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This is not your burden. You have to remember that. None of this is your fault... But what happens next is. Look to your heat's strength to face the future. And when you can't find it there... Look to each other.
~ Havok

Havok is a member of the X-Men and X-Factor, and the younger brother of the X-Men's leader Cyclops.

He was created by the late Arnold Drake, and the late and Don Heck.

History

Background

Always feeling second best to his brother Cyclops, Alex Summers nonetheless became an important part of the X-Men, even leading the team on occasion. Possessing the ability to fire concussive blasts of plasma out of his hands, Havok continues his on-again/off-again relationship with both the mutant team and his girlfriend Polaris.

The middle sibling of the Summers brothers (Cyclops being the oldest, and recent X-Men villain Vulcan being the youngest), Alex Summers was seperated from his brother Scott after the Shi'ar attack on their family's plane, which lead to their father being the anti-heroic space pirate, Corsair. Raised in a foster home, Alex learned that, like his big brother, he too was a mutant; in his case, his body absorbed cosmic radiation and converted into plasma beams he fires from his hands.

Exploited by his evil college professor, the Living Pharoh/Monolith, Havok was saved Scott and the rest of the X-Men, and joined them under the alias, Havok, wearing a special costume that monitored just how much cosmic energy he absorbed. Leaving the team with his girlfriend/teammate, Polaris, Havok has not only been a returning X-Man, but has even been the leader of the second generation X-Factor.

Early Life

Alexander "Alex" Summers is the son of Air Force Major Christopher and Katherine Summers, and is the brother to Scott, and later Gabriel Summers. Alex and Scott would suffer from a tragedy, as when they were being flown home by their father from a family vacation, an alien ship from the Shi'ar Empire attacked them.

With their plane ablaze, Katherine pushed her sons out of the plane door with the only available parachute. The parachute caught fire, so Scott used his powers to slow their descent, using his optic blast for the first time. Unbeknownst to the brothers, their parents were teleported from the plane by the Shi'ar the very moment the plane exploded.

Despite surviving the incident, Scott suffered a head injury, landing on part of his brain that would have allowed him to control his optic blasts. Both were hospitalized and suffered from traumatic amnesia regarding the event, and were sent to an orphanage in Nebraska called State Home for Foundlings. The brothers were subjected to experiments by Mister Sinister (disguised as Mr. Milbury, the orphanage's owner). Sinister believed Scott had the best potential, and had Alex adopted to separate them, and cause Scott to become emotional vulnerable.

He was adopted by Andrew and Joanna Blanding, whose lost their son Todd in a car accident. As a result of their loss, Alex's adoptive parents pressured him to be Todd's replacement, which he tried as best as he could. He and his foster sister, Haley, were kidnapped by Todd's killer, Vincent. Alex's powers manifested for the first time, incinerating Vincent, surprising Mister Sinister, who saw that his potential possibly exceeded Scott's. Sinister placed psi-blocks on Alex and Haley, causing them to forget what happened.

The mutant Apocalypse took a sample of Alex's DNA to graft it into Ahmet Abol, with the experiment being partially successful. Abdol would create a cult called the Cult of the Living Pharoah, and he would have an unusual symbiotic relationship with the powers. Alex would attend Old Landon College, becoming a geophysicist student, and wouldn't know that Scott became a mutant hero for the X-Men.

Becoming Havok

Abdol was a professor of archaeology when he discovered that he had psychic link between himself and Alex, and captured him and took him to his laboratory in Egypt. Abdol found a way to screen into Summers' body, becoming the Living Monolith. He was defeated by the X-Men and with the aid of Alex, who's mutant powers resurfaced. Unable to control his powers, Alex chose to remain in Egypt, and was soon captured by the Sentinels and brought to Larry Trask, son of Bolivar Trask.

Trask gave Alex the codename Havok and a costume with a chest display that would monitor the build up of his cosmic energy. He was severely injured when the X-Men freed captive mutants from Trask, and he was taken to Dr. Karl Lykos for treatment. Havok's mutant energy triggered his transformation into the pterodactyl vampire Sauron while Lykos tried to drain his lifeforce to feed his own vampiric urges. Sauron was stopped by X-Men, preventing him from further leaching off Havok.

Alex accompanied his brother back to the Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, where he was trained to control his powers, and was trained in martial arts by Wolverine. With the X-Men, Havok became attracted to Polaris, much to the anger of Iceman (who was also interested in her). In his early days, Professor X enlisted Havok and Polaris to rebel an invasion by Z'Nox, and would later encounter Hulk when in the Savage Land.

Powers and Abilities

Alex is titled as an Alpha-Level Mutant. Cosmic energy granted plasma blasts.

