X-Force Takes Professor X to An MCU Hot Spot (and It Could Lead to War)

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WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for X-Force #1 by Benjamin Percy, Joshua Cassara, Dean White and Joe Caramagna, on sale now.

Now that Professor X, Magneto and Moira MacTaggert have successfully set up the island nation of Krakoa, a safe haven and home for all mutants, the X-Men have now taken their place on the world stage. After Krakoa declared its sovereignty, it’s been up to other nations to decide if they want to accept it or not. Krakoa's ruling Quiet Council and Charles Xavier has established is working on both diplomatic fronts and political back channels to secure a stable and prosperous future for Krakoa and the mutants who call the sentient island home.

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With portals to Krakoa now open to mutants all around the world, certain countries allow thier mutant citizens to freely depart for the island nation, while others have closed and barricaded the barriers off. In X-Force #1, Professor X himself visits the fictional country Sokovia in the hopes of negotiating a treaty beneficial for both parties. While Charles’ visit there may be for peace, it may ultimately lead mutants down a path to war.

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In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sokovia debuted in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was the home of the Maximoff twins, and where Ultron set up shop after attacking Avengers Tower. After the country was devastated by the Avengers' final battle with Ultron, its name was given to the Sokovia Accords, which were at the heart of Captain America: Civil War. After its introduction in the MCU, Sokovia later made the jump to the comics in 2016’s Captain America: Steve Rogers series. In both the MCU and the comics, Sokovia is a difficult place torn by war. In the comics, the Red Skull took advantage of this conflict and invaded the country in the name of Hydra. However, S.H.I.E.L.D. eventually intervened and defeated Hydra.

Now, in X-Force #1, Charles Xavier visits the new leadership of Sokovia, where they sign a new treaty formalizing diplomatic relations with Krakoa and even calling Professor X the country’s new "guardian." A big deal is made of the union, a black tie event outside a castle with helpings of fancy drinks and food. However, the celebration doesn’t last long.

As soon as Professor X returns to Krakoa, an armed group of highly-trained, possibly superhuman Reavers parachutes down on the island, and they proceed to take out many mutants in their attack. But the worst comes at the end of the issue, when one of the assassins shoots Professor X in the head. With Charles Xavier dead, the X-Men now find themselves leaderless, and the peace and prosperity of the nation of Krakoa is thrown in upheaval.

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The worst of it all is that, for the time being, the X-Men have no idea who is responsible. While they have caught the assassins, they still don’t know who they work for. In their haste and desperation to find someone to blame, the mutant team could easily see Sokovia as the culprit. Considering that the Sokovian leader wished Xavier a long life moments before his death, there's, at minimum, a reasonable cloud of suspicion over the nation and its leaders.

To the X-Men, the country could have simply taken Charles away long enough for the assassins to arrive on the island unnoticed. Even if that's not be true, it's a reasonable conclusion that could lead the X-Men down a dark path. If the X-Men believe Sokovia is responsible for the death of Professor X, Krakoa could find itself at war with Sokovia before long, and a nation that has already seen too much conflict could find itself embroiled in its bloodiest battle yet.

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