Parker Matthews

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Parker Matthews
Portrayed by
Known Aliases: None
Affiliations: None
Socked By: Dex
Introduction: Psi War

"Great. No, really, great. So, do I call you or you call me. There's some kind of professional thing we need to navigate, right?

A former patient of Jean Grey who turned out to be hosting the Shadow King.


Name: Parker Matthews

Aliases: None

Occupation: Unknown

First appearance: August 28, 2019

Family: Unknown


A young mutant psi who has until this point led an unremarkable life. Though his telepathy manifests exclusively as hypnotism and mind control, he still is connected to the astral plane. This ability is why he was recruited by a small group of telepaths and magic users recently come together to find away to calm the astral plane, still turbulent after the events of M-Day. He served more as a battery than an actual repairman, offering his psychic energy to the others so they could investigate. This is also what drew the Shadow King to him and made him a temporarily suitable host. Once in control of Matthews' body, the Shadow King slaughtered the group and implanted false memories of the event, hiding within Matthews' psyche and feeding on his powers to regain its strength.

As the Shadow King fed on him, Parker weakened considerably, and he checked himself into Claremont Hospital for help, where Jean Grey was his doctor. He presented as having pneumonia or something similarly debilitating, although there was nothing obviously physically wrong with him. Regardless, he began to improve under Jean's care, as the Shadow King was drawn to her and her vast psychic power and started draining less from Parker. Parker recovered enough to be discharged and he and Jean dated as the Shadow King laid its plans. When it was ready, it redoubled its draining of Matthews, forcing him back into hospital and from there, to the mansion after Jean realised it might be a powers issue. After the Shadow King left him in an attempt to leech onto Jean, Matthews was left in a coma until his psychic energies rejuvenated.

Matthews left New York after being freed from the parasite’s hold, embarking on a journey to rediscover himself and make up for the sins committed by his body.


Telepath, with a focus on hypnotism and mind control.


Psi War


PB: link to website for the PB

Socked by: Dex