Lawrence, Fassbender and McAvoy to Return
Franchise veterans Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor Xavier) and Nicholas Hoult (Beast) are all set to return, according to the outlet, along with Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), who debuted in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
Additionally, Simon Kinberg is officially in place as director, and the Nov. 2, 2018 release date is also confirmed.
Jessica Chastain is in talks to play the film’s villain, Shi’ar Empress Lilandra. Chastain was previously linked to the film in a report that surfaced last week. Lilandra is described by Deadline as the “main villain,” even though the character is traditionally depicted as heroic.
In Marvel Comics, Xavier and Lilandra were married for a time.
Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s “Dark Phoenix Saga,” which ran from 1980’s Uncanny X-Men #129-#138, stands as one of the most famous and influential X-Men storylines of all time, with frequent echoes in the comic books themselves, and multiple adaptations in various media, including previously on the big screen — X-Men: The Last Stand included elements of the story. In the “Dark Phoenix Saga,” original X-Men member Jean Grey — who had previously merged with the super-powerful cosmic entity known as the Phoenix — falls to corruption and becomes a destructive force, wreaking havoc including wiping out an entire planet.
The Dark Phoenix Saga,’” X-Men: Dark Phoenix producer Hutch Parker said earlier this year. “Our hope and expectation is to try and do something that feels different, that takes the audience into a different tone and a different sense of cinematic style that is appropriately suited to the story we’re telling.” In the “Dark Phoenix Saga,” original X-Men member Jean Grey — who had previously merged with the super-powerful cosmic entity known as the Phoenix — falls to corruption and becomes a destructive force, wreaking havoc including wiping out an entire planet.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is scheduled for release on Nov. 2, 2018.
Returning from a mission in space, Jean Grey is exposed to the deadly radiation of a solar flare, and briefly attains her ultimate potential as a telepath and telekinetic. Jean becomes a being of pure thought, and then reforms herself upon return to Earth with the new costume, identity and power of “Phoenix”.It is with this incredible power that Jean repairs the fractured M’Kraan Crystal, but voluntarily restrains her powers afterward in order to keep them under control. Tragically the circuit breakers prevent her from defeating Magneto and start the chain of events leading to Dark Phoenix.
Her vast potential makes her a target for Mastermind, who is attempting to prove himself in order to join the prestigious Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club. Under the identity of Jason Wyngarde, he begins to seduce Jean. With the help of a mind-tap device created by the Club’s White Queen, Emma Frost, Mastermind projects his illusions directly into Phoenix’ mind. These illusions cause her to believe that she is reliving the memories of an ancestor, Lady Grey, who in Mastermind’s illusions was the Hellfire Club’s Black Queen and the lover of one of Wyngarde’s ancestors. Phoenix eventually accepts the Black Queen as her actual identity, a decadent role that allows her to relish the extremes of human emotion and begins to break down the barriers that she had erected.
She helps the Hellfire Club capture the X-Men, and Jean’s true love Cyclops faces Mastermind in a psychic duel.When Mastermind kills Cyclops’ psychic image, it breaks his hold over Jean’s psyche and shatters the final barriers on her power. Experiencing this power in its totality overwhelms Jean, and she renames herself “Dark Phoenix”. Enraged at Mastermind, she uses a telepathic illusion to make him experience godhood, driving him insane. To break her ties with her less powerful identity as Jean Grey she strikes down the X-Men and departs for a distant galaxy, as her ascension is detected by psychically, magically, and cosmically sensitive superheroes across Earth and the rest of Marvel Universe such as Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, the Silver Surfer, and the scientific instruments of Mister Fantastic. However, her power proves to be far more limited than she thought; the intergalactic trip leaves her almost completely drained. To recharge, she devours the energy of the nearby D’Bari star, causing a supernova which kills the entire population of the only civilized planet orbiting the star. A Shi’ar vessel attacks to prevent her from destroying other stars. Dark Phoenix easily destroys the vessel, but not before they alert the Shi’ar Empress Lilandra.A council of intergalactic associates is gathered, including the Kree and Skrull empires, and concludes that Dark Phoenix is an even more serious threat than the planet-consuming Galactus and must be destroyed.
On Earth, the X-Men are greeted by Avengers member (and former X-Man) Beast. Dark Phoenix returns to Earth, to her family’s home, and finds herself conflicted between her normal feelings for her loved ones and her new destructive impulses as Dark Phoenix. The X-Men attack her but are again defeated. Her mentor, Charles Xavier, arrives, and through a vicious psychic duel, he creates a new set of psychic “circuit-breakers” which reduce her to only her original Marvel Girl powers. This allows Jean’s normal personality to reassert control.
Phoenix consumes a star, inadvertently killing billions of people.
The Shi’ar abduct the X-Men, tell them of Dark Phoenix’ casual genocide, and declare that she must be put to death. Xavier challenges Lilandra to Arin’n Haelar, a Shi’ar duel of honor that cannot be refused. After conferring with the Kree and Skrulls, who privately demand a guaranteed victory for their side in order to proceed with Phoenix’s death sentence, Lilandra agrees to Xavier’s demand.
The next day, the X-Men and the Shi’ar Imperial Guard are teleported to the Blue Area of the Moon to do battle, with the victors deciding the fate of Phoenix. The Imperial Guard defeat most of the X-Men, leaving Cyclops and Phoenix alone to make a final stand. When Cyclops is seemingly killed, Jean’s panic overrides Xavier’s psychic restraints and restores her to Dark Phoenix. Lilandra initiates Plan Omega, which would consist of destroying the whole solar system in hopes of eliminating Dark Phoenix in the process. With events going too far, Xavier orders the X-Men to subdue Jean to preempt Lilandra’s emergency measure. They battle her until she regains her senses. Running inside one of the Blue Area’s ruins, Jean, struggling to keep control, activates an ancient Kree weapon which disintegrates her after an emotional good-bye to Cyclops. He deduces that Jean had planned her sacrifice from the moment they had landed on the moon.
The story ends with Uatu the Watcher commenting to an attending Recorder that “Jean Grey could have lived to become a god. But it was more important to her that she die…a human.”
