Jeffrey Solomon Mace was the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Originally working as a journalist for International Affairs and a former secret Lieutenant Colonel for the U.S. Military, according to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s classified files, he survived Hydra's terrorist attack on the Vienna International Centre, during the events of Ultimate War. After this, he was called upon by the government to partake an experiment that would give him super strength under Project Patriot.
Now a hero in the eyes of the public, he was considered by both Phil Coulson (in secret) and President Matthew Ellis to be the substitute deputy director after the events of the Superhuman Civil War, replacing the director Agent Maria Hill (who was critically injured during the final days of the event), as a perfect person to lead S.H.I.E.L.D. when the organization was to be legitimized again, under the guise of an Inhuman.
Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
As S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Director, Mace revealed the agency's continued existence to the world. Despite conflicts of interest with Coulson, Mace proved himself a worthy Director by challenging the actions of the third Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes before assisting to prevent Eli Morrow city wide destruction plan and clearing Quake's name after the events of Civil War. Mace was also good friends with his associates and agents, most especially his childhood friend and adoptive brother, Agent Fred Davis, who became a Level 7 even before the Hydra Uprising began.
After the deception had been exposed, he planned to resign, but Coulson, recognizing Mace's popularity with Inhumans, offered to take over as field director, while he dealt with the politics. At some point, the creators of the serum manages to develop a new one that perfectly have permanently enhanced Mace's human physiology into becoming a full superhuman, similar to Captain America, though later he was proven to have a greater strength and potential than the Star-Spangled Avenger.
Ending the Watchdogs
While fighting the Watchdogs, Mace was kidnapped by one of it's leaders, Anton Ivanov. Due to him being taken hostage, S.H.E.I.L.D. forces was sent to the secret location of where he was found, the main headquarters of the Watchdogs' base, located at an abandoned building that was used to be run by the infamous conglomerate that is Roxxon Corporation.
When he was rescued by Coulson and the team, they were outnumbered by the forces of Ivanov, the rest of the Watchdogs, and it's founder Felix Blake, who returns after a long time. The rest decided to retreat the main headquarters, but Mace didn't give up and wore his own new and improved, armored suit that he requested to be made and delivered and used his own version of the Energy Shield that looks more similarly to those of Captain America's Shield and charges against the Watchdogs by himself, before getting helped by the rest of the team.
In the end, Blake was killed in the massive explosion, but Ivanov and the rest of the remaining forces had survived their defeat and most were taken into custody. The main headquarters itself was mostly destroyed due to the explosion caused by Blake, that slowly ended the Watchdogs' reign of terror, once and for all. After this, Jeffrey proved himself to be a skillful leader in S.H.I.E.L.D. as a director not only in the world of politics, but also in field of combat.
Osborn's Dark Reign
After the events of the Secret Invasion, Norman Osborn then became the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. by the higher authorities, replacing Mace and the rest of the second incarnation of the organization to go in hiding from the new authorities, having to manipulatively convince the entire world of his redemption and transformation as the former villain, Green Goblin, turned into the heroic Iron Patriot, rebranded it into H.A.M.M.E.R. and secretly formed his own dark society in order to control the world in their hands and steal the Avengers name from the team, with the Dark Avengers being publicly introduced as the new representatives of the Earth's mightiest heroes. This idea was thankfully prevented by the reformed incarnation of the Avengers even before it was meant to happen, dismantling H.A.M.M.E.R. and reabsorbing its faction back to S.H.I.E.L.D. once again, returning Jeffrey Mace's position as secret co-directors with Phil Coulson, which extremely enrages a now-fugitive Osborn and causes him and his Dark Avengers to rely on his back-up plan, the Siege of Asgard.
Siege of Asgard
Having part of the Dark Avengers, Thor's diabolical cyborg clone, Ragnarok conveniently suggested Osborn and his teammates into leading an all-out assault on the city of Asgard, since he knew a secret way to enter the realm. The Ultimates, aided by the forces of Mace and S.H.I.E.L.D. and the E.D.I., then led a rebellion against Osborn's schemes, but at the cost of several casualties, including Loki, along with the half of the city's destruction at the hands of Osborn.
