Despite rumors of Marvel pushing the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters off to the side, both sets of heroes are still surprisingly connected within the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe. Beast and Johnny Storm grace the pages of Uncanny Inhumans, Ben Grimm is in the cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy (along with X-Men Kitty Pride serving as the new Star-Lord). In fact, there’s now two seperate Wolverine titles.
However, it still might come to surprise some readers to see the characters involved in Civil War II with a full five-issue mini-series. It would certainly make sense for Marvel to be interested in keeping the X-Characters out of the marquee event, however a teaser with the time-displaced Jean Grey shows that the X-Men may still be prominent in the story.
Civil War II: X-Men is written by Uncanny X-Men writer, Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun) with art from Andrea Broccardo (Kanan). The comic was announced during the Second Annual In-Store Convention Kick-off . Newsarama added a quote from Bunn about the story and ran the cover from David Yardin (Magneto).
“I certainly hope this story divides the fans in terms of who is ‘right’,” said Bunn. “One of the things I’m excited about with Civil War II is that there are so many questions, debates, and positions that are going to rise from it. In Civil War II: X-Men we’ll focus on the mutants and the specific positions they are taking.”
The comic looks to brew a conflict between Magneto’s X-Men team and the Inhumans characters with Terrigen Mist involved as a crucial plot point. While many initially thought that Marvel was only pushing the X-Men to the fringes as a rumor, we’ve since discovered that the publisher has lessened the output of merchandise for the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters. Despite those concerns, the X-Men and Fantastic Four heroes have been connected in nearly each Marvel event, with Doctor Doom and Reed Richards playing integral roles within Marvel publishing latest crossover; Secret Wars.
Civil War II: X-Men #1 debuts in June.
Has Cullen Bunn written anything worthwhile at Marvel? He just gets leftover X-Men series and Deadpool minis. Why doesn’t he go back to creator owned work already.
This is ‘connected’, not ‘part of’. So it’s a tie-in to make a few sales. If there’s any X-Men in the main Civil War II story arc I’ll be pleasantly surprised.
@MJ This paired with the Marvel teaser with Jean Grey and the fact that Reed and Doom were the key players of the last event should prove that Marvel is interested in keeping the mutants and Fantastic Four around in some capacity.
@Skottie – well said. I see Cullen Bunn’s name and I immediately think “yup, can skip that’
Bunn’s Magneto series was excellent, though it fizzled out in the final issues as Secret Wars destroyed the narrative inertia of the Marvel Universe.
With so many a-list writers leaving Marvel, I considered him one of the best left. I’m surprised to see people with the absolute opposite opinion.
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