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Origin

During his research into what would ultimately become the super-soldier serum, Dr. Abraham Erskine outlined a special Brazilian revolutionary diet and isometric exercise regimen 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 who demanded super soldiers that could be produced immediately, not over the course of years. Erskine passed over his methodology when he perfected his serum. When Erskine was assassinated, what little research pertaining to the serum was sequestered by the government, his prior research notes were deemed irrelevant to not even classify as secret; thus they were 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]

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Beating the course record

Training

When his son Michael was born, Brian decided to test out the diet and the exercise regime on
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Michael's lifelong diet and exercise regime

the boy to see if his grandfather's theories were right. As it happened, the theories were correct, 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] dubbed comedically as "Captain America Jr."

Death

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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]

Clones

After his death Dr. Blitzschlag's analysis and advocacy, Michael's genome was too perfect a test subject to simply allow to rot; despite objections, 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

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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, killing one of the Scarlet Spider clones before going on a rampage in Camp Hammond.[9] He is eventually stopped by a gas filled kiss from Cloud 9, who Michael Van Patrick had a crush on, then mind wiped by device from Baron Von Blitzschlag.

Powers

Naturally Enhanced Physiology: Michael's physiology has been naturally augmented without the need of any special drugs, radiation or genetic engineering. Michael's abilities are the result of a lifetime of a special revolutionary diet that was obtained in Brazil combined with a special isometric exercise regimen. Down to the genetic level; the result of the biochemicals present in the foods consumed slowly augmented his biochemistry. According to Von Blitzschlag, every cell in his body "is perfection" His entire body is composed of healthy cells, having achieved the desired biochemical effect of the Super Soldier Serum without the actual serum or Vita-Rays. Michael Van Patrick had strength, stamina, durability, and agility comparable to Captain America.[10]

  • Peak Human Strength: Michael's physical strength is greater than that of any normal human being[11]; equal to the very peak of human potential, superior to that of even Olympic level athletes. He is able to sustain lifts exceeding 800 lbs. This strength also extends to his legs, enabling him to leap high into the air or far forward without a running start.
  • Peak Human Durability: Michael's bones and connective tissues are denser and harder and are at the highest human potential, making him very durable. His fibrous and connective tissues are also equally durable, thus allowing him to exert himself without damage that would normally tear ligaments and tendons. His body is thus 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 flexibility, balance, agility and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of any Olympic-level athlete.[11]
  • Peak Human Healing: His 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 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] This also extends to his bodies ability to withstand infection, microbes and diseases.
  • Peak Human Speed: Michael can move at speeds equal to that of the absolute finest human athlete, even setting obstacle course records (with the exception of speedsters).
  • Peak Human Stamina: Michael's body more greatly 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 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.[11]
  • Peak Human Longevity: Michael's healthy cells allows him to age at much slower rate than a typical human being.[11]




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