Cullen Bunn is a busy, busy writer. When it comes to the X-Men and Deadpool lines, it's hard to find a writer making more of an impact right now! His team book, "Uncanny X-Men," is dealing with the fallout of "Civil War II" while also looking ahead to the massive conflict of "Inhumans vs. X-Men." Bunn's also behind the upcoming "Uncanny X-Men Annual," which will focus on the thought-dead ex-X-student Elixir. And then there are Bunn's contributions to the madcap Deadpool line, which includes the team book "Deadpool and the Mercs For Money" (which will get its own "IvX" tie-ins) and the retro limited series "Deadpool: Back in Black." There's a lot going on, and Cullen's ready to talk about all of it.
This week in X-POSITION, "Uncanny X-Men," "Deadpool and the Mercs For Money" and "Deadpool: Back in Black" writer Cullen Bunn joins us and answers all of your questions about everything from Archangel's future to what ResurrXion has in store for his "Uncanny" run.
CBR News: Welcome back to X-POSITION, Cullen! Let's kick things off with an "Uncanny" question from Jack.
Hello Mr. Bunn! Firstly, let me thank you for your incredible work on the series thus far. As a writer, you have crafted a perfect symbiosis between professionalism and fan writing, with special mention going to Betsy, Magneto and Monet's developments. I would like to ask about Warren's current state powers-wise, though. Following his creation by the Life Seed, Warren displayed extensive healing and energy projection powers. Are these still around, or have they been quietly retconned from existence? Thanks, and here's to you writing X-Titles for years to come!"
Cullen Bunn: Hey, Jack! Thanks so much for the kind words. I've never forgotten Warren's healing abilities and the like. In the first story arc, where the Dark Riders were going after healers, I originally intended for Warren to be a target. It felt, though, like that might be a bridge too far, so I assumed the Dark Riders left Warren alone since he was in the clutches of Akkaba. Now, though, Warren and Archangel are one again, so I think his powers have changed and grown. I have some plans for Archangel in the near future that would put him in a position to put those healing abilities to work.
And now Psyanide has a question about the other half of that star-crossed relationship.
First, thank you for showing Psylocke much needed love and attention. My question: given that Psylocke initially joined Magneto's X-Men because she believed in the cause, and -- more importantly -- Archangel. Now that she's left the team, what will happen to their relationship? Will Archangel return to field duty?
Good question, Psyanide. For now, Psylocke and Archangel are on two very different paths. Archangel is going to return to active duty. You'll be seeing a big Archangel issue coming up that will give him a new focus and goal. As for Psylocke, in many ways, she still believes in Magneto's cause. She just can't bring herself to be in the same room with the man.
Now that we've read a few issues of the event series "Death of X," xhx23x wonders if that has had an influence on your run.
Does the recent revelation about Madrox's fate tie into M's current state in any way? Or is the person she lost someone else?
You're right on the money, xhx23x. Very early on in my involvement with the X-Men, all of the writers got in a room to discuss the events of "Death of X." I couldn't help but think that Madrox's death would hit Monet in a significant way and would impact her characterization going forward. It was a little tough to write, as I had to keep that a secret up until the revelation in "Death of X."
Look at that -- we solved a mystery right here in X-Position! And speaking of Monet, here's a question about her current state from WhySoFuriousGeorge.
How exactly did Monet and Emplate merge? The last time they merged, and formed M-Plate, they actually fused into a composite being with new abilities, which makes me think that this is something different...like a magical possession. Emplate does have some command of dark magic, so I thought I'd ask for clarification.
Hey, WhySoFuriousGeorge. I think looking at it as a kind of possession is along the right track. I don't necessarily think it's magical, though. This is a physical change, almost like an infection (Elixir even brings this up in the annual). They merged through some familial mutation. The St. Croix family is always merging and changing shape. I don't know that I'd ever get too specific about it, though.
Next up, AdamTPTK has a question about a plot development that fans want to see explored.
We still haven't seen Magneto's reaction to learning Wanda and Pietro are not his children. With it being heavily implied Max was manipulated into believing they were, and with his well-known overreaction to being manipulated as well, is there anything planned for this major development to finally culminate, explosively, as it should? There was also a suggestion by Tom Brevoort that Magneto's real children may still be somewhere...
How's it going, AdamTPTK? While I have no immediate plans to delve into this, it is something I'd like to revisit somewhere down the line. There are some developments on the horizon that might offer some organic paths into this story. So, stay tuned.
Intriguing! Continuing to look to the future, there's also an event called "Inhumans vs. X-Men" coming up, and akiresu wants to know more about it.
Regarding "IvX" issues of "Uncanny," how will they read? In terms of, will they be more "IvX," more "Uncanny X-Men" or a true middle ground? As a big fan of what's come before and what (hopefully) lies ahead in this series, the idea of "IvX" having a disrupting effect has me quite anxious.
