Marvel Makes Major Change to Sabretooth
Marvel Comics has “fixed” the classic X-Menvillain, and Wolverine’s archenemy, Sabretooth.
SPOILERS for Weapon X #27
by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Luca Pizzari, and Frank D’Armata follow.
During the 2014 Avengers and X-Men crossover event AXIS, one of Doctor Doom and Scarlet Witch’s spells affected Sabretooth. The inversion spell caused Sabretooth to go through a “moral inversion.” This inversion replaced his villainous impulses with more altruistic motives.
After Wolverine’s death, Sabretooth took his former foe’s place as a member of the Avengers Unity Division. Later, he joined Magneto’s X-Men team, where he entered into a romantic relationship with the mutant called M.
Old Man Logan recruited Sabretooth to help fight Weapon X. Reverend William Stryker had founded a new version of the group that tortured both Logan and Sabretooth. After defeating Weapon X, Sabretooth decided that even if he was fighting on the side of the angels, he wasn't doing it everyone else’s way. He staged a kind of coup of the group and took over leadership for himself.
Sabretooth rechristened the organization Weapon X-Force and turned it into a mercenary outfit. Sabretooth had a special mission for the team, finding M, who had gone missing. He tracked her down to a cult in Aspen led by the mind-manipulating villain Mentallo.
By rights, Sabretooth should be stuck in hell, but this failed to please the Devil. Deciding he’d be unable to enjoy torturing Sabretooth in his current state, the Devil sent Sabretooth back to the land of the living. He notes that Sabretooth is now free of his sense of morality and nobility and returned to his true nature.
It seems that Sabretooth is now free of the effects of the inversion spell. This seems to be part of Marvel resetting the X-Men line to a more familiar state.
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