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Through clairvoyance, Gateway can see into time, other dimensions and other physical planes of reality. He can directly teleport to any of these places.
Nothing is as yet known about the origin of the Australian aborigine known only as Gateway before he was forced into service by the Reavers, a band of criminal cyborgs who used Gateway's teleportational abilities to travel from place to place. The Reavers had threatened to destroy a place sacred to the aborigines in a way that would make it impossible to be reconsecrated. As a result, the aborigines believed the spirits of their ancestors would be enslaved by demons and walk forever lost in the spiritual Dreamtime.
It was the Reavers who named the aborigine "Gateway". His true name is, apparently, known only to himself. Gateway spent virtually all his time sitting atop a rock near the Reavers' headquarters in the Australian outback.
The team of superhuman mutants known as the X-Men tracked the Reavers from Hong Kong to their outback base and defeated them in battle. One of the Reavers, Skullbuster, told Gateway he would release him from all vows and obligations to the Reavers if he would use his powers to transport him to safety this one last time. Gateway agreed, and Skullbuster and two other Reavers escaped through a teleportational "gateway" that the aborigine created.
After defeating the Reavers, the X-Men took over their headquarters. Gateway began voluntarily using his teleportational powers to transport the X-Men from place to place. The telepathic X-Man named Psylocke used her mental powers to tell Gateway where they wanted him to send them. Gateway thus became an unofficial member of the team, but he himself remains a mystery even to them.
During his affiliation with the X-Men, Gateway transported the young mutant named Jubilee to their Australian outback base. Gateway later appeared at the campus of the new branch of Professor Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters at the Massachusetts Academy in western Massachusetts where the members of the young team of mutants known as Generation X receive their training in the use of their mutant powers. Here Gateway continued his mysterious meditations, although he did break his silence to utter the name of Penance, a young mutant he had brought to the school. Gateway had been weighed down by guilt for a role he played in the destruction of another group of mutant students, the Hellions, and sought to redeem himself. It was also revealed that Gateway was, at one time, mentor to the young mutant St Croix twins, Claudette and Nicolette, when they were merged together to impersonate their older sister Monet.
Eventually, Gateway teleported away from the campus, having decided his time with Generation X had come to an end. He later appeared to the renegade X-Treme X-Men team after the death of Psylocke, revealing to the X-Man known as Bishop that he was his great-grandfather.
Gateway is in tune with the spiritual force of his people that allows him to create teleportational "gateways" from one location to another. Gateway creates these warp tunnels, which can traverse both time and space, by whirling his bullroarer over his head. Gateway somehow causes a burning fire to appear before him when he creates one of his gateways, though the role that the fire and the bullroarer play in the creation and functioning of the gateways is unclear. The gateways can be used for both observation and transport. The exact limits of how much mass can be transported is yet to be revealed.
Gateway also possesses psionic abilities that allow him to communicate with telepaths. Gateway apparently prefers this method of communication over the verbal method, having spoken out loud only twice during his association with the X-Men. It was this ability that allowed him to communicate with the X-Man Psylocke to ascertain where and when the X-Men wished to be telported, as well as knowing when they wished to return or what their exact location was at the time they wished to come back. Gateway also once spoke to the telepathic Generation X member named Chamber psionically, as well as regularly communicating psionically with the St Croix twins.
Mr. Sinister had a plan for dealing with M-Day, the day a distraught Scarlet Witch used her reality-altering power in an almost-completely successful attempt to turn all mutants into normal humans. Keeping the X-Men from finding out was part of that plan, so the Marauders (and the Acolytes), attempted to kill known psychics, precognitives, and persons with a direct knowledge of the future, as well as steal those volumes of the late Destiny's diaries that were in Shadowcat's possession. Vertigo and Scalphunter went to kill Gateway, but the memories Emma Frost was able to take from the Marauders during a battle did not show whether or not they succeeded.
There are no known limits to Gateway's teleportational range. He has, for example, transported the X-Men from Australia to the United States and back using his powers, as well as transporting them trans-dimensionally to another Earth. He also opened up gateways that observe past events, such as the one that allowed the feral X-Man Wolverine and the ninja named Elektra to learn the truth behind the powerful psionic being known as Onslaught.
The Marauders later revealed they killed Gateway during the Endangered Species storyline. This later proved to be a lie in the pages of Secret Warriors.
Created by Chris Claremont & Marc Silvestri.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #229
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Amazing X-Men (1996)
#1 Civil War: House Of M (2008)
- 'Bad Karma'#3
- 'Closing Shop'
#2 Fantastic Four (1961)
- 'Chapter 2: Revolution'#5
- 'Chapter 5: Rex'
Generation X (1994)
Heroic Age: X-Men (2011)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
#16 Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
- 'One Hand Washes.../The Man Who Loved Sunrise/Dreamwalk/This Is A Savage Land'
Marvel Exklusiv (1998)
#1 Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
- 'Generation X: Die Anfänge'
Mutants Vs. Ultras: First Encounters (1995)
Ryhmä-X / X-Men (1984)
Secret Warriors (2009)
The All New Exiles Vs. X-Men (1995)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89 (1989)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
The Phoenix Resurrection: Aftermath (1996)
The Phoenix Resurrection: Genesis (1995)
The Phoenix Resurrection: Revelations (1995)
Uncanny X-Force (2010)
#5.1#19 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'Live With This Chapter One'#20
- 'Otherworld Chapter One'#27
- 'The World Won't Stop Without You Final Execution Chapter Three '#28
- 'Days Of Preemptive Future Final Execution Chapter Four '
Annual 12Annual 13 Wolverine (1988)
- 'Double Cross'#229
- 'Down Under'#230
- ''Twas the Night...'#231
- '...Dressed for Dinner!'#232
- 'Dawn of Blood'#234
- 'Glory Day'#235
- 'Welcome to Genosha... a Green and Pleasent Land...'#236
- 'Busting Loose!'#240
- 'Strike the Match'#245
- 'The Light That Failed'#248
- 'The Cradle Will Fall!'#249
- 'The Dane Curse'#250
- 'The Shattered Star'#251
- 'Fever Dream'#252
- 'Where's Wolverine?!?'#269
- 'Rogue Redux'#281
- 'Fresh Upstart'#455
- 'Not Dead Yet?! - World's End, Part 1 of 5'
Wolverine [GER] (1997)
Annual '96 X-Men (1994)
- 'One Day at the Mansion'#49
- 'Eyes of a New York Woman'#50
- 'Full Court Press'
X-Men (Portuguese) (1988)
X-Men Legacy (2008)
Annual 01 X-Men: The 198 Files (2006)
- 'Devil at the Crossroads: Part 1'
X-Men: The Coming Of Triplikill (1994)
#1 X-Treme X-Men (2001)
- 'The Coming Of Triplikill'
- 'Dreamtime Serenade'
X-Men (Marvel)(01 - Mutants)
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