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Origins

Little is known about Anti-Cap's background, including his true identity. According to his military dossier, he was raised in Sayreville, Oklahoma, and his girlfriend's death during the Oklahoma City bombings spurred him to enlist in the United States Navy. However, like Steve Rogers, the young man who eventually became Captain America, he was rejected as being physically unfit for service. Desperate to make a lasting difference in the war on terror, the young man volunteered for an experimental procedure. Like many before them, the Navy was attempting to create their own analogue of Captain America. However, rather than trying to recreate the super-soldier serum, they opted to use the AVX patch, a super-drug which was loosely based off of the "Power Man Process" that Luke Cage underwent. In theory, the initial procedure would enhance the subject's strength and endurance to peak-human levels. The subject would then be implanted with a spinal chip which would dispense regular doses of the drug, without which the procedure's effect would eventually subside. The test subject underwent the entire process. However, it appeared to be an abject failure, with no visible increase in the subject's physical abilities. Outraged at the results, the project's commanding officer, Admiral James Westbrook shot the test subject in cold blood. The near-death experience set the drug's effects into motion and the subject not only survived the shooting, but found himself endowed with the desired abilities. Westbrook stated that he had shot the subject because he knew this would be the result, but the subject was skeptical of this claim. With the experiment a success, the Navy deployed their new super-soldier on numerous missions throughout the world, including in Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq.

Time as Anti-Cap

The super-soldier remained operational for over two years. During this time, reporter Leila Taylor was trying to expose the AVX Project and attempted to smuggle a sample of Luke Cage's DNA out of a government facility. She was caught and detained in Guantanamo Bay, but was rescued by her friend and confidante Sam Wilson , aka The Falcon. The Navy dispatched the super-soldier to Cuba, ostensibly, so that he could capture Wilson and Taylor and retrieve the sample. However, in reality, the mission was a setup. The super-soldier had established a pattern of rogue behavior and the Navy realized that they were quickly losing their control over him. As such, they tipped off S.H.I.E.L.D., who in turn sent two of the Avengers, Captain America and Scarlet Witch, to apprehend the rogue agent. While the Avengers were en route, the super-soldier tracked Wilson and Taylor to a compound owned by the Rivas drug cartel, whom the Navy and Westbrook were working with to engineer a weaponized virus. The super-soldier shot his way through the compound and completed his purported mission of apprehending his targets. During a storm, Captain America and Scarlet Witch's plane clipped the super-soldier's causing it to tailspin. The super-soldier was forced to abandon his captives and flee the aircraft. During a briefing to Captain America, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Alisande Morales described the rogue super-soldier as the "Anti-Cap" and the nickname became the moniker by which he was most commonly known.

Anti-Cap tracked Wilson back to America and, after skirmishing with the pair, Rogers and Wilson are able to subdue him. Knowing that he will be executed if they turn him over to the government, the heroes help him go into hiding at the Wakandan embassy. After Rogers was wounded by an ex-associate of the Falcon, Falcon took Rogers to the hospital. During his stay, Anti-Cap began to suffer from AVX withdrawal and Rogers became convinced that the man may be his former partner Bucky, who he has long believed to be dead. Rogers persuaded Tony Stark and Hank Pym to develop a counter-substance in order to rid Anti-Cap of his AVX dependency. However, before they could make much headway, the withdrawals became so severe that Anti-Cap began experiencing seizures and seemingly died in Rogers' arms.

The Navy buried Anti-Cap at sea, but Admiral Westbrook exhumed his body, since he believed Anti-Cap's death to have been faked. His suspicions were accurate as Wilson had helped Anti-Cap stage his death, after learning that Westbrook had set the two of them up to take the fall for his dealings with the Rivas Cartel. Wilson And Anti-Cap attempted to assassinate Rivas on his yacht, but Rivas neutralized the latter when he activated a fail-safe mechanism in Anti-Cap's spinal implant. The group was interrupted by M.O.D.O.K., who had secretly broken out of Westbrook's custody. M.O.D.O.K. tried to pursuade Anti-Cap into becoming an assassin for A.I.M., but was unsuccessful. Anti-Cap made his escape while Wilson and a newly arrived Rogers battled and while he and Falcon battled M.O.D.O.K.

Wilson continued his pursuit of Anti-Cap alone, but vanished soon afterward. Meanwhile, Anti-Cap later assassinated the Baud Olan royal family, which escalated global political tensions. Rogers followed a tip from Joe Robertson which led him to Paris, where a doctor had been regularly purchasing the individual ingredients used in the creation of AVX. Anti-Cap again battled Rogers. He initially gained the upper-hand, and taunted his opponent by claiming that Wilson was dead. However, Wilson proved to be secretly watching their proceedings and sends Redwing to aid Rogers. Redwing slashes Anti-Cap's face, and the surprise attack, combined with the fading effects of Anti-Cap's AVX dose, dramatically turned the tide of the fight. Anti-Cap realized that his defeat was imminent. He decided to step in front of an oncoming train, thereby committing suicide, rather than fall into government custody.[2]

Alternate timeline and Major America

When Superia created an alternate timeline, she recruited that reality's still-living Anti-Cap, whom she re-christened Major America, to serve as the leader of an alternative team of hyper-nationalistic Avengers. When Superia's actions were undone by the Cosmic Cube, the timeline she had created, including Major America, ceased to exist.

Powers

  • 'AVX' patch: He possesses various superhuman physical attributes after undergoing an experiment designed to increases his body's cellular regeneration process.
    • Superhuman Strength: After undergoing the original experiment, his strength was increased to superhuman levels sufficient to lift approximately 2 tons.
    • Superhuman Stamina: His muscles generate less fatigue toxins than the muscles of ordinary humans, granting him superhuman stamina. He can exert himself at peak capacity for about 24 hours before fatigue begins to affect him.
    • Superhuman Durability: His skin is as hard as titanium steel and his muscle and bone tissues are considerably denser than the tissues of an ordinary human, granting him much greater resistance to physical injury than an ordinary human. He can withstand conventional handgun fire at a range of 4 feet and cannot be cut by any blade forged of conventional material, although in the event of required surgery his skin can be lacerated by an overpowered medical laser. He can withstand up to one-ton impacts or blasts of 150 pounds of TNT without serious injury, and is highly resistant to extreme temperatures and electrical shocks. His current level of durability enables him to withstand gun fire at point-blank range, and can withstand being lit on fire without suffering any serious or permanent injuries.
    • Accelerated Healing Factor: Despite his near invulnerability, it is possible for him to be hurt. If injured, he is capable of recovering from mild injuries in 1/3rd the time it would take an ordinary human.

Abilities

Expert unarmed combat: He was able to overpower Captain America in a duel on two occasions, despite a huge lack of combat experience and an inferior shield.

Strength level

Enhanced 2-ton strength due to his AVX patch.

Weaknesses

Mental Issues: even before being augmented with the AVX patch, Anti-Cap was already suffering through mental issues. These issues were worsened after exposure to AVX.

Equipment

Anti-Cap Shield: His shield was similar in design and function to Captain America's.

Anti-Cap Uniform: He initially wore a uniform that appeared to be identical to Captain America's, but later adopted one that was a dark grayish color.

Weapons

Anti-Cap demonstrated proficiency with, and at times carried, a variety of firearms, knives, and explosives.

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