Portrayed by various
|Known Aliases:||Malice, Greycrow, Vertigo, Scrambler, Harpoon, Arclight, Riptide|
Cloned by Nathaniel Essex from members of a military special operations unit known as the Marauders, this group of super-powered killers had little in common with their source material. In October 2022, a new version of the team appeared, led by Malice and closer to their source material, but no less deadly.
|Malice||Xavier Institute resident, Laurie Collins, now augmented by Essex' mutate technique. In addition to a more powerful pheromone power, she also has a healing factor, claws and increased physical abilities including speed and endurance.
PB: Emily VanCamp, socked by Seraph
PB: Jay Tavare
|Vertigo||slain by Marrow.
PB: Anna Torv
|Scrambler||slain by Marrow.
PB: Gong Yoo.
|Harpoon||slain by Marrow.
PB: Ipeelie Ootoova
PB: Álex González
PB: Stock Image
The new Marauders are actually clones of the original Marauders, engineered by Nathaniel Essex as part of his continuing experiments. These clones possess the same powers as the originals (and ironically fewer side effects) however the cloning process is extremely long and the personality and mental conditioning is very unstable.
The Marauders have been built out of the existing personalities of the originals, but with significant alterations. Their more extreme elements have been accentuated, and most humanizing influences removed. The Marauders are uniformly cruel and brutal, caring for nothing but their orders from Essex and what sadism they can cause in following them.
The first versions had been hidden in the Morlock Tunnels, only to run afoul of the X-Men and Marrow unexpectedly when Marrow was given information as to the location of the people who had killed her 'family'. Many were killed. The survivors from that encounter had started to show significant mental breakdown as their conditioning came apart and died thereafter.
The series II versions were also cloned by Nathaniel Essex and were even more improved. They appeared in Genosha, where they faced members of the X-Men and New Mutants in the Genenigeer's mutate labs. These second versions, including Riptide, disappeared in a fire blast that destroyed the mutate labs and were presumed dead.
Essex would go on to clone a much much more advanced series III team of Marauders, of which Kwannon was the head.
In October 2022, the X-Men encountered a new team of Marauders, more disciplined and organised than the previous versions in the previous universe. New members were also added and their leader was revealed to be Laurie Collins, now calling herself Malice and obviously augmented by Essex' mutate process. Ambushed in pairs, the X-Men had varying degrees of success against the Marauders but any chance of capturing them was lost when they abruptly retreated.
X-Men Mission: Town Called Malice
Socked by: Dex
Phase 1 versions socked by: Erik
The name "Scalphunter" was changed to Greycrow for obvious reasons of massive racism.
Vertigo's name being O'Guinn is a reference to Kielle's fanfiction story about Vertigo - No Way Up