Bill Foster (Marvel)
Bill Foster is a male comic superhero who features in Marvel Comics.
After his death, his nephew Tom Foster came to blame the superhero community for his death during the Civil War. This was to such an extent that during World War Hulk he was keen to see the returned Hulk kill those heroes partly responsible for Bill Foster's death. (Incredible Hulk v2 #107)
Afterwards, Hank continued work on the virtual reality program that he and Bill had been building that allowed one to upload their consciousness in order to live after death. The grieving Pym uploaded Foster's mind into the program thus creating a virtual utopia for his friend. (Ant-Man & Wasp v1 #1) A.I.M. attempted to hijack the program with Hank working alongside Eric O'Grady to stop them. During this time, O'Grady entered into the virtual world where he briefly met Foster with Bill mistaking him for Hank and urging him to stop pushing his loved ones away. (Ant-Man & Wasp v1 #3)
Personality and attributes
Powers and abilities
- Bill Foster was created by Stan Lee and Don Heck where he made his first appearance in Avengers v1 #32 (September, 1966).
- Tony Isabella and George Tuska later had the character become Black Goliath in Luke Cage, Power Man v1 #24 (April, 1975).
- The character appeared as Giant-Man in Marvel Two-in-One v1 #55 (September, 1979) and then as Goliath in The Thing v1 #1 (January, 2006).
In other media
- In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Bill Foster appeared in the live-action film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe where he was portrayed by actor Laurence Fishburne. He was a scientist who worked for S.H.I.E.L.D. and came to work alongside Hank Pym on Project Goliath where they attempted to use Pym Particles to grow subjects to great heights. Foster took part in the program where he managed to grow giant sized for a short period of time. He came to have a tense relationship with Pym who he believed had a big ego and could not tolerate anyone being his equal. In time, he left the project where he claimed he left under his own will whilst Hank stated he fired Foster for not being competent. Around this time, Foster learnt that a former colleague named Elias Starr who had been disgraced and fired by Hank Pym was conducting his own quantum research in secret but his project suffered an accident that killed him along with his wife. Elias's daughter Ava Starr was the only survivor but the experiment resulted in her body suffering molecular instability leaving her nearly intangible and in constant pain. Bill was called in as an expert to help her where he became her surrogate father to help her with her powers and to cope with the pain whilst he attempted to find a cure for her.
- In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, Bill Foster as Goliath appeared in the setting of the video game where he was voiced by actor Emerson Brooks.
- Avengers v1: