As a prelude to Kieron Gillen’s actual recounting of the consequences from Marvel’s Avengers Vs X-Men event, let’s take a quick look at some of the dangling stories/ideas/moments which may or may not be addressed in the near future. This was a big event by any stands, with five writers and three artists involved, as well as something approaching six different forms of philosophical religion. What might we have to look forward to over the next few months?
- Decimation has been undone
The biggest consequence of the event is that Wanda’s bitter rejection of mutancy during House of M has now been undone – although not in the way you might have expected. While mutants are back as a thriving minority in the Marvel Universe, as of yet it appears that none of the formerly depowered mutants will be regaining their powers. Sorry, Marrow fans! Instead, we’ll be seeing a whole range of new characters show up, most of the likely as part of Wolverine & The X-Men, or the new mystery Gillen/McKelvie title to be unveiled at NYCC.
- Thousands of people are now minorities
The new ‘lights’ on Cerebro have lit up, with the latent X-Gene in people being activated for the first time, announcing them as mutants. New powers is cool, but these people now have to deal with being part of a hated and feared minority, overnight. And now Xavier isn’t here to sew them lascivious uniforms, who will knit them the unstable molecule containment suits they need? At least they can comfort themselves with the knowledge that overnight they have become immune to STDs.
- Scarlet Witch got away with it
At the end of AvX, Captain America still hasn’t chosen to arrest his former love interest for casting a spell which led to the direct deaths of hundreds of people, and indirectly to the deaths of characters like Nightcrawler. In fact, her role in reversing Decimation means that now she has very little dirt still on her – so much so that she is now free to join the Uncanny Avengers, a team Cap has built to show off all the “PR-Friendly” characters like, uh, Rogue Thor and Wolverine. Have the public really forgotten how Asgardians blew up a football stadium a few months ago? Or that time they were responsible for FEAR ITSELF?
- Namor, Magneto and Emma Frost are on the run
A poster revealed that three of the Extinction Team are now wanted by the authorities, for crimes involving genocide (Namor), murder (Emma Frost) and being Magneto (Magneto). Yes, Magneto is being witch hunted in the Marvel NOW era, for reasons known only to SHIELD. While, agreed, he is Magneto, he didn’t exactly do anything worse than, say Cannonball did. And Cannonball is an Avenger now! We don’t know why Magneto is being persecuted, but I suppose it’s something he’s used to by now.
- Wakanda is in ruins
I’ll have to be careful here, because Wakanda is a very sensitive subject. The idea that one of the most powerful countries on earth was run by an isolationist nation of Africans has always been a great concept, as long as you accept that the Wakandans themselves aren’t exactly loveable. As a result of the Phoenix-possessed Namor, however, Wakanda has now been mostly flooded, and the land destroyed. Black Panther is now officially at war with Atlantis, which seems a little strong seeing as Atlantis had nothing to do with Namor’s actions. Or, for that matter, did Namor, really. Possession! Nine tenths of the law. I might not have got that fact right.
- The World is GREAT!
The Phoenix Five spent their time ending war, halting poverty, fixing the O-Zone later and giving legs to whales. Even now they have lost their power, their gifts to the world would surely still be active. Unless the Uncanny Avengers decide that they want to go back to the status quo and go about reinstating world poverty and hunger, liberally spraying deodorants at trees and throwing garbage into the ocean at an advanced rate, the world is now a lovely place to live in.
- Charles Xavier is dead
Pfft. Doesn’t really mean anything to anyone, really. Not even Cyclops cares. Si Spurrier will handle this fallout most likely, in his relaunch of X-Men Legacy.
- Wolverine leads the X-Men
With every other candidate dead, AWOL or in jail, Wolverine is now the de facto leader of mutantkind on Earth. What’s that, you say? Storm? Who’s that? Are you trying to tell me there’s a heroic character who is a natural leader, has a massive fanbase, is typically one of the best-written women in comics, doesn’t mass murder people in a solo series, AND has appeal outside of the comic-buying demographics due to her appearances on film and television?
No, doesn’t ring a bell.
- Dazzler has no idea what’s happened while she’s been gone
Dazzler has been off-world since the end of act 1, as far as I remember, meaning she’s going to be somewhat surprised on her return. Also: X-Treme X-Men! Out now! Go buy! And pick up Gambit while you’re at it! Comics!!
- Pixie and Squirrel Girl are now best friends
The most important thing to happen in the whole of AvX.