- —Misty Knight[src]
Mercedes "Misty" Knight grew up in New York City. She graduated from the Police Academy with honors and joined the NYPD and rose through the ranks, quickly becoming a detective. During her tenure as a police officer, Misty became good friends with Colleen Wing.
Misty joined the bomb squad of NYPD and had a bright future ahead of her, but, on one of her missions, she faced a terrorist group with a bomb she couldn't defuse. She tried to get rid of it, but when it exploded, it took her right arm. Her partner, Rafael "Rafe" Scarfe, did his best to wrap her wounds and got her to the nearest hospital where he stayed by her bedside. Unable to continue active duty after losing her arm, she was given a desk job. Tony Stark took notice of her heroism, providing her with a bionic arm that resembled her real one.
Nightwing Restorations, Ltd
Misty rejected settling for a desk job and instead left the N.Y.P.D. to start a private investigation business with Colleen Wing, Nightwing Restorations, Ltd. During this time, she also became Jean Grey's roommate, as neither could afford the apartment alone.
When, the Cult of Kali attacked Colleen's home, Misty tried to protect her friend. Mistaking Iron Fist (alter ego of Danny Rand) for one of the cultists, he was forced to knock her out as he rescued the Wings.
She helped Iron Fist track Colleen, who had been kidnapped by Master Khan. She met with Rafe who helped in locating her friend. Together they fought the Ravager and the Steel Serpent. During the fight with Ravager, he blasted Misty's arm, revealing to Iron Fist that it was bionic. Working together, they were able to rescue Colleen. She later helped Danny gain his company back and helped him take down Chaka Khan and the Golden Tigers.
Misty and Rafe were called into the office of D.A. Blake Tower, who wanted Misty to infiltrate Bushmaster's criminal organization. Rafe was against it, as everyone who had gone undercover had wound up dead, but Misty went through with it anyway and took the name Maya Korday. This led her, Colleen, Iron Fist, and Spider-Man into conflict with Steel Serpent, and it was during this fight that the duo of Misty and Colleen received the nickname "Daughters of the Dragon" a moniker sarcastically bestowed upon them by Steel Serpent. This adventure also marked the beginning of Misty and Danny's relationship, as the two kissed after Danny had a near-death experience.
Luke Cage was sent by other Bushmaster to kidnap Misty, or else his friends Claire Temple and Noah Burstein would be hurt. He was forced to fight Iron Fist; however, they decided to work together to take down Bushmaster, save Luke's friends, and clear his name of all charges. From then on, the Daughters of the Dragon frequently teamed up with Iron Fist and Luke Cage once they formed the Heroes for Hire.
"Death" and Return of Iron Fist
At some point, Iron Fist was replaced with a H'ylthri duplicate who took over his identity, and, after the duplicate was killed, everyone, including Misty, was led to believe that Iron Fist was dead.
Knight had a brief romance with Tyrone King while Danny was believed to be dead. When Knight found evidence that Danny Rand was still alive, she went to great lengths to investigate. With the aid of Colleen Wing and the Sub-Mariner, Misty was eventually able to find Iron Fist, rescue him from his captors, and return him to society.
Misty Knight was one of the many heroes kidnapped by Professor Soos to participate in his fighting festival against his own creations. She was the first participant and was pitted against Mr. Tiger, who bit into her arm and eventually knocked her out.
Misty continued working with Colleen, reforming the Daughters of the Dragon as bail bondsmen. Around this time, Misty started using a bionic arm with a golden exterior, no longer using synthetic skin to hide the metallic parts. Together with Colleen, she investigated Celia Ricadonna, a wealthy New York publishing magnate and crimelord suspected of involvement in the deaths of some of their clients. Later, the criminals Freezer Burn, Humbug, 8-Ball, and Whirlwind were hired to steal a microchip containing a computer virus capable of taking down the global economy. Celia attempted to kill all the criminals involved in the heist, and, when Misty confronted her, she sliced off her bionic arm, however, Tony Stark was able to provide her with an upgraded version. Later, she asked for Danny's help, and along with one of their clients, Humbug, they found the auction for the microchip and brought Ricadonna to justice.
During the first superhuman civil war, Misty and Coleen were contacted by Tony Stark, Reed Richards, and Spider-Man to reform the Heroes for Hire in order to track down superhumans refusing to comply with the Superhuman Registration Act. Initially hesitant, the pair eventually created a team consisting of Shang-Chi, Humbug, Orka, Black Cat, Paladin, and a new Tarantula.
Misty was one of the 142 registered superheroes who were part of the Initiative. This put a strain on her relationship with Danny, as he had joined the New Avengers roster opposed to the SHRA, though they continued to have an infrequent sexual relationship. When the Hulk returned to attack New York after his exile on the planet Sakaar, the Heroes for Hire were deployed to help, with disastrous consequences after an encounter with the alien race, the Brood, in which several members became possessed. The physical and mental strain caused several members to leave.
Sometime later, Misty and Danny rekindled their relationship and moved together to an apartment in Harlem, while planning to create a martial arts school. Misty learned she was pregnant, but decided not to tell Danny immediately. When he later proposed to her, she thought he'd found out and was doing the "honorable thing", but he only learned he was going to become a father in that moment. Upon seeking council from Luke, Danny was ready for the challenge of fatherhood and, together with Misty, he put his heart and soul into the school project.
After Daredevil issued ninja clan The Hand as Hell's Kitchen's ultimate force of dark justice, Misty was asked by a mobster to investigate the murder of his brother. Misty declined to formally accept the man as her client but pursued the investigation of her own free will, as the body was found bearing The Hand insignia and yet seemed too brutal to be of Daredevil's doing. As more criminals were discovered dead and marked, they attracted the attention of vigilante Shroud, international bounty hunter Silver Sable, and mercenary Paladin, all of whom had their own reasons for pursuing the case and agreed to work with Misty.