Who Is Lilandra?
A member of the royal family of the extraterrestrial Shi’ar Empire, Princess-Majestrix Lilandra Neramani was born on the Shi’ar homeworld known as the Aerie. The eldest heir to the Shi’ar throne was Lilandra’s older sister, Cal’syee. However, for her crime of killing her mother and one of her sisters, Cal’syee was denied the throne and exiled into space. Cal’syee’s younger brother D’ken was appointed majestor (emperor) instead.
Lilandra, D’ken’s younger sister, served as Grand Admiral of the Shi’ar Imperial Guard, a cadre of super-powered beings that enforced Shi’ar law throughout the Empire, when she learned of her brother’s insane plan to make use of the incredible power trapped within the M’kraan Crystal to grant himself omniscience. The Crystal itself was an interdimensional nexus leading to another dimension full of neutron stars consisting of super-dense matter that created extraordinary gravitational forces. D’ken was blind to the true danger that the Crystal presented, and mistakenly believed he could control its unleashed power. Lilandra opposed his plans in the Shi’ar High Council, and D’ken accused her of treason and had her arrested. D’ken then leaked word that Lilandra had attempted to kill him and usurp the throne, and civil war broke out across the Empire as a result. D’ken had Lilandra held captive aboard the Imperial Flagship whilst she awaited execution, but she escaped and fled in a small scoutship.
Lilandra sought help in stopping her brother from destroying the universe, and suddenly saw an image in her mind of the telepathic Earthman named Charles Xavier, who at that time was using his powers to unite much of the collective will of Earth humanity to create enough psychic force to fend off the invading alien Z’nox. Somehow, subconsciously, Xavier had found a kindred spirit in Lilandra, and this caused a psychic link to form between the two. Knowing of Earth and its large number of superhuman beings, Lilandra traveled there for help. She finally met Xavier, who used his powers to quickly teach her English, but she was soon captured by Davan Shakari, an agent of D’ken’s, who transported her through hyperspace to the world of the M’kraan Crystal. Xavier’s team of superhuman mutant adventurers known as the X-Men followed Shakari in time to witness the power of the Crystal unleashed. The universe was saved from annihilation by Phoenix, in actuality a primal force of the cosmos that had assumed the form of the X-Man Jean Grey, and D’ken was sent incurably insane and almost catatonic as a result.
The X-Men returned to Earth and were joined by Lilandra who was awaiting the decision of the Shi’ar High Council as to whether she should become empress, despite her having rebelled against D’ken. Lilandra and Xavier fell in love, and following the seemed death of the X-Men in Antarctica, Lilandra received word that the Council had ruled in her favor. Lilandra and Xavier left for the Shi’ar Throneworld together, whereupon arrival Lilandra became majestrix and Xavier became her royal consort.
After a time, Xavier returned to Earth on realizing the danger that the Phoenix posed. After Phoenix went insane and destroyed both a Shi’ar starship and the homeworld of the D’bari, who were part of the Shi’ar Empire, Lilandra demanded that the menace of the Phoenix be ended forever to safeguard the cosmos. Having familiarized himself with Shi’ar law, Xavier demanded Arin’nn Haelar – a trial by combat – to decide the fate of Phoenix, whom he mistakenly believed to be Jean Grey. The X-Men clashed with the Imperial Guard, but during the encounter Phoenix committed suicide in order to prevent herself from wreaking further destruction. Out of respect, Lilandra later attended Phoenix’s funeral.
Later, Lilandra’s older sister Cal’syee, now known as Deathbird, sought to regain the throne that she believed was rightfully hers. To that end, Deathbird allied herself with the treacherous Shi’ar High Council member Lord Samédàr and the alien races of the Brood and the Badoon in an attempted coup. The Brood were defeated with the help of the X-Men, but Deathbird succeeded in usurping the throne. Lilandra fled into exile with the Starjammers, and the Empire came under Deathbird’s tyrannical rule.
During her time in exile, Lilandra found that she still commanded a great deal of respect from the leaders of other starfaring races, and thus was able to become the principal organizer of the trial of Earthman Reed Richards, better known as Mr. Fantastic of the superhuman costumed adventurers the Fantastic Four, for saving the life of the world-eater known only as Galactus.
Lilandra remained with the Starjammers as Empress-in-absentia, fighting to reclaim her throne. However, Deathbird had consolidated her base of power, and Lilandra was now considered a rebel. Soon after, Lilandra sensed over the psychic link that she shared with Xavier that he was in great danger as a result of overexerting himself after receiving massive injuries. Lilandra returned to Earth to take him aboard the Starjammer’s ship where the advanced medical technology there fully healed him to the point where Xavier could walk once more. However, they were unable to return Xavier to Earth as the ship’s hyperspatial drive had been damaged and the Shi’ar stargates were all now heavily defended in an attempt to capture Lilandra. Together, Lilandra and Xavier remained with the Starjammers and continued the fight against Deathbird’s oppression.
Months later, the Starjammers learned on a raided space transporter that Deathbird was searching for a mythical power called “Phalkon”. Lilandra confirmed the myth about this power source, and the Starjammers beat Deathbird to the map with its location. Deathbird was able to kidnap her sister Lilandra in turn, hoping to use her as bait to draw out the Starjammers, but Lilandra fought back against her sister. Lilandra would have killed Deathbird if the Starjammers not beamed her out. As it turned out, the mythical Phalkon was actually the Phoenix Force, currently wielded by the alternate future daughter of Jean Grey named Rachel Summers. Together, the Starjammers and the British super-team Excalibur defeated Deathbird and her Imperial Guard. As word spread about the Starjammers’ victory, it inspired rebellions across the Shi’ar Empire.
Much later, the intergalactic teleporter Lila Cheney transported the X-Men to the Shi’ar Empire at the behest of Deathbird in time to see Lilandra regain her throne. Not all was as it seemed, however, as in reality a group of Warskrulls, using technology to allow them to duplicate superpowers, had captured and impersonated Xavier, using his telepathy to control Lilandra and the Imperial Guard. After the ruse was discovered by the X-Men and all the Warskrull impostors were exposed, Lilandra settled matters with Deathbird, discovering her sister did not want the throne anymore. During her time as ruling Shi’ar Majestrix, Deathbird had come to despise the responsibilities of maintaining the needs of an Empire as large as the Shi’ar’s.
