X-Men fans are convinced that the secret of Sinister’s clones has been staring readers in the face for months, and Marvel just confirmed it.
Lovers of the X-Men have amassed some pretty impressive theories about the true identity of From Mr. Sinister other clones, especially afterwards Marvel recently confirmed the clones are hiding in plain sight and the evidence from fans is starting to pile up.
Long time villain of the X-Men and virtually every hero on Earth, Mister Sinister is known for his eugenic and immortality-oriented genetic research, and throughout his time on the Silent Council of Krakoa, he has shown time and time again that his obsession with cloning has not decreased. However, after the shock it turns out that the evil Doctor Stasis was actually a Mister Sinister clone, with a bat on his head instead of a diamond, fans began to theorize about who the “heart” and “spades” sinister clones were, and soon grew closer to two mysterious enemies of the X-Men who have surfaced in the Krakoan era.
Official canon confirmation that there were at least four Sinister clones came in last pages of the recent Immortal X-Men #8 – written by the brilliant Kieron Gillen – in which Mystique and Destiny first meet Nathaniel Essex (aka Sinister) in the 19th century. As for the theories of who exactly the Heart Sinister and Spade Sinister are, Miracle formally confirmed that both “Hide in plain sight,” and many X-Men fans believe the heart will be revealed as Mother Righteous from Legion of X and the Spade will be Orbis Stellaris of SWORD and X Men Red. @LastGlimpseShowan X-Men fan and listener of the Cerebro podcast hosted by Connor Goldsmith, posted a fascinating document to Twitter that he apparently created for the Cerebro Discord that collected many of the different aspects of the fan theories about Orbis Stellaris and Mother Righteous. Of the two fan theories, the most likely (and almost undeniable at this point) Orbis Stellaris appears to be the Spade Sinister clone. @LastGlimpseShow’s post collects images from various issues of Immortal X-Men and X Men Red including two major hints that Stellaris – who was introduced as an intergalactic arms dealer and the representative of the Galactic Rim Collective – is actually a Sinister.
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An important clue is that Orbis Stellaris admits in a data page that “Very few people know that I am originally from Earth” he was also 189 in human years, which matches his age around the time Essex was making its original clones in the 19th century. Plus, Essex in Immortal X-Men #8 argued that Earth’s future survival could depend on the use of adapted technology, and Orbis Stellaris is a “organic/mechanical fusion construction,” and is also known for spawning its warriors through cloning! The theory about Mother Righteous is the Heart Sinister is slightly more tenuous and relies on the fact that writer Kieron Gillen Loves to incorporate theological and esoteric research into his comics, with @LastGlimpseShow’s collage pointing out that the “Golden Dawn” Essex mentions in Immortal X-Men #8 could be a reference to the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn”, an actual occult group that believed in the metaphysical magic of the living world. Essex also mentioned that future threats to the machine species can be defeated by “scientifically tamed superstition” and the whole Mother Righteous shtick is about gaining power through faith. Plus the Golden Dawn believed in the goddess Babalon, or the ‘Scarlet Woman’, and Righteous is not just a divine entity but has deep red skin. From a physical point of view, Righteous’s exposed chest also forms what appears to be a red heart, and she has never taken off her mask that would hide her heart print.
These different X-Men fan theories go much deeper than what can be written here, and while Marvel has not yet formally revealed who the Heart and Spade actually is Mr sinister clones, the research and research these fans have done is enough to convince many online who the real clones are.