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Elijah Bradley (Earth-616)


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Quote1 So, when Iron Lad told me he was in trouble--that he needed a Super Soldier--I lied and told him he'd found one. And then I did what I had to do to become one. Quote2
-- Patriot src


Eli Bradley has a family legacy of heroes. After losing the secrets of the Super Soldier Serum when Dr. Erskine died, the United States Army still wanted to produce more Super Soldiers like Steve Rogers.[3] To this end, Col. Walker Price and Dr. Wilfred Nagel took 300 African-American soldiers from Mississippi to experiment upon. Only a handful of men survived the gruesome process, and only one of them survived the covert missions and assignments: Isaiah Bradley,[4] Eli's grandfather.[5] His uncle, Josiah X, continued the family tradition, enlisting in Vietnam War. Later he even took up Isaiah's old Captain America uniform and joined the Crew.[6] Before Isaiah received the Super Soldier Serum, he fathered Sarah Gail, Eli's mother. Because of this Eli was born with no superhuman abilities.[5]

Young Avengers

Shortly after the Avengers had disbanded, a younger version of Kang the Conqueror traveled to the present era, with the goal of stopping his future self. Unsuccessful in his attempts to contact the Avengers, he downloaded the The Vision's programming and operating system from the remains of the destroyed Avengers Mansion. Among the Vision files, he found the Avengers Fail-Safe Program. Dubbing himself himself Iron Lad, he began to seek Avengers recruit in the New York City area. One of these recruits was Josiah X, Eli's uncle. However, Josiah had been out of contact with his family for years. Eli lied to Iron Lad, claiming to be a Super Soldier due to a blood transfusion from his grandfather, and volunteered for Iron Lad's team. Eli then began using the illegal Mutant Growth Hormone (MGH) pills to fabricate superhuman abilities. Wearing a costume very similar to that of Captain America's original sidekick, Bucky, Eli donned a full cowl and a set of five-pointed throwing stars as Patriot, and alongside his new teammates Hulkling, Asgardian and Iron Lad, formed the Young Avengers.[1][7][8][9]

Patriot 001

Patriot's first look

After several weeks of training, the Young Avengers began taking on super hero missions.[9] Their second mission was an attempted to save two hundred guest at St. Patrick's Cathedral when they were taken hostage during Susan Bishop' wedding. Unfortunately, the Young Avengers were only successful in starting a fire and becoming hostages themselves. It was a bridesmaid, Kate Bishop, that actually saved them using one of Patriot's own throwing stars. The Young Avengers were able, however, to escape the scene before the police arrived.[1]


Patriot armed with Cap's original shield

After the attack, at the hospital, Kate was approached by Cassie Lang, daughter of the Avengers' Ant-Man. Together the girls tracked down the Young Avengers at the ruins of the Avengers Mansion, where the girls confronted the Young Avengers and invited themselves onto the team.[10] Not long afterward, the Mansion was attacked by Kang the Conqueror.[11] To join the battle, Kate donned gear from the Mansion such as Mockingbird's Battle Staves and Hawkeye's Bow. She also found the original Captain America's Shield for Patriot.[5] After defeating Kang and saving the world, Kate and Cassie remained on as permanent members.[12]

Captain America and Iron Man ordered the team to disband and refused to train them. However, Kate used some of her family's money and connection to procure a new lair, costumes and weapons for the team.[13] With Iron Lad gone, Patriot and Kate took on the unofficial roles of co-leaders. Patriot and Kate even shared some chemistry and competitiveness.

