Quote1 I supply sophisticated weaponry to an elite clientele of underworld entrepreneurs and Machine Man is the most resourceful, the most efficient, multi-functional combat unit I've ever seen! Quote2
-- Madame Menace src

Early Life

Sunset Bain was born and raised in San Diego, California. She had a genius intellect and became an expert in advanced technology.[1] As a young girl she met robotic genius Dr. Abel Stack, who she was impressed by his brilliance.[2] She attended M.I.T. where she seduced undergraduate Tony Stark into revealing the security codes for Stark Industries. Shortly thereafter a force of masked men invaded and stole several prototypes.[1]

Within a year, Baintronics Incorporated was founded and Sunset broke it off with Stark. While Baintronic maintained a spotless reputation, Sunset assumed the Madame Menace persona and sold high-tech weaponry to criminals through an underground seasonal catalog of armaments.[1]

When Machine Man lost an arm while fighting Baron Brimstone and the Satan Squad, Madame Menace bought it, obtaining a low price by threatening the seller "with one of her flesh-eating roaches." Her plans for reverse engineering the limb were interrupted when Machine Man came to claim it.[3] Despite her electromagnets and sonic disrupter cannon, Machine Man prevailed, and Sunset had to blow up her yacht to escape. An accidental run-in with Alpha Flight members Aurora, Northstar and Sasquatch eventually persuaded her to set aside her Machine Man machinations for a while.[4]

Sunset Bain (Earth-616) from Marvel Comics Presents Vol 2 11 001

Sunset as Madame Menace

Sunset next showed up in a meeting with Tony Stark which was interrupted when a damaged Machine Man showed up with the head of Jocasta, having lost a battle to Terminus. Stark changed into Iron Man and brought the damaged androids to Baintronics, where under the guise of assistance, Sunset created knockoff duplicates of the robots. When the repaired Machine Man left, Sunset managed to give him the fake Jocasta.[5]

As Madame Menace, Sunset teamed up with the New Enforcers in their plot to take over the fallen Kingpin's crime cartel. Ostensibly, Bain did this in order to study the New Enforcers technology, including Dragon Man, Dreadnought and the Super-Adaptoid.[6]

Having failed to decode the intricacies of Jocasta's AI, Sunset decided to hire Tony Stark to investigate. As Stark was already employed otherwise, Sunset hired the new War Machine to destroy his current employers. After Iron Man defeated Fin Fang Foom, Baintronics took the contract for transporting the beast's massive bulk. Using this as an in, Sunset asked Tony to work for her again. Growing suspicious, Stark accepted in order to learn more. Stark then freed Jocasta and persuaded the new War Machine to stop working for Sunset Bain.[7]

Later, Sunset hired Taskmaster to sabotage a Stark Enterprises operation. In lieu of paying him, she betrayed him to the police. In retaliation, the Taskmaster instigated a war between the Triads and Baintronics. He even managed to shoot Sunset in the shoulder.[8] Afterawards, the Baintronics fell on tough times. Parnell Jacobs and herself both tried to use Stuart Clarke to get the others half of the War Machine Armor as Jacobs had the body and she had the head. She seduced Clarke into shooting Jacobs, but when she found the location of the rest of the armor she knocked Clarke out. The Punisher was however on her tail and found her and shot Sunset several times.[9]

Sunset collected parts of the Machine Man, connecting him to State 51 a facility he had claimed after the Nextwave destroyed Beyond Corporation. He began to have a break down and they tried to use a therapist to fix him. But when he failed she shot the therapist.[10] The therapist was a robot using him to test the machine.[11] She then merged Machine Man with State 51, making him into a giant robot sending it to attack Bombay. He gained his senses and decided to take the form of Kali calming the people and then separate from State 51. He caught Sunset and turned her over to S.H.I.E.L.D..[2]


Genius Intelligence: An industrialist and an inventor, Madame Menace possesses a genius-level intellect. She earned her degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[12]

Strength level

Madame Menace possesses the strength level of a woman her age, size and weight who engages in moderate regular exercise. [12]

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