Comic Book Legends Revealed #251

Welcome to the two-hundred and fifty-first in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous two hundred and fifty.

Comic Book Legends Revealed is part of the larger Legends Revealed series, where I look into legends about the worlds of entertainment and sports, which you can check out here, at legendsrevealed.com. I'd especially recommend you check out this installment of Music Legends Revealed to find out just what kind of censoring that Pat Boone did to Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti"!

This week is a special theme week - all legends relating to one of my all-time favorite comic book writers, Roger Stern!

Let's begin!

COMIC LEGEND: X-Men vs. Avengers had to be re-written because they changed the ending at the last moment!


Back in 2007, reader Mike wrote in the comments:

An Urban Legends that has bothered me for years, and about which there doesn't seem to be much info out there. (It dates from an era before the net, and there was much less fan press out there.) I'm hopping you can help me run it down:

The X-MEN vs. AVENGERS mini series, what the heck happened at the end? It was a four issue book, and the first three issues by Roger Stern and Marc Silvestri were great--- then in the last issue, totally different creative team, and a hard left turn in the plot and direction. It reads like a last-minute Editorial Change-Up, and it's a train wreck of an unsatisfying, bewildering ending. Does anybody out there know the story behind the scenes on this?

Certainly, Mike!

As you recall, X-Men vs. the Avengers was a mini-series written by Roger Stern and drawn by Marc Silvestri.

It involved the Avengers fighting the X-Men over Magneto.

The big reveal in the last issue would be that Magneto was back to being a super-villain (in other words, no more "conflicted anti-hero" or whatever).

However, before the series ended, the higher-ups at Marvel decided that such a story was not a good idea, so Tom DeFalco was tapped to write the NEW ending to the series, which has the status quo basically staying the same (Keith Pollard also took over on art for #4, but that was more about Silvestri getting "promoted" to the regular artist on Uncanny X-Men than anything else).

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