In the aftermath of Thanos' success at decimating through conquest of obtaining all of the six Infinity Stones, Mace was unfortunately one of the many countless people who died when the Mad Titan had finally snapped his fingers, killing half the life of the universe, much to the dismay and perplexity of Phil Coulson and some of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s operatives who miraculously continued to exist and survive the decimation of half the population of the universe.
In the end of Infinity War, Thanos was then defeated when Adam Warlock, along with the helpful efforts of the remainder of Earth's mightiest heroes and the Guardians of the Galaxy, was able to gain possession of the Infinity Gauntlet, and restore all what has been lost before from Thanos' reality-changing snap, bringing back all the lost, innocent lives who were previously erased from existence, back to life, including Mace and most of the S.H.I.E.L.D.'s members.
In the wake of Mister Sinister's later return as a high-ranking operative of Hydra, the mutate villain finally decided to begin his main mission since he first studied mutants, which was to put an end towards their race, or at least a large portion of its population, due to reasons yet to be discovered. As a part of his crusade, Sinister somehow made a deal with the scientific, international terrorist organization, A.I.M., once more.
With S.H.I.E.L.D. finding more about this secret alliance, Mace decided to have this situation investigated with the assistance and help of Phil Coulson's team, his most trusted allies. Through several investigations, it led the team into tracking down and interrogating several members of both Hydra and A.I.M. and question them more about their alliance.
However, instead of answering to the team, most of them were only shocked in disbelief, telling them why would they even have another deal with the organization and told them that they've never deal with anyone, since they only brought nothing but failure during the events of Ultimate War, which had occurred for almost a decade ago. Confused as well, Mace decided to just have the prisoners be imprisoned for a while inside a highly-protected S.H.I.E.L.D. prison, located inside the Triskelion.
The Big "L"
However, unbeknownst to them, the captured prisoners were indeed aware of the alliance, and as they were imprisoned inside the prison, they suddenly started acting and feeling really strange, as they suddenly vomit and coughing blood, followed by other several lethal symptoms which eventually occurred to them later on. It was then revealed to everyone that those prisoners were infected by a strange mysterious versus, genetically developed by the one and only, Mister Sinister himself.
As a result, the prisoners were force to be quarantined and isolated by the organizations' medical team, but it was already too late, as the virus released by those prisoners have already spread throughout the entire prison, infecting thousands of enhanced and non-enhanced prisoners, and later it had also spread outside of it, from S.H.I.E.L.D. facilities, until it made its way towards the entire city, infecting thousands and thousands more civilians, both mutants and humans.
The worse thing was, the presence of the virus weren't that much detectable to several peace-keeping organizations, until a few more civilians started showing symptoms across New York. Later, its symptoms weren't noticeable on humans, but were also noticeable on mutants, in fact, this mysterious virus seemed to have, ten times more deadlier effect towards the infected mutants than most lifeforms.
Distraught by what was happening around the community, Mace with S.H.I.E.L.D., and other secret organizations and agencies all around the world deepened their search and investigation on Sinister to track him down and confront him on making a cure to this growing plague, and while at it, they studied more on how to help the prevention of keeping this virus from spreading and mutating into something much worse.
The X-Men even tried to help them at first, however it was too dangerous for them to participate during this biological warfare, since the virus' deadliest targets are mutants after all, forcing them to stay safe and prepared on wherever they are as the virus rapidly spreads. But despite that, the main roster of the team still helped the heroes in tracking down Sinister, so they can ultimately end this mess and save the mutantkind's fate from extinction.
Due to its lethal effects on mutants and humans, this virus were dubbed by its creator as the Legacy Virus, and was later planned to even develop a more lethal version of this deadly virus capable of instantly killing a biomass of lifeforms, until thankfully, its process was later interrupted and has been destroyed for good thanks to the intervention of the Mutant Alliances, led by Mace, Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D's mutant operatives, the X-Men, the Brotherhood, and even Black Bolt's Inhuman Royal Family, who unwillingly allied themselves with their situational enemies once again, just for the sake of saving mutantkind from Sinister's schemes.
