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Sarah Gail Bradley (mother), Isaiah Bradley (grandfather), Faith Bradley (grandmother), Josiah al hajj Saddiq (Justice (Josiah X), uncle), Stephanie Bradley (sister), Letigious Bradley (brother), unidentified sister, unidentified sister, unidentified father


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5' 9"

154 lbs (70 kg)




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Adventurer, high school student, public library employee

Eli Bradley is a young man with a family legacy spanning three generations of heroes. The grandson of the Black Captain America, Eli is a passionate and loyal young man, he is the Super-Soldier known as Patriot.

Place of Birth

First appearance

Young Avengers #1
(April, 2005)



Eli Bradley came from a family of heroes. Eli's grandfather, Isaiah, one of the first Super-Soldiers produced by the U.S. military, fought against the Axis in World War II (see: "Truth: Red, White & Black"), and his uncle, Josiah X, continued the family tradition, enlisting in Vietnam and recently taking up Isaiah's old Captain America uniform and joining the Crew. But Eli, unlike his grandfather and his uncle, was not a part of a sinister government plot to replicate Captain America's Super-Soldier Serum. Eli was never administered any type of Super-Soldier Serum, and was born with no superhuman abilities.

Patriot's first look

At a time when the Avengers had disbanded, a young Kang the Conqueror traveled to the present era; sickened to have learned of the tyrant he would become from his future self, the teenager incarnation of Kang attempted to contact the Avengers in hopes to rewrite his personal history. Unsuccessful in his attempts to contact the Avengers, he downloaded the Vision's programming and operating system from the recently destroyed Avenger's remains, and accessed the Avengers' Failsafe program. Calling himself Iron Lad, the young Kang sought to recruit three New York-area based young men on the Vision's list of potential Avengers candidates to aid his cause; Eli's uncle, Josiah X, among them. However Josiah had been out of contact with his family for some time, and when Iron Lad encountered Eli, the youth told Iron Lad that he too was a super-soldier, wanting to live up to his family's heroic tradition. Eli used illegal Mutant Growth Hormone (MGH) pills to gain superhuman abilities, but informed Iron Lad he had received a blood transfusion from Isaiah following a violent altercation which caused heavy blood loss, resulting in the transference of the Serum and its desired effects. 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 Teddy (Hulkling), Billy (Wiccan) and the Iron Lad, formed the Young Avengers.

On one of their earliest outings the Young Avengers' super hero careers began to take off. After nearly bungling the rescue of a wedding party held hostage, the Young Avengers gained a persistent ally in Kate Bishop. Kate, a young woman in the wedding party, helped rescue herself, and Patriot, using one of Eli's discarded throwing stars. Immediately Eli and Kate demonstrated a contentious, and adversarial relationship. Eli found Kate annoying and arrogant, but their relationship was made more complex after Kate gave him one of Captain America's original triangular shields, and as Eli returned the favor and saved Kate's life as well.

Following their initial encounter with Kang, the Young Avengers had been greatly changed. Eli's team had gained both Kate Bishop, and the teenager daughter of Scott Lang (Ant-Man), Cassie Lang (Stature), and had lost it's founder and leader, Iron Lad, for the sake of time itself. Though Eli was able to impress Captain America during this first encounter where the Young Avengers defeated Kang the Conqueror, both Iron Man and Captain America forbade the team from going out in costume again, using the threat of contacting and informing each teenager's parent. But the kids wouldn't take "no" for an answer, and after Kate unveiled their new headquarters at the abandoned Bishop Publishing building and new uniforms for the team, they went out into the world officially as "Young Avengers." Eli's new costume was only slightly different from his previous uniform, with a smaller, 'Zorro-style' mask and a scale-mail costume, like those of his grandfather, his uncle and Captain America.

Soon after Eli's teammate Wiccan caught him in the act of using MGH to boost his powers. After taking MGH, Patriot fought Hyde one-on-one before injecting him with an overdose of MGH and knocking him unconscious. After being forcibly calmed by Wiccan's magics, Eli woke up in recovery at Avengers Tower, with the new Vision (now sporting the personality and memories of his friend Iron Lad) taking care of him. Eli revealed the true origins of his powers, then proceeded to quit the team. However he subsequently rejoined the Young Avengers after Hulkling was attacked by the Super-Skrull.

