26 years ago - 16-year-old David Hyde is recruited by H.I.V.E., who wipe out his previous identity so that he can become one of their weapon designers. he takes the name Black Manta.
21 years ago - 21-year-old Black Manta kills his H.I.V.E. handlers & steals his ship, the Devil Ray. He becomes a pirate, raiding the seas to expand his technology to challenge Atlantis.