Roberto Da Costa (Earth-616)


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Roberto “ Bobby ” Da Costa [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ]

Current Alias



[ 4 ] Black King, [ 4 ] Black Rook, [ 4 ] Citizen V, [ 5 ] Cloak, [ citation needed ] Lord Imperial, [ 4 ] Reignfire, [ citation needed ] Shadowskin, [ citation needed ] Solar, [ citation needed ] Supreme Leader [ 6 ]

Antonio Delgado,Shadowskin,Solar,Supreme Leader

Affiliation and Relationships



X-Men, Avengers, Young X-Men, X-Corporation ( Los Angeles branch ), MLF, X-Force, Fallen Angels, Hellfire Club, Bratpack, Gladiators, [ citation needed ] U.S.Avengers (founder and leader), A.I.M. (American Intelligence Mechanics) (leader), S.H.I.E.L.D. A.I.M. (Avengers Idea Mechanics (leader), New Avengers (leader and founder), A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) Hellions, Vilár Thunderbolts Da Costa International (CEO), New Mutants (founding member)


( father, deceased ) ;

Parents: Emmanuel Da Costa (father, deceased);

Nina Da Costa (mother)
Unnamed sister[76]Other Relatives:
Joao (uncle);[7]Josiah Guthrie (godson);[8]

( genic transcript, deceased ) Reignfire (genetic copy, deceased)

Marital Status


Physical Characteristics[77]




5′8″ ( 1.73 molarity )


170 pound ( 77.11 kilogram )



  • Brown



Unusual Features

Usage of his powers causes Sunspot to become cloaked in darkness as he uses up all the ambient light in his body.

Origin and Living Status



Living Status




Place of Birth

São Paulo, Brazil [ 4 ] [ 9 ]

Personal Information




Brazilian, American, Krakoan


Adventurer, businessman, CEO of Da Costa International ; former leader of A.I.M ; Lord Imperial of the Hellfire Club ; enforcer, student, recreational soccer player


Xavier’s Institute for Higher Learning (Graduate), some Askani training

Base of Operations

Krakoa, Pacific Ocean


Avenger Base Two, Savage Land ; Avengers Island ; Avengers Tower, Manhattan, New York City, New York ; 1128 Mission Street, San Francisco, California ; Utopia, California ; Xavier Institute, Salem Center, Westchester County, California ; Murderworld ; Adirondack Mountains, Ship ; Beat Street Club, Manhattan, New York City, New York San Francisco Bay, California; Graymalkin Industries, Marin Headlands, San Francisco New York ; Hellfire Club Mansions in Paris and New York ; X-Corporation HQ, Los Angeles California ; Bobby’s Estate, Valle Soleada Camp Verde Reservation, Arizona

Creators and Appearances


Chris Claremont, Bob McLeod


Marvel Graphic Novel # 4
( September, 1982 )
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early life sentence

Roberto Da Costa is the son of Afro-Brazilian millionaire Emmanuel Da Costa and his american wife Nina, an archeologist. Roberto first gear manifested his superhuman mutant powers when, at the age of fourteen, he was playing in a backing soccer match for his school team in Rio de Janeiro. Motivated by racial hatred, a boy named Keller and another penis of the opposing team knocked Da Costa to the anchor. The choleric Da Costa retaliated by tackling Keller, who began viciously beating Roberto. It was then that, without being mindful of what was happening to him, Da Costa first manifested his superhuman lastingness. His body and clothing temporarily turned black in the work, and he unwittingly hurled Keller aside from him. Confused and frightened, Da Costa sought serve, but both the early players and most of the spectators panicked and fled. however, his girlfriend, Juliana Sandoval, who had been watching the game along with Emmanuel, stand by Roberto in his meter of necessitate. [ 10 ]