It would not be long before the Shi’ar Empire would face their greatest challenge yet. Machinations by the Supreme Intelligence, a being that served as the depository of all the knowledge of the alien Kree, working in conjunction with the malicious Skrull Empire managed to bring about a war between the Kree and the Shi’ar. Subtly influenced by the Supreme Intelligence by means of advisors who were, in reality, members of the Skrull race, Lilandra ordered the retrieval of some Kree artifacts from which Shi’ar scientists created a Nega-Bomb. Despite intervention from the Avengers, a team of costumed superhuman champions from Earth, who revealed the presence of the Skrulls to Lilandra, the bomb was captured by a group of Skrulls and was subsequently detonated over the Kree homeworld of Hala, killing 90% of the Kree population. Lilandra was left with no recourse but to claim the remains of the Kree Empire in the name of the Shi’ar and appointed Deathbird as viceroy.
On the eve of the ceremony that would see the Kree officially incorporated into the Shi’ar Empire, Lilandra had Xavier and some of the X-Men teleported to Hala, the Kree homeworld. There the X-Men uncovered a Kree rebellion, but although the dissident’s leader helped them defuse a bomb that would have destroyed Hala’s sun, Lilandra was still forced to arrest him, and the tension between legality and morality drove a wedge between herself and Xavier.
Later, when she learned of the many Earth heroes that had sacrificed their lives to stop the malevolent psionic being named Onslaught, Lilandra dispatched eight members of the Imperial Guard to protect Earth, even though her own Empire was under attack by the techno-organic alien race known as the Phalanx at the time. Fortunately, the Guard’s Praetor Gladiator sent the X-Men to help defeat the Phalanx, preventing Lilandra and her empire from being assimilated into the Phalanx collective.
Soon after, the member of the Kree race known as Ronan the Accuser attempted to assassinate Lilandra by using the royal family of the Earth race known as the Inhumans as his assassins. However, the attempt was foreseen by Delphos of the Imperial Guard, and instead of Lilandra it was the shape-shifting Guardsman known as Hobgoblin, posing as the Shi’ar Majestrix, who was killed.
Lilandra’s rule would again be tested when a meeting of the intergalactic council dubbed Earth as a threat to the entire cosmos, and it was deemed to turn the planet into an intergalactic prison. Lilandra tried the best she could to prevent this, but her efforts were in vain and the plan was put into motion. Lilandra dispatched her aide, Cerise, to Earth to warn the X-Men whilst she herself sought out Xavier. Ultimately, Earth’s superhuman champions overthrew their planet’s captors and freed their world.
Recently, Lilandra came under the mental possession of Cassandra Nova, the genetic twin of Professor Xavier who had usurped her brother’s body. Whilst under Nova’s control, Lilandra was forced to dispatch the Imperial Guard to kill the X-Men and also to plunge her Empire into Chaos. Nova then forced Lilandra to take her own life, but she was saved by X-Men members Cyclops and Xorn. The X-Men managed to convince the Guard of the true threat, and together they managed to defeat Nova and free Lilandra. However, the damage Nova caused to Lilandra’s mind was great enough that Lilandra later attempted to assassinate Xavier, whom she still believed was Nova, in Mumbai, India. The attempt was foiled by members of the global search and rescue organization known as the X-Corporation. Lilandra’s betrothal to Xavier was annulled, and she was returned to her people to recover.
Lilandra possesses limited telepathic abilities, the extent of which have yet to be clearly defined. At one point she had formed a permanent telepathic link with Charles Xavier that allowed her to sense when he was in need.
Unidentified mother (deceased),
D’Ken Neramani (brother), Cal’syee Neramani
(Deathbird, sister), unidentified sister (deceased),
Charles Xavier (Professor X, ex-husband),
Black Light (alleged nephew),
White Noise (alleged niece)
Who is Charles Xavier and his twin ‘s sister ?
Charles Francis Xavier was the mutant son of wealthy nuclear researcher, Dr. Brian Xavier, and his wife, Sharon Xavier-Marko. While gestating in his mother’s womb, Charles’ twin was recognized by Charles as an evil presence and he preemptively tried to kill it with his nascent psychic abilities, causing the fetus’ miscarriage. After Dr. Xavier’s death in an accident, Sharon married his colleague Dr. Kurt Marko who brought his son by a previous marriage, Cain Marko to live in their ancestral mansion. Dr. Marko favored the gentle, smart Charles over his own son, which led to Cain constantly bullying Charles and Dr. Marko secretly beating Cain. Sharon married Dr. Marko because she believed that it would be best for Charles.
Charles’ telepathic powers began emerging when he was still a boy, around ten, and, as he grew older, he learned to control them. Due to the immense psychic energies emanating from Charles’ head, he became bald at a young age. With his powers, Charles had discovered that Dr. Marko cared only about his mother’s money, admitting that he was jealous of Dr. Xavier’s wealth. Dr. Marko quickly grew neglectful of Sharon, driving her to alcoholism, and abused both Sharon and Cain. Charles linked his mind to his mother’s in an effort to share the abuse with her and alleviate it. Charles, on one occasion, found himself experiencing the anguished thoughts and emotions of Cain, after Cain had been beaten by his father, which only led to Cain becoming more aggressive toward him and Charles feeling Cain’s pain firsthand, but the inexperienced young Charles could not control or end his contact with Cain’s mind at this time. Sharon died shortly thereafter of a broken heart, leaving Charles to live with his step-father and abusive step-brother.Charles’ telepathic powers began emerging when he was still a boy, around ten, and, as he grew older, he learned to control them. Due to the immense psychic energies emanating from Charles’ head, he became bald at a young age. With his powers, Charles had discovered that Dr. Marko cared only about his mother’s money, admitting that he was jealous of Dr. Xavier’s wealth. Dr. Marko quickly grew neglectful of Sharon, driving her to alcoholism, and abused both Sharon and Cain. Charles linked his mind to his mother’s in an effort to share the abuse with her and alleviate it. Charles, on one occasion, found himself experiencing the anguished thoughts and emotions of Cain, after Cain had been beaten by his father, which only led to Cain becoming more aggressive toward him and Charles feeling Cain’s pain firsthand, but the inexperienced young Charles could not control or end his contact with Cain’s mind at this time. Sharon died shortly thereafter of a broken heart, leaving Charles to live with his step-father and abusive step-brother.Later, a fight erupted between Cain and Dr. Marko, causing some of Dr. Marko’s lab equipment to explode. Mortally wounded, Dr. Marko dragged the two children out before dying, begging forgiveness for not saving Dr. Xavier when he had the chance, and telling Charles to keep his powers secret from Cain. Cain was standing over them and heard of Charles’ gift, which led him to believe that Charles had invaded his thoughts deliberately. From then on, Cain regarded Xavier as his enemy.
