Dr. Martin Sutter was a part of the original Weapon X program and was the head of the project that created X-23. He was friends with Dale Rice, father of Zander Rice, who was killed by Wolverine, He is often shown as cold and emotionless except when seen with Zander who he views as a son. He hired Dr. Sarah Kinney to clone Wolverine after numerous specimens did not survive the Weapon X procedure. He was married to Rachel Sutter, but it was revealed that she was having an affair with Zander which led to her having a child, Henry. Rachel told Martin that it was his (at the time he was unaware of the affair) at the request of Zander.

Things started to get complicated with the project: Zander left X-23 behind on a mission claiming she didn't make rendezvous, Dr. Kinney took X-23 out to find her missing niece and they were starting phase two (creating more clones of Wolverine: X-24 - X-50). Using the pretense of being worried about the effects of the stress on Dr. Sutter's health, Zander convinced him to sign the project over to him. After Dr. Sutter signed it and went inside, Zander gave X-23 the orders to kill him, his wife and his son and to make it look like a fire. While Zander was giving his orders to X-23, inside the house Rachel was confessing her affair to Martin. He became very angry, but before he could do much X-23 crashed through the window and killed him then Rachel. She did not end up killing his son though.

His death at the order of Zander and phase two is what prompted Dr. Kinney to try to rescue X-23 and destroy the facility.

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