Calvin Chadwick was a high-powered businessman and an American Senatorial candidate who would do whatever it takes to get on top. He was the husband of Whitney Frost. Chadwick tried to support and protect his wife when she became infected by Zero Matter, but soon began fearing for his own safety as he went against the Council of Nine and made a deal with Joseph Manfredi. When he tried to betray his wife by handing her over to the Council, Frost used her new powers to kill Chadwick.
Marriage to Whitney Frost
Though married to Whitney Frost, Chadwick began an affair with Jane Scott, a scientist who worked with the Particle Accelerator at Isodyne Energy Headquarters. Scott came into contact with Zero Matter, an anomalous substance that Isodyne Energy procured after an Atomic Bomb test; eventually, Scott became a frozen mass. Since Chadwick was running for Senate, he did not want the death of Scott to reveal his affair and disrupt his campaign; Chadwick hired Andrew Henry to dispose of the body.
While Chadwick, who owned one of the competing horses, was attending a horse racing event with his wife Whitney Frost at Santa Anita Park and posing for the photographers eagerly greeting the celebrity couple. The pair were approached by Edwin Jarvis, who claimed to be head of production at Stark Pictures and requested a talk in private with Frost. While they were gone, Chadwick spoke to Peggy Carter, who claimed to be a big supporter of his, with Chadwick happily flirting with her and thanking her for her support.
Carter suddenly revealed herself to really be an agent with the Strategic Scientific Reserve who was investigating the death of Jane Scott, whom she was aware had been having an affair with Chadwick, trying to unnerve Chadwick by loudly asking if his wife was aware of the affair. Carter demanded that Chadwick hand over a complete list of all his employees at Isodyne Energy; however, Chadwick informed her that as the company dealt with highly confidence materials he would not help without a warrant from the SSR. Chadwick then told her he needed to collect his winnings and returned to his wife's side while Carter and Jarvis also made their hasty exit.
During the continued investigation into Scott's death, Andrew Henry became affected by what had killed her and began slowly turning to ice from the inside. As Henry went mad trying to find a cure, he took Jason Wilkes hostage and tried to kill Carter and Daniel Sousa. Aware of the situation, Frost advised Chadwick to bribe a police officer to kill Henry before he could reveal any information about what was happening. Chadwick and Frost paid the officer and Frost noted that it was the last time they would have to dirty their hands.
Betrayed by the Council
Arriving at the Arena Club, Chadwick was informed by Eddie that the Council of Nine were waiting for him in the meeting room. Unaware that there would be a meeting, Chadwick requested a drink and prepared to join the others.
Chadwick joined the Council and was informed by Thomas Gloucester that the Isodyne Program would be shut down immediately as he had not provided them with any results and it had now attracted an SSR investigation. Chadwick argued that the Zero Matter he had discovered could potentially change the world and make them billions. Gloucester insisted that the decision had already been made and Hugh Jones advised that he focus on the Senate race, although highly disappointed, Chadwick was forced to agree and snubbed out his candle as a symbol of his obedience.
Chadwick met with Whitney Frost in her dressing room on the set of her latest movie and informed her of the Council's decision. As Frost was clearly highly disappointed, Chadwick defended himself and insisted that he had argued against them; however, Frost claimed he just let them walk all over him as he always did. Chadwick apologized but explained that the Council would be clearing the lab and destroying the Zero Matter so he could focus on his Senate campaign, claiming that in the long run this was likely better for the pair of them.
Hiding the Truth
The next morning Chadwick learned there had been an explosion at the Isodyne Energy Headquarters which had seemingly destroyed the Zero Matter. He went to Whitney Frost and tried to tell her but she refused to listen. Once Chadwick had framed Jason Wilkes as a communist responsible for the explosion, he informed Frost. Delighted, Chadwick went to collect a bottle of wine when Frost told him she wished to quit acting, but he recommended that they wait until after his campaign.
Doing as the Council of Nine recommended, Chadwick continued to focus his efforts on furthering his Senate campaign. With only one other candidate in the running, Chadwick and the Council developed a plan to ensure Chadwick's victory. Using their impressive influence, they had two Los Angeles Tribune newspaper headlines printed, one in which Anderson withdrew from the race peacefully, and one where he was involved in a sex scandal. The Council met at the Arena Club to discuss this further and remained confident that it would be successful.
While in bed, Chadwick listened as Frost told him how Agent Peggy Carter had harassed her over the explosion at Isodyne Energy Headquarters. Chadwick did not take his wife too seriously and promised to file an offical complaint; however Frost insisted that they hire Rufus Hunt to assassinate Carter instead. When Chadwick refused, Frost began to cry and stated that Carter had threatened her and the thought of the Council finding out was too dangerous. Chadwick then gave in and did as she requested.
