Fantomex is one of the more recent creations of the Weapon Plus program. Fantomex was born and artificially evolved in The World, an artificial world made for creating super-soldiers using Sentinel technology. He was designed as Weapon XIII, has gone by the alias of Jean-Phillipe (or Jean-Phillipe Charles), and was designated the name Charlie Cluster-7 in The World.
Fantomex first appeared seeking sanctuary in the X-Corporation while fleeing from the authorities, just after Professor X had announced to the world that any mutant could find such protection from them. He was able to break in unnoticed and sneak up on both Xavier as well as Jean Grey. Their telepathy was unable to detect anything in his mind except flowers due to the telepathic shielding he wore. He was badly injured from previous fighting and escape from the authorities, and the building was quickly becoming surrounded by an international task-force charged with hunting him down. Fantomex said that he was a master mutant thief. Besides being able to tell them their own intentions by reading their body language he demonstrated an ability that he referred to as misdirection, which made the authorities around the building see a cloud of smoke surrounding the floors around them. When he asks for asylum, is bleeding badly from a bullet wound, and Professor X grants it conditionally. He explains to Jean Grey and Professor X that he is one of the most wanted thieves in Europe. His mask stops them from reading his mind, and therefore from confirming his claims, but they agree to aid him.After escaping the building once it was surrounded by soldiers, Fantomex introduced
Weapon Plus had staged an accident in the Channel, releasing a mutant of unknown power. On the way Fantomex informs them of the true nature of the Weapon Plus program, including the Weapon X program. Until this point it was believed that the program that created Wolverine was named Weapon X. Fantomex told them that it wasn't 'X', but was the Roman Numeral for 10. Wolverine was created not as a single experiment in creating a living weapon, but was only the tenth generation of living weapons produced by the program. He described what he knew of the other stages of the program, including Huntsman who was Weapon XII. Huntsman was the mutant that was released into the Chunnel, and had a bacterial mind which allowed him to integrate any living being he touched as an extension of his body. This network could continue to infect others. He said that Huntsman was engineered using nanosentinel technology and artificially evolved in The World, a place where time could be artificially manipulated to speed up the evolutionary process.
Madrox were able to kill Huntsman.
Fantomex then helps the X-Men fight Xorn and his newly gathered Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Fantomex later tracked down John Sublime, the director of the Weapon Plus project, but when he went to his grave, it was empty and only had the message Roanoke. He traveled, along with Wolverine and Agent Zero to Roanoke to search for answers. They are ambushed by Sublime’s men, and in an attempt to escape, Fantomex is shot down and presumed dead. He later reappears and helps Mystique against Quiet Man.
Fantomex was on a mission to destroy a group of roboticly resurrected corpses created by Norman Osborn when he encountered Wolverine and
Lobe who wanted to use the beasts as spies to study mutants to be able to evolve all humans to their level. Fantomex ran into a group of X-Men tracking a Predator through the sewers and was convinced to help them. He was instrumental in their success because the U-Men's leader Lobe knew about all the X-Men but Fantomex not being an X-Men meant he knew nothing about him.
E.V.A is able to destroy Lobes database systems which stored all his gathered mutants information and was giving his side the edge. E.V.A also protects the X-Men from a deadly virus HX-N1 that Lobe released if he lost to allow him to escape. Fantomex is also able to take samples to provide a cure.
He continues to remain close to the X-Men even battling the horde of Nimrods that attacked Utopia after Hope Summers returned to the present.
While breaking into the Tower of London, Fantomex uses his power of misdirection to sway two guards from guarding a door. He then asks E.V.A. to produce a lock; only to find that Wolverine has beat him to the stash. Fantomex loses the bet and owes Wolverine a case of Henri IV Dudognon Cognac and the two meet up with the rest of X-Force. When traveling across the Atlantic, he has some
Psylocke which puts Archangel on edge. Upon arrival, they storm the temple of the Akkaba and Fantomex notes to himself that this is not the X-Men, “This is something quite different”. They are attacked by the horseman War who possesses Wolverine. Psylocke reads his mind and finds that it is filled with gruesome thoughts. Fantomex uses his misdirection to suggest to the monster that Psylocke is the girl for him. Having no room in his mind for such thoughts, War simply explodes. The team recovers their missing operative, Deadpool and evacuates just in time as the temple explodes. Their mission, to kill Apocalypse.
Powers and Abilities
Fantomex has exhibited a variety of mental powers, one of which is having the ability to enter himself into a state of "auto-hypnosis", effectively putting his body on auto-pilot in order to perform surgery and other delicate tasks on himself. He exhibited this ability once by inducing this state in order to remove several bullets from his body. He exhibits a form of telepathy he refers to as "misdirection", which allows him to create realistic and immerse illusions on a variety of scales. His misdirection is powerful enough to fool large numbers of people and even the most powerful and experienced telepaths, as evident when he showed Professor X and Jean Grey his home in the mountains complete with a variety of stolen goods and a woman he called his mother. He is also a master at reading body-language, able to discern up the intentions of those around him by simply observing posture, gestures, and facial movements.
Fantomex's has an external nervous system named E.V.A. He claims to have produced E.V.A. through his mouth one day when he lost his voice while still in The World. She later continued to grow and changed form into a flying saucer. EVA is capable of independent thought, but acts as Fantomex's primary external nervous system. They share each others thoughts as well as emotions. His secondary nervous system is located in his body, but is not advanced. When using his secondary nervous system alone he is only able to see the world in black and white.
Aside from his more notable abilities, Fantomex possesses many other characteristics which are heightened beyond those of a normal human. He possesses superhuman agility, moving through fights and evading enemies better than most acrobats. He is an expert marksman, and is able to use this ability even when doing complicated acrobatic movements during a fight. He possesses enhanced strength, and is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant. Fantomex also stated he no longer carries any form of scent.
Fantomex claims he had a chip implanted in his brain preventing him from worshiping anything.
Fantomex is one of the most mysterious people in the Marvel Universe. He talks in a heavy French accent, which leads many people to believe that he is French, but he has revealed to some that he speaks with a French accent because he finds it distracts and annoys people. Regardless of the situation, Fantomex's plays his cards very close to the chest, with his true motivations often left unknown until the moment he decides to tip his hand.