In Marauders, a group of unexpected mutants just became the heroes of Madripoor, fresh from its MCU introduction in Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
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One of the wildest and uncontrollable areas in the entire Marvel Universe, Madripoor has become increasingly important recently to the X-Men and the rest of the mutants on Madripoor. Much like its Marvel Cinematic Universe counterpart in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the island nation is a place of lawlessness where criminal factions serve as proxy governments that run the streets.
And in Marauders #19, an unlikely group of mutants, the Morlocks, has even made themselves into the official heroes of its most notorious area, Lowtown.
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The Morlocks have long been one of Marvel’s strangest and most put-upon groups of mutants. When they debuted in 1983’s Uncanny X-Men #169, by Chris Claremont and Paul Smith, Morlocks were a community of mutants who, unable to hide their mutations from a terrified human populace, lived in the sewers underneath New York City. But in the age of Krakoa, many of the Morlocks have found major new roles — such as Callisto’s extensive work with the Marauders and Masque’s position with a hospital in Lowtown of Madripoor. When Lowtown is targeted by the Reavers though, the machinations of Homines Verendi prevent the Marauders from engaging them at all without risking an international incident. But rather than leave their newfound allies in the district to fend for themselves, the Marauders figure out a possible workaround.
Kate Pryde sneaks into Madripoor and plants a Krakoan Gate in the tunnels underneath Lowtown. From there, Callisto is able to allow a band of former Morlocks including Masque, Marrow, Hump, Brute and Bliss to breach the island and strike through the sewer system. Masque accurately points out that Krakoa can’t intervene for political reasons, but the Morlocks could get in and be more effective on a shorter timetable. The Morlocks are able to defeat the Reavers, sending them fleeing while Bishop destroys the lab responsible for producing them. Afterward, several Morlocks decide to remain in Madripoor permanently, giving them a chance to continue to defend Lowtown if need be while also taking care of a potential international problem for Krakoa.
The Morlocks’ efforts aren’t unappreciated, as Lowtown’s residents unofficially rename the area “Mutietown” for the way the mutants have helped protect them. It’s a refreshing change of pace for the Morlocks, who’ve often had to scrape by just to survive in a Marvel Universe that doesn’t care for or actively hates mutants. Now, they’ve not only been accepted by the people of Madripoor but taken in as heroes of its most notorious region.
After being hunted, persecuted or stuck in sewers for decades, the Morlocks are now spread out across the relative paradises of Krakoa, Arizona and Madripoor. While the Morlocks may have initially breached Lowtown through the series, it’s worth noting that they’re not trapped there. Instead, Masque and the Morlocks can come out in the light of day and potentially become icons for what the current mutant idealogy can do for the world.
If the X-Men and the Morlocks can find more ways to help Madripoor fight back against Homines Verendi, then this district of Madripoor could become the ultimate bridge between Krakoa and the rest of the world, potentially even finding ways to help cement Krakoa’s place within the global structure.
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