Gateway (comics)

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Gateway genx-06-cbachalo.jpg
Gateway from Generation X #6
Art by Chris Bachalo
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Uncanny X-Men #229 (May 1988)
Created by Chris Claremont
Marc Silvestri
In-story information
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations X-Men
Generation X
Abilities Teleportation
Remote viewing

Gateway is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character has been depicted as an Australian mutant with the ability to teleport objects and people from one location to another. He is considered an unofficial member of the X-Men.

Publication history

Gateway first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #229 (May 1988), and was created by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri.

Fictional character biography

Much of Gateway's past remains a mystery to this day, including where exactly he was born and even his name. He is an Aboriginal who appears to have grown up in the Outback.

He serves the criminal group the Reavers in repayment for an undisclosed favor they did him. As extra assurance of his loyalty, they threaten to destroy an Aboriginal holy place if he betrays them. They call him "Gateway" in reference to his ability to create gateways between two points in space. Some time later, the X-Men appear in the Outback and attack the Reavers' headquarters. Though Gateway helps the Reavers Skullbuster, Bonebreaker, and Pretty Boy escape, the X-Men realize he is not a Reaver.[1]

The X-Men take up residence in the Reavers' former hideout, and Gateway begins voluntarily using his powers to assist them. Initially, since he seems unable or unwilling to speak, Psylocke uses her telepathic powers to communicate to Gateway where the X-Men wish to go.[2] However, they soon realize he always knows their desired destination without being told.[3] The X-Men eventually go back to the United States, and are discovered by the rest of the world to be alive, and Gateway's close association with them ends.[volume & issue needed]

More recently, he appears at the Xavier Institute in Massachusetts, where Generation X is training, with a young girl. When he encounters Banshee, he simply speaks the word, "Penance", which is assumed to be the girl's name.[4] Gateway would continue to appear sporadically around Generation X for some time, often in the presence of the fused St. Croix twins Nicole and Claudette, with whom he apparently had a teacher-student relationship.[5]

Gateway appears briefly to Storm's X-Treme X-Men team, shortly after the death of Psylocke, and reveals that he is the ancestor of Bishop and Shard.[6]

He is one of the mutants to have retained his powers after the M-Day.[7]

It is revealed to Iceman and Cannonball that Gateway was one of the targeted mutants[8] the Marauders were killing, along with Cable, Vargas and The Witness due to his powers giving him the ability to see into the future. The Marauders are later seen reporting to Mister Sinister to have killed Gateway, the Witness and Vargas.[9] Gateway survives the assassination attempt and becomes the teacher of Eden Fesi, a young man with the power to manipulate reality.[10]

In Uncanny X-Force #27, Fantomex is murdered by Skinless Man and this severs the connection between him and Ultimaton, the guardian Weapon XV who watched over The World and helped raise Evan. Ultimaton returns to his basic sentinel programming to kill all mutants and snaps Gateway's neck before exploding into a nuclear inferno, destroying Cavern X. Psylocke is able to use her telepathic powers to allow Gateway to create one last portal before dying and save the X-Force.

Powers and abilities

Gateway is a mutant with teleportation and psychic abilities.

Gateway creates wormholes which allow travel through space, time and dimensions. He opens these gateways by whirling his bullroarer over his head. The gateways can be used for both observation and transport. No limits have been shown to Gateway's teleportational range or the mass he can transport. He has, for example, transported the X-Men from Australia to the United States and back using his powers, as well as transporting them trans-dimensionally to another Earth[volume & issue needed]. He also opened up gateways to the past.[11][12]

Gateway is additionally able to enter people's dreams. There he can directly interact with the elements of the dream,[13] and even pull other people into the dream.[14]

Gateway also possesses psionic abilities that allow him to communicate with telepaths[citation needed]. Gateway once spoke to the telepathic Generation X member Chamber psionically,[15] as well as regularly communicating psionically with the St. Croix twins, then disguised as their older sister M.[16]

It has also been implied that he possesses total recall or eidetic memory, as it was revealed in the alternate timeline of the Age of Apocalypse that his time-space manipulating powers allow him to be virtually omniscient, as he is described[17] as "the repository of the knowledge of humanity, the living index of every hard earned scrap of information gleaned in our ascent from mindless savagery."

Other versions

Age of Apocalypse

In the Age of Apocalypse, Gateway spends most of his time on Wundagore Mountain, trying to physically absorb any and all knowledge in audio-visual format from hundreds of televisions and computers using his powers to slow time and warp space before the forces of Apocalypse destroy everything. Weapon X travels to Gateway's home to recruit him in the effort to deliver a crushing blow to Apocalypse's North American forces. Gateway, who is very talkative in this reality, agrees to listen after his bodyguard, Carol Danvers, sacrifices herself in a battle against Donald Pierce.[18] Gateway finally agrees to lead the attack force when he is confronted with the holographic image of a dying sixteen-year-old victim of one of Apocalypse's Infinites.[19] He was later captured and imprisoned in the mysterious floating city known only as The Sky.[20] Gateway was eventually rescued by the combined efforts of the Amazing X-Men and the Uncanny X-Force team but is later reported by the AoA version of William Stryker to have been killed in action.

Civil War: House of M

In the House of M universe, Gateway is briefly seen helping Magneto and his followers overthrow Genosha's current rulers by teleporting his forces to the country.[21]

In other media

Video games

  • Gateway has a small role in the game X-Men Legends. The Brotherhood of Mutants were forcing Gateway to make a portal to the equator so they make it to the teleporter to Magneto's lair. Gateway then helped the X-Men chase after the Brotherhood.
  • Gateway makes an appearance in Marvel Heroes. He appears at the Xavier Institute, allowing the player to replay former Chapters of the game.
  • Gateway appears at the end of each level in X-Men: The Ravages of Apocalypse to transport the player to the next.


  1. ^ Uncanny X-Men #229
  2. ^ Uncanny X-Men #230
  3. ^ Uncanny X-Men #231
  4. ^ Generation X #1
  5. ^ Generation X #1-2, 5, 7
  6. ^ X-Treme X-Men #4
  7. ^ X-Men: The 198 Files
  8. ^ X-Men #202
  9. ^ X-Men #200
  10. ^ Secret Warriors #4
  11. ^ Wolverine, vol. 2, #104
  12. ^ Wolverine, vol. 2, #35
  13. ^ Uncanny X-Men #233
  14. ^ Uncanny X-Men #248
  15. ^ Generation X #5
  16. ^ Generation X #1, 7
  17. ^ Age of Apocalypse: Weapon X #3
  18. ^ Weapon X #3, 1995
  19. ^ Weapon X #4, 1995
  20. ^ Uncanny X-Force #12
  21. ^ Civil War: House of M #1

External links

  • Gateway at
  • Spotlight On Gateway
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