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Quote1 Always hard to make decisions. Always tough to know when to let go.
When to give up. When to know enough is enough.
And then there are some who never learn.
And then there are others who never know when enough is enough.
Who aren't stopped by common sense, or even death.
And people like that...you want to keep an eye on. Because you never know where they will lead you.
 Quote2
Darwin[src]

Armando Muñoz, also known as Darwin, is a mutant with the remarkable ability to adapt to any environment or situation, making him virtually indestructible.[5] His mutation manifested early in life, causing him to face rejection from his family and peers. Despite the challenges, Darwin's innate resilience propelled him to excel academically.[1] He was recruited into a secret group of X-Men, but in a disastrous mission to rescue the original X-Men team from Krakoa, Darwin merged with Vulcan to keep them both alive in space in a dormant state.[6] Eventually, a tremendous burst of mutant energy from M-Day awakened Vulcan,[7] and Darwin and Vulcan later separated.[8]

As a member of the X-Men, Darwin played a vital role in various missions and battles against threats to mutantkind. He demonstrated his adaptability time and again, evolving to overcome formidable foes and challenging situations.[9] During a mission against Vulcan, Darwin aided the X-Men. Despite being captured, he played a key role in rescuing Professor X from the M'kraan Crystal.[10] During a confrontation with the Hulk Darwin evolved the ability to absorb gamma radiation. However, realizing the Hulk's radiation levels were too overwhelming, he spontaneously gained teleportation powers and escaped the confrontation unharmed.[11]

Darwin joined the mutant nation of Krakoa. He along with Synch and Laura Kinney, ventured into The Vault and battled the Children of the Vault.[12] Darwin's adaptability saved him, but he was captured by City for experimentation. Synch transmitted their findings to Professor X before being resurrected.[13] Later, Darwin and Laura were found alive during a rescue attempt by Forge.[14]

History

Origin[]

Armando was born different from other children. By age four, he was bald, his arms were longer than normal, and his eyes seemed to change. His father abandoned them around this time, and his mother blamed Darwin for his mutation.[1]

He grew up in the face of rejection, with even his own mother despising him, but he didn't hate her for that. He did everything he could to make her love him. A day came when he was asked to take an IQ test. Unknown to anyone at the time, Armando's desire to impress his mother subconsciously activated his mutant power and allowed him to test off the charts. He was quickly enrolled in a renowned boarding school, the Biltmore Academy for Advanced Education, but he was sent away mostly because his mother still hated him.[1]

Although his teachers loved him, he was bullied constantly by other students. One day the bullies put his head in the toilet and Armando noticed he could breathe underwater. He lifted his head out and began fighting back, feeling his arms become tough, almost like cement when he punched them. The bullies fled and Armando never brought up what had happened.[1]

His mother then became a heavy smoker. One night she fell asleep with one of her cigarettes still lit, accidentally setting their house on fire. Armando carried her out, unaffected by the flames to the astonishment of firefighters and paramedics. Tests were done at the hospital, and scientists were brought in. Armando was told he was a mutant and was nicknamed "Darwin, the Evolving Boy" (after Charles Darwin) because he seemed to adapt to every condition the scientists could think of. For example, they placed him in a pitch-black room and he gained night vision. There was even a lengthy report that was published about Armando.[1]

Unfortunately, his mother continued to reject him, denying that she could ever give birth to such a thing. Dejected, he attempted to commit suicide by jumping off the roof. Instead, he became so light and soft that he almost bounced when he landed on the ground. After talking about what happened with the school psychiatrist, he was told that 'someone who works with other kids like him' had read about Armando and was interested in meeting him. This person turned out to be Moira MacTaggert.[1]

X-Men[]

Moira MacTaggert recruited Armando as one of her "fosters". He was in the first team, along with Vulcan, Petra, and Sway to attempt to rescue the X-Men from Krakoa.[15]

While Petra and Sway were killed by Krakoa, Darwin and Vulcan were swallowed in the earth by a combination of Sway and Petra's dying powers. Darwin absorbed the remains of the two girls and then converted himself into energy to fuse together with Vulcan. This gave Vulcan the powers of Darwin, Petra, and Sway and enabled him to survive in space, albeit in a dormant state.[8]

M-Day & Deadly Genesis[]

