"My girlfriend... I burned her."
―Sunspot describing the first time his mutation manifested[src]

Sunspot, born Roberto da Costa, is a mutant with the ability to absorb and manipulate solar energy.

Biography

Original Timeline

Battle of Moscow

Sunspot with the Free Mutants are getting ready to fight the Sentinels

By 2023, the Sentinels had taken over the world in their mission to eliminate mutants and X-Gene carriers. Roberto had joined the surviving X-Men along with Bishop, Warpath, Blink. While they were hiding in an underground bunker in Moscow, Roberto and the other X-Men were warned of a Sentinel attack by Warpath and Blink. At Bishop's command, Roberto generated solar energy for him to absorb. As the Sentinels started to attack them, Roberto powered up in his solar form to fight back, blasting the Sentinels with his energy.

While Roberto and the other mutants were holding off the Sentinels, Kitty Pryde and Bishop fled the battle to secure themselves in a safe. There, Kitty began the process of using her powers to send Bishop's consciousness back in time to warn them of the attack. As this was happening, the Sentinels began adapting to the X-Men's powers and mercilessly slaughtered them. Roberto was assaulted by a Sentinel that enveloped itself in ice and counteracted his solar form. Fortunately, Kitty and Bishop were successful in their mission and the timeline was altered, ensuring that Roberto and the X-Men were never in Moscow at all.[1]

Last Stand

The Free Mutants

With the timeline altered, Sunspot retreats with the group to a monastery in China where they meet with the X-Men and send Wolverine's consciousness back in time to 1973 and alter the timeline to prevent the current war against Mutants. While Shadowcat performs the process, Sunspot and the group guard the monastery from Sentinels to give Wolverine enough time in the past to complete his mission. Sunspot is later impaled and killed by a Sentinel using the powers of Lady Deathstrike. As the Sentinels entered the monastery and prepared to kill the remaining Mutants present, the time travel process was completed and the timeline was altered, erasing the future war.

Revised Timeline

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Due to Wolverine traveling back in time to January 1973, and preventing Bolivar Trask from being assassinated by Mystique, and changing the significant events after that point, the Sentinel Wars never took place. Thus the Free Mutants were never formed, and its members never killed in the future war.

The New Mutants

Roberto joins the Milbury Hospital

Roberto was sent to the Milbury Hospital after his mutant abilities manifested and burned his girlfriend Juliana accidentally. That trauma develops a fear of accidentally burning others. He would go on to meet Illyana RasputinSamuel Guthrie, and Rahne Sinclair; fellow mutants with their own dark past. Sometime later they would get another fellow Mutant Danielle Moonstar who's powers are unknown. As days pass the children warm up to each other and  Eventually, the group come together when Illyana spikes Reyes' coffee with sleeping pills and they run amok on the grounds. They collectively believe that they are being trained to become X-Men , hence the strict supervision, as well as Cecilia Reyes reminding them that they are considered dangerous and should not leave until they are under control. Later, Roberto is swimming with who he believes to be Illyana, until she disappears and the burning manifestation of his girlfriend Juliana appears. Reyes awakens in time and puts a panicking Roberto out in the pool. He demands that they leave and during the confrontation, Reyes puts Illyana in solitary confinement. Eventually the group discovers that Reyes has been lying and that a corporation known as the Essex Corporation plans on using them as mutant killers. However before this can happen the Demon Bear of manifestation of Dani's own powers kills Reyes and proceeds to hunt them. Eventually, Roberto overcomes his fear of burning others and along with Sam aid Illyana in fighting Demon Bear. As the sun rises, the New Mutants collect their belongings. Sam notices that the barrier is no longer around them and they all decide to head into town after Reyes had previously told them that the nearest town was twenty miles out. Not knowing if she was telling the truth, they all decide to head out together as a family; facing the unknown.

Personality

Original Timeline

Not much is known about him, beside the fact he was one of the few mutant survivors. Sunspot was also member of the Free Mutants.

Revised Timeline

Because Roberto was born in one of the richest families in Brazil and throughout his life he was pampered by his parents, he developed a conceited personality, feeling on many occasions above others and emphasizing that he is rich whenever he can, even going so far as to throw your clothes away simply because of a stain. He also shows others that he is very womanizing and that he has been with many girls, when in fact he has not been with anyone, as demonstrated when he underwent a lie detector test.

