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Cannonball (Marvel)
Real Name: Samuel Zachery 'Sam' Guthrie
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Powers:
Cannonball possesses the ability to bodily generate thermo-chemical energy and release it from his skin. This energy is used as thrust to cause his body to be propelled through the air, like his namesake, at great heights and speeds with considerable maneuverability. He can control his speed and direction through sheer act of will. At first he could only release this energy from his feet and legs, but now he can fire it from almost any part of his body, to a wide variety of effects. This energy also manifests itself as an impenetrable and virtually indestructible "blast field". He can use this blast-field to: function as a personal shield or extending it to encompass others, shape the field around another person to imprison them, or absorb outside kinetic impact into his own energy supply, and then re-channel it to increase the bludgeoning power of his blows or create explosive shock waves upon impact. For example, in the final episodes of the 90's X-Men Animated Series, Cannonball flew head on to stop a freight train and derailed it without effort.

His power levels have varied over the years - but at his peak, he has been able to devastate several city blocks by plummeting to the ground from high altitude, as well as withstand (and redirect) the force of one of the Gladiator's strongest punches

He is also a member of the immortal mutant group the Externals. Due to his apparent ability to return to life after death as to whether this would happen if he died again is unclear.

Bio:
Sam Guthrie was born in Cumberland, Kentucky. As a young boy, he attempted to help out his family, by working in a coal mine, after the death of his father. Given the dangerous nature of this work, Sam found himself trapped in a collapsing mine shaft. While trying to rescue his fellow worker, a friend of his father's who had introduced him to the job, Sam subconsciously activated his mutant ability and used it to escape with him. This incident led to Sam being found by Donald Pierce, who used him in a plot to attack the New Mutants. Sam eventually came to his senses and turned against Pierce. Professor Charles Xavier saw the good qualities inside Sam and asked him to join his New Mutants. Cannonball left his large farming family in Kentucky to join the team. In later years, several other Guthrie kids would be revealed to be mutants, including the future X-Man Husk.

In 1983, the New Mutants were granted their own monthly series and Cannonball remained with the team for its entire existence, forming close friendships with his teammates, Sunspot and Wolfsbane. Sam had an ongoing rivalry with Danielle Moonstar as the two acted as the team co-leaders. He also supervised other teammates, including Magik, Karma, Douglas Ramsey, Magma and Warlock.

At behest of the Norse God Loki, the Enchantress is sent to kidnap the X-Men. Based on the New Mutants being with Storm, they are taken by mistake. Magik creates a teleportation portal but inteference with the Enchantress's own spells sends the New Mutants bouncing through time and space in the Asgardian realm.

Sam wanders the tunnels far below the land. He is not sure how much time has passed, days, weeks, before he encounteres a group dwarves being attacked by Malekith's warriors. He helps them, saving the life of Kindra, daughter of Eitri, ruler of the dwarves. He takes a spear in the back during this and the dwarves nurse him back to health. He develops an affection towards Kindra herself. He saves them again when Magma, ensared and changed by other evil magics in the Asgardian realm, leads more of Malekith's forces against the dwarves. Again thankful, the dwarves manage to give Magma her mind back but not her rightful form. The team makes it back to Earth with the help of the X-Men (and Magma regains her rightful body).

Cannonball saves the life of international rockstar Lila Cheney, whom he became romantically involved with. Due to the nature of Lila's career, their relationship went slowly. Cannonball helped lead the team through many adventures, which took them across time and space, from ancient Scotland to other galaxies, even back home to Kentucky. There, he teams up with long-time X-Man Dazzler and his own brother Jay to save Lila's life.

Sam and the New Mutants had to take the lead against the senior X-Men team when the X-Men were regressed in age, body and mind[1] by Mojo (comics). Sam was forced to fight Longshot, a confrontation in which he lost badly.

The New Mutants found themselves under the guidance of Magento at the behest of Professor Xavier. Magneto's heavy handed leadership did not sit well with the team, and Cannonball began to display a measure of independence and rebellion against authority. These traits would grow stronger as he matured.

