For millennia an ancient extraterrestrial race called the Kree have tracked and studied a mysterious planet-eating creature they called Gah Lak Tus. The Supreme Intelligence restricted this knowledge to specially trained high-level Kree, fearing that if the true nature of Gah Lak Tus became common knowledge, it would drive their race insane. Several years before Gah Lak Tus was due to arrive in the Sol system, the Kree staged a covert observation mission on Earth and Pluskommander Mahr Vehl underwent massive nanosurgery to appear human, going undercover as physicist Dr. Philip Lawson to investigate the human race. Growing fond of humans, Vehl joined S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Asis program to speed up humanity's progress to the stars, helping develop a zero point energy source for manned space flight.
On the day the Asis 01 test article was to be launched, the base was attacked by a Kree killform with orders for Vehl to aid humanity no further. Refusing, Vehl slew the killform, but the effort left him powerless and he was captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. After questioning by General Nick Fury and Captain Carol Danvers, Vehl briefed them, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and Thor regarding the existence of a Gah Lak Tus database aboard his ship. Vehl led a strikeforce consisting of Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Girl, Hawkeye and Iron Man to steal the database while Fury, Danvers, Thor, Human Torch, Thing, Black Widow and S.H.I.E.L.D. forces engaged the Kree soldiers on Earth. Vehl transferred the database in to Iron Man's computers and the team escaped the spacecraft moments before a self-destruct sequence destroyed the ship.