Marvel character highlight #02: Omega Red

NAME: Arkady Gregorivich

AFFILIATION: Red Mafia, Upstarts, The Hand

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Can project Carbonadium tentacles from his wrists; drains life force from living beings to regenerate  energy.

BACKGROUND:¬† Arkady Gregorivich was once an imprisoned serial killer in his native Russia. Instead of killing him the KGB attempted to make a super soldier and subjected him to experiments. These trials gave him mutant powers through carbonadium implants and genetic treatments. The downside of the experiments was that he was now required to survive off of victims’ life energy. Omega Red was then placed in suspended animation until he was revived after the fall of the Soviet Union. Since his re-emergence, he has taken on foes such as Wolverine, Kitty Pryde and Spider-Man.

RELATIONSHIPS: Wolverine, nemesis; Sabertooth, nemesis; X-Men, nemesis

FIRST VERSUS GAME APPEARANCE: Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter

APPEARANCES IN OTHER MEDIA: X-Men the Animated Series (television), X-Men Evolution (television), X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse (SNES), X-Men: Children of the Atom (arcade), Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (arcade), X2: Wolverine’s Revenge (multiplatform), X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (multiplatform), Hulk Vs. (multiplatform)

Marvel character highlight #01: Cyclops

NAME: Scott Summers
AFFILIATION: X-Men
BACKGROUND: As a child, Scott Summers and his brother Alex were involved in a plane crash after their plane was attacked by the Shi’ar Empire. Their mother, Katherine, pushed the boys out of the plane with one parachute, hoping that it would save their lives. They survived, but Scott hit his head on the way down, thus rendering him an amnesiac and unable to control his then-hidden mutant powers.

Scott lived in an orphanage in Omaha, Neb., for the majority of his life while Alex was adopted. It was later revealed that the orphanage was run by Mr. Sinister, a mutant from the 19th century who was obsessed with Cyclopsthe Summers bloodline.

As a teenager, Scott’s mutant power of concussive force beams projected from his eyes manifested itself and nearly killed a group of people. With Professor Charles Xavier’s help, Scott escaped the crowd and joined Xavier as his first student at what would become the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters. He, along with Jean Grey (Marvel Girl), Bobby Drake (Iceman), Hank McCoy (Beast) and Warren Worthington III (Angel/Archangel) would become the first set of X-Men.

While working together Scott and Jean fell in love. After Jean manifested the Phoenix Force and was thought to be killed in a radiation accident in outer space, Scott married Madelyne Pryor, a dead-ringer for Jean. He and Madelyne had a son together, Nathan Christopher, who was infected with a techno-organic virus courtesy of mutant villain Apocalypse. He was taken to the future to be cared for until the virus could be controlled. Scott abandoned Madelyne when it was revealed that Jean was still alive. He obtained a divorce and married Jean.

After mounting pressures in the school and their lives, Scott and Jean’s marriage hit the rocks. Scott turned to a reformed Emma Frost for counseling and subsequently engaged in a psychic affair with Frost. A short time later, Jean was killed. Her death prompted Scott to reconsider his path in life and his place with the X-Men. However, Jean’s future self as the Phoenix of the White Crown showed him an apocalyptic future that would occur if he left the group. Scott decided to stay and remained in a relationship with Emma. After a falling out with Xavier, who had kept many secrets from his group, Scott and Emma took over the school and are currently running the day-to-day operations of the X-Men and Mutant Academy.

RELATIONSHIPS: Alex Summers (Havok), brother; Gabriel Summers (Vulcan), brother; Jean Grey (Phoenix of the White Crown), wife; Madelyne Pryor (Goblin Queen), ex-wife; Emma Frost (ex-White Queen of the Hellfire Club), girlfriend; Rachel Grey (Phoenix, Marvel Girl), daughter from alternate timeline; Nathan Christopher Summers (Cable), son; Christopher Summers (Corsair), father; Katherine Summers, mother.

FIRST VERSUS GAME APPEARANCE: X-Men vs. Street Fighter

APPEARANCES IN OTHER MEDIA: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1 & 2 (multiplatform), Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade’s Revenge (SNES/Sega Genesis), X-Men (Arcade), X-Men (film), X-2 (film), X-Men: The Last Stand (film), X-Men the Animated Series (television), X-Men Evolution (television)