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Quote1 I've lived the past few years as a Puerto Rican woman in the middle of a bunch of white male doctors. I know how to handle myself around bigots. Quote2
Cecilia Reyes[src]


Early Life[]

Cecilia Reyes was born into a Puerto Rican family in the Bronx, New York City. Growing up in a vibrant and culturally rich community, Cecilia's early years were marked by a strong sense of family and heritage. However, tragedy struck at the tender age of six when she witnessed the senseless murder of her father, Alejandro Reyes, in a drive-by shooting. This traumatic event left a lasting impact on Cecilia, shaping her worldview and igniting within her a fierce determination to make a difference in the world.[7]

Medical Career[]

Despite the devastating loss of her father, Cecilia was inspired to pursue a noble path in life. Fuelled by a desire to heal and help others, she dedicated herself wholeheartedly to the pursuit of a career in medicine. Even at a young age, Cecilia exhibited remarkable resilience and determination, channeling her grief into a drive to succeed.[7]

Soon after achieving her goal, her mutant powers activated, and she contacted Charles Xavier who invited her to join Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and his X-Men.[7] She rejected the offer and asked Professor X to keep her status as a mutant secret,[8] preferring to continue her trauma surgeon career at the Our Mother of Mercy Hospital in the South Bronx.[7]

Operation: Zero Tolerance[]

Three years later, during the Operation: Zero Tolerance crisis, Cecilia was attacked by Prime Sentinels while working. She survived by using her defensive shield and with Iceman's help. Banding together with Sabra, Marrow, and Charlotte Jones, the group faced Bastion until S.H.I.E.L.D. interceded.[9]

Returning to an abandoned X-Mansion, Cecilia used what little tools she had to remove a bomb from Cyclops' chest. Attempting to save her career, she returned to work to have a unique last day. She treated a wounded Daredevil, learning his secret identity in the process, and a Legacy Virus-ravaged Pyro tricked her into releasing him from custody. The hospital fired her, and she reluctantly joined the X-Men.[4]

Later, she was caught during the X-Men's battle with the Neo, a villainous group of mutants who claimed to have evolved beyond the level of other mutants. Reyes was trapped in the Neo's fortress below New York City and used a street drug called Rave to make her mutant powers more destructive, ensuring her survival. The X-Men rescued her, and Xavier used his telepathy and helped her kick her addiction to Rave.[10]


Dr. Reyes was abducted by the Weapon X program and taken to Neverland, the mutant concentration camp.[11] While many mutants perished, including her fellow X-Man Maggott,[11] she was kept alive due to her medical skills.[1]

The camp was eventually abandoned by Weapon X, and Reyes disappeared.[1]


Cecilia's older brother, Colonel Miguel Reyes, was assigned to head Sentinel Squad O*N*E* security on the Xavier School grounds, with the purpose of finding out the fate of his sister, who had been missing since M-Day.[12]

Dr. Reyes eventually resurfaced working as an unlicensed doctor in New York City.[1]

Back to X-Men[]

She later moved to Utopia with the X-Men and began work as a doctor there.[13]


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Cecilia Reyes is a mutant.

Psioplasmic Bio-Field: Generates a psioplasmic bio-field, increasing her durability. The field extends six inches from any point on her body. This field constantly surrounds her body at every given moment, completely invisible, and only takes on a glass-like translucency when subconsciously activated by a threat.

The field reacts to kinetic impact, energy signatures, certain psionic forces, temperature changes, etc. The bio-field is an extension of Cecilia's body, and so she feels the attack as its effect is dispersed over the field. Her power is subconscious, meaning it protects her from harm whether she wants it to or not, or is aware of the incoming threat or not.

Eventually Cecilia learned how to manifest the field at will, as a weapon. Surrounding her fists with psioplasmic force can increase the bludgeoning power behind her punches; she formed spikes to kill the Neo known as Jaeger;[14] she could expel the field outward in a hammer-like ram, etc.[10]


Cecilia is a capable medical doctor and surgeon, making her the only member of the X-Men who is a true doctor of medicine.


  • Cecilia Reyes first used her powers offensively in X-Men (Vol. 2) #100 on accident. Part of her "shield" jumped out at Jaeger, killing him.
  • After taking an extremely addictive and illegal drug called "Rave" to temporarily boost her powers,[14] Dr. Reyes became addicted.[10]
  • She hates Trish Tilby,[1] possibly due to her romantic relationship with Beast.

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