Alexander "Alex" Summers
Adventurer, former U.S. government operative, former graduate student in geophysics
Place of Birth
Christopher Summers (Corsair, father, deceased), Katherine Anne Summers (mother, deceased), Philip Summers (grandfather), Deborah Summers (grandmother), Scott Summers (Cyclops, brother), Gabriel Summers (Vulcan, brother), Andrew Blanding (foster father), Mrs Blanding (foster mother), Haley Blanding (foster sister), Nathan Christopher Summers (Cable, nephew), Madelyne Pryor-Summers (ex-sister-in-law, deceased), Jean Grey-Summers (Phoenix, sister-in-law, deceased), Tyler Dayspring (Genesis, grandnephew, deceased), Stryfe (clone nephew, deceased), Rachel Summers (Marvel Girl, alternate timeline niece)
Havok is a mutant with the superhuman ability to absorb ambient cosmic energy into the cells of his body, transform it in an unknown manner, and release it as waves of energy that heat the air in their path enough to turn it into plasma, which is a super-heated state of matter consisting of charged subatomic particles. These waves will emanate from his body in all directions unless he purposefully tries to channel them in a single direction, usually along the length of his arms. Havok is himself immune to the intense heat he creates, as well as the power blasts generated by his brother Cyclops.
Despite past accounts, the energy that Havok releases is not truly a concussive force. When Havok strikes an object with the waves of intensity of hot plasma, the sudden vast jump in temperature will often cause objects to shatter, explode, or seemingly disintegrate, and an observer might therefore wrongly think that the object had been struck by a concussive force. Should Havok direct his energy at the lowest level, he can project it towards a human being and his target will suffer a severe headache but will not burn up.Havok's body is constantly in the process of absorbing cosmic radiation. When each of his body's power-storage cell enclaves reaches its capacity, excess cosmic energy is thereafter absorbed and immediately re-emitted in negligible quantities. Upon the total expenditure of all his available energy, it takes Havok's body about 16 hours to recharge to its peak level. The act of concentration involved in releasing his energy in anything other than an omnidirectional wave is physically exhausting for Havok if he continues it over an extended period of time.
Alexander Summers is the younger of the two sons of Christopher Summers, a United States Air Force Major and test pilot, and his wife Katherine Anne. (There was a third brother named Gabriel--aka future Vulcan--but he was born later during some crazy things that happened). One day, Alex, his brother Scott (aka future Cyclops), his mother, and father were flying back from a vacation in their vintage airplane when they crashed into a scout ship of the intergalactic Shi'ar Empire, setting their wooden plane on fire. The boys' mother pushed her two sons out of the burning plane with the only available parachute, which allowed them to escape capture by the aliens. (To learn of Havok's family members and/or the Shi'ar race, just click on the highlighted names above. Note: Beware of the revealing outfit worn by Emma Frost on Cyclops' bio page.)
The two brothers were hospitalized for injuries they sustained during their landing. Alex left the hospital after just two weeks and was placed in an orphanage in Omaha, Nebraska (it was secretly run by the master geneticist Mister Sinister). Soon afterwards, Alex was adopted by the Blanding family, who had lost their son Todd. However, the family was still traumatized by the loss of their son, and they treated Alex as if he were Todd. (To learn about Mister Sinister, click on his highlighted name above.)
Mister Sinister continued to monitor Alex while he lived with his foster family. When Sinister first noticed Alex's mutant powers beginning to reveal themselves, he provoked the local school bully, Vincent (who had caused Todd's accident), to attack Alex. The stress from the attack caused Alex's mutant powers to manifest and he incinerated Vincent. Sinister then placed a genetic lock upon Alex to curtail the development of his powers.
As a result of what Mister Sinister did to him, Alex did not become aware of his mutant abilities until after graduating college. At one point, a professor of archaeology named Ahmet Abdol had discovered a psychic link between himself and Alex. While both of them had the latent mutant power to absorb and transform cosmic radiation, Abdol's ability to exercise his power was blocked in an unknown manner by Alex. Eventually, Abdol captured Alex and took him to his laboratory in Egypt. At the laboratory, Abdol found a way to screen Alex's body from ambient cosmic radiation, permitting his own body to attain its latent potential. After this, Abdol was transformed into the Living Monolith (a gigantic mutant with vast cosmic power), but the Living Monolith was defeated when his brother, Cyclops, and the X-Men came to the rescue. However, unable to control his powers, Alex fled into the Egyptian desert. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the Living Monolith and/or the X-Men.)
Soon afterwards, Alex was captured by one of the mutant-hunting robotic Sentinels and brought to the headquarters of Larry Trask (son of the Sentinels' inventor Bolivar Trask). Larry gave Alex the codename "Havok" and a costume whose chest display monitored the build-up of cosmic energy within him. Fortunately, the X-Men came to Alex’s rescue; however, he was injured in the ensuing battle with the Sentinels and was taken to Doctor Karl Lykos for treatment. Lykos was himself a mutant who fed off the life energies of other mutants, and when he siphoned energy from Alex he transformed for the first time into the flying reptilian creature named "Sauron." (To learn about the above highlighted characters and/or robots, just click on their names. Note: The third picture posted is of Alex in the costume given to him by Larry Trask.)
