ByIfy Divine Nsoha, writer at
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Ify Divine Nsoha

It has been a long time since I last posted, and I just wanted to talk about what has been going on with the X-Men in the comics, as what Marvel has just said might seem to be because of the Fox situation (and I'm going to disprove that theory). Anyway, let's talk about the X-MEN in the comics (yeah, I know I missed comic week, I was on a road trip) and how the whole 'Secret Wars' Event Marvel is doing might affect them.

We all know the problem between Fox and Marvel Studios, and if you don't, let me break it down for you: back in the 90's, Marvel was going bankrupt. Like, seriously bankrupt. So they decided they would sell the movie rights of their characters to some studios (and it really helped them get back on their feet). Fox bought the X-Men (in fact, they also bought the right to call people 'mutants', which is super stupid and completely retarded given the fact that there are still Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and they don't get in trouble for using the name) and Fantastic Four, Sony bought Spider-Man (and we know how that turned out), and many other companies got other characters, though pretty much every other character has returned to Marvel Studios (in some form, Spider-Man isn't 100% back) with the exception of the X-Men and Fantastic Four (and, if FF isn't a good film but a trainwreck like many think it will be, that might change as well). Anyway, something went down between Fox and Marvel, and from what we know FOX was the company that acted like complete @$$holes and wouldn't give Galactus and all the space Marvel characters back. And we haven't heard the end of it since. So what exactly is happening now that seems like Marvel is getting rid of them (at least, from the rest of the Marvel universe)?

Secret Wars is Marvel's upcoming "Crisis" event where the entire Marvel Multiverse is being merged into one planet, and self contained stories about what is going on in all those "Domains" of the planet (Battleworld) that all relate to past Marvel stories or are unique limited series, which will replace most of Marvel's current comics, are building blocks for Marvel's future. The event is running from May till September, and has a lot of tie-ins (with more to be announced). Why does a comic book event relate to the X-Men and the movies (and the poster above doesn't even have any X-Men!)? Well, there are a ton of X-Men Secret Wars books, from Old Man Logan to X-Men '92, from House of M to Age of Apocalypse. Well, what Marvel Editor-in-Chief just said to Comic Book Resources sounds like the X-Men are leaving the rest of the Marvel universe to be in a universe of their own.

Uncanny X-Men #600 cover (Series Finale)
Uncanny X-Men #600 cover (Series Finale)

The X-Men office is taking the opportunity of "Secret Wars" to build an entire new world for the characters -- to create a shared universe within the X-books that's set off by a huge event/incident/surprise. At that point, they're going to introduce a new team that feels unlike anything you've seen before. It'll be... "extraordinary."

-Marvel Editor-in Chief, Axel Alonso

Of course, many X-Fans were like "OMG. F#@& Marvel!" and other's were like "Good, they would grow so much more if they didn't have to interact with the Avengers every time Scarlet Witch does some strange $%^* or when Cyclops gets pissed off (every 5 minutes)." Well, I'm here to tell you that if you actually believe the X-Men are going to be shoved into another universe, you are either really deceived or you need your head examined. Here's why Marvel is not kicking the X-Men into their own universe.

The whole point of 'Secret Wars' is to make everything coexist in ONE universe.

In Jonathan Hickman's absolutely amazing Avengers and New Avengers books, the Marvel Multiverse has been collapsing on itself. What the heck would be the point of doing that if you are going to throw the X-Men into their own universe right after this event! There is no point whatsoever if they decide to give the X-Men another universe.

Axel Alonso Basically Confirmed they AREN'T being removed from the main universe when he said THIS

Some Ultimate X-Men goodness....
Some Ultimate X-Men goodness....

Right before he made his statement of the X-Men getting "a new world", he said THIS:

Marvel has also released the lineup for the "Uncanny Inhumans" team, which has revealed more about what that comic is going to look like. In doing this concurrent release, and sharing space in the FCBD issue, is it fair to say Marvel sees this book as a franchise-type player close to the level of Avengers?
Alonso: Yes, we do. "Uncanny Inhumans" allows us to explore the divide between the Marvel Universe-proper heroes and the Inhumans, and see the extent to which it can be bridged. The Inhumans have emerged as a power-player in the Marvel Universe. In coming years, we will see if it's big enough for humans, mutants and Inhumans.

Well, that does sound like they are seeing if it's big enough to have all these different characters, so kicking them to another universe would kinda make sense after this, right? Um, no. The Inhumans are becoming more important to Marvel, and that's absolutely great (I have really loved their book). But that doesn't mean they are kicking the X-Men to another universe (especially because of the reason I mentioned before). At least, not for a couple of years. So..... what does this "New World" thing even mean? Well, here's what I think.

beautiful cover by Esad Ribic
beautiful cover by Esad Ribic

Secret Wars may have been called a reboot of Marvel in the past to get closer to the MCU, but it has started to seem more like what I theorized before: the earth all the characters live on will change over the course of Secret Wars and will become the All New Marvel universe after it is all over. However, what Alonso said might mean that the X-Men side of things will be very different. They might even get a semi-reboot. What's the point of bringing the "All New X-Men" to the present from the past if you are just going to throw them away? Marvel is actually doing something good for characters that are theirs but, in their eyes, are mishandled by the studio that owns their movie rights. Creating a shared universe set off by a surprise event means Marvel is finally doing something to revitalize the X-Men. Now, imagine that Marvel let's Fox have their TV show. The X-Men might be able to make it to their former glory. Give them a great writer like Jonathan Hickman, and they are set for the future. No matter where the X-Men are or who they belong to, Marvel still cares for them. If Marvel does what I think (revitalize them and reform them post Secret Wars), it will be absolutely amazing.....


What do YOU think? Is Marvel going to revitalize the X-Men, or send them to their own universe (where they could still grow and become better characters)...


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