Crusher Creel, the Absorbing Man, has the ability to absorb type of material be it gas, liquid, solid or energy.

According to Wikipedia (not the best source) his powers and abilities states:

Creel's overall power increases in direct proportion to the strength of the material absorbed. There is almost no limit to what Creel can absorb, as he has absorbed the properties of bronze;cocaine; Odin's Cosmic Bolt and later cyclonic storm; diamond; glass; light; rock, silk, soil; spikes; steel; Thor's uru hammer Mjolnir; water; and even the properties of Asgard itself.

As it states that the Absorbing Man absorbed Odin's Cosmic Bolt which has been shown strong enough to cause ripples through-out all the planes of reality.

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Would it be plausible in theory for him to be able to absorb a portion of the Phoenix Force?

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    I'm honestly more curious about that time he apparently absorbed cocaine. Wonder what powers he got from that?
    – F1Krazy
    Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 10:17
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    Just a point on wording, "can" invites opinion, "has" demands fact.
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 10:20
  • @F1Krazy - a type of popularity he wouldn't actually want, I would think; lots of people would want a piece of him (literally).
    – RDFozz
    Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 19:17
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    @F1Krazy He got the power to be snorted and thereby give everyone that got high from him a dose of his powers. I am not kidding! Commented Dec 15, 2019 at 22:32

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He has limits (with some writers) to how much power he can take. In Secret Wars: the Return, absorbing the Sentry's power almost overwhelmed and killed him. In Hulk 456, when the Hulk was augmented by Apocalypse to become War, Creel was burnt to ashes by trying to absorb his power.

However, by these standards, there is no way he should have been able to absorb Odin's Cosmic Bolt. Unless there was an explanation I missed, his limitations depend on the writer.


In Jean Grey recently it was shown that Jean's mind ended up in a mental plane of the Phoenix Force, after it burned her alive. The Phoenix Force had no idea how this could happen and got her out by reviving her. In the events before that Jean learned how the Phoenix has mostly burned the mind of any being that hosted it for a time.

Crusher Creel has yet to admit limits of his ability. But the Phoenix Force is a highly psychic being. So when he tries to absorb the Phoenix Force, my best guess it that he would succeed physically, but somehow the Phoenix Force would get into his mind and burn him. Maybe that would be the point where the Phoenix Force decides that he would make a fine host. I can only imagine that maybe, when the Phoenix Force tries to leave, would be able to hold it back with his ability.


He has absorbed the powers of both Thor and Hulk at some point leading me to believe he could. That being said it probably depends on who is writing the story.

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    When is this "at some point" that he absorbed the powers?
    – amflare
    Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 16:48
  • Creel absorbs the strength of the Hulk in INCEDIBLE HULK (1968) 125. I can't recall other appearances where this occurs - I'm not entirely sure if this capability is truly considered canon.
    – RDFozz
    Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 19:51

No, the phoenix force ( if you are talking about the X-Men ) is a living being, not a material.

  • It is more a psychic appearance and a force of the universe. "Living being" is very simplifying.
    – SK19
    Commented Mar 9, 2018 at 16:17

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