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In X-Men First Class, we never see if Darwin actually died. Did he die or did he survive somehow?

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He's dead Jim...(obligatory TVTropes warning) – NominSim Jun 13 '12 at 12:54
Possible duplicate/Relevant: – AncientSwordRage Jan 20 '13 at 11:11
Can I just say that the title of this post is a lot dirtier than it needs to be. (or is it just my gutter mind?) – Mooz May 26 at 3:08
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Darwin died, as shown in the movie Shaw forced energy into Darwin's body. From the movie we can assume Darwin can adapt to physical stimuli but at no point do we see any proof he could adapt to energy based stimuli.

So what we see is a attempt by Darwin to adapt that he realizes is fruitless and accepts his death.

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I always thought that Darwin DID try to adapt, but couldn't adapt fast enough to the sheer volume of energy that Shaw forced into him, causing him to die. – Nick Shaw Jun 13 '12 at 15:55
I am not a expert, just going off the logic the movie shows. However it doesn't seem that Shaw used more than one form of energy on him. – OrionDarkwood Jun 13 '12 at 16:08
It seems to me, the way the scene played out, that the only adaptation Darnwin's body could come up with to counteract the amount of energy he was fed, was to turn himself into some inert, impervious material (he appears to kind of petrify himself), but that effectively killed him. – KutuluMike Jun 13 '12 at 17:50
I don't mean to beat a dead horse (no pun intended) but when he turns into that volcanic looking skin all we see is him reaching his hand out and the screen goes white. Is there any cannon information that specifically states he died at the hands of Sebastian Shaw? Rather than accepting a tvtropes death? :) – Jared Jun 13 '12 at 21:30
True, I don't think you ever actually see him die. Leaves room for him to turn up in a sequel then... – Nick Shaw Jun 13 '12 at 21:47

Darwin's ability to adapt (in the comics at least) was so great that he was able to merge with another character and add his strength to his all while at the point of death. I think it's definitely within the realm of possibility that a storyline could resurrect him.

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I believe that Darwin was trying, but couldn't find the right thing to adapt the energy with so he turned to havoc who looked sure he was ok and reached his hand out which made havoc's eyes widen and he was vaporized. In other words he couldn't adapt fast enough

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In the comics he's also shown to turn into pure energy and reform elsewhere when there is no other option, but if memory serves it took him a long time to reform from that, so I say that he definitely survived. it's stated more than once that he can't even die from ageing, the vacuum of space, or being incinerated in a star, so yea, he's still around, just lost and reforming somewhere :P

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Can you back this up with a comic panel or a canon quote? – Valorum May 25 '14 at 16:44

I'm pretty sure we are meant to think he died. It's...problematic that they introduce the one black character, characterize his power as being resilient, and then kill him two seconds later. And then the other character of color defects immediately, but the white character's don't. And then all the characters of color, including red and blue, join the Brotherhood, except for Beast, who, while he's blue, hates his mutant appearance. I'm not sure the writers understood what they were doing there. Certainly they seemed to think it was totally normal that the rich college-educated white guy is training multiple mutants with very different powers from his own, and apparently had nothing at all to learn from anyone else in the group.

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Once we remove/ignore the ranting about the writing, which has nothing to do with the actual question, we are left with "I'm pretty sure we are meant to think he died" - which is only barely an answer as it doesn't attempt to justify the statement in any way. – phantom42 May 6 '14 at 19:02
I tend to agree with @phantom42 on this. – KyloRen May 26 at 6:11

According to me, he doesn't die. If he can adapt, he can adapt as dust as well. As it is, Marvel Universe doesn't proclaim him deceased.

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Correct, Marvel Universe lists him as alive, but that's a different universe/reality. Marvel-Movies Wiki, however, lists him as dead. – phantom42 Jan 20 '13 at 8:49

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