The Powers of Alexander Summers [Havok] [Comic Verse]
For the-blind-literatus cause she asked.
Note: This is not the be all, end all to Alex’s powers. If I’m wrong, I’m more than welcome to corrections. Feel free to add more information to the bottom if you have it, as well. And yep, there is a cut. This thing is long.
Like Havok in XMFC, Havok in the comics deals in plasma energy. Though as you can tell from the picture, the energy he uses ends up blue-white instead of the red that is used in the film. The film-makers chose to use ‘red’ to indicate an association with the plasma that Cyclops uses.
Havok’s main mutation allows him to absorb ambient cosmic energy around him, and convert it into plasma. This is done by blasting energy from his body that heats the air in the path, thereby turning it into plasma in the form of a blast or discharge. Without a suit, it has the circles/hoops, much like he uses within the film.
Again, like in the film, unless he puts a great deal of effort into what he is doing, the hoops will go in all directions. When directing them, he usually attempts to push them down his arms to give himself better control. As within the movie, Havok sometimes struggles to control his power, which makes him a danger to those around him unless he wore a special containment suit equipped with special sensors for measuring and controlling his power output. [Note: That still doesn’t explain the eggbeater costume. I stick to my story that Scott was trying to pull a shitty prank on him with that one.]
Havok is immune to his own powers and to those of his brother Scott. He is resistant but not immune to Vulcan’s (the sometimes forgotten Summers) powers. He is also immune to the adverse effects of most forms of radiation and heat.
When Havok strikes an object with the waves of intensity of hot plasma, the sudden vast jump in temperature will often cause objects to shatter, explode or disintegrate. Should Havok direct his energy at the lowest level, he can project it towards a human being and his target will suffer a severe headache, but will not burn up. This takes a great deal of effort for him—and he isn’t always in enough control to actually pull this off.
He can absorb cosmic energies from his environment (such as starlight, x-rays, and gamma radiation) and store them within his body cells. When each of his body’s power-storage cell enclaves reaches its capacity, excess energy is thereafter absorbed and immediately re-emitted in negligible quantities. His absorption is normally passive, but he has shown that he can actively drain and absorb energy as well. He also seems to have gained the ability to fly and survive unaided in vacuum. It’s been theorized that Alex doesn’t actually need to ‘breathe’ like normal people/mutants. This hasn’t been proven.
Upon the total expenditure of all his available energy, it takes Havok’s body about 16.5 hours to recharge to its peak level. The act of concentration involved in releasing his energy in anything other than the circular hoops is physically exhausting for Havok if he continues it over an extended period of time.
Perhaps my favorite thing (and something I have joked about repeatedly), Alex’s secondary mutation has made him into something of a Narnian Wardrobe. His body and mind are a nexus for all other Alex Summers in every other reality, and therefore his very existence was a sort of ‘back door’ to the others. Little is known about this mutation, and it hasn’t been fully explored yet, but he has moved between alternate universes at least once, with one version of Alex ‘dying’ before he returned to his natural form in Earth 616 canon.
….so yep. That’s all of Alex’s known powers and abilities currently. If you want more information about him in general, please follow the following links
here and here.
Part 2 will probably come later today or tomorrow, and I’ll give a brief rundown of his relationship with Lorna aka Polaris.