Avengers vs. X-Men: Thoughts?
Marvel’s huge crossover event has finally begun and it’s pitting their two hugest teams against one another in an epic story arc that will take a whopping six months to unfold.
The story so far…
Regardless of your canon comic knowledge, if you watched the 90’s X-Men cartoons as a kid, you probably remember the Phoenix Saga. In a nutshell, a crazy cosmic force/giant-ass Phoenix possessed Jean Grey, went apeshit, and Jean sacrificed herself to save the world.
Flash forward to The Messiah Complex. Scarlet Witch uses her reality-bending powers to turn every mutant in the world into a regular human, save for a paltry 198 mutants who kept their powers. Also, mutants can’t be born anymore. That’s when Hope Summers is born - the first mutant since Scarlet Witch’s tantrum (known as The Decimation). It’s such a big deal that Cerebro (that giant mutant-locating room that Professor Xavier is always using in the movies) explodes.
Then, shit gets real…
Mutant time-traveler from the future, Cable, thinks Hope is the messiah and will save the world. Bishop, also a time-traveler, thinks she’s the Antichrist. Thus begins a journey through time with Cable protecting — and ultimately raising — Hope as they try to outrun Bishop.
While still a bit of a mystery, Hope’s powers are pretty bananas. She can basically use the powers of any mutant as long as she’s within a close enough proximity to them. She’s pretty much the most powerful mutant alive right now, but she hasn’t learned how to fully harness her chakras or whatever..
Which brings us to Avengers vs. X-Men #1…
The Phoenix Force is heading toward Earth, and it wants Hope. The Avengers are the first to find out, so Captain America’s all like “Oh, hell no! Let’s go get this chick and protect her ass.” When they get Utopia, the X-Men’s island home/base of operations, Cyclops is all “Psh. Yeah right! This is a mutant problem, let mutants deal with it. OPTIC BLAST!!!!,” but it’s cool, because Cap has a shield and ain’t sweating no optic blasts from no punk-ass bitch.
All in all, AvX #1 was kind of meh. Everything happens about as fast as it’s described it in the above paragraph. You’d think after years of saving the world and going on crucial missions, two leaders such as Cyclops and Captain America could have a mature discussion on how to handle the situation, but instead Cyclops throws a tantrum after only exchanging a few short lines of dialog. It just seems like sloppy writing. I’m reminded of the final season of Heroes where characters did stupid shit with no rational motive other than advancing the plot along to tell a rushed story.
My optimistic side feels like Marvel isn’t as interested in a solid beginning as they are an action-packed middle and (hopefully) mind-blowing ending. My pessimistic side thinks this is just another big summer crossover that exists solely to sucker people into buying a buttload of spin-offs and side story issues.
It’s gonna’ be a long six months.
But what about you guys? Thoughts? Predictions? Tell us what you think in the comments.
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Dovahkiin. Sounds saucy, but as those eyeball-deep in Skyrim will tell you, it’s also the label handed out to the hero of the game. It means “Dragonborn”, and like any other Elder Scrolls game, it’s about the only thing everyone’s character will have in common.
Some people roll male. Others female. Some roll Nord, or Imperial, or Redguard. They might go blonde, they might go ginger. They’ll favour magic, or prefer smashing people’s heads open with sharp/heavy things.
Zuckerberg: Games is probably the biggest industry today that has gone really social, right. I mean, the incumbent game companies are really being disrupted and are quickly trying to become social. And you have companies like Zynga (which are going public soon and will be valued most likely at multibillion dollar valuations, and basically all of their games are built on top of Facebook for the most part) And a huge number of other companies as well. So I mean, does Facebook build any games? No. We build no games.
Zuckerberg: Games is probably the biggest industry today that has gone really social, right. I mean, the incumbent game companies are really being disrupted and are quickly trying to become social. And you have companies like Zynga (which are going public soon and will be valued most likely at multibillion dollar valuations, and basically all of their games are built on top of Facebook for the most part) And a huge number of other companies as well.
So I mean, does Facebook build any games? No. We build no games.