Alpha was a powerful mutant bioengineered by Magneto and his teammates, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, using ancient Deviant knowledge and technology left by Maelstrom as a long-dead alien race.
When learning of the villain's plans, the Defenders tried to stop Magneto, but were too late, and Alpha was "born." Alpha quickly evolved into a superior life form, and, after evaluating the Brotherhood and the Defenders, came to the conclusion that the Brotherhood should be punished. After devolving Magneto and the Brotherhood into infants, Alpha left to explore deep space. There, he met another evolved being calling itself the Futurist. The Futurist became Alpha's mentor as they explored and analyzed the mysteries of space.
At some point thereafter, Alpha and the Futurist were captured by the enigmatic alien, the Stranger, and were imprisoned in the Stranger's planet for the alien to study him. Presumably, Alpha and the Futurist remained on the Stranger's world.
Alpha possesses massive psychic powers and mental abilities, the full extent and range remain unknown. He has appeared able to manipulate matter and energy, sufficient enough to either levitate, communicate telepathically, and even to survive within deep space and devolve opponents into infants. Force field generation, Teleportation, Telekinesis, Telepathy, Continuously increasing intellect