Destiny (Irene Adler)

Destiny (Irene Adler) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is known as an adversary of the X-Men.

Destiny, by John Romita, Jr.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Uncanny X-Men #141 (Jan. 1981)
Created byChris Claremont (writer)
John Byrne (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoIrene Adler
SpeciesHuman Mutant
Team affiliationsBrotherhood of Mutants
Freedom Force
Project: Black Womb
Quiet Council of Krakoa

Although blind, Destiny is a mutant precognitive able to accurately predict future events.

Publication historyEdit

Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer John Byrne, the character first appeared in The Uncanny X-Men #141 (Jan. 1981).[1] She died in Uncanny X-Men #255 and was resurrected with a techno-organic virus during the 2009 Necrosha event. She filled several diaries with the future history of mutantkind, the search for which was a main storyline in the 2000s (decade) series X-Treme X-Men, years after Destiny died.

As far back as 1981, Claremont had intended Destiny to be the lover of Brotherhood of Mutants teammate Mystique, and had originally intended for Destiny and Mystique to be Nightcrawler's biological parents, with Mystique taking the form of a man for the conception.[2][3] However, at that time, the Comics Code Authority and Marvel policy prohibited the explicit portrayal of gay or bisexual characters.[4][5] Destiny was simply referred to as the only member of the new Brotherhood that Mystique saw as a friend; all the other members being male and prone to arguing amongst each other.

Following the Inferno event, Marvel announced a new event titled Destiny of X which is scheduled to begin in Spring 2022.[6]

Fictional character biographyEdit

Irene Adler was born in Salzburg, Austria. Mystique was working as a consulting detective when Destiny sought her help in understanding the precognitive visions recorded in her diaries.[7] During this time, the two fell in love. Background details suggest that this meeting took place around 1900.

She was more accurate in predicting near-future events concerning her present environment. In a period of 12 months during her adolescence, Irene had produced 13 volumes of prophecies concerning the late 20th and early 21st centuries. When that period ended, Irene was left physically blind and haunted by disturbing images of uncertain meaning. She enlisted Raven's services in pursuit of two goals: the deciphering of her recorded prophecies and a mission to prevent the most terrifying of them from ever being fulfilled.

The two women would soon become lifelong friends and lovers. They both discovered that their set goals were difficult to achieve. Their abilities would easily allow them to achieve personal success but to shape the future was stated to be "next to impossible" as it would require "social engineering." Although they remained romantically involved for years to come, there were periods in which the two women were separated from one another, allowing them both to have other romantic relationships and even families.

Together, the two later raised adopted daughter Rogue in their home in fictional Caldecott County, Mississippi. They remained together until Destiny's death.

In 1946, a Dr. Nathan Milbury (apparently Mister Sinister in disguise) was involved with Project: Black Womb, a secret government project headed by Amanda Mueller and aided by Alexander Ryking (father of Carter Ryking), Brian Xavier (Professor X's father), Kurt Marko (father of Juggernaut), and Irene Adler.[8][9] In the 2008 series X-Men: Legacy, Xavier is searching to find out more about this project and its influence on his (and Juggernaut's) life. From recent issues[volume & issue needed], it appears at least Kurt Marko believed their research would result in immortality.[10]


Mystique and Destiny formed the second Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, a group of ideologically motivated terrorists. She attempted to assassinate Senator Robert Kelly with a crossbow, but was thwarted by the X-Men and taken into custody.[11] She was rescued from Ryker's Island along with the rest of the Brotherhood, but ended up battling the Avengers and Spider-Woman, and was recaptured.[12] She predicted Rogue's disappearance from Mystique's custody.[13] She observed, but did not participate in, one of the Brotherhood's last skirmishes with the X-Men.[14] Eventually Mystique and Rogue engineered an escape for the Brotherhood. Rom the Spaceknight defeated the escape attempt but Destiny was rescued by Rogue and Mystique.[volume & issue needed] Thereafter, Rogue, Destiny and Mystique helped Rom defeat the mutant Hybrid.[volume & issue needed]

Freedom ForceEdit

Eventually, the members of Mystique's Brotherhood went to work for the United States government as Freedom Force in exchange for a pardon and protection from anti-mutant sentiment. She apprehended Magneto alongside Freedom Force in that group's first mission for the United States government.[15] She assisted Freedom Force in taking the Avengers into custody at the Vault.[16] She participated in Freedom Force's attempted arrest of the X-Men,[17] during which she "foresaw" the death of the X-Men during the "Fall of the Mutants."[18]

While on a mission with Freedom Force to Muir Island to stop the Reavers, Destiny was killed by Legion, who was being influenced at the time by the Shadow King.[19] Mystique scattered Destiny's ashes at sea.[20] Shortly before her death, Destiny predicted that Mystique would become romantically involved with Forge,[21] and although the pair loathed each other at the time, they did develop a brief relationship while both were members of X-Factor.[22]