Hey, akiresu! I hope the "IvX" issues will occupy a true middle ground. Yes, the events of "IvX" play a huge role in the issues, but I'm using each issue to highlight, elevate, and resolve some of the stuff I've been building up to all along. These are not issues that must be read to follow the main event, although I feel like they add some interesting depth to the main series. Likewise, I think you could follow these books (for the most part) without reading "IvX." The next few issues focus on Fantomex, Sabretooth and Monet, Xorn and Archangel, and Magneto and Psylocke respectively.
Following Mystique's recent personality shift, ou·tré wants to know what her next step is.
With the recent "cure" for Mystique's erratic personality, do you believe Mystique can now actually stay loyal to someone or something? Or has her condition actually been what's held her back from wreaking worse havoc upon the world?
That's the real question, isn't it, ou-tre? As I see it, Mystique is only loyal to one person -- herself. But she has been dealing with an ever-changing personality so not even she knew what she stood for most of the time. Now, she's not dealing with the strange personality shifts, so she's probably more dangerous than ever.
Shifting gears for a sec, Alucard2099 has a question about "Deadpool and the Mercs for Money."
What's in store for Wade Wilson in the "Mercs for Money" ongoing after freeing the radioactive meta humans? Any chance of Cable showing up, or Weasel?
Hey, Alucard2099. There's always a chance that Cable or Weasel will show up, but they aren't in my immediate plans. I have planned several arcs worth of stories for the Mercs, and there are some really exciting things in the works. First up, though, we're going to find out what's going on with Hit-Monkey and we'll see Wade trying to undermine Domino's leadership. Then, we roll into the "IvX" tie-ins, and those issues get really, really crazy. Some real exciting stuff in those books, focusing heavily on exploring the upper limits of Negasonic's powers.
And speaking of Negasonic Teenage Warhead, here's Jeanpaul123.
Will you explore what happen to Negasonic after the event of Necrosha, when she came back to life?
Hey, Jeanpaul123. It's absolutely certain that the mystery of Negasonic's apparent rebirth needs to be explored. As you've seen, she's a little different now that she's come back, and she seems a helluva lot more powerful. You're not the only person who is curious about what's going on with her, as you'll see in issue #7. Issue #7, by the way, features the appearance of a supporting character from the Magneto series, for those of you who like to keep an eye out for that sort of thing.
Kamose1234 has a question about your other Deadpool book, "Back in Black."
Where did the idea come from for those annotations in "Deadpool: Back in Black"? And would you ever want to write any of the story ideas they've hinted at?
Hey, Kamose1234. When I decided that this book would be set in the '80s, I knew I had to pay tribute to the numerous editorial caption boxes that ran in the comics of that era. I don't really know where the ideas for the stories and imaginary books I mention came from. In most cases, I'm just mentioning books that I think sound funny. But -- yes -- I'd love to write any of those titles. All of them, in fact! It will be like a whole new sub-universe!
A funny side-note: I have seen a few people who obviously don't read this book commenting on pages that have been posted online and such. It's fun to see that most of them have no idea that the book takes place in 1985. They're asking why Black Cat is hooking up with this guy in the black suit. Why Deadpool has a black suit. When the White Rabbit was created, etc. I wonder what they think of those captions. Maybe they're out there trying to pirate copies of those books right now!
Back on the "X-Men" front, you have the "Uncanny X-Men Annual" dropping this week. Anduinel has a Q about that one.
Your "Uncanny X-Men Annual" featuring Elixir's return is out next week. Are we likely to see cameos by any of his former classmates -- living or dead? Given his power set, will Josh have a role to play in the upcoming "IvX"/ResurrXion events (assuming he doesn't end up back in the ground, naturally)?
There won't really be any of Elixir's classmates in the annual, Anduinel. The issue will, of course, explore Elixir's return to life and perhaps an expansion of his abilities. I can say this -- alive or dead -- Elixir has a huge place in the Marvel Universe after this, and it could have a big influence on stories going forward. We'll have to see what others do with the character, though.
And lastly, Dylan has to ask the question that everyone is dying to know the answer to.
Will the Uncanny X-Men remain whole leading into ResurrXion? Will we see a shift in the roster, or worse yet, a complete disband of the team?
Sadly, I can say nothing about this, Dylan. I can't tell you if the book will continue, if the team will exist, or if I'll be writing an X-book at all. I bet more information on this will be revealed soon.
Thanks to Cullen Bunn for taking on this week's questions!
Next week, "X-Men '92" writers Chad Bowers and Chris Sims return to X-POSITION to answer your questions! Have a question for Chad and Chris? Go ahead and send 'em in via e-mail with the subject line "X-Position". But get 'em in quickly, because the deadline's Friday. Make it happen!