However, this is all a protective cloak to hide his inner fears of using his powers and hurting someone. Since in the past he burned his girlfriend by not being able to control how hot he was getting at that moment. During his time at Milbury Hospital, Roberto developed certain feelings for his partner Illyana Rasputin, feeling a certain attraction for her, as shown when he had a vision of her in the pool and when he said that he was going to marry her, after seeing her battle the Demon Bear. In addition, he also forged a great friendship with Sam Guthrie.

During the battle against the Demon Bear, Roberto finally overcame his fears of being able to burn others with his powers and used them efficiently against the Bear, gaining greater confidence in himself.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Solar Energy Absorption - Roberto absorbs solar energy and can utilize it for physical strength. The cells of a normal human body convert energy from foodstuffs into a form of energy usable by the body. Apparently, Roberto can store solar-derived energy in his cells through the same or a similar method, and release it whenever necessary.
    • Solar Re-channeling - Roberto possesses the ability to re-channel the solar energy which his body absorbs, by which he takes the solar energy and uses it for a variety of related purposes.
      • Solar Form -

        Sunspot in his solar form.

        When Roberto absorbs enough solar energy, he can be transformed into a humanoid sun, giving him great power.
      • Enhanced Strength - When Roberto's cells are powered by solar energy, he is able to augment his physical strength. Roberto proved strong enough to send a Smiley Men flying through the air, break a chapel bench, and use a piece of wood to hit the Demon Bear, causing the creature to stagger a bit.
      • Enhanced Durability - Roberto's transformation increases his physical durability. His body is extremely hard, managing to support pieces of wood and concrete that were flying towards him due to the attack of the Demon Bear.
      • Thermokinesis - Roberto is able to project heat in intense waves when he absorbs and re-channels solar energy from any part of his body to raise the temperature.
      • Fire and Heat Immunity - Roberto is immune to all forms of heat and fire as they simply add to his abilities and his mutant metabolism is able to simply convert these two forms and augment his abilities.

Abilities

  • Combatant - Roberto displayed combat prowess, as demonstrated when he fight the Demon Bear.

Powers

  • Solar Energy Absorption - Sunspot absorbs solar energy and can utilize it for physical strength. The cells of a normal human body convert energy from foodstuffs into a form of energy usable by the body. Apparently, Sunspot can store solar-derived energy in his cells through the same or a similar method, and release it whenever necessary.
    • Solar Re-channeling - Roberto possesses the ability to re-channel the solar energy which his body absorbs, by which he takes the solar energy and uses it for a variety of related purposes.
      • Solar Form -

        Sunspot blasting solar energy against a Sentinel Mk X.

        When Sunspot absorbs enough solar energy, he can be transformed into a humanoid sun, giving him great power.
      • Thermokinesis - Sunspot is able to project heat in intense waves when he absorbs and re-channels solar energy from any part of his body to raise the temperature.
      • Solar Energy Blasts - Sunspot is able to generate bursts of solar energy from his arms and chest.
      • Flight - Sunspot is able to fly in his Solar Form.
      • Enhanced Strength - When Sunspots cells are powered by solar energy, he is able to augment his physical strength, allowing him to fight off Sentinels for a short time.
      • Enhanced Durability - Sunspot's transformation increases his physical durability, allowing him to withstand fighting Sentinels for a short time.
      • Fire and Heat Immunity - Sunspot is immune to all forms of heat and fire as they simply add to his abilities and his mutant metabolism is able to simply convert these two forms and augment his abilities.

Abilities

  • Combatant - Sunspot displayed combat prowess, as demonstrated when he fight the Sentinels.

Equipment

Original Timeline

  • Uniform - As a member of the Free Mutants, Sunspot wore a black leather suit for combat. The suit was designed of some material that was able to withstand the high temperatures that Roberto emitted when he was in his solar form.

Relationships

Allies

Enemies

Allies

Enemies

Trivia

Behind the Scenes

References

  1. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Bryan Singer (director) & Simon Kinberg (writer). 20th Century Fox.

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