Who is Storm?
Storm, Ororo Munroe, was born in New York, to an American father and a Kenyan mother. After their deaths, Storm spent her formative years as an orphan on the streets of Cairo. Picking pockets to survive, she’d eventually fall under the manipulations of the villain, Shadow King. During her earlier years, she stole from a young Professor Xavier who’d ironically freed her from the fiend’s control upon defeating him. Upon reaching puberty, her powers to manipulate the weather emerged and, through adulthood, Storm would come to be worshiped as a deity. Storm, being young and ignorant of the existence of mutants, bought into the idea of being a god. The fact she can hurl lightning bolts didn’t help disprove this idea.
Later, Professor Xavier recruited her to his new X-Men team (which included Banshee, Sunfire, Thunderbird, Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Wolverine) which he employed to save his original team from Krakoa, the living island. Since 1975, Storm has become a staple in every era of the X-Men as one of their most competent leaders, second only to the likes of Cyclops. Unlike many of her teammates, Storm has managed to avoid dying (assuming you don’t count the time everyone died leading into the Outback era) for more than a panel or two. She would eventually go on to also be an Avenger and even marry the king of Wakanda, T’Challa, the Black Panther. The two would later divorce leaving Storm to return to the X-Men full-time.
Off the Pages
The character of Storm has been seen in just about every iteration of the X-Men, since her debut in 1975. This includes her role in the uber-popular ‘90s show, X-Men: The Animated Series, and it’s subsequent series, X-Men: Evolution, Wolverine and the X-Men, and X-Men (Anime).
On the big screen, Storm has been portrayed by Academy Award Winning actress Halle Berry in X-Men, X2, X3 and Days of Future Past. Barry attempted to utilize an African accent in the first film, but by the second film, it was nowhere to be heard. Actress Alexandra Shipp took over the role in X-Men: Apocalypse and the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix. She’s also been included in basically every X-Men game ever made including; X-Men: Children of the Atom, X-Men Legends series, X-Men Vs. Street Fighter, and Marvel Vs. Capcom Series, among several others.
- Her bond to the elements isn’t something exclusively linked to her mutant powers. Storm descends from magic users; thus, she is sensitive to it. This fact also explains the stark white hair and blue eyes she’s had since birth.
- She is one of the few people worthy of lifting Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir. For a while, she even held her own Asgardian hammer named “Stormcaster”.
- Storm’s intense claustrophobia originates from her being trapped under debris when a plane crashed into her childhood home and subsequently killed her parents.
- Storm’s powers also allow the ability to self-regulate her temperature. In short, she can tolerate extreme cold and heat better than most.
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