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A genius scientist and poster-boy for Alva Industries, Curtis Metcalf was blamed for causing Dakota City's Big Bang by his own former boss, Edwin Alva. To protect himself, Curtis developed a suit of power armor and the identity Hardware to let him clear his name and get vengeance on Alva.
Powers and Abilities
- Genius Level Intellect: After graduating from college, Metcalf had six degrees, and he started working at Alva Industries at just 14.
- Hardware: The Hardware Armor is a powerful suit of armor of Metcalf's own design, equiped using a Shell Forge, and partially piloted by an artificial intelligence named P.O.P. The suit contains a wide array of weapons, including knives, sonic pulse weapons, and plasma weapons.
- Superhuman Durability: The Hardware Armor fully protects Metcalf from most weaponry, although individual components can be damaged.
- Flight: The Armor comes with both a removable jetpack and thrust boots, allowing Metcalf to fly at high speeds. The armor's standard maximum altitude is approximately 22,000 feet, but it can reach up to 38,000 feet if allof the suit's power is focused on its flight and oxygen systems.
- Prior to becoming Hardware, Curtis partnered with Virgil Hawkins, who later become the hero Static, for a science program.
- 6 Appearances of Curtis Metcalf (Earth M)
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- 1 Quotations by or about Curtis Metcalf (Earth M)
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