The X-Force Love Triangle: Who's Right for Psylocke?

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Posted by No_Name_ (17403 posts) - - Show Bio

If there's one Marvel series that has been consistently entertaining it's got to be Rick Remender's current X-Force book. Not only does Remender provide his readers with suspense at every turn and a peek at the Age of Apocalypse universe that long time X-Men readers will appreciate, he also writes a killer love triangle. That's right, I said it, love triangle. With love. And romance.

In a recent editorial, staff writer Corey Schroeder touched on many of the love triangles that have appeared in Marvel books (and trust us, there have been a plethora of them), but we thought that that the Psylocke/Warren/Fantomex love triangle in X-Force is so interesting, that it was worth taking a closer look.

Since the beginning of the series, Psylocke has been romantically tied to Archangel (both of whom are X-Force teammates). Throughout the series, however, (and particularly recently) we have seen Fantomex (another member of the X-Force team) demonstrate some attraction to Betsy, which, had gone seemingly unnoticed by her -- until now. The cover to the most recent issue of Uncanny X-Force #12 portrayed Psylocke and Fantomex locked in a kiss, a scene which spills into the pages of the issue. But was this kiss inevitable or unwarranted?

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Perhaps the scene in this issue was powerful due to the fact that it was not entirely unexpected. I think that even without the cover of that issue, that kiss had been something Fantomex could not wait to do. Remender had been building up to that moment since the beginning of the series. He had made it relatively clear that Fantomex had had some attraction toward Psylocke, but that this affection was for the most part kept secret from her. His advances became stronger around issue #10 when Fantomex went so far as to use the argument between Betsy and Warren to his advantage, thus approaching her and asking her to dinner. Needless to say, Betsy turned him down. Even if Betsy hadn't noticed or acknowledged Fantomex's advances before, the build up to the kiss had obviously been there.

It is pretty sneaky of him to spring it onto her that way, though, isn't it? Fantomex proves he's not only charming, but extremely manipulative. The only times we have seen him make overtly romantic advances at Betsy have been at her lowest point. In this scene, he intentionally psychologically breaks her down, telling her she is responsible for allowing Warren to succumb to Apocalypse.

But blaming her for Warren's decline into crazy town isn't all he does. Fantomex insists that Psylocke does not really love Warren, approaching her in her moment of weakness stating that the only reason she is with him is because she likes feeling "needed." After psychologically breaking her down, he uses that moment to strike.

True, Fantomex is manipulative and is choosing his time to strike when Betsy is at her most vulnerable, but is Psylocke's relationship with Warren all that much better? If you have been reading then you know that Psylocke and Warren (Archangel) have been in an exclusive relationship since the beginning of Remender's X-Force #1. While subtle at first, it was not long until it was reinforced that these two were most definitely an item. Obviously superheroes can't have a "normal" relationship, at least not in the way we think of "normal relationships." Yet even for "superhero standards," the romantic commitment that Psylocke and Warren have is still...weird. I don't know about you, but I have never needed my significant other to give me psychotherapy sessions. That can't be healthy for the relationship. And don't doctors have rules that prevent those types of circumstances? Aren't patient/doctor relationships generally frowned upon?

Even though the blame that Fantomex places on Betsy during that highly climactic scene is unwarranted and used to manipulate her, he does have a point. If Betsy and Warren were to have a romantic relationship, then she should not have been the one to psychologically aid Warren with those "sessions." Betsy should not have been acting as Warren's therapist and been solely responsible for ensuring that Warren's alter-ego was kept in check, and the fact that this was not checked by the rest of the team is a bit irresponsible, don't you think? No matter how you look at it, Warren became a liability when he was unable to control Archangel. If Warren falls to Apocalypse, there will be no one to blame but Betsy Braddock.

So who is better for Betsy, Warren the handsome guy with a bad case of multiple personality disorder, or Fantomex, that manipulative snake who oozes charm? As much as I love Betsy, and think she should (for the sake of her character's sanity) be single, I feel that the love triangle between these three characters is what makes them so alluring. The relationship between these three is one aspect of what makes Uncanny X-Force such an interesting read.

Why are love triangles even an important part of this story? Or of comic books in general? Superheroes are seemingly invincible creatures in peak physical condition who are modeled after the idealistic concept of "human perfection." All the men are strong, handsome and all the woman are beautiful, with never a hair out of place. So when they are not spending their time saving the world, or splitting their time between two or three teams, they are building relationships with their teammates. Who could blame these figures of perfection for developing emotional ties to one another? When you spend enough time running around in spandex on a team full of people who are more or as attractive as you are, chances are you'll fall prey to your own weakness. Sure, heroes fall in lust and in love, but when we get a love triangle, it makes things a little bit more interesting.

