Personal Info:
Real Name: Dr. Wladyslav Shinski
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: Polish
First Appearance: Fantastic Four Vol.1 66
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Former member of the Enclave
Base Of Operations: Worldwide
Grudges: The Fantastic Four
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Originally, Shinksi possessed no superhuman powers, but was a high level scientific genius. He worked with other members of the Enclave to produce beings like HIM and HER.
Body Armour: Crucible wears a suit of armour similar in design to Doctor Dooms. It affords him some protection from physical and energy attacks.
Alchemy: Crucible’s powers are based on the medieval art of alchemy. He is able to transmute elements and molecules into any other desired element or molecule. Crucible uses this power and his scientific knowledge to great effect, including producing acids, explosions, dust clouds, and he can even effect animation of some of his transmutations.
Doctor Wladyslav Shinski was once a brilliant scientist who joined other scientists of similar skill levels and goals in forming the Enclave, an organization dedicated to the creation of life itself in hopes of creating a better Earth. Shinski shares the early history of the group, including the creation of Him (now, Adam Warlock) and Her (later, Kismet, and now Aeysha,) and the resurrection of the mutant Jean Grey, who had been placed in a cocoon by the cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force.
Under circumstances not fully revealed, Shinski left the Enclave, and killed his associate Dr. Morlak. Shinski had at this time developed his own powers, claiming to have become a master of the medieval mystic art of alchemy. It is presumed that Shinski developed these powers by following a similar quest for power by the evil scientist, Doctor Doom, and is suspecting of massacring the Tibetan monks who helped grant him this power and his armour.
Shinski kidnapped two reporters who were investigating the Tibetan massacre and used them to confront heroic scientist Mr. Fantastic at a symposium in Europe. It was here he made his first public appearance as the villain Crucible.