He was born an orphan in Romania. Dictator Ceaușescu, wanting to recreate the super-soldier serum to build an army of Captain Romanias, ordered experiments on every orphan in the country. All of the experiments failed except on little Vlad who escaped from the orphanage and stayed in hiding until he reached adulthood.

He eventually married a beautiful Romanian woman and had his first son, Nicolae. It is implied that Vlad killed his first wife before traveling to America.

Vlad remarried once he got to the U.S. and had his second child, Gabe. Meanwhile, he started to work for the Kingpin and became one of his most trusted men.

After the fall of the Kingpin and The Hood, Vlad took control of New York City's organized crime, making Hell's Kitchen his focal point of business.

When Daredevil left Hell's Kitchen in the aftermath of Shadowland, the Black Panther took over his job of keeping the neighborhood safe, creating a rivalry between Vlad and the Black Panther, ignited by Vlad's beliefs that the Panther had killed his second wife.

In one of Vlad's atacks, he accidentaly transfered his power to one of T'Challa's friends. His older son, Nicolae, wanting to dethrone his father, kidnapped Brian (T'challa's friend) and used his blood to make a serum that would give him his father's abilities.

Gabe, Vlad's younger son, stole the serum and used it on himself to regain his father's love. Without the serum, however, Nicolae died by the hands of his father for failing in his task to kill the Black Panther.

In the final battle with T'Challa, he was captured and was put in jail for his crimes.


Matter to Energy Conversion: Romanian dictator Ceaușescu experimented on Vlad, granting him the power to convert matter to energy temporarily. Typically, Vlad uses this power on his signature spear. He can detonate this energy with a violent explosion, using said spear as a missile.

In addition, Vlad can charge his own body with energy, frying opponents who attempt to fight him up close. He can also release this energy as short-ranged bursts.

Artificially Enhanced Physiology: The serum injected into him gave him peak human abilities. He even claimed that he's stronger than Captain America


Capable Fighter: He held his own against the Black Panther for a short while.


He needs to recharge after using his power to change matter into energy.

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