While enjoying a drink at the Arena Club, Chadwick was greeted by Vernon Masters who introduced him to the Strategic Scientific Reserve's New York City Chief Jack Thompson. Chadwick personally thanked Thompson for all the work he had put in protecting Isodyne Energy from the trouble it had experienced in the aftermath of the explosion. Masters then commented on how Chadwick was now running unopposed in the race to become Senator now that Anderson had dropped out due to the Council of Nine's influence. The group then shared a laugh and a drink over the good news.
Press and Photoshoots
- "You know it's not everyday that Life Magazine wants to put you on the cover, we play our cards right and you will be the most beautiful first lady this countries ever seen."
"Darling, no one deserves it more than you."
- ―Calvin Chadwick and Whitney Frost
Chadwick continued to host press events as his political campaign soared. One of these events was visited by Edwin Jarvis who collected a couple of buttons in support of Chadwick's campaign. Once the event was concluded, Chadwick shook hands with the last remaining members of the public before leaving, being driven away by Rufus Hunt, who was suffering from a bullet wound in his hand.
Returning home, Chadwick visited Whitney Frost, who claimed to be busy rehearsing her lines for her movie. The couple discussed the disappearance of her director Kenneth, with Frost noting he enjoyed a drink and could be found dead in a river; Chadwick was appalled at the idea, as he claimed it would be bad for the campaign. They went on to discuss the upcoming photoshoot for Life Magazine, and Chadwick promised if it went well, it would not be long until he was President of the United States. Although Chadwick asked her not to be late, Frost failed to attend the photoshoot, claiming to be ill.
Murder of Rufus Hunt
When Chadwick arrived home the next day, he found Whitney Frost and Rufus Hunt waiting for him. Hunt explained that Peggy Carter had kidnapped and tortured him into revealing key information about the Council of Nine, including the names of their members. The furious Chadwick claimed that he had hired Hunt because he had claimed to be unbreakable and insisted that he explain his actions to the Council himself.
Hunt however insisted that they protect him so he did not reveal Chadwick and Frost's true intentions to the Council. Frost tried to show Chadwick something but he would not listen; Frost then claimed that Hunt had made a mistake which could be fixed. To Chadwick's horror, Frost grabbed Hunt's throat before transforming him into Zero Matter and absorbing him into her skin. Chadwick stared in disbelief as his wife revealed a large scar covering much of the side of her face; when he asked what had happened, Frost claimed she had fixed his problem and could now be whatever she wanted.
Mortified by witnessing his wife using Zero Matter to murder Rufus Hunt with her newly discovered powers, Chadwick struggled to sleep. He decided to sneak out of the house, fearing for his life, picking out a suit to wear. However, when he turned around, Whitney Frost was standing behind him, scaring Chadwick. Frost told him that she needed his help to steal the body of Jane Scott as she felt the Zero Matter inside Scott's corpse was calling out to her so she could absorb it.
The pair traveled to the County Cold Storage Building owned by Thomas Gloucester, once they had found the room containing Scott's body, Chadwick continued to question his wife's reasons for bringing them both here. Frost insisted that the Zero Matter had called her there and ordered Chadwick to open the casket. Chadwick did what he was told and looked at Scott's lifeless body which was infused with Zero Matter; despite Chadwick's protests, Frost touched Scott's body and she absorbed the Zero Matter. Chadwick witnessed her eyes turn black before she told him that she needed an Atomic Bomb.
Returning to the Chadwick Residence, Chadwick continued to insist that they could not take an Atomic Bomb from Roxxon Corporation as Hugh Jones would never allow it. In an attempt to reassure him, Frost insisted that they would succeed and once they had the Zero Matter, then the Council of Nine would have to answer to them, claiming that when her power was increased they could bring about world peace. Frost tried to kiss Chadwick but he pulled away before asking how they would achieve this, Frost told him they would have to go to Joseph Manfredi for help.
Deal with the Mob
Chadwick and Whitney Frost traveled to the restaurant where Joseph Manfredi was eating and requested to see him. Manfredi invited them over but when Chadwick tried to greet him he threatened him over a theft a decade earlier, although he claimed to be joking. Manfredi invited the pair to sit and they discussed what they wanted. When Frost mentioned Chadwick's upcoming senate race Manfredi made it clear he knew the Council of Nine would ensure his election.
Frost offered Manfredi Chadwick's proposed freeway system contracts in exchange for his men's assistance, however Manfredi insisted upon Chadwick using his influence to ensure that his name did not end up in the newspaper ever again. When Chadwick tried to argue that his was impossible Manfredi became distracted by speaking to his bodyguard about Frost's beauty, when the man said she was beautiful Manfredi began beating him mercilessly while Chadwick watched in horror. When he was finished they completed their deal.
Searching for the Bomb
With Joseph Manfredi's men by their side, Chadwick and Whitney Frost arrived at the Roxxon Corporation building which housed the Atomic Bomb Frost needed to recreate the experiment which first discovered the Zero Matter. Once they arrived they began searching through the hallways, finding that all the doors were strangely unlocked upon their arrival, the group struggled to find the bomb, angering Frost who berated her husband for the failure.
