|Position||Director of SHIELD|
Project Patriot Edit
Jeffrey Mace was present at the United Nations meeting in Vienna to discuss the Sokovia Accords. While trying to get to safety during the attack on the United Nations, Mace tripped and accidentally pushed a woman to safety. A photographer took a picture of this apparently heroic act. Mace was regarded as an American hero, and his attempts to deflect this praise were seen as simple modesty. However, he liked that people were treating him like the person he always wanted to be, and decided to play along with the narrative of his heroics in Vienna.Mace was eventually approached by Brigadier General Glenn Talbot to be SHIELD's new director. The organization operated from the shadows since its fall two years earlier, and was soon to be re-legitimized.
The outgoing director, Phil Coulson, recommended an enhanced person replace him to rebuild the public's trust in them following Captain America's rejection of the Sokovia Accords. Talbot could find no suitable enhanced person to replace Coulson, so he decided to make one out of Mace. Known as "Project Patriot", Talbot used a modified formula recovered from Calvin Zabo to effectively turn Mace into another super-soldier with enhanced strength and durability as long as he received a regular dose. They would pretend he was an Inhuman to explain the origin of his abilities. Mace saw this as an opportunity to be the face to end prejudice against Inhumans and agreed to Talbot's plan.