- No. I know what you are. But let's talk about the hypercomputer..capable of performing simultaneous infinite calculations...taking into account not just the binary of 0 and 1, dead/alive, black/white, German/Japanese...but the whole panoply of probabilities in any given situation, every possible quantum state...and through that act of measurement, that act of observing...he can determine the state, however unlikely, most favorable to him! ... You're not just trying to prevent me from finding this "hypercomputer", Pythagoras. You're trying to prevent me from realizing...that that's what I naturally am.
- -- Amadeus Cho
Amadeus Cho was not your average teenager, not even above average could define this extraordinary teen. After making history on an internet game show called "Brain Fight" he became known to the world as Mastermind Excello, teenage super-genius and the "7th Smartest Man in the World". His prize was the title and getting awarded with five hundred thousand dollars. An unknown agency tried to track the boy down, destroying his home and possibly his family in the process. Running away with his only companion being a coyote pup, agents tracked him down but not before Amadeus ran into to another misunderstood genius with awesome power: the Hulk. The Hulk protected Mastermind, who gained a boost in his confidence and promised to find the unknown agency.
It was revealed that it was all the plans of Pythagoras Dupree a lonely, paranoid genius with plans to search the planet for other hyper-minds and eliminate them. He claimed to be the "6th Smartest Man in the World".
The final confrontation wherein he was going to try to shoot him in the head. It sounds pretty simple, but Cho's intelligence gives him the ability to predict where the bullets are going and dodge accordingly, so the challenge was for Dupree to determine where he was going to dodge and shoot there instead, unless Cho could out-think him by two steps ahead.
Sometime later, a terrible incident in Stamford, Connecticut killed 612 including the schoolchildren. The "Stamford Incident" gave rise to the Superhuman Registration Act and sent S.H.I.E.L.D. to apprehend the unregistered Mastermind Excello. After outsmarting some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Amadeus discovered a former hide-out in New Mexico, one belonging to his friend the Hulk. There Amadeus hacked into the Baxter Building security network and discovered that a group of heroes such as Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four and the Avenger Iron Man had sent the Hulk into exile in outer space. Using a special phone line, he informed Reed Richards about his discovery and it was revealed via satellite that the Hulk wasn’t where the Illuminati thought they had sent their former friend. Amadeus left Reed thinking about his betrayal toward his former ally and friend while Amadeus set off to find the Hulk.
World War Hulk
Finding She-Hulk de-powered by S.P.I.N. tech Cho restored her powers and tried to recruit her to his cause. They were promptly attacked by Doc Samson who had been looking for Walters since she attacked Iron Man. With the S.P.I.N. tech disabled Walters quickly defeated Samson. Walters declined in joining Cho and chose to get revenge on Stark using the legal system, but put him in contact with Hercules and Angel who owed the Hulk due to an altercation when they where part of the Champions.
Cho then used Angel’s money to buy a submarine. The trio went off to recruit Namor. Wanting no part of the Illuminati’s plot to begin with Namor dismissed Cho's idea. Namora decided to join the three in her cousins place.
Cho’s group offers their help to Hulk who dismissed them but was forced to accept help due to General Ross creating collateral damage in his attack. S.H.I.E.L.D. eventually recruited Cho’s team to protect the non-evacuated civilians. Cho eventually met Rick Jones but didn't see eye-to-eye on the issue at hand. Cho’s group met up with Scorpion to find and free the captured heroes. Seeing the way the heroes were being treated caused Cho to confront the Hulk alone.
Cho attempted to show Hulk that he wished to create a safe haven for him but was attacked causing Hercules and crew to come to Cho’s aid. The Hulk left after hearing Cho’s thesis that his anger was what killed his loved ones and that Banner was what kept them loving him.