Professor Charles Xavier was an Alpha-Level Mutant, an Omega Class Telepath,was said to possess the most powerful brain in existence,to be the world’s greatest telepath and possesses vast psionic powers:
Telepathy: Able to read minds and project his own thoughts into the minds of others within a radius of 250 miles (on Earth). With extreme effort he can greatly extend that radius. When synched with Cerebro or Cerebra, he can connect to every mind on a planet. After he was thrown into the M’Kraan Crystal, it not only restored his mutation, but made his telepathy more powerful than it has been previously, thereby making him the world’s most powerful telepath once again.
- Telepathic Illusions: ability to create realistic telepathic illusions and cause people to experience events which are not actually occurring.
- Telepathic Cloak: can mask his presence from being detected by others. His abilities can at times go undetected or be counteracted by other more powerful telepaths depending on their level of skill in using their own psi abilities. He can extend these defenses to others around him as well.
- Mind Link: ability to develop a mental link with any person which remains as a connection to that individual.
- Telepathic Camouflage: ability to mask himself, and other peoples’ presence from those around him. Can telepathically disguise himself, making his appearance to those around him quite different (changing the appearance of clothing, as well as more involved disguising).
- Mind Blast: ability to place large amounts of information in another’s mind.
- Mind Control: ability to control the minds of others upon mere concentration. This power can allow him to completely shut down several people’s minds, making it appear as if time has stopped.
- Mind Possession: ability to possess the mind of another, and use that being’s body as his own.
- Mind Alteration: ability to alter the minds of others by force of will.
- Mental Amnesia: ability to cause loss of particular memories or total amnesia in another person or group of people.
- Psionic Shield: ability to erect a psychic shield for protection of himself and of other minds, so that he can prevent the free access to the conscious and subconscious mind of anyone.
- Psionic Blasts: can project psionic force bolts which have no physical effects but which can affect a victim’s mind so as to cause the victim pain or unconsciousness and can even kill an adversary.
- Astral Projection: ability to Astral Travel and communicate with others astrally through his own will, or through contact with the thoughts and memories of others. In the astral realm, he can use his powers to create “ectoplasmic” objects. He cannot engage in long range astral projection on the earthly plane.
- Mental Detection: can sense the presence of another superhuman mutant within a small but as yet undefined radius of himself by perceiving the distinctive mental radiations emitted by such a being.
- Mind Transferal: able to transfer both his mind and powers into other host bodies if his own physical body could be somehow killed.
- Absorb Information: ability to quickly process and store information, by mental transference.
Professor X formerly also possessed low-level telekinetic abilities, though these seem to no longer exist. They seem to be part of his genes however, as Cassandra Nova has telekinetic abilities and is basically a clone of Xavier.
- Genius Intelligence: A natural genius, Xavier is a leading authority on genetics, mutation, and psionics. He possesses considerable expertise in other life sciences. He is highly talented in devising equipment for utilizing and enhancing psionic powers. Xavier is also quite the masterful tactician and strategist, effectively evaluating situations and devising swift responses; he has, on numerous occasions, even fashioned long-term operations as complex as those of adversaries such as Sinister, Magneto, and Apocalypse.
- Military Training: Charles served in the United States Military, secretly employing his abilities to specialize in search and rescue missions.
- Expert Fighter: In his travels in the East, he became a proficient hand-to-hand combatant and gained knowledge of pressure points.
Strength of a normal man his age and size who engages in moderate regular exercise, mostly in his upper body.
- Dark Side: Xavier was shown to have a dark side, a part of himself that he struggles to suppress. Perhaps the most notable appearance of this was the entity Onslaught, which was a physical manifestation of that dark side. Also, Onslaught was created in the most violent act Xavier claimed to have done: Erasing the mind of Magneto. Once the X-Men fought images of the original team, which had been created by what Xavier said was his “evil self … who would use his powers for personal gain and conquest,” which he said he was normally able to keep in check.In other instances, Xavier was shown to be secretive and manipulative. During the battle against Onslaught, the X-Men found Xavier’s files, the “Xavier Protocols,” which detail how to kill many of the characters should the need ever arise, such as if they went rogue. Also it was revealed that when Xavier realized that the Danger Room had become sentient, he kept it trapped and experimented on it for years, an act that Cyclops called “the oppression of a new life” and equated to humanity’s treatment of mutants.Later still, a de-powered Xavier was forced to admit that he had sent a group of hastily trained young mutants and carelessly sent them to Krakoa to save the original X-Men, resulting in their deaths. Because one of the mutants was Cyclops’ brother Vulcan, Xavier erased Cyclops’ memory of the event. He further manipulated the rescue team of new X-Men by making them think the meaningless noises the island made were intelligible speech—evidence that the island was alive—to match the new memories he had given Cyclops
A member of a species of bodiless parasites composed of living emotional energy known as the Mummudrai, legendary for appearing to every being in-utero shortly before birth as their ultimate opposite, the creature that would become known as Cassandra Nova appeared to the unborn Charles Xavier, copying his DNA to create its own body, in effect becoming his twin sister. Sensing its monstrous thoughts, Charles attempted to kill the creature resulting in its physical body being stillborn; however, the mummudrai survived as chaotic cellular matter and clung to a sewer wall for decades, rebuilding its physical form and perfecting its effort to mimic human traits. Perceiving the womb it became aware was the entirety of the universe, Cassandra believed that only she and Charles were real, and that killing him meant mastery of the universe as she saw it. To that end, Cassandra lured dentist Donald Trask, nephew of Sentinel creator Bolivar, and with his unwitting help she took control of a group of “wild” Sentinels, designed to adapt to their environment. Cassandra then sent the Sentinels to slaughter the population of the island nation of Genosha in the hope of weakening Charles, and subsequently confronted Charles and his mutant students, the X-Men. She was seemingly defeated after the X-Man Emma Frost broke her neck. Unbeknownst to the X-Men, Cassandra had actually switched minds with her brother. Trapped in Cassandra’s broken body, Charles attempted to warn the X-Men; however, Cassandra – in Charles’ body – used a gun to end the faux threat while at the same time infecting the X-Men with bacterial Nano-Sentinels she had secreted in her bloodstream. These microscopic machines began systematically dismantling the X-Men’s white cell immune structures, slowly weakening them.
