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X-Men #11 brings back a classic mutant villain with a big secret

A surprise X-Men villain revealed in X-Men #11
A surprise X-Men villain revealed in X-Men #11 (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Since the founding of Krakoa, the X-Men have welcomed numerous former enemies into their fold as citizens of the mutant nation, all dedicated to building a better society for themselves. 

But not every former enemy of the X-Men is keeping their chill in Krakoa - and according to the surprise ending of May 11's X-Men #11 from writer Gerry Duggan, artist Pepe Larraz, colorist Marte Gracia, and letterer Clayton Cowles, at least one of them seems to have been plotting and scheming against their own fellow Krakoans for some time.

Read on to find out who it is - though the 'how' and 'why' haven't fully been spelled out yet.

Spoilers ahead for X-Men #11

Cyclops battles Dr. Stasis in X-Men #11 (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Alongside the founding of Krakoa, enemies of mutantkind responded by creating Orchis, a sinister organization dedicated to wiping out Krakoa and its citizens. One of the most instrumental figures in Orchis is the mysterious Dr. Stasis, a villainous mad scientist who is obsessed with the concept of mutant resurrection - though the secrets of how it's done have remained out of Stasis' reach.

Now, in X-Men #11, Cyclops sheds his Captain Krakoa guise to take on Dr. Stasis in his secret lair and frankly kicks his butt. Blasting a massive optic beam into Stasis' face, the villain's helmet shatters, revealing Stasis' true identity as none other than the X-Men's old foe and current questionable ally Mr. Sinister - or at least, some version of him.

Likely, Stasis is a clone of the original Mr. Sinister, as evidenced by the black club symbol on his forehead, contrasting with Mr. Sinister's usual red diamond affectation (like suits from a deck of cards). 

Dr. Stasis's secret identity revealed in X-Men #11 (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

How and why this version came to be an anti-mutant villain remains to be seen, but it could have something to do with the hidden machinations of the core Sinister on Krakoa, who has been secretly cloning X-Men while also working on an experiment to clone Moira MacTaggart meant to harness her original mutant power of resurrection, which she recently lost.

Whatever Sinister is up to, it apparently extrapolates out to Orchis and Dr. Stasis, or at the very least, involves a rogue clone of the arch-villain.

Whatever the case, Marvel promises to tell 'The Sinister Origins of Doctor Stasis' in June 22's X-Men #12.

Keep up with all the new X-Men comics planned for release in 2022 and beyond with our handy listing.

I've been Newsarama's resident Marvel Comics expert and general comic book historian since 2011. I've also been the on-site reporter at most major comic conventions such as Comic-Con International: San Diego, New York Comic Con, and C2E2. Outside of comic journalism, I am the artist of many weird pictures, and the guitarist of many heavy riffs. (They/Them)