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Doctor Cornelius
Abraham Cornelius as depicted in Death of Wolverine #4 (December 2014). Art by Steve McNiven (penciller), Jay Leisten (inker), and Justin Ponsor (colorist).
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceMarvel Comics Presents #73 (March 1991)
Created byBarry Windsor-Smith
In-story information
Alter egoDr. Abraham B. Cornelius
Team affiliationsWeapon X
The Hand
PartnershipsMatsu'o Tsurayaba
AbilitiesScientific genius

Abraham Cornelius is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He works as a scientist for Weapon X and was one of the people who played a part in the origin of Wolverine.

Publication history

He was first mentioned in Barry Windsor-Smith's eight page preview prequel chapter to the original "Weapon X" story arc in Marvel Comics Presents #72 but first appeared in Marvel Comics Presents #73 (March 1991).

Fictional character biography

Dr. Abraham Cornelius, one of the senior scientists for Weapon X, is employed by the mysterious Professor Andre Thorton and partnered with a young Dr. Carol Hines. Sometime after World War II, Wolverine is taken in by the project and Cornelius is assigned with the task of perfecting and using a technique that would bond the indestructible alloy adamantium to human bone cells. This adamantium-bonding process was first created by Lord Dark Wind (Lady Deathstrike's father), but is only put into use after being perfected by Cornelius when he succeeds in bonding Logan's skeleton with adamantium, after which Logan is indoctrinated into the Weapon X assassin program.[1]

Years later, Japanese crime lord Matsu'o Tsurayaba and his allies, including former Weapon X scientist Doctor Cornelius, resurrect the Russian super-soldier Omega Red. In order to stabilize his mutant power, Omega Red requires the Carbonadium Synthesizer, a device stolen from him by Team X decades earlier. Omega Red captures Wolverine, who had the location of the C-Synthesizer buried in his memory, and several of Wolverine's teammates in the X-Men. Maverick is hired by former Team X liaison Major Arthur Barrington to prevent Omega Red from obtaining the device, and he tracks another former Team X member, Sabretooth, to Omega Red's location. With Maverick's help, the X-Men are able to defeat the villains. In the final confrontation between the Hand and Wolverine, Cornelius is apparently killed by Maverick.[2]

During the "Death of Wolverine" storyline, Abraham Cornelius resurfaces and seems to have near unlimited amounts of money. He is collecting anyone that has adamantium and has put a price on Logan's head so high that it's prompted nearly every assassin and mercenary to attack Wolverine.[3] Wolverine later tracks down Abraham Cornelius. After defeating Dr. Cornelius' latest experiment, Wolverine slashed the adamantium container before it could be infected with Dr. Cornelius' chemicals and Wolverine gets covered in it during the process. Before Wolverine died from suffocation from the hardening adamantium, he managed to kill Abraham Cornelius.[4]

Other versions

Ultimate Marvel

In the Ultimate Marvel Universe, Doctor Cornelius plays a much larger role than his mainstream counterpart. He first appeared in the Ultimate X-Men story arc Return to Weapon-X.[5]

In this version, Doctor Cornelius along with his benefactor, Colonel John Wraith heads up the Weapon X Program. Unlike his benefactor though, he does not seem to harbor any anti-mutant sentiments, but he merely wishes to conduct experiments on mutants to indulge his own curiosities. The Weapon X Program is sanctioned by S.H.I.E.L.D. during the Gulf War and results with the creation of Wolverine, their greatest achievement ever. After Wolverine escapes, Weapon X captures several other mutants to be his replacements and eventually captures the X-Men as well. In their captivity, Cornelius augments the Beast's natural abilities along with giving him a keen sense of smell. This procedure causes Beast to transform even more by growing blue fur all over his body and growing claws on his hands and feet. During the breakout, Wraith shoots Xavier and Cornelius, aided by Beast, manages to save him. After Wraith is killed by Nick Fury and Weapon X is shut down by S.H.I.E.L.D., Cornelius' whereabouts are unknown. It is not confirmed if he has anything to do with the rogue Weapon X agents led by Tara who hunt Wolverine all over Manhattan and participate with the coup against the President of the United States.[5]

Later, he recruits the quadriplegic Lady Deathstrike and offers her a chance of revenge against Storm, the person who is responsible for her present condition. He splices some of Wolverine's DNA with hers which gives her a healing factor that is twice as fast as Wolverine's and also bonds her shattered body with adamantium. Cornelius' true objective however is to capture Wolverine since he is accompanied by Storm at that time and he uses that fact to manipulate Deathstrike. His attempts, however, end in failure with Deathstrike being captured and imprisoned in the Triskelion and his chopper being blown up. He is presumed dead.[6]

It was revealed that he survived the helicopter crash but has been horribly disfigured. He is responsible for Sabretooth's latest attack on Wolverine in order to gain a tissue sample. The attack works and Cornelius is shown planning to use the flesh to clone a more compliant Wolverine.[7]

In Ultimate Origins, it is revealed that Cornelius' experiments on Wolverine created the mutant gene, which he claims is how humanity will survive.[8][9]

Apart from the scarring, the Ultimate Marvel version of Doctor Cornelius resembles Professor Thornton (the original Director of the Weapon X project in the mainstream universe).

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  1. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #72-82. Marvel Comics.
  2. ^ X-Men #7. Marvel Comics.
  3. ^ Death of Wolverine #3. Marvel Comics.
  4. ^ Death of Wolverine #4. Marvel Comics.
  5. ^ a b Ultimate X-Men #7-12. Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ Ultimate X-Men #58-60. Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ Ultimate X-Men #89. Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ Ultimate Origin #1. Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ Ultimate Origins #5. Marvel Comics.