Eventually Mystique tracked Legion, who was left in a coma after the defeat of Shadow King in Muir Island, and tried to kill him. Although he was comatose, his mind was still active and in his dreamscape, and he had regular encounters with an aspect of Destiny who gave cryptic clues about a possible way to help his father's dream come true.[23] She also prompted Legion to awake from his coma and to deliver a message to Mystique as well as requested for David to stop blaming himself for her death as his guilt had already set in motion events that will change reality itself.[24] Legion interpreted Destiny's 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.[volume & issue needed][25]

After reality was repaired, Mystique protects a young mutant named Trevor Chase who addressed her as "Auntie Raven" strongly implying that Chase was Destiny's grandson.[26] It is not certain whether Chase's mother was born before Mystique and Destiny became lovers or whether, like Mystique, Destiny had a child during the course of their relationship.

The Books of TruthEdit

Years after her death it was revealed that when Destiny's mutant power first manifested she filled several diaries called "The Books of Truth" with prophecies of the future that, when in the wrong hands, posed the greatest threat to humanity ever known.[27][28] Guarded by Destiny's companion Mystique for years,[29] a volume was first discovered by heroine Shadowcat just before the Apocalypse: The Twelve crossover.[30][31][a] Eventually, other volumes came into the possession of Professor Charles Xavier by Mystique.[35][b] However, a team of X-Men, fearing that absolute knowledge of the future would lead their mentor to a temptation the world could not afford, exiled themselves from their home and teammates in order to hunt down the remaining Books of Truth, in the hope that they can locate the prophecies before Xavier or someone worse does.[37][38][c]

This team of X-Treme X-Men spent some time searching for Destiny's diaries, and found the rest of them,[d][e][f] yet these became apparently useless when a prediction in one of them was prevented from taking place.[47] However, after the event known as House of M, the diaries were sought out again by Mister Sinister, who believed that one of the books contained information on the eventual fate of mutant-kind in the wake of Decimation. For that mission, he used the Acolytes to obtain Destiny's Diaries. Exodus and his Acolytes attacked the Xavier Institute only to find forgeries of the books.[48][g] The real diaries were actually hidden in Flint, Michigan by Shadowcat and Emma Frost. However, all the books were burned to ashes by Gambit before the Marauders or the X-Men could read them.[50]


After getting hold of the Technarch transmode virus during the Necrosha storyline, Selene resurrected Destiny so she could question Irene about what her future holds.[51] After telling Selene what she wants to hear, Destiny is taken back to her cell, where she telepathically contacts Blindfold by accident when she was trying to reach her foster daughter Rogue. After showing Blindfold she means no harm and saving her life from falling rubble caused by Warpath, she gives Blindfold information about Selene. However, after breaking contact, she realizes she may have made a grave mistake.[52]

The mistake is revealed to be Proteus who is now in possession of Blindfold.[53] Rogue, along with a group of X-Men go to Muir Island to battle Proteus, and it is through the combined efforts of Rogue, Magneto and Psylocke that he is defeated. Afterwards Destiny explains to Blindfold that she is not her mother, as the other previously considered, but a distant relative. Destiny then takes a moment to share a final good-bye with her foster daughter, before eventually leaving in order to supposedly die at the end of the storyline.[54]

Chaos WarEdit

During the Chaos War, Moira MacTaggart, Thunderbird, Banshee, Esme and Sophie of the Stepford Cuckoos, and Multiple Man's fallen clones are resurrected and appear on the former grounds of the X-Men school. There, Moira MacTaggart finds one of Destiny's diaries which contains a passage depicting the events of the war and apparently the key to defeating Amatsu-Mikaboshi. It is also revealed that she is the same Irene Adler of Sherlock Holmes's stories.[55] After Thunderbird prayed to the Thunderbird God to teleport the group away from the attacking Carrion Crow, Thunderbird and the group learned that Moira has been possessed by Destiny's ghost.[56]

Dawn of XEdit

During the Dawn of X storyline, Destiny and the Brotherhood confront Moira on the latter's third life while she was developing a cure for mutation, destroying her lab and murdering her colleagues. Destiny threatens to permanently kill Moira on her next life should the former foresee that the latter was once again acting against mutantkind. Destiny also warns Moira that the latter can not reincarnate indefinitely. Destiny instructs Pyro to give Moira a slow and painful death so that the latter woman will remember the cost of her current transgression on her next life.[57] At some undetermined point before her death, Destiny foresees the rise of the Krakoan nation and that its leaders will promise Mystique resurrection for Destiny but ultimately deny it. Destiny tells Mystique that when that day comes that the latter must work to have the former resurrected, and should Mystique be unable to do so and the Krakoan leaders themselves refuse to do the deed, Destiny tells Mystique to burn Krakoa to the ground.[58] Moira is against Destiny's return or for that matter the presence of any precog on Krakoa as she seeks to prevent mutantkind's doomed fate from being foreseen.[59]

