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
Mercs for Money
Abilities Telepathy
Superhuman strength, speed, durability and reflexes
Reality warping
Matter manipulation
Explosion manipulation and combat
Jet propulsion

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

The character appears in the 2016 feature film Deadpool, albeit with a different look and a change in the character's comic book superpowers. This was done through a deal with Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige in exchange for sending Ego the Living Planet to Marvel for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.[2] In the movie, Negasonic Teenage Warhead is a member of the X-Men, portrayed by actress Brianna Hildebrand.

Publication history[edit]

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

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.[3]

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.[4]


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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

After hearing Negasonic Teenage Warhead's codename, Kitty Pryde remarks, "Wow, we really have run out of names."[8]


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.[9] Ellie apparently perished once again when the Black Queen absorbed the souls of the entire deceased mutant populace of Genosha.[10]

Marvel NOW![edit]

Ellie returns, unexplained, and uses her telepathic abilities to establish a new, mundane life for herself in an Albuquerque suburb. Marvel NOW! Deadpool and the Mercs for Money capture her at the behest of an organization called Umbral Dynamics, unaware that the group intends to siphon her power into the Presence.[11][12] After her rescue and the defeat of Presence, Negasonic Teenage Warhead joins up with Domino's incarnation of the Mercs for Money alongside Hit-Monkey.[13]

While Wade was sulking that Domino had stolen his team from him, she chose to cheer him up while out on a op. for S.H.I.E.L.D, using her powers to make Deadpool themed costumes for everybody. It is later revealed after the Mercs probe their employers while getting their pay, that Hit-Monkey was assigned to them as a liaison to monitor their progress. In truth however he was sent to keep an eye on Eli because S.H.I.E.L.D was wary of her growing abilities.[14]

During a fight in an alternate future brought about by Negasonic's intervention in the Inhumans vs. X-Men storyline, the conflict between the two superpowered races never died down. Instead, they were further inflamed by the Inhuman fanatic Lash who instigated a witch hunt against the Mutants, who he deems have blasphemed against the T-Mist cloud and, in response to mutant deaths caused by them, Magneto launched a counter assault which ended up decimating the world. She chose to hide out deep in the amazon with an enclave of mutants who were tired from all the fighting with the Inhumans, but Lash and his tribe soon caught up with them when Deadpool's Mercs inadvertently led them there. As Deadpool lay dying due to the former absorbing her energies, the future Negasonic travels back to the past in order to fix her mistake of tampering with the T-Cloud thus averting another dystopian parallel.[15]

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.[16]

During the Deadpool & the Mercs for Money Vol. 2 series, Ellie showcased a host of new abilities she previously lacked before, creating a house and home for herself out of thin air with her thoughts. She is able to overpower a host of skilled, military or uniquely trained mercenaries in hand-to-hand combat, as well as showcasing superhuman physical prowess beyond the norm, battling the likes of Scorpia and Titania.[17]

Over the series, Ellie shows even greater amounts of power and capabilities within her. She has the ability to harness, generate and absorb radioactive energy into herself, allowing herself to achieve feats such as fabricating objects out of thin air like clothes or shelter and levitate people or objects with her mind.[18]

It is later revealed that Eli's newfound power stems from an ability to manipulate reality at a quantum level. In an alternate dystopian future, Negasonic used her powers to alter the Terragen cloud to make it harmless to mutants, further exhibition of this latent power stems to rearranging matter and energy into different shapes and forms at will; such as morphing Jack Chain's Darkforce binds into butterflies, alternating Inferno's fire into flaming monkeys, mentally disassembling Domino and Gorilla-Man's guns and creating energized duplicates of herself at will.[19]

In other media[edit]


Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead in Deadpool.
  • Negasonic Teenage Warhead appears in Deadpool, portrayed by Brianna Hildebrand.[20] Although she 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.[21] In the film, Negasonic's powers are slightly altered, adding 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 where they try to get Deadpool to join the X-Men. Negasonic Teenage Warhead is described by Deadpool as a stereotypical teenager who's "all about long sullen silences, followed by mean comments and then more silences", and lives up to that description by occasionally ignoring his mockery with her cell phone. Deadpool is also astounded by her name, which he claims is "the coolest name ever". She and Colossus later aid Deadpool in his fight against Ajax by helping Colossus defeat Angel Dust after the two villains had abducted Vanessa Carlysle.
  • Negasonic Teenage Warhead will appear in Deadpool 2, with Brianna Hildebrand reprising her role.[22]


  1. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (March 30, 2015). "Deadpool Movie Casts Newcomer as Negasonic Teenage Warhead". Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ New X-Men #115
  4. ^ New X-Men #116
  5. ^ Astonishing X-Men vol. 3 #12
  6. ^ Astonishing X-Men vol. 3 #15
  7. ^ Astonishing X-Men vol. 3 #18
  8. ^ Astonishing X-Men vol. 3 #16
  9. ^ X-Force vol. 3 #21-22
  10. ^ X-Force vol. 3 #23-25
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ 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, #4 (5 October 2016), United States: Marvel Comics
  13. ^ Deadpool & the Mercs for Money Vol. 2 #5
  14. ^ Deadpool & the Mercs for Money Vol. 2 #6
  15. ^ Deadpool & the Mercs for Money Vol. 2 #7-8
  16. ^ X-Force #24
  17. ^ Deadpool & the Mercs for Money Vol. 2 #1/#4-5
  18. ^ Deadpool & the Mercs for Money Vol. 2 #6
  19. ^ Deadpool & the Mercs for Money Vol. 2 #8
  20. ^ "'Deadpool' Casts Newcomer as Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  21. ^ "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. 
  22. ^ Goldberg, Matt (January 12, 2017). "Exclusive: Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead Will Return in 'Deadpool 2'". Collider. 

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