Malcolm was born and raised in The Bronx,NY. He was always used to being the center of attention and a joker, until he enlisted in the army at 18, suggested by a guidance counselor when he defended several students after they were jumped by bullies in his high school. Soon after, he became a soldier, as told by his drill sergeant, with limitless potential. While enlisted, he often found himself defending his smaller friends from bullies, who often terrorized them with dummy grenades. In one such an instance, in a mix up, they used real grenades by mistake. After cleaning up their mess, angry for having his life threatened, Malcolm lost control of his anger, nearly killing several soldiers. The next day, he was court-marshaled, and was discharged from duty. A few years later, he found an ad in the newspaper offering money to participate in testing for a new "Miracle Drug". Interested, Malcolm willing participated. However, unbeknownst to him, this "miracle drug" was an experimental duplicate of the Super Soldier Serum, made slightly more stable by the blood of Josiah X, a known success story for the serum. Malcolm received his payment for participation, and a month or so later, began to demonstrate peak human abilities. Content with the results, Malcolm lived happily for another year. However after that, his health took a sharp decline. He went to the people who worked on the serum asking for answers, only to be told that his body was rejecting the serum, and as a result, it wouldn't have full effect,and it would eventually burn out his metabolism and kill him, as it was constantly damaging his DNA. Livid, he tore apart the lab and left.A week later,the events of the Cataclysm occurred.Due to his abilities,as well as his distance from the explosion, the energy only gave him temporary burns.Scared and unsure of what to do, Malcolm took refuge in a then abandoned S.H.I.E.L.D outpost, where he found the ONE. He read the research information about the suit that was nearby. It was said to be able to repair genetic damage. On a whim, he tried to wear the suit. Upon putting it on, it become locked and encoded to his DNA,and repaired the damage the faulty serum had done,as well as chemically treated the serum in his system, causing it to have its full intended effect. Wearing the suit, Malcolm went back out into the city, and was soon attacked by surviving villains from the cataclysm. On a whim, he ran into battle and found he could split into numerous copies. Using this, he quickly dispatched them. Seeing all the dead heroes everywhere,Malcolm felt compelled to do something. He then, making a comparison of himself to Captain America, started his own team of New Avengers, with him as leader, where he still serves today.