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In the year 2099, President Doom contacted Cerebra of the X-Men to let her know about a recent prophecy about a Mutant Messiah. She undertook the task of locating and training possible candidates and bringing them to Halo City, one of which was Nostromo.

Little was known about this mysterious boy before he arrived at Halo City, but he soon became a part of the teen group X-Nation. It was some time later that Avian decided to mount a mission to recapture Willow in a bid to be the first to find the messiah for himself. He succeeded in capturing Willow again, and the rest of X-Nation decided to mount a rescue mission. Before they reached the Million Palms facility, Avian's henchmen attacked the children and placed inhibitor chips on them to prevent them from using their powers. However, Nostromo was able to override the circuitry, but the henchmen injured him badly by shooting him in the stomach. They were transported as prisoners to the facility, but escaped with the help of the shapeshifting Willow, but upon their return home they found that Halo City was devastated.

During this time Nostromo's powers started to go out of control. While the group was at a local milk bar, they were spotted by several members of a rival gang called the Wild Boys. They beat X-Nation, including Nostromo, but the boy soon woke up and escaped. Back at Halo City, Cerebra took Nostromo to have a physical examination from Xi'an due to his malfunctioning metal arm. Xi'an sensed a malevolent presence in Nostromo's body and was proven correct when it emerged and attacked the two former X-Men. However, Nostromo was able to fight for control and his body became sheathed in a metallic cocoon. Shortly thereafter Nostromo emerged apparently back to normal but confused. Cerebra told the boy that whatever was happening to him. he would not have to go through it alone. With the city destroyed and flooded, Mademoiselle Strange teleported the group away to an uncertain future.

They traveled to the Savage Land — the last habitable place on Earth — and established a society there. Nostromo, along with Willow, La Lunatica, and several other heroes formed part of an expedition team into the jungles to make them more habitable. Along the way they stumbled upon an alien spacecraft and become trapped inside of it. Willow shapeshifted into one of the previous alien owners of the ship, allowing them to escape, but was trapped in alien form. With the alien mind taking over, La Lunatica slammed her into the water to protect the rest of the group. Nostromo dove in after her, succeeding in subduing her feral persona and returning her to normal, but he did not resurface. Luna dove after him, only finding a strange cocoon at the bottom. Nostromo "hatched" as a fully Phalanx form and a team of President Doom's operatives arrived to bring the boy to Doom. Some of the operatives revealed themselves to be Phalanx as well and begin attacking the group.

Nostromo in Phalanx Form

Back in Latveria, Doom revealed his master plan: Since he was originally from the 20th century and only found himself displaced in the year 2099, he had encountered the Phalanx before. He knew that the Phalanx would have a "scout program" so he added his own subroutine to the coding called "subroutine Cynthia" which would erase the scout program. When Doom jumped to the future he lost track of the scout program and therefore created the Mutant Messiah myth to relocate the carrier again. Doom then activated the subroutine within Nostromo and, bidding Spider-Man to take him to safety, blew up his castle. Making their way back to the mainland, Doom eventually met with Nostromo again. He apologized for using the boy and to make it up to him, named him the new heir of Latveria.

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Technopathy and Techno-Organic Fusion: Nostromo is gifted with a technological mutation that allows him to interface with and restructure technology via his arms, and use techno-organic material to heal any of his wounds. After he became possessed by the Phalanx, it is assumed that he acquired their abilities of shapeshifting, matter assimilation, and collective consciousness.



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