Big changes are coming to the X-Men franchise in the upcoming Fall of X storyline, but Marvel Comics is already looking ahead to 2024. Today at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel released a new teaser image asking “Who are the New X-Men?”
The teaser promises that readers will be introduced to these “New X-Men” in 2024, with a preview of the team coming in November 2023. Other than that, there isn’t much to go on right now. Will this team replace the team currently appearing in the pages of Gerry Duggan’s X-Men series? Is this the end of the current Krakoa era and the beginning of a brand new status quo for the franchise?
The term “New X-Men” has particular significance for the X-Men line. Marvel’s main X-Men title was renamed New X-Men when writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Many took over in 2001, ushering in a very different era for the franchise. Later, Marvel launched another volume of New X-Men aimed at a younger generation of mutants.
The font used in this teaser could also be a clue regarding the plot of this new story. It’s reminiscent of the Age of Apocalypse 1995 crossover. Is it a continuation of that universe? Or is this a sign that the New X-Men in question are led by Apocalypse himself, who recently returned to the forefront of the X-books after a long absence?
Let us know your theories about this teaser in the comments below.
Also at Comic-Con, Marvel previewed a new X-Men shoot called X-Men Blue: Origins #1. This issue from writer Si Spurrier and artist Wilton Santos looks to be an offshoot of the upcoming Nightcrawler-centric Uncanny Spider-Man series. This issue will provide readers with “the definitive origin story for Nightcrawler.” In the process, the story will deliver new revelations about the relationship between Kurt Wagner and his mother, Mystique.
“It’s not often you get the chance to shed new light on the origins of a true love character. It’s an unprecedented privilege to do that for two people at the same time,” Spurrier said in a Marvel press release. “With this book, we’re breaking new ground in more ways than one. We’re walking this path with the deepest love for Nightcrawler and Mystique, and the deepest respect for the established stories that surround them. And yet… by changing perspective… thinking about what parts of the standard history can be to trust them and which parts are not to be trusted… by climbing into the minds and memories of both mother and son… we are enriching their shared story in a way that will cast fruitful shadows over everything they do from now on. This is one of those books that will be discussed for years to come.”
X-Men Blue: Origins #1 will be released on November 29.
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