The ancient entity, the Beyonder, encounters the New Mutants, and in his curiosity, kills them. They are resurrected by the Beyonder soon after but this trauma leaves the team deeply shaken. For a time they go with Emma Frost, to her Massachusetts Academy. They eventually recover from the trauma, especially after a fight with the Avengers, in which they are forced to rescue Warlock and Magneto.

Over time with the New Mutants, Sam develops a brotherly affection for Rahne. He remains oblivious for some time, that Rahne harbors much more deeper feelings for him.

They worked with the Power Pack when the latter group needs help dealing with a team of minor demons. Sam leads the group in chasing the Impossible Man around the world, who had gotten into a potentially deadly one-upmanship competition with Warlock. Sam even meets (and fights) his older self when a future version of the team travels to the past. This adventure is erased out of his mind by the future version of his friend Karma.

Sam meets with Lila again. A jealous admirer of Lila drugs Sam, intending to kill him. The resulting fight leads to the accidental release of the creature Bird-Brain who would join the team for a while. Unfortunately, taking Bird-Brain back to his island home ends with the shooting death of Douglas Ramsey by the Ani-Monitor, Bird Brain's creator.

Defying Magneto, the team sneaks out to another Lila Cheney concert. They are swept up in a kidnapping of Lila and dealings with the powerful entity known as Gosamyr. In preventing Gosamyr's relatives from endangering innocent lives, Lila seemingly dies.

Returning to earth, the team caught in the events of Inferno. They team up with the X-Terminators who would eventually merge into their team. They help neutralize the demonic invasion plan by rescuing kidnapped infants high above New York city. One of the new members, Boom Boom, soon became a primary romantic interest. The New Mutants fight the Hellfire Club on the remains of the X-Mansion, formally rejecting Magneto's leadership.

Danielle's adventures in Asgard, most of which took place while Sam had been healing, involved her rescuing Brightwind, one of the horses ridden by the Valkyrie. Brightwind chose her as her new rider, granting her Valkyrie powers. This leads to the team being involved with the realm once again. The death goddess Hela has managed to overwhelm all the Valkiries, including Danielle. With behind-the-scenes assistance from Doctor Strange, the team heads to Asgard yet again. Sam's feelings for Kindra get the team in trouble. When he sees her being threatened, he rashly rushes out to save her and the entire New Mutants are captured by Hela's forces. The group is split up but Sam manages to lead his half safely through many dangers, later reuiniting with his friends. They manage to save Odin, who was vulnerable, from a murder attempt.

Wolfsbane, Warlock, Rictor and Tabitha are kidnapped from the grounds of the X-Mansion by Genosha forces under the control of Cameron Hodge. Warlock soon perishes, murdered by Hodge in an attempt to get his powers. Sam joins in the X-Men on a rescue mission and Genosha's government is toppled. Rahne stays behind to help the fellow victims of Genosha's regieme.

Cannonball and the other New Mutants left the X-Men's supervision and joined forces with the mysterious Cable to become the hard-edged X-Force. Cable named Cannonball Second-In-Command and field leader of the team. It was early during this time that Sam was impaled and killed by the mutant Sauron during a clash with an incarnation of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. However, only a few minutes later, he had healed and returned to life. Cable revealed the he had chosen Sam to lead the New Mutants initially because he suspected Cannonball to be an External - a particularly rare type of mutant who is virtually immortal. Cable had come to train Sam to fight Apocalypse, another External who, in Cable's future time, had conquered the world. Many other Externals, such as Saul and Gideon, also came to believe Sam was one of them. It was also around this time that Sam's sister, Husk, was revealed to have mutant powers.

Though Cable did not stay with the team consistently, he and Sam developed a deep father-son type relationship.

