AVENGER X

Real Name: Cressida (last name unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Human mutate? (see comments)

Occupation: Super villain

Group Membership: Infiltrated the Avengers (Captain America/Steve Rogers, Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff, Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff)

Affiliations: The Acrobat (Carl Zante);
formerly The Avengers (Captain America/Steve Rogers, Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff, Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff), Edwin Jarvis, Sandman (William Baker);
secretly Ox (Raymond Bloch)

Enemies: The Avengers (Captain America/Sam Wilson, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Giant-Man/Hank Pym, Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Hercules/Heracles, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff, Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff, Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Thor/Thor Odinson, Thor/Jane Foster, Wasp/Janet Van Dyne, Wasp/Nadia), the Frightful Four (Medusa/Medusalith Amaquelin, Sandman/William Baker, Trapster/Peter Petruski, Wizard/Bentley Wittman), Iron Man (Victor von Doom), Edwin Jarvis, the Stranger

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Cassandra" (called by Vision), "X-Factor" (suggested codename from Captain America)

Base of Operations: The Microverse; formerly Avengers Mansion, New York City, New York, USA; a village in northern Thailand

First Appearance: Avengers VI#2.1 (February, 2017)

Powers/Abilities: Avenger X could absorb the life energies of others within a certain range, which she could use for a variety of effects including boosting the natural abilities of others, including superhuman beings. The temporary boosts grant not only enhanced physical attributes but it also enhanced whatever superhuman powers the boosted individual possessed. For example, the boosted Scarlet Witch had greater control of her powers, Quicksilver could move faster than he had ever been able to and Sandman grew so large that he could have potentially covered the entirety of New York City in sand. While her powers could boost anyone she chose, the draining of life energy from her victims would cause their bodies to rapidly decay and, in most cases, die. If she boosted someone using life energy drained from a particularly skilled individual, the skills would also be transferred into the person she boosted, such as transferring Hawkeye's archery skills into the Acrobat after she drained a small portion of Hawkeye's life energy.

When charged with life energy from superhuman victims, Avenger X could utilize the victim's superhuman powers herself, such as when she was able to use Scarlet Witch's hex powers after draining the Witch's life energy. She could also use the charged life energy to power up electronics such as a video screen or the synthezoid Vision and could even use the energy to open portals in space through she could reach through.

Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 140 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown (blue when charged with life energy)
Hair: Black

History: (Avengers VI#5.1 (fb) - BTS) - Born with the ability to drain the life force of others, the young Cressida grew up feeding off of others.

(Avengers VI#2.1 (fb) - BTS) - As she developed her powers, Cressida realized she could use her powers to make others better, faster and stronger, boosting their natural abilities.

(Avengers VI#4.1 (fb) - BTS) - Cressida sought to break the Avengers in secret from within.

(Avengers VI#2.1) - When the cosmic Stranger sought out young Thailand woman Cressida for study, who fearfully asked who the Stranger was and what he wanted from her. The Stranger was interrupted by the Avengers, whose members Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch had previously encountered the Stranger and sensed his return to Earth. When Stranger accused Cressida of feigning ignorance of him, remarking that she too sensed the re-emergence of mutant power on Earth, Cressida yelled "no!" as the Avengers prepared to battle the Stranger. Unfortunately, the Stranger easily swatted aside the Avengers and Captain America asked Cressida why the Stranger was after her and Cressida claimed she didn't know then used her own inherent powers to boost the Avengers, remarking that she did not intend to use this power. Sufficiently boosted, the Avengers drew blood against the Stranger and during the battle, Scarlet Witch asked Cressida what she had done to them and Cressida claimed she didn't know and apologized, but Scarlet Witch commended her, informing her that Cressida's boosting of their powers helped even the odds against the Stranger. Forced to retreat, the Stranger proclaimed that he had intended to capture Cressida for study but now realized it would have been pointless, as whatever she was, she was no mutant. Once the Stranger had departed, Captain America asked who and what Cressida was and she replied that she had the ability to boost the natural abilities of others since she was a child but did not understand it. Scarlet Witch explained that she barely understood her own powers and suggested that Cressida fight alongside the Avengers instead of others who might be less well-intentioned. Captain America agreed and invited Cressida to join the Avengers, to which Cressida replied that she would be honored, as the Avengers' reputation had spread to her Thailand village.

