Marvel recently announced a major shakeup in their X-Men comic book universe. Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski tweeted that a big new event was coming, called EXTERMINATION, and the cover art released by Marvel shows the Original 5 (O5) X-Men merging with their older counterparts.
A reader who has kept up with the X-Men the past few years will recall that in 2012, the Beast used a time-machine to pluck the five original X-Men from their time to the “present” day. (NOTE: It appears that these younger, teen-aged mutants were brought from the past from around X-Men #8). In this reader’s opinion, this move introduced a lot of interesting plot points and allowed Marvel (i.e. then-X-Men writer Brian Michael Bendis, who is now with DC Comics, to go deep into a lot of character-driven storylines and dialogue). Interactions between the older X-Men and their teen counterparts made for some interesting stories, ala the two Icemen and teen Cyclops having to deal with the fact that his older self grew up to be a mutant terrorist and all-around jerk. Overall, this crazy change in the X-Men’s world was a winner, in this writer’s opinion.
However, it now looks like Marvel is changing things up again. With the announcement of this Extermination event for August, 2018, fans and analysts are trying to figure out the details. Since the announcement stated that more details would be released at the C2E2 during Marvel’s True Believer panel in Chicago.
The new X-book will be created by writer Ed Brisson and artist Pepe Larraz, with covers by Mark Brooks. The appears to show the two teams (old vs. young) merging, with the tag line “Exterminate the Past. Eliminate the Future." Based on this, it seems that the O5 (also known as the X-Men Blue Team) may be heading back to the past, or perhaps will be eliminated (exterminated?) or otherwise removed from Earth-616 continuity.
And that would be a shame, in our humble opinion. Your thoughts?