Real Name: Primus.
Occupation: Presently unknown; formerly a pawn of a few professional criminals and subversives.
Identity: Primus does not use a dual identity; his existence is known to the authorities but not the general public.
Legal Status: Property of Advanced Idea Mechanics; has obtained paperwork to establish "James Primus" as a naturalized citizen of the United States with no criminal record.
Other Aliases: James Primus.
Place of Creation: An AIM facility in northern New Jersey.
Marital Status: Inapplicable.
Known Relatives: Inapplicable.
Group Affiliation: Occasional ally of Baron Zemo and the Mad Thinker.
Base of Operations: Mobile.
First Post-Reboot Appearance: CAPTAIN AMERICA #
History: Primus is the creation of noted scientist Arnim Zola, founder and leader of AIM, created from living tissue and given both the ability to think creatively and – either by accident or design – a greater amount of free will than most of Zola's other creations.
At first, Zola planned to use Primus to impersonate Nick Fury, an agent of the CIA who had clashed with AIM forces in the past, in order to lure Captain America, who Fury had recently worked with and who the Captain trusted, into a trap. However, Primus's childlike curiosity got the better of it and it started to question – some might even say 'pester' – Zola about not only details of the plan that didn't pertain to its role but also the reasoning behind the trap. Zola, however, did not feel inclined to share, and instead ordered Primus to "shut up and go away!"
Primus left the complex where it had been created, and soon came across Baron Zemo, who was looking to form an alliance with Dr. Zola and AIM against Captain America. Taking the appearance and mimicking the voice and mannerisms of Dr. Zola, Primus assisted the Baron against the Captain, until the truth came out. Taking pity on Primus, in whom he saw a potentially noble spirit, Captain America talked it down, convincing it that Zemo did not have its best interests in mind. Primus then left the area, taking on a more generic male human appearance and deciding to take the name "James Primus" to learn more about humanity and his place in it.
Primus was later seen working with the Mad Thinker, gathering information on the X-Men, though his later activities remain unknown.
Height: Variable, prefers to stay 6' 4".
Weight: 350 lbs.
Eyes: Variable, usually brown.
Hair: Variable, originally none.
Skin: Chalk white, can alter to any color.
Strength Level: Primus possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift (press) up to five tons.
Known Superhuman Powers: Primus was designed as a metamorph, who possesses the ability to alter his height, proportions, shape, and facial features into any form he desires. Regardless of the shape he takes, his mass remains the same.
His unique bio-android form possesses superhuman strength and resilience. He is able to harden his skin to rock-like consistency, while his malleable form is able to deflect bullets and energy blasts, or allow them to pass harmlessly through him.
|ST: 25/86 [60*]||HP: 25 ||Speed: 6.50 |
|DX: 12 ||Will: 12 ||Move: 6 |
|IQ: 11 ||Per: 14 |
|HT: 14 ||FP: 14 ||SM: 0|
|Dmg: 2d+2/5d-1 (10d/12d)||BL: 125 lbs. (1,479 lbs.)|
|Dodge: 10||Parry: 9||DR: 45*|
Languages: English (Native) (Native Language) .
Cultural Familiarities: Western v.
Advantages: AI (Not Reprogrammable) ; Alternate Identity (Legal) ; Ambidexterity ; Body Alteration Talent 4 ; Combat Reflexes ; Constriction Attack ; Damage Resistance 45 (Flexible, -20%) ; Doesn't Breathe ; Doesn't Eat or Drink ; Double-Jointed ; Extra Arms 4 (Extra-Flexible, +50%; Long +1, +100%; Switchable, +10%) ; Extra-Flexible Arms (Switchable, +10%) ; High Pain Threshold ; Immunity to Metabolic Hazards ; Injury Tolerance (Damage Reduction /10) ; Mimicry (Voice Library, +50%) ; Morph (Active Change, +20%; Cosmetic, -50%; Mass Conservation, -20%; Unlimited, +50%; Alternative Ability, ×1/5) ; Regeneration (Regular: 1 HP/hr) ; Regrowth ; Stretching 2 ; Striker (Crushing; Limb) (Alternative Attack, ×1/5) ; Striker (Cutting; Limb) (Alternative Attack, ×1/5) ; Striker (Impaling; Limb) (Alternative Attack, ×1/5) ; Super ST +9/+70 ; Telecommunications (Cable Jack) ; Telecommunications (Radio) .
Perks: Striking Surface (Switchable) .
Disadvantages: Curious (9) [-7]; Gullibility (12) [-10]; Pacifism (Reluctant Killer) [-5]; Unusual Biochemistry [-5]; Status -1 [-5]; Wealth (Poor) [-15].
Quirks: Broad-Minded [-1]; Distractible [-1]; Literal-Minded Tangents [-1]; Responsive [-1]; TV Junkie [-1].
Skills: Acting (A) IQ+1  – 12; Camouflage (E) IQ+1  – 12; Disguise/TL8 (Human) (A) IQ+3  – 14†; Forced Entry (E) DX+0  – 12; Guns/TL8 (Pistol) (E) DX+0  – 12; Lip Reading (A) Per-1  – 13; Lockpicking/TL8 (A) IQ+1  – 14; Mimicry (Speech) (H) IQ+1  – 12; Observation (A) Per-1  – 13; Search (A) Per-1  – 13; Shadowing (A) IQ+1  – 12; Stealth (A) DX+0  – 12; Streetwise (A) IQ+1  – 12; Wrestling (A) DX+1  – 13.
Techniques: Impersonate (Mimicry (Speech)) (A) def+3  – 12.
Features: Sterile .
Starting Spending Money: $800 (20% of Starting Wealth).
* Includes +9/+70 from Super ST.
† Includes +4 from Body Alteration Talent.
Primus is in many ways a still a child, reacting to the world with a sense of wonder and a still developing moral compass. At present, he is seeking out his place in the world. If he was to gain a good mentor, it is possible he could one day join a team such as the Avengers; lacking that, or worse under the influence of men like Baron Zemo or Doctor Doom, he could possibly become a veritable menace to the world.