Dr. Bill Foster , played by actor Laurence Fishburne, plays a former collaborator of Hank Pym’s “Goliath show” in the movie Ant-Man and The Wasp . Goliath is precisely the name of one of the black superheroes least known by the general public.
Bill Foster is one of Marvel’s first major African-American heroes, though he was a brilliant scientist long before he donned a costume. Foster began his career as a lab assistant to Hank Pym, but went on to work on Project Pegasus as well. Eventually Foster developed his own version of the Pym Particle formula and became a superhero.
However, as you can imagine, the story of this character has an interesting trajectory in the cartoons. Whether as Giant-Man, Goliath, or Black Goliath, only true fans have heard of this character.
Discover with us a little more about the history of Goliath and all those who have borne his name in comics since his origin!
How could it be otherwise, the first Giant-Man (Giant Man), was none other than Hank Pym , our favorite scientist with character problems and little mental stability. In Tales to Astonish #49 (1963), the work of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Pym designed a new variety of his size-changing formula and assumed the identity of Giant-Man, living countless adventures alongside his incomparable companion The Wasp.
In Avengers #28 (1966), the work of Stan Lee and Don Heck, Pym changed his costume and identity and assumed the name Goliath . And in Avengers #63 (1963), the work of Roy Thomas and Gene Colan, it was Clint Barton (Hawkeye) himself who hung up the bow and arrows and assumed the identity of Goliath II.
Bill Foster, brilliant scientist
Bill Foster was originally created by Stan Lee and Don Heck in the pages of The Avengers #32 (1966), though it would be some time before he gained powers and adopted a costumed identity.
William Foster, better known as Bill, was born on the outskirts of Los Angeles, but his above-average intelligence allowed him to escape from that reality. He studied at the California Institute of Technology, where he trained and earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry . Upon completion of his studies, he got a job with the Planning and Research Division at a Tony Stark factory, where he was appointed as a laboratory assistant to Dr. Hank Pym.
At the time, Pym was still testing the formula for size increase, but he was still very unstable. In a test, Pym applied the formula on himself, but found himself imprisoned in his new 10-foot-tall form. It was thanks to Bill’s knowledge that they got a cure and Hank Pym was able to return to his normal size.
After that, Bill Foster was transferred to Los Angeles, where he became the head of the Research and Development Section of Stark International. But Bill had memorized the Pym Particle formula and secretly worked to eliminate the side effects of the growth formula. Finally, he managed to get the expected result and duplicated Hank Pym’s powers.
It wasn’t until 1975 that writer Tony Isabella and artist George Tuska revamped the character of Bill Foster in the pages of Power Man #24, where he made his debut as Black Goliath (at a time when most African and African-American heroes had the word “black” in their codenames).
Black Goliath managed to have a short-lived solo series, before becoming a recurring character in such series as The Champions, Marvel Two-In-One, and The Avengers.
During an adventure with The Thing, the FF member convinced him to change his name to Giant-Man , thus cementing his status as Hank Pym’s heir. However, he would later return to the name of Black Goliath and, again, just Goliath .
powers and abilities
Using his own version of the Pym Particle formula, Foster gained the ability to increase his mass and grow to a height of up to 25 feet/7.62 meters. His strength increases proportionally with his size, allowing him to lift several tons with ease. The only drawback is that the size change leaves Foster exhausted the more he uses it.
However, the first thing he did when he got his powers was to try to win back the love of Claire Temple (the same one who appears in the Netflix Marvel series played by Rosario Dawson), whom he met when they were studying at the University. However, she was dating Luke Cage at the time, which led to conflict between the two heroes. To make matters worse, Claire was kidnapped by the Circus of Crime, but this caused the two heroes to smooth things over and Foster finally decided to use her powers for good.
Foster is also a brilliant scientist and biochemist, with an intellect on par with Hank Pym.
In one of the most questionable moments of his career, Bill Foster moved to the Savage Land to work in the High Evolutionary’s lab. This happened during The Evolutionary War (1998) crossover and our hero was finally able to alert the West Coast Avengers of the villain’s plan to detonate a “genetic bomb” that would have had devastating effects. At the end of this story, Foster discovered that he had cancer, forcing him to remain in his giant form until a cure was found.
Bill Foster’s last appearance came during the events of Civil War (2006), when he sided with the underground, anti-registration faction headed by Captain America. Goliath became the first major casualty of the conflict when he was killed by Ragnarok, a cyborg clone of Thor created by Iron Man who pierced Foster’s chest with a bolt from his hammer.
Foster was buried in his giant form, after Tony Stark paid for the 38 plots necessary to accommodate his body. His death drastically affected the balance of forces in the conflict, with many heroes rethinking their position and many changing sides, such as Spider-Man, who decided to support Captain America.
Bill Foster was an inspiration for many characters during his career as a superhero. Among those people was his nephew, Thomas Foster . Just as brilliant as Bill, Thomas was an MIT student who after Goliath’s death swore that he would avenge his uncle’s death and decode the Pym Particle formula. However, Thomas would only get the growth powers after he invaded Avengers Mansion and seized a liquid version of the Pym Particles.