Real Name: Philippa Sontag
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Arclight is a mutant possessed of superhuman strength, allowing her to lift approximately 50 tons. She also has superhuman endurance, as well as a great degree of resistance to physical injury. Arclight can also focus seismic energy through her hands to shatter objects, create shockwaves, or cause earth tremors.
Arclight was once a soldier serving in American peacekeeping forces during a conflict in Southeast Asia. The experiences there severely traumatized her, and she retains bitter memories of that place. She used her rage to fuel her body building, which she further uses to augment her mutant abilities.
At some point, she became a member of the Marauders, a team of superhuman assassins brought together by the mutant thief Gambit when he was in the employ of the enigmatic Mister Sinister. On Sinister's orders, the Marauders massacred the underground community of mutants known as the Morlocks. In the course of the massacre, the Marauders, including Arclight, clashed with various superhuman champions, including the superhuman mutant adventurers known as the X-Men.
Arclight and the Marauders originally died during the demonic invasion of Manhattan that came to be known as the " Inferno", but Sinister had the technology to clone the Marauders thanks to him retaining samples of their DNA. Thus, Arclight continued to appear among the Marauders in all subsequent activities, including their battles with Cable and X-Man, each time on behalf of Mister Sinister.
For a brief time, Arclight served as a member of the Femizons, an all-female superhuman army of the extra-dimensional warrior women, under the alias of Superia. During this time, Arclight clashed with the super-soldier known as Captain America and the mercenary named Paladin.
Recently, Arclight has come to join the mutant refugee camp on the grounds of the Xavier Institute, the inhabitants of which have come to call themselves the 198.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #210
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Astonishing X-Men (2004)
Captain America (1968)
Civil War: X-Men (2006)
Hulk: Broken Worlds (2009)
New Mutants (2009)
#14 New X-Men (2004)
- 'Second Coming: Chapter 11'
#44 Power Pack (1984)
- 'Messiah CompleX: Chapter Four'#46
- 'Messiah Complex, Chapter Twelve'
Ryhmä-X / X-Men (1984)
The New Warriors (1990)
#12 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'A Betrayal of Hope'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89 (1989)
#1 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'Adversary to Chameleon'
#210 Weapon X: First Class (2009)
- 'The Morning After'#211
- 'Old Soldiers'#219
- 'Where Duty Lies'#221
- 'Death by Drowning!'#222
- 'Strike the Match'#466
- 'Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream'
#3 What If...? (1989)
- 'Part 3: The Devil Inside'
Wolverine Encyclopedia (1996)
#9 X-Man (1995)
- 'Old Ghosts: Part 3'
#13 X-Men (1991)
- 'The Hunted Below'#18
- 'In the Company of Strangers'#19
- 'Shades of Grey'
#183 X-Men (1997)
- 'The Blood of Apocalypse, Part 2: The Hunger'#200
- 'Blinded by the Light: Chapter 1'#201
- 'Blinded by the Light: Chapter 2'#202
- 'Blinded by the Light: Chapter 3'#203
- 'Blinded by the Light: Chapter 4'#205
- 'Messiah CompleX: Chapter 5'#207
- 'Messiah CompleX: Chapter 13'
X-Men Forever 2 (2010)
#6 X-Men Origins: Gambit (2009)
- 'Scream a Little Scream!'#8
- 'You're Supposed to Be Dead!'
X-Men: Mutant Empire (1996)
X-Men: The 198 (2006)
X-Men: The 198 Files (2006)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Femizons (Marvel)(02 - Superia's Group)
The 198 (Marvel)
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