In Reign of X storyline, it is revealed that Moira was apparently able to copy the diaries burnt by Gambit, because at least nine volumes were seen in her possession at No-Space Zone, a few visibly numbered (volumes 1, 4, 6, 7 and 9).[60]

Eventually, Moira demanded that Xavier and Magneto must removed Mystique from her position of power in the Quiet Council and erase all copies of Destiny's mind and memories from the time of her death and destroy all data of her DNA. However, while Xavier and Magneto ultimately agreed to these terms, when they were to announce potential retirements and restructuring of the Quiet Council, Mystique reveals she has a new mutant to volunteer as a member of the Quiet Council, a very alive Destiny, who strides into the room and moves to take the seat left vacant by Apocalypse following the events of X of Swords.[61] It is revealed that Mystique disguised herself as Magneto to acquire Destiny's data from the Cradle on Island M, then assumes Professor X's identity to acquire Destiny's DNA from Mister Sinister (who recognizes Mystique) and get the Five to resurrect Destiny. Destiny is voted into the Quiet Council. There is a hole in the future Destiny can not see through and she believes Professor X and Magneto hold the answer. [62]

Power and abilitiesEdit

Destiny was a mutant that had the ability of psionic precognition, to see future probabilities and interpret them to best select or manipulate what was likely to happen. This allowed her to compensate for her blindness by seeing where objects in her path would be. The accuracy of Destiny's ability to foresee the future decreases in direct proportion to the distance ahead in time.

She carried a small crossbow with her that she used offensively, and had good aim because she "saw" where it would land in her precognitive visions.

In Necrosha, Destiny was shown to utilize telepathic abilities as she mentally searched for Rogue (instead finding Blindfold) and then projecting her image into Blindfold's mind. This was explained later that she had fragments of the mutant Proteus inside her.[volume & issue needed] After making physical contact with Blindfold, Proteus appeared to take full possession of Blindfold and vacate Destiny's body. As such, she may or may not still have telepathy.[volume & issue needed]

Other versionsEdit

Age of ApocalypseEdit

Destiny appeared in the Apocalypse ruled reality, the Age of Apocalypse. She had retired in the paradise of Avalon and was convinced by the X-Men that Bishop's claims were true.[63] She was one of the three (along with Bishop and Magik) who entered the M'Kraan Crystal as they "no longer" had counterparts.[64]

Millennial VisionsEdit

Destiny appears as a member of the Brotherhood on Earth-1043.[65] In another snippet, Rogue (now a private detective) states that Destiny's Diaries were a forgery by Mystique, who emulated Irene's handwriting.[66]

X-Men: The EndEdit

Destiny's Diaries and its prophecies reappear as a minor plot point in the 2004-2006 miniseries trilogy X-Men: The End.[67][68][h]

In other mediaEdit


Destiny appeared in the X-Men: Evolution animated series voiced by Ellen Kennedy. In the series she is not part of the Brotherhood and never wore a costume, but is Mystique's best friend and took care of Rogue before she joined the X-Men. Her visions provided the series with constant cliffhangers and future storylines, including predicting when Rogue's powers manifested (shortly before they did), a prediction of Rogue's apparent death, and that both Rogue and Mystique would play key roles in the coming of Apocalypse. Destiny appears in episode 103 - "Rogue Recruit" and episode 308 - "Self Possessed".[70] While never outright stated in the show, character designer and show director Steven E Gordon confirmed that she was intended to have been Mystique's lover, as in the comics.[71]

Video gamesEdit

Destiny appeared as an NPC in X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse voiced by Marsha Clark. She is depicted as a former Brotherhood member who quit and relocated to Avalon in the Savage Land after having a vision Apocalypse would attack, Beast will die, and Angel would betray the X-Men.

