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Quote1 Wow. You're willing to kill Tombstone? That's totally awesome. But, here's the thing: killing your enemies is old school. Dropping bodies is just an invitation for trouble. Dead bodies and unpaid taxes are the two best ways to end up in prison. And trust me when I say that I know from experience, there are fates totally worse than death. Quote2
-- Alex Wilder src
 

Origin

Like the other original Runaways, Alex Wilder was born after his parents and the other members of the Pride decided to pass on their inheritance from the Gibborim to their children.[1] Alex's parents, Geoffrey and Catherine Wilder, were small-time criminals that became the crime bosses over the entire great Los Angeles area.[2][1]

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Alex Wilder playing videogames

Alex grew up with an admiration of superheroes, and even dressed up as Spider-Man for Halloween as a child.[3] His love of superheroes often put Alex at odds with his father. Although his parents wanted him to be a doctor, Alex aspired to design video games for Rockstar Games.[4] Alex possessed natural leadership skills, a gifted intellect, a keen logic, and a prodigy-level ability for strategy. As an introvert, Alex turned his attention to online MMORP strategy games. Alex even developed a close group of online friends.[5] Alex also harbored a longtime crush for Nico Minoru.[6]

A year before telling the others, Alex stumbled onto his parents and the Pride performing the Rite of Blood. Alex began searching for answers and discovered Abstract, which he slowly learned to decode. Learned about the Pride's past and their plans for the future. One night while he was looking through the Pride's materials, Alex overheard the Hayes' and the Deans' plans to kill the human members of the Pride, he decided to do whatever was necessary to save his parents.[6][7]

Runaways

The next year on the night of the Rite of Blood, Alex led Nico Minoru, Gertrude Yorkes, and Chase Stein down the secret passage to "accidentally" see the ritual sacrifice of Destiny Gonzales while Karolina Dean and Molly Hayes remained upstairs.[4]

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Alex Wilder leading the Runaways

Alex agree to go with the others as they searched for evidence of their parents evil. Together they collected Gert's dinosaur, the Fistigons, the X-Ray Specs, the Staff of One, the Abstract, and the Ring of the Abstract. Alex also helped guide Karolina and Molly to discover their innate powers. Finally, Alex was able to leave an anonymous note informing his parents he was still loyal to them.[8]

To force their children into surrendering, the Wilders framed Alex and the others for the murder of Destiny Gonzales and the kidnapping of Molly Hayes. Together the group decided to become Runaways and fugitives, to take up residence in the Hostel, and Alex became the de facto leader.[9]

Alex was the only Runaways against taking on codenames claiming he wanted to "redeem" the Wilder name that his parents had ruined.[10] Alex spent most of his time deciphering the Abstract and plotting out his plans. Alex believed the others would die quickly. To speed the process, Alex "unwittingly" invited Topher, a vampire, into their home, but the others were able to defeat him.[11] When Cloak and Dagger learned the truth about the Runaways, they promised to contact the Avengers. However, Alex was able to tipped off the Pride, and the Hayes telepathically wipe their memories.[12] Alex also alerted the LAPD to their whereabouts.[1]

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Alex Wilder the Pride's mole

Death

With their hideout compromised and the Rite of Thunder approaching, the Runaways decided to take the battle to their parents and followed them into the Marine Vivarium. Alex was able to systematically eliminate his friends until he could explain his plans to his parents and Nico. Nico angrily refused Alex's offer and he lost control of the situation. The Gibborim entered during the chaos and confusion and they quickly killed Alex for disrespecting them. The remaining Runaways were barely able to escape the destruction of the Vivarium in the Leapfrog.[6]

Afterlife

Despite his betrayal, Nico later cast a spell trying to magically resurrect him, but it failed.[13]

When Alex's former online role-playing game friends Stretch, Hunter, Lotus, and Oscar learned of his death, they banded together and attempted to resurrect him. Instead the spell killed Oscar and brought a young Geoffrey Wilder from the 1980s to the present.[5] Together they reformed the Pride and attempted to complete their work with the Gibborim.[14][15][16]

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Alex Wilder in Hell

In an effort to escape Hell, Alex Wilder began helping Molly Hayes to save Chase Stein from striking a deal with the Gibborim. Despite his good deeds, Alex remained trapped in Hell and was joined by the Gibborim.[17]

It is also revealed that while in Hell, Alex was studying the advice of former criminal masterminds and great thinkers, such as Al Capone and Sun Tzu, with the goal of learning from mistakes and becoming New York's formidable crimelord, preserving his parent's legacy [18].