Powers

  • Mutant-Physiology:
  • Ambient Energy Conversion: Havok absorbs cosmic energy into the cells of his body, and it processes into plasma, allowing to convert it and use for destructive force. Though not able to control this ability at times, it's one of most powerful abilities. He can also absorb cosmic energies from the environment, such as starlight, x-rays, and gamma radiation, and store them into his body. This power has allowed him to survive being dropped into a large star, and be able to absorb and rebel his brother Vulcan. He was able to fight Magneto and Hulk with his blast, and Sauron believes him to be powerful than his brother, Cyclops.
  • Energy Absorption: Havok can willingly absorb cosmic energy, and is ab to store and re-process such energy through force. A great example of this power was when he was thrown into a star, and drew upon its energy to fight his powerful brother, Vulcan.
  • Plasma Blast/Plasma Emanation: Havok has the ability to shoot or emanate plasma in the form of blast or discharges, being a concentric circle pattern upon release. The waves emanate from his body in all directions, and when using the length of his arms, allows control of his destructive force. When aiming at a person, he can project it at them, and can channel a low level blast that won't kill them.
  • Flight: Havok can use the stored energy in his cells to fly, being able to do so by directing said energy into a downward thrust.
  • Heat Immunity: He is virtually immune to the effects of most forms of heat.
  • Radiation Immunity: He is also immune to most forms of radiation, and is able to absorb it.
  • Optic Blast Immunity: He is immune to Cyclops optic blast.

Abilities

  • Intelligence: Havok showed himself have gifted intelligence, studying in geophysicist when he was grad student.
  • Leadership: Havok has shown himself to be expert leader, being the founding member and leader of the X-Factor, Avengers Unity Division, Starjammers, The Six, Brotherhood, and others during his superhero career.
  • Martial Artist: Havok was trained during his time as Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, and was notably trained in martial arts by Wolverine.
  • Mental Resilience: Professor X trained Havok to able to block mental attempts to erase his memory, as Psylocke was unable to do so.

Weaknesses

  • Uncontrolled Ambient Energy Conversion: At times, Havok is not able to control his cosmic energy, which puts people in danger unless wearing suits to assist him. The possible reason for this weakness could be the trauma he and Scott suffered when they were pushed out a plane by their mother.
  • Genetic Flaw: He is not immune to Vulcan's powers, but is somewhat resistant by his energy absorption.

Portrayals

Film

  • In the X-Men films X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse, he was portrayed by Lucas Till, who also played Angus MacGyver in the titular tv series, and is in the running with other actors to portray Adam Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Television

  • In the X-Men animates series, he was voiced by an unknown actor.
  • In X-Men: Evolution, he was voiced Matt Hill, who also voiced Kevin Keene, Ed, Kira Yamato, Soarin.

Video Games

Quotes

We wear these things so people don't know who we are. But I want you to know exactly who I am. My name is Alex Summers. I am a student of Professor Charles Xavier. This team is an embodiment of his simple dream of all people working together. A fight more important now than ever. Recently the world saw my brother Scott infused with the power of a God. And while he tried to make a lasting change to fix what he saw as broken, no man should ever unilaterally take action or choose for so many. It is hubris. I never quite saw things as my brother did, and later our views diverged even further. I don't see myself as being born into a mutant cult or religion. Having an X-Gene doesn't bond me to anyone. It doesn't define me. In fact, I see the very word "mutant" as divisive. Old thinking that serves to further separate us from our fellow man. We are all humans. Of one tribe. We are defined by our choices, not the makeup of our genes. So please, don't call us mutants. The "M" word represents everything I hate... How about [calling me] Alex?
~ Havok.
All right, Hulk. I am Havok of X-Factor, a duly deputized arm of the U.S. government. You're in violation of treaties. Surrender. ... Please surrender.
~ Havok to Hulk.
I was with Lorna when I got the call. We held each other as tight as we could, all night. Nightcrawler prayed. Colossus painted. God knows what Wolverine did. It wasn't exactly a secret, his feelings. Probably better we never know. But Scott... He holds it inside. He just can't do anything else. His entire life has been about holding it in. His power demands it. If he lets it out, people get hurt. But I'm his brother. He can't hurt me. ... I wasn't there when he needed me most. But I can be here now.
~ Havok on his brother.
So it's you and me together against the world, huh? Well I've had more experienced partners in my life, Scarlett.
~ Alex to Scarlett McKenzie.

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Trivia

  • He is an Alpha-Level Mutant.
  • He is allergic to tomatoes, and dislikes Cauliflower.
  • His favorite film is West Side Story, and is fond of Stephen King's books.
  • Like his brothers Scott and Gabriel, Alex has a signature energy color, with his being blue, as Scott's is red, and Gabriel is yellow.

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