"They were born in stable orbits. Within the black holes, creatures formed from the primary elements. Air, Water, Fire, Earth. The science division had a technical name. We just called them Elementals."
Cyclone was created as an illusion resembling a creature made of air. With the holographic system, designed by Quentin Beck, Cyclone's appearance was utterly realistic, and with Stark Industries Combat Drones, it was able to cause real damage.
In the comics, Cyclone is André Gerard, a French engineer who due to a disagreement with his superiors created a suit capable of creating high-velocity winds and became a criminal. He mostly fought Spider-Man as well as Moon Knight. He was later replaced with Gregory Stevens and then Pierre Fresson.