Get ready for the coming of Apocalypse with our X-Men Storm spotlight!
Ororo Munroe, a.k.a. Storm, has always been one of the most popular X-Men. This Marvel superhero first appeared in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975) and was created by writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum. Storm is a mutant who is the daughter of a tribal Kenyan princess and has the ability to control the weather. She can also fly. She has lead the X-Men, been part of the Fantastic Four and the Avengers. She’s been married to Black Panther (who will make his big on-screen debut in Captain America: Civil War) and has been played in earlier X-Men films by Halle Berry. She’ll soon be seen as one of the four horsemen in Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Apocalypse and will be played by Alexandra Shipp. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite Storm moments for the below X-Men Storm Spotlight. Which Storm story is your favorite? Did it make the list? Let us know in the comments below!
X-Men Storm Spotlight: Uncanny X-Men #102 (1976)
Chris Claremont wrote this one, which explores Storm’s backstory. Her mother N’Dare was a Kenyan princess from a long line of African witch-priestesses with signature blue eyes and white hair. She comes by her powers naturally as her entire family had them. N’Dare married an American names David Munroe and the family moved to Harlem where Ororo was born. They die in Egypt, orphaning the six-year-old child. She develops a terrible cause of claustrophobia after being buried under rubble during the attack that kills them. She ends up being worshiped as a goddess once her powers manifest, but she is ultimately recruited by Professor X.
X-Men Storm Spotlight: Uncanny X-Men #172-173 (1983)
The story is great, with a poisoned Storm hanging with the thief Yukio, but the big thing here is that Storm gets herself a new punk rock ‘do and her signature black leather outfit. This one is also by Chris Claremont, as well as Paul Smith and Bob Wiacek. Smith has stated that he did a number of looks for her and joked that this was the Mr. T version. He didn’t know they’d go for it.
X-Men Storm Spotlight: Uncanny X-Men #186 (1985)
In a story called “Lifedeath,” Storm and Forge (who has a gun that makes mutant powers disappear) spend some time getting to know each other after she loses her powers. They get closer and closer until she realizes that it was his gun that robbed her of who she is. Yet another goodie from Claremont and Windsor-Smith, as well as Terry Austin.
X-Men Storm Spotlight: Uncanny X-Men #198 (1985)
Storm heads to Africa and helps deliver a baby. Unfortunately, once a baby is born, the village elder has to commit suicide. It’s a beautiful and heartbreaking episode (the sequel to “Lifedeath”) and gives us a good look at the inner workings of Ororo Munroe. She ultimately discovers a new reason for continuing the fight. This one comes to us from Claremont and Barry Windsor-Smith.
X-Men Storm Spotlight: X-Men: The Animated Series (1992-1997)
It’s impossible to pick the best episode of this animated series that introduced a generation of TV watcher to the X-Men. Storm was voiced by Alison Sealy-Smith and her scream during the “Slave Island” episode is pretty magnificent. She was often a secondary character, older and more mature than some of the others, but she was almost always the voice of reason.
X-Men Storm Spotlight: X-Men (2000)
There are plenty of people out there who don’t really love the work Halle Berry did in the X-Men films. Particularly her line about frogs. Seriously, how do you make a line like that boring? Still, it was the first time we saw our favorite weather girl on the big screen. She recently reprised the role in X-Men: Days of Future Past. We’ll see a younger version of Ororo in X-Men: Apocalypse when she’s played in all her mohawk’d glory. (Mohawk Storm is largely considered the internet favorite.)
X-Men Storm Spotlight: X-Treme X-Men (2001 – 2004)
Chris Claremont had Storm as the leader of the X-Men, has a relationship with Slipstream and ends up as the leader of the X-Treme Sanctions Executive, a task force of mutants policing their own.
X-Men Storm Spotlight: X-Men: Worlds Apart #1-4 (2009)
This mini-series written by Christopher Yost with art by Diogenes Neves and Edgar Tadeo sports arguably one of the coolest Storm covers out there. In this story, she’s married to Black Panther and therefore the Queen of Wakanda. (Sadly because of rights issues, we’ll likely never see that in a film.) She’s also a major player in the X-Men and dealing with the duality of her life. When the Shadow King shows up, chaos ensues.
Which one Storm story is your favorite? Are you looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse? Let us know in the comments!
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