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One member of the X-Men – who was part of the original team in the movies – turned out to have the perfect anti-Sentinel attack, too bad the X-Men forgot about him.
Even though the X-Men movies weren’t the best received by audiences, they did manage to bring to life one particular mutant who possesses perfect anti-Sentinel power that would actually prove incredibly useful in the age. of X-Men comics – and that mutant hero is Banshee.
Sean Cassidy, aka Banshee, made his live-action debut in X-Men: First Class as one of the original members of the X-Men to form the team alongside Mystique, Beast, and Havok. In the film, Banshee learned to control his sonic scream power with the help of Charles Xavier. By the end of the film, Banshee had so much control over his mutant ability that he could direct his sonic screams at his enemies with stunning accuracy and precision, and even use his power to fly. As incredible as Banshee has become, there was an ability present in the comics that he never exploited in the movies – and one that even the comics themselves forgot.
In Fabian Nicieza and Andy Kubert’s Amazing X-Men #1, the X-Men fight for their lives in the war-torn world of the Age of Apocalypse – except they don’t fight Apocalypse or his minions. , they are fighting the Sentinels. The Age of Apocalypse essentially splits the world in two: the old United States is ruled by Apocalypse and his mutant supremacist regime, while Europe and parts of Asia and Africa are still under control. human. In an effort to combat Apocalypse and his forces, humanity has developed Sentinels – although unfortunately, given that we are in a time of war, Sentinels cannot tell the difference between “good” mutants fighting for humanity, such as the X-Men, and the “evil”. ‘those who follow Revelation. While this is an annoyance for the X-Men, given that they have to waste time technically fighting their own side by occasionally battling Sentinels, they have a secret weapon that can take out Sentinels quickly and effectively: the sonic scream. of Banshee – at least, with some frequency.
Banshee can destroy Sentinel systems with the silent sound of his voice
As made clear in this issue, Banshee can create a sonic scream launched at such a high frequency that the Sentinels’ internal electrical systems are essentially fried. Not only that, but none of Banshee’s fellow X-Men can hear the scream because the pitch is too high, so they aren’t negatively affected by his power like they might have been had he just let out a normal loud cry near them. This makes Banshee’s Sentinel kill power doubly effective as it eliminates them without harming his teammates – and it’s a power the X-Men need to weaponize in current continuity. Ever since Dawn of X (with Moira’s very explicit warning in House of X/Powers of X), Sentinels have been the greatest threat to both mutants and humanity. In each potential future, the Sentinels take over the world and end all life on the planet (beyond synthesis), which means they must leave, whatever the cost. The X-Men are very aware of this fact, and their efforts to crush all Sentinel programs are ongoing, but they are not using their greatest asset: Banshee.
This issue of Amazing X-Men proves that Banshee can create a sonic scream that no one can hear while destroying Sentinels as if nothing had happened, which turns out to be the perfect ability for covert missions. Sadly, that power has been completely forgotten by the X-Men, and this mutant — who may have shined in the movies — will likely never be the ultimate anti-Sentinel weapon he once was.