First Appearance: "Whose Woods These Are."
Details: Project 318 was a Genomex experiment funded by the space program to produce enhanced feral astronauts who could survive alien environments. Two participants, Michael Ward and Nathaniel Block, contracted a virus while in the experiment which caused them to lose control over their new mutant abilities. His inner beast freed, Michael murdered several hikers and infected Shalimar Fox. After Adam Kane failed to find a cure, Shalimar Fox attempted to appeal to Michael's humanity, but was forced to shoot him when he threatened Adam's life.
From Tribune Entertainment's former Mutant X Lives website: PROJECT 318: Aren’t you glad now that you followed my instincts and tracked that big, bad werewolf in the north woods? “What big teeth you have, Grandmama!” Your kids were right about Mr. Block and Project 318. It was all a dirty secret of the space program. Almost two years ago, Genomex supplied a motley crew of ambitious scientists with two Feral New Mutants (Nathaniel Block, a Canine and Michael Ward, an Ursine) to become the ultimate astronauts capable surviving all the hazardous alien environments of the final frontiers. (You remember the days when we were all going to live on Mars, don’t you?) Instead of superheroes they got monsters. Ward developed a violent rabies-like reaction to the numerous inoculations he was subjected to and broke them out of the compound they were being conditioned at. My guess is he’s our Bigfoot. To be fair, Project 318 was a covert operation within the space program. When NASA hierarchy learned of its existence, they instantly stepped in and shut it down, apprehending those responsible. It’s little compensation to the victims, I know, but not as frustrating as the residue from other Genomex-related schemes. Anticipating your request, I’ve cleared red tape and made arrangements for Block and Ward’s families. No charge for that one. How’s Shalimar?
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