Warren Worthington III
Warren Worthington III is a male comic character that features in Marvel Comics.
Warren Worthington III was the son Warren Worthington Junior and his wife Kathryn Worthington where he was born to the Worthington family who were considered one of the five greatest houses in the United States of America. (X-Men: The Hidden Years v1 #13) During the birth, the child's delivery was handled by Doctor Stuart who was one of Worthington Junior's oldest and most trusted of friends. At the time, he managed to determine that the new born son had an unusual distortion in the shoulder blades that was indicative that the child was a Mutant. He kept his discovery to himself but believed that the once proud family of the Worthington's was tainted by a freak and genetic abomination. Stuart kept these views to himself and came to serve as a councillor to Warren Worthington III across most of his life. (X-Men: The Hidden Years v1 #15) As a young boy, Warren was first introduced to the Hellfire Club where they attended a party event. (Logan: Shadow Society v1 #1) During one such visit, he was introduced to another boy that was his age named Shinobi Shaw with the two becoming fast friends. In those years, Shinobi confessed to Warren that he was terrified of his own father Sebastian Shaw who regularly beat him up for being a weakling. Both Warren and Shinobi came to hate the Hellfire Club though for different reasons as Worthington did not like the elitism whilst Shaw hated it due to the beatings he received from his father. (X-Men v2 #29)
Whilst at military school, his wings were noted to had first sprouted during this time. This led to him hiding them underneath his uniform at first but he eventually left school as he could not face a physical exam which would have discovered his wings. (X-Men v1 #15) In college, he became roommates with Cameron Hodge. (X-Factor v1 #1) He was noted to had saved Hodge from bullies with Cameron coming to idolise Warren. (X-Factor v1 #47)
After his time with X-Factor, Warren was publically outed as a Mutant and he began to consider retirement after the collapse of the Defenders with his fellow X-Men also going their separate ways. It was then that he received a phone call that revealed to him that Jean Grey was alive whereupon he called the other members of the original X-Men to meet her. Jean was furious at the increased anti-Mutant hysteria that formed in the two years she had been missing and opposed the X-Men's decision to ally themselves with Magneto. This left Warren feeling guilty and he decided to appease Jean's desire for action. This led to him purchasing a building and starting a new business that was headed by his old friend Cameron Hodge who suggested the formation of X-Factor Inc. that would offer a public service in apprehending rogue Mutants in an effort to spin a positive image of them. Thus, the original X-Men joined the team that was organised and supported by Worthington. (X-Factor v1 #1)
He was later invited to the Hellfire Club by his childhood friend Shinobi Shaw for its annual gala with Psylocke attending the event with him. During the celebration, he and Betsy were rendered unconscious with them being brought before Shinobi Shaw who invited Warren to join as the White King of the Club. However, Warren refused leading to Shinobi trying to force his compliance by unveiling his Mutant power and attacking Betsy Braddock. Archangel intervened and whilst fighting Shinobi was telepathically defeat by Psylocke who caused him to re-experience his childhood abuse. With the fight stopped, Warren and Betsy decided to depart leaving Shinobi behind. (X-Men v2 #29)
Dark Angel Saga
At some point, he resumed his relationship with Psylocke with the pair being a couple again and they formed a new incarnation of X-Force alongside Wolverine who recruited Fantomex. (Wolverine: Road to Hell v1 #1) Angel had hired Deadpool to hunt leads on Clan Akkaba over the years and to track their movements. As his operative, Wilson discovered that the secret society were seeking to resurrect their founder Apocalypse and reported his findings before being captured. This led to Angel calling upon Wolverine's newly formed X-Force with finding and terminating Apocalypse before he could become a threat. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #1) They arrived at the enemy stronghold where they freed Deadpool but their foes had managed to escape. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #2) X-Force pursued their target who had relocated to the Moon on-board Ship leading to the teams encountering the young Apocalypse's protectors in the form of the Final Horsemen. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #3) Warren was wounded when their ship crashed and he was only saved by the actions of Deadpool with the pair joining their team in breaking through Ship's defences. The broke into the inner sanctum to find that Apocalypse in the form of an innocent young boy with Psylocke looking to stop her comrades from assassinating him. This was because she intended to take the boy away so he could be raised to be peaceful. Worthington opposed that plan and intended to murder the boy as he saw the child eventually becoming Apocalypse once more. This led to him battling Wolverine and Psylocke whilst he struggled against his Archangel persona that sought to protect Apocalypse. Ultimately, Warren saw the horror in his actions and relented as he could not murder an innocent child. X-Force seemingly agreed to take the boy away but during the distraction Fantomex shot a bullet into the young En Sabah Nurs head thus killing him. The team then departed on E.V.A. where they escaped before Ship performed a matter transport ship to another site. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #4) He later joined X-Force to assist Fantomex who was being targeted by the time travelling Deathlok's making up Weapon: Infinity that sought to convert all of Earth's super-beings into controlled cyborgs. