Arguably the first lady of the X-Men and possibly even Marvel Comics, Storm debuted in 1975 as an orphan. Since then her family tree has been extended stretching from modern day Harlem to Ancient Egypt and even as far back as the Hyborian age! This article, while originally drafted in 2008 has been updated to include further information about Storm's line and expanded to address even the contemporary African royal family that she is allegedly (distantly) descended from. Here is our update on the Storm family tree.
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Series Disambiguation (Ant-Man)
This weekend, the film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania debuts across the silver screen. While this is the third film starring Ant-Man, the comic character has had more than three series and has starred or co-starred in many more. To help keep track of these various titles, we have put together our third disambiguation artice.
Read today our Series Disambiguation article on... Ant-Man.
Spotlight On... M.O.D.O.K.
The Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing, M.O.D.O.K. is a sight to remember. Created by Advanced Idea Mechanics as a living computer, M.O.D.O.C. changed his acronym from "Computing" and seized power from his creators. Literally programmed to kill, M.O.D.O.K.'s proclivities are often at odds with the logical power of his intellect. Able to inspire fear but not loyalty, M.O.D.O.K. has spent much of his career dealing with betrayals and in-fighting among A.I.M. factions trying to remove him from control. The ascension of Andrew Forson as Scientist Supreme drove M.O.D.O.K. into the arms of S.H.I.E.L.D., joining his greatest foes as part of the Secret Avengers Initiative. Despite finding common ground with Maria Hill, M.O.D.O.K.'s programming caused him to return to his murderous lifestyle.
Profile On... MARILLA!
A dedicated Nanny for at least half a century to the Royal Inhuman family (never took a day off, according to her!), this lady made a big impression with the Avengers. Feeling their Fifth Avenue mansion was a mere hovel, she initially bulldozed their butler Jarvis with humorous consequences, though she did at her core have a heart of gold. Fierce and protective of her charge, Luna Maximoff, she had not trouble being a combatant either, should she have to be. Unfortunately, she was one of the casualties during the controversial Avengers: The Crossing storyline, which was prominent in the mid-90s Read now about the tragic tale of this woman whom Hercules called a true gem: Marilla.
Spotlight On... BUSHWACKER
Bushwacker's origin is an odd example of a mutant plotline continuing in non-X-Titles. After the Mutant Massacre, Bushwacker was reportedly hired by the Marauders to continue assassinating mutants on their behalf. An assassin who was really a serial killer who saw himself as an artist, Bushwacker targeted low-level mutants whose abilities helped them become incredible writers, artists, ballerinas, and so on. He was confronted by Daredevil and Wolverine, and would go on to threaten the Punisher. During the Initiative, Bushwacker became a member of the Hood's growing criminal syndicate, and he also fought X-Force after joining Belladonna and the Assassins Guild. Privately, Bushwacker was a sea of self-doubt and conflicting impulses, a failed priest, failed CIA agent, and failed husband. He once even claimed to be a mutant despite the obvious cybernetic elements of his gun arms, a sign of how deep his envy and psychosis really went.
Spotlight On... SUB-MARINER
WAKANDA FOREVER...unless...? Today's Spotlight Update for UncannyXmen.net and MightyAvengers.net covers Namor the Sub-Mariner. The Avenging Son reaches theatres this week, recreating the feud between Atlantis and Wakanda which became popular between AvX and Secret Wars. This Update picks up shortly after those events, covering a period where Namor became increasingly defiant to the surface world. He has, thus far, rejected his mutant heritage and overtures to join Krakoa and the Quiet Council. However, after being humiliated before his people by the honor shown by She-Hulk in saving Atlantis, the Sub-Mariner has given up claim on his throne and re-joined the Avengers to make amends. Even his oldest allies like Captain America are hesitant to trust Namor at this point, though, and he has a long way to go before reclaiming his reputation.