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Marvel Reveals the Secret Identity of Rob Liefeld's Major X

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Major X #1 by Rob Liefeld, Adelso Corona, Dan Fraga, Romulo Fajardo Jr. and VC's Joe Sabino, on sale now.

One of the benefits of being a new character created in the X-Men franchise is there's a good chance a segment of the fandom will adopt you as their favorite mutant superhero. From high-profile X-Men like Wolverine and Storm to the lesser-known characters like Glob and Pixie, virtually every mutant in the Marvel Universe gets the opportunity to make a good first impression.

One creator who has a pretty good track record of debuting popular X-Men is Rob Liefeld. Some of the mutants Liefeld helped bring into the franchise include Deadpool, Cable, Domino and Shatterstar, who have all gone on to star on the big screen in Deadpool 2. Cable and Deadpool have played important roles in multiple X-Men titles over the last two decades, and Marvel is looking for lightning to strike a yet again with Liefeld's latest creation, the mysterious Major X.

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Hailing from a future alternate dimension where mutants live together in a Utopian society called the X-Istence, Major X has traveled to the past in search of Cable with the hope he can help save his reality from fading away. Wearing a red-and-black costume that completely covers him from head-to-toe, Major X is a man of mystery, which is the appeal of many of your standard superheroes. For example, Cable started as a military man from the future on a mission to stop Apocalypse, and Deadpool was a masked mercenary with an overactive mouth. But if you thought Major X's identity would remain a mystery as his miniseries unfolded, you're in for a rude awakening. On the last page, readers learn exactly who Major X is under his helmet, and he conveniently has a connection to the former X-Force leader, Cable.

Like Father, Like Son

Much of Major X #1 consists of the titular figure fighting Cable, Deadpool, Wolverine and another new character from his world, Dreadpool. The most important moment comes in the final pages of the comic, when Major X brings the infighting to an end by revealing more information on the catastrophe he's trying to prevent. With the X-Istence disappearing and the X-Ential (noticing a trend?) kidnapped, Major X decides to reveal his identity to the X-Men. But before he does, Cable states he's already deduced who he is -- which makes sense considering Major X is Cable's son, Alexander Nathaniel Summers.

Major X's first name of Alexander is likely in honor of Havok, brother to Cyclops and Cable's uncle, while his middle name is taken from Cable's birth name of Nathan. The big mystery now is whether Major X comes from the same future as Cable, or a different alternate timeline. Major X never references the Askani, which played a major factor in Cable's future upbringing, though it's possible that's merely being saved for a future issue's reveal.

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Since Major X appears to already be an adult, perhaps the Askani gave way to the X-Istence. Cable has had a few different children in his life, from his adopted son Genesis to his adopted daughter, Hope Summers. It will be interesting to see if Liefeld reveals who Major X's mother is, and if it's another X-Man we already know and love.

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