- God is for fleshy ones. I am a robot. And your God will throw up when he sees what I have done to you.
- -- Machine Man src
Scientists working for a top-secret U.S military project worked on creating an army of fifty-one experimental robotic soldiers capable of acting like humans. Their goal was to create a sophisticated weapons system capable of independent thought. Dr. Able Stack took X-51, one of the the projects robots, home to test his radical theory--that a robot could only function like a human if it was raised like one.
The other 50 models began displaying psychotic tendencies due to insufficient programming. The project was determined a failure and the order came down to destroy them. Each of the robots was equipped with an auto-destruct device that could be triggered remotely. Stack attempted to remove the self-destruct mechanism from X-51, however it was triggered, killing him instantly. X-51 survived and vowed that Stack's dream of human and robot peace would come true. As Machine Man, he assumed the name Aaron Stack and became a fugitive in the eyes of the military. He found a world greatly afraid of machines, but managed to blend in without suspicion.
Although initially recruited by the Adaptoid to fight the Avengers, X-51 soon joined the team. He fell in love with Jocasta and planned to rebuild her after she was damaged by her creator, Ultron. However, her head was captured by Bain during a battle with Terminus.
X-51 was captured by SHIELD in an attempt to make a new version of the Deathlok cyborg. Circumstances were thrown into further chaos when the Red Skull attacked the SHIELD Helicarrier. X-51 was able to save the agents, but seemed to be destroyed in the process.
The Brotherhood of Mutants, looking for weapons and devices, excavated the wreckage where X-51 had been lost. They confronted SHIELD agent Jack Kubrick, who was secretly a Prime Sentinel, looking for salvage. They killed him before his nanites could take him out of 'sleeper mode' and his body was left near the damaged X-51. Their technologies interlaced forming a composite being. X-51's programming was eventually able to override the mutant-hunting qualities of the Sentinel.
He was able to transfer his and apparently Kubrick's mind into an Life-Model Decoy. This LMD fascinated the Celestials, who sent a Monolith to observe him. The Monolith offered him a chance to accompany the Celestials, and he agreed.
X-51 later resurfaced as part of a counter-terrorism team called the Nextwave that went rogue. He was apparently dumped back on Earth by the Celestials and now preferred to be called Aaron. His personality was much colder, developing a resentment for humans, referring to them frequently as 'fleshy ones'.
Even more recently, he joined Ms. Marvel's Operation: Lightning Storm. He joined primarily as an intelligence specialist.
Due to his inorganic nature, Aaron was incapable of having a nervous breakdown, and so constructed a convoluted fantasy for himself, which allowed him to do so.
However, when he learned that Jocasta would be entering the hostile dimension on her own, Aaron had no choice but to accompany her and found himself hunting and killing zombies in the company of Howard the Duck.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Superhuman Durability: As the Machine Man, Aaron's titanium alloy construction makes him very durable.
- Wave-Modifying Coating: A special 'wave modifying' coating provides some protection from energy attacks.
- Superhuman Strength: As the Machine Man, Aaron could lift 2 tons and an extended limb could lift a few hundred pounds. As the Machine Sentinel, Aaron can now lift well beyond 100 tons.
- Limb Extension: Machine Man can extend his limbs up to 100 feet.
- Flight: As the Machine Man, Aaron could fly using anti-gravity units and hover using a propeller attachment. As the Machine Sentinel, Aaron has absorbed and adapted technology for flight using his nanites and can now form a jetpack for personal use. With his jetpack, Aaron is capable of flight speeds in an atmosphere up to Mach 25 (19,250 mph), he can achieve escape velocity from Earth's gravitational pull (25,000 mph), and can reach sub-light speed while traveling in space (176,700 mps/95% lightspeed)
- Nano-Technological Self-Repair: As the Machine Sentinel, the Prime-Sentinel nanites in his body give Stack a form of self-repair similar to a Healing Factor. These nanites also allows him to adapt technology and weapons appropriate for the present situation or opponent. The nanites were responsible for the fusion of Machine Man's damaged body and the remains of the Jack Kubrick Life-Model-Decoy, this resulted in Aaron becoming the Machine Sentinel.
- X-Gene Disruptor-Field: As the Machine Sentinel, Aaron possesses the standard weapons and technology of a Prime-Sentinel, including the X-Gene Disruptor-Field. The X-Gene Disruptor-Field is a device used to disable or weaken the powers of any mutants in his vicinity.
- Transformation: After absorbing the Jack Kubrick Life-Mdel-Decoy and his Prime-Sentinel nanites, Aaron has gain the ability to changed his appearance at will using his acquired technology. Aaron's forms include: his "Aaron Stack" human form, his upgraded robotic Machine Man form, his stronger Machine Sentinel form, the Life-Model-Decoy of Jack Kubrick, or his human Machine Man form.
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AbilitiesHe communicates well with humans, due to his upbringing and observations. After merging with the Jack Kubrick Life-Model Decoy, which was uploaded with a copy of Kubrick's mind, this gives Aaron any and all skills and abilities possessed by the real Jack Kubrick.
As Machine Man, Aaron could lift 2 tons and an extended limb could lift a few hundred pounds. As the Machine Sentinel, Aaron can now lift well beyond 100 tons.
EquipmentHimself. As a synthetic entity, Machine Man has a variety of built-in gear. This has been shown to include a gas chromatograph, laser interferometer, micro-pulse radar, audiometer, seismometer, gravity wave detector, pulse-code modulator, standard computer input/output, radio beacon, all-wave transceiver, and laser cutting torch. Formerly Avengers Identicard.
TransportationAnti-gravity units, a propeller attachment to hover, formerly Avengers Quinjet
Normally, his index fingers are loaded with pistol rounds. He can also switch out various devices and other weapons with items contained on his belt. After merging with the Prime Sentinel, Stack can adapt his weapons systems as needed.
- In the 2020 future Machine Man was deactivated by Sunset Bain, but rebuilt by a group of scavengers.
- The character and stories are based on the eponymous Stanley Kubrick film and Arthur C. Clarke novel.
- The band Powerman 5000 wrote and performed a song called "The Son of X-51", referencing the character.
- 145 Appearances of X-51 (Earth-616)
- 54 Images featuring X-51 (Earth-616)
- 14 Quotations by or about X-51 (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: X-51 (Earth-616)
- Fan-Art Gallery: X-51 (Earth-616)
- Characters killed by Machine Man
- Machine Man at MarvelDirectory.com
- Midnight Wreckers page on Marvel Unofficial Handbook
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