In terms of power, it’s a battle of Goliath vs Goliath in this upcoming Marvel event. Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso describes it as “not part of a cosmic event, but a Marvel Universe event … Very soon, we’re going to reveal all.” This is the ultimate of all the ‘who would win’ arguments – The Avengers or the X-men?
The publisher first gave the story to USA Today, stating that the Avengers Vs. X-Men event would be a 12-part biweekly series beginning in April. The series will feature five of the biggest Marvel names in writers: Brain Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, and Matt Fraction. And these writers are pumped! Fraction told USA Today, “It’s crazy to be a part of something this ridiculously ‘hugeungus’.” The artistic team on this event is equally as ‘hugeungus’, featuring John Romita Jr., Olivier Coipel, and Adam Kubert, who will each illustrate one four-issue segment of the arc.
Watch for the beginning of the intro-plot as early as next month. Next month is, in its own right, just as important as April will be because this is the month that we will finally see what’s currently going on with the Phoenix Force and how it will tie into the long-running mystery surrounding Hope Summers. If Hope Summers is going to be the next Phoenix Force, loyalties are about to be divided real quickly! The X-Men, including the currently out of sorts Wolverine and Cyclops, will be ready to protect and defend Hope with the confidence that they can train her to be ready for the impending force about to turn her life upside down. Others do not have the complex emotional struggle surrounding the Phoenix Force and can only see the amount of destruction it can cause. Therefore Captain America, Iron Man, Spider Man and the rest of the Avengers demand that she be handed over to them.
Alonso said, “The Phoenix Force is the spirit of destruction and rebirth. It razes worlds to create something new. It’s bad news if you happen to be living on the world about to be razed. It’s great news if you’re what’s going to be the outcome of that world.”
What really throws this event into high gear is the other woman who will be taking center stage. The woman who instigated the event that made Hope the mutant messiah and put the X-men in their current situation of being an endangered species. That’s right, the Scarlet Witch is back in a big way (as seen in Avengers: Children’s Crusade) and she has, according to Bendis, “been on a road of almost impossible-to-perceive redemption over the last few years and now is going to come face-to-face with the Avengers.”
The editor-in-chief is hoping that an event this publically recognizable as being huge will attract non-comics fans who have steadily enjoyed all the Marvel movies. People who are now familiar with the X-Men and the Avengers alike and are craving to see what the throw-down between the two.