Rogue Only Joined the X-Men Because of One Avenger

In the current state of Marvel Comics continuity, Rogue has become an iconic member of the X-Men and could never be replaced as one of the team’s main members–a position that wouldn’t have been made possible without the influence of one Avenger.,While she is a well-known mutant hero now, Rogue made her explosive debut as a terrifying villain in Avengers Annual #10 by Chris Claremont and Michael Golden. During that storyline, Rogue is working for Mystique and is sent on a mission to use her powers to dismantle the Avengers. Rogue is a mutant with the power to drain the life force from people she touches as well as absorb the power of any superhuman she comes into contact with, mutant or otherwise. Using this ability, Mystique sends Rogue to drain the power and life force from Carol Danvers aka Ms. Marvel (before she took on the name Captain Marvel). Rogue drained Carol and left her for dead, then used her powers to battle the entire Avengers team. However, while Rogue did absorb Captain Marvel’s powers, she also took a fraction of her consciousness, causing a piece of Carol to exist within Rogue’s psyche.,Related: Marvel’s First Avengers vs X-Men Happened Decades Before Fans Thought,In Captain Marvel #5 by Kelly Thompson and Carmen Carnero, Carol Danvers found a way to escape an alternate, post-apocalyptic world after defeating the villainous Nuclear Man who was that world’s ruler. Before she did so, Captain Marvel was held prisoner by Nuclear Man along with a number of other powerful women from Earth-616, including Carol’s old enemy, Rogue. While they were initially pitted against each other, Captain Marvel and Rogue found a way to work together to stop Nuclear Man and escape his world while saving everyone else who was also trapped there. When they got back to their Earth, Carol tells Rogue how proud she is of her, that she was able to change her ways and become a hero despite Rogue being raised by Mystique as a villain. In response, Rogue admitted that it was Carol’s influence in her mind that pushed her to become a hero, basically saying that Captain Marvel is the reason Rogue became an X-Man.,Even though Captain Marvel denies having any involvement in Rogue’s heroic journey, saying that there is nothing her influence could have done if Rogue didn’t want to be a hero in the first place, the fact is that Captain Marvel was absolutely instrumental in Rogue becoming a member of the X-Men. After Rogue committed that act of atrocious villainy against Carol Danvers and the rest of the Avengers, she felt sickened by it and made it her mission to redeem herself, something that may not have happened if she continued to stew in Mystique’s overwhelmingly villainous influence. Plus, Rogue permanently gained a few of Captain Marvel’s powers including flight and super strength, making her the iconic X-Men member she is today.,While that fraction of Captain Marvel’s consciousness that existed inside Rogue for so long after her attack on Carol Danvers may not have had any actual influence on Rogue becoming an X-Man, Captain Marvel herself certainly did. Rogue’s attack on Captain Marvel inadvertently showed Rogue that she wasn’t the villain she was raised to be, and the powers she gained from Carol empowered her to be one of the most impactful members of the X-Men to date–proving that Rogue became a member of the X-Men because of one Avenger: Captain Marvel.,Next: Shang-Chi’s Hypocrisy Over Hulk Shows How the Avengers Corrupt Heroes