In Charles’ body, Cassandra publicly outed him as a mutant. After the Beast discovered her secret, Cassandra telepathically coerced the young student Beak to bludgeon him into a coma, and then left Earth with the alien Shi’ar. Cassandra mentally coerced the Shi’ar Empress Lilandra into ordering the Imperial Guard to Earth to destroy all mutants under the premise they were infected with a mental plague. After the truth was revealed, the Imperial Guard joined with the X-Men in an attempt to stop Cassandra after she returned to Earth. As they all fell before her power, Jean Grey used the Cerebra computer to place a piece of Charles’ consciousness into the mind of every living mutant on Earth. When Cassandra used Cerebra in an attempt to kill all mutants, Charles’ consciousness was re-connected and he forced Cassandra out of his body. Now fleshless, the mummudrai desperately sought another body. Emma Frost presented it with what appeared to be its old body; however, it was a trap laid by Emma and her students, the Stepford Cuckoos, who forced the Imperial Guardsman Stuff to transform its alien bio-computer body into a synthetic copy of Cassandra’s body. On entering the body, the mummudrai found itself trapped in a child-like state and forced to undertake pre-programmed tutelage.
For a time, it was suspected that the mutant student Ernst was the re-programmed Cassandra (and in at least one alternate future, that of Earth-15104, this was proven to be the case). Following the destruction of the school by the insane mutant Xorn, Cyclops and the Beast searched the ruins for Cassandra’s body but found nothing. Cassandra has seemingly returned in adult form as a member of a new incarnation of the Hellfire Club who are working with Emma Frost to destroy the X-Men.
Cassandra Nova Xavier is what the Shi’ar call “Mummudrai”, the spirit that is the equal and opposite of a person. However, due to the amazing genetic potential of Professor Charles Xavier, his Mummudrai was able to create a physical form, effectively a twin. While gestating in her mother, Sharon Xavier’s, womb, Cassandra was recognized by Charles as an evil presence, and he preemptively tried to kill her with his nascent psychic abilities. Cassandra was barely able to defend herself and the shock of the roiling battle caused Sharon to have a miscarriage.
Though the doctors pronounced her stillborn,assandra in fact survived and spent the next decades as a growing mass of cells in a sewer wall, building a new body for herself and planning her revenge on her brother.
Charles seemingly slays his twin sister in the womb.
When she emerged, Cassandra located a secret “wild” Master Mold in the South American jungles that was able to adapt existing technology into a wide variety of lethal Sentinel forms. She convinced a cousin of Bolivar Trask to accompany her to the Master Mold, where his voice activated the control protocols. After killing Trask by merging herself into his body, she dispatched giant Sentinels to Genosha, resulting in the genocidal massacre of over sixteen million mutants, seemingly including Magneto. Her Wild Sentinels also attacked the X-Wing, downing it with Cyclops, Wolverine and their passenger Ugly John aboard. The X-Men subdued Nova, but lost Ugly John. Wolverine severed Cassandra’s vocal cords and she was brought to the Institute, where she began to exert telekinetic and telepathic control over the X-Men, making her way to Cerebra by phasing in an effort to destroy all mutants. Then Emma Frost snapped her neck, stunning Cassandra, who was finally put down by six gunshots from Charles.
What no one realised at the time was that just before the shots, Cassandra switched her mind into Charles’s body and vice versa. Using Charles’s form, Cassandra “outed” him and the X-Men to the world, then left Earth with Lilandra for a “vacation.” While in the Shi’ar Empire, Cassandra used her powers to take control of the Imperial Fleet and began to destroy the Empire from within. Lilandra made for Earth, but Cassandra destroyed the ship, and upon arrival back at the Institute took down the Superguardians as well. By this point, Cassandra (in Charles’s body) had constructed a psychic monster around herself, seemingly made up of the flailing body parts of all the people she had absorbed or controlled.
After beating off all comers, Cassandra again came to Cerebra. She tried to use Cerebra to access the minds of all Earth’s mutants, but Charles’s mind was waiting for her (put there by Jean Grey) and he forced her out of his body. Formless and with no life support, Cassandra flailed about until Emma came in with Cassandra’s body, which the entity entered, only to be trapped inside, as her real body was dead, and this body was in fact the Imperial Superguardian shapeshifter Stuff. Her mind was blanked, and she began a mental process of re-education by psychic simulations of Professor X and Jean Grey while her body was put into a virtually impenetrable metal box.
As Emma was placing her psyche into the form of Stuff, in a last act of desperation, Nova used her powers to plant a suggestion deep into Emma’s mind. She played on her fears, doubts and guilt, to create a psychic delusion in which Emma believed that Nova had recruited her into a new Hellfire Club and survived, alongside with Sebastian Shaw and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Emma then tortured the X-Men with illusions and incited Kitty Pryde to release Cassandra from the lock-box. Freed, Nova sought a new host. She tried to possess Kitty’s body, but didn’t succeed. Before the X-Men could stop her, they were teleported on board The Peak. Sydren from the S.W.O.R.D. studied Emma’s psyche and didn’t find any trace of Nova’s mind.