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Darwin recreating his body

Years later, the Scarlet Witch declared "No more mutants" and depowered most of mutantkind. The mutants who got depowered had their energies expelled from their bodies, and these energies awakened Vulcan. Rachel Summers managed to separate Darwin's presence from Vulcan, who then took off for space. While dealing with the shocking revelations of the truth about Krakoa and Vulcan, Beast found out that Darwin was still in fact alive. He was brought back to the Xavier Institute, where Beast determined Darwin was now a being of pure energy. While not conscious, he was shown to still have brain activity and was still alive, located at the X-Mansion. Once separated from Vulcan, Darwin's abilities (empowered from the energies from M-Day) caused him to develop a physical form once more.[9]

The Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire[]

When the X-Men (including Warpath, Havok, Polaris, Marvel Girl, Nightcrawler, and Professor X) left to go hunt down Vulcan and stop him from destroying the Shi'ar, it was revealed that the Professor brought Darwin with them with hope that his friendship with Vulcan would help. When Shi'ar agents abducted Professor X, Darwin followed, and secretly jumped onto their spacecraft as it fled.[16]

After successfully rescuing Xavier from his captors, Darwin was well on his way to freedom when D'ken was revealed to be alive and well. Recaptured by the Imperium guards, Darwin failed in his attempt to rescue his mentor and reluctantly accepted Vulcan's offer of becoming Best Man at his and Deathbird's wedding.[16]

Though obviously against the union, Darwin attended the wedding - albeit in shackles - and was caught in the crossfire when the X-Men and Starjammers attacked. Fearing his great day to be completely ruined by the interference, Vulcan trapped Xavier within the M'kraan Crystal. Naturally fearing for his mentor's safety, Darwin followed Xavier into the depths of the crystal and rescued him. He was taken to the X-Men's spaceship with Professor X and Lilandra Neramani sent the ship on its way back to Earth.[10]

World War Hulk[]

Darwin was one of the X-Men who heeded the call for help when Hulk came to the Xavier Institute. While fighting the Hulk he evolved the ability to absorb gamma radiation. Darwin attempted to absorb gamma radiation from the Hulk only to find that the Hulk's gamma radiation supply was far more than he could drain. His body then determined the best way to confront the Hulk was to not confront the Hulk at all, and Darwin gained teleportation powers which promptly teleported him out of the Hulk's path of destruction.[11]

Messiah Complex[]

Darwin reappeared along with the X-Men and fought against the Marauders, Purifiers, Predator X, and Cable.[17]

X-Factor Investigations[]

Sometime after the birth of the first mutant since M-Day, Darwin went in search of Professor Xavier because of rumors that he was alive again. While searching, Darwin encountered Nogor the Talisman, a Skrull impersonating Longshot. While in Detroit, the pair were attacked by Jazinda and She-Hulk who were trailing Nogor.[18][19]

Meanwhile, Darwin's father hired X-Factor Investigations to help him find Darwin because he felt bad for walking out on him and his mother when he was younger.[18] After reuniting father and son, it was revealed that Hector actually wanted Darwin only to hand him over to the mysterious Karma Project. Darwin was subsequently saved by X-Factor, and agreed to join the team.[20]

After joining X-Factor, Darwin helped to save Lenore from the assassination attempts of Cortex,[21] relocated to New York City,[22] rescued the Invisible Woman from Doctor Doom,[23] and fought Bolivar Trask and his MRD.[24]

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Darwin with the powers of Hela

After inadvertently handing Pip the Troll over to Hela, the X-Factor crew journeyed to Las Vegas to rescue him.[25] In Vegas, the team encountered Hela's undead warriors. With help from Thor, the team held their own, but the key to winning the battle was Darwin taking on gaining Hela's powers and using them against her.[4]

Lone Warrior[]

Unfortunately, taking on Hela's death powers had negative effects on Darwin, who chose to leave the team for a sabbatical.[26] While wandering in the desert, Darwin experienced a dream or vision during which he battled the dragon-like Sirrush and encountered a sheriff named Tier, who claimed to be the son of Rahne Sinclair.[27] Armed with this unsettling information, Darwin began a trek back to New York to warn his friends.[28][29]

During his sojourn, Darwin began hearing voices telling him about Tier, and Darwin decided to kill the child himself instead of approaching his former comrades. Darwin began hunting the child, but was prevented from killing him by Tier's guardian, Werewolf by Night.[29]

In Pennsylvania, Darwin had successfully incapacitated Werewolf by Night, and had cornered Tier, only to be thwarted by the interference of Vanora and Rictor. Although momentarily caught off guard by Rictor's restored mutant powers, Darwin remained determined to continue to track Tier and kill him.[29]

