The Ghoul was a mutant who was still empowered following the restoration of reality after it was warped by the Scarlet Witch. Coming to believe that he was pure and that other mutants were tainted, the Ghoul set about murdering mutants. Wanting his story to be told, the Ghoul alerted reporter Sally Floyd to the murders. Seeking to put a stop to the carnage, Floyd convinced the mutant Archangel to help lure the Ghoul into the open by using herself as bait. The plan worked, and the X-Men were able to rescue Sally and the Ghoul was seemingly killed.