Professor x

Roberto ‘s powers came to the attention of Donald Pierce, the rebel White Bishop of the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club. Pierce sought to murder any superhuman mutants he could find. Pierce ‘s mercenaries failed to abduct Roberto, but kidnapped Juliana rather. The mutant telepath, Professor Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men, had learned of Pierce ‘s design to kill Roberto and sent his colleague, Dr. Moira MacTaggert, and the young superhuman mutants, Karma and Psyche, to help Da Costa. [ 10 ] Roberto agreed to meet with Pierce ‘s men in order to obtain Sandoval ‘s release, but the mercenaries refused to free her and intended to kill both of them alternatively. During a fight, one of the mercenaries fired at Da Costa, who had returned to normalcy again, but Juliana leaped in front of Da Costa, taking the fatal fastball herself. Anguished with guilt that Juliana had died protecting him, Da Costa vowed to take vengeance on Pierce. Bobby joined Karma, Prof. Xavier, and another young mutant, Wolfsbane, in tracking down Pierce and they succeeded in defeating him. [ 10 ]

New Mutants

Roberto agreed to stay with Prof. Xavier and received trail in the manipulation of his superhuman powers as a member of the New Mutants, even when it was former discovered that the Professor had primitively created the team because he had been possessed by a Brood Queen egg inside of him seeking young mutants for future embryo. At the Xavier ‘s School for Gifted Youngsters, the New Mutants were tutored by Professor X and trained in the use of their powers in the Danger Room. A establish member of the New Mutants, Bobby was a pillar of the junior team for most of its universe and became best friends with his teammate Samuel Guthrie ( Cannonball ). [ 11 ] meanwhile, Bobby ’ s don was contacted by the Hellfire Club and became a member of its secret Inner Circle under the alias of White Rook. He was the entirely person in the Inner Circle without superhuman powers. His operation in that function was about unnoticed. [ 12 ] Sunspot and Wolfsbane were injected with the same drug that gifted Cloak and Dagger with their powers. unable to control himself, Bobby attacked the X-Man Colossus until the New Mutant Magik returned the powers to the original owners. [ 13 ] Empath of the Hellions turned Bobby and his teammate Magma over to the Gladiators, where they were forced to battle for entertainment by his erstwhile teammate Karma. [ 14 ] Later, during a slip to Asgard, Bobby gained a job as security in a tavern. After lifting Volstagg over his forefront, he befriended the Warriors Three. Bobby seriously entertained the idea of staying, as heroes were honored and worshiped in Asgard and he was hated and feared as a mutant on Earth. [ 15 ] After their adventure in Asgard, the New Mutants found themselves under the guidance of a new teacher, Magneto, a fact that Bobby had a hard time dealing with. After reading Professor Xavier ‘s personal files on himself, speculating that he could one day turn evil due to his arrogance, Bobby took a brief leave of the school. [ 16 ] While watching the Wildways, Bobby was captured by Spiral and Mojo, and mentally controlled by Psylocke into joining a new show, the Bratpack. After a brief conflict with the New Mutants, Psylocke was freed from her mind control and freed the others as well. The New Mutants subsequently battled the X-Men after they had been turned into the X-Babies by Mojo, until they were broken of their brainwash and defeated the invertebrate one. [ 17 ]

Fallen Angels

During a friendly soccer game, Bobby unintentionally gave Sam Guthrie a concussion. Believing himself to be a danger to his team, Bobby ran away. After living on the streets, Bobby saved a fugitive mutant called Chance from a group of thugs. When Bobby ‘s powers failed, Chance abandoned him and fled with an extraterrestrial being girlfriend called Ariel. Bobby was rescued by Warlock, who tried to convince Bobby to return to the New Mutants, but Bobby felt he was not worthy to rejoin the team and wished to be left a outcast. Warlock suggested that they stick together. [ 18 ] Bobby decided to become a villain and rob a church, but found himself unable to go through with it. The pair were found by a duplicate of Jamie Madrox and Siryn, who attempted to return them to the New Mutants. A cyborg called Gomi propositioned Bobby to join the Fallen Angels, a group chiefly made up of adolescent mutant thieves organized by the mutant criminal called the Vanisher. Among his recruits were the new mutant Boom Boom, Gomi and his two cybernetically-enhanced lobsters Bill and Don, Chance, Ariel, the duplicate Madroxes, and Siryn. [ 19 ] vanisher teleported the Fallen Angels to the Valley of the Flame on Dinosaur World, where they were joined by Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur. After Devil Dinosaur unintentionally crushed Don the Lobster, Gomi spoke of not leaving friends after an accident or calamity, which struck a cord with Bobby and he began to second-guess his decision to leave the New Mutants. After all of the mutants ‘ powers temporarily went out-of-whack due to Chance, Ariel suggested that they all leave and teleported them to the Coconut Grove, her home planet. The inhabitants of the Coconut Grove and the leader, Unipar, captured the Fallen Angels, intending to experiment on them in order to continue their development, but the Angels worked together to defeat them and returned home. [ 20 ]

