Marauders: Did A Classic X-Man Just Eat Someone?

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Marauders #1, by Gerry Duggan and Matteo Lolli, on sale now.

Since Marvel's mutants founded their own nation on the living island of Krakoa, they have been emphatic about the first law of this sovereign state: Murder No Man. However, as Marauders writer Gerry Duggan recently pointed out, that doesn't mean they can't do some serious damage. For one longtime associate of the X-Men, that apparently means consuming human limbs is fair game.

Throughout Marauders #1, we glimpse the alien dragon Lockheed preying on Krakoa's fauna, and returning to Kitty Pride with first a seagull's wing, and then a crab. However, it's his prize in the final pages of the issue that should raise eyebrows: When he lands once more on Kitty's shoulder, he has two bloody fingers dangling from his mouth.

Introduced in 1983, Lockheed was named after a fairy tale dragon that Kitty Pryde described to the young Illyana Rasputin. The cat-sized dragon was found by Kitty on a distant planet, and secretly accompanied the X-Men back to Earth, where he became the young mutant's frequent companion. Although Lockheed's appearance and methods may seem monstrous, he's a highly intelligent creature as culpable for his actions as any of the X-Men.

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Various subplots over the years involved Lockheed's broken engagement, his estrangement from his fellow alien dragons, and the well-kept secret that he's perfectly capable of speech. Although Lockheed is apparently willing to mutilate those unfortunate enough to face him in combat, Duggan's tweet seems to indicate he's intelligent enough to restrain himself. The climactic fight scene in Marauders #1 shows that his companion Kitty is similarly willing to resort to violent methods, and at one point she phases a rifle into the kneecaps of two men simultaneously. When the rifle re-solidifies the men are down for the count, and presumably crippled.

The detail of Lockheed carrying human fingers in his mouth pushes the boundaries of just how explicit "Murder No Man" is as a rule. Rather than prohibiting harm, the X-Men instead paint their line directly on the border of taking a life. Apparently the occasional snack is permitted, too.

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This isn't the first time that X-Men writers broached the topic of human consumption, either. In the Ultimate Universe, the extremist version of Magneto was so hardline in his beliefs that he didn't view eating humans as cannibalism. Just like Lockheed, Ultimate Magneto saw himself as a different species.

Given the extreme philosophy of societal advancement the mutant society of Krakoa lives under, this could hint at the start of changing the mutant worldview closer toward Ultimate Magneto's. Already mutants developed their own language, challenge cultural norms for living arrangements, and defy the universal concept of death itself. Maybe eating people is the next natural evolution ...

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