- Third Summers brother
The third Summers brother is a plot point in
X-Men comic booksfirst referenced in "X-Men (vol. 2) #23" (1993), published by Marvel Comics. In that issue the villain Mister Sinisterhas a conversation with X-Men member Cyclops and casually mentions Cyclops' brothers. Cyclops notes that it is odd to talk about his brothers in the plural, since as far as he knows he has just one brother (Alex Summers, also known as Havok).
While Sinister himself immediately claimed that it was just a common mistake of his, the speculation about the mysterious third Summers brother ran rampant among fandom. Gambit and Adam X were both believed to be the missing brother at some point.
Marvel revealed a third Summers brother, known as Vulcan, in the 2006 miniseries "".
From "X-Men" #39 on,
Adam X the X-Tremewas intended to be the additional brother to Cyclops once mentioned cryptically by Mister Sinister(Sinister mentioned that he didn't want Cyclops or " [his] brothers" to succumb to the Legacy Virus), but the plans for this were dropped when Fabian Niciezaleft Marvel's various X-Titles in 1995 [http://www.uncannyxmen.net/db/article/showquestion.asp?faq=4&fldAuto=67] . He was supposed to be the son of D'Ken and Katherine Anne Summers, the mother of mutants Cyclops, Havok, and (as subsequently revealed) Vulcan, who had been captured by the Shi'ar. While this origin was never confirmed in the comics themselves, Adam is half-human, and Katherine was the only "known" human woman in Shi'ar space at the time. "X-Men" #39 (Dec. 1994) featured a story about Adam discovering Philip Summers (father of Christopher Summers and grandfather of Cyclops and Havok) in the Alaskan wilderness and feeling an unusual connection to the old man.
Nicieza later confirmed that he intended Adam X to be the half-brother of Cyclops and Havok:
cquote|ADAM X was INTENDED to be the illegitimate offspring of D'Ken and Kate Summers. Taken from D'Ken and raised on a farming planet.
BUT--and it's a big but--since I never had the opportunity to tell the entire story, what I intended is worth the screen it's printed on.|Fabian Nicieza|Fabian Nicieza| [http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks/msg/85508b307e040906 rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks, August 1998]
Nicieza left the X-Men office in 1995, and many of his plots were taken in new directions. With the emergence of the comic series "
X-Treme X-Men" in 2001, the reappearance of the character X-Treme was made even more unlikely, due to the likelihood of confusion. Except for a brief appearance in Nicieza's aborted "Captain Marvel" series (1995), he has not been seen since.
While it was always intended that Adam X is in fact the "third Summers brother", the idea has been retconned in favor of a new character introduced by
Ed Brubakerin the mini-series "", Vulcan. Yet, like Adam X, Vulcan does have a mysterious connection to the Shi'ar.
Some argue that Adam could still be the brother to Cyclops and Havok mentioned by Sinister (since he was intended to be their half-brother on their "mother"'s side, he would never have been a "Summers brother" despite the fan-term). Sinister mentioned only "your brothers." In addition, Vulcan, in-stasis and believed dead while the Legacy Virus was a problem, could not have been the brother mentioned by Sinister. Also, Sinister never says how many brothers Scott and Alex have, so they may have more than one other brother. Adam, being a brother to the Summers, could explain Sinister's interest in him earlier on.
Alternatively, it can be argued that the current version of the story (i.e., in "Deadly Genesis") would negate the scenario of Adam X being the son of D'Ken and Catherine Summers, as she was already pregnant with Vulcan when they met, and died at the hands of D'Ken when he ripped Vulcan from her womb before Adam X's supposed birth to Catherine. However , this can just as easily be counter-argued by the possibility that Adam-X is a test tube baby , like his possible nephews X-Man and Stryfe, and in-vitro fertilization and
ectogenesishave been shown to indeed be a common practice for the Shi'ar, who, even if they have the ability to give birth to live young, also incubate their own eggs in public hatcheries ( which were shown to be a prime target of the Phalanx , when they once invaded the Empire ) .
During his run on "Cable",
AuthorRobert Weinberg planned for Apocalypse to have been the Third Summers Brother all along, but left the book before he could go along with his plan. [ [http://www.comixfan.com/xfan/forums/archive/index.php/t-24515.html Comixfan Forums - NO PRISONERS #3: THE THIRD SUMMERS BROTHER ] ] . Rather than an entirely different origin, Weinberg's idea functions as a preludeto the "Rise of Apocalypse" story. Following the concept of predestination paradox; Christopher Summers, married with Katherine Anne, had a love affairwith a nameless woman, possibly a mutant, and left her before she discovered that she was pregnant. For reasons unknown, she never informed Summers that she was going to have his son. Shortly after the woman gives birth to a powerful mutant, the boy is taken from her, stolen by a mysterious time-traveling figure from the future, who goes back into the past and abandons the child, who knew neither his father nor mother, on the desert of Egypt. He was called "The First One" (because the baby was the First Summers child), or as he became known in the language of those who found and raised him, En Sabah Nur, the mutant to be known as Apocalypse. Moreover, while posing as a God during his lifetime, Apocalypse had fathered children, who, in turn had children, until one of his descendants could have been in London at the time of "The Further Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix". As such, it would be possible that the X-gene that developed in the Summers family also came from Apocalypse (making him Cable's uncle).
Weinberg disliked Apocalypse as being the first mutant, stating "Surely no one reading Marvel Comics ever believed that Apocalypse was the first mutant? He may have been one of the first powerful mutants, but the first one? Never. Evolution is based on the theory of survival of the fittest. Modern man is the result of thousands of mutations over a hundred thousand years. Claiming someone in early Egyptian times was the first mutant is not only
bad science, it’s just ridiculous."
The 12 issue, 3 part "" series, which presented one possible future of the X-Men, established that Gambit was a genetically engineered mutant with his DNA spliced partially from Cyclops, thus making him a third brother in some respects. According to one review, "In strict theory, the idea is supposed to be that [the series takes] place in a possible future. Logically, that should mean that anything they reveal about the past also holds true for the mainstream Marvel Universe." [ [http://thexaxis.com/minis/xmenendv25.htm TheXAxis.com] ] In addition, the writer of the series was
Chris Claremont, the creator of both Sinister and Gambit, although whether that gives greater credibility to Gambit's status is debatable.
The 2006 series "" established that a third Summers brother did indeed exist and was the previously unknown character known as Vulcan. It is not yet known whether Mister Sinister was even aware of Vulcan's existence, so the link between Vulcan and Mister Sinister's statement is still speculative. It is also pointed out by fans that Mr. Sinister's comment meant there was at least a third brother, he did not specify a number and therefore other brothers might also exist. In any case, the current version of the story could negate the scenario of Adam X being the son of
D'Kenand Katherine Summers, as she was already pregnant when they met, and died before Adam X was born, though this could be excused by the possibility that Adam-X is a test tube baby, and it has been shown that in-vitro fertilization and ectogenesisare common Shi'ar practices.
* [http://uncannyxmen.net/db/article/showquestion.asp?faq=4&fldAuto=67 Uncannyxmen.net Third Summers Brother Article Pre-Vulcan]
* [http://www.uncannyxmen.net/db/spotlight/showquestion.asp?faq=10&fldAuto=66&page=6 The panel in question]
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