Returning to the New Mutants

Bobby and Warlock returned to the New Mutants in time to aide them against Cameron Hodge and The Right. During the struggle, Doug Ramsey jumped in the path of a bullet intended for Wolfsbane, killing him. Magneto ordered the children never to use their mutant powers without his license, a fact that Bobby immediately defied and stated that Magneto did n’t give them their powers and they could use them as they pleased. [ 21 ] Roberto was besides among the New Mutants, aboard Rahne, Sam, Dani and Warlock, who was captured by a demon model as Baba Yaga. After a few days of being fattened into fleshiness, Roberto and the others were about eaten before Colossus managed to save them [ 22 ]. The mutants did not stay under the care of Magneto, as Cannonball and Mirage decided to move the team out from under Magneto ‘s ovolo. Magneto claimed the X-Men and the New Mutants were to be his united states army against the coming war between humans and mutants. He allowed the New Mutants to leave, however, stating that, in time, they would find his ways mighty and Bobby would be the first gear to join him. Bobby and the New Mutants were introduced to X-Factor and began to live on Ship, merging with the X-Terminators. [ 23 ]


When his father died Bobby left the New Mutants and went with Gideon, an old ally, to take over his father ‘s business. [ 24 ] Gideon, however, was an immortal External who had killed Bobby ‘s father and was looking for the next External. Thinking that it was Sunspot, Gideon had Bobby subjected to assorted experiments that increased his solar concentration capabilities by 3000 %. [ 25 ] meanwhile, Cable turned the New Mutants into X-Force and Sam Guthrie was discovered to be the real External of the team. When Sunspot was liberated by X-Force, he found he had the ability to fire energy blasts from his hands. [ 26 ] concisely after, during a battle with the M.L.F., Sunspot channeled his solar energy around his body, enabling him to fly. unfortunately, he flew into one of Locus ‘ portal vein beams and was sent into the time-stream. [ 27 ] It was thought that Sunspot had an alternate persona called Reignfire who led the M.L.F., but it became clear that they were separate entities. After Bobby flew into Locus ‘ shine, Reignfire captured him and forged a telepathic connect that made Sunspot his puppet. When Cable forced his Askani disciplines into Sunspot to “ expunge ” Reignfire, he severed that yoke and Bobby returned to normal. [ 28 ] As a leave of Cable ‘s actions, Bobby was now eloquent in Askani and gained finer control over his powers. He was then brawny that he found it difficult not to be in his blacked-out “ fiery-head ” state, but he could exponent down using the Askani methods. In the final battle with Reignfire, Bobby was possessed by his nemesis, but finally regained master of his body, and was stronger than always. [ 29 ]

While his best ally Sam Guthrie was with the X-Men, Bobby got closer to Sam ‘s girlfriend Meltdown ( Tabitha Smith ). Things progressed to the point where the teammates kissed, just in time for Sam to burst in and see them. [ 30 ] This drove a lodge between the friends that did n’t actually heal, although they managed to work together when Sam rejoined X-Force. [ 31 ]