(Avengers VI#5.1 (fb) - BTS) - Since the Avengers were willing to take care to a city of eight million people whose life force she could feed off of, Cressida accepted Captain America's offer to join the Avengers.

(Avengers VI#2.1) - Before leaving Thailand, Captain America asked where the other villagers were and Cressida claimed that they had fled at the sight of the Stranger as she boarded the Avengers' aircraft and left with the team, leaving behind an entire village full of corpses that went unnoticed by the other Avengers.

(Avengers VI#3.1) - Following an Avengers mission against the Mad Thinker and his Awesome Androids, the Avengers returned to Avengers Mansion, where Captain America suggested the codename "X-Factor" for Cressida, based on the Mad Thinker's rantings about how the Avengers seemed powered up by some unknown x-factor. Hawkeye disagreed, suggesting "Avenger X" instead and Cressida herself claimed to be impressed by Avengers Mansion and asked what it was. The Avengers explained Avengers Mansion and how it was loaned out by Tony Stark and Hawkeye introduced Cressida to Edwin Jarvis, the Avengers' butler. Feigning ignorance, Cressida asked what a butler was and the arrogant Hawkeye explained by ordering Jarvis to clean and wax the fifty bowstrings under his bed. The Avengers later took the newly-dubbed Avenger X out on the town to introduce her to New York City, where Captain America suggested they not draw public attention to Avenger X so as to not paint her a target. When Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were stopped and asked for autographs, Hawkeye took Avenger X on his own, telling Captain America that he wanted to keep his distance from Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch while in his civilian identity so that people wouldn't figure his secret identity out. As they walked off, Cressida remarked that Captain America seemed accustomed to giving orders and preyed on Hawkeye's arrogance by commenting that, in her village, leadership fell not to the eldest but to the most clever. Hawkeye responded by saying that was food for thought within the Avengers before suggesting they both get something to eat. A short time later, Cressida visited Captain America in the Avengers Mansion training area and claimed she had read up on Hawkeye's past, questioning whether Hawkeye was truly still a criminal at heart and remarking how, in her village, people tended not to change. Captain America promised Avenger X that Hawkeye would have her back and Cressida manipulatively admitted that she would hate for Hawkeye to betray that trust, inciting Captain America's own suspicions. Avenger X then visited Scarlet Witch, where she suggested Quicksilver was stifling her to keep her dependent on his protection, and Quicksilver, whom Cressida told that she felt fame might be seducing Scarlet Witch away from her brother. Inciting Quicksilver into a rage, Avenger X smiled as Quicksilver rushed off before using her absorbed energies to power on a video screen, which she used to monitor Quicksilver's location. Watching as Quicksilver encountered the Enforcers, Avenger X reached through the video screen itself using her energies and boosted the abilities of the Enforcers' Ox. After the boosted Ox broke Quicksilver's legs, Avenger X smiled and muttered to herself: "One down...three to go."

