Marvel Comics May Be Killing Off the X-Men to Focus on Their Cinematic Properties

Thursday, 17 September 2015 - 12:17PM
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Thursday, 17 September 2015 - 12:17PM
Marvel Comics May Be Killing Off the X-Men to Focus on Their Cinematic Properties
The All-New, All-Different Universe is shaking things up with many different characters in Marvel Comics, including a new identity for Hulk and a female Wolverine. But aside from the classic, beloved characters like Wolverine, Storm, Jean Grey, etc., the fate of mutantkind is ominously up in the air, as rumors that the X-Men would be phased out of the new Marvel Universe seem to be confirmed in the preview for Extraordinary X-Men #1.

Inhumans Are Killing off the X-Men in All-New Extraordinary X-Men #1

The X-Men are arguably the biggest Marvel property that don't appear in their movies-especially now that Spider-Man has returned to the MCU- as they're owned by Fox. The X-Men are some of Marvel's most classic characters, so the comics have continued and have been extremely successful, but now that Marvel has its own, even more successful movie universe, they are beginning to focus their comics properties, toys, and other tie-ins on the characters owned by the studio. 

Inhumans Are Killing off the X-Men in All-New Extraordinary X-Men #1

Marvel has been working to bring the Inhumans to prominence, even giving them their own film in 2020, but have also been using them as a de facto replacement for the X-Men in their cinematic universe, as they both explore the narrative of seemingly "normal" people who suddenly discover that they have superhuman powers as a result of a genetic anomaly. Now, it seems that the Inhumans will literally push them out of the Marvel Universe as well as figuratively, as the first issue of Extraordinary X-men reveals that the Terrigen Mist is deadly to mutants and may prevent new ones from arising.

Inhumans Are Killing off the X-Men in All-New Extraordinary X-Men #1

Marvel's official synopsis definitely hints that the X-Men may not be long for this world:

Opening quote
Eight months have passed, and the X-Men are in dire straits. A cataclysmic event that has altered the destinies of both Mutant and Inhuman. Many of the X-Men have gone missing – including their wayward leader Scott Summers. It will take the remaining X-Men to forge mutantkind into something stronger. Something extraordinary! Storm, along with Colossus, Magik, Nightcrawler, Iceman, Jean Grey and Old Man Logan will lead those who are hated and feared headlong into tomorrow. Welcome to the new Marvel Universe, X-Men – hope you survive the experience!
Closing quote


Here are the preview pages, via Newsarama:
 
Inhumans Are Killing off the X-Men in All-New Extraordinary X-Men #1

Inhumans Are Killing off the X-Men in All-New Extraordinary X-Men #1Inhumans Are Killing off the X-Men in All-New Extraordinary X-Men #1

The X-Men are likely too entrenched in the Marvel Universe to disappear completely, but it does seem that they will be de-emphasized in favor of properties that will appear in Marvel movies, especially the Inhumans. This actually makes a lot of sense; although the success of the X-Men comics does bring Marvel a lot of money, that success indirectly promotes their direct competitor for their cinematic universe.

That's also likely the reason that the Fantastic Four still feature prominently in the new universe; with the spectacular failure of the new Fantastic Four film, Fox won't rival Marvel's cinematic success with that particular franchise anytime soon, and like the fans, they're probably holding out hope that Fox will just give up and return the rights to Marvel.
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