During his imprisonment SHIELD decided that Cho’s intelligence was going to be beneficial in moving the evacuated New Yorkers back to their homes. He declined believing that if he did they would eventually make him a tool for militaristic planning. Hercules also didn’t like SHIELD's plans for him rescued Cho and escaped. With Ares on their trail, his coyote dying, and Hercules hallucinating, Cho fed up with all that SHIELD has done used Hercules crazed state to take over a SHIELD vessel and upload a virus that would destroy all SHIELD tech. Hercules now in a sound state of mind convinced Cho that if this was the path he was going to take he would be labeled as a villain for the rest of his life. Cho restored all SHIELD tech and continued on with Hercules.
Upon meeting up with Athena the trio set out to San Francisco to assemble a team of gods from Earth (Snowbird, Tecumotzin, Amatsu-Mikaboshi, and Atum the God Eater to battle and defeat the Skrull Gods Kly'Bn and Sl'gur't. In route to Skrull space through the dream realm they battled Nightmare, and received his map of the dream realm.
Fall of the Hulks
In Incredible Hulk #607 Cho finds himself in the crossfire when Red She-Hulk attacked the Mighty Avengers in an attempt to capture Hank Pym. While considered a possible target for the Intelligencia's hunt for the eight greatest minds of the Marvel U, Bruce Banner confirmed Cho's drop to tenth. However, in Incredible Hulk 610, Banner would retract his statement, claiming Cho was always one of the eight. Cho helped Banner disable War Machine's armor, saving Pym's life, only to have the super-scientist stolen from under their noses. Later Cho would join Banner and a select team of superheroes in an assault on the Intelligencia's secret headquarters in an attempt to save Betty Ross.
Amadeus made himself a suit, affording him abilities like enhanced durability and strength, limited flight and universal translation, with an A.I. named Calvin. He found himself stuck on a mysterious island in the Savage Land thanks to a damping field. Using his powers, Amadeus was able to convince the natives that he was a god. Their chief explained to him that there was a machine on the island that imprisoned a hostile alien creature and that they were sworn to protect it. This machine generated the damping field that kept Amadeus on the island.
After learning from the natives that Shanna and Wolverine were on the island, Amadeus set out to stop them before they could destroy the machine. Unfortunately, Shanna was killed in a fight with the natives and Wolverine set off in a rage to destroy the machine. Cho urged the natives to help Shanna, and they used a Man-Thing to resurrect her.
Amadeus explained to her the situation with the machine and they set off to stop Wolverine from destroying it. Shanna arrived first and was able to save the machine. Cho arrived after her, as Shanna's physical capabilities had been enhanced by the resurrection. To the surprise of them all, the Hulk suddenly appeared. 
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Super Genius: Amadeus is a super genius who utilizes his intelligence for a number of incredible, yet human feats. This intelligence is portrayed in the comics as glowing labels, numbers and other information, shown from his point of view, which gives his abilities a visual component that would otherwise not exist. Whether or not he actually sees the numbers (like a HUD) is unknown. He has shown himself capable of doing anything from redirecting a laser-guided missile with a wing mirror or tracking the Hulk based on his trajectory and jump height. Though this gift does come in handy when escaping, the strain of his mental calculations leaves him exhausted and famished. According to Shield he's the 7th smartest person on the planet. Although Banner would later place Cho as tenth, Banner recently affirmed Cho as being one of the 8 smartest men on the planet.
Skilled Hacker: He is a skilled hacker; he was able to locate Edwin Jarvis hacking into his GPS from a normal computer a great distance away.
|Power Grid |
Strength levelAmadeus possesses the strength of a teenager that routinely engages in minimal exercise.
Unlike other super geniuses, Amadeus needs to feed his brain after "hardcore brainwork".
EquipmentReplica Ant-Man's Helmet made out of spare parts from Hank Pym's mobile laboratory (used during his tenure with the Mighty Avengers).
- Mastermind Excello was introduced along with five other different characters in Amazing Fantasy Vol 2 #15. Marvel hoped to repeat history since Amazing Fantasy #15 gave rise to the popular Spider-Man.
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