Negasonic Teenage Warhead

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Negasonic Teenage Warhead
Negasonic Teenage Warhead.
Art by John Cassaday.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance New X-Men #115 (August 2001)
Created by Grant Morrison
Frank Quitely
In-story information
Alter ego Ellie Phimister
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations Hellfire Club
Abilities Telepathy

Negasonic Teenage Warhead (real name Ellie Phimister) is a fictional mutant character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. In the comics she is a student of Emma Frost and displays telepathic and precognitive powers. The character was created by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, and named after the song "Negasonic Teenage Warhead" by Monster Magnet.[1]

Actress Brianna Hildebrand portrays Negasonic Teenage Warhead in the 2016 feature film Deadpool, although the character is related in name only, having a different power set, appearance, personality, and backstory.

Publication history[edit]

Negasonic Teenage Warhead first appeared in New X-Men #115 (2001), written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Frank Quietly.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Ellie Phimister was a Genoshan teenager and a student of Emma Frost's telepathy class. During a tutoring session, Ellie reported having a recurring nightmare fifty times the previous night wherein all people in Genosha were exterminated. She then pointed out that she had experienced the same vision during the class. Almost simultaneously, Cassandra Nova's Wild Sentinels appear on Genosha and wipe out half the world's mutant population: sixteen million people.[2]

Carrying what appeared to be Ellie's corpse, Emma Frost, who had survived the Genoshan genocide thanks to the manifestation of her secondary mutation, turning her into diamond, was found by the X-Men's Beast and Jean Grey. Emma proclaimed the teenager, who had named herself Negasonic Teenage Warhead, to be a credit to her family and the mutant race and then suffered a mental breakdown when she found out Ellie was dead.[3]


Much later, Negasonic Teenage Warhead was apparently seen to be alive as a member of the latest incarnation of the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club, alongside Cassandra Nova, Sebastian Shaw, Perfection, and Emma Frost.[4] The new Inner Circle attacked the X-Men at the Xavier Institute. While Shaw, Frost and Nova dealt with Beast, Wolverine and Colossus, Ellie claimed she had a dream of Shadowcat phasing down into the Earth's core and was unable to stop; the suggestion caused Shadowcat to lose control of her phasing powers.[5]

Later, a comatose Cyclops wakes up and begins shooting the members of the club, including Ellie, with a pistol. It is revealed, however, that Ellie and all the other members of the Hellfire Club were projections of Emma Frost's mind; these projections disappeared after they were revealed to be illusions.[6]

After hearing Negasonic Teenage Warhead's codename, Kitty Pryde remarks, "Wow, we really have run out of names."[7]


During the Necrosha event, Negasonic Teenage Warhead is revealed to be amongst the deceased mutant population of Genosha that is resurrected by the Transmode Virus by Selene and Eli Bard. However unlike the other resurrected mutants, Ellie isn't under Selene's control as seen when she refused to tell the Black Queen her real name.[8] Ellie apparently perished once again when the Black Queen absorbed the souls of the entire deceased mutant populace of Genosha.[9]

Ellie somehow survived, and used her telepathic abilities to establish a new, mundane life for herself in an Albuquerque suburb. Deadpool and the Mercs for Money capture her at the behest of an organization called Umbral Dynamics, unaware that the group intends to subject her to experimentation.[10]

Powers and abilities[edit]

In New X-Men #115, Ellie was in Emma Frost's Telepathy Class, presumably making her a telepath.

In X-Force #24, Ellie is the only person aware that Proteus has possessed Destiny and she shows her precognitive abilities announcing to Selene the imminent return of her victorious inner circle.[11]

In other media[edit]


Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead in Deadpool.

Negasonic Teenage Warhead appears in the film Deadpool, portrayed by Brianna Hildebrand.[12] Although it was an obscure comic character, the writers selected her because they liked her name. They also thought that a goth girl with Cannonball's powers would be a better choice for the film than using Cannonball himself.[13] Cannonball has similar explosive powers (though via a different mutation).

Her power is the ability of telekinetic detonation within a certain radius of herself, visualized in the movie as an expanding energy bubble evoking plasma and atomic blasts. She is portrayed as a young X-Men trainee who is paired with Colossus and aids Deadpool in his fight against Ajax by helping Colossus defeat Angel Dust.

In an extended scene on the film's Blu-ray release, Negasonic Teenage Warhead says she can tell the future, then predicts Deadpool will say something stupid. He tries to prove her wrong, only to begin stammering.


  1. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (March 30, 2015). "Deadpool Movie Casts Newcomer as Negasonic Teenage Warhead". Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ New X-Men #115
  3. ^ New X-Men #116
  4. ^ Astonishing X-Men vol. 3 #12
  5. ^ Astonishing X-Men vol. 3 #15
  6. ^ Astonishing X-Men vol. 3 #18
  7. ^ Astonishing X-Men vol. 3 #16
  8. ^ X-Force vol. 3 #21-22
  9. ^ X-Force vol. 3 #23-25
  10. ^ Cullen Bunn (w), Iban Coello (p), Iban Coello (i), Guru-eFX (col), VC's Joe Sabino (let), Jordan D. White (ed). Deadpool & the Mercs for Money v2, #1 (20 July 2016), United States: Marvel Comics
  11. ^ X-Force #24
  12. ^ "'Deadpool' Casts Newcomer as Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Tim Miller Explains Why Negasonic Teenage Warhead Is In 'Deadpool!' Will Cable Appear In 'Deadpool 2?'". Food World News. August 7, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 

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