Resurrection

After a period of time, Alex was resurrected by Daimon Hellstrom, the Son of Satan to guide Nico during her transition into the Masters of Evil and to help her cope with her increased dark magical powers.[19] After helping the young heroes escape and reunite with the Avengers, Alex leaves, telling Nico that while he enjoyed seeing her again, he had to sign a contract to escape Hell.[20] Alex Wilder is seen as part of the Young Masters in a stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier that is untraceable with Arcade (Earth-616) tied to the front.[21]

Harlem Burns

Though previously unidentified, Alex Wilder reappeared in Harlem in order to continue his father's business. After dealing with two of his subordinates, Preemptive Strike members Isadore Dudley and Artie Sigmund, Wilder consequently recruits two former criminals, Cockroach Hamilton and Disco Devil. He also took this particular opportunity to retrieve the Agnitus from Señor Mágico and his crew [22].

After the breakout at Ryker's Island, Hamilton introduced Black Mariah to the prodigy, as Wilder explained that he intends to form his criminal empire by establishing a group known as New Pride [23]. After recruiting the likes of Gamecock and Cottonmouth, Alex Wilder transports to Tombstone's location, where he sends Mr. Fish to Hell and successfully defeats Tombstone. While announcing the hostile takeover, Wilder reveals his intentions of taking over the criminal underground of New York [24]. Following this incident, Gadget managed to dismantle Wilder's software, prompting the New Pride to move to their contingency plan, involving violence. Mobilizing the New Pride to an unrevealed location, the team is placed into conflict with Black Cat's Gang, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. However, as a form of retaliation, Tombstone bombs the Harlem battleground, killing many members of both gangs and discouraging Alex Wilder [25].

Street Magic

Regrouping in his apartment, Black Mariah coaxes Alex into strengthening his magical prowess, much to Jennie Royce's chagrin. As a response, Wilder visits Pawn Mágico to collect some magical trinkets, including the Supersoul Stone amongst other items. Upon returning to his place of residence, he is possessed by a demon named Chadoe [26]. With the knowledge that there are forces attempting to locate him, Alex Wilder moves his base of operations, as he begins to peddle a drug known as "Redemption". The effects of this drug appear similar to demon possession, as one of the main components of the product is demon blood. After a discussion with Chadoe, Alex Wilder's source for the product is stolen by Jennie Royce with the goal of showing it to the Heroes for Hire [18].

Powers

  • Magic Though neither the source nor the extent of his magic is not currently confirmed, Alex Wilder displays the capabilities of performing certain magical feats, such as:
  • Teleportation
  • Enhanced Strength
  • Banishment

Abilities

  • Gifted Intelligence: Alex possesses natural leadership skills, a gifted intellect, a keen logical mind, and a prodigy-level ability for strategy.



Equipment

Transportation

  • According to Doctor Voodoo, Alex Wilder is attempting to become the "Grandmaster of Street Magic".

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Runaways #13
  2. Runaways #3
  3. Runaways #14
  4. 4.0 4.1 Runaways #1
  5. 5.0 5.1 Runaways Vol 2 #14
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Runaways #17
  7. Runaways #12
  8. Runaways #1-#6
  9. Runaways #6
  10. Runaways #6-#7
  11. Runaways #7-#9
  12. Runaways #11-#12
  13. Runaways Vol 2 #2
  14. Runaways Vol 2 #6
  15. Runaways Vol 2 #12
  16. Runaways Vol 2 #14-#18
  17. Runaways Vol 2 #23-#24
  18. 18.0 18.1 Power Man and Iron Fist Vol 3 #14
  19. Avengers Undercover #5
  20. Avengers Undercover #9
  21. Avengers Undercover #10
  22. Power Man and Iron Fist Vol 3 #9
  23. Power Man and Iron Fist Vol 3 #10
  24. Power Man and Iron Fist Vol 3 #11
  25. Power Man and Iron Fist Vol 3 #12
  26. Power Man and Iron Fist Vol 3 #13
  27. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 13
  28. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 13



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