Feral from Wolverine (vol. 3) #53.
Art by Simone Bianchi.
|First appearance||New Mutants (vol. 1) #99
|Created by||Rob Liefeld
|Alter ego||Maria Callasantos|
formerly human mutant
|Team affiliations||Selene's undead mutants army
Mutant Liberation Front
|Abilities||Feline appearance; enhanced senses and agility; healing factor; sharp claws, fangs and prehensile tail.|
Feral (Maria Callasantos) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She has been both a superhero and a supervillain and most recognizably associated as a member of X-Force. Feral is the sister of Thornn.
Fictional character biography
The cat-like mutant Feral attempted to escape from the tyrannical rule of the Morlock, Masque. She was saved from Masque by Cable, and agreed to join Cable's paramilitary group X-Force in return for protection.
Alongside X-Force, she first battled the Mutant Liberation Front, and she broke Wildside's jaw. She then severely injured Cannonball during combat training. She fought her sister Thornn, when Thornn and Masque invaded X-Force Base. She next battled Sauron. Alongside X-Force, she battled Weapon P.R.I.M.E. She was later compelled by the Druid to go to Starkesboro, Massachusetts.
During the X-Cutioner's Song saga, she was attacked by the X-Men and X-Factor alongside X-Force. She was captured by Wolverine, and was taken prisoner with X-Force by the X-Men and X-Factor. Feral later received a new costume, and left Xavier's mansion with the rest of X-Force. With X-Force, she then fought Nick Fury and War Machine.
Feral was always the ticking time bomb of X-Force especially when it came to teammate Siryn, barely capable of controlling her deadly temper. Prior to joining the group, it was later revealed that Maria and her sister Lucia (who later became known as Thornn) had to leave home and lived with the Morlocks. It was later discovered that both girls had been molested by their cocaine addict stepfather; in retaliation, Feral killed the man and shoved his body into the wall. Her mother, who was also addicted to cocaine, found out and sought vengeance on the girl by killing all of her pet pigeons. This infuriated Feral to the point where she also killed her mother in a fit of rage. It was also hinted at that she had purposely pushed their younger sister down the stairs, leading to her death, as well as allowed their younger brother to fall to his death from their roof. Ultimately, Feral betrayed X-Force and became the enemy of her former teammates when she was convinced to join the terrorist group known as the Mutant Liberation Front, although her alliances would continue to shift.
After a brief stint with the MLF, Feral emerged from hiding when the New York City police captured Thornn. Thornn revealed that she had seen Feral kill Harry Bellinger, their mother's boyfriend. Cannonball provoked Feral into admitting that she had murdered her mother. Cannonball overpowered Feral, and an old friend of Lucia's, police detective Jose Hidalgo, arrested her for killing three members of her family and Bellinger. During her jail time, Feral discovered she was infected with the Legacy Virus. She was either unable to be convicted or escaped, as she was next seen trying to obtain Isotope E (along with other virus sufferers) as a possible cure from the High Evolutionary.[volume & issue needed]
Feral, now mentally distraught from her illness later resurfaced with a new incarnation of the Hellions led by King Bedlam. Although the team's criminal activities were limited to stealing the Armageddon Man to use him as a weapon, Feral left her mark. All of the rage that she had felt for Siryn in the past boiled over in an argument where Feral sliced through Siryn's vocal cords, incapacitating her powers.[volume & issue needed]
After being cured from the virus, Feral apparently had a change of heart. She, as well as her sister Thornn, were recruited to be members of the Mumbai branch of the X-Corporation along with her former teammate Warpath and Sunfire. The team helped save Professor X from an assassination attempt by a crazed Lilandra Neramani, who still believed that Charles Xavier was Cassandra Nova.
