Character » Chance appears in 57 issues.

    Mercenary who bets his services against his fees.

    Short summary describing this character.

    Chance last edited by sergiovse on 10/25/21 03:05PM View full history


    A former professional gambler, Nicholas Powell combines his new career with his old hobby. Unlike most criminal mercenaries, Chance does not get paid in advance. He bets his services against his fee: only if he succeeds in his mission does he receive payment, if he fails, he gets zero payment and even has to pay his employer a similar amount. Normal bets include $5000 for burglary, $10000 for murder and $20000 for theft of a major item.

    He considers life is dull at best, and is made tolerable only by risk. The greater the risk, the greater the worth. The greater the very appreciation of living.


    Nicholas Powell (Chance) is a Marvel character created by David Michelinie and Mike Harris, first appearing in Web of Spider Man #15

    Character Evolution

    Powell became Chance because he loves the thrill of risking his life for a grand prize, and his compulsive gambling ways meant that he seeked greater and greater stakes, so he became a mercenary. He first met Spider-Man when he was hired to kill a criminal named Andre Bouillon. Chance also wagered his fee at double-or-nothing that he could slay Spidey, too within the space of 24 hours. Powell lost that particular bet and was arrested by the police, but the charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence and he was let go.

    Major Story Arcs

    Daredevil Encounter

    After Daredevil got a cab driver exposed to one of Chance's major jobs working for a corrupt governmental struggle against two foes, he was forced to protect the random citizen when the employers get the deadly mercenary to go after the driver himself. Matt was eventually able to defeat Chance and got the guy to safety.

    The Life Foundation

    Almost a Good Guy
    Almost a Good Guy

    A survivalist group called the Life Foundation hired Chance to hijack a shipment of experimental weaponry. But the Life Foundation had other plans, too. They kidnapped Chance and attempted to duplicate his wrist blasters and ankle jets. Still on Chance's trail, Spider-Man was forced to save the mercenary's life. Working together, Spidey and Powell battled and defeated the Life Foundation.

    Other Missions

    Chance was hired to assassinate casino owner Raymond Trask after the latter refused to let Kingpin's gang get into his business. But Spider-Man arrived on the scene and drove the mercenary off. A few months later, Trask appeared at Powell's penthouse and offered him another wager. He knew someone else wanted to kill him, so Trask bet Chance $20,000 that the mercenary couldn't keep him alive. Chance took the wager. When Trask tried to double-cross him by trying to kill him, Chance outsmarted the casino owner and collected his winnings.

    Chance was also hired by Golddigger to assassinate Tulio Guzman at the Sherman Hotel. Hawkeye was meeting with Guzman that night, with the big league Avengers interference now being a factor he decided to double his rate with $500,000 for his head as well. Him and Hawkeye would fight, with the archer offering his own wager: his own life or the name of Chance's employer. Chance however was pinned down by a third party during the fight, which made the offer null and void. Him and Hawkeye would later play poker at Ryker's Island under the same conditions, with Clint winning by a hair. Chance relented and gave him the information he wanted.

    Powers and Abilities

    Chance's suit of armor grants him peak human strength (he is able to lift twice his own body weight) and stamina, energy blasts and flight speeds of up to Mach-1.

    He is also a trained hand to hand combatant.

    Physical Characteristics

    Gender: Male

    Height: 5'11'

    Weight: 170 lbs (77kg)

    Eyes: Brown

    Hair: Black


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