Eventually, Sauron was defeated, and Alex returned to New York with his brother and his teammates where he joined the X-Men and began training to control his powers. Eventually, Alex gained enough mastery over his power that he would release it only when he wished to do so and he could wield his power with enough skill to become a formidable opponent in battle.
During his time with the X-Men, Alex fell in love with his teammate Lorna Dane (aka Polaris--a magnetism-manipulating mutant). They both served for a time in the X-Men helping to repel the invasion by the alien Z'nox; however, neither Alex nor Lorna wished to lead a life as an adventurer. The two discovered a mutual interest in geophysics and left the X-Men to begin doctoral research in the Diablo mountain range in Arizona. (Click on the highlighted names to learn about the characters above. Note: Beware of the form-fitting outfits on Polaris' bio page.)
Later, Alex and Polaris's happy life together was interrupted when they found themselves hunted by a team of superhuman assassins known as the Marauders. Polaris was possessed by the psionic entity known as Malice, who forced her to attack the X-Men. Alex, who had now rejoined the X-Men, had no choice but to fight his lover. (To learn about the above character and/or team, just click on their highlighted names. Note: Beware of the form-fitting and revealing outfit worn by a woman on the Marauders' bio page.)
After some time passed, Alex accepted an offer to be the leader of a second version of X-Factor (a government-funded mutant agency). By this time, Polaris was free of Malice's control and was joined the X-Factor as well. Alex and Polaris were finally reunited. Alex continued to serve with X-Factor until the apparent death of his teammate Multiple Man at the hands of the prophetic mutant named Haven. (Click on the highlighted names to learn about the characters and/or group above. Note: The forth and sixth picture posted is of Havok in his X-Factor uniform.)
Disillusioned, Alex teamed up with the Dark Beast (an evil doppelganger of the X-Men's Beast from another timeline), and together they founded a team of mutant terrorists called the Brotherhood of Mutants. However, Alex had not truly become a villain and had only joined the Brotherhood in order to stop the Dark Beast's sinister plans. After he was aided by the time-traveling Xavier Underground Enforcers (XUE) in stopping the Dark Beast, Alex joined them in their quest to stop their apocalyptic future from occurring. Alex was seemingly killed when a time machine created by Greystone (former ally when Havok was in the Brotherhood) exploded. However, Havok had actually ended up being in a comatose state. And later, the X-Men were contacted by Annie Ghazikanian (Alex's attending nurse) and Cyclops came to collect his brother. But, Annie insisted on accompanying Alex as she had come to care for him and sought to continue his rehabilitation. (To learn about the above highlighted characters and/or teams, just click on their names. Note: During his time with the Brotherhood, Havok wore the costume in the first picture posted.)
Eventually, Alex's conscious mind returned to his body with the help of the young telepathic son of Annie Ghazikhanian, Carter. Seizing the moment of happiness, Alex's long-time love Polaris asked him to marry her. Somewhat shocked at such a life-altering question so soon after his return, Alex faltered over a reply, but his assembled friends and family made the decision for him; however, Alex had fallen in love with Annie. Havok went through with it until the wedding day when he called off the wedding as Polaris was walking down the aisle. Because of this, Polaris snapped and attempted to kill both Alex and his newfound love, but she was stopped by Alex's teammate the Juggernaut. (To learn about Carter and/or the Juggernaut, click on their highlighted names above.)Recently, following the Scarlet Witch's alteration of reality (known as the House of M), many mutants were left powerless, including Polaris. During the same time, Annie decided to leave the school with her son due to the multiple attacks on Xavier's school. After their breakup, Havok began to grow closer to Polaris again. When Polaris decided to leave the X-Men, Havok accompanied her. (To learn about the Scarlet Witch and/or the House of M, click on the highlighted names above. Note: Beware of the revealing and/or form-fitting clothes worn by some on the House of M bio page. Also, beware of the revealing clothes worn on the Scarlet Witch's bio page. In addition, during this time, Havok changed his costume to what is posted in the fifth picture above.)
More recently, Havok was recruited by Professor X, along with Marvel Girl, Nightcrawler, Warpath, Darwin, and Polaris to participate in a space mission to stop his brother Vulcan from unleashing his powers on the Shi'ar Empire. Alex witnessed Vulcan murder their father (now known as Corsair--instead of dying after the plan crash when Havok and Cyclops were young, Christopher and his wife had actually be teleported aboard the Shi'ar starship they encountered). Afterward, Havok, Polaris, and Marvel Girl stayed in space and joined the Starjammers to lead the resistance against Vulcan and his wife, Deathbird, who had conquered the Shi'ar Empire. (To learn about the above mentioned characters, click on their highlighted names above. Note: Beware of the form-fitting and revealing outfits on Marvel Girl bio page and the form-fitting outfit worn by a woman on the Starjammers' bio page. Also, beware of the very revealing outfit on Deathbird's bio page.)
To learn more about Havok, click on the following link, http://marvel.com/universe/Havok.