The Extremis was a super soldier project developed by a biotech company called Futurepharm, subsidiary of Stark Industries. Alongside Maya Hansen, Dr. Aldrich Killian developed the nanite technology called Microsurgery Experimental Robotics. The project was funded by the U.S. military. However, when the military pulled the plug, Hansen and Killian stole samples and sold them to a terrorist, but a guilt-ridden Killian confessed afterwards in a suicide note.
In an attempt to regain the stolen serum, Stark as Iron Man was injured battling a domestic terrorist, Mallen, who had been altered by the Extremis drug into a superhuman killing machine. Seeing no other option, he took a modified dose of Extremis to heal his injures and improve his neural interface with the armor and other technologies. The revitalized Iron Man then set out after Mallen. After killing the terrorist without choice, Stark discovered that Maya was the accomplice of Killian in stealing Extremis, and she was put into custody.
Years later, Maya was kidnapped by A.I.M. and forced to duplicate the virus before killing her. The new samples of Extremis were then sold in an auction to four different bidders, whose names were forcibly given to Stark by the head of the auction, Colin Forty-Four, in order to retrieve the Extremis from them by any means necessary.
Created as a nano-tech serum, this Liquid Biotech Complex is inserted into pipe guns hidden graphics and interconnected by a handful of pipes connecting with less than one inch wide and five high, directly coupled to a applicator specially created, designed and developed from similar prototypes previously marketed by Futurepharm, a compiler Biological, mechanical structure which supports an ampoule of apparent three hundred milliliters of fluid nano-robotic charger that creates electrical impulses and carries with it the existence of true physical application of Extremis technology.
If properly injected up to the Complex Nervous Cervical, this fluid is passed into the bloodstream and permeates the nervous system, accessing the Body Recovery Center, the portion of the Grey Matter of the Brain that has the complete mapping of the human body and all their features, and thus identifies possible future failures, such as cuts and injuries varied stimuli and sending them to repair enzymes. Micro-Nanitas Biotech drug Extremis take control of this region of the brainstem, overwriting all of this mapping, rewriting the form of how the body should truly be.
Once the modification is made Cerebral closed, this same body system evaluates the entire human body as erroneous and injured, then sending the information to the brain that all the body, externally and internally, is wrong, completely transforming it into a wound open to be healed and changed the standards that the Extremis recently rewritten.
In the first instants of pain processing presents fulminans, and the liquid carrier of the genetic code is expelled from the body Extremis orally and, possibly, even the ears and eyes, depending on the position in which the body was in the Upon start of the modification. A side effect of the expulsion of the liquid that carries the dark gray Biotechnology is the avoidance of considerable amount of blood that ends up giving the guinea pig a frail, pale and sick. This stage lasts, however, only a few moments before the cardiac activity is reduced and the person in whom the drug was injected in a state of lethargy in a prolonged sleep.
The standard protocols for insertion of the Extremis imply that, at this stage of processing, the user of the dose should be kept under constant observation and unremitting care, put on a Life Support acceptable and constant, receiving nutrition intravenously every hour. In similar operation to the base of regeneration body center, after an hour, the skin, as very brittle, begins to break into scabs low grade. The wounds gradually releasing low quantities of blood upon contact with air and become solid form of the usual lesions crust. In order repulsive little by little, the crust is enhanced throughout the body, which, as already said, it is an open wound. After about eight or nine hours, almost the whole body has become covered with this layer of protection. This stage is maintained for about forty-eight to seventy-two hours - as is the case Stark because it changes the operating data of the drug Extremis in order to destroy some of the "preventive barriers". The Extremis uses, also at this stage, all the nutrients and body mass to reshape the existing body, creating new agencies stronger, powerful and resilient in order to fulfill their duties more efficiently too, as well as muscles and nerves. Interestingly, this stage of the application of the serum seems to deteriorate or abolish the vestments used by the users, because after the crust of the injury break, they are naked.
After regaining consciousness and awareness after sleeping a day with body changes in force, the crust violently cracks open, breaking into many pieces, usually starting with the trunk, leaving their pieces fraturem up and, as in the normal functioning of the body, falling, thus freeing the user from its cocoon Extremis prison that protected him for almost the entire process. Though still small and have short tears in the skin, the body becomes many times more powerful and capable, restoring moments in those injuries, gaining strength beyond human limits, excessive speed, and many other attributes evolved.
Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999)
In this universe, the Extremis virus was an experimental genetic rewriting process serum, that gives superhuman strength and endurance and a healing factor, created by Maya Hansen, and first experimented in plants. During the New Year Eve of 1999, she met Tony Stark, with whom she talked about the Extremis and also intimacy. Apparently, even drunk, Stark could fix the Extremis problem of stabilization, as it had the side-effect of overheating. A young scientist named Aldrich Killian offered her a place in his organization Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.).
It is revealed Killian was using the Extremis' instability to create human bombs for the terrorist the Mandarin, and had injected it to himself and his soldiers, including Eric Savin and Ellen Brandt.
Aldrich later kidnapped Pepper Potts in order to have an incentive for Tony Stark to finally find the solution for the instability he started years ago, as Pepper was injected with the virus.
Pepper was later taken to the same place Killian was going to execute President Ellis, so he could have her as a trophy. Stark escaped captivity and managed to get to Pepper with the help of Jim Rhodes. During a battle against Killian, Potts was apparently killed. But she survived thanks to the regenerative properties of Extremis and managed to kill Killian. Stark promised Pepper he would find a cure for Extremis, which he did.
The Extremis virus, when injected into living tissue, results in a wide range of effects within the host organism. The intention of Extremis was to enhance, although the compound was flawed. In all hosts, it causes intense pain until it either bonds with the host successfully, or destroys the host in a violent explosion. Even in cases where the Extremis virus has successfully bonded, the host organism may be at risk of the compound becoming unstable and detonating with sufficient force to burn nearby bystanders to dust, and crater solid concrete underfoot.
- Healing Factor: The Extremis virus imparts incredible restorative capabilities upon the host organism, which was its primary original intention. Superficial wounds close over and heal completely in a matter of seconds, and severed limbs can take minutes to regrow.
- Exothermic Manipulation: Hosts of the Extremis virus are able to consciously raise the temperature of parts of their bodies. The effect can be controlled to the extent that it might only scorch skin, or increased to the point where it can cause steel to turn into a molten state.
- Superhuman Strength: The Extremis virus enhances the muscular power of the host considerably. The extent appears to vary within marginal limits, but most have demonstrated the ability to hoist the weight of a human male effortlessly in one hand and hurl such a weight across a room.
- Enhanced Agility: The Extremis virus enhances musculature to become more powerful in its motion, granting the host marginally enhanced agility.
- Aldrich Killian
- Eric Savin
- Ellen Brandt
- Pepper Potts (formerly)
- Jack Taggart (failed test subject)
- Chad Davis (failed test subject)
- Numerous unnamed soldiers
Marvel: Avengers Alliance (Earth-TRN259)
In this universe the Extremis virus is described as a "nanotech-based interface with the human nervous system." It was developed by A.I.M. with the help of a mysterious ally, based on the work of Maya Hansen, an old colleague of Tony Stark, who was researching a new kind of super-soldier solution.
The first and only known test subject was Eric Savin, who was located by Tony Stark and defeated with the help of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s alliance of superheroes. After the defeat of Savin, the Mandarin revealed himself as the mysterious ally of A.I.M., and that his true plan had just started.
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