Hope Summers (birth name: Spalding, given name unknown) is a Marvel Comics mutant superheroine who is associated with the X-Men and X-Force. She debuted into Marvel Universe in X-Men #205 (November 2007). She's created by Mike Carey and Chris Bachalo.
Hope is the first mutant to be born after the events of the "House of M" and "Decimation" storylines, in which the Scarlet Witch used her reality-altering superpower to turn all but 198 of the world's mutants into regular, depowered humans. Her biological mother is Captain Louise Spalding, an Alaskan firefighter.
Not too long after her birth, the anti-mutant organization Purifiers attacked her hometown in Coopertown, with the goal of killing Louise Spalding's baby daughter. Although Purifiers killed Louise along with all other children in the town, Cable manages to save Louise's baby. Cable and the X-Men believe the baby to be a Messianic figure destined to save both mutant and humankind. Meanwhile, Bishop believes she's the one responsible for the Bad Future he hailed from and seeks to kill her. Cable, with the blessing of the X-Men, is forced to take the baby into the future to raise her, promising to return once the child is ready to fulfill her destiny. However, Cable's time-travelling device is damaged and the two end up in terrible future after terrible future, which the child, later named Hope (after Cable's second wife and the child's own adoptive mother), is forced to grow up in — All while Bishop chases after them. Eventually, a teenage Hope decides she's ready to return to the modern era. Upon her return, she is still hunted, and Cable is killed as a result.
Hope would form her own team, formed from the new mutants who emerged after her return. Said team would split after the X-Men's Schism, and she would remain with her grandfather, Cyclops. The Phoenix Force would return to Earth, and after a war between the Avengers and X-Men, Hope would use the Phoenix to restore the mutant race. Afterwards, she decided to live the life of a normal teenager, but that didn't take, and she found herself caught in her father's adventures once again, much to her delight.
Notable Comic Books Appearance
- Avengers vs. X-Men
- Cable and X-Force
- Generation Hope
- New Mutants
- New X-Men
- Uncanny X-Men
- Uncanny X-Men (2011)
- Wolverine and the X-Men
- X-Force (2013)
- Jonathan Hickman's X-Men
- Super Hero Squad Online: Appears as playable heroine.
- Action Girl: Let's see, she's been trained in the arts of survival and war since she was a child by one of Marvel's most iconic anti-heroes. She also carries a BFG. As Teen Jean puts it, faintly impressed, Hope is "kind of hardcore."
- Anti-Hero: Blunt and abrasive a lot of the time, and not always very kind to (though very protective of) the Lights when she's their team leader, she's definitely this trope - but, like her father and grandfather, she is fundamentally a hero. That said, there's a reason why more than one person remarks, "This is why we shouldn't let Cable raise children."
- All Your Powers Combined: She seems to be able to copy the powers of any and every mutant in the vicinity at once. (Most of the time she just copies Cable's power of "shooting a really big gun." It usually works.)
- Badass Family: Not just her adoptive family, but her now-deceased biological mom was a Badass Normal firefighter captain.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She really, really would just love to try to be a normal girl. But don't try to hurt her Lights. Ever.
- BFG: Just like her adoptive father, she likes wielding and using this.
- Break the Cutie: Her entire childhood has pretty much been one long list of people trying to do this to her. The fact that it hasn't succeeded says a lot about her character.
- Crazy-Prepared: When she decides to go to Alaska to figure out what happened to her mother, she packs enough supplies and weaponry for a small armyand then has to be told that its not really necessary. Justified by the fact that she grew up in a Crapsack World that was long, long After the End, while being hunted by an Ax-Crazy ex-hero. Did we mention she was raised by one of the Marvel Universes consummate soldiers and survivors?
- Daddy's Girl: Cable's not her biological father, but it makes exactly zero difference to her.
- Dead Girl Junior: She's named after her deceased adoptive mom.
- Expy: The editors and staff at Marvel played her up as one of these for Jean Grey from practically Day One, even putting the Phoenix effect around her in promos (though nowhere in-story). The reception was... mixed.
- Said reception has improved after Avengers vs X-Men, when she got the chance to develop as a character in her own right, and the resemblance to Jean Grey was mostly Played for Laughs when the two met.
- Fiery Redhead: As part of her resemblance to Jean Grey, and she's also extremely hot-tempered.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Has some trouble adjusting to a time frame that isn't a Bad Future and Crapsack World.
