Team X was a military black-ops unit established in the 1960s by the joint efforts of the subversive organization known as Weapon Plus and the U.S. Government's Central Intelligence Agency, overseen by C.I.A. operative Major Arthur Barrington.
Named Team X, as it was composed of mutant agents, the black-ops squad undertook several missions for the C.I.A., the Weapon Plus Program, and, although possibly unwillingly, for the criminal mastermind known as Romulus, who used his personal undercover agents, Logan (codenamed: Wolverine) and Victor Creed (codenamed: Sabretooth) to carry on his own interests. Other team members included C.I.A. operatives David North (codenamed: Maverick) and John Wraith (codenamed: Kestrel), as well as the mysterious Mastodon and Wolverine's former love, Silver Fox, although likely an imposter hired by either the C.I.A., Weapon Plus or Romulus himself.
Team X operatives also underwent multiple brainwashing sessions, with their memories largely altered or replaced by false ones implanted by the Weapon Plus teams, under the lead of the program's head scientist, Professor Thorton.
In 1963 agents Logan, codenamed Emilio Garra, and Sabretooth, codenamed El Tigre, were on a mission in Cuba after Kennedy's assassination, where they had been betrayed by Silver Fox. They were later joined by agents Mastodon and Wraith, and together they clashed against Silver Fox, known as Zora de Plata.
Also in 1963 Romulus C.I.A. scienticists in Dallas, Texas, experimenting on Logan with Carbonadium pills; The whole squad was sent on Team X's last mission in Berlin, Germany; they were ordered to save C.I.A. double agent Janice Hollenbeck and to stole K.G.B.'s Carbonadium Synthesizer, required by soviet super-soldier Omega Red; Wraith tried to kill Red with a new weapon, but he survived and Wraith managed to teleport himself away to safety. In the following years, Omega Red continuously sought out the Team X members, believing they may know of its whereabouts.
In 1968, Wolverine was send to kill Soviet's Super-Soldier Cosmonaut Epsilon Red to keep the Russians from reaching the Moon first. When Sabretooth who fought his way through elite K.G.B., border guards and internal security to deliver an abort mission orders from the very top of the food chain.
Several years after the team disbanded, Weapon Plus formed its tenth iteration, the subversive Weapon X Program, overseen by Professor Thornton and funded by the C.I.A. through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Thornton successfully contacted or captured the former Team X alumni, who were infused with a serum which mimicked Wolverine's healing factor and received a new layer of memory implants initially through staged scenarios, and later using Aldo Ferro's psychic powers.
Later, Wolverine successfully escaped the Weapon X Facility where he was experimented on in Alberta, Canada, while Mastodon retired, Wraith was employed by the U.S. Government, Sabretooth continued working for Romulus, and Silver Fox disappeared, with the only Maverick still working for the Weapon X Program.
- Wolverine: Weapon X Files #1 mistakenly places Romulus' experiments on Logan with Carbonadium pills and Team X's mission against Omega Red in 1968, while the original issues in which those events happened, Wolverine: Origins #7-8, set the events in 1963, which is the correct date.
- It should be noted that all these dates should be considered topical references due to the sliding timescale.
- 19 appearance(s) of Team X (Earth-616)
- 6 minor appearance(s) of Team X (Earth-616)
- 10 mention(s) of Team X (Earth-616)
- 5 image(s) of Team X (Earth-616)
- 6 member(s) of Team X (Earth-616)