Compelled by forces beyond his understanding, Darwin continued to track Tier to New York City where Tier tried to meet with X-Factor. However, when Darwin arrived at X-Factor Investigations Headquarters, he lacked the nerve to actually kill Tier.[30] Because he was unable to kill Tier to avert the Hell on Earth War, Darwin elected to rejoin X-Factor to fight the Hell Lords.[31]

After the Hell on Earth War, Darwin was separated from the others and traveled back to Las Vegas to find Hela and force her to fix him. While searching for Hela, Darwin encountered a recently resurrected Monet. The pair had a one-night stand. Afterward, Hela found Darwin, but he refused her help.[32]

Dawn of X[]

Following the establishment of a mutant country in Krakoa by Charles Xavier, Darwin became one of the countless mutants to settle in this new nation. When a group of X-Men were sent to The Vault, a place where anyone trapped inside could remain there for subjectively thousands of years, to capture Serafina, the three mutants selected for the mission were Darwin, Synch, and Wolverine (Laura) since they would be able to survive the temporal changes inside it. As soon as the three entered the Vault, they lost touch with the X-Men.[12]

During their first day, while engaging the Children of the Vault in battle, Wolverine and Synch killed most of their foes while Darwin's head got caught in a water bubble from Sangre. After seeing her teammates killed, Aguja angrily killed herself by projecting a force field that destroyed everything around her in an attempt to kill her foes.[13]

However, Darwin and his teammates recovered, with Darwin recovering due to his adaptation powers. The team then spent 100 years inside the Vault gathering intelligence on the Children. Darwin's adaptation powers slowed or prevented him from aging and learned that City could resurrect any Children that were killed through cloning in order to continuously evolve them. City became interested in Darwin's power and captured him so it could learn how to create a new generation of Children. Wolverine was also captured. After Synch fled and returned to the Vault, with 100 years passing by, he rescued Wolverine, but during his rescue of Darwin, Darwin was supposedly killed by City so it could use his powers to create a new generation of Children. Synch and Wolverine were later killed by the Children, but Synch was able to make telepathic contact with X and ensure everything they learned about the Vault was passed onto his resurrected form. Wolverine and Darwin were also resurrected.[33] It was later revealed that the original Darwin and Laura both survived the Vault. During Forge's rescue attempt, Darwin communicated with him as living code.[14]

Attributes

Power Grid[52]
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Powers

Darwin is a mutant with an extremely malleable physiology. His powers were greatly amplified after he was exposed to a massive burst of mutant energy (which got expelled from mutants on M-Day[7]) while he was fused with Vulcan.[8]

  • Superior Adaptation: Darwin's powers of self-protection offers continuous circumstantial evolution. Darwin is able to adapt to any situation. His reactive mutation adjusts his capabilities to his environment. Examples of such manifestations include receiving functioning gills after being submerged in water,[1][34] gaining night vision after being in the dark for several seconds,[35] being able to survive without oxygen when in space, his skin becoming fireproof when it is exposed to flames,[35] his body becoming pure energy,[8] his intelligence increasing itself or the understanding of the Shi'ar language by looking at it in written form. However, his powers do not always take the effect he desires.[29] For example, during his fight with the Hulk, his body teleports him away from the battle rather than supplying a power that would allow him to defeat the Hulk.[11] He is currently living as code to survive the Children of the Vault.[14]
    • Immortality or Near Immortality: As a byproduct of Darwin's continuous evolution, he may, in fact, be immortal. He can survive indefinitely in harsh conditions and/or without water or nourishment. Darwin even survived Hela's death touch.[4] He also survived 200 years while in the Vault, a location where time moved much more quickly than time in the outside world.[33]
    • Proactive Adaptation: After his battle with Hela, Darwin became able to trigger mutations that could proactively ensure his survival sometimes even by affecting others around him.[29]
  • Death Harbinger: Although many of his death deity adaptations have gone, Darwin still claims to be a death harbinger.[4][32] Darwin does appear to be able to detect when someone is dying[36] and still carries much of the darkness of Hela with him.[37][29][32]

Abilities

  • Highly intelligent and speaks multiple languages due to his mutation.

Notes

  • Darwin's father is Latino[18] and his mother is African-American.[1]
  • Darwin still has a very close father–son like relationship with Professor Xavier.[16][34]
  • Darwin was part of a love triangle with Monet and Strong Guy with both men pining after Monet in secret for some time.[3][49][44] Strong Guy and M eventually went on a date, but it ended very poorly.[50] Later, Darwin and Monet had a one-night stand.[32]

See Also

Links and References

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