"Together to the end."
―Nathaniel Malick to Gideon Malick[src]

Nathaniel "Nate" Malick was the brother of Gideon Malick and a member of the HYDRA faction that worshiped Hive. When their father died, Nathaniel was betrayed by his brother and selected as a sacrifice to Hive.


Learning the Truth

Death of Wilfred Malick

"Dad... he would swap in this stone during the ceremonies and feel for the notch to make sure he never drew it from the bag."
"He would never do that."
"But he did. It's all right here, Gideon. Dad was afraid to be the Traveler. He was a coward... and a cheater. Everything he said to us was a lie."
―Nathaniel Malick and Gideon Malick[src]

Malick attending his own father's funeral

Nathaniel Malick grew up alongside his brother Gideon with their father Wilfred, a loyal member of HYDRA who taught them to worship an ancient Inhuman known as Hive who was exiled to Maveth thousands of years ago. In 1970, Wilfred passed away and Nathaniel and Gideon were ordered to visit Werner Reinhardt at the Rat.

Upon arrival, Reinhardt addressed the Malick brothers, telling them that because they were of age, it was time for them to choose their path in HYDRA, and heavily suggested following his own scientific path, insulting their family's rituals, calling it an archaic blood sacrifice. Nathaniel remained silent as Gideon passionately defended their beliefs. Reinhardt then insinuated that their father cheated to survived all past sacrificial ceremonies and instructed the boys to check a book called Paradise Lost in their father's study.

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Malick makes a vow with his brother

Deciding to take Reinhardt advice, Nathaniel found a notched white stone inside, which confirmed that their father was a coward who cheated to avoid being the Traveler, and informed Gideon. Gideon decided to throw the stone to the lake and promised each other they would be together to the end, with Nathaniel unaware that Gideon threw a regular stone and in fact kept the notched stone to himself.[1]

Becoming a Sacrifice

The Malicks first ceremony

Malick during his first ceremony

"I thought we had a deal."
―Nathaniel Malick to Gideon Malick[src]

During their first ceremony as young adults, Gideon handed the bag of stones around to the members of HYDRA to select the sacrifice to Hive. When they opened their hands Nathaniel received the white stone and looked to his brother in horror, noting that they had a deal which Gideon had betrayed.

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Malick is betrayed by his brother

However, the ceremony was finished and Nathaniel was taken to the Monolith and sacrificed while Gideon did nothing to save him. Upon arriving on Maveth, the planet on the other side of the portal, Nathaniel was intercepted by Hive who took him as a host, absorbing his memories.[1]


Hive Memories

"What happened to "together to the end," brother?"
"Oh, I meant every word of that. I wanted you by my side, but I-I didn't have a choice."
"Is that what you've been telling yourself?"
"I never gave up on you, Nate. I carried on the tradition. I gave up everything so that you could return."
"You were never willing to give up everything."
―"Nathaniel Malick" and Gideon Malick[src]

In 2016, Hive returned to Earth, and using Nathaniel's memories and personality, spoke with Gideon and his daughter Stephanie about Gideon's betrayal and their father's cowardice.[1] A few months after his return, Hive fell into a trap that forced him to recall random memories from random hosts, including Nathaniel.[3]

Alternate Timeline

Encountering an Inhuman

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"I'm trying not to be nervous about the ceremony tomorrow, but... I had to know."
―Nathaniel Malick to Gideon Malick[src]

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