- “Mutants - born with extraordinary abilities, and yet still, they are children stumbling in the dark, searching for guidance. A gift can often be a curse. Give someone wings, and they may fly too close to the sun. Give them the power of prophecy, and they may live in fear of the future. Give them the greatest gift of all, powers beyond imagination, and they may think they are meant to rule the world.”
- ―Charles Xaviersrc
Mutants (Homo superior) are people who posses the X-Gene and develop superhuman powers, traits and abilities. These powers range from physical to psychic or psionic-based. The mutant gene can also cause physical traits and characteristics no humans possess, commonly having the skin or eyes being more animal-like than human. Any such attributes are not always controlled by the mutant in question, as some cannot control their powers properly or at all, especially if their mutation affects their appearance. The mutant gene usually manifests at puberty, often at times of great stress, while some mutants, like Sabretooth and Wolverine, could develop it beforehand if they also experience such levels of stress. There are even cases of mutants developing their abilities from birth, such as Colossus due to the radiation following the nuclear explosion at Chernobyl.
- “You always said we were part of God's plan. Maybe we were God's mistake.”
- ―Logan to Charles Xaviersrc
The first mutant appeared during ancient Egypt thousands of years ago; En Sabah Nur. James Howlett and Victor Creed, whom fought in important wars of American history, were the next, earliest known mutants. By the time of World War II, mutants became a more widespread phenomenon, though humanity at large continued to be ignorant of their existence. Alternatively, the Nuclear Age caused an acceleration of the mutant gene, finally making a species of them.
It was not until 1960s when the existence of mutantkind was revealed to the US government during the Cuban Missile Crisis, which was orchestrated by Sebastian Shaw, who sought to destroy baseline humans so that mutants could rule the Earth, with Shaw as their leader. His plans were thwarted by a group of mutant misfits, who used their unique gifts to prevent a nuclear war, effects of which would cause the mutant gene to become truly dominant on the planet, with humanity becoming extinct as a result. However, their heroic actions exposed mutants to the world in irrevocable ways.
First Extermination Attempt
In 2003, Colonel William Stryker, Jr. sought to rid the world of mutantkind by using a combination of his son, Jason Stryker, and Charles Xavier's powers with Cerebro to mentally kill all mutants in the world. His plan nearly backfired at him and not only nearly caused homo sapiens' extermination, but also a full-out war between mutants and humans.
A "Cure" to Mutation
The billionaire businessman Warren Worthington II sought to cure his son of his "affliction" and used his corporation to create a mutant cure, using a mutant child as a source. The cure was supposed to be used to cure mutants and make them human again, but it was also used as a weapon by USA military in case dangerous mutants posed a threat to human lives.
Learning of this mutant supremacist, Magneto led an army to the headquarters of Worthington Labs, in San Francisco, to destroy it before it was used to exterminate mutantkind. He was thwarted by the X-Men, fortunately. Later, the cure was discovered to be temporary as mutants such as Magneto began to regain their powers.
In 1973, the Sentinel Program was used after Bolivar Trask was killed by Mystique. Later on, with her DNA, they create the Sentinel: Mark X, a Sentinel that can adapt to its environment and use mutant abilities. They begin targeting mutants and eventually families with the potential to have mutants. When humans attempt to protect mutants, they kill them as well. By 2023, the war with the Sentinels has created a dystopian world where most of mutantkind are gone and only the worst of humanity are left.
Relentlessly hunted by the Sentinels, the remainder of the X-Men allied with the Free Mutants to put an end to the Sentinels. Using Shadowcat's powers, Wolverine travels back in time to 1973 in order to stop Mystique from killing Trask and causing the creation of the Sentinel Program. With the aid of the past versions of Charles Xavier and Hank McCoy, Wolverine is able to change events so that Mystique doesn't kill Trask and is seen to save the life of President Richard Nixon. As a result, the Sentinel Program is canceled and Trask is arrested for selling secrets to the Chinese, altering the future.
Paris Peace Accords
The existence of mutants became known to the world at the Paris Peace Accords in 1973. Magneto, Beast, and Mystique were caught battling each other on camera, their powers exposed to a crowd of onlookers. When Mystique saved the life of the United States president in Washington, her face became a symbol of peaceful co-existence between humans and mutants by 1983.
Rise of Apocalypse
In 1983, whilst investigating a cult known as "Ashir En Sabah Nur", FBI agent Moira MacTaggert uncovered the remains of the pyramid in which En Sabah Nur (Apocalypse) was imprisoned. In doing so, she inadvertently triggered his awakening, allowing Apocalypse to roam through the streets of Cairo. Upon rescuing a mutant street orphan known as Storm, Apocalypse learns that humans have become the dominant species on the planet. Believing them to be "false gods", he decides to assemble a team of powerful mutants to act his "Four Horsemen" in his quest to wipe out humanity.
Apocalypse convinces Storm, Psylocke, Angel, and Magneto to join his crusade against humanity, enhancing their powers to their full potential. When Charles Xavier attempts to reason with Magneto using Cerebro, Apocalypse takes control of Charles and disarms the world of its nuclear weapons using the latter's telepathic powers. He then has his Horsemen kidnap Charles in the hopes of using the professor as his next host.
