X-Men Editors Discuss Team's Future at Marvel

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 - 7:40PM
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 - 7:40PM
X-Men Editors Discuss Team's Future at Marvel
These are dire times for fans of the X-Men. The mutants, who were once Marvel Comics' most prized possessions, are seemingly being pushed to the back burner to make room for the far less popular (and less interesting) Inhumans. The evidence is very apparent in the comics, where in the post-Secret Wars world it's been revealed that the Terrigen Mists that give Inhumans their powers are also deadly and sterilizing to mutants. So there will be no new mutants created, and the current mutants run the risk of dying out. Does this mean the X-Men are in danger of becoming extinct? Run off the page by the Inhumans?

Current X-Men editors Daniel Ketchum and Christina Harrington sat down with Comic Book Resources to field some fan questions, and the first questioner wanted to know just how much X-fans had to fear of the Terrigen Mists. Ketchum said:

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"The Terrigen Mists spell doom for mutantkind, while serving as the catalyst for everything that makes the Inhumans what they are. So even though the X-Men are racing to save their species, they're going to need to tread carefully..."
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That quote doesn't seem to bode well for mutants, as it almost sounds like a war with the Inhumans is forthcoming. A war in which they would likely be outnumbered and outgunned at this point. Another big rumor that's been circulating for a while suggests that the X-Men will eventually be forced off the planet by the Terrigen Mists (or the Inhumans), and will live out their days in space separated from the rest of the Marvel Universe. A fan asked the editors point blank if that was going to happen, and Harrington dodged the question:

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"I wish I could answer this with emojis! Like, the sly smiling one? Or maybe the devil head? Read and find out, True Believer!"
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While we can see that Harrington doesn't want to tip her hand, she's certainly not denying that X-Men in space is a possibility. So what's with all of this Inhuman/X-Men animosity? It all comes down to movie rights. Marvel makes basically no money off of the X-Men movies, since Fox owns their rights, so most fans believe they're trying to raise the Inhumans' profile ahead of their own movie in 2019, which Marvel is producing. They're doing this, apparently, by slowly replacing the X-Men with the somewhat similar Inhumans. But it's not all bad news for the X-Men.

According to the editors, there are six X-Men titles in Marvel's "All New, All Different" universe, and a number of other mutants that are regulars in various non-X-men titles. They also revealed that we might see even more mutants show up in other titles in the future. So the X-Men aren't quite dead yet, but they're definitely struggling to survive.


Via: Comic Book Resources
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