Destiny (Marvel) (03 - Irene Adler)
Real Name: Irene Adler
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Destiny was a mutant who possessed the psionic power of precognition by mentally scanning alternate futures and perceiving probable events. Prior to her blindness, Destiny was able to foretell future events with incredible accuracy. After her blindness, Destiny could focus on only the most probable alternate futures within a mile radius and was 97% accurate in her predictions of the future ten seconds away.
Despite the limited extent of her certainty, the more likely that a particular alternate future would manifest itself in her reality, the clearer and more distinct her mental impression of it would be, and by active participation in events around her she could shift probabilities toward desired results.
It has been speculated that Destiny’s mutation extended her lifespan, for although she appeared to be a woman in her sixties at the time of her death, she was believed to be far older.
Destiny was apparently born into a wealthy family in 19th Century Austria. After her mutant power first developed, it nearly overwhelmed her with visions of the future. She spent over a year transcribing these visions into books, after which she was left physically blind.
Seeking to understand what she’d written in her diaries, Destiny contacted the shape-shifting mutant detective Raven Darkhölme to aid in her quest, and the two eventually became longtime companions and lovers. After traveling for a time with a carnival as their fortuneteller, Destiny worked as an archivist at the Black Womb genetic project. The pair also lived together whilst Raven was raising her unofficial foster daughter, the young mutant named Rogue.
After Raven became Mystique, Destiny helped her form the team of super-powered terrorists the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. However, Mystique eventually tired of her team being hunted as outlaws, and offered their services to the U.S. Government in exchange for a pardon for their crimes, becoming the government-sanctioned Freedom Force team. On their first official mission, they were dispatched to capture the self-styled master of magnetism, Magneto.
Later, during a clash with the criminal cyborgs the Reavers on Muir Island, off the coast of Scotland, Mystique left Destiny in the care of the mutant technosmith Forge, however Destiny sent him to assist Freedom Force in repelling the Reavers. Then, as she had foreseen, Destiny was killed by the telepathic mutant Legion, who was being controlled by the powerful psychic Shadow King.
Destiny’s body was later cremated and her ashes scattered out to sea by Mystique, however her consciousness apparently survived inside Legion’s mind, and he interpreted her words as a need to kill Magneto to preserve the dream of his father, X-Men founder Charles Xavier. Instead, he accidentally killed Xavier himself, creating an alternate timeline. Legion was killed after reality was repaired, and his ghost co-existed with Destiny’s in Limbo where they worked with the sorceress Margali Szardos to secretly protect humanity.
Later, the X-Man Shadowcat discovered one of Destiny’s diaries, and, for a time, a splinter group of X-Men scoured the world for rest of the “Books of Truth” to prevent the revelations they contained from falling into the wrong hands.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #141
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Avengers West Coast (1989)
#84 Captain America (1968)
- 'Along Came a Spider...'
Chaos War: X-Men (2011)
Classic X-Men (1986)
#44 Dazzler (1981)
- 'Elegy & Her First and Last'
#22 Die Neuen X-Men Comic-Magazin (1989)
- 'The Sisterhood'#23
- 'Fire in the Night!'#28
#16 Die Rächer (1979)
- 'Am Ende eines Schönen Traums'
#18 Essential X-Men (1995)
- 'Der letzte Triumph'#19
- 'Der Fall einer Festung'
Fantastic Four (1998)
#16 Les Mystérieux X-Men (1981)
- 'Unnatural Selection'
49/50 Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men (1998)
- 'Jours de L'avenir Passés!'
#2 Marvel Comic-Stars (1981)
- 'Days of Future Past/Mind Out of Time'
#18 Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
- 'Die Rächer - Von Allen Freunden Verraten...'
#82 Marvel Fanfare (1982)
- 'Weapon X/The Price of Freedom/Making Real ProgressHero in Hiding'#87
- 'Three Scents/Sacrifice/If This Is Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium/To Touch The Darkness'
Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts (1995)
HC Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
- 'Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts'
#11 Marvel: The Year-in-Review (1989)
- 'Fireworks / Not to Touch the Earth / Cry Vengeance'
#1 New X-Men (2004)
- '1989 The Year in Review'
#41 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Quest for Magik: Part 4'
HC vol. 03 Rogue (2004)
- 'Captain (Nextwave) to Elements of Doom'
#10 ROM Spaceknight (1979)
- 'Forget-Me-Not, Part 4'#11
- 'Forget-Me-Not, Part 5'
#31 Ryhmä-X / X-Men (1984)
- 'West Virginia REEL'#32
- 'Choosing Sides!'
Sabretooth and Mystique (1996)
#1 Superalmanaque Marvel (1989)
- 'Old Sins Cast Long Shadows'#2
- 'Willing Victims'
The Avengers (1963)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Marvel Tarot (2007)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
The New Mutants (1983)
#65 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'Let's Make a Deal!'
#2 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'B-C: From Baron Mordo To The Collective Man'#3
- 'C-D: From The Collector to Dracula'#3 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'C-D: From The Collector to Dracula'
#3 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Book of the Dead 2004 (2004)
- 'Cloak to Doctor Octopus'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
#141 West Coast Avengers (1985)
- 'Days of Future Past'#142
- 'Mind Out of Time!'#170
- 'Dancin' in the Dark'#177
- 'Hell Hath No Fury...'#185
- 'Public Enemy!'#199
- 'The Spiral Path'#200
- 'The Trial of Magneto!'#223
- 'Omens & Portents'#224
- 'The Dark Before the Dawn'#225
- 'False Dawn!'#226
- 'Go Tell the Spartans'#227
- 'The Belly of the Beast!'#254
- 'All-New, All-Different -- Here We Go Again!'#255
- 'Crash & Burn'#265
What If...? (1989)
#1 X Necrosha (2009)
- 'What If the Avengers Had Lost The Evolutionary War?'#24
- 'What If... Wolverine Had Become the Lord of Vampires?'#66
- 'What If... Rogue Possessed The Power of Thor?'#101
- 'Angel of Death'
Annual 06 X-Force (1991)
- 'Kings of Pain Part 4: King of Pain'#8
- 'Lost and Found!'#9
- 'Falling Angel!'#30
- 'Kiss of Death!'#31
- 'Kiss Off!'#33
- 'For All the World to See'
#-1 X-Force (2008)
- 'Brothers Proudstar'
#19 X-Men (1991)
- 'Not Forgotten: Part Three'
#38 X-Men Fairy Tales (2006)
- 'Smoke and Mirrors'#105
- 'Killing Angels!'
X-Men Forever (2001)
#2 X-Men Legacy (2008)
- 'Choices Once Made'#3
- 'All of God's Creatures'#4
- 'The Age of Innocence'
#211 X-Men: True Friends (1999)
- 'Sins of the Father: Part 1'#231
- 'Earth Give Up Your Dead: Part 1'#232
- 'Earth Give Up Your Dead: Part 2'#233
- 'Earth Give Up Your Dead Part 3 of 3'
#3 X-Treme X-Men (2001)
- 'Claiming the Crown'
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