The unambitious Donald "Donnie" Gill was chosen by industrialist Justin Hammer to don a new and improved Blizzard suit that Hammer had been working on. Hammer chose Donnie to succeed the late Gregor Shapanka as the costumed criminal Blizzard as Donnie was compliant and didn't question orders. As Blizzard, Donnie was on call as one of Justin Hammer's many super-powered and armored operatives.
Blizzard was created by Bob Layton, David Michelinie and Mark Bright and first appeared in Iron Man #223. He is a legacy character based on the original Blizzard created by Stan Lee and Don Heck, although the Blizzard identity was created by Bill Mantlo and George Tuska.
Blizzard entered Iron Man's rogues gallery and battled the hero from time to time on behalf of Justin Hammer. Unlike many of his other foes, Iron Man actually managed to convince Donnie to attempt to reform, but despite his desire to do good, Donnie found himself constantly stuck between the two paths. Eventually, he resolved to commit to his goal of reformation and joined the Thunderbolts who nutured and helped him realize his potential. Eventually, Donnie left the team when his costume was destroyed and with nowhere left to go and no support system, Donnie fell back to petty crime.
During Marvel's Infinity event in 2013, Donnie was exposed to Terrigen Mists and underwent a terrigenesis which transformed him into an Inhuman. His skin was mutated into an appropriately snow-like blue and the powers that he once relied on his suit for are now inherent in his body. Eventually he found out that he also has the abilities of a human battery.
Powers and Abilities
Donnie formerly wore a special battle suit which enabled him to generate ice, to varying effects. Most commonly, Donnie would create icicles which he would use as projectiles or would create slides of ice to travel.
Following his mutation, Donnie is now capable of generating ice naturally through his body, to what extent is yet to be seen. He also has the ability to similar to that of a battery, being able to power things up to the point of overloading.
In Other Media
Iron Man: Armored Adventures
Blizzard appears as a recurring villain in Iron Man: Armored Adventures, first debuting in the episode "Cold War". Though he is the Donnie Gill version of the character, he sports the origin of the original Blizzard, Gregor Shapanka. It is stated that Gill was originally a scientist employed by Obadiah Stane, but after being disfigured in a lab accident, he sought vengeance on his former boss by creating a suit of armor that gave him cryogenic abilities. He was voiced by David Orth.
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Blizzard appears as a very minor recurring character in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, voiced by Troy Baker (who also voiced Hawkeye). He was heavily redesigned so that his costume now included a parka, as a nod to Captain Cold.
Blizzard made a cameo appearance in the Ultimate Spider-Man episode "Flight of the Iron Spider", sporting his design from Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Donnie Gill debuts in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Seeds". He is introduced as a socially-awkward 18-year old prodigy at the S.H.I.E.L.D. academy, who partners with his friend Seth to create a device that instantly turns moisture into ice. He and Seth lure agent Leo Fitz to the school in order to help complete the device, with the intention of selling it to the corrupt industrialist Ian Quinn. The plan backfires when the machine is struck by lightning, which injures Donnie and kills Seth. Embittered by the death of his only friend, Donnie is driven off to be monitored at the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility known as the Sandbox, which upsets Fitz, who believes Donnie to be a good kid who was simply led astray. In the closing moments of the episode, it is revealed that the ice machine's explosion has infused Donnie with cryogenic abilities.
Blizzard appears in Marvel: Avengers Alliance and the Marvel Heroes online game.