Hellfire Club

Bobby was deported from the U.S. because his scholar visa was no longer valid since he was not a student anymore. He returned to Brazil, to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, but was restless and found the biography of a rich playboy heir boring and meaningless. At that here and now, Selene, who had usurped control of the Hellfire Club, approached Bobby and convinced him to help her stop the Deviants in the Damocles Foundation from resurrecting a celestial Template. Bobby agreed and met up with X-Force again during the battle. however, Selene did n’t give up therefore easily and put Bobby through a number of illusive situations to force him to her side. sunspot saw through all of them, so Selene and Blackheart, the newly Black King, played their trump circuit board : Juliana Sandoval. Juliana was Bobby ‘s girlfriend before his powers manifested. She was captured along with him by the Hellfire Club and she died to save him from being shot by a club lout. Blackheart told Bobby that Juliana was supposed to have lived, but person in Processing messed up. The deal was : Bobby would join the Hellfire Club, and Juliana would get a fresh begin in a recently deceased girl ‘s soundbox. Feeling that he owed his animation to Juliana, Bobby had no option but to accept, and left X-Force to become the third Black Rook. [ 32 ] With Sebastian Shaw ‘s resumption of the leadership of the Hellfire Club, Bobby appeared to have been released from his vow. precisely what occurred and why Shaw would let Bobby get off is even unknown. Bobby then became the head of the Los Angeles X-Corporation branch, and was working with Empath to insure that mutant interests were taken caution of. [ 33 ] For some reason, Bobby no long used or had access to his energy-blasting and fledge abilities, and now plainly operated as “ super-strong. ” In that capacity, Bobby helped Jon Spectre and a restructure X-Force battle the Skornn. [ 34 ] Bobby was again contacted by Shaw ( and secretly by Sage ) and invited to join the Lords Cardinal as the Black King under Shaw, who sought the overarching put of Lord Imperial. however, Shaw ‘s injury at the hands of Donald Pierce put Roberto in place to become Lord Imperial, with Sage as his basal adviser. [ 35 ] As a resultant role of the Scarlet Witch ‘s actions on M-Day, closely all of the mutants in the entire world were stripped of their powers. Bobby was one of the 198 who retained their powers. He retained his situation as Black King of the Hellfire Club until Donald Pierce manipulated a team of Young X-Men into attacking him, believing him to be an foe. When Pierce was defeated, Bobby became a teacher to these Young X-Men at the request of Cyclops, before rejoining his former teammates and reforming the New Mutants. [ 36 ]

New Mutants X-Men Squad

Magik late returned, stating that she was from the not besides distant future and that the world and New Mutants would die without her interposition. Cyclops allowed Cannonball to reorganize the original New Mutants police squad. Their first mission was to subdue a recently returned Legion. After battling their revive teammate, Doug Ramsey, and the Hellions, Doug was freed from Eli Bard ‘s control by Warlock wielding Magik ‘s Soulsword and rejoined Bobby and the rest of his erstwhile teammates. [ 37 ]

Supreme Leader of A.I.M .

After a conflict between the Avengers and the X-Men, Sunspot and Cannonball were some of the heroes that joined the ranks of the Avengers as function of the team ‘s plan to expand in numbers. [ 38 ] Their inaugural mission involved rescuing the core Avengers team, who had been captured on Mars by Ex Nihilo and Abyss. [ 39 ] When Steve Rogers decided to capture the Illuminati for their clandestine activities, Bobby was unwilling to hunt down their friends, no matter what they had done. He left the Avengers, and once the fact that the Earth was in risk due to the incursions was made public, decided to take action. [ 40 ] Roberto bought A.I.M., [ 41 ] and became their leader after forcefully kicking out the scientist Supreme. [ 42 ] He subsequently used their resources to investigate the incursions from the Savage Land. Due to his progress, Bobby visited Cannonball on Chandilar and asked him to return to Earth. Some of the Avengers who had left the team after Steve Rogers tasked them to hunt down the Illuminati joined Sunspot ‘s own Avengers team. [ 43 ] After helping diffuse the tensions between the Avengers and the Illuminati, Sunspot put A.I.M. ‘s resources into helping the other heroes investigate and try to prevent the end of the world. [ 44 ] When the incursion crisis reached an end, Sunspot set out to overhaul his company. Within eight months, Bobby removed any employee that posed a regretful influence and re-branded his new company as Avengers Idea Mechanics, now located on the Avengers Island, with the purpose of helping the global, primarily by funding his New Avengers team. [ 45 ] Around this time, Roberto developed the disease known as M-Pox, caused when a mutant entered in contact with any traces of the Terrigen cloud that was lento being assimilated into the standard atmosphere. Bobby initially misled people into believing the M-Pox cost him his powers, [ 46 ] when in reality he maintained them, but at a much higher horizontal surface than ahead, which caused him to age prematurely if he used them. [ 47 ]

