MICHAEL VAN PATRICK (CLONE)

Real Name: Michael Ian Van Patrick (clone)

Identity/Class: Clone of human mutate

Occupation: None

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Baron Wernher von Blitzschlag, the Initiative (Cloud 9/Abby Boylen, Hardball/Roger Brokeridge, Komodo/Melati Kusuma), the New Warriors (Debrii/Deborah Fields, Justice/Vance Astrovik, Night Thrasher/Donyell Taylor, Rage/Elvin Halliday, the Scarlet Spiders/Michael Van Patrick clones, Slapstick/Steve Harmon, Ultragirl/Suzy Sherman), Taskmaster, Brian Van Patrick, "Yellowjacket" (Criti Noll)

Enemies: KIA (Michael Van Patrick clone)

Known Relatives: Baron Wernher von Blitzschlag (creator), Michael Van Patrick (genetic progenitor), Brian Van Patrick (adopted father) (who originally thought the Michael Van Patrick clone was his actual son), KIA (clone "brother"), Michael, Van, Patrick (Scarlet Spiders, clone "brothers")

Aliases: "Kid" (called by Taskmaster), "Son" (called by Brian Van Patrick & "Yellowjacket"), "Young Man" (called by Baron von Blitzschlag)

Base of Operations: The Van Patrick Farm, Liberty, Kentucky, USA

First Appearance: Avengers: The Initiative I#4 (September, 2007)

Powers/Abilities: The Michael Van Patrick clone had physically perfect human physiology, much like his genetic progenitor, MVP.

Height: 5'11"
Weight: 173 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown

History: (Avengers: The Initiative I#9 (fb) - BTS) - A clone was created from the genetic material of deceased Initiative recruit MVP and was given the name Michael Van Patrick after his genetic progenitor.

(Avengers: The Initiative I#10 (fb) - BTS) - A tracking chip was placed within the clone's body and the clone was given all of the original MVP's memories.

(Avengers: The Initiative I Annual#1/3 (fb)) - The MVP clone emerged from its creation tank in a state of confusion. The Initiative's "Yellowjacket" (actually disguised Skrull Criti Noll) covered the clone, who asked who he was. Baron von Blitzschlag showed the clone footage of the true MVP in action and informed the clone that he was Michael Van Patrick. The original MVP's memories then began surfacing within the clone, who recalled being MVP before Taskmaster, who was practicing elsewhere in the facility, told the clone to shut up so he could focus. Baron von Blitzschlag took the opportunity to show the clone tanks housing other MVP clones and remarked how each of them had been programmed with MVP's skills. Realizing that he was a clone, the MVP clone admitted that he didn't feel like a clone, prompting "Yellowjacket" to suggest that it was possibly too soon to inform the clone of his cloned nature. Claiming the entire thing was too weird, the clone asked to just go home. "Yellowjacket" and Baron von Blitzschlag then flew the clone to the Van Patrick Farm in Liberty, Kentucky and on the way, the clone began thinking how the Van Patrick Farm was the true MVP's home and not his own. Before the clone could speculate further, the plane landed and "Yellowjacket" informed the confused Brian Van Patrick that they had brought his son back, claiming that MVP had been washed out of the Initiative program due to lack of super powers. The clone, "Yellowjacket" and Baron von Blitzschlag then sat down with Brian Van Patrick to learn how MVP could have seemed super powered and Brian informed them of MVP's ancestry and familial relationship with Super Soldier Serum creator Abraham Erskine. After learning that MVP's peak human physical attributes were the result of wholesome foods and a strict isometric exercise routine designed by Dr. Erskine, Baron von Blitzschlag and "Yellowjacket" opted to head back to the Initiative's Camp Hammond while the MVP clone remained behind. Before they left, Blitzschlag and "Yellowjacket" warned the MVP clone not to reveal the truth about his cloned nature or what the Initiative had done to MVP following his death or risk something happening to Brian Van Patrick.

(Avengers: The Initiative I#9 (fb) - BTS) - The clone remained in Liberty, Kentucky, still posing as the real MVP in an effort to cover up the Initiative's involvement in the true MVP's death.

(Avengers: The Initiative I#4) - When Justice took Cloud 9 to visit the home of MVP, the MVP clone came to the door and asked if he could help them. Shocked to see who they though was the real MVP, Justice and Cloud 9 were immediately summoned back to Camp Hammond for an omega level threat. As the two heroes left, Mr. Van Patrick asked the MVP clone, whom he thought was his actual son Michael, who was at the door and the MVP clone grimly told Mr. Van Patrick that it was nobody. Mr. Van Patrick then bade the MVP clone to come in the living room to see the news footage of a giant stone ship landing in Manhattan.

(Avengers: The Initiative I#10) - After another MVP clone went rogue as KIA, Initiative scientist Baron von Blitzschlag pulled Initiative recruits Cloud 9, Hardball and Komodo aside and revealed a device that would overwrite KIA's brain patterns and suggested the recruits use the brain patterns of a perfect MVP clone, the one living in Kentucky. When Cloud 9 mentioned that the clone was no longer in Kentucky, Baron von Blitzschlag gave her a tracking device and explained that it would track the clone's location due to the tracking chip he had earlier placed with the clone's body. While the Initiative recruits departed to find the perfect MVP clone, the clone was traveling back home to Kentucky from a trip through Bull's Gap, Tennessee for supplies. Appearing before Brian Van Patrick's truck, the Initiative recruits announced that there wasn't time to explain and prepared to erase the MVP clone's memories with Baron von Blitzschlag's device. Before the recruits could erase the clone's mind, Justice and a group of former New Warriors arrived and took down the Initiative recruits.

