Savior... killer... harbinger of hope or destruction. I am unsure who-- or what-- I am. But I'd like to find out.
~ Archangel.
I bet I'm the first Angel who had to break into heaven!
~ Archangel.

Angel, or sometimes called Archangel (real name Warren Worthington III), is a fictional character and superhero from comic books published by Marvel Comics and its universe, and is a major character from the popular X-Men franchise.

He is a mutant named after his bird-like wings that are powerful enough to give him flight and he has a nature that is as kind and heroic as his namesake, ready to protect others from harm despite his rather difficult experiences in life. He was one of the earliest members of the X-Men, and later a member of the X-Force, X-Factor, Secret Defenders, and Renegades.

He was created by the late Stan Lee and the late Jack Kirby, and first appeared in The X-Men #1 in September of 1963.

Biography

Origin

Warren Kenneth Worthington III was born the son of the wealthy Warren Worthington Jr. Warren spent a lot of his time in boarding schools, where his wings first sprouted. He decided to use his powers for good, becoming a superhero known as the "Avenging Angel" when he was approached by Professor Charles Xavier and recruited as one of the five original members of Xavier's mutant superhero team; the X-Men.

After a massacre of the innocent Morlocks at the hands of the Marauders, Warren's wings were forcibly removed. Depressed and suicidal over the loss of his wings, Warren was approached by the ancient mutant Apocalypse. Apocalypse brainwashed Warren and turned him into one of his Horsemen; Death, crafting techno-organic wings for him, that made Warren stronger than ever. He began using the name Archangel.

Warren was eventually shocked out of his brainwashing, and regained control over himself and rejoined the X-Men. He would continue to struggle with his Archangel persona however, which would occasionally manifest itself. After his wings were sliced off once again, the Archangel persona resurged. Through therapy, Warren was able to keep himself in control, until a mission gone wrong in which Apocalypse was killed. Killing Apocalypse triggered an "ascension protocol" designating Warren as Apocalypse's successor.

The Archangel persona completely took over Warren, and Archangel enacted a plan to destroy all life on Earth and use technology to hyper-evolve new life on Earth. He was stopped by X-Force, who seemingly killed Archangel. However, in doing so, they created a new person from Archangel's body; an amnesiac Warren. Warren was taken to the school in order to recuperate, as he was under the belief that he was now a real angel.

Personality

Portrayals

Films

  • In the X-Men film series, he was portrayed by Ben Foster in The Last Stand and Ben Hardy in Apocalypse.

Television

  • In Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, he was voiced by William Callaway.
  • In the X-Men animated series, he was voiced by Stephen Ouimette.
  • In X-Men: Evolution, he was voiced by Mark Hildreth.
  • In Wolverine and the X-Men, he was voiced by Liam O'Brien, who also voiced Asura in Asura's Wrath.

Video Games

  • In X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, he was voiced by David Wittenberg.
  • In Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, he was voiced by Antony Del Rio as "Angel" as Chris Cox voiced the character as "Archangel". Del Rio also voiced Young Kratos in God of War: Ghost of Sparta.
  • In Lego Marvel Super Heroes, he was voiced by Will Friedle, who also voiced Ron Stoppable in Kim Possible.

Quotes

Yes, but, you don't know why. Not really. Because I came here from the past, got stuck here, and I got a real good look at the nightmare that my life will become. And that is not exaggeration. That is fact. The story of me takes a horrible, horrible turn somewhere down the line. While everyone was focused on Jean and Scott, I did a little digging into me. And it's so bad. First no one would actually talk to me about me, which was unnerving... Then I met me. I actually met myself. And it scared the living Hell out of me. So I said to myself, the first legitimate chance I have at making me different... The first chance I get... I would take it. And I took it. This--This is my do-over. Can you relate to this, at all?
~ Archangel to X-23.

Gallery

Comics

TV Series

X-Men Films

Video Games

Trivia

  • Ranked 75th by ComicsAlliance.
  • Ranked 11th "greatest X-Men" by IGN.
  • Ranked 5th "greatest X-Men character" by Dorkly.

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