Cannonball's existence as an External was disputed by Selene, who once claimed that he was not an External. However, she is not a particularly trustworthy source and no alternate explanation has been given for his surviving the wounds Sauron had inflicted. His immortality was recently brought up as the reason he survived 3 gunshot wounds to the chest in New X-Men #28, so his status as an External hasn't been completely forgotten by Marvel writers.

Sam's time in X-Force was not easy, as he was considered 'out of line' by the X-Men and X-Force were considered outright criminals by S.H.I.E.L.D.. This even devolved into a fight between a S.H.I.E.L.D. team led by Nick Fury and supported by veteran superhero War Machine.

Later, any rivalries were put aside as Sam was instrumental in helping the other X-Men, particularly Forge and Wolfsbane defeat the Phalanx.

Some time later, Sam and his friends had the unique experience of meeting their younger selves.

In the mid 1990s, X-Force re-established ties with the X-Men and Cannonball accepted an offer to join the latter team. Initially, Sam was excited to join the X-Men, this having been his dream since first arriving at Xavier's school. During this time, he was also a supporting character in Wolverine's own comic. Cannonball seemed to regress during this period, acting unsure of himself and his abilities. He played the role of the inexperienced rookie of the X-Men, despite the fact that he had been training under Xavier and Cable for many years and had been the team leader of the New Mutants and X-Force, when their mentors were absent. He privately expressed these doubts to Iceman, causing the veteran X-Man much discomfort. He battled the head of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, Gladiator (Shi'ar) to a standstill, despite being overpowered, thus facing his doubts about his abilities, only to be left behind as the rest of the X-Men were taken into space to save the Shi'ar empire. This led Sam to again question his place on the X-Men.

During his time with X-Men, Cannonball found his relationship with Tabitha strained. It was so strained she turned to Sam's best friend, Sunspot, for "support". Sam returned to the X-Men, for a brief period until he left the team to help his ailing mother. During his time with the X-Men, he also infiltrated the presidential campaign of anti-mutant candidate Graydon Creed, using the alias "Samson Guthry". Despite the rather transparent alias, Sam was able to remain undetected until Creed was assassinated on the eve of the election.

Sam was there when the mutant entity Onslaught erupted from Xaiver's mind. The entity, before attacking, had enjoyed several minutes of tearing apart Sam psychologically.

Cannonball rejoined X-Force, now independent of Cable and operating in San Francisco. Cannonball eventually became team leader again, after the injuries sustained by Siryn. The team eventually found a new mentor, by the name of Peter Wisdom, who introduced the team to the world of espionage. During this time, Sam and Tabitha had gotten back together. After Wisdom's alleged death, Sam led the team again and attempted to continue Wisdom's crusade.

Sam even came to care about trademark issues, as he and his allies confronted another version of X-Force.

Eventually, Sam and other members of X-Force had to fake their deaths.

After X-Force’s dissolution, Cannonball joined several of his former teammates and former members of X-Force and Generation X, in the Paris, France branch, of Professor X's international mutant task force X-Corporation. His time with the X-Corporation wasn't a pleasant one. Enroute to a mission, later found to involve the Weapon Plus program, his teammate Darkstar poked fun at him for eating a sandwich that would have rather distasteful consequences for "everybody who went out without an umbrella in downtown Beauvais." This moment of levity at Cannonball's expense did not last, as on that same mission, Darkstar died. At the funeral of Darkstar, Xavier gave Cannonball a note, with the whereabouts of Lila Cheney. Sam decided to take time away from the X-Corporation, as the strain of his life began to get to him. He worked for a time cleaning up damages to the France-England tunnel, AKA the Chunnel, which was partially destroyed in the very same mission which killed Darkstar.

While away, Sam rekindled his romantic relationship with Lila Cheney for a time. Sam couldn't find peace with his life so he was asked by Storm to join her X-Treme X-Men, a group of X-Men operating outside of Professor X's leadership. For a time, he even was partnered with his old friend Wolverine during an adventure where they pursued long time X-Man foe William Stryker. Sam also found himself having a reunion of sorts with former teammates, Sunspot and Magma.

