The words "No more mutants" were uttered by the Scarlet Witch, depowering nearly every mutant alive. These collective powers were inadvertently absorbed by a mutant named Michael Pointer who happened to live in North Pole, Alaska. Michael Pointer was a postal worker.
The Collective is a Marvel comic book character. His first appearance was in the New Avengers #16.
Major Story Arcs
The Collective traveled through Canada, killing Alpha Flight when they stood in his path. He found himself in The United States, taking on the New Avengers, but not killing anyone, simply ignoring them. He then realized that he could fly, as he had walked the entire way, discovering new powers as he went along.
He fought with Iron Man and Sentry in space using his newfound flight powers. He made quick work of them, and continued traveling towards Genosha. Then The Collective restored Magneto's powers.
Magneto realizes that Xorn is the consciousness controlling The Collective (Xorn's personality is dominant among all of the others, including Michael's, within the collective). Xorn explains that the mutants need Magneto, that they will follow and listen to Magneto. This is why Xorn came to return his powers.
Ms. Marvel, Iron Man, and The Sentry combine their powers and send The Collective into the Sun.
Michael Pointer is separated from The Collective during the fight, and is held in captivity by the New Avengers. He is later transferred to Canada to serve as the new Guardian in the newest incarnation of Alpha Flight, now named Omega Flight.
Powers and Abilities
Theoretically, the Collective possessed every power present within the mass of displaced mutant energies that formed it, though most of these abilities have not yet been utilized. It could fly, levitate, project various types of energy beams, grow to gigantic sizes, generate force fields and survive in outer space. Its eyesight in human form had a range of at least 22 miles, and it walked at a pace of 200 mph. As it only learned how to use its powers while engaged in conflict, the full extent and variety of its powers remains unknown. Many of the mutants who empowered it were energy projectors, ranging from telekinetic to psionic to thermal. It could reabsorb the powers taken from it, as it did from Ms. Marvel. How or if it could access the power of more physical mutations remains unrevealed. Whether or not it collected all depowered mutants' energies or just a number of them also remains unrevealed.
The Collective's energy signature was positively identified as including the lost powers of Abyss Aero, Agent Zero, Aguila, Angel Dust, Beak, Black Tom Cassidy, Blind Faith, Blob, Boost, Bora, Brass, Caiman, Callisto, Chamber, Charles Xavier, Conquistador, Arturo Falcone, Fatale, Flambe, Forearm, Freakshow, Gloom, Hack, Harpoon, Hazard, Hub, Hybrid (Jimmy Marks), Shola Inkosi, Jubilee, Key, King Bedlam, Kiwi Black, Lara the Illusionist, Hannah Levy, Lightning Rod, Longneck, Artie Maddicks, Magneto, Mary Zero, Mesmero, Mist Mistress, Monsoon, Danielle Moonstar, Murmur (Arlette Truffaut), Murmur (of Emplate's Hellions), Nightwind, Armena Ortega, Overrider, Paul Patterson, Phantazia, Polaris, Postman, Preview, Prodigy (David Alleyne), Quicksilver, Radian, Radius, Reaper, Redneck, Rictor, Scanner, Shatter, Shocker, Skywalker, Slick, Slipstream, Specter, Jon Spectre, Spike, Spoilsport, Stacy X, Strobe, Sunfire, Tag, Tantra, Tarot, Tattoo, Tether, Tremolo, Unus, Vague, Wicked, Wild Child, Wildside, Wind Dancer, Windshear, Wiz Kid, Wraith (Hector Mendoza), Shen Xorn, Kuan-Yin Xorn and Zach.