Amanda Armstrong's father was a secret federal agent killed in the line of duty by A.I.M., though the public and Amanda were led to believe he had been murdered by a drug cartel. As a young adult, Amanda became a small-time musician under the stage name of Amanda Strong. One night after a performance, she was recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D. by Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, hoping to use her career as a cover for missions around the world.
With the help of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s contacts, Amanda became a moderately successful vocalist for her own band. One night before travelling to Germany to deliver a package, she met the package's courier, a fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Jude. When she arrived to the Indra Club in Hamburg, Amanda's cover was blown, and she was attacked by an assassin. Jude saved her life, later admitting that he had followed her to Germany hoping to see her performance and ask her on a date afterwards. The two agents were soon intercepted by undercover Hydra soldiers, but managed to escape from the hotel where Jude had taken Amanda regardless of the enemy presence.
The incident at the Indra Club was covered up as an attack from an overzealous fan, allowing Amanda to remain operating undercover. She continued her career, and started dating Jude. After a two-year relationship, Amanda became pregnant and quit S.H.I.E.L.D.. A week before the baby was due, Jude tried to convince Amanda to disappear. He eventually revealed to have been working as a Hydra double-agent, showing his true nature as a selfish man who had no problem working for both sides and selling out fellow agents as long as it made profit. As Jude was trying to convince Amanda to accept Hydra's protection, she stabbed him in the neck with a pair of scissors.
Shocked by this development, Amanda decided she was going to give up the baby for adoption to a happy and safe family, requesting wherever he was sent to, the baby retained his birth name: Anthony. S.H.I.E.L.D. partially granted Amanda her wish, and instead left the baby in an orphanage in Sofia, Bulgaria, the place where it was born. After learning of Amanda's pregnancy, S.H.I.E.L.D. founder Howard Stark kept an eye on the baby and adopted him, taking the birth records in the process.
Decades later, Amanda had become a London-based music producer. When Tony Stark investigated his true parentage, he found that Amanda could've been his true mother, and visited her at her record label. Tony demonstrated his desire to get to know his mother, and the two hugged as Amanda called him, "My boy." Before Amanda could bond with her son, Tony fell into a coma as a consequence of the second superhuman civil war. Tony's company, Stark Industries, fell to the hands of Amanda as established by his will. Amanda accepted the position to prevent the board of directors from taking control of the company, while Tony's A.I. assistant Friday ran the company behind the curtains.
When Tony recovered from his injuries, he went into hiding for a brief time. After he meet up with Amanda to ensure her he was safe, she was approached by Jude. He revealed her he had been resurrected by Hydra, and continued operating from behind the scenes for decades, only deciding to step into the light after learning what had become of their son. Jude coerced her into luring Tony to a trap. However, Tony's assistant Mary Jane Watson appeared and shot Jude in the shoulder, which prompted him to decloak a battalion of Hydra soldiers. A massive fight sparked after Ironheart and many other heroes arrived to confront Hydra. In the middle of the brawl, Jude got hold of MJ's gun and tried to shoot Amanda in the back. Before he could to so, he was knocked out by Iron Man.
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