(Avengers VI#4.1) - When the seriously injured Quicksilver insisted on being brought to Avengers Mansion with his two broken legs, Cressida feigned helpfulness and asked Scarlet Witch to let her see if she could help. Moments later, Cressida emerged from Quicksilver's room and told the other Avengers that she was able to boost his metabolism and healing, stabilizing Quicksilver, but warned that there might ultimately be permanent damage. She then watched as an angry Quicksilver hurled a lamp at Hawkeye at super speed when Hawkeye mentioned not giving up despite his broken legs. As Quicksilver ordered Hawkeye to get out of the room, Cressida suggested to Hawkeye that he get out of the Mansion and make a night of it to give Quicksilver time to feel better. As Captain America left to leave Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver alone, Cressida secretly waited outside Quicksilver's room and overheard as Quicksilver, prompted by Cressida's earlier remarks, accused Scarlet Witch of seeking only fame. When Scarlet Witch ran out of the room crying, Cressida smiled and went the other direction, departing the Mansion. Later that evening, Cressida donned an identity-protecting costume and met with the villainous Acrobat, hiring him to impersonate Hawkeye despite the Acrobat's lack of knowledge about archery. Having absorbed the life energies from a nearby homeless man, Cressida assured the Acrobat by boosting his abilities using the stolen life energy. The next morning, Cressida watched as Captain America accused Hawkeye of betraying the Avengers' trust, having read the newspaper stories involving Hawkeye apparently robbing a jewelry store. Hawkeye's insistence that he was framed sparked a fierce argument between Captain America and Hawkeye as Cressida slyly smiled while watching Hawkeye storm out to find a way to prove his innocence. Captain America quickly stopped Hawkeye and admitted he had approached the situation wrong, suggesting something within the team was out of whack and causing the team to fall apart. When Cap asked Cressida's opinion, Cressida replied that sometimes, people didn't get along for good reasons. After meeting with the other Avengers, Captain America decided to regain public favor by taking down the escaped Frightful Four and before confronting the foursome, Cap had Cressida (in her Avenger X guise) boosted their abilities. The boosted Avengers easily began to overcome the Frightful Four but when Captain America remarked that only one member was still standing, Avenger X whispered that it wasn't over yet and used her powers to boost Sandman's. After the Avengers defeated Sandman by prodding Quicksilver to work through his pain and return to the team, Captain America, recognizing Sandman's sudden boost in power as Cressida's work, hurled his shield and narrowly missed hitting Avenger X in the head to stop her escape. When asked why Avenger X had boosted Sandman and whether Cressida thought the Avengers were too stupid to notice, Avenger X replied that frankly, she did think they wouldn't notice, and that just because they discovered her true villainous nature, they were not exempt from what she claimed they owed them. Claiming that she wanted to destroy the Avengers in secret for reasons the team couldn't imagine, Avenger X then announced that she was more than happy to destroy them in public now that she had been exposed as an infiltrator and used her powers to drain the life energies from the Avengers, leaving their bodies decaying at her feet.

(Avengers VI#5.1) - Standing over the decaying Avengers, Avenger X announced that the team would finally pay and she would have her revenge but she was soon interrupted by the founding Avengers, who revealed that they knew how her powers worked. The founders then attacked Avenger X, who attempted to absorb energies from the Wasp until Giant-Man hit her from behind. Avenger X then turned her absorption powers against Thor, who scoffed at her attack, claiming that it would be ineffective against one whose lifespan was greater than she could imagine. Knocked aside by Iron Man, Avenger X used the life energy of Scarlet Witch to cast a hex that pinned Iron Man and Thor's feet to the pavement then she flew off, boasting that she defeated the founding Avengers with the power of three Avengers. Promising to find a way to drain the life energy of Thor, Avenger X remarked that she had chosen not to use Hawkeye's life energy against the founders, feeling that he was useless on a team of powerhouses. Forty-eight hours later, the founding Avengers held a mock funeral for the fallen Captain America, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, flushing out Avenger X, who secretly viewed the funeral from behind a tree. Wasp quickly exposed the hiding Avenger X and the seemingly fallen Avengers renewed their battle, revealing that Giant-Man had discovered a way to rejuvenate and immunize them against Avenger X's powers. Before Avenger X could act, Scarlet Witch used her hex powers to animate the tree Avenger X was hiding behind to entrap her and when Hawkeye admitted that he knew Avenger X couldn't stay away from their funeral, Avenger X burst free from the tree and warned Hawkeye not to mock her. When Captain America hurled his shield at Avenger X, she easily caught it and hurled it back at Captain America's neck but it was stopped in mid-air by Quicksilver. Unsure how Avenger X could still be powered up after they had been immunized and the founding Avengers had gotten all civilians out of the area, the Avengers soon realized Avenger X must be draining life energy from Edwin Jarvis within Avengers Mansion. The Avengers fled inside the Mansion and had Quicksilver run Jarvis to the farthest hospital possible to keep him out of Avenger X's range as Avenger X blasted her way into the Mansion. The team quickly split up to divide Avenger X's attention and she focused on Captain America first, tracking him into the Mansion's training area, where Avenger X admitted she had led the Avengers to believe that her boosting abilities only worked on others. Revealing that she had been waiting for the perfect moment to strike, Avenger X used Scarlet Witch's hex powers and Quicksilver's speed to down Captain America. Scarlet Witch then attacked by Avenger X avoided Scarlet Witch's hexes using Quicksilver's speed, prompting Scarlet Witch to ask what was driving Cressida after the Avengers had taken her in. Kicking Scarlet Witch using Quicksilver's speed, Avenger X explained how she readied accepted the Avengers' offer for membership in order to get close to a city from which she could feed. Hawkeye then entered the fray, warning Avenger X to stand down and admitting she never should have went after Jarvis, made Hawkeye feel foolish or said he wasn't Avengers-worthy. Unafraid, Avenger X boasted that she still had enough of Quicksilver's speed to stop Hawkeye's arrows mid-flight and prodded Hawkeye to do his best, announcing herself a god. Hawkeye fired a volley of arrows at Avenger X, muttering that she still had to breathe as the gas arrows went off. Choking but still confidant, Avenger X threatened to kill Hawkeye but a recovered Scarlet Witch used her hex powers to boost Quicksilver's speed and Quicksilver generated a super-speed tornado that launched Avenger X miles away. Recovering and asking for help, Avenger X found herself face-to-face with the Frightful Four, who refused to assist her, angry that they had been used as pawns by her against the Avengers before left to rot. Launching into an attack of revenge against Avenger X, the Frightful Four knocked her into a hole in the ground and Trapster glued her there before Wizard plugged the hole with a boulder, creating a makeshift grave for Avenger X. Sarcastically noting how "brave" Avenger X was when she begged for help, Wizard burned an epitaph onto the boulder stating "Avenger X, Bravest of Us All." When they heard the Avengers coming in search of Avenger X, the Frightful Four fled and the Avengers ultimately proved unable to locate Avenger X and left the scene, suspecting they would fight her another day, unaware of the grave housing her just yards away from where they were standing.

