Super Power: Magneto’s Mastery Of Magnetism Is The Next Phase Of Human Evolution And Makes Him An Omega Level Mutant

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WHY MAGNETO IS THE MASTER OF MAGNETISM

Magneto in ‘X-Men’ (1991) #1. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

As Homo superior, Magneto is the next phase of human evolution. Originally, the master of magnetism represents the mutant population which by accidents of evolution has been granted super powers. Magneto‘s mastery of magnetism is the super power to control, manipulate and shift magnetic fields on a planetary to solar system scale. In the past, the mutant powerhouse was once classified as an Alpha Level mutant. This has been changed to an Omega Level mutant. In fact, what is an Omega Level mutant?

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The term, initially “Omega Level Mutant Abilities” was seemingly used at first by Fred Duncan, and quickly adopted by Charles Xavier to define some of his first students, and was described in those terms: “Yet what he called Omega (the last) he meant as regards to an “ultimate threat,’ while I simply prefer to think of such mutant abilities as unlimited potential.

-“Mutant Power Level Classification”, Marvel Database

In other words, what makes Magneto an Omega Level mutant is power without limit. In fact, Magneto has been stated on several occasions to be the most powerful mutant on Earth.1,2,3 On another occasion, he has been called the most powerful being on Earth.4

PHOENIX IS MAGNETO’S RIVAL

In ‘X-Men’ (1978) #112, Magneto defeats Phoenix and Wolverine. Photo/Marvel Comics

In early X-men stories, the X-men regularly met Magneto as their foe. In ‘X-Men’ (1978) #112, the X-men return to Mesmero’s carnival trailer to find… Magneto. Eager to even the score with the X-Men, Magneto systematically subdues each member. Phoenix intervenes during the fight, and Magneto quickly defeats her by siphoning her Phoenix flame. Clearly, it has been stated that Magneto’s power rivals Phoenix’s.5 In Marvel continuity, Professor X and Magneto have been shown to match and defeat the Phoenix in duels.

In ‘New X-Men’ (2004) #150, the Omega Level mutant faces a resurrected Phoenix. During the battle, Jean Grey has the upper hand though Magneto is initially protected by his helmet from Phoenix’s telepathy. Finally, Magneto attacks Phoenix with a planetary electromagnetic pulse, giving her a heart attack. Both Omega Level mutants die: Phoenix dies while Magneto seemingly dies at the hand of Wolverine.

It appears Phoenix is Magneto’s limit as an Omega Level mutant. This means Magneto’s powers can at least match Phoenix’s at the Solar System Level. Of course, Phoenix has been classified as a Multiversal being, Beyond Omega Level.

In 'New X-Men' (2004) #150, Magneto kills Phoenix with a planetary electromagnetic pulse.
In ‘New X-Men’ (2004) #150, Magneto kills Phoenix with a planetary electromagnetic pulse. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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MAGNETO’S SUPER POWERS

MAGNETO CAN CONTROL ANY METAL TO ACHIEVE VARIOUS EFFECTS

In 'Uncanny X-Men' (2012) #2, Magneto powers the headless body of a Sinister Celestial.
In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (2012) #2, Magneto powers the headless body of the Dreaming Celestial. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (2012) #2, the X-Men are under attack by the Celestials. Brand contacts Cyclops and he tells her that it is about Sinister and the head of the Dreaming Celestial. Brand tells Cyclops it is not about that and that the Celestials are headed for Earth. During the issue, Magneto controls the head of the Dreaming Celestial.

SUPER POWER:

Magneto used his control of metal to expand and manipulate the magnetic field around the Celestial’s headless armor.

MAGNETO CAN CREATE MAGNETIC FORCE FIELDS

In 'X-Men' (1993) #25, Magneto erects magnetic force fields against Jean Grey.
In ‘X-Men’ (1993) #25, Magneto erects magnetic force fields against Jean Grey. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘X-Men’ (1993) #25, Magneto attacks humanity on a planetary scale over his mutant nation space station Avalon. Under Professor X’s command, the X-men decide and execute a plan to finally end Magneto’s threat. Brutally, Magneto single-handedly takes on the X-Men. During the fight, Magneto erects magnetic force fields against Jean Grey’s telekinetic attack.

SUPER POWER:

Magneto’s mastery of magnetism allows him to create magnetic force fields impenetrable to telepathic, telekinetic, enegy manipulation and physical attacks.

MAGNETO CAN CREATE ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSES (EMPs)

In 'X-Men' (1993) #25, Magneto creates an EMP on the planetary scale.
In ‘X-Men’ (1993) #25, Magneto creates an EMP on the planetary scale. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘X-Men’ (1993) #25, Magneto attacks humanity on a planetary scale over his mutant nation space station Avalon. The attack in the Avalon storyline is an EMP at the planetary scale that causes all the nations of the Earth to lose power and go dark.

SUPER POWER:

Magneto’s control of magnetic fields, allows him to create EMPs similar to nuclear explosions. This is an effect of his ability to produce magnetic rays on a planetary scale.

MAGNETO CAN MANIPULATE IRON AT THE ATOMIC LEVEL

Magneto can manipulate iron at the atomic level.
Magneto can manipulate iron at the atomic level. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

As master of magnetism, Magneto can manipulate iron at the atomic level.

SUPER POWER:

Magneto has the power to manipulate iron at the cellular and atomic levels. This is an effect of Magneto’s ability to see magnetic fields and manipulate magnetic fields at the atomic level.

FEAT OF THE DAY: IN ‘ULTIMATE X-MEN’ #6, MAGNETO USES HIS THOUGHT HELMET TO PROTECT AGAINST PROFESSOR X’S TELEPATHY

In 'Ultimate X-Men' (2001) #6, Magneto's Thought Helmet protects against Professor X's telepathy.
In ‘Ultimate X-Men’ (2001) #6, Magneto’s Thought Helmet protects against Professor X’s telepathy. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SOURCES

X-Men Vol 1 112 in Marvel Database.
New X-Men Vol 1 150 in Marvel Database.
Uncanny X-Men Vol 2 2 in Marvel Database.
X-Men Vol 2 25 in Marvel Database.
Ultimate X-Men Vol 1 6 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Official Marvel Index To The X-Men #6.

2. Uncanny X-Men #368.

3. X-Men Vol 2 #110.

4. X-Men Unlimited #2.

5. Classic X-Men #18.

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