Montana (Jackson W. Brice) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Montana
Daredevil vol. 2, 102 (Jan, 2008) artwork.jpg
Montana (left) with Fancy Dan and Ox.
Textless cover of Daredevil #102 (January 2008).
Art by Marko Djurdjevic.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Amazing Spider-Man #10 (March 1964)
Created byStan Lee
Steve Ditko
In-story information
Alter egoJackson W. Brice
Team affiliationsEnforcers

Logan Marshall-Green appeared as Jackson Brice in Spider-Man: Homecoming, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as an incarnation of Shocker.

Publication historyEdit

Montana first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #10 (March 1964), and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

The character subsequently appears in The Amazing Spider-Man #14 (July 1964), #19 (December 1964), The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964), Marvel Team-Up #39-40 (November–December 1975), The Spectacular Spider-Man #19-20 (June–July 1978), Dazzler #7-8 (October–September 1981), Marvel Team-Up #138 (February 1984), Tales of the Marvels: Inner Demons #1 (1996), Civil War: War Crimes #1 (February 2007), Daredevil #99-100 (September–October 2007), #102 (January 2008), and The Amazing Spider-Man #562-563 (August 2008).

Montana appeared as part of the "Enforcers" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #4.

Fictional character biographyEdit

Jackson Brice was born in Bozeman, Montana. Along with Fancy Dan (Daniel Brito) and Ox (Raymond Bloch), he was a founding member of the Enforcers.[volume & issue needed] He has great proficiency with the lariat.

Montana, Fancy Dan and Ox make their first appearance under the employ of the Big Man (Frederick Foswell). During this time, they have their first run-in with their longtime nemesis Spider-Man. During their first fight against the web-slinger, Montana's lasso skills initially prove successful but Spider-Man defeats the trio.[1]

Over the next couple of years, Montana and the team would be employed by Lightmaster in one of his many schemes, again bringing them into conflict with Spider-Man, with similar results.[volume & issue needed] They would then lend their services to Tech-Master in his revenge plot against Harry S. Osgood, only to be defeated by Dazzler.[volume & issue needed] Montana and the team would also go up against She-Hulk at one point.[volume & issue needed]

Following the 2006 "Civil War" storyline, Montana, Ox (Ronald Bloch) and Fancy Dan reunite to work for Mister Fear, which pits them directly against Daredevil.[volume & issue needed] After Mister Fear's arrest, the Enforcers are taken in by the Hood's organization.[volume & issue needed]

Following the events of the 2008 "Spider-Man: Brand New Day" storyline, the Enforcers are patrons at the Bar With No Name. They take bets with a person calling himself "The Bookie", over whether Spider-Man will show up to battle "Basher", an unknown villain who claimed to have fought Spider-Man. Spider-Man shows up, but is revealed to be Screwball in disguise when the real web-head shows up. The Enforcers decide to get revenge on The Bookie, capturing him. The Bookie's father calls Spider-Man for assistance, and he agrees to help. Spider-Man defeats Fancy Dan and Montana.[2]

In the story arc "Kill To Be You", Montana is the right-hand man of the Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), and shows contempt toward the Hobgoblin (Phil Urich). When Spider-Man and the Black Cat come to steal back the Reverbium, Montana falls out a window to his death while Hobgoblin saves Kingpin. Hobgoblin cruelly joked that "he'll be missed by everyone – except the pavement".[3]

During the 2016 - 2017 "Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy" storyline, Montana is among the cloned villains by Miles Warren's company New U Technologies.[4] He is involved in a fight with the other cloned supervillains until it is broken up by the clone of the Prowler.[5]

Other versionsEdit

In the future timeline of the 1999 Earth X miniseries, Montana had mutated where he developed the ability to change his hands into lassos. He and his fellow Enforcers would be hired as heavies to protect President Norman Osborn. This protection proved to be ineffectual when the Skull came to New York to take over America. He took control of Montana and the others and then murdered Osborn. Montana's fate following the defeat of the Skull remain unrevealed.[6]

In Spider-Man Noir, Montana and the other Enforcers are muscle for crime boss known as the Goblin.[7]

The Ultimate Marvel incarnation of Montana is Montana Bale, an employee of the Kingpin of Crime in New York along with Fancy Dan (Dan Crenshaw) and Ox (Bruno Sanchez).[8]

