30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #14: Your Favorite Romance

Rogue & Gambit

Universe: Earth-616

Creators: Chris Claremont, Michael Golden, Jim Lee, Mike Collins

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (Gambit) #266, Avengers Annual #10 (Rogue)


Marvel has several storied romances, Jean Grey and Scott Summers, Storm and Black Panther, Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible and Mary Jane and Peter Parker. The romance that I was my favorite was Rogue (Anna Marie) and Gambit (Remy LeBeau). I was first introduced to them during the X-Men animated series. In the comics they first met while Rogue and gambit were under the control of the Shadow King on Muir Island. Their relationship was often strained due to Gambits lying and Rogues inability to touch due to her absorption powers.

This of course meant that they could never have a completely physical relationship, but flirting was an option. They both seem to at least enjoy this aspect of their relationship even if it was limiting. Eventually, they would both lose their powers allowing them to explore their relationship more. However, evetually Rogues powers return and even when trying to have sex telepathically her powers still absorbs Gambit. A new student, Foxx (Mystique in disguise) tries to use this moment to break them up. She even offers to sleep with him as Rogue, since that somehow wouldn’t be cheating. She fails, but succeed in furthering the rift between them.

Later under the influence of Apocalypse and now the horsemen Death, Gambit would attempt to kill Rogue. With the help of Xavier, Rogue learned to control her powers. However, considering the past events she was hesitant to continue their relationship. Later, at the failed wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus and some encouragement from Storm, Gambit proposed to Rogue. They were married shortly after. Rogue and Gambit had a lot of problems that could have ended their relationship. Despite them the managed to stay together and I always found their flirting in the animated series to be fun to watch.

Source: Marvel Wiki , Comicvine

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30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #13: Your Least Favorite Character

Scott Summers (Cyclops)

Universe: Earth-616

Creators: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

First Appearance: X-Men #1 (Sept. 1963)


From what I can tell many Marvel fans find Scott Summers (Cyclops) to be the worst. He’s one of the original X-Men. The oldest son of Christopher Summers (Corsair), Scott became the first student of Professor X. He was given a visor made of quartz. He was also made the deputy leader of the X-Men. In the X-Men animated series Cyclops was presented as a “boy scout,” always following the rules regardless of the consequences. He was a bit of a teachers pet and often though he was superior to others. Furthermore, he would often find himself in conflict with fan favorites Storm and Wolverine. In the comics Cyclops became a cheater and a murderer.

Treatment of women

Scott had developed a tendency to move on to quickly or abandoned women. When Jean Grey dies (the first of many deaths) he moves on quickly with Colleen Wing when he thinks Jean dies in a volcanic explosion. When Jean dies during the Dark Phoenix saga he moves on with her clone, Madelyne Pryor. Worse, when he found out that Jean was actually alive he abandoned Madelyne and their child. At some point he became unsatisfied with his married to Jean, he began a psychic affair with Emma Frost. His excuse? It didn’t really count because it wasn’t physical.

Cyclops Kills Professor X

Power hungry murderer

During the Avengers vs X-Men event, Scott becomes possessed by the Phoenix Force. While he initially wanted to protected Hope Summers, he became drunk with power. When the Phoenix Force spits in five among Scott, Emma, Magik, Namor and Colossus, he goes full Dark Phoenix. He tries to kill many of the Avengers and X-Men that try to stop him. During this arc Scott kills Professor X as he tries to stop him. Cyclops was imprisoned in a ruby quartz cube.

Revolutionary and war criminal

While in prison Scott becomes more political. He originally sees himself as a matyr but after the murder of a fellow mutant he decides that he would be more effective on the outside. Magneto frees Cyclops from his prison. He then goes on to attack cops and attempts to start a “mutant revolution.” He also becomes inspiration for a mutant uprising called “The Ghosts of Cyclops.” While you could argue that Cyclops was justified in fighting for mutant-kind, his means were violent.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #10: Your Favorite Costume

X-Men First Class Uniform

Art by: Marko Djurdjevic

Created by: Charles Xavier

Creators: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

First App. X-Men #1 (1963)

For superheroes the costume is very important. Within the comic book universes superhero costumes serve multiple purposes. First they conceal the identity of the hero from the public, protecting them from exposure. Many costumes come with more protection than superpowers can generate. They can protect from the weather, bullets, radiation and other dangers. Furthermore, they must sometimes accommodate unique psychical aspects of Marvel characters, such as wings (Archangel) or claws (Wolverine).

Many heroes and villains have special items or equipment that are needed for their powers to work like Cyclops’ Visor or to specifically protect them from psychic attacks, Magneto’s helmet. In addition to that, most Marvel characters are members of a team. While some teams have individual costumes that are unified by one aspect, like the X-Men logo, team costumes exists. To this end I personally love the individual costume of Storm from the X-Men animated television series. However, I like team costumes more.

The Fantastic Four’s Future Foundation Uniform is pretty good. However, I still prefer the old X-men uniform from the first class era. Designed by Professor X, the costume was suppose to “projected for body protection and ideological identification with the public, making them seem like super-heroes.” I like the overall design. Blue and yellow are contrasting colors, creating a striking uniform. The uniforms vary slightly providing some individuality while keep them look the same.