Fam, it has come to our attention that a grave disrespect is being paid to our very own Ororo Munroe – – Street name: Storm. Mundane title: Headmistress of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Regal title: Former Queen of Wakanda — and we can’t really stand for that anymore. What’s the offense? Throwing shade on the mohawk? No. There seems to be some confusion as to whether or not she is an Omega-Level mutant.
Now Carrie McClain has been loving The Goddess of Thunder since Word One. And Leslie Light is the resident Storm comic reviewer. We’ve read the canon, y’all. For us there is no question, Ororo ranks at the very top of any mutant power rankings, alive or dead. For those who may doubt it, we’ll walk you through it step-by-step.
What’s an Omega-Level (OL) Mutant?
As with most Marvel things, there isn’t a canonical answer. The most accepted criteria is that the mutant must have the ability to extremely manipulate matter or energy at will and under their control. Other OL criteria include, but are not limited to: virtual immortality, strong psionic ability or telekinesis, and the ability to exist outside of the current universe.
Who are some other Omega-Level Mutants?
All the biggies show up here: Professor X, Magneto, Stryfe… perhaps due to her ability to be the avatar of the Phoenix, Jean Grey often shows up as the best example of an Omega-Level under the “ability to exist outside of the current universe” bullet point. More recently, Bobby Drake, aka Iceman, has been added to the list. He is an example of a character who has grown to become an OL mutant as he’s come to understand his powers more fully.
So, what are Ororo’s credentials?
Ororo is best known by her ability to control the weather. It sounds mundane when you put it that way, but let’s unpack that some. How does she control the weather? What she can actually control is the electromagnetic field of the entire planet, and other celestial bodies to boot. She can cause everything from a pleasant mist up to a full-blown Category-5 hurricane.
She can fly because she can control the earthly wind. She can control the solar wind. She can channel the electricity of the planet through her body to throw lightning bolts. She can suck the air from your lungs or she can make you fly, she make your ears bleed or she can make you virtually invisible. We could give you the whole list, but she’s clearly got the “ability to extremely manipulate matter or energy” part of this job description down.
So, what else ya got? Psionics? She’s not psionic. But she does have such a strong psionic connection with the Earth itself that she can literally feel disturbances in the Force (yeah, crossed the streams there. Stay with us.) Also, she is magical. She can sense magical items and wield them — hell, she did a temp job as the wielder of a magical Asgardian hammer called Stormcaster. Remember how that went down?
She is one of the few people on the planet to be in the presence of the Panther God and live to tell the tale. She’s hosted the Phoenix Force. But that was easy compared to HOSTING ETERNITY ITSELF. Eternity is a manifestation of the lifeforce of the universe. It caught a virus and Ororo held it within her body long enough for Dr. Strange…to be Strange. Yep. Hosted Eternity. Take that, Bobby Drake.
A’ight, what about immortality? No. That she doesn’t have. But she does look damn fine for a woman who’s got to be more than 60 years old (her first comic book appearance was FORTY years ago.) Black don’t crack, y’all.
But she’s Black, so she’s gotta be twice as good. You got twice as good?
Yeah, yeah, we do.
Ororo Monroe is worshiped as a goddess; she literally brings the rain down in Africa. [icon_check]
Ororo Monroe is so strong that telepaths the likes of Charles Xavier and Amahl Farouk have a difficult time reading her. [icon_check]
Ororo Monroe is in such physical shape that, she can carry a plane across the country. [icon_check]
Ororo Monroe has faced off with some of the biggest dudes in the pantheon: Colossus, Red Hulk, Sentinels, keep ‘em comin’. [icon_check]
Ororo Munroe is the woman who can feel when water evaporates into the air. [icon_check]
Ororo Munroe is the only woman to serve on the X-Men, Avengers, and the Fantastic Four. [icon_check]
And you know what else, Ororo is a Leader. When she talks, people listen. When she gives directions, people act. She demands respect; she earns it; she gets it. She stands in front of the madman, the megalomaniac, and just the indifference of universal beings and tells them what’s what for the good of all us non-mutants here on Earth. She’s been a diplomat, a wife, a mother, a lover…She owns Alpha-level mutants when she rolls out of bed and bosses Omega-level mutants for breakfast.
Ororo Munroe is an Omega-Level Mutant in her works and in our hearts. The only thing remaining is for Greg Pak to write in some official declaration. (Hey, Greg… might be a great way to end the current arc, just sayin’.) Folks naturally assume that Ororo was given the name of Storm because of the obvious usage of her weather-manipulating abilities. Well, that’s only partly true. We can safely conclude that Ororo Munroe was gifted that namesake because that’s how and what she took the world by.
Have an opinion? We’ll be pushing the #OroroforOmega tag till our last breath. Join us on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Google+. Give us your opinion. But just know, Ororo is an Omega in our hearts and in our minds. For Life.
A special thank you to #OroroforOmega hashtag creator and the biggest Storm stan we know and love, Christian Tomas, who started this whole fiasco with this post and who inspired the lovefest of nerds in the hilarious aftermath.
Prof X & Magneto are not Omega Level Mutants…. They are Alphas like Storm (at least for now) was (un)officially declared Omega Level mutant by a Sentinel who was scanning the area she was flying into and sensed her energy levels.
List of declared Omegas: http://x-men.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Omega_level_mutants (think Storm is close to being declared)
Good feedback on how writers have identified her and omegas
Ororo is such a bad ass that she was the leader of the X-Men for years even without her powers.
Storm is not Omega level mutant. She’s still a human and can get cut and die. Also, Magneto is more, if not, extremely powerful and has full control over electricmagnetic. Magneto own this em spectrume and Storm ain’t nothing compare to the Master of magnetism.
LOL. You’re right Magneto can control electromagnetic field but did you know Storm can also manipulate it and use it. Magneto biggest threat is that and magnetism where as Storm can control any form of weather, the electromagnetic field(when she created electromagnetic cyclones that grew into outerspace. She can also control solar winds create intense radiation heat from the sun. She can draw energy from a star and use that power. When in space, she can sense hydrogen atoms and use that to create powerful lighting attacks. Her power is on the atomic and cosmic scale and she can perceive all form of energy and use some or sense how to counter it. She can also control the air inside you and the electrical brainwaves patterns in a human’s head, not to mention as she declared in the example above freezing a person’s heart and veins. Again one who can control hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, lightening. Who can create toxic fog and acid rain. She has ascending into God hood on several occasions. Why would you think Magneto is more powerful..lol! We can he use against Storm if she goes all out on him. Magneto does not control all what Storm does and she controls part of what he does..So technically Storm is the superior. Sorry!
Dante Hale (@HarshWordsWF)
The main thing I’ve seen as a requirement for OLM is to manipulate things on a molecular level and/or affect reality itself. I don’t know about the second but, Storm most certainly does the first. OLM!
Juan Lau (@Mikaidesu)
Ororo Monroe has faced off with some of the biggest dudes in the pantheon: Colossus, Red Hulk, Sentinels, keep ‘em comin’. This the minute this was in here i could not take you seriously, Sentinals really? Sentinals are a joke. Ororo i love no matter what but an OL Mutant she is not.
Storm don’t fit the criteria. She was declared as omega level “potential” and that doesn’t mean she’s omega level mutant. Storm was not born one and she will never be omega so get over it.
No love lost in that comment, but I’m pretty sure, one doesn’t need to be born one to become one.