Age of Apocalypse

#1 Posted by knightmoon (5 posts) - - Show Bio

Storyline Legion (David Haller), an extremely powerful psionic mutant and son of Professor Charles Xavier and Israeli diplomat Gabrielle Haller, travels back in time with the intention of killing Magneto, Xavier's former best friend and current arch-nemesis. When David is on the verge of ending Magneto's life, Xavier places himself between the two, and Legion inadvertently kills Xavier instead. Due to a "Grandfather paradox", Legion then ceases to exist. Xavier has now died before Legion was even fathered. Because of Xavier's sacrifice, Magneto comes to believe in his late friend's dream of peaceful co-existence between humans and mutants. Apocalypse, an immortal mutant who has been alive for centuries, was monitoring the fight. In this reality, he chooses this moment as the perfect time to begin his "survival of the fittest" genetic war, which doesn't happen in the regular Marvel Universe until ten years later. In this timeline, Magneto establishes the X-Men, but not until after Apocalypse establishes himself as a major power. Apocalypse comes to rule all of North America, and initiates a worldwide genocidal campaign of "cullings" in which millions of humans die. The few that survives live in parts of Europe and Africa which were not devastated by nuclear weapons. Fleets of Sentinels are their only defense. Meanwhile, the disturbance of the timeline leads to a crystallization wave of the M'Kraan Crystal that is heading toward Earth. Characters and affiliations Mutant heroes Team Leader Members Notes Generation Next (Generation X) Colossus and Shadowcat Chamber, Husk, Know-It-All (M), Mondo, Skin, Vincente The Outcasts Forge Brute (Sunder in normal continuity), Mastermind, Soaron (Sauron in normal continuity), Sonique (Siryn in normal continuity), Toad, X-Man X-Man is the son of Jean Grey and Scott Summers, created from their DNA by Mr. Sinister. X-Calibre (Excalibur) Nightcrawler Damask (the Black Queen of London's Hellfire Club), Mystique, Switchback X-Men Magneto Amazing X-Men (X-Men): Quicksilver (leader), Banshee, Dazzler, Exodus, Iceman, Storm Astonishing X-Men (Uncanny X-Men): Rogue (leader), Blink, Morph (Changeling), Sabretooth, Sunfire, Wild Child Former Members: Colossus, Gambit, Jean Grey, Scarlet Witch (deceased), Shadowcat, Weapon X (Wolverine) Allies: Bishop, Charles Lehnsherr (infant son of Magneto and Rogue), and Nanny (Charles' robotic babysitter) Led out of the ruined Xavier mansion, which never became a school in this universe. X-Ternals (X-Force) Gambit Lila Cheney, Jubilee, Strong Guy, Sunspot The only major mutant character missing in the original Age of Apocalypse is Psylocke. Fans speculated that she was likely either killed in one of Apocalypse's cullings or that she is one of the members of the Brain Trust keeping control over the pens. However, when the Age of Apocalypse was revisited a decade later, she appeared in X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #4. Her origin remains unknown. There has been no explanation of what exactly she was doing during the original Age of Apocalypse, other than the fact she had some kind of past connection with Wolverine. Other anti-Apocalypse forces Besides the X-Men and its many offshoots, the Human High Council remains as the other power opposing Apocalypse. Unlike the X-Men, however, the Human High Council considers the extermination of mutants as a viable option. Bolivar and Moira Trask, as well as Brian Braddock, are the major proponents for a mutant holocaust. Secretly, the Human High Council supports a Human Underground Resistance. Team Human High Council Brian Braddock (Captain Britain), Emma Frost, Moira MacTaggert-Trask, Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, Bolivar Trask, Mariko Yashida Human High Council agents Clint Barton (Hawkeye), Blake (Thor), Carol Danvers, Gateway, Ben Grimm (Thing), Gwen Stacy, Tony Stark (Iron Man), Susan Storm (Invisible Woman), Victor von Doom (Doctor Doom) Sentinels Programmed to protect humans above anything else for which they are capable of not attacking mutants if it aids in the accomplishment of their Prime Directive. The Underground Valerie Cooper An underground resistance group that aids refugees escape from North