Speedball was a former member of the New Warriors but after the Stamford Incident where almost all of his team died in the explosion, he began to mentally unravel. he then blamed himself for the deaths of many and he would later turn himself in to the authorities. After spending 2 months in jail, he registered himself to the government and was pardoned by S.H.I.E.L.D and Tony Stark. He then realized his powers only work when he's in extreme pain, so he had a new suit created to inflict pain on himself. He had spike inside and out as it reminded him of the people who died in the Stamford explosion. He then changed his name to Penance.