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Marvel Universe

Real Name
Armondo Munoz

The Evolving Boy



Place of Birth
New York City, New York

First Appearance
X-Men: Deadly Genesis #2 (2006)

X-Men: Deadly Genesis #2 (2006)

Born a strange looking mutant, Armando Munoz was left alone with his mother at age 4 after his father rejected him & left. His mother resented Armando for his father's selfishness & Armando resolved to make her happy again. Four years later, testing revealed his genius-level intelligence & private academies offered to fund continuing education; which of course pleased his mother, albeit not for reasons Arando would hope for. His mother gladly enrolled him in the Biltmore Academy boarding school, where he was bullied relentlessly for years due to his appearance until, at age 15, his latent mutant ability manifested & he fought back, subconsciously hardening his hands & beating the bullies unconscious. Later, during a visit home, he saved his mother's life after her smoking caused a fire. The senior scientist at Biltmore tested Armando & published a paper about his ability that 'outed' him as a mutant & dubbed him "Darwin, the Evolving Boy." Rejected by his mother, Armando attempted suicide, but his mutation saved him. The resident psychiatrist recommended Armando to renowned geneticist Moira MacTaggert, who took him in & began training him in the use of his powers. He & MacTaggert's other young students were later recruited by Moira's colleague Professor Charles Xavier to join his X-Men & rescue the team's original members from the living island Krakoa. The monster killed three of Darwin's teammates, but not before they sent him & Kid Vulcan to safety deep underground. After the X-Men hurled Krakoa into space, unaware of the two survivors, Darwin instinctively converted himself into pure energy & bonded with Kid Vulcan, trying to keep them both alive. Years later, the reality-altering "M-Day" event revived Kid Vulcan. Darwin's consciousness also reawakened inside Vulcan, but he was helpless to prevent Vulcan's vengful attacks on the X-Men. Telepathically liberated by Rachel Summers during the conflict, Darwin regained physical form as his mutation quickly rebuilt his body. After recuperating at Xavier's Institute, Darwin agreed to help Xavier locate Vulcan, who had left Earth bound for the interstellar Shi'ar Empire of his birth. Rejoining the X-Men, Darwin helped commandeer a Shi'ar ship & they set off in pursuit of Vulcan. Ambushed by Warskrulls, Darwin witnessed Xavier's kidnapping & secretly hitched a ride on the kidnapper's shuttle, which arrived at the Shi'ar High Council's Starways. Attempting to rescue Xavier, Darwin was captured & imprisoned after seeing former Shi'ar Majestor D'ken reclaim the throne. Confronted by Vulcan, Darwin learned of his plans to marry D'ken's sister Deathbird & to execute Xavier on their wedding day. Taken to the ceremony at the site of the M'kraan Crystal dimensional nexus, Darwin witnessed an assault on the ceremony by the X-Men & their allies, deposed Shi'ar Majestrix Lilandra & interstellar pirates, the Starjammers. When Vulcan threw Xavier into the Crystal, Darwin dove in after him, protected from the Crystal's mind-shattering effects by his mutation. Darwin rescued Xavier & retreated with him to the X-Men's ship, unaware that Lilandra had pre-programmed it to return them to Earth to ensure Xavier's safety. Later, when the Hulk sought to kidnap Xavier Darwin opposed him alongside the X-Men, the New X-Men & X-Factor Investigations. Darwin's power reacted by absorbing the gamma energy from the Hulk; however, Darwin was forced to leave the battle when his power instinctively teleported him away in response to Hulk's savage assault.

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