AvX #11 BIG Spoiler! – The Event’s Big Death Revealed

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short box podcast comic booksSo….I saw this coming. I know, I know…everyone says that. You are also thinking, this wasn’t THAT surprising. Well…yeah.

But I KNEW it was coming. The reason I knew for an absolute certainty that this was going to happen was the solicitation for X-Men Legacy for the Marvel Now initiative.

There is almost always a book that is launched as a result of something big that happens near the end of large events. It’s a safe call because people get wrapped up in these big stories and they want a natural place to go from there. X-Men Legacy seemed the most obvious choice for a move like that but something had to happen to kick it off first.

I’m going to get this out of the way right now. Professor X is dead…again.

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The Death of Professor X

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The reason I saw this coming with a certainty is because they gave his son his own book called LEGACY! The upcoming writer of X-Men Legacy staring Professor X’s Legion, Simon Spurrier, said the he will be “embracing his father’s legacy”. Hmm… Simon Spurrier then went to tell Newsarama this in another article about the upcoming book:

Newsarama: So will we see Legion exploring the world at large, and not just the X-Men’s corner of it?

Spurrier: Very much so. In fact — by way of example — the very first episode sees David interacting with a whole host of amazing non-mutant characters, and really stamping his name on the bedrock of the Marvel U as a result.

Well, that certainly reads like a funeral doesn’t it? Ha.

Personally, I really enjoy Legion and have felt for years that he hasn’t been able to see his potential because no writer has put him in the spotlight. I’m looking forward to this.

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“I’m prepared to END this, you know. I’m prepared to STOP Scott, no matter WHAT the cost.”

Avengers #29 was one of the most telling of hints to Xavier’s upcoming doom as well. Xavier was a member of the Illuminati and this represented his membership in the larger Marvel Universe. During what would be his goodbye tour, he met up with this group one last time to discuss the Avengers’ war with the Phoenix.

There were other hints in different books but these few interactions were OBVIOUS. It’s like he knew he was going to die.


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So, that’s how I KNEW this was going to happen. After that, every encounter Xavier had took a new meaning and it became apparent that all the writers that had a chance to write him during AvX couldn’t help but drop hints. One of the most important issues in AvX concerning Xavier’s upcoming death was Wolverine and the X-Men #15.

If you have seen Star Trek II, you know that Spock is going to die when he goes to McCoy to implant his memories (and soul as it turns out) in his head. Well, it looks like THIS McCoy had the same thing happen to him suddenly in this issue of Wolverine and The X-Men.

Look at the energy mark of Xavier touching Beast. Look at the glow afterward in Beast’s eyes. Look at what he was looking at. Ok…what does all that mean? Well, we know that (again thanks to advance Marvel Now solicits) that the original X-Men are going to travel in time to exist side-by-side with characters of the current Marvel Universe. How are they going to get here? Why are they coming? I think Xavier implanted something in Beast’s head here that will relate to that event.

So those are just two ways that Xavier’s death will impact Marvel Now and the Marvel Universe post AvX. I think the impact will be bigger than other casualties of Marvel events because of how central Xavier at least WAS to the X-Men universe.

I wonder if the original X-Men will be plucked from a point in time after Xavier died the first time. The first time you say? Yes! He was seemingly killed by the villain Grotesk in X-Men #42 (February-March 1968), only to turn up alive and well in X-Men #65 (February 1970). You find out in issue #65 that Xavier had been replaced by another mutant named Changeling prior to being killed. He would then spend years in space with Shi‘ar Empress, Lilandra before rejoining his X-Men and back and forth from that point on. He would die again when his son, Legion, accidentally killed him in the past which led to the creation of the Age of Apocalypse (we’ll skip past the implications of that for now).

The reason, I believe, that Xavier was killed was because the impact he can have on the Marvel Universe is greater in death than in life. As a martyr, Xavier’s recent misdeeds will get swept under the rug of sacrifice. It’s similar to what was attempted with Hal Jordan in the 90′s. What misdeeds you ask? Well, here’s the reason Professor X has been relegated to the sidelines by his own students in the past few years:

  • It was revealed he tried to kill his twin sister in the womb which lead to her committing the largest act of genocide in Mutant history.
  • His part (as a member of the Illuminati) in shooting the Hulk into space which lead to World War Hulk.
  • Onslaught.
  • Turning the Danger Room into his personal slave after he knew it had evolved and became sentient.
  • The creation of the Xavier Protocol was his version of what Batman did in JLA: Tower of Babel. He developed a way to take out his own students, which like Batman, were stolen and used against them.
  • Putting together a team of untrained mutants to rescue the X-Men, getting them almost all killed, and wiping the memory of their very existence from his students…including Vulcan, who was Cyclops own BROTHER!

The worst offense is that he uses children to fight his battles while constantly quiting and taking space vacations. Xavier never believed in his own dream as much as his students did. He became redundant and his every appearance just reminded you of his failures. I believe the character became hard to identify with, sad, and just plain embarrassing to the X-Men. His death was just the final straw of his spiral over the course of the last 13 years. I’m hoping Xavier’s death spurs his son to get his act together and step up as one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe in time for his father to see him like that with his eventual return to life.

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4 Responses.

  1. Colin says:

    I call shenanigans only because Emma looked more dead and she spoke. Bucky looked more dead. Hawkeye looked more dead. I bet Professor X isn’t.

  2. Nick Borelli says:

    Well, “dead” has no meaning REALLY in comics. It just means the toy is not being played with at the moment (or in the case of Bucky half a moment).

    My thoughts are that he could just as easily be dead as alive, technically, because he’s Professor X! The first few years of the X-Men have him mindwiping people and whole towns at the drop of a hat. The ability to bring him back is so easy because we could just be seeing what he put into everyone’s head.

    Either way, I think he’s going to be out for a little bit because that’s going to service the X-Men Legacy status quo as well as New X-Men.

  3. Colin says:

    My concern is only that he’s basically been gone since, what, after the first story of the change to the name of X-Men Legacy? He got shot in the head by Bishop at the end of Messiah Complex.
    Since then he hasn’t been anywhere. He suddenly shows up for a second after Schism to tell Wolverine that the school is all his, and then he shows up now. Basically gone for 4 years. Hard to take that as a meaningful death.
    If Scarlet Witch dies at the end of AvX, will that be meaningful, being she’s been gone since House of M?

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