The latest X-Men movie has an insect-y bonus: a female mutant with insect powers!

Angel Salvadore has a rich and complex history in the X-men comic universe.  She is a African-Latina American, growing up in poverty and abuse.  (Honestly, the only constant in Angel’s story seems to be that she can’t catch a break.)   When she begins to develop her mutation, she is kicked out by her abusive father.  She awakens in the woods in a cocoon, and is attacked by a group that wants to steal her newly-emerged wings.

And discovers one of her new powers, illustrated at right.

Yep. She flies, and she has acid spit.  She is also able to create a deafening ultrasonic sound with her wings.

The X-Men bring Angel to the Xavier Institute, a high school for mutants, where she meets a boy (who is also a bird. Sort of), falls in love, and has unprotected teenage mutant sex.

With the predictable results. Again, sort of.

FIVE DAYS LATER, Angel’s pregnancy comes to term, since she’s a fly (sort of), and that morphology accelerated the rate of her pregnancy.  She lays a bunch of eggs in Wolverine’s old shack in the woods outside of the Institute.  These develop into larvae over time and hatch.

The ins and outs of the X-men universe is, frankly, too confusing to document here, but to sum up, she and mutant-bird dude eventually end up a happy mutant nuclear family unit, with babies that also vomit on their food to digest it.  The Marvel Universe Wiki has a short summary of her life and adventures.

So there you go, a new Insect Superhero to add to my list.

In the X-Men film, Angel’s wings convert to this wonderful tattoo when not in use.  I would run out and get one immediately if I didn’t think that a million other fan girls are going to do the same thing.

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Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. It’s soooo nice to see your blog up at full speed again, Bug Girl. An inspiration for all of us!

  2. Great post! This reminds me of a Franz Kafka short story, “Metamorphosis,” about a teen-ager who becomes a six-foot cockroach. Not a superhero by any means, he just tried to cope.

  3. You forgot Ambush Bug.

  4. No, I just haven’t gotten to writing about all of them yet :)

    I’ll get to the Blue Beetle in time as well.

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