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Information-silkReal NameGreg Willis
Information-silkCurrent AliasGravity
Information-silkAliasesProtector of the Universe
Information-silkRelativesRichard Willis (father), Mary Willis (mother)
Information-silkAffiliationYoung Allies; Formerly Great Lakes Initiative, Heavy Hitters
Information-silkBase Of OperationsNew York City
Status
Information-silkAlignmentGood
Information-silkIdentitySecret Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipAmerican
Information-silkOccupationStudent
Information-silkEducationNew York University
Characteristics[1]
Information-silkGenderMale
Information-silkHeight5' 10"
Information-silkWeight175 lbs (79 kg)
Information-silkEyesBlue
Information-silkHairBrown
Origin
Information-silkOriginWillis had an ordinary childhood. He gained his gravity powers in an accident after graduating high school, where he was sucked into a Black Hole and re-emerged. The nature of the accident and the source of his power have not yet been revealed.
Information-silkUniverseEarth-616
Information-silkPlace of BirthSheboygan, Wisconsin
Information-silkCreatorsSean McKeever, Mike Norton
First Appearance
Gravity #1
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Quote1 I've seen so many people die, and you -- to you it's, what, some kinda math problem? Some joke? What?! You're a disgrace. You dishonor every hero living or dead that came before you. Innocent people, good people, they die. And a cold-hearted monster like you, you just keep on living, don't you? Cap's dead. Nomad... You don't deserve to breathe the air they breathed. Quote2
-- Gravity src 

Greg Willis was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. During the summer vacation on board his family's yacht, Greg is sucked into a strange black hole. however is found hours later by his parents. After this Greg finds that he is able to manipulate the gravity around his body. Greg moved to New York City to study licensing and merchandising at New York University, and takes the superhero name and dons a costume as Gravity.[2]

He immediately encountered Black Death and Rage; because of a misunderstanding, Black Death escaped. Unfortunately, Gravity accidentally mistook Rage as a villain and allowed Black Death to escape.[3] His confidence began to waver as the superhero life was tougher than he thought. But after he saved the life of a old woman, and meets new friends "Frog," his room mate, and Lauren Singh, another student. Gravity slowly becomes more confident about his new life.[4] But after beating the Rhino, he became a target of the Daily Bugle, especially because of the symbol on his chest (could be mistaken for an X, used by many mutant teams, such as the X-Men; Willis may or may not be a mutant).

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Black Death took a special interest in Gravity finding any chance to humiliate the new hero. [5] Black Death then took up the identity as the hero "Greenwich Guardian" to further break Gravity and destroy the university. However he was strong for Black Death. After the battle, Gravity is congratulated by Spider-Man. Which gave him the confidence to continue on as a hero. [6]

Gravity later tries to get into the Avengers Christmas party, but kept getting turned away. But when he was eventually allowed in the are attacked by Ultron| dressed and Santa.[7]

Battleworld

After a battle with Gravity Brushfire; he along with other heroes are taken to Battleworld, along with Spider-Man (Impostor), Medusa, Wasp, Firebird, Venom and Henry Pym by a being claiming to be the Beyonder.[8][9] Later, when Uatu the Watcher appeared, the 'Beyonder' was proven to be a hoax, It ended up being another cosmic entity known as The Stranger.[10][11] The being then decided to destroy the planet, setting it to self destruct. Gravity forfeited his life to hold the planet together long enough for the others to escape.[12][13]

Fantastic Four

The new Fantastic Four found out that Gravity's grave had been desecrated. They followed a trail and found that he had been put into a cocoon by Epoch.[14] This was fought over briefly by the Silver Surfer and the Fantastic Four, until Gravity emerged as the new Protector Of The Universe, because Quasar lost his life in the recent Annihilation war. [15][16] Gravity used his powers up to save the being that gave him these powers when Galactus came to consume it. This sated Galactus, whom left peacefully. Gravity and the FF returned to Earth and he left for home.[17][18]

50-State Initiative

Gravity was recruited into the 50-State Initiative[19][20][21][22] Gravity was among the many heroes to attend the fake funeral for the Invisible Woman [23][24]

Bastards of Evil

Gravity had prepared for his trip to New York. But instead of taking a bus, he used his powers to travel. But en route, he spots a nuclear explosion. Investigating and putting on his costume, he rescued survivors, before finding the cause of the explosion: a superhuman calling himself Warhead of the Bastards of Evil, self-proclaimed son of Radioactive Man. Warhead unleashed another explosion that kills two innocent bystanders. Gravity was able to subdue him, before resuming his trip.The encounter convinces Gravity to not give up his heroing career, returning home to retrieve his costume before returning to Manhattan.[25]