The questions remain, what's in store for Warren? Is Archangel completely lost to Apocalypse? Has Psylocke lost him for good? Should Psylocke stay with Warren, or should she get with Fantomex?

#1 Posted by -Vigil- (380 posts) - - Show Bio

Who cares? X-Force is messed up!

#2 Posted by Samimista (20822 posts) - - Show Bio

How soapy.

#3 Posted by Baddamdog (2223 posts) - - Show Bio

Uncanny X-Force is like crack. Psylocke should play the field a bit, Warren and Fantomex are bad news for her, but oh how I  love the drama!

#4 Posted by ZombiePie (105 posts) - - Show Bio

This is bugging me but the third image has a typo in the comic (not the article). It is not that big of a deal as everyone mistakes "were" with "we're," but it is somewhat annoying.

#5 Posted by Kairan1979 (16850 posts) - - Show Bio

I vote for Archangel/Psylocke.

#6 Posted by katanalauncher (937 posts) - - Show Bio

I prefer a three way for her.

#7 Posted by Renchamp (2597 posts) - - Show Bio

I think losing Warren would also shut the door on Fantomex, just to continue to make things thick and romantically tragic. Does she want to be with a guy that has accused her, only to have found out he's been right? I love what's been going on and I hope Remender keeps it up. This isn't just a hack and slash book; it's a character mover, one that makes us learn about the characters and advance what we think we know about how each operates. I'm hooked.

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#8 Posted by harleyquinnhawkgirl (336 posts) - - Show Bio

i was really confused by psylocke and fantomex's little love affair, i mean i never knew they had a thing for each other
#9 Posted by PrinceIMC (5422 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't help but be reminded of the Archangel, Psylocke, Thunderbird triangle from what? 10 years ago? Then she died and he moved on to Lifeguard and Angel moved on to Husk....ew.

#10 Posted by Burnstar1230 (210 posts) - - Show Bio

Neither one. Psylocke should be with Cypher...J/K. I believe she's one of those women that can't settle for one man, simply moving to something that catches her interest

#11 Posted by They Killed Cap! (2243 posts) - - Show Bio

I would go with Phantomex...Archangel is the freaking heir to Apocalypse...
#12 Posted by The Mast (790 posts) - - Show Bio

Speaking in real world perspective, she kissed him back. Arm around the neck and everything.
 
She's not gonna be able to forget that, and if she can't, she needs to come clean or leave Warren. That'd work in the real world, but how do you tell the heir of Apocalypse that you're dumping him for another dude when he's already on the edge?
 
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#13 Posted by Jim Halpert (58 posts) - - Show Bio

I love good love triangles.

Hey, I'm a fan of THE OFFICE - Jim & Pam.

With that said, I'm sure in the end Warren will find a way to get Betsy back... you can just "feel" it... I think.

#14 Posted by Bobby_Rico (16 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't really think either Fantomex or Archangel is right for her.  I think she's got that kind of quiet assertiveness that would be better matched with someone like a Wolverine.  That's always been my hope, to see her and the ol' Canucklehead come together.  considering their history together, I think it'd be a good match.

#15 Posted by sentryman555 (787 posts) - - Show Bio

I think she should go back to Archangel. She doesn't really have feelings for Phantomex. its like you said. He just caught her in a moment of weakness. A weakness he helped make! The guy sounds messed up.

#16 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (13407 posts) - - Show Bio

i dont care how charming you are. stealing another man's woman is a dick move

#17 Posted by Tchokes (84 posts) - - Show Bio

Quite honestly, I was going to write a blog about this.
 
The last thing Betsy needs is ANOTHER romantic interest. The woman finds herself a boyfriend/love interest/*&$%*%buddy in each group she is in (Warren->Thunderbirdlol->Sabretooth?!->Warren->Fantomex). There's probably some Wolverine somewhere there, as per all Marvel females, and certainly has some Hercules there too. Betsy is already on a list of characters that, to me, can't possibly be taken seriously when saying 'I love him!", the girl is out of control.
 
To me this Fantomex thing just makes her look pathetic and way too female-ish. The charming fake-french dude easily breaks her down mentally, she loses control, kisses him, and then hates him. What a weak, weak woman. I'm sorry, but Betsy lost her 'I was under stress' card after the roallercoaster of lovers she had.
 