As Patriot and the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Ultimates unit all then prepared for their mission to break into one of Sinister's main base in the seemingly-abandoned, State Home for Foundlings to rescue several experimented Mutants, Inhumans, and Superhumans who were under Essex's unwilling coercion, Patriot courageously motivated the entire team, who felt as if their hope in saving the world from Sinister was lost, but thanks to Mace alone, he was able to bring more optimism towards his allies, before finally moving on to save the children and stop Sinister and his schemes.
Once inside the secret facility, both Mace and Coulson's team took out of the superhuman clone guards, which were repeatedly produced by Sinister, before they discovered the prisoners were being kept in tiny cages as part of their rehabilitation and experiment. The Patriot ripped out the locks off the prisoners cells until they were finally able to rescue all the individuals inside. The rescue mission was seemingly successful, until Mister Sinister reveals himself, suddenly coming out of the dark. Essex then congratulated the heroes for saving the captured people. Followed by his sarcastic words, Essex then finally told them that the heroes could just take them and he wouldn't even care less, since he already got what he needed from those super-powered people.
A Hero's Sacrifice
Essex unexpectedly unleashes his new extraordinary powers against the heroes out of nowhere, which were all counteracted by Mace who, alongside the rest of his team, battles Essex afterwards. In the ensuing battle, Essex unfortunately had the upper hand and the advantage against the heroes, where he almost have beaten each and every single one of them to a pulp. Having most of them all knocked out except for Mace, Essex taunted him, telling him that he couldn't manage S.H.I.E.L.D. on his own, and boastfully told Mace that he was a disappointment to his own organization. The two then engaged in a duel, only for the latter to briefly end in Mace's defeat, severely breaking both of his arms temporarily as he tried subduing the turbulent powerful mutate.
In the wake of being defeated, Essex proceeds to exit the building as he detonated all the explosives secretly implanted inside the building, leaving the heroes for dead as they lie in the rubble and debris of a collapsing building. While he was helping Phil Coulson and the team get the people out of harms way, he realized that seven more unconscious individuals were lying under falling rubble and dived down in order to use his own body to shield him from harm. As more of the building began falling down, the Patriot was briefly buried underneath until he used all the strength he had to lift up the pillar that was keeping the building standing.
The Patriot ordered his allies to get the stranded people to safety while he kept the building standing. While the Patriot focused on keeping the building up. Despite Quake and Agent Davis desperately searching for a solution to save him, the Patriot ordered them all to get out while they still could. With great reluctance, they got away while Jemma Simmons screamed out in order to help the others in finding those who are trapped beneath the rubble, and the Patriot kept the building standing as long as he could, locking eyes with May and Coulson before they ran out too. All of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and the rescued people survived, but the Patriot himself was apparently, and was tragically killed when the rubble of the building crushed him, which simultaneously caused Mace's death, and let him die as the hero he always wanted to be.
Powers and Abilities
Project Patriot: Originally, Jeffrey Mace pretended to be an Inhuman who achieved his genetic potential after undergoing Terrigenesis, gaining superhuman powers, while in reality he obtained his abilities by taking an altered version of Calvin Zabo's Formula, later mixing it with the Infinity Formula through the Project Patriot, amplifying the formula to permanently empower and enhance his entire system, turning him into a new, improved, second representation of the Better Perfect Man, even more enhanced and a lot more powerful than the original serum of Captain America, according to S.H.I.E.L.D. and other few reliable sources from other superhuman databases.
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Speed
- Superhuman Durability
- Superhuman Senses
- Superhuman Agility
- Superhuman Reflexes
- Superhuman Acrobatics
- Superhuman Endurance
- Superhuman Metabolism
|Power Grid |
- Master Martial Artist
- Master Tactician and Strategist
- Expert Marksman
- Weapons Proficiency
- Class 16+
- Patriot Uniform
- Energy Shield
- Various S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicles
- Various conventional vehicles
- Various S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicles
- No special notes.
- ↑ Modern Comics: Avengers Vol 1 65
- No trivia.
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