This summer, I was among my friends and our discussion ended up on Omega Level mutants (we’re talking X-Men here). Being the nerd and massive fan of X-Men that I am, we began to talk about who was omega level, and then, for me, I thought what would be more interesting was to talk about which mutants would be the next to reach omega level. (Let’s say a second mutation). Also, the problem with ‘omega’ classifications is that I feel that Marvel/X-Men writers need to update the list. The official list so far is tiny, when in fact, if you think about it, there are a handful of mutants that could be on the list.
So, I thought, why not compile a list and actually state why I think these characters would be potential omega level. Firstly, I’ll make a list; of those mutants officially classed as omega by Marvel/X-men. Of those who are alive (that I know of) and then, the second list are omega level, but death (that I know of. Obviously it’s Marvel so characters never truly stay dead so it’s more like…whereabouts unknown).
The last list, is my list. Also, this is strictly looking at super powers. I won’t really include their weaknesses (usually mental instabilities).
A disclaimer: I haven’t read X-Men comics for a while, I think the last time I understood what was happening was when Beast brought First Class into the future and I vaguely have an understanding what’s happening now but I dunno who is exactly dead/alive at this time. Really, my knowledge is backdated to Avengers vs. X-Men.
OFFICIAL: LIVING OMEGA
ICEMAN/Robert “Bobby” Drake. If you haven’t been up to date with the latest X-Men comics, then to refresh, Iceman went through a second mutation where he can now create multiple little snowmen versions of himself, animals, monsters, and so on. He can now animate snow as well as create it.
FRANKLIN RICHARDS. Reed Richards’ kid Franklin can bend reality to his will.
KID OMEGA/Quentin Quire. As of now, one of the most powerful telepaths around. Does he even need Cerebro?
X-MAN/Nathaniel Summers. “Nate Grey”. There are 3 versions of Nathaniel Summers (Stryfe is also considered omega but Cable isn’t, which is dumb). If ever there was a mutant who could do anything and everything it would more than likely be Nate Grey. A combination of his mother’s clone and Scott Summers have given him some extraordinary and ridiculous superpowers.
HOPE SUMMERS. A baby born during the ‘no more mutants’ campaign (i.e., no mutant babies were being born) and therefore was considered a miracle baby. X-Men saved her from villains and gave the baby to Cable to take care of (in the future). Hence the last name. Anyways, the original idea behind the character of Summers (and a few handful of mutants at the time) was to create a new ‘First Class’. Hope’s powers are power mimicry, but far better and perfected that Mimic (remember that guy?).
ELIXIR/Josh Foley. Foley has the ability to heal people, also restore mutant powers (if need be), cleansing, and also killing people too. He can also regenerate himself, making it impossible for this guy to stay dead. It also means that it’s hard to treat him and if he ever exerts himself, then he just goes into a coma.
JEAN GREY. So, I was going to put her in the ‘dead’ category but because First Class is brought into the future in the current comics, I have to place her here. Let’s ignore The Phoenix for a second, her abilities are telepathy and telekinesis, and she’s the best of the best.
EXODUS/Bennet Du Paris. Despite being born in the 12th century and still living; let’s go down the check list of the powers he has. Number 1: Immortality. Okay, gathered…2, telepath, 3, telekinesis, 4, teleportation, 5, healing factor, 6, superhuman strength (I guess you could call it that)…
RACHEL SUMMERS. Like mother, like daughter, also to add: empathy and astral projection.
PSYLOCKE/Betsy Braddock. She’s also an extremely powerful telepath, along with telekinesis and precognition powers (that’s useful!) She can also make weapons from psychic energy. Cherry on top? Highly skilled martial artist.
OFFICIAL: DEAD (???) OMEGA
LEGION/David Haller. Haller’s abilities are always difficult for me to explain. He has people/monsters/things living within his head. Each entity possess a power, which he needs to control them in order to use. Yeah, it’s a real struggle inside his head, and if not, an excellent metaphor for anyone suffering with mental illness.
STRYFE/Nathaniel Summers. As mentioned above…only Stryfe is the evil one.
MR.M/Absolon Zebardyn Mercator. To sum him up, he could do EVERYTHING. He was basically a Mary-Sue kind of character (in that he was God-like) and can do anything and everything. I’m kinda glad he’s dead, to be honest. This was a terrible Deus ex machina.
VULCAN/Gabriel Summers. The evil brother of Cyclops and Havok, well of course he’d be evil…I would say that Vulcan’s main powers come from energy. In that, he can absorb, control, or manipulate energy, and then use it. You can just about imagine what kind of power you’d have just to be able to do that. Remember, there is a variety of energy out there in the universe…and you can control, absorb, or manipulate all of it. Of course, as I type that out, I have this feeling that everyone would just mess around with people’s electronics/electricity, you know… if they’d have that kind of ability. I’m glad to know no one ever goes big.
PROTEUS/Kevin MacTaggart. …this one IS ENERGY. Go big or go home, right? He also has the ability to will reality, along with the ability to mentally/telepathically download information, including information from computers. His downfall seems to be metal. Yeah, really.
Also, does that mean Vulcan can control/absorb Proteus!? Please put this in a Mojoverse fight, thank you.
HYPERSTORM/Johnny Richards. No, not the Human Torch, but the son of Franklin Richards and Rachel Summers. YUP, TWO OMEGAS! This one is from an alternative universe and I guess shouldn’t really be counted, but I’ll include anyways. Like his father, he had the ability to warp reality and in this alternative reality, he had conquered the universe and was on to conquering other timelines (like you do). Whatever, who cares. It’s not 616 stuff. (Unless it becomes 616 shit…stay tuned.)
