Derek Khanata was formerly member of the Hatut Zeraze, Wakanda's secret police. He hated working under the White Wolf as a young man, and considered his time with the Hatut Zeraze one of the most painful experiences of his life.
The Formation of Agents of Atlas
Khanata was placed as the head of the investigation of Jimmy Woo who, on his last mission for S.H.I.E.L.D, went rogue, leading a team of agents into the San Francisco branch of The Atlas Foundation. Inside the facility, they found a secret room, and the team was all killed except for Woo. He was found by S.H.I.E.L.D. and taken back to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility with very little brain function, kept on life support. Dugan brought in Gorilla Man for questioning as the only clues they had linked this mission to the original G-Men and Hale was the only member they could contact. With no knowledge of what Woo had done, Hale requested to say a final goodbye, but Hale instead contacted M-11 and Marvel Boy who rescued him while Khanata watched, unable to stop the escape.
Suspecting Marvel Boy's involvement, Khanata contacted Mister Fantastic for conformation. Reed however told Khanata that it wasn't possible for it to be Marvel Boy due to his death during their encounter. (Unknown to Reed, the Marvel Boy they encountered was in fact Thelius, a duplicate of the original Marvel Boy. After ending the call with Reed, he informed Dum Dum Dugan that his cousin had discovered the origin of the Gorilla Man in Africa and Dugan informed Khanata that he had gained a promotion into Woo's job. Khanata traveled to Woo's house for clues and found the G-Men already there, not only learning of Woo's regained youth but also his lack of memories. The G-Men attempted to leave without Khanata but he revealed he had discovered the whereabouts of Venus. Travelling with the group to Africa, the G-Men met Khanata's cousin, who found Venus at the site of Gorilla Man's transformation, having turned the war torn area peaceful. But soon after their arrival Yellow Claw attacked the group.
After a small scuffle, Yellow Claw was revealed to have been a robot and Jimmy was rescued by his teammates. Leaving Africa with Venus, the team returned to where Jimmy was initially injured in hopes of finding a temple, however they found nothing. Leaving M-11 behind, Woo and team traveled to an old coffee shop Woo used to visit, Gorilla Man revealed that M-11 had visited him before S.H.I.E.L.D. did to inform Hale that he needed to rescue Woo, and Marvel Boy revealed his origins and how there was a second version of himself. As the story concluded, the team saw M-11 trying to travel to Antarctica since he had concluded that Namora wasn't dead and needed rescue. Travelling there they found what appeared to be the remains of Namora.
Namora was revealed to be alive by Marvel Boy. While M-11 freed Namora, the rest of the team were attacked by giant crabs and were rescued by a newly revived Namora. Feeling that he had taken his team away from their lives, Jimmy tried to send the rest of the team home but they all refused and planed to continue helping him investigate. Using a list compiled by Woo before he lost his memories, they began to investigate all possible operations of the Atlas Foundation, with every single site they visit being one. After taking down some pirates, the team was attacked again by Yellow Claw and his terracotta army, in the fight Yellow Claw escaped and not even Grayson could detect his presence. After the attack, Jimmy confided in Khanata that he suspected a traitor on his team.
During the search, Namora revealed the secret of Venus' true nature, having known of the legend of the Siren. Venus fell into depression and filled all of her companions with despair. This caused Marvel Boy to reveal the fact that Jimmy suspected M-11 of being the traitor in the midst. While the rest of the team began to fight each other, Woo calmed her and was able to help her rediscover her confidence. Venus proceeded to sing, soothing the rest of the team and they returned to their mission to take down the Atlas group.
Woo and his team returned to the San Francisco branch of Atlas and re-entered the hidden room. This time, they survived and confronted Yellow Claw and Mr. Lao. Yellow Claw revealed that he was waiting for Woo to come to claim the mantle of Genghis Khan. With the title of Great Khan, Woo also assumed control over the holdings of The Atlas Foundation. Jimmy then asked Khanata to lie to S.H.I.E.L.D. and tell them that they actually perished in the temple so they could continue in secret.
Powers and Abilities
- 31 appearance(s) of Derek Khanata (Earth-616)
- 1 minor appearance(s) of Derek Khanata (Earth-616)
- Mentions (or invocations) of Derek Khanata (Earth-616)
- 2 image(s) of Derek Khanata (Earth-616)
- 1 item(s) used/owned by Derek Khanata (Earth-616)