2022 X-Men Elections! The Final Day to Vote!
The 2nd Annual X-Men elections end in less than 24 hours! The X-Men are one of the most prolific superhero teams in the history of comics, and soon we will have a new member of the team!
Last year was the first-ever X-Men election and with the winner Polaris being inducted into the X-Men. This year we have a variety of different candidates and each has a case for being the next X-man!
The Candidates for The 2022 X-Men Elections
There are a total of 10 candidates for this year’s X-Men Elections. From former mutant foes such as Avalanche to mutants from other superhero teams such as Micromax, there is no shortage of interesting choices for this year’s election.
The mutant “Armor” Hisako Ichiki first debuted in Astonishing X-Men (Vol. 3) # 4 in 2004, originally hailing from Tokyo Japan before joining Xavier’s Institute. She has been featured in numerous X-Men related events.
Armor, as her name implies, can create a powerful exoskeleton completely composed of psionic energy.
The Mutant “Bling!” Roxanne Washington debuted in X-Men (Vol. 2) # 171 in 2005. Bling! has the unique perspective of having been the daughter of two Marvel-universe hip hop artists. Bling! studied under Gambit at Xavier’s Institute eventually joining the Chevaliers.
Bling’s mutant ability involves turning her skin and bones into diamonds, resulting in several diamond-related abilities.
The mutant “Gentle” Nezhno Abidemi debuted in New X-Men (Vol. 2) #23 in 2006. Gentle was born in Wakanda and had close ties to the Wakandan royal court. When the X-men’s own Storm (Queen of Wakanda) noticed his abilities, he was sent to Xavier’s Institute for help.
Gentle’s powers consist of increasing his muscle mass which further increases his size and strength.
The mutant “Micromax” Scott Wright debuted in Excalibur #44 in 1991 hailing from the United Kingdom has previously worked for the British Government, who utilized him for his mutant powers. Micromax would later join Excalibur and later O.N.E.
Micromax’s ability involves manipulating his size and mass, allowing him to grow to great heights, and also increase his strength.
The mutant “Siryn” Theresa Cassidy initially debuted in Spider-Woman #37 in 1980. The daughter of the famous X-men The Banshee, Siryn was raised by the villain Black Tom, eventually reuniting with her father in Xavier’s institute.
Similar to her father, Siryn’s power consist of the ability to use her voice to form sonic effects of varying use.
The mutant “Firestar” Angelica Jones first debuted in Uncanny X-Men #193 in 1985, though she was initially created for the television series Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.
Firestar had a particularly rough origin before being found by Charles Xavier using Cerebro. She is close friends with Spider-Man and had been a part of various groups such as the Avengers, New Warriors, and the X-Men.
Firestar’s powers consist of being able to utilize microwave radiation emission, allowing for many heat-based powers.
The mutant “Gorgon” Tomi Shishido first debuted in Wolverine (Vol. 3) #20 in 2004. The leader of the mutant death cult Dawn of The White Light which clashed with Wolverine. Gorgon has a troubled past and has also joined The Hand and Hydra at one point.
Gorgon’s powers mirror the creature whose name he uses. Gorgon can transmute anyone who he looks at into stone. Included is Gorgon’s exceptional proficiency with a blade.
The mutant “Penance” Monet St. Croix first debuted in Generation X #1 in 1994. Originally turned into a creature by her brother Marius, Penance would join Generation X, and eventually freed from the penance body.
Penance’s mutant abilities give her superhuman physical skills and intellect. in addition to a healing factor.
The mutant “Surge” Noriko Ashida first debuted in New Mutants (Vol.2) #8 in 2004. Another mutant originating from Tokyo Japan. Surge ran away from home at the age of 13, ending up homeless, and eventually ended up joining Xavier’s institute after initially being turned away.
Surge’s mutant abilities involve being able to absorb electricity from the air and electrical sources around her, allowing for her to use the electricity to enhance her speed and throw out lightning blasts.
The mutant “Avalanche” Dominic Petrakis debuted in X-Men #141 in 1981. Known for being a dedicated member of The Brotherhood of Mutants, he joined the Brotherhood after being recruited by mystique to help in assassinating a senator.
Avalanche’s powers center around the ability to produce seismic waves, utilizing waves of vibration through the earth, air, or water.
Who Will Be the Next Member of the X-Men?
As voting ends today the race for the next x-men looks to be a close one with the current lead spot taken by Firestar at #1, and Penance and Armor following close behind. Firestar has a long standing association with the X-Men, in addition to famous heroes such as Spider-Man, and would make a superb X-men for this year.
The final day of voting is here, and Glob is seeing some movement in the polls!
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) January 13, 2022
Who Did you Want on The Ballot?
The X-Men series, and other Marvel comics, are filled with a myriad of different mutants. Many with interesting personalities and power sets. While this cast of candidates is an interesting one, is there anyone you thought should be added?
Marvel Blog’s Very own Rebecca Kaplan was dismayed at the lack of Gwenpool, since Gwenpool did show up on Krakoa after some self-retconning antics. Perhaps one day we can see Gwenpool on a ballot.
Remember Voting ends in a few hours! We cannot wait to see who will end up the winner. While my own personal choice Avalanche, primarily because of X-Men Evolution nostalgia, doesn’t look like he will take the win. The end result is still very exciting!
Will Firestar remain on top and take it all? Or will Wakanda’s Gentle get a boost in votes? Perhaps Armor or Penance will make a last minute run!? We don’t know but we cannot wait for the results of the 2022 X-Men Elections!