During a battle between the Kree and the Skrulls, in which the Young Avengers fought alongside the New Avengers, Eli used himself to shield Captain America from gunfire, Eli was severely injured and rushed to a hospital. After the battle Captain America rushed to the hospital to give Eli a blood transfusion only to discover "another Captain America", Eli's grandfather, had already given Eli his blood. Since then Eli has gained physical attributes and powers of a real Super Soldier.

During the Civil War, Patriot and the Young Avengers joined up with Captain America and the Anti-Registration team. It was Patriot's idea to aid the Runaways when they were attacked by SHIELD. Eli stayed with Cap until he surrendered.

Eli and his Young Avengers' comrades were possibly the only team available when the Skrull invaders attacked New York. Despite aid from the Initiative, the Young Avengers were on the bridge of defeat. They were saved by Nick Fury and his new Howling Commandos, who eventually organized both factions. Eli was one of many costumed heroes who fought the Skrulls in the final battle eventually emerging victorious.

Powers and Abilities



ORIGINAL POWERS Originally, Eli had no superhuman abilities but took Mutant Growth Hormone to obtain them.

  • Peak Human Strength: Eli's strength was increased to the peak of human potential. While not superhuman, he was as strong as it was possible for a normal human to be and could lift approximately 800 lbs.
  • Peak Human Speed: Eli could also run and move at great speeds, capable of reaching up to 30 miles per hour (he has been shown almost outrunning a helicopter).
  • Peak Human Stamina: Eli's musculature produced less fatigue toxins during physical activity than most other humans, though not to a superhuman degree. He could physically exert himself at peak capacity for approximately 1 hour before the build up of fatigue toxins in his blood began to impair him.
  • Peak Human Durability: While not superhuman, his body was as durable as a normal human's could be. While still subject to all human physical vulnerabilities, he was more resistant to them than most other humans.
  • Peak Human Agility: Eli's agility was also increased to a level that, while not superhuman, was superior to that of any Olympic athlete that has ever competed.
  • Peak Human Reflexes: Eli's reflexes were increased to similar levels and were superior to that of any Olympic athlete.

CURRENT POWERS After receiving a blood transfusion from his grandfather Isaiah, Eli's body mutated somewhat to grant him super solider abilities.

  • Superhuman Strength: Following the blood transfusion, Eli's physical strength was increased to superhuman levels sufficient to lift about 1 ton.
  • Superhuman Speed: Eli can now run and move at speeds that are beyond the physical limits of the finest human athlete.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Eli's musculature now produces less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of any normal human. He can exert himself at peak capacity for about 3 hours before the build up of fatigue toxins in his blood begins to impair him.
  • Superhuman Durability: The tissues of Eli's body are harder and more resistant to physical injury than those of a normal human. He can withstand falls from great heights, powerful impact forces, and high caliber bullets without sustaining physical injury.
  • Superhuman Agility: Eli's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.
  • Superhuman Reflexes: Eli's reflexes are similarly enhanced and are superior to those of the finest human athlete.
  • Superhuman Hearing: Eli's hearing has been enhanced to levels beyond the capacity of a normal human. He can hear sounds at much greater distances than a normal human.
  • Accelerated Healing: He was capable of healing from massive blood loss and surgery in less than a few days.


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

Eli can lift (press) up to one ton.


None known.



Elijah's costume is armored, possibly bulletproof. It is visually similar to both Captain America's late sidekick Bucky and Captain America/Isaiah Bradley's classic uniform.


Eli has a personal array of five-pointed throwing stars. He was also given a replica of Captain America's original shield.


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Recommended Reading

  • Young Avengers #1 - First appearance as Patriot
  • Young Avengers #3 - First appearance as Elijah Bradley
  • Young Avengers #7 - Revelation of Eli's MGH use

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