Gambit‘s X-Ternals consist of Sunspot, Jubilee, Strong Guy, and Lila Cheney. They are sent deep into space using Lila’s teleportation in order to retrieve a shard of the M’Kraan Crystal, essential to the verification of Bishop’s alternate reality. The X-Ternals are pursued by Rictor, a henchman of Apocalypse desperate to earn his master’s praise by killing Gambit. Upon reaching Shi’ar space, the X-ternals fight the Imperial Guard in order to retrieve the crystal shard. Upon their return to Earth, Strong Guy betrays the team, not only stealing the M’Kraan Crystal, but also kidnapping Magneto’s son, Charles. This title replaced X-Force.