X-Men’s Most Ridiculous Mutant Joins Their Celestial-Killing Strike Force


Spoilers for A.X.E.: Judgment Day #3 ahead!

The hilarious and mysterious Marvel hero known as Doop, an honorary mutant and member of the X-Men, was recently seen joining the mutants’ ongoing fight against the Eternals. Doop can be spotted using his vast and unexplained powers as a part of Krakoa’s Celestial Strike Force in an attempt to destroy the newly revived Celestial in A.X.E.: Judgment Day #3.

Doop was created by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred, debuting in 2001’s X-Force #116. Since his first appearance he has been a major part of X-Force as well as the media-focused X-Statix, even working as the receptionist for the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning while Wolverine was headmaster. Even though Doop has had a miniseries Wolverine/Doop where he teamed up with Logan to solve crimes, as well as his own solo series All-New Doop, there is still so much that is unknown about the powerful being who has acted as an ally and friend to the mutants of Earth since his introduction.

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Doop is a floating creature that truly looks like a talking pickle, and it seems as though he has the X-Men symbol tattooed across his body, showing his dedication to the team even though it has never been officially confirmed that Doop is a mutant. Interestingly, there are very few beings without an X-Gene who live on Krakoa, mainly Kyle Jinadu, Warlock, and Juggernaut, and Doop has been seen in the background of Krakoan comics several times, meaning that either he is part of this group of non-mutant allies living on Krakoa, or he has an as-yet-unrevealed X-Gene. There are many potential origin stories for the powerful Doop, with some saying he comes from “Marginalia,” the world between our worlds, while Captain America has confessed that Doop was a Cold War-era government experiment capable of destroying the planet and who was instrumental in taking down the Soviet Union. Where ever he may come from, Doop has now joined the mutants in the war against the Eternals in Marvel’s Judgment Day event. In A.X.E.: Judgment Day #3 by Kieron Gillen and Valerio Schiti, it is revealed to Mister Sinister and Tony Stark that the resurrected Progenitor Celestial has a weak spot. Sinister telepathically informs Destiny, who gatheres a powerhouse strike force to assault the being, a group that includes the ferocious Doop.

One might think that Doop does not bring a lot to the table, but they would be sorely mistaken, since the full extent of Doop’s powers has never been fully explored or examined. Besides speaking in his own language, dubbed “Doopspeak,” Doop has a genius intellect along with psionic and telepathic powers, superhuman strength and agility, a powerful healing factor. He also possesses a dimensional gate within himself allowing him to store people and objects inside his body in what he calls “Doop Land,” his own “Doop magic,” and is self-aware that he exists in the comics and is able to travel through the “margins” between pages. Besides these he has many more abilities, meaning that Doop is in fact one of the most powerful beings on Earth hands down, and clearly a ridiculously important asset to the X-Men, so it makes perfect sense that he would be brought along to support the Celestial Strike Force. Fighting alongside iconic ultra-powerful mutants like Jean Grey, Exodus, Magik, Polaris, and Cyclops, Doop may seem out of place, but in reality his intellect and abilities are on-par with many of them, and while the entire Celestial attack ends up being a ruse, if it were a real fight it is clear that Doop’s involvement could turn the tides in the X-Men’s favor.

Doop is a truly ridiculous and out-of-left field choice to join an anti-Eternals Celestial Strike Force, but once a more serious lens is applied to the mysterious being his addition makes perfect sense. Not only is Doop wickedly intelligent, but he also has vast powers and abilities that make him stronger than many X-Men.

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #3 is available in stores now.

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