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Robert da Costa, also known as Sunspot, is a character from the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past and the 2020 film The New Mutants.
Roberto is portrayed by Adan Canto in X-Men: Days of Future Past and by Henry Zaga in The New Mutants. Canto also portrays Aaron Shore in Designated Survivor, while Zaga also portrays Brad in 13 Reasons Why.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
As the Sentinels are dispatched to find and kill mutants living underground, Iceman, Colossus, Sunspot, Blink and Warpath hold them off while Shadowcat and Bishop attempt to travel back a few minutes before the attack. Before the time-travel occurs, Sunspot is killed by a Sentinel who had acquired Iceman's freezing abilities. Later, as the team defend a monastery, Sunspot's arm is sliced off by a Sentinel and the mutant gets impaled. These events are later erased by Wolverine altering the timeline.
The New Mutants
Roberto was sent to the Milbury Hospital after his mutant abilities manifested and burned his girlfriend Juliana accidentally. That trauma develops a fear of accidentally burning others. He would go on to meet Illyana Rasputin, Sam Guthrie and Rahne Sinclair; fellow mutants with their own dark past. Sometime later they would get another fellow Mutant Danielle Moonstar who's powers are unknown. As days pass the children warm up to each other and Eventually, the group come together when Illyana spikes Reyes' coffee with sleeping pills and they run amok on the grounds.
They collectively believe that they are being trained to become X-Men, hence the strict supervision, as well as Cecilia Reyes reminding them that they are considered dangerous and should not leave until they are under control. Later, Roberto is swimming with who he believes to be Illyana, until she disappears and the burning manifestation of his girlfriend Juliana appears. Reyes awakens in time and puts a panicking Roberto out in the pool. He demands that they leave and during the confrontation, Reyes puts Illyana in solitary confinement. Eventually the group discovers that Reyes has been lying and that a corporation known as the Essex Corporation plans on using them as mutant killers.
However before this can happen the Demon Bear of manifestation of Dani's own powers kills Reyes and proceeds to hunt them. Eventually, Roberto overcomes his fear of burning others and along with Sam aid Illyana in fighting Demon Bear. As the sun rises, the New Mutants collect their belongings. Sam notices that the barrier is no longer around them and they all decide to head into town after Reyes had previously told them that the nearest town was twenty miles out. Not knowing if she was telling the truth, they all decide to head out together as a family and face the unknown.
Powers and Abilities
Solar Energy Absorption - Sunspot absorbs solar energy and can utilize it for physical strength. The cells of a normal human body convert energy from foodstuffs into a form of energy usable by the body. Apparently, Sunspot can store solar-derived energy in his cells through the same or a similar method, and release it whenever necessary.
- Solar Re-channeling - Roberto possesses the ability to re-channel the solar energy which his body absorbs, by which he takes the solar energy and uses it for a variety of related purposes.
- Solar Form - When Sunspot absorbs enough solar energy, he can be transformed into a black humanoid sun, giving him great power.
- Thermokinesis - Sunspot is able to project heat in intense waves when he absorbs and re-channels solar energy from any part of his body to raise the temperature. By not fully controlling this ability, Roberto inadvertently burned his girlfriend when he hugged her and was able to evaporate half the water in a swimming pool when he was pushed into it by Dr. Reyes.
- Solar Energy Blasts - Sunspot is able to generate bursts of solar energy from his arms and chest.
- Flight - Sunspot is able to fly in his Solar Form.
- Enhanced Strength - When Roberto's cells are powered by solar energy, he is able to augment his physical strength. Roberto proved strong enough to send a Smiley Men flying through the air, break a chapel bench, and use a piece of wood to hit the Demon Bear, causing the creature to stagger a bit.
- Enhanced Durability - Roberto's transformation increases his physical durability.
- Fire and Heat Immunity - Sunspot is immune to all forms of heat and fire as they simply add to his abilities and his mutant metabolism is able to simply convert these two forms and augment his abilities.
- Combatant - Sunspot displayed combat skills.