Thanks to casual gamers I finally have something to write about. At his request today we want to take a look at one of the second-rate scammers in Spider-Man’s gallery: Mendel Stromm, master robot. So far he has only appeared once in a live action, which was shown by Ron Perkins in the first Spider-Man movie. In this version Stromm is a scientist, Norman Osborne’s assistant, who expresses some doubts about them and especially about Osborne’s decision to test it on itself. Unfortunately he still helps him and in a fit of rage Norman kills him right after the trial. In comics nobody stays dead or innocent for long, and Stromm comes back with a whole new identity and personality. Let’s look at it together.
Mendel Stromm was born somewhere in Germany and was a sick child who stayed alive thanks to his only passion: robotics. The child’s passion became a matter for adults, and his talent brought him to the United States where he could continue his education and hone his skills. It was there that he was noticed by Norman Osborne, another brilliant and talented scientist who managed to win Stramm as a business partner in his new company, Osborne Industries. Stromm’s abilities were truly remarkable and he proved that he could extend his genius beyond robotics by successfully synthesizing a chemical that could increase human strength. http://220.127.116.11/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/1606278828_112_Mendel-Stromm-Robot-MasterGaunt—Whos-Who.jpg – Whos-Who.jpg, a working version of the Soldier’s Super Serum… a formula that Stromm secretly tested on himself. Osborne was satisfied, but he wanted the formula for himself: He started spying on his partner until he caught him borrowing money from the company. Norman turned to Mendel for embezzlement and made a fortune with his partner’s findings while he was in prison. Stromm spent ten years in prison, time spent taking revenge on his treacherous and unfaithful business partner. When he finally got out of prison, Stromm deliberately built a number of deadly robots, which he unleashed against his enemy Norman Osborne: He approached him to kill him, but one of New York’s new heroes, Spider-Man, stepped in and rescued the businessman. The shock of the failure of his long-awaited revenge when he was so close was great, and when Osborne shot him and just let him go through Spider-Man’s intervention, the tension was too great and Strom died of a heart attack. Well, apparently, because the serum in his veins kept him alive by constantly regenerating damaged tissue… even in his grave. While he was buried, Strom’s crusade was caused by a robotic copy of himself that he had built before, but even this one was destroyed. It was Norman Osborne himself who, presumably, dug up his body and discovered to his amazement that he was still alive, even though he was only just.
Osborne provided his former partner with a robot suit that could withstand his failing body, and then he was able to free the electricity from his addiction to it thanks to Seward Trainer. All Osborne demanded electricity in exchange for his new life was a small price to pay: Spider-Man. Stramm nicknamed his replica robot Robot Master and took the nickname Gaunt and launched a large-scale attack on Spider-Man (until then the mask had been equipped with a clone of the original, Ben Riley). When he began building a brand new armor, Gaunt hired other villains such as Arcade, Hobgoblin, Regenerator and cybernetic mercenaries known as Cell-12 to occupy Hero. He eventually intervened to kill Spider-Man himself, but failed because the hero himself stood above his massive new armor. Tired of failure, Osborne shot him with a concussion, but didn’t kill him, thanks to some improvements by Stromm. But Stromm, who suffered from amnesia, dragged himself to his first hiding place and stayed there to heal. The master robot only surfaced when he heard the name Osborne from a passerby: His heart and mind awoke from a thirst for revenge for Osborne and Spider-Man, Stramm ignited his old hatred and began working on a brand new project that would turn him into a robot to achieve his goal. He found a way to control his robots through brainwaves and even combined his consciousness with his computer… and exposed himself to unforeseen risks when the A.I. took control, cut off his head and forced him to merge deeper than expected. The power/computer hybrid worked perfectly and took control of the entire New York computer network. When Spider-Man (original) found him this time, Stromm begged him to commit suicide, because he was lost by J.O., with whom he was connected. The hero refused to do so, but instead he infected him with the virus and put Stromm in a program with suspended animation loops, a quiet landscape for a change, so he could stay there until a cure for his unique disease became available. Even his vacation didn’t last long, because S.H.I.E.L.D. found him in the cyber-limbbo and woke him up to take advantage of its services. It’s kind of risky…
Mendel Stromm is a brilliant man, but in many ways vulnerable to madness, from his work to his fixation on revenge on Osborne and Spider-Man, the two people responsible for his downfall. As a Master Robot, or Glove, he is a brilliant engineer, an expert in robotics, able to create and control many robots of all shapes and functions through technopathy; the goblin formula in his body makes him extremely strong, he is able to regenerate any damaged tissue; over the years he has improved cybernetics and acquired superhuman strength, power, speed and agility, implanting various weapons into his cybernetic body. The master of the robot who himself became a robot, Gant – a mad genius, a brilliant scientist, driven by his mononal personality: either a waste of great potential or his greatest achievement.
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