Friday, May 8, 2015

X-Men in Space?

There were rumors a year and a half ago that Marvel Comics was going to elevate the collective profile of their Inhumans characters. It goes way back to Fox Studios owning the movie rights to the X-Men and those assorted mutant characters. That prevents Marvel Studios and Disney from capitalizing on those characters when it comes to movies and crossovers.

But then there are the Inhumans, who are a bunch of part-alien people who transform into superhuman monsters when exposed to the Terrigan Mists. Back in 2013, the Terrigan Mists were unleashed on Earth and we discovered that there are a whole lot of sleeper Inhumans living among us -- which, of course, unsettles the general public! Now there are two Inhuman-related comic books, plus the Inhumans have been showing up on ABC's "Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Also, the Inhumans are scheduled to get their own movie at some point in the future.

So the rumor was that the Inhumans were to be Marvel Comics' new mutants.

Meanwhile, Marvel Comics just started its new SECRET WARS event, which shows the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe converging on each other in an explosive fashion. It's believed that the two universes will ultimately merge together at the end of this event. Some things will stay. Other bits of continuity will be wiped away.

One of the rumor, prompted by a statement made by Marvel Comics Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso suggested that the X-Men and related characters will be shunted into a new pocket dimension divorced from the rest of Marvel Comics' characters:
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."
Yesterday, Bleeding Cool revised the "mutant pocket dimension" idea. It seems that the X-Men are heading out into space!:
What we have now been told by multiple sources is that the X-Men will discover that the Inhuman Terragenesis mists kills mutants. And with it circling the globe, the X-Men and mutantkind choose to leave the Earth, go onto space, and found a brand new world.

Same reality, different planet. X-Men In Space. “An entire new world.”
We have already seen the effects that the Terrgan Mists have on former mutants -- it gives them back their powers, but severely effects their health. So the idea that the Terrigan Mist kill mutants is not unprecidented. I'm just imagining a space ark filled with Cyclops, Storm, Magneto, Toad, Ghost of Wolverine, Squirrel Girl, Sabretooth, etc.

Can you imagine if you got left behind? Random-Mutant-X dies. Everyone calls a truce and boards the X-Ship. Everyone leaves. And then Tween-X goes through puberty and suddenly manifests her brand-new mutant abilities. And then dies because all of the other mutants are in space escaping the poisonous mists. Hopefully this concept gets addressed -- assuming that the mutant space colony actually happens!

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