"The reason why I've been hired to work on the book is to do my version of the book," said Hickman. "If not I'm just a writer who's writing the most neutral, generic version of the archetypal version of the X-Men. I think it is important for me as an artist, as an author, as a writer to do what my version of it is."
"The power of the Marvel Universe is our super-consistency, our overall continuity, like we've been telling the same story for 50 years," said Hickman. "One of the things I do is I use that mechanism to create an internal continuity into the books that I'm doing."
That being said, Hickman's book won't be a rerun of past arcs.
"If you look at the work I've done at Marvel to a certain extent, there were elements at the time I was playing with that were pervasive, certainly the Fantastic Four and Avengers," said Hickman. "I did a lot of alt-reality and temporal shenanigans. A lot of that is just me being in a mood at a certain point in time. We're not doing any of that, there's no alternate universe version of the X-Men that we're doing. No time travel or any kind of that stuff, this is a cause and effect, very linear, very narratively straightforward story."
The Future of the X-Men: Jonathan Hickman's X-Men | Seminal Moments: Part 5
The next seminal moment in the ongoing history of the X-Men is almost here: HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X by Jonathan Hickman will be available July 2019.Posted by Marvel on Monday, June 17, 2019
As for the scope of the story, Senior Editor Jordan White made it clear -- it's as vast as can be. He revealed he was upset when it was first pitched, but his excitement grew over time.
"When Jonathan set out to tell the story, he set out to change the way people think about Marvel mutants forever," he contended. "[...] Jonathan came into the office for a meeting and he told us his plan. What happens in House of X and Powers of X isn't gonna be a thing that only affects the five characters on the cover of House of X #1. It's a story that spans all of mutantkind and that in turn will affect the entire Marvel Universe."
In the video, writer Jason Aaron also described it as a totally new idea and believes it's "a very X-Men idea," with fellow scribe Gerry Duggan touting Hickman's vision as "lightning in a bottle" and "the thing fans have been waiting on."
House of X #1 and Powers of X #1 go on sale in July from Marvel Comics.