Though during the 1940s the existence of mutants was unknown to the public, a few individuals were aware of the coming of Homo Superior, and that they had the potential to replace baseline humans as the dominant species of Earth. Thus Weapon Plus was created to address the so-called mutant problem. What was ignored by everyone involved in Weapon Plus is that its mastermind, John Sublime, was actually the host body for a sentient bacteria present on every living creature on the planet, save for mutants, who were genetically immune to the Sublime infection.
The first nine installments of Weapon Plus were partially successful. Weapon X produced a number of agents, though it branched off and even became opposed to Weapon Plus's interests. To prevent subsidiary programs from going rogue, Weapon Plus's directly oversaw the creation of the last living weapons operating in the clandestine facilities of The World, employing Bolivar Trask's Sentinel technology.
Throughout the decades, Weapon Plus has used increasingly more extreme methods to create its super soldiers. Captain America was enhanced to peak human levels. Weapon X employed genetic alteration, brainwashing and memory implants. The latest creations were bred specifically to become mutant-hunting weapons much deadlier than Sentinels.
Operation Rebirth began as a collaboration between US, British and German eugenicists led by Doctors Reinstein and Koch. When WW II began, Koch took over the German program, and Josef Reinstein (Erskine) moved to the American program.
Operation: Rebirth, headed by Professor Abraham Erskine (given Reinstein's name as a cover identity) manages to produce Captain America (Steve Rogers). However Erskine is murdered moments after Rogers is successfully empowered, the refinements he introduced which made the process successful lost with his death. With his demise, Josef Reinstein took over the American program.
Two other subjects, Clinton McIntyre, a.k.a. Protocide, a failed experiment who was placed in suspended animation and was revived in the modern era by AIM. And the first mutant experiment designated Queen seem to have occurred prior to the serum being tested on Steve Rogers.
Reinstein's early attempts to refine the formula resulted in African-American super soldiers (most prominently Isaiah Bradley). Three hundred African-American soldiers were taken from Camp Cathcart and subjected to potentially fatal experiments at an undisclosed location, as seen in Truth: Red, White and Black in an attempt to recreate the Super-Soldier Formula. Only five men survived the original trials; hundreds of test subjects left behind at Camp Cathcart and the camp's commander were executed by US soldiers in the name of secrecy, the families of the three hundred were told that they had died in battle.
Although there were many later attempts to recreate or reverse-engineer Operation: Rebirth's Super-Soldier Serum, none are known to have been involved with Weapon Plus except for the attempt that resulted in the creation of Isaiah Bradley's son Josiah X. Weapon Plus considers Captain America as its most successful creation.
Weapons II experimented on animals. It is unknown if the experiments succeeded in creating a living weapon.
A mutant barrister during the Cold War with elastic and multi-sensory skin, he had his powers augmented by Weapon Plus, and became a spy and assassin. He was later sent to Otherworld to steal a magical Orb, but was captured and his skin was removed from his body. After his skin was removed he taught his muscles to expand and contract on a molecular level.
Weapons IV-V experimented on various ethnic groups and prisoners.
Weapon VII, aka Project: Homegrown, experimented on human soldiers during the Vietnam War. Some of the known participants who died in Project: Homegrown included Andrew Perlmutter, Michael Labash, John Walsh, James MacPherson and fourteen other unknown recruits. The only known successful subject of Project: Homegrown was Nuke, who had armored implants under his epidermis and was addicted to powerful steroids. Logan, who would later become one of Weapon Plus' victims, kidnapped Nuke as a child, who oversaw his conditioning.
The United Kingdom also had its own version of Project: Homegrown, aka the Black Budget, which managed to create the team known as the Super Soldiers: Dauntless, Gog, Dreadnaught, Revenge, Victory, Invincible, Challenger, and some other unnamed super-soldiers.
The Mercy Corporation, an off-shoot of S.H.I.E.L.D. that worked on super-soldiers and eventually broke off, also had its own unit of super-soldiers, using a serum similar to previous derivatives of the Super-Soldier Serum from Weapon I. Their agents included Jack Reno, Keel, Kyle, Agent Villarosa, Agent Davis and Agent Milo.
Weapon VIII use of drugs and hypnosis to trigger assassins/sleeper agents.
Weapon IX use of cybernetics, powered armors and battlesuits.Weapon X was implemented as a covert government operation by the Canadian government Department K and funded by the U.S. Developed to turn willing and unwilling participants mostly mutants and humans into living weapons.
No individual with the 'Weapon XI' moniker has been seen, but John Sublime has mentioned it. A likely candidate for Weapon XI's true identity is the Hound, a mutant with the power to hunt and kill other mutants, who was transformed by the Hound Program of the US government into a technorganic killing machine. He battled the government-sponsored incarnation of X-Factor after massacring scientists at a US government research facility, nearly killing Sabretooth in the process, but was stopped by Polaris, who was forced to use her power at its full limit. He was later after Shard, but was destroyed in an explosion after being defeated by her and Bishop.
Weapon Plus created Weapon XII (aka Huntsman, real name Zona Cluster 6) at the England-based facilities of The World. He was the first living weapon created employing artificial evolution and nanosentinel technology. Weapon XII was "accidentally" unleashed on the Channel Tunnel and fought X-Corporation members Cannonball, M, Darkstar, Rictor, Siryn and Multiple Man. Weapon XII was eliminated by Fantomex with the aid of Jean Grey and Professor X, but at the cost of Darkstar's life. Huntsman was created to be part of the Super-Sentinels, a mutant-hunting team of superheroes with a base in a Weapon Plus space station. This team, a brainchild of John Sublime, was intended to be a publicity stunt to make the genocide of mutants much more acceptable to the public.
Weapon Plus created Weapon XIII Fantomex, whose real name is Charlie Cluster 7, also at The World. However, Fantomex rebelled against his creators. Like in the case of Weapon XII, Fantomex's powers derive from Nanosentinel technology.
Weapon XIV was created in the World by John Sublime using ovaries stolen from Emma Frost to create daughters/clones the Stepford Cuckoos. Originally numbering in the thousands, only 5 were active and in the end only 3 remained. They were created to entrap the Phoenix Force in order to use its power to fuel their psychic abilities so they can wipe out all mutants on earth.
So far, the last creation of Weapon Plus is Weapon XV, aka Ultimaton, designed to be the Super-Sentinels' grand powerhouse. He dies when Wolverine destroys the Weapon Plus space station that was designed as the Super-Sentinels HQ's
Weapon XVI is a "living religion", a virus that attacks the faith reserves and makes them subservient to the World's sentience. In order for it to work one has to believe in some sort of god.
Equipment: State-of-the-art and sophisticated equipment.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.
- In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it is revealed that Wolverine is the "Weapon X" due to being the tenth experiment of William Stryker. A Weapon XI, combining the powers of various mutants (Logan, Scott Summers, John Wraith, Wade Wilson) appears, and is described as "Deadpool" due it being a pool of powers. It is fought by Wolverine and Victor Creed atop a nuclear power cooling tower, and is apparently killed after being decapitated by Logan. A post-credits scene of some prints show the hand grabbing the disembodied head, that shoos the audience.
- Weapon XVI's first appearance is in, "Dark Reign: The List - Wolverine"
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