Monday, May 25, 2015

The All-New All-Different Marvel Look Like? Part II

Marvel Comics is teasing an “All-New Marvel” following the events of Secret Wars, the world-destroying and rebuilding mega-event that has currently displaced most of the company’s usual publishing line. So what might that universe look like? Marvel’s been playing things pretty close to the chest, but a few hints have snuck out here and there.

The X-Men
Considering that the Fantastic Four just got cancelled, and Marvel doesn’t seem to be on great terms with Fox, X-Men fans are truly anxious to see what becomes of Marvel’s mutants once Secret Wars is done. An early theory posited that the X-Men would be shuffled off to a new universe, separate from the rest of the Marvel Characters.

The fact that Cyclops inexplicably showed up in Secret Wars #1 with a Phoenix Egg, an artifact that might be powerful enough to create an entirely new universe, seemed to throw some gasoline on that fire.

Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso as quick to put that fire out. Alonso made clear that the X-Men were not getting their own universe, and that they were still an integral part of Marvel’s plans going forward.
So then where will the X-Men find themselves post-Secret Wars? It’s hard to say.

There are plenty of Secret Wars series featuring the X-Men, but they all seem to be revisiting the characters’ past rather than pointing the way forward. With Brian Michael Bendis departing the franchise after Uncanny X-Men #600, we know that the X-Men will be in new creative hands. Who those hands belong to and where they’ll take them…we’ll just have to wait and see.

*Note: I love what Bendis has done with the X-Men, it will a surprise where the X-Men go from here.