(Avengers: The Initiative I#11) - With the Initiative recruits tied up by Slapstick, the MVP clone asked why the Initiative recruits were willing to erase his mind. Insisting there wasn't time and that KIA would be there anytime, the recruits nonetheless explained that their device would download the perfect MVP clone's mind into KIA's body, thereby restoring KIA to normal but risking permanent erasure of the MVP clone's mind. After the recruits pleaded with the MVP clone to consider how many KIA had already killed, the clone considered the position he had been put in momentarily before KIA arrived on the scene and destroyed a nearby home to announce his arrival. After KIA trounced Slapstick, Komodo and the others before the Avengers arrived, Cloud 9 pleaded with the MVP clone to don Baron von Blitzschlag's helmet that would upload the MVP clone's memories into KIA. As Brian Van Patrick reminded the clone that the act of donning the helmet could leave him a vegetable, Cloud 9 reminded the clone how she had met the true MVP and asked if the clone was or was not the nice boy she had met her first day with the Initiative. When the clone still hesitated, Cloud 9 realized that the clone's weakness was caring for her and she willingly engaged KIA herself, prompting the shocked MVP clone to announce that Cloud 9 would be killed. Cloud 9 managed to get KIA to stop and talk but the MVP clone, sure that Cloud 9 would get herself killed, grabbed the memory transfer helmet and prepared to don it, only to realize that if the helmet could erase his mind, it could also erase KIA's. Asking that the heroes hold KIA in place, the MVP clone placed the mind-erasing helmet onto KIA's head and activated it, erasing KIA's mind and downloading it into the helmet. Following the harrowing defeat of KIA, the MVP clone introduced the Scarlet Spiders to Brian Van Patrick, the true MVP's father. Looking over at the brain-dead KIA, the MVP clone discussed with Cloud 9 about the potential of Michael Van Patrick becoming such a creature and the clone insisted that KIA was not him, only what the Initiative had done to him. Asking how Cloud 9 could be so callous as to perform her "kiss of death" on KIA, the clone was told that the Initiative had done that to her. Realizing that he wasn't truly the guy Cloud 9 had met on her first day with the Initiative and that he actually had never met Cloud 9 until that day, the MVP clone admitted that he didn't even have memories of Cloud 9's last name. When Cloud 9 responded by introducing herself, the MVP clone introduced himself as Michael Van Patrick and admitted that he chose to believe that who he really was.

(Avengers: The Initiative I#12 (fb)) - The MVP clone stood behind Justice as the hero and several of the former New Warriors formed the Counter-Force group and refused to return to Camp Hammond with Iron Man. The clone then told a shocked Iron Man that there was no way he was ever going anywhere close to the Initiative ever again. When his father remarked at how identical the clone was to the Scarlet Spiders and admitted he couldn't tell them apart, the clone claimed that he was Brian's actual son Michael.

(Avengers: The Initiative I#25) - The New Warriors returned the true MVP's body back to Brian Van Patrick at the Van Patrick Farm, where the last surviving Scarlet Spider, Patrick, informed the MVP clone that the Scarlet Spider called Michael was dead and offered for the MVP clone to take the deceased Michael's place. Cutting Patrick off, the MVP clone remarked that it wasn't the time to discuss the offer. Brian Van Patrick quickly asked that the New Warriors leave, as they only reminded him of what the Initiative had done to his true son, and a shocked Patrick asked why the MVP clone posing as Brian's son was allowed to stay at the Van Patrick Farm. Brian informed Patrick that the clone living there was a pure clone, void of the Baron von Blitzschlag genes that also resided within Patrick's genetic makeup. After Brian wished the New Warriors the best, the MVP clone wished Patrick good luck but Patrick commented that he would be all alone. The clone apologized, explaining that he wished things didn't have to be the way they were but Brian felt like his true father and he wanted to respect his wishes.

Comments: Created by Dan Slott and Stefano Caselli.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Michael Van Patrick clone has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
Avengers: The Initiative I#4, p8, pan3 (Michael Van Patrick clone, main image)
Avengers: The Initiative I#10, p21, pan2 (Michael Van Patrick clone, headshot)
Avengers: The Initiative I Annual#1, p26, pan1 (Michael Van Patrick clone, emerging from clone tank)


Appearances:
Avengers: The Initiative I#4 (September, 2007) - Dan Slott (writer), Stefano Caselli (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative I Annual#1 (January, 2008) - "Born to Serve" story - Dan Slott, Christos Gage (writers), Tom Feister, Carmine Di Giandomenico (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative I#9 (March, 2008) - Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage (writers), Stefano Caselli (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative I#10 (May, 2008) - Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage (writers), Stefano Caselli (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative I#11 (June, 2008) - Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage (writers), Stefano Caselli (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative I#12 (June, 2008) - Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage (writers), Steve Uy (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative I#25 (August, 2009) - Christos N. Gage (writer), Humberto Ramos (art), Jeanine Schaeffer (editor)


First Posted: 04/17/2018
Last updated: 04/23/2018

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