U.S.Avengers Unite

A.I.M. undergo another rebranding when Da Costa made a deal with General Maverick of the United States Army after a conflict involving hacktivist Rick Jones, whom Da Costa provided with recourse, left A.I.M. in badly terms with S.H.I.E.L.D. [ 47 ] A.I.M. was pardoned of the acts of war executed against S.H.I.E.L.D., and in turn became its intelligence division, turning into american Intelligence Mechanics. [ 48 ] Sunspot began to lead the U.S.Avengers under the alias of Citizen V. [ 5 ] During the irregular takeover of the government by Hydra ‘s handwriting, Roberto was shot in the capitulum with an energy pulse by a rogue A.I.M. agent. [ 49 ] The injury caused Roberto ‘s powers to flare up, endangering his animation. When he was imprisoned by Hydra, Roberto ‘s cellmate and colleague U.S.Avenger Toni Ho managed to create a capacitor headband that regulated his powers. [ 50 ] Following Hydra ‘s fall, the new Presidential administration attempted to fully take control of A.I.M. since S.H.I.E.L.D. had been dissolved. Roberto managed to save A.I.M. from this change of order by resigning from his put as Supreme Leader. Because the consider Bobby made with General Maverick concerned him personally, A.I.M. severed any ties with the government once Bobby left. [ 51 ] Despite leaving the reins of A.I.M. to Toni Ho, Bobby remained as the drawing card of the U.S.Avengers. [ 52 ] concisely afterwards, Citizen V ‘s team joined forces with the main Avengers team and the Avengers Unity Division due to a ball-shaped crisis caused by a cosmic contest between two Elders of the Universe, the Grandmaster and the Challenger, a plot during which the earth was teleported away from the Solar System. [ 53 ] Near the battle ‘s end, Roberto saw himself forced to switch off his regulator headband and use his powers to help keep a device named the World-Engine play, since it maintained the Earth ‘s conditions and prevented the planet from crumbling. [ 54 ] This feat tentatively took many years off Bobby ‘s life, so he decided to disband the U.S.Avengers and render to his roots since he did n’t know how much time he had left, and rebranded himself as “ Citizen X. ” [ 55 ]

War of the Realms

Somehow Roberto regained full control of his abilities and going by Sunspot again he helped the X-Men lend local anesthetic civilians to Citi Field which was dubbed as Fort Syndergaard for safety. He teamed up with Multiple Man against the Frost Giants where he ended up throwing a cable car at one of their heads killing it. Wolfsbane scolded Sunspot about how they needed to capture one of them to interrogate ; Roberto responded in that fashion because he had seen a dead promise on the earth, not realizing that she duplicated Madrox ‘s ability to make dupes. Soon subsequently Sunspot and the others were ambushed by a group of Ice Hounds who were led by Sabretooth. Being in cahoots with Malekith, Sabretooth chose Rahne to battle against while Sunspot was left to deal with the wolves .
Getting the upper pass, Hope told Sunspot and the rest of the X-Men to fall rear in order to regroup. This gave them adequate prison term to be saved by Mirage and Havok who blasted all the hounds with a plasma explode causing Sabretooth to flee the scenery. As Roberto received a hug from Karma, he told her that he has been with the group since leaving New Jersey right after the invasion began. sunspot wondered where Illyana was at but Karma responded that she thought Magik was with them. He replied that there was only five of them but when Roberto looked about, he noticed that Rahne went missing. [ 56 ] After he was reunited with the X-Men, and everyone was back including Magik, they wanted to use her magic trick. A charming stone prevented her from utilizing her abilities, a pit which Sunspot late found and attempted to grab. Though it purportedly did no damage, the stone apparently caused Sunspot to explode in a fiery death. Mirage became aware of the ghosts surrounding them amongst the bodies of the fall, including Sunspot. Before leave, he told her that he loved her and that she was much his baby. [ 57 ]


Following the foundation of a mutant state in Krakoa by the hired hand of Charles Xavier and his allies, Sunspot resurfaced as a citizen of the nation, having been presumably reborn by the handwriting of The Five, a group of mutants capable of combining their powers into a serve of resurrection, brought together by Xavier as partially of his plans for mutant ascension. [ 58 ]


Power Grid[78]


Bobby Da Costa is a mutant with the comply abilities :

