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Prior to enlisting in the United States Army, Larsen claims to have killed several men, women and even some children.[1] During basic training Larsen was assigned to Sgt. Luke Evans' all black platoon.[2]

After losing the secrets of the Super Soldier Serum with the death of Dr. Erskine, the United States Army still wanted to produce more like Steve Rogers.[3] Col. Walker Price and Dr. Wilfred Nagel forcibly recruited Larsen and 300 other African-American solders to serve as test subjects to recreate the Super Soldier Serum. To keep the operation secret, families were sent letters informing them of the soldiers deaths.[4]

Black Super-Soldiers

The Black Super Soldiers

Of the 300 African-American soldiers, only a handful of men survived the gruesome process. These survivors became a convert black ops team.[1] Although Larsen was the first to survive the experimental Serum[4], he died during one of their first missions when a grenade exploded at his feet.[1]

Powers

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Larsen after becoming a Super-Soldier

After receiving the experimental recreation of the Super Soldier Serum, Larsen gained peak human abilities, including:

  • Peak Human Strength: Larsen's strength was increased to the peak of human potential. While not superhuman, he was as strong as it was possible for a normal human to be and could lift approximately 800 lbs.[4]
  • Peak Human Speed: Larsen could also run and move at great speeds, capable of reaching up to 30 miles per hour (he has been shown almost outrunning a helicopter).[4]
  • Peak Human Stamina: Larsen's musculature produced less fatigue toxins during physical activity than most other humans, though not to a superhuman degree. He could physically exert himself at peak capacity for approximately 1 hour before the build up of fatigue toxins in his blood began to impair him.[4]
  • Peak Human Durability: While not superhuman, his body was as durable as a normal human's could be. While still subject to all human physical vulnerabilities, he was more resistant to them than most other humans.[4]
  • Peak Human Agility: Larsen's agility was also increased to a level that, while not superhuman, was superior to that of any Olympic athlete that has ever competed.[4]
  • Peak Human Reflexes: Larsen's reflexes were increased to similar levels and were superior to that of any Olympic athlete.[4]
  • Accelerated Healing: He was capable of healing from massive blood loss and surgery in less than a few days. Larsen is also capable of healing from severe puncture and slash wounds that are beyond his level of durability.[4]

Abilities

Larsen was trained in unarmed combat by the US Army.

Strength level

Peak Human Strength

Weaknesses

Unforeseen side effects of the experimental recreation of the Super Soldier Serum include:

  • Mishappen Cranium: Larsen was the first to survive the experimental Serum, but it caused his cranium to become grossly mishappen.[4]
  • Possibly sterility: Like Isaiah Bradley, it is possible Larsen was made sterile by the formula.[5]


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