "Designed Only for Chaos", "Ghost in the Machine", and "Fugitive of S.H.I.E.L.D." This version of Ghost is depicted as an intelligent, charismatic mercenary who almost always accomplishes his objectives.
  • Ghost appears in the Avengers Assemble animated series, voiced by Jim Cummings.[32] In addition to being an enemy of Iron Man, this version is an Inhuman with phasing capabilities. Introduced in the episode "The Kids Are Alright", he infiltrates Avengers Tower to steal F.R.I.D.A.Y., incapacitating Captain America and Iron Man as well as abducting Hawkeye, Sam Wilson, and Inferno in the process. Once he gets F.R.I.D.A.Y., Ghost attempts to sink Avengers Tower, but Inferno keeps it above ground while Iron Man and Ms. Marvel build a device to negate Ghost's abilities. In the episode "Avengers No More" (Pt. 1), Ghost spies on the Avengers setting up the Stark Expo in preparation for Iron Man's return from an unstable dimension. He tries to target some of Stark Industries' technology, only to be detected and subdued by Thor and taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.
  • Ghost appears in the 2017 Spider-Man animated series episode "Stark Expo", voiced again by Jim Cummings.[32] This version is a former Stark Industries employee who infiltrates the titular expo to seek revenge on Iron Man by stealing the inter-connectivity disks that Iron Man uses to control the expo's technology. After Ghost tries to steal Iron Man's arc reactor, Spider-Man uses the V-252 symbiote to defeat Ghost and deactivate the disks.


Hannah John-Kamen portrays a female version of Ghost named Ava Starr in the live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).[33][34] This version of Ghost suffers from quantum instability following a childhood incident involving her father Elihas Starr. With Bill Foster's help, she was recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D. and given a containment suit in exchange for a cure, but she and Foster went rogue after learning the organization had no intention of helping her. After coming into conflict with Hank Pym, Hope van Dyne, and Scott Lang while attempting to steal energy from the Quantum Realm, she was stabilized by Janet van Dyne and went into hiding with Foster once more.

Video games[edit]

  • Ghost appears as a boss in the PSP and Wii versions of the Iron Man 2 video game, voiced by Steve Blum.[citation needed]
  • Ghost appears in Marvel Heroes, voiced by Phil Buckman.[32] He briefly works for Doctor Doom to help him steal the Tablet of Time before cutting ties with him. Ghost later aids the heroes by alerting them to Doom's plans as they prepare to storm Castle Doom.
  • Ghost appears in Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2.[35]
  • A female version of Ghost appears as the primary antagonist of Iron Man VR for the PlayStation VR, voiced by Chantelle Barry.[36] This version is a computer hacker who wears a tech suit that allows her to fly and phase through solid matter. After being orphaned as a child due to Stark Industries' weapons, she sought revenge against Tony Stark. In pursuit of her goals, she came into contact with Stark's rogue A.I., the Gunsmith, who manipulated her into pushing the company to produce weapons again in response to her attacks. After several battles, Ghost is defeated at her hideout and arrested. She later manages to escape and reluctantly joins forces with Stark to defeat the Gunsmith before disappearing.
  • The MCU version of Ghost appears as a playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, as part of the Marvel's Ant-Man and the WaspDLC pack.[37]

Motion comics[edit]

Ghost appears in the Spider-Womanmotion comic, voiced by Jesse Falcon.[citation needed]


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Adventurer; Former industrial saboteur, engineer, programmer


Iron Man #219
(March, 1987)

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The man who would be known as The Ghost was once a promising data engineer for a major computer corporation, and the brainchild behind GhostTech, a series of computer chips that phased into an intangible state before overheating, yet could still function in this state and hold an incredible amount of data. The prized employee of this company, its executives used his genius to make themselves exceptionally wealthy, spurring his continued productivity with everything from sports tickets to sexual favors from another employee.

When the GhostTech project was finally completed, they had his lover killed after she threatened to reveal how the company made her into a call girl for their benefit, causing him to slide into a deep depression. As a result, he infused his body with GhostTech and formed a cybernetic connection with the company's systems. Through this, he discovered his girlfriend had been murdered. Surviving an assassination attempt thanks to the GhostTech in his body, he dispatched the company executives one by one, before eliminating any link to his past life and becoming a full-time corporate saboteur. It should be noted that this origin may be inaccurate, given that Ghost was telling it to the untrustworthy Moonstone, and that his prolonged existence within an intangible state has negatively affected his psyche.[1]

Versus Iron Man

The Ghost was initially hired by Carrington Pax, a leading executive of Roxxon Oil, to destroy Accutech Research and Development

Top 10 Marvel's Ghost Surprising Facts

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