Nova presumably used the opportunity to escape.
Powers and Abilities
Cassandra possesses telepathy comparable to Charles Xavier. After copying the DNA of Charles Xavier, the mummudrai Cassandra Nova accessed the full spectrum of latent mutant functions in his genome (this means she has the powers of Charles Xavier, the ones he could have had and the ones he might receive, as a result of latent mutation), granting itself vast psionic powers. These powers include: telepathy, telekinesis, and the ability to release an astral form, which she focuses both her telepathy and telekinesis. She has all the powers of the “average” mummudrai as well.
DNA Duplication: She is able to copy the DNA of sentient beings and use it to construct physical bodies for themselves. Also capable of accessing the full spectrum of latent mutant functions in ones genome.
- DNA Manipulation: She can manipulate the DNA of others, breaking it down at the molecular level.
- Jumpstart: After analyzing the DNA of another superhuman mutant, Cassandra is able to selectively evolve their existing genetic traits as well as catalyze the untapped genetic potential of latent mutants. Once begun, the procedure is irreversible and can often result in unpredictable side effects.
- Phasing: She has the ability to pass through solid matter by passing her atoms through the spaces between the atoms of the object through which she is moving. In this way she and the object through which she is passing can temporarily merge without interacting, and each is unharmed when Cassandra has finished passing through the object. This process is called “phasing”. When Cassandra is phasing she is intangible.
- Metahuman Regeneration: She regenerates and heals hundreds of times faster than a normal human. Thanks to this superhumanly regenerative “healing factor,” she has been able to completely recover from injuries which would prove fatal to most humans, even those with superhuman abilities. She can regenerate organs such as eyes or large portions of flesh, regenerate limbs, such as feet and arms, which have been completely severed.
- Trask DNA: Using her powers, she was able to duplicate the Trask DNA, and therefore include herself in the Prime Command Protocols of the Sentinels, “Preserve Trask DNA”.
Astral Form Projection: She has the ability to release her astral form, which she uses to focus her telepathy and telekinesis.
- Telepathy: She can read minds and project her thoughts into other minds within a vast, potentially limitless radius.
- Telepathic Cloak: She can mask her presence from being detected by others. Her abilities can at times go undetected or be counteracted by other more powerful telepaths depending on their level of skill in using their own psi abilities. She can extend these defenses to others around her as well.
- Mind Control: She has the ability to control the minds of others upon mere concentration.
- Mind Possession: She has the ability to possess the mind of another, and use that beings body as her own.
- Mind Alteration: She has the ability to alter the minds of others by force of will.
- Psionic Shield: She has the ability to erect a psychic shield for protection of herself and of others minds.
- Telepathic Illusions: She has the ability to create illusions to make herself seem to be invisible, look like someone else, or make others experience events that are not truly happening.
- Mental Paralysis: She has the ability to induce temporary mental or physical paralysis
- Mental Amnesia: She can erase any awareness of particular memories or cause total amnesia.
- Psionic Blasts: She can project psionic force bolts which have no physical effects but which can affect a victim’s mind so as to cause the victim pain or unconsciousness and turning someone brain-dead.
- Astral Projection: She can project her astral form from her body onto astral planes or the physical planes. In the physical plane she can only travel in astral form over short distances. In the astral plane, she can mentally create psionic objects and manipulate the aspects of her environment.
- Mind Transferal: She is able to transfer both her mind and powers into other host bodies should her own physical body be somehow killed.
- Mental Detection: She can sense the presence of another superhuman mutant within a small but as yet undefined radius of herself by perceiving the distinctive mental radiations emitted by such a being.
- Telekinesis: She possesses telekinetic abilities enabling her to levitate and manipulate living beings, inanimate objects, and to some extent energy psionically. She can levitate herself or other persons or project a telekinetic shield capable of withstanding missile blasts. By focusing her mental energy at a specific target, she can release devastating force blasts.
Brian Xavier (father, deceased),
Sharon Xavier (mother, deceased),
Charles Francis Xavier (Professor X, brother),
Cain Marko (Juggernaut, step-brother
Phoenix (Jean Grey)
The younger daughter of history professor John Grey and his wife Elaine, Jean Grey was 10 years old when her mutant telepathic powers first manifested after experiencing the emotions of a dying friend. Her parents took her to be treated by Professor Charles Xavier. While Xavier treated Jean he also used her to fine tune his Cerebro machine. When Xavier introduced young Jean to the astral plane a part of her mind manifested as a Phoenix raptor and touched the mind of Scott Summers in the orphanage. Later, Xavier erected psychic shields in Jean’s mind to prevent her from using her telepathic powers until she was mature enough to control them. Eventually, using her telekinetic powers, Jean was a founding member of Xavier’s team of mutant trainees the X-Men as Marvel Girl. Upon a mission in outer space Jean was noticed by the Phoenix Force which took note of her unlimited potential. At this moment Jean had a vision of becoming the Phoenix but the vision faded from her memory as it ended. She soon fell in love with fellow student Scott Summers, and later would develop a strong attraction towards one of the team’s new recruits, the feral Wolverine.After Jean and the X-Men defeated scientist Stephen Lang and his robotic Sentinels on his space station, the heroes escaped back to Earth in a shuttle through a lethal solar radiation storm. Dying from radiation poisoning, Jean was saved by the cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force who created a duplicate body complete with memories and personality, absorbed a portion of her consciousness and cast her into suspended animation in a strange cocoon at the bottom of Jamaica Bay.For months the Phoenix believed itself to be the real Jean and saved the universe by healing the M’Kraan Crystal. Mental manipulation by Mastermind caused Phoenix to go insane and become Dark Phoenix. Ultimately, the portion of Jean’s consciousness within Phoenix resurfaced, causing it to commit suicide. This portion of Jean Grey’s consciousness then journeyed to the afterlife to meet a manifestation of Death. Death explained the Phoenix Force to Jean, who now wore a White Phoenix costume, before this portion of her consciousness and residual Phoenix energy was sent to Jean’s original body in the cocoon, where it was rejected, and then to her clone, Madelyne Pryor. Eventually, Jean was rescued from her stasis and, with the other original X-Men, formed a new team, X-Factor. Madelyne Pryor later died in a confrontation with Jean Grey in which Jean absorbed Madelyne’s and Phoenix’s personalities and memories and a spark of the Phoenix energy. While in battle with a Celestial on an alien world, Jean expelled this spark of energy and the personalities she had absorbed but kept faint impressions of their memories.Ultimately rejoining the X-Men, Jean and Scott eventually married and were temporarily teleported to a possible future to help raise Nathan Summers. Later, Scott seemingly sacrificed himself to stop Apocalypse from gaining the power of The Twelve. Apocalypse used Scott’s body as a host until his essence was removed from his body by Jean. However, Scott’s corruption by Apocalypse greatly strained his and Jean’s relationship. While on a mission to stop the Stranger from trying to destroy the universe, Jean used the Phoenix Force to get advice from the cosmic being known as Eternity. Later, Jean assumed the position of acting headmistress of the Xavier Institute and was revisited by the Phoenix Force. Following an attack on the X-Men by a mutant impersonating Magneto named Xorn (who had previously been a teacher at the institute), Jean and Wolverine were trapped on a space station that was hurtling into the sun. Seeing no hope for survival and wanting to spare his teammate further suffering, Wolverine seemingly killed Jean, unleashing the Phoenix Consciousness within her and resurrecting her. Returning to Earth, Jean, with the power of the Phoenix, opposed the faux Magneto and was killed by a massive stroke induced by a lethal electromagnetic pulse.
