Victor Domashev was born a gypsy in the Balkan kingdom of Latveria, a small Europian nation right next door to Sokovia; his mother was killed due to a bargain with Mephisto gone wrong. He attended college where he met Reed Richards, and Victor became obsessed with developing a machine that could project the astral form of a being into other dimensions, seeing it as a way to free his mother from Mephisto's clutches. Reed pointed out a flaw in Victor's calculations, but Victor arrogantly ignored his warnings, feeling Reed was trying to upstage him. The machine exploded, scarring Victor's face.
Disgraced and bitter, Domashev traveled the world until he came upon a small Tibetan village of monks who assisted him in creating a suit of armor. He returned to his homeland of Latveria to overthrow the leader and declare himself king. He then began to use his country's resources in order to further his plans of world domination, becoming one of the most powerful threats to SHIELD and the Avengers, but his enmity will always be directed mostly at the Fantastic Four, especially towards.