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I'm sorry I know this is a bad time. I was told that this was a safe place for mutants.
~ Warren Worthington III meeting the X-Men.

Warren Worthington III, also known as Angel and Archangel, is a supporting character in the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand and a supporting antagonist in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse.

He was portrayed by Ben Foster and Cayden Boyd (who also played Max in Sharkboy & Lavagirl) in the original timeline, and by Ben Hardy in the revised timeline.

Biography

Original Timeline

X-Men: The Last Stand

In the film, Angel is a young man in his early twenties, the son of a rich industrialist who is motivated by his son's mutation to create a cure for mutants. In a flashback, Warren (as a boy) is seen attempting to cut off what would eventually become his wings. He flees before Dr Kavita Raocould inject the cure into him, and goes to find the X-Men for help. He later makes an appearance in the final confrontation against Magneto's Brotherhood, rescuing his father after he is thrown off of a roof by Quill, Arclight and Psylocke. Towards the end of the film, he is seen flying across the repaired Golden Gate Bridge and past several people in a park, moments before the camera shifts its focus to a depowered Magneto.

Revised Timeline

X-Men: Apocalypse

Angel appears in the film, which takes place in the new timeline created after Mystique spared Trask's life. He is portrayed by British actor Ben Hardy.

This version of the character is introduced as a combatant in an underground mutant fight club, where he has defeated many opponents. After one of his wings is crippled and mutilated during a fight with Nightcrawler, Angel is approached by Apocalypse, who offers to make him more powerful. He replaces the youth's wings with new ones made of metal, transforming him into Archangel.

During the final battle, Archangel is killed after being trapped inside the X-Men's jet just before it crashes.


Powers & Abilities

Emerging Powers

When Angel's powers first emerged, his body developed a higher metabolism, lost all body fat and became more muscular, and his bones became hollow, allowing him to run faster and jump higher. It was later revealed that Warren is at peak human levels which include his senses, strength, speed and reflexes. It was revealed that Angel is either a descendant of the Cheyarafim mutant race or his mutation resembles the mutations specific to this race.

Fully-Developed Powers

Angel then sprouted and grew white, feathery wings. Angel's natural wings give him the ability to fly. They are super-humanly strong, easily capable of breaking a man's bones and tossing someone through a wall, and allow him to lift an additional 200 pounds. He has super-humanly sharp vision and hearing, and his eyes can withstand high-speed winds. His body is accustomed to low temperatures at high altitudes, and his lungs can breath easily even at full flight speed. Warren prefers to fly under the clouds, and can normally fly nonstop for half a day. However, he can reach the highest recorded altitude of a bird (equivalent to the height of Mount Everest), which quickly tires him out.

It has been argued that Angel possess some kind of internal flight organ, but more likely several small ones throughout his body and that his wings offer the additional thrust and stability for actual flight. This would explain how Angel manages to hover for long periods of time and how he experienced little exhaustion in his arms and legs whilst flying. It has also been suggested, but never proved, that Angel's feathers are some kind of silicon or substance which act like solar panels providing him with the massive amounts of energy he would need for sustained flight.

Later, he developed a secondary mutation: a blood-borne regenerative healing factor that enabled him to heal at an extraordinary rate. Superficial lacerations and punctures heal almost immediately and more severe injuries, such as broken bones or internal organ damage, heal within days. This healing factor can also be transferred to others via blood transfusion. Once transferred to an injured/ill individual (especially if they share his blood type), their tissues regenerate or can even be resuscitated if recently dead, but this ability is limited by the amount of blood Angel can transfer or survive losing. As a result of his Cheyarafim nature, Angel's blood is toxic/caustic to the Neyaphem mutant race, including Nightcrawler.

Apocalypse's Celestial modifications granted him different and far greater abilities. His skin turned blue and his tissues were enhanced, granting him even greater super-human strength, durability, and endurance. He was given razor-sharp, retractable wings composed of an unknown metallic substance. The wings could also shoot poison-tipped metal feathers. Warren has independent control over each and every feather. However, the wings were sometimes hard to command, especially when Warren felt strong emotions.

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Trivia

  • In a deleted scene, Angel comes back to Alcatraz after saving his father and joins the other X-Men in the fight by taking and dropping members of the Brotherhood from the sky. However, he is knocked out after Magneto throws a car at him.
  • Although Angel appears in the promotional posters wearing the X-Men uniform, he never dons one during the movie.
  • Angel was originally supposed to appear in X2: X-Men United as a prisoner of William Stryker. In the early script of the movie, he was transformed into Archangel during an experiment of the Weapon X program.
  • Angel has been portrayed by two different actors with the first name Ben.
  • He is featured heavily in all the promotional material for, as part of the whole "the original X-Men team in the comics finally together in film".
  • Angel's wings were initially too heavy for Ben Foster and were remade from foam.
  • Archangel and Nightcrawler's rivalry is based off the fact that they are rival mutant sub-species. In the comics, Archangel is believed to be a descendant of the Cheyarafim (Angelic Mutants) whilst Nightcrawler and his father Azazel are descendants of the Neyephem (Demonic Mutants).
  • In the revised timeline, Angel shares similarities with Wolverine: both are from wealthy affluent families, both seem to be separated from their family, both have enhanced animal-like powers, both heavily involved in cage fighting, both have a healing factor, both have their appendages damaged in a fight then coated in metal, both defeat the morbidly obese and superior strength Blob and both profanely refuse allegiance before it is offered to them (Wolverine refusing Professor X and Magneto, Angel refusing Apocalypse).
  • Archangel's death in X-Men: Apocalypse] is a reference to his false death in the comics where Angel was believed to have killed himself due to depression after losing both of his wings. The event was planned by Apocalypse and Mr. Sinister to turn him into Archangel.
  • Archangel is the first and the only of New Horsemen of Apocalypse to die. He's also one of the few people to be dead in both timelines.

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