In other mediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

  • Montana appears in the 1960s Spider-Man series, voiced by Bernard Cowan.[citation needed] This version is referred to as Cowboy and was portrayed as being more intelligent. He works with Ox as they are hired to steal blueprints for the Plotter.
  • Montana appears in The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series, voiced by Jeff Bennett. A trained mercenary, this version is the Enforcers' field leader as well as being a composite character as the series' incarnation of "Shocker".[9] He is a major antagonist in the pilot episode, in which he and the Enforcers (Ox and Fancy Dan) are hired by Hammerhead, under orders from the Big Man, to kill Spider-Man. The Enforcers attack Spider-Man while he is busy trying to save Norman Osborn from Vulture, but both them and Vulture are ultimately defeated by the web-slinger and arrested by the police, though Montana is the only one to escape.[10][11][12][13][14] Montana appears as Shocker in the episode "Market Forces", donning a high tech costume equipped with gauntlents that emit vibro-blasts, which he and the Enforcers have just stolen from Tri-Corp. Hammerhead enlists Montana to complete his contract for the Big Man to kill Spider-Man, and he uses small-time criminals Flint Marko and Alex O'Hirn, who are also working for the Big Man, to lure Spider-Man to him at a landfill, where the two have a brief battle, before Shocker easily defeats Spider-Man and knocks into a garbage crushing machine. Later, Spider-Man tracks down Marko and O'Hirn again and tells the two to inform Shocker that he wants a rematch. Shocker lures Spider-Man to an abandoned theater, where the two have another battle and this time Spider-Man emerges victorious, tricking Shocker to bring down the building on himself and leaving him to be arrested by the police. In the episode "Group Therapy", Montana joins Doctor Octopus' Sinister Six alongside Electro, Vulture, Sandman, and Rhino, to get revenge of Spider-Man. They and the Enforcers are all broken out of Ryker's Island by Electro and Hammerhead, who leaves with Ox and Fancy Dan, while Shocker goes with the Sinister Six. The team almost succeeds in killing Spider-Man the first time, but escapes and they are all ultimately defeated by the symbiote-possessed Spider-Man during their second battle, and subsequently returned to custody. Montana returned working for the Big Man, who is now a rival to Doctor Octopus for control over the city's criminal underworld; despite this, Shocker is still mentioned in the episode "Reinforcement" by Spider-Man, who is unaware that he isn't a member of the Sinister Six anymore, and Mysterio even uses a hologram of Shocker to trick Spider-Man during the battle between the web-slinger and the new Sinister Six. In the episode "Probable Cause", the Enforcers are hired by the Big Man to rob the Metro Bank; to help them succeed with this task, the Big Man has the Tinkerer upgrade Shocker's suit and super-powered suits for Ricochet and Ox with the team now dubbing themselves the New Enforcers. The upgraded Enforcers fight Spider-Man in the Metro Bank and, after escaping by disguising themselves as police officers, break into the vault, where they steal millions of dollar worth of gold. The team tries to escape with the gold in a subway train, but they are caught in another battle with Spider-Man, who destroys Ox's suit and causes them to lose all the gold. The Enforcers then try to escape, but Hammerhead sabotages them and they are all apperhended by the police. In the episode "Opening Night", Montana is seen as an inmate of the Vault, alongside the other Enforcers, Rhino, Molten Man, Silvermane, and a robot duplicate of Mysterio. They are all released by the Green Goblin to hunt Spider-Man down through the prison, but he manages to escape, and then all the inmantes are knocked out by gas released by Walter Hardy and returned to their cells.
  • Montana appears in Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, voiced by Troy Baker.[15] He appears in the episode "Nightmare on Christmas" along with Fancy Dan and Ox to fight against Spider-Man while the Enforcers steal an Oscorp truck.

FilmEdit

Jackson Brice appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming, portrayed by Logan Marshall-Green.[16] He is an employee of Adrian Toomes's criminal enterprise, who nicknames himself the Shocker. Brice wields a modified version of Crossbones's gauntlet, which can emit vibro-blasts. After a deal with Aaron Davis attracts Spider-Man's attention, Toomes fires him for recklessness; to which Brice threatens to expose Toomes' operation. In response, Toomes fires one of Phineas Mason's cobbled-together weapons at Brice in order to intimidate him, believing it to be an anti-gravity gun. However the gun turns out to be a disintegration weapon, which instantly kills Brice. After Brice's death, Toomes gives his vibro-gauntlet to fellow associate Herman Schultz and dubs him the new Shocker.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stan Lee (w), Steve Ditko (a). "The Enforcers!" The Amazing Spider-Man 10 (March 1964), Marvel Comics
  2. ^ Amazing Spider-Man #562. Marvel Comics.
  3. ^ Dan Slott (w), Humberto Ramos (p), Carlos Cuevas, Joseph Damon (i). "Big Time (part 4)" The Amazing Spider-Man 651 (March 2011), Marvel Comics
  4. ^ Dan Slott (w), Jim Cheung (p), John Dell (i). Clone Conspiracy 2 (January 2017), Marvel Comics
  5. ^ Sean Ryan (w), Javier Saltares, Jamal Campbell (p), Jamal Campbell (i). Prowler v2, 1 (December 2016), Marvel Comics
  6. ^ Earth X #9. Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ Spider-Man Noir #1. Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ Bendis, Brian Michael (w), Bagley, Mark (p). Ultimate Spider Man #10. Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ "The Spectacular Spider-Man Past and Future part one". IGN. Retrieved 27 June 2008.
  10. ^ "Market Forces". The Spectacular Spider-Man.
  11. ^ "Group Therapy". The Spectacular Spider-Man.
  12. ^ "Probable Cause". The Spectacular Spider-Man.
  13. ^ "Opening Night". The Spectacular Spider-Man.
  14. ^ http://s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/latest.php
  15. ^ "Nightmare on Christmas". Ultimate Spider-Man. Season 3. Episode 22. December 3, 2014. Disney XD.
  16. ^ Gallagher, Brian (April 19, 2017). "Spider-Man: Homecoming Has Two Different Shockers". Movie Web. Retrieved May 8, 2018.

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