  • Solar Radiation Absorption: He can absorb solar energy and utilize it for physical strength. The cells of a normal human body convert energy from foodstuffs into a form of energy usable by the body. This energy is stored through converting molecules of adenosine diphosphate (ADP) in the cells into adenosine triphosphate (ATP); the energy is released, when necessary, by breaking a chemical bond in the ATP molecules, converting them back to ADP. Apparently, Sunspot can store solar-derived energy in his cells through the same, or a similar method, and release it when necessary to enhance his physical strength. His body is cloaked in darkness because he drains all the ambient light from his skin.[59]
  • Solar Re-channeling: He possesses the ability to re-channel the solar energy which his body absorbs, by which he takes the solar energy and uses it for a variety of related purposes:
    • FTL Flight: He possesses the ability to fly by propelling himself through the air, by force of will, by generating thermal updrafts. Bobby has also refined this ability to be able to hover in the air without leaving a heat trail and can reach speeds of up to 150 mph maximum without overexerting himself. Reaching speeds of 750 mph in his over charged state.[60] He can purportedly reach escape velocities by way of breaching planetary orbit and achieve space traversal.[61]
    • Enhanced Strength: When Sunspot’s cells are powered by solar energy, he has the superhuman ability to augment his physical strength. The original limits of his strength was that of 2 tons.[59] Since then, however, his strength level increased to 50 tons.[9] Possibly more, as he was able to deck an alt. universe hulk, drawing blood from him while landing single blow.[62] Presently, Sunspot’s strength has increased to uncontrollable levels as a side effect of his M-Pox infection.[47] During the game between the Grandmaster and the Challenger, Sunspot considered himself to be the strongest mutant on Earth, but using that much power would eventually be lethal to him.[54] Ever since his resurrection, Sunspot’s powers not only seem to have stabilized but metastasized in odd ways. Once boasting of how he was stronger than majestor Gladiator of the Shi’Ar and proving some merit to his claim by temporarily restraining him as he and the New Mutants battled it out with his Imperial Guard.[63]
    • Enhanced Speed: Fast enough to catch a speeding lancet thrown back at Deathbird by Kallark.[63]
    • Enhanced Reflexes: Quick in intercepting return fire from Gladiator after the majestor had hurled Cal’syee’s own spear back at her.[63]
    • Enhanced Agility: Roberto has greater agility, balance, dexterity, flexibility, equilibrium and bodily coordination than that of an Olympic-level athlete. He is able to avoid energy beams in a death trap room using his Danger Room training in his day as an X-Men and did it in human form.[64]
    • Enhanced Durability: Sunspot is one of the interesting powerhouses of the Marvel Universe due to the fact that he is one of the only ones that does not have heightened invulnerability. During many of the comics that Sunspot was seen in his teammates would remind him that he was super strong but not super durable. Although Sunspot has not been seen able to deflect bullets, his limited durability does provide his body the needed protection to be able to lift the massive weight that his super strength allows him to. However, this appears to have been contradicted as he has taken a bomb blast from a device latched onto his side and come out of it unscathed,[41] taken blows from Smasher with some discomfort,[65] survived a laser blast to the face from the A.I.M scientist supreme and endure the rigors of interplanetary traversal without suffering ill effects.[42][61]
    • Thermokinesis: Ability to project heat in intense waves when he absorbs and re-channels solar energy from any part of his body to raise the temperature. Roberto can also absorb heat into his body to lower the temperature in his immediate area. He can also project and absorb heat directly into/from people, causing intense discomfort over their fluctuating body temperatures.[29]
    • Photokinesis: Sunspot has the underlying ability to project, drain and cast light as intense waves from absorbing and re-channeling solar energy, as well as ambient EM wavelengths. To the extent of which is unknown, but he is able enough to use this facet of his powers to nullify photon waves from the scientist supreme of A.I.M. and deal a laser emission back with nearly double the force.[42]
    • Thermokinetic Concussive/Energy Blasts: During Sunspot’s time with X-Force he was kidnapped by a supervillain named Gideon who performed various experiments on him. Gideon exposed Sunspot’s body to massive amounts of solar energy in order to test the limits of his solar absorption. After these experiments Sunspot’s body was overloaded with solar energy and he later gained the ability to fire blasts of heat and concussive force.[66]
    • Dark Solar Plasma Blasts: He has the ability to project concussive dark plasma energy blasts from his hands, with about 20 tons of force behind them at their most powerful.[67]
    • Energy Absorption: Da Costa can absorb various forms of energy available to him beyond just sunlight in order to bolster himself even further, even drawing upon and distilling the harmful effects of a laser blast.[68] He also successfully drew upon the energies of the resurrected Abomination who had been altered to emit vast quantities of Gamma Radiation.[61]
    • Self-Sustenance: While in transformed state, Da Costa uses his energy abilities to provide nourishment for himself, allowing him to survive out in the cold of deep space. Using the self-sustain ability he can heal himself with the energy he absorbs. [61]
    • Fire and Heat Immunity: As is the norm with most pyrokinetics, Sunspot is immune to all forms of heat and fire as they simply add to his abilities and his mutant metabolism is able to simply convert these two forms and augment his abilities. This includes heat powers that are directed at him as well as heat that is present because of weather conditions. Sunspot has also been seen with the ability to absorb the energy that fire gives off and has remained unharmed while walking through it.[69]

