The mutant adventurer known as Angel is also known as Warren Worthington III, CEO of Worthington Industries and a founding member of the X-Men. Recognizable by the enormous feathered wings that grow out of his shoulder blades and movie star good looks, Angel's code name is an appropriate one.
While attending a private school in New York, Warren Worthington was initially repulsed by the onset of his mutant power. Ultimately realizing that his wings granted him the freedom to soar among the clouds, he accepted his gift and grew to love it. When a fire threatened his dormitory, Worthington donned a mask and saved several students, eventually adopting the costumed persona of The Avenging Angel. He fought as a solo crimefighter until being recruited by Professor Charles Xavier to become a founding member the X-Men.
Angel was initially known as a rich, spoiled playboy who didn't much like taking orders or working on a team. Angel's crush on teammate Jean Grey (aka Marvel Girl) was a source of much tension between he and Scott Summers (aka Cyclops) but Angel eventually gave up when he realized that Summers and Grey were deeply in love. When the original X-Men were captured by the sentient island known as Krakoa and Xavier formed a new team to rescue them, Warren, along with most of the other original X-Men, left the team to pursue other endeavors. Most notable among these was the formation of The Champions and later financing the superhero team known as The Defenders along with two other original X-Men, Beast and Iceman. During this time, Angel still worked with the X-Men on occasion. When Jean Grey was revealed to be alive, Angel reunited with the other founding members of the X-Men to form X-Factor. The team posed as mutant hunters, only to secretly train the supposedly renegade mutants they captured. It was eventually revealed that Cameron Hodge, the team's public relations manager, was in fact a staunch anti-mutant activist who was using X-Factor's resources to fund anti-mutant groups. This began a downward spiral for Angel, who was first outed as the team's financier and then had his wings mutilated in battle with the subterranean Morlocks. Hodge then tricked doctors into allowing him to sign paperwork which had Warren's wings amputated. Warren's private plane was blown up with him at the controls in what appeared to be a suicide attempt but as actually sabotage at the hands of Hodge. Rescued by Apocolypse, Warren Worthington was offered a deal: Apocolypse would restore his wings if Warren would agree to become Death in Apocolypse's Horsemen. A series of genetic alterations gave Worthington blue skin and organic metal wings equipped with razor sharp edges. Eventually breaking free of Apocolypse's control, he rejoined his former teammates as Archangel. In due time, Warren's metal wings began to molt and his feathered wings grew back! He also underwent a secondary mutation, which granted him healing abilities. After an incident in which the mutant known as Black Tom drained some of his life-force, Warren's skin lost its blue hue and he once again appeared as he did when his powers first manifested. When the mutant Wolfsbane once again ripped Angel's wings from his body, his techo-organic wings reappeared and his skin reverted to its blue coloring. It seems that Apocolypse's genetic tampering has left Angel with the ability to revert back and forth from his normal, feathered-wing appearance to his blue-skinned, metallic winged Archangel one.
Angel's primary power is flight, which is granted to him by the large, flexible wings attached to his back. He possesses keen eyesight and hollow bones similar to a bird as well as a respiratory system that allows him to extract oxygen from the air at high altitudes. He can reach a height of 10,000 with little effort and has attained speeds of up to 150 mph. As a result of his secondary mutation, Angel's blood possesses healing properties. When mixed with the blood of a victim with a compatible blood type, Angel's blood can heal fatal injuries, cure disease and accelerate the healing process. Warren Worthington is also a skilled hand-to-hand combatant and talented businessman.
As Archangel, Warren Worthington III possesses a set of razor-sharp, techo-organic metal wings. In addition to granting him the ability to fly, they can also be used as slashing weapons or expelled with enough force to pierce steel. The razor-tipped feathers generate a paralyzing chemical to which he is immune.
Comic and Film Appearances
Angel was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in X-Men #1 (1963). His first appearance as Archangel was in X-Factor #38 (1989). Angel made his first film appearance in X-Men: The Last Stand, the third film in the franchise. He was portrayed by Ben Foster.
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