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Francis Noche was a former mob enforcer who gained super strength after he took an experimental steroid. Francis's newfound abilities put him on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Gifted Index. S.H.I.E.L.D. didn't find that he was too much of a threat that he needed to be put down, but they did manage to handicap him. The extent of Francis's handicap is unknown, but he remained that way until he was freed by Calvin Zabo, who convinced Francis into joining him in his personal crusade against S.H.I.E.L.D. and its new director Phil Coulson. Francis followed Cal and his associate Wendell Levi to New York, where they picked up Karla Faye Gideon, and then to the Brynmore Psychiatric Facility in Ohio, where they broke out David A. Angar.

With his team assembled, Cal took them to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Director Coulson's hometown, where they would force S.H.I.E.L.D. out into the open. Cal had Angar step into the middle of the local high school's football team and scream. Angar's voice had the ability to put anyone who heard it into a catatonic state, and all the nearby students who heard Angar scream immediately passed out. Cal had Francis and Karla hold the students hostage until Coulson turned himself in. Once Coulson showed up, he appeared to turn himself over to Cal, but before anything could happen Cal disappeared in a field of blue light. Coulson and his team used the confusion to their advantage, and attacked the remainder of Cal's team. Agent Melinda May fought Francis and took him back into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.[1]

Powers

  • Enhanced Strength: An experimental steroid endowed Francis Noche with enhanced strength.


Weaknesses

  • Limited intelligence

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