After being killed by the faux Magneto, Jean hatched from a Phoenix Egg in the future. Sublime sought to use Jean’s Phoenix power to control all of creation. However, Jean remembered her mission and destroyed the future reality. Jean ascended to the White Hot Room as a White Phoenix of the Crown and created a new future by pushing Scott to stay with Emma Frost and continue the Xavier Institute.Later, a band of Shi’ar used their advanced technology to force the Phoenix Force out of the White Hot Room and shattered it with an ‘Event Horizon’. Confused and driven insane, the Phoenix flew to Earth and forcefully resurrected Jean Grey. Jean ultimately merged with the Phoenix Force, once again becoming the White Phoenix, and returned to the White Hot Room to find its missing pieces.
Jean Grey possessed telepathic powers enabling her to read minds, project her thoughts into the minds of others, initiate astral travel, and mentally stun opponents with pure psionic force, among other talents. She also possessed telekinesis, allowing her to levitate and manipulate objects and others, generate force fields, fly, and stimulate heat molecules to generate concussive blasts. Her powers were magnified to near-infinite levels while she served as an avatar for the cosmic Phoenix Force. She was able to manipulate matter and energy on a molecular scale, although this varied on the Force’s status and how much power it chose to allocate to her.
Known RelativesJohn Grey (father),
Elaine Grey (mother),
Sara Grey-Bailey (sister, deceased),
Gailyn Bailey (niece, deceased), Joey Bailey (nephew, deceased),
Scott Summers (Cyclops, husband),
Christopher Summers (Corsair, father-in-law),
Katherine Anne Summers (mother-in-law, deceased),
Alexander Summers (Havok, brother-in-law),
Gabriel Summers (Vulcan, brother-in-law),
Philip Summers (grandfather-in-law),
Deborah Summers (grandmother-in-law),
Madelyne Pryor-Summers (clone, deceased),
Nathan Christopher Summers (Cable, stepson),
Stryfe (clone stepson, deceased),
Rachel Summers (Marvel Girl, alternate timeline daughter),
Nate Grey (X-Man, alternate timeline progeny, deceased),
Dark Mother (alleged relative)
X-Men: Dark Phoenix’s Villain, Explained
Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum first planted the seeds for both Lilandra and the Shi’ar in X-Men #97 (inks by Sam Grainger) when Professor X began to have terrible nightmares of a spaceship being chased by another spaceship.
As it turned out, all members of the bird/humanoid alien race known as the Shi’ar have some degree of telepathy and Lilandra was using hers to contact Charles Xavier to have him help her. That same issue, though, introduced Eric the Red, a villain from her empire who was sent to Earth to stop Lilandra in case she got to Earth.
Lilandra finally arrived in X-Men #105, when she teleported to Earth and met the man whose mind she had been linked to her entire trip to Earth, giving them a bond that few people have ever shared, and all of this before ever actually meeting!
Eric the Red showed up, though, and captured her and brought her back to the Shi’ar Empire through a Star-Gate, and the X-Men had to decide if they wanted to follow suit. With Xavier explaining the stakes to them, they ultimately agreed to go on the dangerous mission. The Shi’ar Empire, you see, was a vast alien empire that routinely expanded by taking over other planets, but they often do so with negotiations and absorbtion rather than constantly going to war.
Things changed when Cal’syee, the second-in-line to the Shi’ar throne, decided to speed things up by killing off her mother and older sister. Her actions were discovered and rather than be rewarded, she was arrested and her younger brother, D’ken, rose to be the new Emperor of the Shi’ar Empire (Cal’syee then escaped and became the villain known as Deathbird, first fighting Ms. Marvel, whose title was also written by Chris Claremont). The problem there was that D’ken was even more unhinged than his old sister! So the youngest of the family, Lilandra, had to go on the run (through the help of the intergalactic space pirates known as the Starjammers) to find help to stop her brother. Xavier ended up being her choice.
