Brandon Cross was a protégé of Hawkeye and Swordsman. He was invited to join the "Dream Team" until the whole team was recruited to newly formed Avengers. Donning a Hawkeye-like costume, he assumed the guise of the roguish Freebooter.
He quickly displayed a tendency to be a "ladies' man" and poured on the charm for teammate Stinger and found her totally unreceptive to him. Stinger was outraged that the "Dream Team" were being added to the team without her knowledge or permission, and felt no desire to fraternize with the new recruits (especially Freebooter). Freebooter's fighting skills earned her respect, and his heroic, chivalrous nature soon earned her affections. He became a valuable member of the team, but tragedy struck when his close friend and fellow "Dream Teamer" Crimson Curse was killed in the line of duty. Freebooter lost his carefree attitude and became more withdrawn, but he still fought the forces of evil in her honor.