(Attention: Spoilers ahead)
I’m sorry, guys. I was actually going to write this article yesterday, but I was busy all day writing letters to my friends that get published in a magazine once we’re done with our finals in a couple of months. It’s kind of strange to say goodbye to so many people in my life and to know that in 4 months, my life will be radically different.
Speaking about things that we need to say goodbye to and that will radically change within the next months, as you probably all know, the X-Men comics the way we know them will be over in may. Not only will we get the end of Brian Bendis’ run with Uncanny X-Men #600 (which i will probably write another article about), we will also see the old Marvel Universe (616) destroyed when it collides with the Ultimate Universe (1610) and see it replaced by a new universe. Marvel already stated that this new Universe will be a combination of 616, 1610 and other universes. Which is a pretty radical solution, since Marvel has never rebooted it’s main universe before.
But what exactly will this mean for the X-Men? Tom from mahmusecomics has already written an article about this topic where he lists four theories about how the world of the X-Men will probably look like post-Secret Wars. (http://mahmusecomics.com/2015/01/24/all-new-marvel-and-x-men/). In this post, I want to give you guys my personal opinion on these theories (and other popular theories). So, let’s go! Please note that this is, as I already mentioned, my personal opinion. It’s likely that you will disagree with me when it comes to certain points, but that’s alright, it’s entirely possible that there are things i didn’t consider, so let’s discuss this in the comment section!
The X-Men comics will end because Marvel doesn’t want to support Fox!
There have been so many rumors about this. Many fans feel like Marvel wants to boycott the franchise in order to damage the Fox movies. These rumors have been fueled by the fact that “insiders” from Marvel have stated that the X-Men will not be a part of the new universe.These statements have been proofed fake. So many people from Marvel have called bullshi*t on this,including Brian Bendis. But there’s another thing that worries fans a lot. The fact that Marvel cancelled both Fantastic Four books, supposedly to not support the upcoming Fox movie.
I can probably calm you down. I don’t think it’s very likely that Marvel will cancel all X-Books. Our dear mutants have been Marvel’s cash-cow for a very long time (X-Men #1 is still the comic book that sold the most copies), and cancelling the books wouldn’t make a difference for Fox’s film franchise. Most people watching superhero movies don’t read the comics.
“But Marvel did the same thing with the FF comics!”
Well, that may be true, but then again, the sales of these books were horrible. The position the mutants have within the Marvel universe is in no way comparable to the position that the First Family has. The X-Men almost have their own universe within the Marvel Universe. Marvel would never totally give up on that.
I’m not a fan of these kinds of conspirancy theories at all. Marvel is not evil. Marvel does not HATE the X-Men.
All Mutants will be rebooted as Inhumans because Marvel wants to make them their new #1 franchise!
It’s true that the Inhumans have become more and more important in the last few months, especially in Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers/New Avengers run and the “Infinity”-Event. They even got their own ongoing title, and we know that they will play an important role in “Secret Wars”, as well (one of the teasers that Marvel has given us is called “Attilan Rising” and some of the Inhumans are visible on the cover to the new AvX).
But then again, rebooting all the X-Men as Inhumans to make us want to accept the Inhumans as Marvel’s new #1 franchise would just be incredibly stupid. Marvel wants to attract readers. It’s a company, so it’s obvious that they want people to buy their stuff. How does one attract people to buy a book about the X-Men/ about mutants? Well, make it about mutants! Rebooting them as Inhumans would be horrible for Marvel’s sales. They wouldn’t make Spidey a mutant either, would they?
The new X-Men books will be about the O5 again!
An interesting theory. It would be great to see Peter Parker as a high school student again, and it would also be great to see Scott Summers as a 16-year old, together with his four teammates within their first weeks at Xavier’s. Who knows, maybe the focus on the O5 in Bendis’ run has been a hint at what comes next.
But IF Marvel decides to make a book about the beginning of the X-Men story, I doubt that we will get to see Scott, Jean, Hank, Bobby and Warren. Marvel would most certainly make a book about more popular characters. Wolverine, Storm, Shadowcat and Rogue. These are all characters that people would want to see. And this is the central problem of starting from the beginning on: Marvel would give up on years of stories and characters. Especially with a franchise like the X-Men, where you have dozens or hundreds of beloved characters, this would disappoint so many fans!
Which is why I don’t think Marvel will start from the beginning. They already stated that they would not totally abandon their history. So if we get to see an O5 book at all, it will probably be as an additional book to several other books that take place 15 or 20 years later (that are similar to the X-books we have today).
Marvel will combine elements from several universes to simplify the X-Men comics!
I think that this theory is the most likely one. In the mahmusecomics-article, the example of Jubilee as a single-mom-depowered-vampire-teen was mentioned. I think that we will see many characters the way they were portrayed in the 90’s,especially in the 90’s cartoon show that will also be featured in “Secret Wars”. Many characters have become too complicated and need to be simplified without abandoning all of the X-Men-canon. But we will also see details from different universes included in the new X-Men world. I’m talking about Age of Apocalypse, Days of Future Past, House of M, Old Man Logan and the Ultimate Universe. I’m curious to see how that all will work out. For example, I would love to see an Ultimate Jean Grey in the usual X-Men canon, or AoA’s Nightcrawler.
Probably, the end of Secret Wars will also mean the return of many deceased characters. Logan, Jean, Charles and Warren, for example. Think about it. That would be the perfect point to revive characters, reunite the X-Men and have a fresh start. Marvel already said that they would love to use this chance to bring characters back.
So, that was my opinion on the future of our favourite superheroes. What do you think? Do the X-Men comics have a future at all? Will we see Inhumans, O5 or a combination of different ideas from different universes? Let me know about your opinion in the comment section!