America to Europe. Apocalypse's agents The Brotherhood of Chaos (Brotherhood of Mutants) Arclight, Box (Madison Jeffries), Copycat, Spyne, Yeti Death's Inhuman Strike Force Black Bolt, Crystal, Gorgon, Karnak, Lockjaw, Medusa, Rhino, Triton Genetically altered clones of the murdered Inhuman Royal Family. Domino's Bounty Hunters Caliban, Domino, Grizzly Elite Mutant Force: Amazon, Aurora, Beast, the Bedlam brothers Jesse Aaronson and his brother Christopher (known as King Bedlam of the second incarnation of the Hellions in normal continuity), Cannonball, Cyclops, Emplate, Havok, the Monets, Northstar Enslavers of Seattle: Core Quietus, Sugar Man Four Horsemen of Apocalypse: Current Members: Abyss, Holocaust/Nemesis, Sinister, Mikhail Rasputin (brother of Colossus) Former Members: Bastion, Candra, Death I, Death II (Maximus the Mad in normal continuity), Gideon, Sabretooth, War The Infinites Mudir Rictor, Prelate Delgado, Prelate Gallo, Prelate Unus, the Vanisher. Genetically engineered army created by Sinister and the Beast. Squadrons of Infinites are led by a Prelate or Mudir. The Madri Duplicates of Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man of Earth-616 Marauders: Arcade, Dirigible (Kingpin/Wilson Fisk), the Owl, Red (Norman Osborn) Human terrorists that have betrayed mankind. The Pale Riders: Damask (AOA version of the Black Queen of London's Hellfire Club), Dead Man Wade (Deadpool), Danielle Moonstar Reavers: Clegg, Dead-Eye, Mangle, Donald Pierce, Slocum, Vultura. Humans enhanced by Apocalypse's techno-organic virus. Stryfe Force Mikhail's Rasputin personal army. Formed by the best from his Upscale Program. Neutrals Avalon: (the Savage Land) Cain (Juggernaut), Destiny, Douglas Ramsey (Cypher), and Wendy The Brood: Misty Knight, Christopher Summers, Colleen Wing Humans transformed into Brood following the escape of Christopher Summers, who had been infected by a Brood Queen. Heaven Angel, Karma, and Scarlett MacKenzie Nightclub run by Angel and its employees. Prisoners in Sinister's Breeding Pens: Artemis, Avalanche, Blob, Newt, Phantazia, Polaris, Pyro Scavengers Cobra and Mister Hyde Cannibal mutates who plague graveyards and attack anyone, regardless of their allegiance. Timeline escapees After the Age of Apocalypse story arc, Bishop travels back in time to prevent the timeline from ever occurring. This occurs simultaneously with a nuclear exchange between the Human High Council and Apocalypse. Most characters were seemingly killed by the nukes, but the fate of the remaining survivors remained unclear. It is presumed that they were erased from existence. Some characters escape the Age of Apocalypse into the Earth-616 continuity. These include Beast, Nate Grey (the AOA version of Cable), Holocaust (one of Apocalypse's horsemen), and Sugar Man. Nate Grey allies himself with the X-Men a few times, but later "dies" by disseminating into every life form in the universe. Holocaust remains at large in the main Marvel Universe until he joins the Exiles and is killed by another universe's evil version of Hyperion (in Exiles #62). Sugar Man seemingly died at the hands of the 616 Callisto, but has recently been revealed to be still alive in X-Men #200. Beast and Sugar Man are sent 20 years into Earth-616's past. This allows for major retconning that explains that the Age of Apocalypse's Beast (now known as Dark Beast) has a hand in the creation of the Morlocks. It also explains why Mister Sinister initiated the "Mutant Massacre": he recognized his stolen handiwork, and ordered it exterminated, as a debasement of his art or as a potential rival to it. Furthermore, Sugar Man gave genetic technology secrets to the Genegineer of Genosha, allowing this small nation to become powerful by enslaving mutants. Blink escapes into the multiverse itself: she joins and leads the reality-hopping team of heroes known as the Exiles. Her counterpart on Earth-616 has been dead since the "Phalanx Covenant" story arc. Sabretooth also survives along the same means as Blink. He joins a team of reality-hopping super beings known as Weapon X. During one mission, he opts to stay behind on a world to raise David Richards. Eventually, he is brought back into action and joins the Exiles.
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