Betsy needs to go back to being a bad ass ninja (Crimson Dawn) and leave all this mentally fu**** up woman with relationship troubles behind. Seriously, it's a disservice to the character.

#18 Posted by badaboop (137 posts) - - Show Bio

I like this love triangle, it adds romantic tension and drama to a series that was already great due to the action and story.  Now with Remender's masterful writing, I hope this triangle entangles the characters and becomes more complicated due to the current arc.  I also want to see the effects of it have ramifications for later story arcs, that'd be cool.

#19 Posted by TheCerealKillz (10269 posts) - - Show Bio

THREESOME FTW!

#20 Edited by Psychotime (623 posts) - - Show Bio
@Tchokes: I assume Psylocke is a popular character because most of her fans think she's hot (might be the asian fetish fuel angle; last time I checked mainstream comics will have more female asian characters over male ones.)
 
Off the top of my head, She Hulk is another character that writers like to do this for, so much so that John Byrne actually made a joke during his run with the character that every other writer seems to forget that Wyatt Wingfoot was her established boyfriend during that run (though he also established that she had a thing for Hercules), and apparently after it ended the character has just disappeared nearly outright. Now we've had stories involving her being possesed by ultimate douchebags like Starfox or having a one night stand with Juggernaut (but then another writer says that it wasn't actually She Hulk or something stupid like that.)
 
I'm just speculating, but with She Hulk serving as an example, it might be likely that it's common for a character that hits the fancy of it's readers (and potentially writers) to be we written like this.
#21 Posted by Wattup (648 posts) - - Show Bio

Archangel is my favourite X-Man.

#22 Posted by ragdollpurps (15572 posts) - - Show Bio

After all the crap she's been through it's no surprise that she's a tad emotionally vulnerable. She should really just stay single and try to get her bearings alone. She lives for others, and I think she needs to find a reason to also live for herself again.  But, if she's going to be with anyone, I say Fantomex. You can't deny the fire between them! Warren is old news and Betsy can only lie to herself about her to attraction to Jean-Phillipe for so long.

#23 Posted by Sobe Cin (599 posts) - - Show Bio

Neal Sharra (Thunderbird)
#24 Posted by Xenozoic Shaman (410 posts) - - Show Bio

In a shocking twist, Psylocke will discover that she's a lesbian, and dump them both.

#25 Posted by pixelized (62882 posts) - - Show Bio

Someone draw this girl some glutes.

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#26 Posted by The Impersonator (5555 posts) - - Show Bio

She should stay with me.

#27 Posted by Psychotime (623 posts) - - Show Bio
@pixelized said:

Someone draw this girl some glutes.

Lol. I thought I was the only one.
#28 Posted by Teerack (7058 posts) - - Show Bio

I think neither of them should be with her. She's an awful person to be in a relationship with.

#29 Posted by Grimoire (545 posts) - - Show Bio

I have one thing to say to this. I hate cheaters both male and female or villain and hero.

#30 Edited by jrock85 (2874 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm sick of love triangles within the X-Men.

#31 Posted by goldenkey (2927 posts) - - Show Bio

I think Phantomex is gonna start banging Psylock.  this archangel story is getting better and better and think warren is gonna be screwed in the end.  i do think he'll beat apocalypse but I also think he's gonna have a leave of absence.  this title is my favorite right now.  it's so good, its actually great 
#32 Posted by Mr_Tasty (11 posts) - - Show Bio

Phantomex ALL DAY SON!!!! Psylocke needs a real man...Warren is a broken man and Phantomex is the opposite he's a real ass A1 thick sauce type of dude who don't take crap.

#33 Posted by Band Lone (1789 posts) - - Show Bio

None of them.. You all know Im the right man for her! Im tall, dark and handsome! ;)

#34 Posted by The Stegman (25021 posts) - - Show Bio

God i hate love triangles 

#35 Posted by Wattup (648 posts) - - Show Bio

It's like Jennifer Aniston-Brad Pitt. You had a nice couple going with Warren and Betsy but then...BAM...the exotic Fantomex/Angelina Jolie swoops in and destroys the relationship!
 
I expect Fantomex and Psylocke to next adopt a gaggle of children from different regions of the world.

