Maelstrom sits back down and scratched his chin. "I guess we better talk about it. I'm still not used to this. A couple of weeks ago I thought I was a wanted man. Nobody ever really knew what I could do or who I was. Let's see.
Now, I don't really understand much of what I do, so if it sounds improbable, I'm likely wrong. A while back there ... was ... an accident. You wouldn't have heard of it. It was in ... in Norway. Anyway, I got caught in it sort of. After that I was pretty confused for a while. Don't remember much. I wound up in the U.S. anyway.
I've never really experimented before the Avengers took me in, so I don't all know how everything works. Seems like I can make things come apart - into energy, you know. No, maybe smaller than that. I've been trying to work it out. Anyway, I don't need to think about it too much to make a field around myself that matter just sort of avoids. I call the Aegis. It's a bit pompous, I know. Makes me stronger than I used to be. The matter just kind of moves away when I push it. I'm dizzy all the time now, though. Feel kind of sick, you know?
I can sometimes make myself come apart and reappear in a new place. Before today I always wound up the same when I reappeared. The turning big thing was a shock. A scary one.
Sometimes I can make other things come apart too. Or I can make them appear near me. I can't really control it all that well.
It seems like whatever happened with the accident made some kind of matter/energy vortex around me. Everything is in flux but me. I can't seem to die. Not that I've ever tried! I mean ... it takes a while but I just wind up back how I started if say a bus hits me.
Anyway, that's about it, I guess. Can't fly or anything like that."