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Reptil (Humberto Lopez)


Marvel Universe

Real Name
Humberto "Berto" Lopez

T-Rex Boy

Known to authorities


Place of Birth
Sparks, Nevada

First Appearance
Avengers: The Initiative Featuring Reptil (2009)

Avengers: The Initiative Featuring Reptil (2009)

Reptil's career with the Initiative began after Stegron led a series of attacks on several S.H.I.E.L.D. bases, using reanimated dinosaurs for his army. It was determined Reptil's unique power set would be key in ending the assaults. Indeed he was able to locate Stegron, but his impulsive actions allowed the villain to escape and one of his team to be harmed. If not for Tigra sticking her neck out for him, Reptil would have been ejected from the group.

Reptil desperately wanted to be a hero and stay in the Initiative, so he could use their resources to locate his missing parents. Tigra did her best to show him what it means to be a hero, and Reptil would soon be able to test her theory. After finding Stegron a second time with a more favorable outcome, the Initiative found out what the dinosaur-man was looking for. During the war Hulk waged in Manhattan, the Heroes for Hire were sent to the Savage Land to retrieve Moon Boy for S.H.I.E.L.D. Since that time Moon Boy’s companion, Devil Dinosaur, was beginning to suffer from severe depression and his health was in decline. Stegron merely wanted to reunite the two before another dinosaur's life was taken by humans.

Reptil felt strongly about Moon Boy's captivity, and Tigra gave him a choice. Making up a fabricated story of how a dinosaur ate Moon Boy, Tigra secretly helped liberate him, and Reptil carried him away. The choice Reptil made was to be thrown out of the Initiative to save Moon Boy, but Reptil proved he could be a hero by making the sacrifice. Tigra contacted Ka-Zar, and Moon Boy was taken back to the Savage Land. Reptil accompanied them, and Ka-Zar made a promise that he would help find Reptil's parents.

After the Initiative was disbanded, Reptil was brought back to the Avengers Academy where he and five others were chosen to be heroes-in-training. He was enthusiastic about the opportunity and even put a bid in to lead the recruits, but he soon found out why he was asked to join. Those in charge of the academy wanted to make sure Reptil wouldn't succumb to all the pain in his life and use his powers for criminal behavior.

Contributors: Acotilletta2