Okay, now let’s get to my pickings! Because this is clearly the part you wanna read. I won’t differentiate between those that are alive and dead because it’s Marvel and you know, these things change all the damn time.
MY PICKINGS. WHAT SHOULD BE CLEARLY OMEGA
Charles Xavier. This one kind of seems like a no brainer, considering he was the first one to gather mutants together and actually train them. He also helped Jean Grey deal with her powers which was a constant strain on her. Also, if you look throughout his history, you’ll see that he’s always managed to do amazing things with his telepathy and not for nothing, many of his contemporaries have considered him to be very powerful, including Mr. Sinister, who is always trying to get some powerful mutant DNA to make his super omega mutant babies.
MAGNETO/Magnus (Max Eisenhardt). Again, seems like a no brainer. Throughout Magneto’s long history he has also managed to do some amazing feats. He can control the magnetic field of the entire Earth and that should qualify on it’s own. I feel like people don’t really understand how amazing our planet Earth is because of the physics made possible on it…and why fucking anything up on Earth (it is that fragile) can destroy us.
STORM/Ororo Munroe. This goes along the same line as above. It frustrates me that writers cannot see that Storm has the potential to become omega because she can control weather. I mean, just look how much damage global warming is doing and that’s enough to go…”Actually, Storm can fuck some shit up!” She is a Goddess…literally! (I’d kill for some cool, rainy weather right now).
XORN. His head is a sun. He’s a literal star. What fucking more do you want me to say? Along with healing powers, teleportation, etc. He’s on his way to be omega.
Emma Frost. I think she’s up there with other powerful telepaths. Also, she’s controlling Xorn.
SCARLET WITCH/Wanda Maximoff. She has reality warping powers. 🤷🏼♂️
DEADPOOL/Wade Wilson. I’m putting him here because he never dies and he’s gonna be immortal. Also? Boogers.
DARWIN/Armando Muñoz. If you’re entire mutation is to survive then that is some omega level shit.
Luna Maximoff. Like her aunt, Luna is actually quiet extraordinary. She can see inside you, see you aura, know what your thinking, what you’re feeling, but also, she can manipulate those emotions too. I think she has the potential to become omega.
APOCALYPSE/En Sabah Nur. Are you ready for this list because it’s long? Okay, even I am that lazy that I don’t wanna type everything out. Can I just say that he can do anything by now? Fair enough? Okay.
Valeria Richards. Like her brother, I think that Valeria can go omega. We all know that Valeria has superpowers, but we don’t know to the extent and therefore, I think she can go big.
CHAMBER/Jonothon “Jono” Starsmore. I’ve always said that Jono can be omega and that was before I found out he’s ancestor is Apocalypse! If we go down to the right basics of his powers, it seems just like Proteus, Jono is just energy when it comes down to it.
SELENE. Anyone who remembers the 80s and 90s comics remembers Selene. She was the most powerful mutant around. I would still put her up there. I always felt she could do anything (I’m convinced she actually can).
SHADOWCAT/Kitty Pryde. Okay, I know this one might surprise people, but I am banking on a second mutation to make her all the more powerful. Look, the fact that what Kitty can do now is actually quite amazing, furthermore, she survived being trapped in a bullet without water/food. (We all know that most people can live without eating if you have sufficient fat/muscle stored, but water is something you definitely need!) Essentially, being able to phase through objects means that, from a molecular perspective, you could eventually either go invisible or completely disperse yourself…which would take multitasking to a new level. I’m not exactly the first to consider her powers from a scientific standpoint, check out James Kakalios’ find!
WITHER/Kevin Ford. …death and decay just being around that guy.
Hellion/Julian Keller. Another super powerful telekinetic. A mutant who is really taking it to the next level.
ROGUE/Anna Marie. Rogue was able to fly and have super strength for the longest time after absorbing Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers) powers. (Okay, despite the mental anguish caused by this) — if she absorbs all others, I suspect she can get pretty powerful.
CABLE/Nathaniel Summers. Okay, this is a no brainer. I put him here because of all the others.
DEAD GIRL/Moonbeam. Why is this included? Because she’s dead…but living dead. How do you kill something which is already dead?
And that concludes my list. I feel like I would go on forever though, as I’m sure I haven’t thought about more. Feel free to comment with your suggestions too.
When I was writing this out, I also realized something, an unhealthy and unbalanced ratio of male/female omega mutants and that is this: it would also be super cool to have more powerful female omega level mutants that weren’t mentally unstable either. As I wrote it all down, I came to the conclusion that all the female omega level mutants were fragile, sensitive things, and that it was ‘too much’ on them (a burden) whilst the men were always powerful, taking charge, and leading. The guys might’ve been nuts in a dictatorship kind of way, but they were never fragile, Damsel in distress kind of thing. I look at Scarlet Witch, Rachel Summers, Jean Grey, all these women, and it’s always that ‘if they use their powers it becomes a super burdensome’ and that’s not exactly fair writing. I guess this shows how much male writers are afraid of powerful, confident women who can take charge and kick ass. I mean, besides Legion, I would love to see more men grappling with their abilities too, and more women being a bit more like Spider-Man (i.e., “With great power comes great responsibility”). Allow more male characters to struggle with their powers too, to be sensitive about it, this might actually help a lot of male readers understand that everyone has stress and it’s how you deal with it (in a healthy manner) that makes you stand out.
I realize this article wasn’t going to be a lecture, but it’s exhausting when female representation is a damsel-in-distress whilst a male representation is ‘I don’t feel pain because I’m a man!” bullshit. It’s unhealthy to both genders. Guys can be sensitive and fragile, guys can stress and feel burdensome too. Women can be strong, confident, and leaders. Give us variety.