Hank McCoy had a rough childhood, not because of his genius IQ, but because his parents and peers were all racist against mutants, and he suspected himself of being one. He grew up taunted as "Monkey Boy" and "Joe Bananas" because of his apelike appearance.
He was later recruited by Jean Grey in his late teens and became a founding member of the X-Men and the team's elite scientist/engineer. As a technical genius, he frequently upgraded the X-Men's Blackbird and Danger Room sequences. Hank was also the on again/off again boyfriend of Ororo Munroe, aka Storm. Hank had developed an inferiority complex due to his traumatic childhood, and it often got in the way of their relationship.
Some scientists from the Weapon X project tampered with his genetic makeup, enhancing his senses and causing him to grow fangs and become covered in blue fur; now even more insecure, Hank came to the conclusion that Professor X was using mind control on Ororo to make her love him so he'd stay with the X-Men. This led to a temporary break up between them.
Beast seemingly died  when he was crushed by rubble during a Sentinel attack. His death devastated Storm, who then became more deeply committed to the X-Men.
Hank was actually under top-secret government house arrest in laboratories miles below the Triskelion. Professor X, as well as Nick Fury, decided that faking his death and altering his mind to think that he was keeping in contact with friends and family was the best way to focus his genius on the growing Legacy Virus problem in "Project Legacy". Hank only recently became aware of their plot, but rather than confusing those he loved, he reluctantly agreed to continue working on the Legacy antidote.
He later rescued Pyro, and shocked his former teammates by revealing that he was still alive. After being proven to be the real Beast by Psylocke and Wolverine, he was allowed to join Bishop's new X-Men, and continued his relationship with Storm.
Ultimatum and Actual Death
During Magneto's flooding of New York, Hank was pushed by the water into a store, where he was killed either by drowning or the impact of hitting the store.
Beast was exceptionally agile, a skilled acrobat and superhumanly strong. His clawed hands and prehensile feet made him an excellent climber. Weapon X's experiments heightened his sense of smell.
Abilities: Hank has a genius level IQ. He possesses the keenest mind of all the X-Men, save perhaps Professor X.
The Beast possesses a fully-equipped laboratory. Presumably it holds the latest in biological and material analysis devices.
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