#36 Posted by Larkin1388 (1760 posts) - - Show Bio
@Mr_Tasty said:
Phantomex ALL DAY SON!!!! Psylocke needs a real man...Warren is a broken man and Phantomex is the opposite he's a real ass A1 thick sauce type of dude who don't take crap.
#37 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

I honestly see Angel and Fantomex coming to blows from this.  Just another bit of soap opera scandal and drama for the X-Men. Gotta love it! :)

#38 Posted by Bestostero (5618 posts) - - Show Bio

Angel and Psylocke are great together...I like Fantomex but no...

#39 Posted by lorex (958 posts) - - Show Bio

Back in the day Psylocke and Angel relationship was pure heat. They has a passionate love, and both probably miss that to some degree. Now while I am sure they both still love each other I am no so convinced their relationship is nothing more than a thing of convenience. Betsy it seems is torn between her past and new opportunities.It remains to bee seen if Fantomex is the right man for her, there there is definitely something between them.

#40 Edited by Antonio_Blackheart (1542 posts) - - Show Bio

she need to be with beast he can show  her how its done up side down
#41 Posted by Peregrine (165 posts) - - Show Bio

How much love can the two share? Yeah at first they were a great couple like Scott and jean used to be, but then Archangel nearly wrecked her car when he caught Psylocke taking Neal Shaara for a joyride and accused her of having an affair, and then dumped her shortly after. Then he went the jailbait route with Husk as soon as she died and said he loved her. And now that she's back he's back with her (tho he never paid her the slightest attention for a while after her resurrection). Dont like the way Remender is writing Betsy..first he seems to have forgotten that Psylocke has some telekinetic powers that he never has her use (why the hell wouldn't she just wrap the bomb in a tk forcefield instead of trying to dismantle it by hand) and now he's forgotten that those two have been over for a while. And I hate fantomex..put Besty with Logan..i've always thought the mutant ninja should get with the mutant samurai (Wolverine's daughter in the MC2 universe has "Psi-claws" hint hint)

#42 Posted by dondasch (926 posts) - - Show Bio

If those are the only two options for her, then I vote single.

#43 Posted by Dynamo8 (446 posts) - - Show Bio

Answer: Me.
 
No wait I take that back, I don't wanna get killed.

#44 Posted by EdwardWindsor (14428 posts) - - Show Bio

Great article , been discussing this myself with people. Is it technically a love square? due to warrens split personality and Betsy's continued affection for him  no matter what side of the line he is currently at. Its going to end badly either way she goes in this situation.

#45 Posted by pixelized (62882 posts) - - Show Bio

@Peregrine said:

How much love can the two share? Yeah at first they were a great couple like Scott and jean used to be, but then Archangel nearly wrecked her car when he caught Psylocke taking Neal Shaara for a joyride and accused her of having an affair, and then dumped her shortly after. Then he went the jailbait route with Husk as soon as she died and said he loved her. And now that she's back he's back with her (tho he never paid her the slightest attention for a while after her resurrection). Dont like the way Remender is writing Betsy..first he seems to have forgotten that Psylocke has some telekinetic powers that he never has her use (why the hell wouldn't she just wrap the bomb in a tk forcefield instead of trying to dismantle it by hand) and now he's forgotten that those two have been over for a while. And I hate fantomex..put Besty with Logan..i've always thought the mutant ninja should get with the mutant samurai (Wolverine's daughter in the MC2 universe has "Psi-claws" hint hint)

I like that you know your X-History.

Granted Husk and Angel ended because he realized he still had feelings for Betsy, but the second she was brought back he should have been by her side, Dazzler was...

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#46 Posted by jakeeboi17 (4372 posts) - - Show Bio

Warren all the way!

#47 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio

CYLOCKE FTW.

#48 Posted by PhoenixoftheTides (3599 posts) - - Show Bio

I hate love triangles. Too melodramatic and I think this is ruining her character even more than the Ninja Power Up !1! did.

#49 Posted by boyd12345678 (82 posts) - - Show Bio

Drama how it makes comics!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

#50 Edited by jcbart (341 posts) - - Show Bio

I swear Chris Yost and Rick Remender talked together about how they were planning to set up Psylocke's character. Remember in her mini series (written by Yost) where she's still traumatised by her death and rebirth and being dragged around dimensions only to be kidnapped and brainwashed by The Red Queen? She was messed up and suffering from a major identity disorder. In comes Remender who takes this desperation to feel like a human/alive again and BAM randomly throws her with her old flame who also happens to need a telepath. She once again has a purpose in life, she's needed.  
Great writing. Now if only they could give her a real costume instead of a thong..

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