During the South Ridge Penitentiary Riot, Eli Morrow was kidnapped by Lucy Bauer, who had been turned into a ghost by his fault and wanted to be cured from her condition. Using the knowledge of the Darkhold, Morrow installed several Quantum Batteries in the Roxxon Power Plant, seemingly to help Bauer but secretly in hope to achieve his experiment destined to grant him incredible powers. While Bauer was destroyed by the Ghost Rider, Morrow initiated his experiment despite Phil Coulson trying to stop him.
The experiment proved to be successful, and while Robbie Reyes, Coulson and Leo Fitz were trapped between two dimensions, Morrow gained matter creation powers he used to escape the facility, killing several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in the process. Morrow went to the headquarters of the Chinatown Crew, which he had previously hired. There, Morrow built a giant Quantum Battery rigged with a bomb and intended to wipe out all life on Earth and replace it with life he would have created instead, believing to be a god.
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- "However, if you're as smart as they say, then you'll know that, uh, I saved you from being thrown in prison."
"You saved face. You turned it into a publicity stunt."
"You already had plenty of publicity ... destruction of public property, assault, armed robbery."
"I never carry a weapon."
"You are the weapon! The public was turning against you. Now? People look up to you. You're welcome!"
- ―Jeffrey Mace and Quake
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