Carl Creel, also known as the Absorbing Man, was a boxer with the Mutant/Gifted ability of Omni-Morph Duplication who was recruited into HYDRA as an assassin. He later stole the Diviner from the US Army and, after touching it, became infected with its properties. He temporarily gained control of this power, until Phil Coulson used the Overkill device to petrify Creel and handed him over to the US Army.
Because of the use of the Overkill device, all negative traces of the Diviner came forth, allowing Creel's DNA to fight off the process. Creel's brainwashing was removed by Glenn Talbot, who upon looking at Creel's struggles on the street growing up chose to give him a second chance. Creel was then appointed as Talbot's bodyguard during the meeting to discuss the issue of Inhumans. Talbot's faith in Creel was well placed as he assisted in freeing his son from HYDRA. Creel was later appointed as a member of the Secret Warriors, during their campaign against Hive.