Criminal, former physicist
Place of Birth
Banff, Alberta, Canada
A.I.M.; (formerly) Graviton's Forces, Spider-Framer, leader of the Sky Raiders, leader of a group consisting of Halflife, Quantum, and Zzzax
Ph.D. in physics
Black with streaks of grey
Frank Hall has the superhuman ability to control gravitation. His power
is so great as to nearly be immeasurable. He can increase and decrease
gravity to a nearly unlimited number of objects at the same time, even
while distracted. He has proven to control the gravity around objects of
any mass, even particles of energy and objects slightly out of phase
with reality. With his powers, he can fly. In addition, he can also form gravitic force bolts and force fields.
Dr. Hall is a skilled physicist.
Franklin Hall was born far Alberta, Canada. He excelled at
school his entire life, especially showing promise in the sciences. As an adult, Franklin became a lead scientist--considered by many to be the most
brilliant--at a small private physics research institute called Research City in the Canadian
Rockies. During an experiment on particle acceleration, Dr. Hall attempted to align a
particular set of graviton matrices to induce a teleportation effect; however, Franklin overloaded the power which caused an explosion. As a result of explosion, Dr. Hall's molecules intermingled with the sub-nuclear graviton particles that
were being generated in a nearby series of companion particle
accelerators. Recovering from the accident, Hall discovered that he
could mentally control gravity.
At first, Franklin hid this powers from the world, thinking that
others would see him as a freak. So, he did his best to mask his
immense superhuman ability. However, it wasn't long until Hall's will broke and he began using his gravitational abilities for his gain. Much to his joy, people began to fear him. Therefore, being
a man of drive and resource, Dr. Hall quickly fashioned himself an elaborate
costume and took on the name "Graviton."
Soon after, Graviton took over his old research facility and
used his powers to life it thousands of feet into the air. Soon, the Avengers showed up in an attempt to rescue the research center. However, the Avengers quickly fell to Graviton's extreme powers and he imprisoned them, except for Black Panther. He escaped and summoned Iron Man and Thor to do battle with Graviton. During the battle, the two heroes tricked Graviton into believing that his love interest had killed
herself upon discovering his evil ways. Graviton's rage from hearing this information resulted in the entire complex
collapsing in on itself into a giant ball--which Thor hurled into the Hudson River. Graviton survived, but was temporarily turned
into a 60-foot giant with black-hole powers. This resulted in Graviton battling both the Thing and Black Bolt. Fortunately, he was able to
separate his organic atoms from the land mass he had merged with and he returned to his normal size. (To learn about the team and/or characters above, just click on their name above.)
Later on, Graviton attempted to find a female companion by taking a New York
department store hostage and levitating it high about the towers of the city. However, Thor came to battle Graviton, and during the battle Graviton was cast into a dimensional void. For months he drifted in a state of suspended animation until a sudden
influx of energy restored Graviton's consciousness which allowed him to return back to Earth.
Graviton then began setting up a base of operations in Los Angeles. It was from here that he attempted to unite all of the criminal mobs under his leadership; however, this time he was thwarted by the newly-formed West Coast Avengers. Afterward, Graviton was taken into police custody under heavy sedation; thus, prevent him from using his powers. However, soon after, Graviton found a way to escape custody. (To learn about the West Coast Avengers, click on the highlighted name above.)
Afterward, Graviton recruited Halflife, Quantum, and Zzzax to from a team based on the four "Fundamental Forces." Although with this team, Graviton temporarily defeated the West Coast Avengers, he was eventually thwarted when the Avenger Tigra turned the villains against each other. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn more about team and/or characters. Note: Beware of the very revealing outfits wore by Tigra on her bio page.)
At one point, the Kingpin hired Graviton to defeat Spider-Man--which he did. However, Spider-Man returned (now cosmic-powered by Captain Universe) and defeated Gravition. (To learn more about the characters above, just click on their highlighted names. Note: Beware of the revealing and/or form-fitting outfits worn by some on Captain Universe's bio page.)
