In 2005, the Scarlet Witch made a sweeping declaration during "House of M" that changed the course of Marvel Comics' merry mutants forever. "No More Mutants" reduced the numbers of x-gene positive individuals in the Marvel Universe to near-extinction levels. Since that catastrophic event, the X-Men have struggled to maintain their numbers. Even with the return of Hope Summers and the emergence of the Five Lights, the X-Men continue to struggle even now in a conflict with Earth's Mightiest Heroes in "Avengers Vs. X-Men" -- but now, it looks like it may be The Avengers' turn to get the short end of the stick.
In a teaser depicting the Earth in the shape of an X, Marvel has revealed an all-too familiar quote with one major difference: "No More Avengers." The image comes in anticipation of "Avengers Vs. X-Men" #6, which begins Act Two of the mega-event. Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso spoke with CBR in 2011 about the event and the two clashing wild cards of Hope Summers and the Scarlet Witch.
"I loveÂ the X-Men, but I never went into this with an agenda that they should be the victor of this battle," Alonso said in 2011. "As always, I figured the story would take us to a logical conclusion. Going in, we knew there were a lot of things to factor into the equation: One of them was the fact that the post-"Schism" rift in the X-Men: Who would Wolverine and his crew side with? Another was the two great wild cards that played key roles in 'House of M' and recent X-Men events like 'Messiah CompleX' and 'Second Coming': Hope and Wanda. These are two incredibly powerful characters that function as yinÂ and yangÂ -- seemingly contrary forces that are interconnected and interdependent. One was the responsible for the destruction of the mutant race; the other jump-started their future. Where do they fit in to the equation?
So, for me -- even though there willÂ be a winner in this story -- 'AvX' was never about who would win, but about how they could win, why they would win, and what they would win. It's an epic story that will move fast: Each act takes place in two months and ends with a game-changing moment that will knock readers on their butts. And like out most successful events, there will be big moments -- big revelations: In 'Civil War,' there was Spider-Man unmasking. This story's got even bigger moments. [Laughs] It'll be interesting to see how people respond."
Check out the teaser and solicitation info below and stay tuned for more on "No More Avengers."
Following the world changing effects ofÂ Avengers VS. X-Men #5, the Marvel Universe will face a dramatic change unlike any fans have ever seen before bringing the action packed first act to a close. Then, the comic book event of the summer kicks into overdrive as Act Two begins in Â Avengers VS. X-Men #6!Â Thought you knew everything about the Phoenix Force and what it's capable of? Think again, True Believer! Â Get in on all the excitement asÂ Avengers VS. X-Men #5Â andÂ Avengers VS. X-Men #6, hit comic shops, theÂ Marvel Comics app, andÂ Marvel Digital Comic ShopÂ this June.
AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #5 (APR120569)
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils by JOHN ROMITA JR
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
FOC - 5/14/12, ON SALE - 6/6/12
AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #6 (APR120575)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Pencils by OLIVIER COIPEL
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
FOC - 5/28/12, ON SALE - 6/20/12Â Â