|First appearance||X-Force #116 (July 2001)|
|Created by||Peter Milligan|
|Alter ego||Axel Cluney|
|Abilities||Can spew acidic vomit|
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Zeitgeist (Axel Cluney) is a fictional mutant character and superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a member of the second team of X-Force.
Zeitgeist first appeared in X-Force #116 (July 2001) and was created by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred.
Fictional character biography
Axel Cluney is tormented by nightmares during the time his mutant power manifested. A forbidden, drunken make-out session on the beach ends when he spews acidic vomit, burning the girl's face. It is clear she survives, as he was quoted as saying, "I sure hope the doctors managed to give her back her pretty face," indicating she was alive to receive medical attention. Axel wonders if the nightmares would stop if he ever remembers the girl's name.[volume & issue needed]
Zeitgeist views the footage of missions the team goes on, ostensibly to study tactics. The supermodels he lounges with believe it is for more 'exciting' purposes. His thoughts are revealed as he studies one mission involving battling mutinous North African tribesmen. He does make mental notes on each team member. Notably, he reminds himself how Plazm's kill rate is not acceptable, how U-Go Girl needs to stabilize herself and how Sluk's death is not that bad, as he did not look as human as the rest of the crew.[volume & issue needed]
The next day, the team holds a press conference to introduce Tike Alicar, the Anarchist, as their newest member to replace Sluk. In a mission designed to resonate with focus groups, X-Force is going to do a 'freebie'. As their leader, Coach, explains, politically free terrorists, just the kind of bad guy X-Force needs, are holding hostage the popular band Boyz R Us. The band's record executives do not particularly care to pay the ransom, even though one of the members has already died, as their deaths would increase sales. The terrorists are holed up in the studios of Sonic TV, deep inside the city.[volume & issue needed]
The team teleports in as Zeitgeist blows off Battering Ram's questions about his own role once again. The battle goes well. Zeitgeist's inner thoughts reveal he actually hates the public who adores him and has a seeming dissatisfaction with his high profile mutant life. Battering Ram talks to him once again, then an attack helicopter opens fire.[volume & issue needed]
Ram, the surviving gunmen, the band members and most of X-Force are killed instantly. U-Go-Girl and Anarchist survive. Zeitgeist, his lower torso blown away, survives just long enough to realize the name of the girl he injured: Felicity.[volume & issue needed]
The helicopter crew that fired the fatal shot are teleported out and dropped a long distance to the pavement below.[volume & issue needed]
Some time later, Wolverine uncovers evidence that the Coach and Zeitgeist planned for the Boyz R Us massacre, with Zeitgeist intended to be one of the survivors. Around this time, Coach himself is slain by U-Go-Girl when he attempts to rape her.[volume & issue needed]
Powers and abilities
Zeitgeist could spew acidic vomit from his mouth, and wore a protective mouthpiece in and out of costume. It was shown that his vomit could burn through 10 cm thick steel in less than 30 seconds. His mouthpiece was made from unknown material similar to plastic but much stronger. He also possessed enhanced durability.
Other characters named Zeitgeist
There were some other Marvel Comics characters that used the Zeitgeist name.
- One Marvel character who went by the name Zeitgeist was Larry Ekler, who is now known as Everyman, a Captain America foe who assassinated superheroes. He was killed by Hauptmann Deutschland.
- Another Marvel character known as Zeitgeist is a member of the Special Executive, a group of time-traveling interstellar mercenaries who appeared in Captain Britain and Doctor Who Monthly.
In other media
Zeitgeist appears in Deadpool 2, portrayed by Bill Skarsgård. He is recruited into X-Force by Deadpool and Weasel. While parachuting down to their first mission, Zeitgeist accidentally lands in a wood chipper. Fellow X-Force member Peter attempts to help him, but Zeitgeist accidentally spits acid on him, killing him as well.
- "Everyman (Captain America foe)". www.marvunapp.com.
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