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.

Background

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.

Biography

Early Life

Warren Kenneth Worthington III is the son of Warren and Kathryn Worthington, a wealthy couple who weren't aware that their son was growing wings on his back due to his mutant genes. Due to his parents' wealth, Warren attended boarding schools, and later attended the Phillips Academy, where he befriended Cameron Hodge after stopping a bully. When a fire broke out in his dorm, Warren saved two students and decided to become a superhero known as the "Avenging Angel".

Joining the X-Men

Due to his heroics and mutant powers, he caught the attention of Professor Charles Xavier, and recruited him as the third member of the X-Men. Warren his fellow teammates, Cyclops, Iceman, Beast, and Jean Grey, and they were trained by Professor X on how to use their powers to stop Magneto and the Brotherhood of Mutants. During his training, Warren was carefree and developed an attraction towards Jean, but would often date Candy Southern. Going the moniker "Angel", Warren briefly had a personality shift due to being exposed to radiation that was being tested by Stark Industries, which resulted in him fighting Iron Man until he returned to normal. When a time-displaced Beast came from the future, he informed the X-Men that the future was in trouble, and that the original team could fix it. During this, Warren met his future self, and was confused about how he became an steel-winged Archangel, but his emotions were calmed down by Jean.

Adventures

When the X-Men were battling Magneto, Angel managed to escape when the team was captured, but was attacked by Red Raven when trying to reach the Avengers. Though the X-Men returned home, they were ordered to disband by the FBI, forcing Warren to return home with his parents. Though the X-Men were disbanded, Warren secretly continued his heroics by stopping crime, and would occasionally see Candy. While on a date, Warren's father was killed by men working for a villain named Dazzler, whom also had Candy kidnapped by his organization to bring Warren to him. Dazzler revealed himself to be Warren's uncle Burtram, and removed Angel's mask, thus revealing his identity to Candy. Burtram admitted to using Worthington Industries for diamond smuggling, and was presumably killed in a battle with Angel.

Angel would later help the X-Men in fighting Sauron, but he was hypnotized by the pterodactyl and attacked his allies until his mind cleared. The X-Men left him behind to follow Sauron, and Warren was saved by Magneto, who was calling himself the Creator and wasn't wearing his helmet. Angel then helped the X-Men when they were sent by Professor X to the Savage Land to see if Magneto died in their previous encounter, and Warren befriended the native Avia. When Candy informed Warren that Burtram survived their past encounter, the X-Men aided them in stopping the Dazzler. However, Warren's mother was poisoned by Burtram, and died in his arms. He then continued to work with the X-Men when they were rescued by Professor X's new team on the island of Krakoa, and left the team with Beast, Iceman, and Jean.

After leaving the X-Men, Warren returned to college in Los Angeles and decided to make his identity known to the public, inheriting his parents' wealth and taking his father's position in the Hellfire Club. Angel and Iceman would later become members of the Champions of Los Angeles, after helping Black Widow, Ghost Rider, and Hercules fight Huntsman and Pluto. The team would later disband after a brief stint, and Warren and Candy decided to move to Colorado for some time, but Warren would help Iceman after he was captured by the Master Mold. Eventually, Angel battled Doc Samson over Gamma Base, and the Master Mold awoke the Hulk, and captured both Warren and Banner. Hulk broke free from the Sentinel space station and destroyed Master Mold, ending the threat. Warren would later battle Toad when he captured him and the Thing, but felt pity on him an decided to pay Toad to work for him.

Personality

power

. flight

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

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X-Men Films

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Trivia

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

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