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Coldblood (left) and Havok (right), art by Paul Gulacy.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceMarvel Comics Presents (1st series) #26 (August 1989)
Created byDoug Moench
Paul Gulacy
In-story information
Alter egoEric Savin
Team affiliationsS.H.I.E.L.D.
Roxxon Oil
Notable aliasesColdblood-7
AbilitiesCyborg with artificial body parts
Excellent hand to hand combatant
Superb marksman

Coldblood-7 (Eric Savin) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Marvel Comics Presents vol. 1 #26 (August 1989).

The character was portrayed by James Badge Dale in the 2013 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Iron Man 3.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Eric Savin was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army at Camp Killian, and was put in charge of Project: Ultra-Tech. There he met the love of his life, Lieutenant Gina Dyson. While on patrol, Savin stepped onto a freshly planted mine which blew him into pieces. He was dead for 2.3 minutes. Gina immediately performed cybernetic surgery on him. The surgery was successful — Savin was alive, but resurrected as a cyborg by Mako's Project: Ultra-Tech. Dyson aided him in battling Mako's robots and apparently slew Mako in combat.[1] He then goes by "Coldblood-7" from there on; the 7 in the name was a mere wordplay on his real name as his surname is pronounced in the same way.[2]

Coldblood gave in to his cyborg-form at one point but was brought back to his human side with Gina's help.[3] In later missions, Coldblood was hired by Roxxon Oil and had to get a stolen biochemical weapon back from Dr. Jonathan Cayre's lab. Coldblood gained the help of the original Excalibur team and succeeded in his mission.[3]

As an urban soldier cyborg, Coldblood operated as a freelance mercenary. He evaded capture by Mechadoom.[4] Coldblood hunted down and fought Deathlok (Michael Collins) in Paris. He then joined forces with Deathlok and Siege in defeating Harlan Ryker's cyber-warriors. Again later, he worked together with fellow cyborg Deathlok, Silver Sable and the Wildpack against the villain group ULTIMATUM.[5]

Coldblood was seen together with Monica Rambeau, Wonder Man, Darkhawk, Dracula, Terror, Sleepwalker and Deathlok held hostage because of the Stranger.[6]

In the 2006-2007 Civil War storyline, Coldblood was one of the many super-heroes against the Superhuman Registration Act, and was arrested.[7] He is seen being transported to the super-prison 42 built within the Negative Zone, but almost immediately suffers a paralyzing, psychotic break apparently due to the sensory warping effects of this new environment and his own anguish.[8] After being freed during the resistance's exodus, Coldblood is later seen in the background behind Captain America and the others Anti-Registration heroes just before the final confrontation with Iron Man and the Pro-Registration heroes.[9] Coldblood then participated during the battle between both sides, and was later referred to being missing in action.[10]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Eric Savin was converted into the cyborg Coldblood-7 by Dr. Gina Dyson and other Project: Ultra-Tech surgeons following designs by Mako. This gave him superhuman strength, reflexes, speed, stamina, durability, and enhanced sensory systems including night vision. He can see into the infrared. Coldblood also has the ability to interface with virtually any computer system, and, by mentally entering "cyberspace", to communicate with such systems. He has a wetware-grafted computer grafted to his organic brain, a plasti-steel-reinforced skeleton, an artificial heart, synthetic hemoglobin, and artificial right eye. His legs are clearly cybernetic, while his arms are composed of synthetic skin and muscle over a plasti-steel skeleton. The right half of his face is an armored cybernetic implant. The exact limits of his strength are not known, but he is able to engage effectively in combat with Deathlok; an arguably much more advanced cyborg. His artificial muscles do eventually fatigue, but he can perform at full exertion for many hours without tiring. The organic portions of Coldblood's body still require food, drink, oxygen and sleep; however his artificial blood and organs grant him considerable resistance to diseases and radiation. His in-built computer analyses his sensory input; tracks targets and is capable of seeing through illusions, detecting holograms and so forth. It requires a recharge of electricity every twelve months of active service. The portion of Coldblood's organic brain that accessed his personal memories was removed during surgery that made him into a cyborg.

Coldblood wears body armor and uses conventional firearms, including a .357 automatic gun implanted in his artificial left hand. Mako and Project: Ultra-Tech also specially designed a high speed automobile for him, with built-in guns. It can be either remote controlled by a device in Coldblood's left wrist, or automatically by his in-built computer.

Coldblood is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant, highly trained in commando fighting and is a superb marksman with conventional firearms.

In other media[edit]

James Badge Dale portrays a loose adaption of Eric Savin in Iron Man 3 (2013).[11] This version has undergone the Extremis treatment to boost his combat skills and give himself various fire-based powers and is Aldrich Killian's right-hand man. After being seen during Killian's meeting with Pepper Potts at Stark Industries, Savin encounters Happy Hogan while giving a dosage of Extremis to Jack Taggert at the Chinese Theater. As Happy gets suspicious, Savin and Happy fight which results in Savin throwing Hogan down. After Taggert's explosion, many people are killed and Hogan is injured while Savin regenerates himself and walks away. He then leads an assault on Tony Stark's mansion. Along with Ellen Brandt, Savin goes to Tennessee to recover evidence involving a test subject of Extremis. After Stark kills Brandt, Savin threatens Harley Keener to force Stark to give up the evidence. Stark and Harley both subdue Savin, but he regenerates himself again. In Florida, Savin interrupts Stark's interrogation of Trevor Slattery. After James Rhodes is captured, Savin poses as the "Iron Patriot" to board Air Force One to kidnap Matthew Ellis. As he's about to escape, Savin has a fight with Iron Man's remote-controlled armor and is killed when Iron Man's chest repulsor blast fired through Savin's chest at point-blank range.

The Iron Man 3 iteration of Eric Savin is featured in the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance.[citation needed] This version has his Extremis abilities. In the 9th Spec Ops mission, Savin steals the Iron Patriot armor and is featured as a boss acting as the Mandarin's proxy.


  1. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #26-35
  2. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #26
  3. ^ a b Marvel Comics Presents #32
  4. ^ Deathlok vol. 2 #4
  5. ^ Deathlok vol. 2 #18-21
  6. ^ Beyond #3
  7. ^ Civil War #3
  8. ^ Civil War: Frontline #5
  9. ^ Mark Millar (w), Steve McNiven (p), Dexter Vines (i). Civil War #6 Marvel Comics.
  10. ^ Civil War: Battle Damage Report #1
  11. ^ Fleming, Mike (May 16, 2012). "James Badge Dale In 'Iron Man 3′ Talks". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2012.

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