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #7) By this point, Elizabeth had kept the Archangel persona contained within Warren's mind allowing him to be free of its influence. However, X-Force next encountered the Shadow King who took control of the team except for Psylocke and Fantomex. Amahl could sense that Braddock was hiding something and peered into their minds to find the captured Archangel persona which he freed in the belief that it would aid him. However, Archangel simply destroyed the Shadow King's psionic form thus defeating and removing any memory of his freedom from Psylocke allowing him to be free within Warren Worthington III's mind. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #8) Unknown to anyone, the Death Seed within Worthington had activated leading to the dominance of his Archangel persona as it sought to become the heir to Apocalypse as the new evolutionary caretaker on the planet. With his psionic armor, he was able to resist telepathic intrusions and distanced himself from Psylocke to prevent her from uncovering the truth. At the time, a reporter had discovered footage showing Archangel kill a mind controlled army officer during the Shadow King incident. Thus, to protect his public persona, Archangel moved to eliminate the reporters involved as they were companies that was owned by Worthington's family business. He eliminated an editor and attempted to murder the journalist with the footage when he was stopped by Wolverine whilst Warren clashed with the Archangel persona until Psylocke used a psionic dagger to render his unconscious. They kept him locked up at Cavern-X whilst they freed the Dark Beast who revealed that the change in Worthington's persona was a result of the Death Seed in him with him being recruited to help cure Warren. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #10)
It was revealed that this being named Angel was a brand new soul given existence by the Life Seed and that Warren had indeed been killed. He was with the X-Force team until it was decided to send him alongside Genesis to the Jean Grey academy to be with the X-Men. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #19)
Personality and attributes
Despite his reputation as a ladies man, Warren had always practiced serial monogamy. (X-Men: The Hidden Years v1 #15)
The Archangel persona was actually linked to a piece of Celestial technology implanted in him with this being the Death Seed. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #10)
It was said that the Worthington family had always tended to be pragmatists. His mother Kathryn was said to not had been especially religious but this changed later in life with her returning to the faith of her fathers leading to her going to church and reading from the Bible. (X-Men: The Hidden Years v1 #15) Warren felt his father was a good man though he did want to be a corporate mogul millionaire like he was and he also rejected being a member of the Hellfire Club as since childhood he had hated the place. (X-Men v2 #29)
Powers and abilities
A key aspect of his transformation was the implantation of a Death Seed into his body. This was a piece of Celestial technology that was given by Apocalypse to those Horsemen he appointed in the role of Death. If Apocalypse was ever killed, then the Seed was to activate in order to make the Death wielder to be the new heir of Apocalypse as an evolutionary caretaker to the Mutant race. Thus, upon activation, it took over Worthington's mind as it sought to achieve its intended purpose leading to marked change in personality along with new abilities such as psionic armor allowing him to resist the powers of a telepath. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #10)
Worthington Industries was known as a multi-national conglomerate with holdings in advanced aviation technology, experimental alternative fuels and fancy frozen yoghurts. (Wolverine and the X-Men v1 #5) The Worthington Building had stood at its site for 150 years that was a testament to the Worthington family's vast wealth and unassailable social position. Their family was noted to had for the past three generations not having to sully their hands with trade though had on occasion dabbled with it for amusement. (X-Factor v1 #57)
Chateau Worthington was situated in in the New Mexican Rockies. (Incredible Hulk Annual v1 #7) It was also known as Angel's Aerie that cam to serve as a headquarters for X-Force. (X-Force v3 #1) The family business of Worthington Enterprises was noted to have its corporate headquarters at the Worthington Building in Philadelphia. (X-Factor v1 #10) His resources was once used to maintain Cavern-X situated in Sedona, Az that was built as a kind of time capsule of the X-Men's accomplishments that were stored there to remind people of the good they did in case they were ever wiped out. The site served as a headquarters for an incarnation of X-Force who were once based at the site with its existence kept as a secret. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #2)
- Warren Worthington III was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby where he made his first appearance in X-Men v1 #1 (September, 1963).
In other media
- In X-Men, Warren Worthington III appeared in the 1990s animated television series where he was voiced by actor Stephen Ouimette.
- In X-Men: Evolution, Warren Worthington III appeared in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Mark Hildreth.
- In Wolverine and the X-Men, Warren Worthington III appeared in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Liam O'Brien.
- In X-Men: The Last Stand, Warren Worthington III appeared in the 2006 live-action film where he was portrayed by actor Ben Foster.
- In X-Men: Apocalypse, Warren Worthington III appeared in the live-action film where he was portrayed by actor Ben Hardy.
- In X-Men, Archangel appeared in the 1993 Sega Genesis video game where he could be summoned to assist the player.
- In Marvel: Contest of Champions, Warren Worthington III as Archangel appeared as a playable character in the mobile video game.
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