The early exploits and origin of the women known only as Rapture is shrouded in mystery. She was recruited by agent Brent Jackson
to lead S.H.I.E.L.D.
's elite Blacks Ops team of assassins. The team would later come to be known as the Contingency
. Their primary task was to assassinate known mutant adventurers should they turn on the general public; the team appeared to be a revamped version of the Harriers program from years ago. Several mercenaries were given intense physical training and armed with advanced weaponry, which was designed to counter known mutant powers, such as Wolverine’s healing factor. All were armed with energy-projecting rifles, and the telepathic Rapture, wore a “neuro-net exoskeleton” designed to enhance her strength, cloak her from detection, and enable her to assume mist form. The other Contingency team members were Condor
, Killdeer, Kite and Shirike.