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The X-Men’s Deadliest Villain Annihilated Marvel’s Weirdest Forgotten Team

As Inferno threatens to burn the X-Men’s future away, Charles Xavier sent one of Marvel’s most bizarre teams to fight the unstoppable Nimrod Sentinel.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Inferno #1, available now from Marvel.

Charles Xavier has never had a problem with letting other people fight his battles for him. On countless X-Men missions, he’s been happy to sit in the relative security of the X-Mansion while the X-Men serve as the field agents of his dream, even when they were just a group of relatively untrained teenagers. While Xavier has fought more than a few battles in person over the years, he’s has been even more cavalier about ordering others into battle as the leader of the mutant nation Krakoa. Thanks to the island’s ability to resurrect fallen mutants as they were, Xavier can send in all the soldiers he wants with little fear of losing them permanently.

But in Jonathan Hickman, Valerio Schiti, David Curiel and Joe Sabino’s Inferno #1, Xavier and Krakoa’s other leaders recruited Technet, a team of bizarre alien mercenaries, for a pivotal battle against the lethal machine Nimrod. Despite Technet’s lackluster track record, Krakoa’s leaders knowingly sent them into almost certain doom with no guarantee of their return.

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Marvel Technet Excalibur

Technet debuted in 1985’s Captain Britain #3, a British Marvel title by Jamie Delano and Alan Davis. Featuring members hailing from across the many timelines and dimensions of Marvel’s multiverse, the team has had a broad jurisdiction and well over a dozen members. With whimsical character designs that are even outlandish by the standards of the Marvel Universe, the often ineffectual team was a regular feature of Davis and Chris Claremont’s tenures on Excalibur, which starred an X-Men offshoot team first assembled to fight Technet.

Despite their bumbling reputation, Technet is destined to evolve into the elite Special Executive team, which had mild success fighting the Fury, a hyper-adaptable, hero-killing cyborg from another dimension.

With that in mind, the decision to hire Technet to stop the hyper-adaptable, mutant-killing cyborg Nimrod here makes some sense. The creation and early development of Nimrod is a pivotal tipping point in mutant history, and numerous X-Men teams have died trying to stop it.

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X-Men Nimrod Technet

Unfortunately, all of those missions ended in failure for Marvel’s mutants. Much like similar attacks involving the alien Brood and an unidentified team, Technet’s mission failed, as they were mown down by Nimrod. While pint-sized teleporter Yap was seemingly vaporized on-panel, the fates of the telepathic Gatekeeper, size-manipulating China Doll and character-freezing Waxworks were left more uncertain.

Despite their antics, members of Technet have died before, and this mission may have taken out some of its most relatively recognizable members. Although Yap’s presence means that Technet could have had an escape route through teleportation, there’s no guarantee that they did. And unlike the X-Men, there’s no indication that they had replacement cloned bodies waiting for them on Krakoa.

Although there is some logic to using them as a true wild card, Xavier and Krakoa’s other leaders seem to have knowingly sent Technet to almost certain death. While the team’s convoluted relationship to time and space may have given them a reprieve, this is another sign of the continuing moral rot that’s creeping in at the highest levels of Krakoa. In their desperation to survive, the X-Men’s leaders have sacrificed the ideals and morals that once defined them, and the aliens of Technet are just the latest to pay the price.

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