Morgan Edge is the former corrupt CEO of Edge Global and the former top real estate mogul of National City. He was arrested and incarcerated for his crimes of lead poisoning and the attempted murder of Lena Luthor respectively, after his crimes were exposed to the public.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personality
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Appearances
- 5 Behind the scenes
- 6 References
Morgan Edge became known as the most successful real estate developer of National City through his company, Edge Global, in spite of his questionable methods. Among Edge's business associates were L-Corp.
After the Daxamite invasion, Edge was among those who helped with the rebuilding through Edge Global. During this period, he also began looking into opportunities to expand his company's ventures, such as gentrifying the city's waterfront. Desiring to acquire CatCo Worldwide Media's editorial, Edge also began buying up ex-CEO Cat Grant's shares.
Attacking the unveiling
Six months later, Edge held a conference at his company with the mayor and local corporate leaders to discuss their progress in the city's rebuilding. He noted how capitalists were able to help, personally thanking the mayor, who in turn congratulated Edge. When the mayor mentioned the unveiling of the Girl of Steel statue at the waterfront in honor of Supergirl, Edge retorted that it was going to take a lot more to bring people down to the "slum". He flipped the conversation around to his development proposal for the waterfront, explaining how it would help move out homelessness and crime to make way for revitalization and a larger tax base.
James Olsen and Lena Luthor challenged his pitch, pointing out that the waterfront's current occupants would be forcibly relocated. Edge then accused James of biased reporting at CatCo in favor of aliens. He also openly accused Lena of guilt being the sole reason for her philanthropy, blaming her for bringing the Daxamites to National City in the first place. Edge pointed out that wasn't a good business strategy, to which Lena countered that neither was exploitation. Backing off, Edge claimed he simply wanted a "fair hearing" and invited the attendees for lunch. Lena privately warned Edge that he wasn't that powerful, but he only responded by asking why they were in his office then.
Later that day, upon putting forth an offer to the majority shareholders, Edge announced on the news his intent to acquire CatCo for his company. While playing mini-golf in his office, Edge was visited by Lena. Edge mused the implications of her visiting him twice in one day, but Lena shut him down. She then offered to invest more in Edge Global's portfolio if he backed off of CatCo, citing how Edge should focus on his accomplishments in real estate development. However, Edge interrupted Lena and revealed his true reasons for buying the media conglomerate; giving himself better press whilst slandering his opponents. Edge warned Lena her own reputation would easily come under fire due to her family history. Once Lena left, Edge met with Robert DuBois, whom he hired to bomb the waterfront during the unveiling - ensuring Edge would get to rebuild the area with high-rise residences.
Enmity with Lena Luthor and Supergirl
After DuBois' attack on waterfront failed, Lena bought CatCo out from under Edge, angering him. He stormed into L-Corp to confront Lena, threatening to ruin her. Edge warned Lena that she would regret ever crossing him since she now has all of his attention but Lena scoffed that she couldn't care less, just as Supergirl arrived. The superheroine then flew Edge to a cargo ship in the middle of ocean, where she revealed her knowledge of him orchestrating the destruction of the waterfront. In response, Edge taunted that she couldn't prove it. Unfazed, Supergirl warned Edge that he now has her attention and flew off, leaving him on the ship amidst his protests.
At CatCo, Lena began conducting an investigation into Edge's dealings, such as obtaining a source at his bank. Several weeks later (presumably in retaliation), Edge filed an anti-trust lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission in an attempt to thwart a merger between L-Corp and JQB. However, Samantha Arias got Edge's case dismissed.
Later, a company of his poisons kids in swimming pools making the doctors think it's lead poisoning. Edge says it is a result of Lena's solution to get rid of the Daximites a year before. After an attempt on Lena's life and killing his accomplice, Morgan Edge used a loophole upon his confrontation by Supergirl stating that the man he killed had used him to frame Lena Luthor and she did National City a favor.
Morgan hires a sniper to kill Lena and James, but he fails. Edge calls Lena to give his sympathies about her endeavored death when Reign begins unleashing destruction on his Christmas celebration. He's ready to stow away in a lead-lined panic room in his office long enough for Reign to take off attempting to discover him somewhere else. Morgan Edge assembles a public interview, where he tells columnists that he was assaulted by somebody. He explicitly makes reference to that he can't be sure that is not Supergirl who assaulted him.
Edge is driving when the gas pedal sticks and the vehicle controls forward. It shows up somebody has assumed responsibility for the vehicle. Luckily for Edge, he's ready to exit out of the storage compartment before the vehicle crashes off of a dock. Upset, Edge bursts into CatCo blaming Lena for hacking his vehicle. Edge cautions Lena that she should be prepared to complete what she began, expressing that he "never loses". Edge is expelled from the premises and prohibited from CatCo.
Edge is strolling to his vehicle when he's drawn closer by James spruced up as Guardian. James starts cross examining him, and Edge denies having anything to do with the harming. Lena attempts to get Edge to admit that he took a stab at murdering her, and one of Lillian's automatons begins taking shots at him. Under tension, Edge confesses to everything; the lead harming and the harming of Lena. Edge drives Lena on a foot pursuit before he's halted by Guardian. Edge is arrested by the police. It is unknown, but very likely that he will face jail time for his crimes.
During the Anti-Monitor Crisis, Morgan as well as everyone in the multiverse except for the seven Paragons, was killed in an antimatter wave by the Anti-Monitor on December 10, 2019, only to be restored a month later, after the Paragons and the Spectre created a new universe.
In the new multiverse, Morgan is still a ruthless businessman and became a majority shareholder of Galaxy Holdings. He recently bought the Daily Planet and laid off much of its staff; such as Whit and Clark Kent.
Lena Luthor, he doesn't respect anyone's opinions let alone that of a woman, although this may stem from her own personal hatred of him, for he did state that he does love women, but just not her because of who she is. He also shows a severe dislike for liberals. When severely threatened, Morgan can become vengeful, and will do anything to destroy his enemies - even if it means hurting innocent people; this is proven when he has a chemical dumped into pools to simulate lead poisoning, hoping to make everyone blame the lead bomb Lena created to repel Daxamites. He also doesn't hesitate to use murder to clean-up his messes and cover his tracks. Despite Morgan's dislike for Kara Danvers (under the persona of Supergirl), he did appear to be unnerved by her defeat; most likely because unlike Kara (whose morality stops her from doing evil) Reign would have not problems with killing Morgan for all the evil he has committed.
Superman & Lois
Behind the scenes
- In the DC comics, Morgan Edge is a media mogul who owns Galaxy Communications, often making him an antagonist of Superman, though an ally of Clark Kent. He was created by Jack Kirby and debuted in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #113 (October, 1970).
- Edge's attempt at buying CatCo is similar to how in the New 52, he bought the Daily Planet, which was seen at the beginning of the main Superman title. His being outbid by a Luthor in the show (Lena Luthor) is similar to how Lex Luthor was mentioned to have bought the Daily Planet from Edge in Justice League (Volume 2) #52.
- Pre-Crisis Morgan Edge was portrayed by actor Adrian Pasdar. He is famous for the role of Nathan Petrelli, a man who could fly, from Heroes.