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If you've been following the trailers and promotions for the rapidly approaching [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942), then you've no doubt noticed the inclusion of a new mutant who has teleportation powers similar to Nightcrawler.

This mutant is named Clarice Ferguson, A.K.A. Blink. Rather than teleport at will, her power allows her to create portals that anyone can pass through.

Here's a quick clip from the film that singles Blink out and shows off her powers:

There are two main versions of Blink in the comics. She was first introduced in 1994 during the "Phalanx Covenant" storyline (when humans used alien technology to gain powers for themselves and kill mutants), which is Earth-616 continuity. She was presumably killed off pretty early (a month after being introduced) after getting trapped in her own teleportation field in an attempt to defeat Harvest. She returned later on as it was revealed that she actually transported herself elsewhere.

While that is the "main" version of Blink, most people seem to know her better from the "Age of Apocalypse" storyline. In this universe, Legion (the son of Charles Xavier) traveled back in time to kill Magneto, but Charles Xavier saved him at the expense of his own life. This was before Magneto turned evil, so Xavier's sacrifice prompted him to form the X-Men, leading them against future conflicts against Apocalypse.

As a result, Blink was reintroduced as a stronger character and more in control of her powers. This storyline also introduced her ability to use crystal-like javelins akin to what we see in "Days of Future Past" (although her skin is not purple in the movie like it is in "Age of Apocalypse").

It was during Apocalypse's anti-human campaign that Blink was eventually saved by the X-Men and sort-of adopted by Sabretooth (a good guy in this timeline). Over time, Blink became a valued member of the X-Men, even getting her own miniseries back in 2000.

The "Age of Apocalypse" timeline was eventually reset thanks to Bishop, but Blink would go on to appear in other stories, even becoming the leader of the Exiles at one point. It's easy to see that the movie version of this popular character will be borrowing from several sources, and I think fans will be grateful for it!


Will BLINK be more like her character in Earth 616 or Age of Apocalypse?


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