‘Avengers vs X-Men: Fatality’ – The Death of… (SPOILERS WITHIN)

Marvel has been in the midst of a major storyline in Avengers vs. X-Men for the past few months. In an interview with Brian Michael Bendis, the writer of “AvX Issue #11,” he discussed the death of a MAJOR character in the story, the impact that it will have on the future of all Marvel comics, and the impact on the character who committed the murder.

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“In ‘Avengers vs. X-Men #11’—on sale now—X-Men leader Cyclops, driven to extremes by the Phoenix Force, ended the life of his mentor, teacher and surrogate father, Charles Xavier.”

In the interview, Bendis said, “When I joined the X-Men office I was quite surprised what a polarizing figure Charles Xavier had become among the editors, creators, and readers. Maybe it’s because he’s bald but I never have a problem with him. Analyzing it, it is clear that the franchise just simply outgrew him. All of the characters had moved on to a place where Charles himself wasn’t really needed anymore. I don’t think anyone did it on purpose; it was just one of those organic storytelling things.”

The ramifications that this death will have on the comic are unknown, but Bendis did say that virtually all of the titles currently being published will see some ripples from this event. Bendis states, “The other mutants all around the Marvel Universe will have very strong feelings about his death.” As we know with comics, just because someone dies, does not mean they are dead forever. In fact, Charles Xavier has already died before.

Regardless of the long-term future, it should be exciting to read how Marvel deals with the death of one of their most iconic and fatherly figures.

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