William Kaplan (Earth-616) and Elijah Bradley (Earth-616) with Mutant Growth Hormone

Wiccan discovers Patriot using MGH

Secret Identities and Family Ties

Not long after entering their secret superhero lives, Wiccan discovered Patriot was using MGH to temporarily grant him superhuman powers.[14] After taking MGH, Patriot fought Hyde one-on-one before injecting him with an overdose of MGH and knocking him unconscious. After being forcibly calmed by Wiccan's magics, Eli woke up in recovery at Avengers Tower, with the new Vision taking care of him. After Eli revealed the true origins of his powers, he quit the team.[7]

Elijah Bradley (Earth-616) and Isaiah Bradley (Earth-616) blood transfusion

Isaiah providing a blood transfusion for Eli

The other Young Avengers unsuccessfully attempted to get Eli to rejoin them. It wasn't until after Hulkling was captured by the Super-Skrull that Eli rejoin them.[15] During the subsequent battle between the Kree, the Skrulls forces, the Young Avengers and the New Avengers, Patriot used himself to shield Captain America from gunfire, and was severely injured. After the battle Captain America rushed to the hospital to give Eli a blood transfusion only to discover "another Captain America", Eli's grandfather, had already given Eli his blood. Since the transfusion, Eli has gained physical attributes and powers of a real Super Soldier.[16]

Civil War, Secret Invasion and Siege

Along with the rest of his team, Patriot sided with Captain America and the Secret Avengers against the Superhuman Registration Act, which led to the Superhero Civil War.

When the Skrulls invaded Earth, Patriot joined the other Young Avengers and Runaways on the front lines of the battle.[17]

Patriot along with the other Young Avengers helped rescue the fallen from Asgard during the Siege. He and Hawkeye were briefly trapped under some rumble themselves leading to an argument and a kiss.[18]

Children's Crusade

After Wiccan's powers overloaded and the Avengers decided to keep him under observation, Patriot and the other Young Avengers broke Wiccan out of holding and began the search for the Scarlet Witch. Patriot was extremely hesitant about the plan, but still accompanied the others. Accompanied by Magneto and Quicksilver, the team traveled to Transia and then to Latveria, before discovering a depowered and amnesiac Wanda engaged to Doctor Doom. The rediscovery of Wanda did not go unnoticed though, as the Avengers soon arrived on the scene. A battle with Doom's Doombot army soon broke out and was only stopped by the arrival of Iron Lad.[19]

Iron Lad teleported the Young Avengers and Wanda into the time-stream. They all went into the past, and met reanimated Jack of Hearts, who was about to explode. After that Wanda remembered who she is, regained her powers and returned herself, the Young Avengers and Scott Lang into the present.[20] She then finally confirmed that Billy and Tommy are indeed her reincarnated sons.[21]

Wanda's increased powers were revealed to be the result of her gaining a connection to the life force itself. A ritual intended to undo the Decimation was interrupted by Patriot, leading to the powers being transferred to Doctor Doom. He intended to usher the world into utopia, a utopia in which he would rule. The Avengers and X-Men teamed up to defeat him, and in the process, Stature was killed by Doom, and the villain escaped after losing his powers when they overloaded.

Iron Lad proposed to save Stature through the Time-stream but Vision refused, ending with both of them battling each other and Iron Lad destroying Vision and then taking off to the time stream, even after Wiccan warned that this is the moment in time where he becomes Kang the Conqueror.

In the aftermath of the battles, Elijah left the team while all the remaining Young Avengers were officially named full fledged Avengers,[22] and moved to the Midwest.[23]


Artificially Enhanced Condition: Eli was originally born with no superhuman powers, after receiving a blood transfusion from his grandfather Isaiah, he now has the Super-Soldier Serum [16] enhancing all bodily functions to beyond the peak of human potential, including:

