Nate Richards was relentlessly bullied throughout his entire childhood, his only companion being his council-bot. Shortly after his 16th birthday, Nate was visited by Kang the Conqueror, who revealed himself to be Nate's future self. Kang told his younger self about their future, wanting an earlier start in his career as a time-traveling warlord. Wanting nothing to do with Kang, Nate instead built his own suit of powered armor in order to take revenge on his bullies.
Joining the Exiles
Nate tracked his bullies down and was about to kill them when he was approached by Blink and Khan who convinced him to stop and help form a new team of Exiles to save the Multiverse, which was in danger of being consumed by being called the Time-Eater, right before the entity devoured Nate's universe. The group traversed more realities, recruiting Valkyrie and Wolvie before their realities were also consumed. The Tallus then transported Iron Lad and the team back to the Prime Marvel Universe to report to The Unseen; however, the Tribunal of Watchers appeared to punish him for breaking the vow of non-interference, and in the subsequent altercation the Tallus was shattered, sending the Exiles flying into the timestream.
With the Tallus' navigation systems damanged, the Exiles began jumping between universes, visiting a world of cyborg dinosaurs and a world where Namor was a hippy ruler both of which were destroyed by the Time-Eater. Before arriving on Earth-86315 where they met Becky Barnes and Captain America (Peggy Carter) and joined them on a mission to stop Red Skull from dropping an atomic bomb on a city. On the Red Skulls airship Cap set off a bomb, forcing Blink to teleport everyone out and taking the bomb with them to avoid the small explosion setting off the larger bomb and dispersing the radiation. The group celebrated, until they discovered too late the bomb had been damaged and exploded, which teleported the group away
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