former PowersDarkforce Conduit: Roberto briefly possessed the powers of the hero known as Cloak. These powers proved to be too much for him, and they were returned by Rogue, Magik, and Professor X.[13]

  • Darkforce Channeling
  • Darkforce Teleportation
  • Darkforce Intangibility

Roberto concisely possessed the powers of the champion known as Cloak. These powers proved to be excessively much for him, and they were returned by Rogue, Magik, and Professor X .


Trained Martial Artist: As depart of the X-Men, Sunspot has been trained by the likes of Wolverine and other mutants in battle. Since joining the Avengers, Sunspot received further prepare. He ‘s far honed his skills by fighting/training against potent opponents such as Captain America, Black Panther, and Daredevil. Sunspot has become a very skilled champion, by training with the X-Men and Avengers. [ 9 ] He has besides trained in the brazilian martial art of Capoeira. [ 64 ] Athlete: Roberto is a identical skilled soccer player and used to play for his high educate soccer team. [ 10 ] Businessman: Since becoming the chief executive officer of Da Costa International, Roberto has developed skills for business and finance. [ 70 ] Professing of being a super-powered billionaire in his own right. [ 42 ] Multilingual: Roberto speaks English, Spanish, and is eloquent in Portuguese. He is besides fluent in the future language of the Askani. [ 71 ] Skilled Tactician: Following his learning of A.I.M., Roberto has shown to be a technical tactician, being able to turn a ploy of the Maker to take over A.I.M. against the villain himself, through misdirection, and exploiting the flaws in the Maker ‘s own plans. [ 72 ]


erstwhile WeaknessesM-Pox: Suffering under the effects of the mutant-killing Terrigen Cloud, Roberto suffered from chronic coughing fits as a sign of the [46] Da Costa maintained his mutant abilities at a much higher level than before, but using them caused him to age prematurely.[47] Ever since his death in the War of Realms and resurrection in Dawn of X, Roberto has been seen using his powers without a regulator or fear of his M-Pox sickness.[63] Sunspot would quickly exhaust his energy if he was not in direct sunlight. This no longer applies to his current state. With his increasing age and experience, he has become able to absorb sunlight even at night if there is a moon, as moonlight is nothing but refracted sunlight.[73] Suffering under the effects of the mutant-killing Terrigen Cloud, Roberto suffered from chronic coughing fits as a polarity of the M-Pox. Although he initially misled people into believing the M-Pox cost him his powers, Da Costa maintained his mutant abilities at a much higher charge than earlier, but using them caused him to age prematurely.Ever since his death in the War of Realms and resurrection in Dawn of X, Roberto has been seen using his powers without a regulator or fear of his M-Pox sickness.Sunspot would quickly exhaust his energy if he was not in direct sunlight. This no longer applies to his current submit. With his increasing historic period and experience, he has become able to absorb sunlight tied at night if there is a moon, as moonlight is nothing but refracted sunlight .



Regulator Headband: After being shot in the pass with an energy pulse by a dissentient A.I.M. agent, [ 49 ] Roberto ‘s powers went balmy. [ 50 ] Toni Ho developed a headband so Bobby could regulate his powers. [ 51 ]

department of transportation

Quinjet ; once X-Men Blackbird, Magik, Warlock, S.H.I.E.L.D I.P.A.C. [ 74 ]


  • According to original character designs by Bob McLeod, Roberto was supposed to be of African/Portuguese descent, another variant for his alias was Solarus and he was supposed to grow to 10′ when using his powers. He also had a second design for his powered state that was later used for Magma.[75]

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