When the Champions are expressing frustration over their failure, Patriot arrives with a baby, the sole survivor of the attack, which inspires the team to continue fighting Hydra.While secretly using his specially concocted MGH formula, Eli Bradley possessed agility, strength, speed, endurance, and reaction-time superior to that of normal Super Soldiers like his grandfather and Captain America, but at a heavy physical and mental cost.He ultimately leaves the group during the aftermath, feeling guilty for preventing the Scarlet Witch from undoing the near extinction of mutantkind she had caused. He later appears in the desert where he overhears a discussion between Sam Wilson and Misty Knight.Eli is later mentioned in Gillen's Volume 2 of Young Avengers when Tommy Shepherd confirms the Not-Patriot is an impostor after getting off the phone with Eli's mother, remarking Eli is still in Arizona and hasn't left his bed in two weeks. After Black Widow finds a notebook with a Patriot suit drawn on it in the backpack of Rayshaun Lucas when he arrives at the secret Hydra resistance base known as "The Mount", she gives the notebook to the Tony Stark A. associated with Riri Williams who in turn builds the suit. calls Rayshaun and gives him the suit he made for him explaining that Rayshaun gave him hope again and the suit is a way to thank him for that. He then tells Sam about the people who need his help and support him, despite what the Hydra government says.He later gained his powers artificially with Mutant Growth Hormone (MGH), an illegal street drug that causes brief periods of superhuman abilities.MGH has been demonstrated to promote irascibility in individuals.
Eli appears alongside the other Young Avengers in Avengers: Children's Crusade. Miles Morales and Joaquin Torres tell Rayshaun that they heard about him and that they're looking forward to having him on their team.Despite their valiant efforts, and the aid of the Initiative cadets, they are all beaten.However, they are saved by the timely arrival of Nick Fury and the Secret Warriors and help Earth's heroes defeat the Skrull invaders.He has an adversarial relationship with teammate Hawkeye, who nonetheless gave him Captain America's original star-spangled triangular shield.When the truth about Eli's lack of superpowers was revealed, Eli quit the team.
However, Josiah had been missing for several months, and Iron Lad met Eli instead.