Explanatory notesEdit

  1. ^ At the time, it was thought to be Destiny's only journal.[32][33] Later, the number of the volume Shadowcat found was given as "seventh".[34]
  2. ^ Mystique said she gave Professor X all the diaries she had, which were numbered 2, 3, 5, 7 and 11.[36]
  3. ^ Before the X-Treme team departed from the mansion, Beast commented with Storm and Gambit "they" had one diary, Xavier had the ones Mystique gave him and the rest were "missing".[39] They later took the volume Shadowcat had found ("the only one in [their] possession"), which was renumbered "Volume 3: March".[40]
  4. ^ Newly introduced enemy Vargas found one of the diaries, before Psylocke's death.[41] Later, after Psylocke's death, the team breaks into Destiny's house in Valencia when Rogue finds a box supposedly containing another diary. This box was cracked open by Vargas before to place a rose.[42]
  5. ^ Later, Rogue delivers Storm another volume, which she says Gateway gave her.[43]
  6. ^ Sage told Storm that "Xavier had at least four" at the school.[44] Later, when Ororo asked Jean Grey about these volumes, she claimed the books vanished.[45] However, it was hinted that Shadowcat took them in her possession.[46]
  7. ^ Two numbered diaries are visibly seen: volumes XI and II. Frenzy holds a stack of some 6 books in another scene.[49]
  8. ^ At the end of the issue, at least 8 books are seen in Kitty Pryde's attic studio.[69]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Ingro, Cheryl. "The Bisexual Mystique," After Ellen: News, Reviews & Commentary on Lesbian and Bisexual women in Entertainment and the Media (July 12, 2006). Archived June 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine Accessed April 11, 2009.
  3. ^ Cronin, Brian. "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #14!" Comic Book Resources (Sept. 1, 2005). Accessed May 4, 2009.
  4. ^ Nyberg, Amy Kiste. Seal of Approval: The History of the Comics Code (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1998), pp. 143, 175–176, ISBN 0-87805-975-X.
  5. ^ Bartilucci, Vinnie. "One Thin Dime an' Two Thick Pennies" (Jim Shooter interview), Thwack!.
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  7. ^ X-Treme X-Men #1
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  9. ^ X-Men Forever #4 (2001). Marvel Comics.
  10. ^ X-Men Legacy #211-214, 219. Marvel Comics.
  11. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #141-142
  12. ^ The Avengers Annual #10
  13. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #170
  14. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #178
  15. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #199
  16. ^ The Avengers Annual #15
  17. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #225
  18. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #226
  19. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #255
  20. ^ X-Factor Annual #6
  21. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #255
  22. ^ X-Factor #115, 136. Marvel Comics.
  23. ^ X-Men #38
  24. ^ X-Factor #109
  25. ^ Legion Quest crossover (1994-1995).
  26. ^ X-Factor #135
  27. ^ X-Men #94 (1999). Marvel Comics
  28. ^ X-Treme X-Men #1 (2001). Marvel Comics.
  29. ^ X-Men #104-105 (2000). Marvel Comics.
  30. ^ X-Men #94 (1999). Marvel Comics
  31. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #375-376 (1999-2000). Marvel Comics.
  32. ^ X-Men #94 (1999). Marvel Comics
  33. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #375-376 (2001). Marvel Comics.
  34. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #389 (2001). Marvel Comics.
  35. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #389 (2001). Marvel Comics.
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  38. ^ X-Treme X-Men #1-4 (2001). Marvel Comics.
  39. ^ X-Men #109 (2001).
  40. ^ X-Treme X-Men #1 (2001) (flashback).
  41. ^ X-Treme X-Men #1, 4, 15.
  42. ^ X-Treme X-Men #4.
  43. ^ X-Treme X-Men Annual 2001 (first story). Marvel Comics.
  44. ^ X-Treme X-Men #5.
  45. ^ X-Treme X-Men #5.
  46. ^ X-Treme X-Men Annual 2001 (second story). Marvel Comics.
  47. ^ X-Treme X-Men #17 (2002). Marvel Comics.
  48. ^ X-Men #201-202 (2007). Marvel Comics.
  49. ^ X-Men #202 (2007). Marvel Comics.
  50. ^ X-Men #203 (2007). Marvel Comics.
  51. ^ X-Force vol. 3 #19
  52. ^ X-Necrosha #1
  53. ^ X-Men: Legacy #231
  54. ^ X-Men: Legacy #233
  55. ^ Chaos War: X-Men #1
  56. ^ Chaos War: X-Men #2
  57. ^ House of X #2
  58. ^ X-Men vol. 5 #6
  59. ^ Powers of X #6
  60. ^ X-Men vol. 5 #20. Marvel Comics.
  61. ^ Inferno #1
  62. ^ Inferno #2
  63. ^ X-Calibre #1
  64. ^ X-Men: Omega
  65. ^ X-Men Millennial Visions 2001 - "Brother(hood)'s Keeper"
  66. ^ Alex Maleev. Text by Bill Rosemann. "X-Treme X-Men: Rogue, P.I." X-Men: Millennial Visions 2001. Marvel Comics.
  67. ^ X-Men: The End - Book 1: Dreamers and Demons #1 (2004). Marvel Comics.
  68. ^ X-Men: The End - Book 2: Heroes and Martyrs #3-4 (2005). Marvel Comics.
  69. ^ X-Men: The End - Book 2: Heroes and Martyrs #3 (2005). Marvel Comics.
  70. ^ Destiny profile at The Internet Movie Database.
  71. ^ Steven E. Gordon's Blog entry 'A 'few' questions...And answers'

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