Who is Alex Wilder?
Don’t want to spoil Runaways for anyone, so I will only say that he is the only normal human member of the team. He lacks superpowers/magical artifacts/advanced technology, but makes up for it in intelligence.
My take on Alex:
This Alex hails from the Maestro’s Battle World domain. He is the only survivor of the Pride, a band of freedom fighters handpicked by the Gibborims (an ancient race of mystical giants). He was recruited by the Victor Von Doom Institute of Gifted Youth. His analytical mind earned him the favor of the headmaster and ultimately led to his banishment to SHIELD.
The Abstract is a Gibborim tome that contains the essence of the Pride. It enables its user to do the following:
- Temporal Manipulation: alters user’s personal time frame to give the illusion of super speed and reject sustained damage.
- Summoning: calls forth minions in the form of: Mancha Raptors (electricity-discharging cybernetic dinosaurs derived from Ultron technology & genetic samples from the Far East domain) & Stein-Droid (an advanced hacking robot based on the Leapfrog).
- Light Manipulation: generates hard light shields and intense lasers.
- Casting: wields a variety of stored eldritch algorithms.
- Glamour: creates elaborate illusions that temporarily subverts reality.
Visual Reference (velociraptor):
Doom Institute by Sanford Greene, Runaways cover by Jo Chen & Alex Wilder panel by Adrian Alphona
The previous post inspired me to refine the idea and give it more thought. Recalled the original Inferno storyline and the motivation of the major players.
Inferno Cable Revisited:
Darkchilde & N’astirh are warring with Goblin Queen for control of the Battle World’s the Inferno region. So it would be high possibility that Chibi Nate would be a target of Darkchilde & N’astirh’s forces. Illyana used the corrupted & transformed Nightcrawler to breach Madelyn’s defenses & kidnap Nate.
While captive, Illyana tried to corrupt him and created bloodstones from his soul. This process triggered a strange reaction with his TO infection, his dark soul persona, Stryfe, was born. Stryfe has goblin-like features similar to Darkchilde & exhibits symptoms of the transmode virus. N’astirh took him on as an apprentice and shared part of Belasco’s grimoire. With his processor-like mind, he instantly mastered the eldritch algorithms.
His parents managed to rescue him from Darkchilde’s clutches. His mother placed him under the tutelage of Doctor Strange where he mastered his Stryfe form.
Nate is able to switch between his human & Stryfe forms. His Stryfe form possesses enhanced strength, speed, rapid regeneration & limited metamorphic capabilities. He instinctively wields offensive, defensive, & curative eldritch algorithms. This form can injury or kill supernatural entities.
Visual Reference of Stryfe:
By Javier Garron
By Tom Raney
Stryfe would have a body similar to Darkchilde & have a furry torso like Brute.