"Enter the Villain"
As Caleb stared at his grandfather, he had to let the words sink in. "I... I can have the Iron Man suit? Why?" Caleb's grandfather gave him a stern look and treaded lightly over to his grandson, feeble feet housed in slippers lightly scuffing the concrete floor. The sound pained Caleb's heart. His grandfather had been such a strong and bold person, yet now he was fragile and frail. As James placed a hand on his grandson's shoulder, feeling the slight flinch at the feeble touch, he said softly "I was a vain and cruel boy. I pissed my father off trying so hard to become Iron Man. Only now do I see the true reason I could not possess that power: heart. Never in my years would I have run from Avenger's Mansion all the way here to find the missing suit. You possess the heart of someone who can truly master the suit." As he watched his grandfather tear up, Caleb gripped him in an embrace and softly told him he loved him.
He walked over and gathered the parts, gingerly placing them into his duffel bag. With a final embrace, he hurried home and locked himself in his room. With a swift motion, he threw everything off of his desk and opened his laptop. He began working on the archaic machinery, attempting to modernize the suit. He managed to create a new, self-sustaining power unit and even update the flight mechanics. On his hard drive, he found a newer AI he had written based on Jarvis, which he named Mayvis, the "daughter" of Jarvis. He set the suit up to be a freestanding unit until powered up, and, as he stepped into it, the suit began to close and form to his body and became easier to control. As Mayvis started up, the feminine voice sounded a clear "Diagnostics scan complete. Iron Man suit is fully functional." He opened his window and climbed over the edge, the repulsors blasting into function as he took flight. He was exhilarated, feeling the freedom of flight as he watched the scans on his Heads-Up Display. Iron Man was back. And it was time to be a hero.
At first, society wasn't able to adjust to having a Hero once again. But as the days became weeks, Los Angeles became accustomed to their Knight in Iron Armor. His image was plastered all over the news with headlines of "Blast From The Past!" and "Iron Man Returns!" Caleb didn't mind the publicity since, unlike his great-grandfather, he didn't disclose his secret identity. However, while LA was glad to have a hero return, one person did not.
In 2050, Stark Industries and S.H.I.E.L.D. joined forces to become Stark Logistics Corp. Unfortunately, an unknown bureaucrat named Alice Hawthorn came into play. She bought every share of stock in SLC and, in turn, bought the company. After renaming it "Paladin Industries", Alice began a worldwide spread to monopolize over smaller companies. Alice's main goal was to rule this world, therefore bringing peace. In the Age of Heroes, she allied with the UNCR and infiltrated SLC to join the Avengers as Snowblind, since she had ice powers. However, she hid powers of telekinesis and super strength, leading her to achieve her goal in killing Ms. Marvel in seclusion and effectively disappear.
Alice had seen that Iron Man had returned, and she was not happy. She had gone through so much trouble to get the heroes to quell and die off to attain her ability to begin her takeover. So, she set out with a plan. If a hero rises, she thought to herself as an evil grin betook her face, then a villain must also rise. She picked up the phone on her desk and, with the standard voice of a CEO, she spoke through the phone, saying "Send Melissa upstairs. I have an assignment for her."
Melissa Davidson was an ordinary mailgirl for Paladin. She had no hidden powers, no secrets, not even a family. She was orphaned at the age of 16 and placed into an orphanage. Usually, when a family goes to adopt a little girl, they don't normally pick a teenager, so, upon 18, she was thrust into the world alone. Upon reaching Alice's office, she was uneasy. She thought to herself that it was all okay, and that she wouldn't be fired. However, as she stepped inside, she found her boss holding her company profile. Without instruction, Melissa sat down and listened. "You know what I'm holding?" asked Alice, a sly grin on her face. There were times when this woman could be nice, but, most of the time, she was a manipulative bitch. Melissa nodded and Alice continued, saying "I'm holding a perfect, spotless company record. Never missed a day, never got a reprimand, nothing. I like that. However, I need it gone." With that, she tossed the file into her shredder. With a whimper, Melissa reached in vain for it, her heart breaking at the sight. Suddenly, Alice stood, and a sharp pain hit Melissa's mind.
I have erased your entire existence. You are no longer Melissa Davidson. You are mine. It was the voice of Alice, pounding through her cerebrum. As Melissa sat, transfixed, Alice leaned down and whispered into her ear "Do you understand?" Melissa nodded and stood, taking the hand of Alice as she was lead like a lamb to the elevator, where Alice inserted a black key and turned it all the way to the left.
The key made the elevator go beyond the basement to a laboratory, where Alice had many scientists busying about, preparing a chamber. Alice began to explain to Melissa what was going to happen, knowing she wouldn't remember.