(Avengers VI#3 - BTS) - Years later, when the M.O.D.O.K.-like Kang counterpart created by a paradox searched history for more Kang counterparts to assist against the Avengers, he viewed a window into the future and witnessed Avenger X's arms emerging from her stone grave. Momentarily confused at having never known of an "Avenger X," the M.O.D.O.K.-like Kang counterpart was hit by Captain America's shield.

(Avengers VI#6 - BTS) - Following an adventure against the time conqueror Kang, the Avengers returned to the Baxter Building and while they relaxed, Avenger X's grave blinked into the Baxter Building's basements, 32 stories below the Avengers.

(Avengers VI#7) - Following a battle against the Champions of Anamelech and two different Chronosite beings, Wasp (Nadia) and Captain America (Sam Wilson) visited the Baxter Building's lower basements, where Captain America discovered Avenger X's grave. When Captain America admitted he had never seen the grave before, Wasp asked if he thought there was actually someone inside and Cap replied that it was more likely just a super villain prop belonging to someone like the Grim Reaper. As the two Avengers walked off, Avenger X's arms emerged from the front of the gravestone.

(Avengers VI#8 (fb)) - Avenger X completely emerged from her grave, destroying it in the process. Confused after emerging from her own grave and unsure of where she was, Avenger X was sat down in a chair by the Avengers, who introduced themselves to her. Wondering where Steve Rogers, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were, Avenger X asked how long she had been entombed. When Thor asked if she was hungry, Avenger X admitted she was very hungry before Vision interrupted to inform the Avengers that Avenger X was one of the Avengers earliest and deadliest enemies, having infiltrated the group and misled the team into thinking she was boosting their powers. Vision then explained how Avenger X had disappeared following her final battle with the team, apparently entombed until now, but before Vision could continue, Avenger X used her powers to overheat Vision. Announcing that she had spent years dreaming of her revenge on the Avengers, Avenger X caused Vision to expel a massive heat blast that took out the floor of the Baxter Building as well as Hercules and Vision himself. With Avenger X loose in the Baxter Building, Captain America had Thor evacuate the east side of the building while he handled the west and Spider-Man handled the top floors. Wasp was placed on research and asked to reach out to the former Avengers who had experience battling Avenger X to see if Cressida had a weakness. Feigning fear of her powers, Avenger X hid in a top floor bathroom until Spider-Man arrived. She then tricked Spider-Man, claiming she wanted help and prompting Spider-Man to web up her hands to be on the safe side. Once Spider-Man's guard was down, however, Avenger X used Hercules' strength to rip free of the webs and pounce on Spider-Man, absorbing his life force and powers. Avenger X then tracked down Captain America, provoking him into a chase. When his shield stopped, Captain America learned from Wasp that Avenger X absorbed the superhuman powers of her victims as he noticed her crawling on the wall behind him. After Avenger X took down Captain America, Wasp reunited with Thor as Avenger X set her sights on the two remaining Avengers, hitting Thor in the face with Cap's shield. Avenger X then attempted to crush Thor by breaking off part of the stone staircase and hurling it at Thor, who responded by throwing her hammer at Avenger X. Cressida blocked the hammer with Cap's shield and managed to tackle Thor, absorbing her powers as well.