D’ken had a plan involving the M’Kraan Crystal, the powerful gem that affected all of reality (the Shi’ar had long been responsible for protecting it). He was so power mad that he wanted to control the energy of the crystal all to himself, which Lilandra explained to the X-Men in X-Men #107 (after the X-Men had freed her from the Shi’ar Imperial Guard, the band of heroes who defend the Shi’ar Empire, led by the Superman-like being who rocks a mohawk like no one olse known as Gladiator).After D’Ken was defeated (the power of the crystal drove him mad), Lilandra took over as the new Empress of the Shi’ar Empire, a role that was made official in X-Men #122. Xavier became her official consort, and for a time (during a point where he thought that most of the X-Men had died in battle with Magneto), Xavier actually traveled to outer space to be her consort in person…
Eventually, Xavier returned to Earth, but their relationship continued in one of the most elaborate “long distance relationships” that you can imagine. Their relationship was strained when the Phoenix became corrupted and transformed into Dark Phoenix and destroyed not only a Shi’ar warship but an entire planet of a neighboring alien race.
Lilandra took it upon herself as the head of the Shi’ar Empire to capture, and kill, the Phoenix!
Xavier, though, had a connection to her mind, so he knew of an obscure Shi’ar tradition where the X-Men could save Phoenix’s life if they won a duel, of sorts, with the Imperial Guard, and Xavier invoked this ancient rite. Despite feeling that she needed to do this as part of her duty, she and Xavier continued their relationship. Phoenix solved the problem herself by killing herself before letting the Shi’ar be forced to make the decision for her.
Later, Lilandra showed that side of herself when she also captured Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four and placed him on trial for not killing Galactus, the planet devourer, when he had the chance. Ultimately, she was convinced that Galactus had a primal place in the universe and judged Richards not guilty (this was part of a little game of oneupsmanship between Chris Claremont and his former X-Men colleague, John Byrne. Claremont had Lilandra warn Reed Richards over his actions in the pages of Uncanny X-Men and Byrne was pissed that Claremont had Lilandra warn his character without telling him about it or asking for permission to use Reed, so Byrne then had Lilandra guest-star in Fantastic Four to put Reed on trial and then specifically tell him that she thought that he did the right thing). Deathbird then returned and actually temporarily deposed Lilandra and took over control of the Shi’ar Empire after working out a deal with the horrific alien race known as the Brood. Lilandra went into exile with the Starjammers.
The next big step in the life of Lilandra and Xavier came in Uncanny X-Men #200 (by Claremont, John Romita Jr. and Dan Green), when Xavier suffered a massive heart attack and Lilandra showed up to take him into outer space with her and the Starjammers to use their superior medicine to keep him alive (it was meant to be a brief stay with her, but it instead turned out to last for over 70 issues).Xavier remained with Lilandra and the Starjammers until they ended up successfully winning her back her throne. When the X-Men next met them, though, in Uncanny X-Men #275 (by Claremont, Jim Lee and Scott Williams), however, Xavier and a number of Lilandra’s other closest allies had secretly been replaced by Skrulls as part of a plot to secretly manipulate the Shi’ar Empire. The X-Men had to team up with Deathbird, of all people (who hated her sister, but preferred her sister to be in charge that some stinking Skrulls!) to help save Lilandra and the Shi’ar Empire, a plot that resolved in #2
Xavier returned to Earth with his X-Men because of a plot by the Shadow King, but he remained on Earth even after the plot was resolved, as he felt he needed to help restore the X-Men to their former station (after the team had splintered in his absence). He and Lilandra continued their long distance relationship.
During this period, Lilandra also led the Shi’ar into war with the Kree in the Avengers storyline called “Operation: Galactic Storm.” The Shi’ar ended up winning and taking control of the Kree Empire (or rather, what was left of it).
The next major change in Lilandra’s life occurred when Cassandra Nova took over Charles Xavier’s body. “Xavier” then went to visit Lilandra and used “his” powers to brainwash Lilandra and the Shi’ar Empire into declaring war on Earth!
The X-Men ended up stopping Nova, but the damage to Xavier’s reputation with the Shi’ar people was too great and Lilandra had to end her relationship with Xavier (by this point, they had even technically married each other, although he still lived on Earth and she lived in outer space).
Lilandra was then ousted by a coup that involved re-instating her brother, D’Ken, to the throne (his insanity somewhat abated). That was all a plot, though, to kill D’Ken and install Deathbird’s new husband, the half-human/half-Shi’ar mutant known as Vulcan (half-brother to Cyclops and Havok) as the new Emperor of the Shi’ar Empire. Lilandra was rescued from certain death by the Starjammers and a small team of X-Men (including Havok) who became a new form of the Starjammers (after Vulcan killed the original leader of the Starjammers, Corsair, who also happened to be his father).
Lilandra and the Starjammers continued to fight against Vulcan’s forces in guerilla raids until Lilandra was captured during the “War of Kings” storyline, where the Kree Empire (who had become indepdent of the Shi’ar Empire in the years since “Operation: Galactic Storm”) was now led by Black Bolt of the Inhumans and they went to war with Vulcan and the Shi’ar.
While in captivity, though, Lilandra began to convince her people to side with her over the clearly insane Vulcan. She had managed to convince Gladiator, the head of the Imperial Guard, to help her. Tragically, though, Lilandra was then assassinated in that storyline in War of Kings #4 (by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Paul Pelletier and Rick Magyar)…
Lilandra and the Starjammers continued to fight against Vulcan’s forces in guerilla raids until Lilandra was captured during the “War of Kings” storyline, where the Kree Empire (who had become indepdent of the Shi’ar Empire in the years since “Operation: Galactic Storm”) was now led by Black Bolt of the Inhumans and they went to war with Vulcan and the Shi’ar.
While in captivity, though, Lilandra began to convince her people to side with her over the clearly insane Vulcan. She had managed to convince Gladiator, the head of the Imperial Guard, to help her. Tragically, though, Lilandra was then assassinated in that storyline in War of Kings #4 (by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Paul Pelletier and Rick Magyar)
At the end of that storyline, Black Bolt killed Vulcan and so Gladiator took over as the new head of the Shi’ar Empire. He has remained in charge ever since, proving to be a just ruler in the mold of his friend and former Empress, Lilandra.
As you can see, while Lilandra and the X-Men have clashed over the years, she was a very just ruler, so it will be interesting to see what changes are made to her character to make her the villain of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, if that is, in fact, what happens with that film.