She stayed with X-Corp for quite some time, but she returned to New York after M-Day, where the Scarlet Witch caused the mutant gene to disappear from 90-95% of the mutant population worldwide, making them "baseline humans". Both Feral and her sister were depowered and in Mutant Town, looking for answers.[volume & issue needed]
They both traveled to Wakanda where both sister met up with other feral heroes all of them animal in appearance such as Sasquatch and Wolfsbane. As a group, the four of them were to aid Wolverine in his search for his longtime foe Sabretooth. During the group’s investigation to find Sabretooth, both Feral and Thornn would be kidnapped by the enigmatic geneticist Romulus, a 2,000 year old mutant. Romulus specializes in feral mutations preferring wolf-based entities such as individuals like Wolfsbane. Despite Feral and Thornn's cat-like exteriors, the girls would be put under extreme experiments that changed them on the genetic level.[volume & issue needed]
The sisters woke up and found that they were in a Weapon X experiment facility, and remembered nothing of the events that brought them there. Though not feeling any different except for their slight amnesia, they were more than surprised when they got up and looked at each other, the sisters realize that their bodies had been tampered with as they only saw their once mutant forms; cat-like in appearance. Whatever had been done to them had, in their beliefs, reversed their depowering and they were both mutants again.[volume & issue needed]
Their memories however, began to slowly come back when Wolverine appeared. He was surprised to see their visages but gladly accepted the additional power that their mutant forms carried, should they wished to continue. Feral would choose to proceed, ecstatic in the chance to use her powers again. Now that Wolverine had finally found and secured the sisters he could continue his search for Sabretooth. The two would continue to search the facility they were in. With so many hallways and doors they inadvertently got separated. While alone, Feral stumbled upon Sabretooth. He was very different, more animalistic, even more so then normal. Confident in her skills, she willingly confronted him. In such close quarters and Sabretooth in his apparently mindless state, she would find the truth about her powers far too late. Sabretooth killed her. Wolverine would arrive right after Sabretooth had just killed her, too late to save her, though he later killed Sabretooth, beheading him.
In the end, the team regrouped. With Feral dead, it was then speculated by Wolfsbane that the sisters were still base-line humans. Only their outward appearances had been changed back to their once feline forms. Wolverine agreed, as it explained why she would have lost so easily. It would appear that Romulus only reverted their physical forms back to their previous mutant forms, without actually granting them their mutant powers. Feral's life would come full circle; she was murdered cold-blooded by a feral mutant in a berserker state as she in a similar state did too much of her family in her youth, many years prior.[volume & issue needed]
Despite the fact that she had lost her powers prior to her death, Feral was resurrected and repowered by means of the Transmode Virus to serve as part of Selene's army of deceased mutants. Under the control of Selene and Eli Bard, she took part in the assault on the mutant nation of Utopia, and was seen attacking X-23 and Dr. James Bradley.
Later as Shatterstar and Wolfsbane defeated a demon, calling itself a Sin-Eater, at a local church, the two are about to leave when Feral was waiting outside the church. Feral wants to get Wolfsbane’s unborn baby for herself. The motive is not clear, however, she doesn't care if she has to rip it off from the cold dead body of Rahne Sinclair. Feral’s attack does not go as planned because she passes through Wolfsbane's body. Feral thinks Shatterstar did something to her. As they speak, Rahne reminds her that she is dead. She comments about the way it happened since she was present there when it happened. However, Feral does not believe it but feels something is wrong about herself. As she pauses to collect her thoughts, she realizes that she is dead. She vanishes and later materializes, with her memories intact in the taxi Rahne and Shatterstar are riding, as they are being chased by their enemies. She reveals that there are many supernatural entities, specifically animal-type gods with dog and cat forms, now after Rahne's hybrid unborn baby. They are using Maria's spirit as a homing beacon on Rahne as she was once part of the human world when she was still alive, with the promise that they will reward her service to them by fully resurrecting her.
Powers and abilities
She formerly had a feline mutation that endowed her with a thin layer of light orange fur covering her body, sharp claws and fangs, pointed ears, superhumanly acute senses including night vision and sense of smell, enhanced strength, speed, agility, reflexes, coordination, balance, and endurance paired with enhanced healing capabilities as well as a prehensile tail.[volume & issue needed] Feral was depowered during M-Day.[volume & issue needed] She was repowered when she was briefly resurrected during Necrosha.[volume & issue needed]
Age of Apocalypse
House of M
Feral is part of a group of mutants called Rej-X. She later joined X-Force, along with Shatterstar.[volume & issue needed]
In other media
- Feral made cameos in the X-Men episodes "Slave Island" and "Graduation Day". In "Slave Island," Feral is among the mutants enslaved on Genosha. In "Slave Island," Feral was with Sunfire and some unnamed mutants when they watched Henry Peter Gyrich's attack on Professor X. She was also with Sunfire when he and the other mutants on Genosha wanted Magneto to lead them against the humans.
- A mutant that resembles a hairless version of Feral made a cameo in Wolverine and the X-Men episode "X-Calibur".
- New Mutants #100 (the final issue of the comic book series)
- X-Force #1
- X-Force #2
- X-Force #7
- X-Force #9
- X-Force #7, 9
- Captain America #407
- Uncanny X-Men #295; X-Factor #84; X-Force #16-17
- X-Force #19
- X-Force #21
- X-Force #28
- "New X-Men" #133
- Wolverine V3 #54
- Loeb, Jeph. Wolverine #54, Marvel Comics
- X-Force (3rd Series) #21, January 2010
- X-Factor (3rd series) #220 (July 2011)
- X-Factor (3rd series) #221 (Aug 2011)
- X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #2
- House of M: Avengers #2
- Ultimate X-Men #84