He and his teammates rejoined the central X-Men, after the events of Planet X. Sam became injured on a mission and once again decided to break for some peace. He used the time to work on his own farm, which he had bought with his X-Corporation paychecks. While on the farm, Sam found himself teaming up again with Cable and reformed X-Force against the threat of the Skornn.

Sam and former X-Force teammate, Siryn, went in search of Cable with the mercenary Deadpool, who could track the missing man via a unique teleportation bond the two shared. Deadpool derisively refers to Sam as "Cannonballs".[5]

Sam has once more joined the active roster of the X-Men, whose team is co-led by Nightcrawler and Bishop. For a while he literally and figuratively watched over the younger, more carefree students at the X-Mansion. He also functioned as a member of the XSE. He has already participated in helping the 198 and fighting the Shi'ar Death Commandos. He soon suffers the death of his brother Jay, who had been killed by William Stryker. In the first part of The First Foursaken story arc, Cannonball went with the X-Men to Central Park, where they fought the Foursaken, who then captured the X-Men and sent them elsewhere. After escaping, Cannonball accompanied the X-Men to Africa to help Storm.

Cannonball is currently serving on Rogue's team of X-Men. After defeating the Children of the Vault, Rogue announced the departure of her team from the mansion. Sam explained his personal feelings about leaving to Cyclops, saying that he felt he needed to leave because his brother Jay's death and said that every time he walks through the door, he felt he was stepping on Jay's grave. The team then tries to relocate to Mystique's old home, but are betrayed and attacked by the maraders. After the surprise blitz, Emma Frost, who lies paralyzed, uploads everything she picked out of what was at the edges if the Marauder's psi-shielding, takes limited possession over Sam's body, causing him to flee (unwillingly) from the battle with a poisoned Iceman. Aboard the Blackbird, the two are engaged in midair by Sunfire, who cripples the jet. Cannonball manages to escape and battle Shiro, who reveals that he killed Cable. Cannonball shakes it off, explaining that it "wouldn't matter who told me that, ah'd still be sayin' 'show me the body.'"

Notes:
Began a relationship with Smasher (Izzy) in Avengers #22 (2013). Created by Chris Claremont & Bob Mcleod.

First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel (1982) #4

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Astonishing Tales (2009)
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Astonishing Tales: Mojoworld (2008)
Astonishing X-Men (2004)
Avengers (2013)
Avengers [GER] (2013)
Avengers & X-Men: AXIS (2014)
Avengers A.I. (2013)
Avengers Assemble (2012)
Avengers Vs. X-Men (2012)
Avengers World (2014)
Beast (1997)
Beavis and Butt-Head (1994)
Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way! (2010)
Cable (1993)
Cable (2008)
Cable & Deadpool (2004)
Cable: Second Genesis (1999)
Captain America (2013)
Captain Marvel (2012)
Chaos War (2010)
Contest of Champions II (1999)
Dark Avengers (2009)
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus (2009)
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia (2009)
DC/Marvel: All Access (1996)
Deadpool (2008)
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe (2012)
Deadpool vs. X-Force (2014)
Die Gruppe X Comic-Taschenbuch (1985)
Die Neuen X-Men Comic-Magazin (1989)
Die Spinne Comic-Album (1979)
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Essential X-Men (1995)
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Excalibur (1988)
Fallen Angels (1987)
Fearless Defenders (2013)
Firestar (1986)
Gambit & Bishop: Sons of the Atom (2001)
Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men (2008)
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Heroic Age: X-Men (2011)
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Hulk Team-Up (2009)
I (heart) Marvel: My Mutant Heart (2006)
Infinity (2013)
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M.A.X. Yearbook (1993)
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X-Terminators (1988)
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Xavier Institute Alumni Yearbook (1996)
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Video Game Appearances:
X-Men: Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (2005)

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Grey School staff
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Mutant Liberation Front (Marvel)
New Mutants (Marvel)
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X-Force (Marvel)(Days of Future Now)
X-Men (Marvel)(01 - Mutants)

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