Later on, seeking revenge on the Avengers, Graviton again battled the team. However, during the battle, the Vision
merged his intangible android body with Graviton. From there, Vision increased his
density, causing Graviton's density to collapse in on itself. The result shunted Graviton from reality and into another dimension. In this dimension, the natives (P'Tah) hailed him as one of a gods. Graviton used this to his advantage, but soon the P'Tah's limited intelligence left him frustrated and eventually Graviton constructed a beacon so that someone
might find and rescue him. (Click on the names above to learn about the highlighted character and/or race.)
Months later, Graviton's signal was noticed by the robotic Techno (who was working with Baron Zemo at the time). Under Zemo's direction, Techno reconfigured a robotic version of the Hulk, and sent the robot against the Thunderbolts. The resulting battle allowed the robot to siphon and
store enough energy to breach the dimensional barriers and release Graviton. Upon his release, Graviton lashed out at the
Thunderbolts and the Lightning Rods (aka future Great Lakes Avengers) who were on the scene. He was about to kill them all when the Thunderbolt Moonstone
convinced Graviton that his power and ambition meant nothing if he had no purpose. Losing face, Graviton left the scene to think about this fact. (To learn about the characters and/or teams above, just click on their names. Note: Beware of the skin-tight outfit on Moonstone's bio page.)
Later, Graviton returned commanding a large mass of floating land and
declaring himself ruler of a new nation: Sky Island. His subjects, Sky Raiders,
began to loot and pillage San Francisco. Once again, he was
opposed by the Thunderbolts and Archangel, but he defeated them all. However, they were all freed by the Thunderbolt Jolt (who borrowed technology derived from Machine Man) whose flight capabilities were powered by "canceling out the gravity
equation." Now unaffected by Graviton's power, the Thunderbolts escaped and
continued to battle. Ultimately, Graviton's gravitational force rushed
inward, collapsing inward on himself once again, and he was shunted to
another dimension--just like before. (Click on the names above to learn about the highlighted team and/or characters. Note: Beware of the form-fitting outfit on Jolt's bio page.)
Eventually, Graviton was rescued from this dimension by M'Reel--a representative of the P'Tah. The two returned to Earth. M'Reel encouraged Graviton to begin discovering his
true purpose which resulted in the recruiting of Moonstone for
help (he was still spurred by her accusations of thinking too small).
Moonstone helped Graviton further refine his god-like power and fueled
his ego (she thought that by doing so, she would be able to manipulate him for her benefit). However, Graviton embarked on an ambitious plan to capture
every major world city, hold the world's heroes captive, and literally
reshape the planet in his own image.
Later on, still fueled by revenge, Graviton confronted the headquarters of the
Thunderbolts. There were many casualties in the battle; however, through a
mixture of surprise tactics and negotiation, the team
managed to fight Graviton to a standstill due to sustaining fatal injuries. Soon after, it was discovered that M'Reel was surreptitiously
using Graviton's ambient energies, funneling them in order to open a portal
to the P'Tah's dimension. M'Reel succeeded in opening the portal,
revealing this to be his motives in helping Graviton. It took Graviton's dying effort to cause
the portal to implode, sending himself and the P'Tah back in the dimension. At the same
time, Graviton attempted to save the Thunderbolts from a similar fate, using
his powers to send them to the planet known as Counter-Earth. Unable to survive his injuries and the dimensional fold, Graviton was presumed dead. (Click on the highlighted name above to learn the Counter-Earth.)
At one point, Graviton was seen among villains who were attempting to escape the Raft after Electro engineered a mass breakout trying to free Sauron. As they were trying to escape, the villains were confronted by many heroes who would eventually become the New Avengers. Graviton, however, easily fought them off until Iron Man got the drop on him by flying in at an extreme speed and
firing a new heat beam from his chestplate. He nearly killed Graviton, and might have if Captain America had not order Iron Man to stand down. (To learn about the above highlighted place, characters, and/or team, just click on their names.)
More recently, A.I.M. offered Graviton the position of "Minister of Science" in their new High Council, after the organization became public. When the Secret Avengers attempted to assassinate A.I.M.'s Scientist Supreme (Andrew Forson), Graviton attacked them, but was quickly stopped by an assault from sentient Iron Patriot armors led by the Hulk.
To learn a little bit more about Graviton, click on the following link, http://marvel.com/universe/Graviton.
Dr. Franklin Hall appeared in the TV series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. played by Ian Hart.