After Project: Rebirth created a successful super-soldier prototype, the concept of living weapons garnered enough interest to create the Weapon Plus Program. With Rebirth and Captain America retroactively designated Weapon I, Weapon Plus continued forward with new experiments.
The first nine instalments of Weapon Plus were partially successful. Several Iterations were able to produce viable super-soldiers. Weapon X produced a number of agents, though it branched off and even became opposed to Weapon Plus's interests. To prevent subsidiary programs from going rogue, Weapon Plus directly oversaw the creation of the last living weapons operating in the clandestine facilities of The World, employing Bolivar Trask's Sentinel technology.
Throughout the decades, Weapon Plus has used increasingly more extreme methods to create its super soldiers. Weapon X employed genetic alteration, brainwashing and memory implants. The latest creations were bred specifically to become mutant-hunting weapons much deadlier than Sentinels.
The whole concept began as a collaboration between US, British and German eugenicists led by Doctors Erskine and Koch. They were inspired by the captured American John Steele. When WWII began, Koch took over the German program, and Erskine moved to the American program.[verification needed]
Project: Rebirth, the most well known and public iteration, was headed by Professor Abraham Erskine who created Captain America, considered by Weapon Plus to be its most successful product of the entire program.
Also reportedly focused on animals.
(It's possible the British division of Weapon Plus had their own numerology, accounting for the above discrepancy.)
Weapons IV - VI
Weapons IV, V, and VI experimented on various ethnic groups and prisoners.
Weapon VII: Nuke
Weapon VII, aka Project: Homegrown, experimented on human soldiers during the Vietnam War. Some of the known participants who died in Project: Homegrown included Andrew Perlmutter, Michael Labash, John Walsh, James MacPherson and fourteen other unknown recruits. The only known successful subject of Project: Homegrown was Sgt. Frank Simpson codenamed "Nuke", who had armored implants under his epidermis and was given Adrenaline Pills to alter and control his mood. Logan, who would later become one of Weapon Plus' victims, kidnapped Nuke as a child, who oversaw his conditioning.[verification needed]
Weapon VIII - IX
Weapon VIII use of drugs and hypnosis to trigger assassins/sleeper agents.
Weapon X was implemented as a covert government operation by the Canadian government Department K and funded by the U.S. Developed to turn willing and unwilling participants mostly mutants and humans into living weapons.
No individual with the 'Weapon XI' moniker has been identified. Weapon Plus had already moved on to Weapon XIII before Weapon X was shut down.
Weapons from The World
The following weapons were created under the direct influence of the Sublime bacterium and inside The World, a facility originally based in Britain, that warped time to grow and develop a entire civilization solely for the production of super-soldiers. The end result was to be a team called the Super-Sentinels, a mutant-hunting team of "superheroes" with a base in a Weapon Plus space station. This team, a brainchild of John Sublime, was intended to be a publicity stunt what would commercialize the genocide of mutants as part of a reality show. This was supposed to make it more palatable to the public.
Weapon Plus created Weapon XII (aka Huntsman, real name Zone Cluster 6) at the England-based facilities of The World. He was the first living weapon created employing artificial evolution and nanosentinel technology. Weapon XII was "accidentally" unleashed on the Channel Tunnel and fought X-Corporation members Cannonball, M, Darkstar, Rictor, Siryn and Multiple Man. Weapon XII was eliminated by Fantomex with the aid of Jean Grey and Professor X, but at the cost of Darkstar's life.
Weapon Plus created Weapon XIII Fantomex, whose real name is Charlie Cluster-7, also at The World. However, Fantomex rebelled against his creators. Like in the case of Weapon XII, Fantomex's powers derive from Nanosentinel technology.
Weapon XIV was created in The World by John Sublime using ovaries stolen from Emma Frost to create daughters/clones the Stepford Cuckoos. Originally numbering in the thousands, only 5 were active and in the end only 3 remained. They were created to entrap the Phoenix Force in order to use its power to fuel their psychic abilities so they can wipe out all mutants on earth.
Weapon XVI is a "living religion", a virus that attacks the "faith reserves" and makes them subservient to the World's sentience. In order for it to work one has to believe in some sort of god.
Todd Ziller was a volunteer in the new Super-Soldier process. They could not recreate the serum so used existing transformative substances. The final result included Gamma enhancements, Mutant Growth Hormone, Pym Particles and the Connors Formula. The resulting application of the serum in Ziller's body turned him into a giant reptile similar to Godzilla, for which he was given the alias of "American Kaiju."
Checks and Balances
While the project was underway various groups and factions including some within the participating governments funded the creation of a separate initiative to make countermeasures for the Weapon Plus Programs. Members of the Weapon Plus Projects were completely unaware that the schematics of their projects were given to Weapon Minus to construct fail-safe for their products.
Total Elimination of Super-Soldiers
Originally made by a paranoid Professor Schumann who was worried that the super-soilders would take over the world. It was never deployed having been built in secret and housed in Schumann's old residence until it was activated by a desperate S.H.I.E.L.D. agent looking for revenge. The only known product was TESS-One.
A number of scientists were funded by SHIELD to create counters to the Weapon Plus program in case it went off the rails. In what was then explicitly labelled the Weapon Minus program, one of these scientists when his branch of the project had his funding and materials cut was forced to test the resultant mixture of Super-Solider Serum and LSD on himself, the result was named Doctor Mindbubble. He was intended to counter Weapon VII; Nuke
Equipment: State-of-the-art and sophisticated equipment.
Weapons: Military standard when not accounting for weapons equipped to the Super Solders and those geared to take down the Super soldiers themselves
- It should be noted that by the time of the World weapons all iterations had some-kind of self destruct triggers implanted in them. This was used to destroy the Huntsman.
- In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it is revealed that Wolverine is the "Weapon X" due to being the tenth experiment of William Stryker. A Weapon XI, combining the powers of various mutants (Logan, Scott Summers, John Wraith, Wade Wilson) appears, designated "Deadpool" due it having access to a "pool" of powers.
- No trivia.
- 40 Weapon Plus (Earth-616) Members
- 9 Appearances of Weapon Plus (Earth-616)
- 1 Minor Appearances of Weapon Plus (Earth-616)
- 19 Media Weapon Plus (Earth-616) was Mentioned in
- 2 Images that include Weapon Plus (Earth-616)
- Team Gallery: Weapon Plus (Earth-616)
Links and References
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Dark Reign: The List - Wolverine #1
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 New X-Men #145
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Weapon X Vol 2 #23
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 New X-Men #142-145
- ↑ Marvels Project #2-4
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 New X-Men #130
- ↑ Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol 2 #6
- ↑ Uncanny X-Force #22
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Wolverine: Origins #3-5
- ↑ Wolverine Vol 2 #50
- ↑ New X-Men #143
- ↑ New X-Men #128-130
- ↑ New Avengers Vol 4 #9
- ↑ Captain America Annual #8