Young Allies

Gravity became involved investigating the Bastards of Evil after they attacked Manhattan.[26][27][28] This attack including Warhead causing a nuclear explosion at Ground Zero that presumably killed himself in the process.[29] Gravity teamed up with recently unretired superheroine Firestar to learn more about the remaining Bastards.[30] The pair, along with Spider-Girl, Nomad and Toro, defeated the Bastards of Evil and revealed that they were actually kidnapped victims of the Superior, the alleged son of the Leader. When Nomad suggested the group form an official heroing team, Gravity firmly rejected the idea, stating that he was "over the team thing."[31]

Gravity is one of the many young heroes invited to the prom at the Avengers Academy. [32]

The young allies are then forced to fight the recently returned Onslaught.[33] Working with the Secret Avengers, the Young Allies contend with murderous child soldiers and their remorseless leader. [34][35] But working together they are able to defeat Onslaught.[36]

The Young Allies help in the battle between the Kree and the Cult of the Negative Zone [37]

Fear Itself

When Commander Steve Rogers requests that Prodigy (Ritchie Gilmore) create a new Initiative of volunteers to combat the growing fear within the nation, Gravity is among the former Initiative members that answer the call. [38] Accompanied by Firestar, Gravity is appointed as co-team leader of one of the sections.[39] His former Heavy Hitters teammate Hardball, recognised as a hero once again due to his role in Camp H.A.M.M.E.R.'s downfall, taunted Gravity for his lack of leadership skill, leading to a confrontation between the two. [40] Komodo and Firestar quickly break it up.[41][42][43]

Spider-Island

The Young Allies also help defend New York during the Spider-Island incident.[44][45] [46][47] On the Hudson River bridge, Gravity fights against Spider-King. Venom (Flash Thompson) arrived and fought the spider-beast but was having trouble focusing on the mission. He decided that after this mission he’s done being Venom. He spotted Gravity and threw him in the air. Spider-King approached him and threatened to kill him if he did not step aside. Gravity fell down on the spider-beast and knocked him out.[48] Working with the other Avengers they are able to save New York.[49][50][51]

Gravity is among the many heroes attacked by Carrion possed Superior Spider-Man [52]

Young Avengers

Gravity was among the group of young heroes who arrived when the Young Avengers called "Avengers Assemble." They were nicknamed Thin Spandex Line.[53] Together they battled Mother, a dangerous Interdimensional Parasite.[54][55][56]

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers

  • Graviton Field: Gravity controls a thin layer of gravitons (The theoretical particles for gravity) that act as a second skin. He can push and pull matter, but with better concentration he can do more complex things, such as controlling the weight of an object, flying, or shooting concussive blasts. When he was reborn, Epoch claimed that he had "power enough to shake the cosmos," and was powerful enough to take on Galactus, though he used this fuel and gave it to Galactus.[57][58][59]
Power Grid [60]
Intelligence
 2
Strength
 3
Speed
 2
Durability
 2
Energy Projection
 3
Fighting Skills
 2

ParaphernaliaEdit

Equipment

  • Whilst possessing the Protector Of The Universe powers, he didn't wear a pair of Quantum Bands like the previous 5 Protectors.

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Footnotes

  1. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #4
  2. Gravity #1
  3. Gravity #2
  4. Gravity #3
  5. Gravity #4
  6. Gravity #5
  7. Marvel Holiday Special #2005
  8. Beyond #1
  9. Beyond #2
  10. Beyond #3
  11. Beyond #4
  12. Beyond #5
  13. Beyond #6
  14. Fantastic Four #545
  15. Black Panther Vol 4 #27
  16. Fantastic Four #546
  17. Fantastic Four #550
  18. Fantastic Four #556
  19. Avengers: The Initiative #17
  20. Avengers: The Initiative #18
  21. Avengers: The Initiative Special #1
  22. Avengers: The Initiative #19
  23. Fantastic Four #562
  24. Avengers: The Initiative #25
  25. Age of Heroes #2
  26. Young Allies Vol 2 #1
  27. Young Allies Vol 2 #2
  28. Young Allies Vol 2 #3
  29. Young Allies Vol 2 #4
  30. Young Allies Vol 2 #5
  31. Young Allies Vol 2 #6
  32. Avengers Academy #13
  33. Onslaught Unleashed #1
  34. Onslaught Unleashed #2
  35. Onslaught Unleashed #3
  36. Onslaught Unleashed #4
  37. FF #11
  38. Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #1
  39. Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #2
  40. Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #3
  41. Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #4
  42. Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #5
  43. Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #6
  44. Amazing Spider-Man #666
  45. Amazing Spider-Man #667
  46. Amazing Spider-Man #668
  47. Spider-Island: Cloak & Dagger #1
  48. Venom Vol 2 #6
  49. Amazing Spider-Man #671
  50. Amazing Spider-Man #672
  51. Amazing Spider-Man #673
  52. Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1
  53. Young Avengers Vol 2 #11
  54. Young Avengers Vol 2 #12
  55. Young Avengers Vol 2 #13
  56. Young Avengers Vol 2 #14
  57. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #5
  58. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #4
  59. Marvel Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide #1
  60. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 4



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