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Michael van Patrick (Earth-616)

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During his research into what would ultimately become the super-soldier serum, Dr. Abraham Erskine outlined a special Brazilian revolutionary diet and isometric exercise regime that he theorized would create a super-soldier. However, because the diet and regime required a lifetime of adherence in order to produce the desired results, this research was rejected by the US government, and when Erskine was assassinated, it was passed down through his family, finally ending up in the hands of his grandson, Brian van Patrick who used the research to develop a successful organic food business.[4]

Michael van Patrick (Earth-616) from Avengers The Initiative Vol 1 1 0001

Beating the course record


When his son Michael was born, Brian decided to test out the diet and the exercise regime on the boy to see if his grandfather's theories were right. As it happened, the theories were right, and within twenty years, Michael Van Patrick became one of the greatest student athletes in the country, earning a scholarship to the University of Kentucky. However, when reporters discovered that Michael was the great-grandson of the man who created Captain America, he came under heavy scrutiny. Though the testing all showed that his abilities were due to training, Michael lost his scholarship, and nearly lost every award he'd ever received.[4]

50-State Initiative

The creation of the 50-State Initiative offered Michael another chance.[5] Dubbed "MVP", Michael was recruited by Justice as part of the Initiative. At Camp Hammond, he broke the course record for non-speedsters, impressing most of the other trainees and S.H.I.E.L.D. members. He was compared to the late Captain America.[2]


Michael van Patrick (Earth-616) and Abigail Boylen (Earth-616) from Avengers The Initiative Vol 1 1 0001

MVP is accidentally killed by Armory

MVP was killed during an incident when Armory's Tactigon raged out of control. His autopsy revealed that although MVP didn't possess any special powers, his body was genetically perfect. [2]


After his death Dr. Blitzschlag performed cloning experiments on MVP's body, first cloning it at least four times. One of the clones was given the identity of the late Michael van Patrick and sent back home.[4] Justice later took Cloud 9 to the van Patrick home as part of her therapy to visit with MVP's family. They were both shocked to find MVP seemingly alive and well; unaware that he was not the real Michael, but one of his clones.[6]

Scarlet Spiders

The other three clones were given the names Michael, Van and Patrick, and together they formed the Scarlet Spiders. All three clones showed what Dr. Blitzschlag called strange behavior, seemingly connected to their genetic source. The clones seemed to be unaware of their origin, and called Dr. Blitzschlag their father.[7]


KIA (Earth-616) from Avengers The Initiative Vol 1 11 0001

Michael's fifth clone, K.I.A.

Later, a fifth clone was created. This clone refused the identity of "Ian" and called himself Michael van Patrick. Once connected with the alien weapon Tactigon, this clone received information about MVP's death and grew enraged.[8] Dubbing himself KIA, the clone began acting revenge on the people he felt were to blame for his death, destroying two inactive clones in the process before going on a rampage in Camp Hammond.[9]


Naturally Enhanced Physiology: Due to a lifetime of a special revolutionary diet that was obtained in Brazil and a special exercise, Michael Van Patrick had strength, endurance, and agility comparable to Captain America.[10]

  • Peak Human Strength: Michael's physical strength equal to the peak of human potential. His physical strength is above a normal human being.[11]
  • Peak Human Durability Michael's body is more resistant to physical injury, to variable degrees, than that of an ordinary human. He seems capable of taking several gunshot & puncture wounds as well as beatings and still stand on his feet.[11]
  • Peak Human Agility: Michael's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete.[11]
  • Peak Human Healing: He is able to heal broken bones, torn muscles, several gunshot & knife wounds and other severe injuries within of several days and most lesser injuries like cuts, scrapes and burns within hours.[11]
  • Peak Human Stamina: Michael's body eliminates the excessive build-up of fatigue-producing poisons in his muscles and his musculature generates considerably less fatigue toxins than the muscles of an ordinary human being, granting him superhuman levels of stamina in all physical activities.[11]
  • Peak Human Aging: Michael's extensively healthy cells allows him to age at much slower rate.[11]

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