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|character_name=Hope Summers |image=Hope Summers in Messiah War one-shot.jpg |converted=y |caption= Panel from X-Force/Cable: Messiah War #1 (March 2009).
Art by Mike Choi. |real_name=Hope Summers |species=Human Mutant |publisher=Marvel Comics |debut=X-Men #205
(November 2007) |creators=Mike Carey
Chris Bachalo |alliances= |aliases=Mutant Messiah |powers= Telepathy
Telekinesis
Immunity to Absorbtion Touch|cat=super |subcat=Marvel Comics |hero=y |sortkey=Summers, Hope }} Hope Summers is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in X-Men #205, and was created by writers Ed Brubaker, Mike Carey, Peter David, Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost during the X-Men: Messiah Complex event. She is the first mutant born after the events of House of M and Decimation.

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Publication history

The character first appeared in the Messiah Complex event. Currently she is starring in the second Cable series.

Fictional character biography

Messiah Complex

Template:Main Hope was born a year after the events of House of M; she was the first new mutant born since the Decimation (where the Scarlet Witch cast a spell to turn all the mutants into regular, depowered humans and to make sure no new ones were ever born, leaving only about two hundred left on Earth). The moment she was born, Cerebro exploded,[1] and shortly thereafter the town was attacked by the Purifiers, who had used information given to them from the time-traveling Sentinel Nimrod warning them of her arrival.[2] Although all the children in town were murdered by the Purifiers, Cable managed to save Hope.[3] According to him, the baby was the messiah supposed to save both mutant and humankind.[4] However, according to the Purifiers and Bishop, she will become the mutant equivalent to the Antichrist and kill a million humans in six minutes, turning humanity against mutants once again, thus leading into a new era of mutant persecution, the very time-line in which Bishop was born.[5]

The baby is kidnapped later by the Marauders.[5] and delivered to Mister Sinister, actually Mystique in disguise. She takes the baby and makes her touch the comatose Rogue.[6] Gambit quickly takes her away from Mystique, believing that she just killed her but he is amazed to see that the baby is alright and that it even cured Rogue.[7] After a huge battle between the Marauders, X-Men, and Predator X, Cyclops decides that the baby would be better off with Cable, and allows his son to take her to the future. However, an adamant Bishop decides to track Cable and the baby in order to finally kill her and prevent his future from happening.[4]

Into the Future

During one of the first battles with Bishop, Cable's time travelling device is damaged, so he can only jump into the future, instead of the past, when he needs to escape Bishop each time he finds them. After several jumps into the future, it is revealed that Cable has taken her to the secluded safe haven of New Liberty in the future, where Cable marries a woman named Hope, who is like a mother to the mutant baby.[8] Finding relative peace there, he raises her with Hope until she's seven years old. But then New Liberty is invaded by humanoid insects who called themselves the United States Army, later calling themselves humanoid Blattarians.[8] Cable fights them and leaves New Liberty with his wife and her in order to make sure New Liberty doesn't fall.[9] After spending months in the wasteland, the family is attacked by the president of the insects, whom Hope manages to save her family from by stabbing the insect in his weak spot, since she has been watching Cable fight. Cable questions the president where he finds out that Bishop, in order to find Hope in the future, has destroyed all the continents in the world and left them uninhabitable, except North America, in order to box them in, find her and kill her. Cable kills the president, and the family moves on. The family encounters a settlement, but are met with resistance. Cable takes care of them easily, but not fast enough, as her mother is shot and dies in Cable's arms while she watches. Hope sees Cable bury the closest thing she ever had to a mother and departs with him. After arriving at a church, the pastor asks the name of the child. In that moment, Cable decides to name her Hope Summers, in honor of her adoptive mother.[10]

Messiah War

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Cable #21 featuring Hope as an adult.

Hope Summers is the center of the conflict between the forces of Stryfe, Cable, and X-Force in the Messiah War storyline, which ran through Cable and X-Force. It is part of a three-part story that began with X-Men: Messiah Complex..[11] During the Messiah War, Hope is kidnapped by Cable's clone Stryfe who's in league with Bishop. She watches as Stryfe tortures Warpath until Cable, Wolverine and Elixir come to their rescue. In the following fight she survives along with the rest of the X-Force and Cable with Bishop losing an eye to Wolverine and having his time travel device damaged. When Cable and Hope are forced to time travel again, Hope resists because she wants to stay with X-23 and Elixir, with whom she had bonded during the events of Messiah War.

That causes her to kick Cable in mid jump stranding herself and Cable two years apart.

At the 2009 San Francisco Wondercon, it was implied by Matt Fraction that Hope is closely tied to Jean Grey and her resurrection.[12]

Homecoming and X-Men: Second Coming

In the four part series 'A Child Called Hope' Hope watches over Cable as he sleeps, and says 'I would come back from the dead to kill them' referring to anyone who would harm Cable. It can be seen that the phoenix emblem is in Hope's eyes again as she looks in the fire. As the short series closes it's revealed that Hope had actually slaughtered many of the evolved wolves in order to keep Cable safe. Advanced December 2009 solicitations from Marvel have confirmed that Cable and Hope (now a young woman) will return to the present day in the Homecoming storyline beginning in Cable #20. This will be a lead-in to X-Men: Second Coming, which will be the concluding chapter in the three-part story began in X-Men: Messiah Complex. A recent promotional image for the event has been released depicting two versions of Hope--one angelic, emphasizing her role as a savior, the other as evil and surrounded by the Phoenix Force, depicting her as a destroyer.[13][14][15]

Powers and abilities

At this point, Hope's powers have not been explained. The only notable thing is that when she was born, she unleashed a massive psionic pulse that destroyed Cerebro. She also proved to be immune to Rogue's newly lethal absorption power and her touch erased all of the previous memories and abilities Rogue had absorbed, including those of the Hecatomb. She also cured Rogue of the Strain 88 virus.[16]

During Messiah Complex when the Three-in-One tried to search for her when she was kidnapped by the Marauders, she was able to block and disrupt Cerebro from finding her.[5]

In Messiah War, after mentally scanning her, Stryfe hints that she has the same powers he does (telekinesis and telepathy), and is potentially far more powerful than he is.[17]

While she's a child, she's already an excellent hand-to-hand combatant by copying Cable's movements. Despite not exhibiting further powers, not even the ones displayed while an infant, Hope has become a keen observer and survivalist, able to find shelter and supplies.

Hope has finally shown some glimpse of the telekinetic powers at her command by stopping a bullet fired at her by Bishop and generating extremely powerful energy blasts that overloaded his own natural ability to absorb projected energy. She could also sense Bishop suggesting some form of telepathy.[18] However, although Duane Swierczynski has hinted that these powers could be something else entirely[19], he also says that he has a thing for women with red hair and green eyes who can move objects with their mind.

Images released by Marvel issue X-Men: Hope have indicated that Hope has a link to the Phoenix Force(The Phoenix Raptor manifests in her eyes).[20] The exact nature and extent of this connection has yet to be explained.

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