"About two years ago, a man by the name of Wade Wilson came in, trying to steal my secrets. Said he was hired for 'Corporate Espionage' and whatnot. Well, when I kicked his ass and got a chance to examine his Mind, I found a depraved, psychotic cancer sufferer. Turns out his cancer was amplified by a serum, making him immortal. I took a sample of his DNA and began trying to save him. Unfortunately, Cancer is such a tricky mess, the poor neurotic man died... finally." Alice Chuckled as the scientist began to take samples of Melissa's blood and tissue. She continued, saying "Tonight, we are beginning a new "Deadpool 2.0" project. You will become a highly tuned assassin, immortal, invincible. The perfect Weapon." Alice gave a mental command and Melissa stripped down, entering the chamber and allowing the scientists to prod her with syringes and place an oxygen mask over her mouth and nose. As the door shut, water filled the chamber, and anesthesia entered Melissa's lungs, putting her to sleep as Alice began typing on the computer, allocating pieces of the DNA to be changed, amplified or replaced.
With the final keystroke, the machines whirred to life and Melissa awoke, screaming into the mask and writhing against her restraints as the syringes pumped a serum that broke her DNA down and replaced it with the new strain created by Alice. Parts of Melissa's body altered like height, weight, bust and muscle mass. Her hair became snow white, and, as her straining ceased, her eyes shot open, revealing Black sclera and blood red irises. As the water drained, Alice touched her forehead as she reached Melissa's mind. Fortunately, the operation did not break her mind and left her functioning. Alice commanded her to break free and, with swift movement, Melissa broke her restraints and blasted the glass of the chamber with her fist. As the glass shards fell from her lacerated hands, Melissa stared silently as the wounds healed almost instantly.
She stepped out of the chamber, stark naked. Her hair now reached to the floor and she used it to partially cover herself as she walked up to Alice. Alice smiled and asked "How do you feel princess?" Melissa stared at her with her menacing eyes and said "...Perfect..." Alice said "Good! I'm glad to hear. I already have your first assignment Necrohime." Alice had picked the name and embedded it into Melissa's memory, it was a latin-japanese combination meaning "Death Princess". Alice spoke again, saying "You need to go into the other room and take the new Deadpool suit which should fit to your skin perfectly, and take all of Deadpool's weapons and find Iron Man. He needs to be disposed of." Necrohime replied, saying "Yes mistress." With a monotonous voice as she went to suit up.
Caleb had just finished saving yet another kitty from a tree at that time. It was the fifteenth this week, and, since he inherited Tony's smart-aleck mouth, he hollered "Is there nothing to do but save cats in L.A. anymore?!" As he went to fly home, he was struck out of nowhere by a person! He reeled back and saw the girl, dressed in red and black with snow white hair that seemed way too long. Caleb took a defensive position and pointed one of his wrist mounted repulsors at this unknown woman, targets locked onto her. "Who are you?" he asked with a stern voice over his outboard communication system. The girl's reply was less than expected. She stood, placed a hand on her hip and held the other like she was explaining something to a dumb person. With a nearly comical amount of sarcasm, she said "Are you really that stupid? I'm here..." And, with a swift motion, she pulled a gun and said "...To kill you hero!!" And, the sound of a gunshot rang in the air.
Anthony had ended up in another confrontation with the mob from weeks before. After this altercation, where he was met by chainsaws and guns, he made it back home in a second, his speed unmatched by any being of this world. He began rapidly packing his bags. How could he be so stupid? Why did he have to be a hero and make an angry mob angrier? He had to get out of Circleville, that was a definite fact. He packed a bag, but stayed in costume as he headed out the door, he saw on the news that Iron Man was in a battle. He knew that Iron Man was back, but now it seemed like some crazy chick dressed in a skin-tight suit was kicking his ass. With that, Discharge's location was set: Los Angeles.
In about three seconds at his top speed, He made it to the scene as Iron Man was knocked right back to him. "Well Howdy!" He called to the armored hero, "It looks like you could use a hand." Caleb opened the helmet and said to his new ally "Yeah, that would be nice." Suddenly, they heard a growl as the chick came at them with swords. "Holy crap!" Discharge called out as he stooped back. He decided to give her a shot of his static bullet, so, he shuffled his feet in a blur and pointed at her, sending the electricity flying. It hit her and sent her flying and, as she stood up, Anthony couldn't help but laugh as her hair was frazzled out beyond all belief from all the static. She glared at him and screamed "You ruined my kill and my hair you punk!" before she lunged at him with her swords and began swinging. Anthony dodged each slice with ease. However, she altered her timing and when he went to duck, she blasted him with her fist. As he stood up and shouted "Ow! That frigggin' hurt!!" Iron Man hit her with a repulsor. He looked to Anthony and said "Look, If you can harness static, you need to charge a ton of it and release it into my power supply. It'll amplify my blast and maybe we can end this!" Anthony nodded and began charging himself. However, as he went to release it, Iron Man was hit and was pinned down. So, with difficulty, Discharge held in the static as he ran up behind her, still gathering more static and grabbed her in a bear hug, discharging the pent up static in a blast of electricity.
As he fainted and released her, Necrohime took a befuddled step back and said "Next time, heroes, I'll have your heads!" before she took off into the distance. Anthony came to and was approached by Iron Man, who gave him some help getting up. As the helmet opened, Anthony said "Dude, we should totally team up or something. That bitch was insane!!" Caleb nodded and said "I'm Caleb, aka Iron Man." Anthony smirked and said "The name's Anthony. But I go by Discharge." And with a handshake, Iron Man took flight, carrying Discharge towards the ruins of Avenger's Mansion.
TO BE CONTINUED