Her suspicions of the real perpetrators were confirmed when she was attacked and left to bleed in an alley. Waking up in hospital being cared for by Danny and Silver, she deduced that the Hand ninja who had warned her previously were, in fact, members of the NYPD who were taking advantage of the Shadowland situation as an opportunity to eliminate criminals from earlier cases in disguise as Hand ninja. Gathering Silver, Shroud, and Paladin, Misty orchestrated the crooked cops, including her old partner Rafe, into revealing themselves in front of The Hand as well as the rest of the NYPD, resulting in their arrest and an end to the killings.
Misty rejoined Daredevil's friends in their gambit to release him from The Hand's dark influence and purge Shadowland from Hell's Kitchen. Though successful, Daredevil was now in hiding, guilt-ridden over his actions.
Shortly after, Misty learned the devastating news that her pregnancy was not real, as Danny's powers had simply manifested lifeforce in Misty. They remained together for a while, but eventually parted ways.
New Heroes for Hire
After being kidnapped and held prisoner by Puppet Master, Misty was forced to act as a liaison for a new, loose-knit Heroes for Hire, employing Moon Knight, Falcon, Black Widow, Silver Sable, and Ghost Rider in various missions to stop a drug cartel pushing the Atlantean-manufactured drug Hook, before being rescued by Paladin and ex-boyfriend Iron Fist. Following her release, she and Paladin officially restarted the Heroes for Hire, briefly employing Spider-Man in their first mission against Batroc and his Brigade.
After the Heroes for Hire disbanded, Misty briefly led a band of criminals known as Misty Knight's Crew, but after they realized they were being used for actual good purposes, they turned on her, and the group was disbanded.
Before long, Misty was working as an undercover agent in Bagalia, a crime-ruled nation where New Hydra placed their main base. Seeing Sam Wilson, the All-New Captain America (previously Falcon), wounded and in a fight with Crossbones, Misty stepped in to help him, revealing her undercover work to Sam.
For a while then, they worked together and even got romantically involved. Despite some difficult times, they remained together even as Sam gave up the Captain America mantle to return to his Falcon moniker. During this time, the school she had founded with Danny was being run by Silhouette, although Misty would occasionally pay it a visit.
Aberrant Crimes Division
After John Jameson, a former member of the FBI's Anti-Symbiote Task Force, went missing while investigating Doverton, Colorado, Misty was sent to retrieve him. She found him naked under some wreckage suffering from amnesia, but she reminded him of who he was and the two discovered that Carnage was back and more powerful than ever.
While en-route back to New York, Jameson, who had been infected by Carnage, was activated and subdued Misty, imprisoning her in the depths of the Ravencroft Institute. When the time came, Jameson removed Misty's arm and sent her to be the meal of the newly resurrected to Demogoblin, but Misty surprised everyone by remotely activating the new sonic beam function in her arm. This distraction allowed to pick up her arm and escape, but not before Demagoblin ripped the arm off, leaving her without her superpowers once more. Demagoblin and Jameson went after Misty and managed to find her, but Misty was able to make Jameson snap out of Carnage's control and turn on Demagoblin.
With Carnage dealt with and her arm replaced, Misty found a job at Ravencroft at the request of her bosses at the FBI and became the new counselor at the institute, using her experience in the Villains for Hire to try and help the convicts reform, while also keeping an eye on Agent John Jameson.
After fighting Plague with John during Knull's Invasion, Misty rejoined Nightwing Restorations, Ltd. She later accompanied Stark and a ragtag team of heores on a mission to space, during which she met Ben Reilly, and, upon their return, Ben invited her and Colleen to join the Beyond Corporation. They accepted and would often go on missions together on behalf of the company, but, in reality, the duo was secretly gathering information for Monica Rambeau, who was aware of Beyond's secret agenda and was planing to overthrow it, as she'd done in the past. While working for Beyond, Misty resumed her relationship with Sam.
When Beyond was overthrown, Misty decided to focus on A.C.D. work once more.
Master Martial Artist: Misty Knight is well-versed in martial arts and hand-to-hand combat, with police combat training.
Detective Skill: Misty Knight is a superb detective.
Bionic Arm: Misty Knight was provided a bionic right arm by Tony Stark after losing her right arm in the line of duty. The arm was initially covered in synthetic skin to hide its true nature, but Misty eventually dropped all the pretenses with later upgrades.
- Her bionic arm allows her to exert force 75 times stronger than an average human, which can be used by gripping, punching, lifting and throwing, among others.
- Over the years, the arm has been upgraded beyond simply possessing super strength. It is now made of diamond interlaced with Antarctic Vibranium, having a pain dampener installed, so her nervous system won't be harmed when she uses it.. Due to its Antarctic Vibranium construction the arm emits high frequency vibrations that disrupt metallic bonds thus making it capable of liquifying most metals on contact, with not even adamantium being immune. The only known exceptions to this anti metal property are the Wakanda form of Vibranium and the special Vibranium alloy present in Captain America’s shield. The arm also has technopathic capabilities, magnetokinesis, an energy weapon installed within the forearm, an energy shield, a sonic blast (to deal with symbiote threats), and even Wolverine-like claws.
- Misty Knight was created by Tony Isabella and Arvell Jones for Marvel Premiere, first mentioned in Marvel Premiere #20 and fully seen in the following issue. It was later retconned in Marvel Team-Up #64, by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, that an unnamed, would-be mugging victim rescued by Spider-Man in Marvel Team-Up #1, written by Roy Thomas and penciled by Ross Andru, three years before those issues of Marvel Premiere was also Misty Knight.
- Misty Knight's co-creator Tony Isabella has said that Misty's appearance was based on Pam Grier.
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