  • Enhanced Strength: Eli's physical strength is enhanced to the very peak of human potential. While not superhuman, he is strong enough to lift approximately 800 lbs.
  • Enhanced Speed: Eli can also run and move at great speeds, capable of reaching up to 30 miles per hour or higher (he has been shown almost outrunning a helicopter).[24]
  • Enhanced Stamina: Eli's body eliminates the excessive build-up of fatigue-producing chemicals in his muscles, granting him exceptional endurance and lung capacity. His lung capacity is at peak human level enabling him to hold breath for 6 minutes under water. He can exert himself at peak capacity for several hours without any rest and before showing any signs of fatigue.
  • Enhanced Durability: While not superhuman; his skin, bone, and muscle tissues are augmented to levels that are considerably stronger and harder than normal humans; capable of feats that would severely injure or kill a normal human. He shrugged off a hail of tranquilizer darts, jumped a hundred feet through the air, and survived a massive explosion without stopping.[24]
  • Accelerated Healing Factor:: Eli’s healing speed and efficiency is at the highest limits of human potential, which means he can heal faster than most humans. He is able to regenerate injured tissue and brain cells to an extraordinary degree, heal broken bones, and torn muscles, but is unable to regenerate missing limbs or organs.
  • Foreign Chemical Immunity: The white blood cells (WBCs) and the SSS in his body are efficient enough to keep him from becoming intoxicated by alcohol, drugs, or impurities in the air.
  • Disease Immunity: Due to his highly efficient immune system, Eli is immune to all Earthly poisons, toxins, venom, viruses, bacteria, diseases, disorders, parasites, allergens, gas attacks, and nerve-toxins of any kind.
  • Enhanced Agility: Eli's agility, balance, flexibility, dexterity, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of an Olympic gold medalist. He has the combined agility and acrobatic prowess of the most accomplished circus aerialists and acrobats.
  • Enhanced Reflexes: Eli's reflexes are enhanced to levels that are superior to that of any Olympic athlete. Because Eli's mind can react and process information/data faster, his reaction speed allows him to out-react even the fastest humans, no matter how well-trained.
  • Enhanced Mental Process: His mental performance has been greatly enhanced to operate in the most efficient and rapid manner possible; even when under stress and fatigue. His mind is virtually a computer built for strategy and problem-solving. He is capable of perfectly memorizing anything (eidetic memory), has perfect recall, and has unlimited storage/retrieval capacity. He possesses perfect pattern solving/recognition, extremely high perception/observational skills, read at superhuman speeds, logical/philosophical structuring, and perfect deductive/reasoning skills. Elijah can also quickly analyze multiple, limitless information streams (e.g., threat assessment), rapidly respond to changing tactical situations, and can intuitively understand what's going to happen and how to deal with it. He is also immune to hypnosis or gases that could limit his focus.
  • Enhanced Senses: Eli’s senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch are at the highest possible limits of human potential.
  • Advanced Longevity: The SSS dramatically slows Eli aging due to extensively healthy cells regenerating. Much like Isaiah Bradley and Josiah X, two others exposed to the Super Soldier Serum.


  • Skilled Combatant: Even without his powers, Eli, partially through his adventures with the Young Avengers, is an experienced and formidable hand to hand combatant.
  • Skilled Athlete: Eli is an excellent athlete and has portrayed skill in Parkour.
  • Skilled Tactician: He has proven himself to be a capable leader and a naturally skilled tactician.

Strength level

Peak Human Strength



Discover and Discuss


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Young Avengers #1
  2. Tom Brevoort's statement
  3. Captain America Comics #1
  4. Truth: Red, White & Black #1-#7
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Young Avengers #4
  6. Crew #5
  7. 7.0 7.1 Young Avengers #8-#9
  8. Young Avengers Special #1
  9. 9.0 9.1 Avengers: The Children's Crusade - Young Avengers #1
  10. Young Avengers #2
  11. Young Avengers #3
  12. Young Avengers #4-#5
  13. Young Avengers #5
  14. Young Avengers #7-#8
  15. Young Avengers #9
  16. 16.0 16.1 Young Avengers #10-#12
  17. Secret Invasion Runaways Young Avengers #1-#3
  18. Siege: Young Avengers #1
  19. Avengers: The Children's Crusade #1-#4
  20. Avengers: The Children's Crusade #5
  21. Avengers: The Children's Crusade #6
  22. Avengers: The Children's Crusade #9
  23. Tom Brevoort's statement
  24. 24.0 24.1 Civil War #2
  25. Dark Reign: Young Avengers #5
  26. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 8

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