(Avengers VI#8) - Turning her attention to Wasp as Wasp attempted to send out a distress call, Avenger X narrowly missed Wasp's head with Captain America's shield before being confronted by Iron Man (Victor von Doom), who had been summoned by Wasp's distress call. Boasting that Iron Man could not harm her when she had the power of two gods, Avenger X immediately leapt into battle against Iron Man using the agility and fighting skills of Spider-Man and Captain America, respectively. Announcing that Avenger X already had more powers than she had skill to effectively use, Iron Man chased Avenger X through the halls, quickly grabbing her by the neck until Cap's shield ricocheted back and opened up Iron Man's faceplate. Before Avenger X could absorb Iron Man's powers, Wasp attacked, shrinking them both into the Microverse. When Avenger X realized what had happened, she demanded that Wasp return them to normal but Wasp admitted she wasn't sure how to, as she wasn't able to leave behind a homing beacon to lead her back into the Macroverse. Soon noticing Captain America's shield in the Macroverse, Wasp used it as a beacon to return to normal, leaving Avenger X stuck in the Microverse with no way back.

Comments: Created by Mark Waid, Barry Kitson and Mark Farmer.

We see Avenger X's gravestone and hands in Avengers VI#1 (January, 2017) as part of a 1-page preview of upcoming stories/events in the Avengers series but this preview was not part of the actual story and Cressida didn't fully appear until Avengers VI#2.1.

It was unclear how Cressida obtained her superhuman powers. She claimed to have had them since she was a little girl and the Stranger confirmed that she was not a mutant. Perhaps she was experimented on at birth? Or maybe she was an Inhuman but was unaware of it?

Vision called Cressida "Cassandra" in Avengers VI#8 when he related her history to the Avengers but Cressida was charging him with energy and overheating him so you could likely blame the name mix-up on Vision malfunctioning.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Avenger X has no KNOWN connections to:


images: (without ads)
Avengers VI#8, p16, pan2 (Avenger X, main image)
Avengers VI#2.1, p14, pan2 (Avenger X, headshot without costume)
Avengers VI#3.1, p18, pan2 (Avenger X using her powers to reach through an electronic screen)
Avengers VI#4.1, p6, pan4 (Avenger X's 1st criminal costume)
Avengers VI#5.1, p1, splash page (Avenger X, standing over decayed Avengers)|
Avengers VI#5.1, p13, pan2 (Avenger X, using Quicksilver's superhuman speed)
Avengers VI#8, p15, pan1 (Avenger X draining lifeforce from Wasp)


Appearances:
Avengers VI#2.1 (February, 2017) - Mark Waid (writer), Barry Kitson (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VI#3 (March, 2017) - Mark Waid (writer), Mike del Mundo (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VI#3.1 (March, 2017) - Mark Waid (writer), Barry Kitson (pencils, inks), Mark Farmer, Rafael Fonteriz (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VI#4.1 (April, 2017) - Mark Waid (writer), Barry Kitson (pencils), Mark Farmer, Rafael Fonteriz, Drew Hennessy (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VI#5.1 (May, 2017) - Mark Waid (writer), Barry Kitson, Mark Bagley, Ro Stein (pencils), Sean Izaakse (pencils, inks), Mark Farmer, Scott Hanna, Mike Perkins, Ted Brandt, Drew Hennessy (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VI#6 (June, 2017) - Mark Waid (writer), Mike del Mundo (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VI#7 (July, 2017) - Mark Waid, Jeremy Whitley (writers), Phil Noto (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VI#8 (August, 2017) - Mark Waid, Jeremy Whitley (writers), Phil Noto (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 03/08/18

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