While Frost screamed at Chadwick in private, they were confronted by Peggy Carter, who assured them that they would not get the bomb and told Frost that the Zero Matter was affecting her mind, promising that the SSR could help her recover, which Chadwick seemed excited by. Frost refused to get help and instead attacked Carter, attempting to kill her by absorbing her into her skin. Carter managed to free herself but was thrown off the ledge and impaled by a steal rod. Seeing this Chadwick ordered Frost to leave while Daniel Sousa ran to Carter's aid.
Returning to the Chadwick Residence, Frost advised Chadwick to call Hugh Jones and explain the situation so they would be able to gain more uranium to complete their experiment. Chadwick however furiously refused, accusing her of risking his life and getting him involved with dangerous mobsters and putting him at the mercy of the Council of Nine. Chadwick continued to shout at his wife and told her that she was out of control and he would not help her. This caused Frost to lose her temper and she grabbed him by the face, telling him to watch his tone.
Believing that his life was in greater danger due to Frost's damaged and dangerous mind, Chadwick made a decision as to how to deal with his situation. That night while Frost was sleeping he snuck downstairs and called the Arena Club, telling them to contact the other members of the Council of Nine and call an emergency meeting. When he was accused of ignoring the procedure the Council had put into place, Chadwick assured the person he was speaking to that he did not care about the procedure as the Council needed to hear what he had to say as soon as possible.
A Dangerous Betrayal
Chadwick made a deal with the Council of Nine to capture Whitney Frost in order to study her power and protect himself from her, before most likely having her killed. He found Frost in the Chadwick Residence having a nervous breakdown, claiming that since the Infiltration into the Roxxon Warehouse everything had gone wrong. Chadwick explained that he had arranged for the Council to meet with her, claiming that they would support her research again. Frost was delighted and thanked her husband, unaware of his true intentions.
Chadwick arranged to meet with the Council during his Congressional fundraising party. When Chadwick went to check on Frost as they were preparing for the party, he found that Frost was finding it impossible to cover her scars and requested that they reschedule the meeting; Chadwick explained that the Council would be unwilling to reschedule. Unwilling to give up on what might be his last chance to impress the Council, Chadwick found a hat which covered the side of Frost's face, allowing her to attend the party without revealing her scars. Delighted by the result, Frost thanked her husband for understanding and promised to thank him again once they got home.
While at the party, Chadwick spoke to Vernon Masters and Jack Thompson with Frost by his side, commenting on his strong stance on fighting Communism, promising to put more money into the Strategic Scientific Reserve. Master explained how Thompson was responsible to the capture of Johann Fennhoff, who had attempted an attack on New York City, with Chadwick calling Thompson a natural born leader while Frost flirted with him and claimed he should be in the movies. Chadwick nervously pulled her back, laughing about the comments and claiming that Frost was his secret weapon when it came to getting into Washington.
Suffering the Consequences
- "I trusted you."
"No. Whitney, please. Whitney, please. Darling, I'm sorry."
"I made you!"
- ―Whitney Frost and Calvin Chadwick
Having gathered a meeting with the Council of Nine, Chadwick and Whitney Frost greeted the Council, and Chadwick watched his wife tell the group of her new discoveries about Zero Matter and her conclusion that it should not be used for energy but for power. She then demonstrated this to the council by first revealing her scar before consuming a rat into her skin with Zero Matter. Once the demonstration was over, Chadwick clicked his fingers and told Frost that she had been perfect.
Chadwick and Thomas Gloucester then had two men throw ropes around Frost's neck to contain her; Chadwick warned the men not to touch her directly while Frost look in horror at her husband's betrayal. However, Chadwick was mortified to see Frost was able to use her powers to kill the men with ease as the Council looked on helpless. Frost then used the Zero Matter to kill five of the council members, including Gloucester, before turning to a pleading Chadwick. Despite begging for his life and telling her that he was sorry, Frost refused to listen and consumed him, leaving Chadwick screaming in agony as his body was turned into Zero Matter.
- "It's not even a question of security to me. Communism is a moral issue. The very ideals of our nation are under threat."
- ―Calvin Chadwick
Like many prominent businessmen and politicians of his time, Calvin Chadwick was a staunch anti-Communist who believed that the Soviet Union and Communism were a threat to the safety of the United States and the American way of life.
Though he ran for Congress and had auspices to be President of the United States, Chadwick was far from being a leader; he followed orders quickly and always demonstrated fear to the Council of Nine, and later, his wife. Chadwick would always work in secret to accomplish his desires, as his affair with Jane Scott and his waiting until Frost slept to betray her both proved.
- Council of Nine
- Isodyne Energy
- Rufus Hunt † - Subordinate
- Andrew Henry †
- Jack Thompson
- Joseph Manfredi - Reluctant Ally
In chronological order:
- Agent Carter
- In the comics, Calvin Burlingame and Hesperus Chadwick are two members of the Secret Empire, a group dedicated to restore an aristocracy and rule over the United States of America first, and then the entire world.