To transfer his consciousness into Charles' body, Apocalypse creates a pyramid to facilitate the ritual. He instructs Magneto to cause magnetic disturbances on Earth that will result in mass destruction and the extinction of humankind. In the midst of transferring his consciousness to Charles, a few of the mutants of Xavier's School - lead by Mystique and Beast - battle Apocalypse's Horsemen to save the professor. Though they are successful in saving Charles, Apocalypse's power proves to be too great when he battles Charles on the astral plane. Weakened, Charles calls out to his student Jean Grey and convinces her to unleash the full extent of her powers. Through the combined attack of the mutants and two of his former Horsemen, Storm and Magneto respectively, Apocalypse's physical and mental form is obliterated by Jean's power.
After the mansion is rebuilt from being destroyed during Apocalypse's kidnapping of Charles, Mystique and Beast take on the responsibility of training the students who helped vanquish Apocalypse. They become known as the X-Men.
At some point before 2004, Transigen and its partner Alkali covertly implemented a new program to eradicate the mutants, creating genetically modified corn stalks used in mass produced foods and drinks. The consumption of these foods by unknowingly consumers was preventing an active mutant X-gene from being transmitted to their progeny and thus were responsible for the lack of known mutant births onward.
Transigen was responsible for the quick decline of the mutant population, which they orchestrated to stop the ramdom and natural apparition of everyone that carried an active X-gene in the general population and in a second time to artificially create mutant children in a selective and controlled environment.
In the revised timeline, genetic manipulation, torture methods, and near-death experiences were found to be able to cause an artificial mutation. The genetic manipulation started with a serum used to awaken the X-gene inside a normal human, while the human was then subjected to extreme stress, caused by torture and near death experiences, with some human subjects being put on the brink of death to cause a mutation. However, as not all humans have dormant mutant genes, the torture could end up killing the subjects instead of mutating them. These were used to create super-humans and super-soldiers, conditioned to become strong and obedient.
They were fitted with a device called a Control Collar, which made them obedient to whoever the subjects were sold to. The process usually caused a lose of morality, ethics, compassion, and remorse, leaving most subjects indifferent, cruel, and sometimes, sadistic people without much of a sense of humor. Notable subjects of this are Angel Dust and Ajax, while Wade Wilson, another human given artificial mutations, retained his sense of humor while losing much of his humanity and sanity, leaving him with a humorous and child-like personality combined with that of a ruthless and brutal killer named Deadpool.
Following their success in stopping the proliferation of mutants, by 2029 no new mutant birth had been officially reported in 25 years, Transigen began the next phase of its operation. In order to do so, they genetically engineered mutant children in a Mexican lab, using the DNA of older mutants as templates. Transigen made twenty-two attempts, until their scientists created the X-23 children, raising them there in hopes of turning them into soldiers. When this attempt failed, they created X-24, an adult clone of Wolverine. They planned to terminate the children, though a few Transigen nurses helped some of them to escape before they could be killed.
By 2029, mutants have been eradicated, at least in the U.S., with the only ones still alive being hunted and forced to hide. The X-Men had been disbanded, with the only two surviving members being Logan, whose healing factor started to fail, and Charles Xavier, who suffered from some sort of Alzheimer's which in turn affected his powers. In 2028, Charles suffered a psychic seizure that injured over 600 people and killed seven mutants, including several members of the X-Men. After this, Charles was believed dead and Logan states that the X-Men are gone.
After escaping Transigen, nurse Gabriela Lopez approaches Logan for help in protecting Laura, Logan's "daughter" from Transgien's experiments. While reluctant to help, Logan agrees to take Laura to Eden in North Dakota in exchange for a large sum of money. Along the way, the group comes into conflict with the Reavers and the X-24, resulting in the deaths of Charles and Caliban. Finally, with the help of Logan, the children are able to escape into Canada where they have been promised asylum. The fight to escape leaves most of the Reavers, Zander Rice, Donald Pierce, X-24 and Logan all dead. After the fight, Laura and the children mourn the death of Logan and later cross the Canadian-American border while Laura turns the Christian cross into an X to honor her father's status as the last of the X-Men. Afterwards Laura and the other X-23 mutant children leave for the border, the fate of mutantkind unknown.
- Sebastian Shaw: "We are the children of the atom; radiation gave birth to mutants. What will kill the humans will only make us stronger."
- Jean Grey: "Ladies and Gentlemen, we are now seeing the beginnings of another stage of human evolution. These mutations manifest at puberty and are often triggered by periods of emotional stress."
- Jean Grey and Professor X: "Mutation: it is the key to our evolution. It is how we have evolved from a single-celled organism into the dominant species on the planet. This process is slow, normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millennia, evolution leaps forward."
- Mystique: "Mutant and Proud."
- Magneto: "Tomorrow, mankind will know that mutants exist. They will fear us, and that fear will turn to hatred."
- Storm: "Neanderthals, we once believed that they were wiped out by years of conflict with a much more advanced branch of humanity called Cro-Magnon, but recent research in to our own DNA suggests that these two species may have inter-bred, evolving into modern humans (asks class) into what? (Class: Us) Us."
- Wolverine: "Mutants. They're gone now"