In X-Factor Annual 7, writer Fabian Nicieza established that Rita and Spiral were the same person, and that her hatred for Longshot was driven by her desire for revenge from being taken prisoner, driven insane, and physically modified by Mojo and his chief scientist Arize.
In New Avengers 53, she was revealed by the Eye of Agamotto as one of several magic-users with the potential to be the next Sorcerer Supreme after Doctor Strange.
This led to much confusion as to which of the two was the real Elizabeth Braddock when Revanche first appeared.
She confronted the Ultimate X-Men about it when they came to Genosha to investigate, and with the aid of Jean Grey 's telepathic powers, Longshot's guilt was proven.
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