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Real Name
Elijah Bradley
Current Alias

Eli, Lieutenant America




Isaiah Bradley (grandfather);

Faith Bradley (grandmother);
Sarah Bradley (paternal grandmother, deceased);
Gail (maternal grandmother, deceased);
Sarah Gail Bradley (mother);
unidentified father;
Josiah al hajj Saddiq (uncle);
Stephanie Bradley (sister);
Litigious Bradley (brother);

Two unnamed sisters


Base Of Operations
Avengers Mansion, New York City, New York






Marital Status

Adventurer, high school student, public library employee

Some High School Education

Human, later received blood transfusion from his grandfather, the Black Captain America, turning him into a Super-Soldier

Place of Birth


First appearance



Eli Bradley has a family legacy of heroes. After losing the secrets of the Super Soldier Serum when Dr. Erskine, the United States Army still wanted to produce more Super Soldiers like Steve Rogers. To this end, Col. Walker Price and Dr. Wilfred Nagel took 300 African-American soldiers from Mississippi to experiment upon. Only a handful of men survived the gruesome process, and only one of them survived the covert missions and assignments: Isaiah Bradley, Eli's grandfather. His uncle, Josiah X, continued the family tradition, enlisting in Vietnam War. Later he even took up Isaiah's old Captain America uniform and join the Crew. Before Isaiah received the Super Soldier Serum, he fathered Sarah Gail, Eli's mother. Because of this Eli was born with no superhuman abilities.

After being hit by a car, Eli's grandfather gave Eli his blood. Since the transfusion, Eli has gained physical attributes and powers of a real Super Soldier.

Young Avengers

Vision started the Young Avengers program. One of these recruits was Eli, who was believed to have been born with superhuman abilities. He lied to Vision, claiming to be a Super Soldier since birth. Wearing a costume very similar to that of Captain America's original sidekick, Bucky, Eli donned a full cowl and a set of five-pointed throwing stars as Patriot, and alongside his new teammates Hulkling and Wiccan, formed the Young Avengers.

After several weeks of training, the Young Avengers began taking on super hero missions. Their second mission was an attempted to save two hundred guest at St. Patrick's Cathedral when they were taken hostage during Susan Bishop's wedding. Unfortunately, the Young Avengers were only successful in starting a fire and becoming hostages themselves. It was a bridesmaid, Kate Bishop, that actually saved them using one of Patriot's own throwing stars. The Young Avengers were able, however, to escape the scene before the police arrived.

After the attack, at the hospital, Kate was approached by Cassie Lang, daughter of Ant-Man. Together the girls tracked down the Young Avengers at the Avengers Mansion, where the girls confronted the Young Avengers and invited themselves onto the team. To join the battle, Kate donned gear from the Mansion such as Mockingbird's Battle Staves and Hawkeye's Bow, who weren't at the Mansion by then. She also found the original Captain America's Shield for Patriot. After defeating Kang and saving the world, Kate and Cassie remained on as permanent members.

Powers and Abilities


Artificially Enhanced Condition: Eli was originally born with no superhuman powers, after receiving a blood transfusion from his grandfather Isaiah, Eli's body mutated making him a true Super-Soldier with peak human abilities, including:

  • Peak Human Strength: Eli's physical strength is enhanced to the very peak of human potential. While not superhuman, he is strong enough to lift approximately 800 lbs.
  • Peak Human Speed: Eli can also run and move at great speeds, capable of reaching up to 30 miles per hour or higher (he has been shown almost outrunning a helicopter).
  • Peak Human Stamina: Eli's body eliminates the excessive build-up of fatigue-producing chemicals in his muscles, granting him exceptional endurance and lung capacity. His lung capacity is at peak human level enabling him to hold breath for 6 minutes under water. He can exert himself at peak capacity for several hours without any rest and before showing any signs of fatigue.
  • Peak Human Durability: While not superhuman; his skin, bone, and muscle tissues are augmented to levels that are considerably stronger and harder than normal humans thus being impervious to injury to an extraordinary extent.
  • Peak Human Healing: Eli’s healing speed and efficiency is at the highest limits of human potential, which means he can heal faster than most humans. He is able to regenerate injured tissue and brain cells to an extraordinary degree, heal broken bones, torn muscles, but is unable to regenerate missing limbs or organs. The white blood cells (WBCs) and the SSS in his body are efficient enough to keep him healthy and immune to most if not all; Earthly diseases, infections and disorders; also he cannot become intoxicated by alcohol, drugs, or impurities in the air. He’s impervious to gas attacks, poisons, and nerve-toxins of any kind. He is also highly resistant to hypnosis or gases that could limit his focus.
  • Peak Human Agility: Eli's agility, balance, flexibility, dexterity, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of an Olympic gold medalist. He has the combined agility and acrobatic prowess of the most accomplished circus aerialists and acrobats.
  • Peak Human Reflexes: Eli's reflexes are enhanced to levels that are superior to that of any Olympic athlete.
  • Peak Human Mental Process: His mental performance has been greatly enhanced to operate in the most efficient and rapid manner possible. He possesses enhanced intuition, pattern solving, information storage/retrieval, and logical/philosophical structuring. His mind also process information quickly, giving him an accelerated learning aptitude, a knack for quickly analyzing multiple information streams (e.g., threat assessment) and rapidly respond to changing tactical situations, eidetic memory (meaning that he never forgets anything and has perfect recall), ability to read at superhuman speeds, and high deductive/reasoning skills.
  • Peak Human Senses: Eli’s senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch are at the highest possible limits of human potential.
  • Peak Human Longevity: The SSS dramatically slows Eli aging due to extensively healthy cells regenerating. Much like Isaiah Bradley and Josiah X, two others exposed to the Super Soldier Serum.


  • Skilled Combatant: Even without his powers, Eli, partially through his adventures with the Young Avengers, is an experienced and formidable hand to hand combatant.
  • Skilled Athlete: Eli is an excellent athlete and has portrayed skill in Parkour.
  • Skilled Tactician: He has proven himself to be a capable leader and a naturally skilled tactician.

Strength level

Peak Human Strength


None known.



Transportation: None known.

  • Patriot's Shield: Eli wields a replica of Captain America's original shield.
  • Throwing Stars: Eli uses a personal array of five-pointed throwing stars.


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