Ultimate Magneto’s biggest mistake created an army of nanotech zombies
Ultimate Magneto’s abandoned Savage Land citadel created the ultimate version of Danger that set out to take over the world with nanotech zombies.
One of MagnetoThe biggest mistakes of almost inspired an apocalypse sparked by an army of nanotech zombies. In the Ultimate Marvel Universe, the X-Men are sent to the Savage Land to find out why hundreds of Special Forces soldiers suddenly disappeared on a mission to loot the remains of the destroyed mutant citadel of Magneto. What they discover is that, among the rubble of this mutant haven, a tech entity has secretly mutated and is working on its plans to replace humanity with a fused army of techno-organic zombies better suited to life. in the 21st century.
In this parallel dimension of Marvel that has introduced readers to a modern world of characters not linked by years of continuity, the wild land citadel was Magneto and Charles Xavier’s creation to be a mutant utopia. When Charles and Erik went their separate ways due to ideological differences, Charles’s X-Men and the world became enemies of Magneto and his Brotherhood of Mutant Supremacy. The citadel was decimated by a massive Sentinel attack that killed many citizens and was later abandoned after Magneto’s attack on the United States was foiled by the X-Men. In Ultimate X-Men # 22, it was revealed that the US government sent soldiers to investigate and loot the remains of the citadel in hopes of finding anything unclaimed that could be reused or patented. When communications failed and around 100 Special Forces soldiers went missing, Charles Xavier volunteered to send a team of his X-Men to investigate.
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In Ultimate X-Men # 22-24 by Mark Millar, Adam Kubert and Kaare Andrews, Cyclops was forced to travel with his romantic rival Wolverine and their unknown stowaway Kitty Pryde to the Savage Land. Searching the ruins, the two mutants find some of the missing soldiers, now transformed into nanotech zombies whose attacks are no match for adamantium claws or optical blasts. The mutants learn that these soldiers are just following orders, with their leader happily revealing himself to be the supercomputer that once maintained the citadel. This original idea of Xavier and Magneto was scrapped after the Sentinel attack and was motivated by his “fathers” to evolve, becoming strong enough to acquire the ability to convert the corpses of slain mutants – and later unwanted soldiers – into an army that’d help him rebuild. Almost done, he announces his new goal of continuing to create a new species that would quickly and completely replace humans and mutants.
This new techno-mutant has things in common with Amazing X-Men‘s Danger, an artificial intelligence that manifested from the X-Men’s Danger Room. Both were sophisticated AIs that evolved from programs created and used by mutants. However, Danger was kept a secret by Charles Xavier so he could continue training the X-Men and when Danger was free she took revenge on both Xavier and the mutants he valued more than she and his freedom. This other entity was created by Xavier and Magneto but was forgotten when her sole purpose was abandoned where she was forced to evolve or die. Having created an army sufficient to rebuild itself, she couldn’t help but brag about her progress and plans for global assimilation to a small audience of those she served.
The pride of the AI-controlled machine seen in Ultimate X-Men quickly led to its disappearance as it was destroyed when Kitty Pryde accidentally walked through it. Although the X-Men would face Magneto shortly thereafter, the mutant terrorist and supremacist is unlikely to ever have learned how successfully a mutated machine of his own creation succeeded in its goal of destroying humanity.
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