- Girlish Pigtails: Her hairstyle when she was a little girl.
- Good Is Not Nice: Well, what do you expect from someone raised by Cable?
- Laser Guided Tyke Bomb: Sort of, and sort of subverted; Cable raises her and protects her for the explicit purpose of saving the mutant race, but he doesn't really know how she's going to do this so he can't teach her anything directly related to that task.
- Little Miss Badass: She's already well-trained, though she's still a teenage girl.
- Little Miss Snarker: She is considerably very snarky and outspoken - then again, she is a teenager.
- Long-Lost Relative: For her maternal grandmother (Louise Spalding's mother). Hope doesn't tell Mrs. Spalding that she's her granddaughter when she visited her, however.
- Meaningful Name: story-wise, she was named after another deceased Hope, who was Cable's wife for a time and acted as a mother-figure for the younger Hope.
- Messianic Archetype: Though not an All-Loving Hero, personality-wise - being raised by Cable doesn't do wonders for an idealistic mindset. Nevertheless, she's persistent enough at this that Nate Grey, arguably the original Mutant Messiah (Cable's destiny was messianic, but he didn't really act that way until his 'Savior Cable' phase, after Nate had gone full Messiah) expressed unflinching faith in her. Even on his return and very intentional invocation of Jesus imagery, in his created world, The Age Of X Man, she was the admittedly posthumous messiah, not him.
- Missing Mom: Not just her biological mom, but also her adoptive mom, Hope Summers, Sr.◊.
- Most Common Superpower: Subverted, by comic book standards at least. That said, she looks rather more well-developed than most girls in their teens would be.
- Odd Friendship: With Nate Grey, despite the Tangled Family Tree aspects (he's the young alternate counterpart of her father). She helps him adjust to going from a psychic Physical God to little more than spoon-bending, teaching him some of the things that Cable taught her to survive and fight without powers. In turn, he offers her a friendly ear and as an ex-Mutant Messiah in his own right, advice and the invaluable confidence booster of his support and faith in her. Notably, this endures into Age of X-Man - in his constructed world, he's not the Mutant Messiah, she is (albeit posthumously).
- Naïve Newcomer: After a childhood travelling through increasingly desolate futurescapes, she's ecstatic on arriving in in the consumerist paradise of the 21st century.
- The Phoenix: Hope has demonstrated a flaming energy aura like the Phoenix raptor several times, even as early as five months old. These manifestations could suggest she is a potential avatar for the Phoenix. After Cable's return from the future and being consumed by the techno-organic virus, Hope absorbed the virus and used the Phoenix flames to destroy the virus and cure Cable. Cable then told Cyclops that Hope was the Phoenix. Scarlet Witch also said that Hope is a part of Phoenix. Then Hope became the White Phoenix, undid the damage of the Dark Phoenix and showed what was special about her - she was able to let it go.
- Physical God: At the top of her potential power-level, which varies based on which mutants are around her. As the Phoenix, she arguably goes even higher.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Sort of. In terms of the present, she goes from a child to a young adult in a very short amount of time, thanks to time travel. However, the Cable series covered her travels in the future with Cable, showing her growing up.
- Power Copying: One of her main abilities.
- Redhead in Green: Her main costume in X-Men is green-colored.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She has red hair and green eyes.
- Slut-Shaming: Sort of did this to Emma Frost, who didn't take it well◊.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She looks like a teenaged Jean, wears the same colours as she had, and displays similar Phoenix-like powers.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Despite the uncanny resemblance with her adoptive (step-)grandmother Jean Grey, she actually takes her appearance from her biological mom◊.
- Tangled Family Tree: Even she lampshades the infamous Summers Family Tree while talking to Nate Grey."[Scott]'s your father like he's my grandfather, which makes you my — The family dynamic is too insane to even think about."
- Use Your Head: Anaconda (Blanche Sitznski) of Serpent Society has to learn the hard way that Hope is◊ very hard-headed◊, no pun intended.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She does not approve of the way Cyclops runs the team.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Marvel had readers drooling in anticipation that Hope was Jean Grey reincarnated, and then it all turned out that she is NOT. After that, some readers absolutely hate her - though that died down with the appearance first of Teen Jean and the Original X-Men, then Jean Grey herself.