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Many of us fans who have read the X-Men comics for many years have noticed that early on, the X-Men would treat each like family members. You had some X-Men members who treated each other like brothers and sisters and you’ve had some X-Men members treating each other like a child is to a parent.
Some of the greatest examples included the relationship between Wolverine and Kitty Pryde and Wolverine’s friendship with Nightcrawler and Colossus. These X-Men members probably had the greatest close relationships within the X-Universe and we have them to thank for showing us that the X-Men can be the family that we love to see. Even though none of the X-Men members are related to each other (save for Colossus and Magik), they treated each other like a family because they are all mutants and knowing that they live in a world where the mutant race is hated, they put their trust in each other and stick together through anything no matter what dangerous situation they are thrown in.
So now, WHAT HAS HAPPENED?
Well, one of the obstacles that caused the X-Men family to split up was the event called “Schism.” The X-Men are now split up into two different groups: Cyclops’ group and Wolverine’s group. Even though Wolverine’s group is trying to maintain the original motto of the X-Men, which is where not only do they create a school for mutant children just like how Professor Xavier’s original dream was, but they try to treat each other like a family. However, it is not the same without most of the members from Cyclops’ team being there with them. Many close ties were broken during this event including Wolverine’s relationship with Jubilee, another member he treats like his daughter and Storm’s close friendship with Kitty Pryde and Wolverine.
Even before Schism started, the X-Men still haven’t been the close knit family they were years ago which was in recent years. It seems like when the X-Men were still together before “Schism” happened, they just didn’t have the tight relationship they had years ago since they acted a little distant towards each other. Of course, so much has happened to the X-Men over the years that would cause tension between all of them including the destruction of Genosha and finally, the decimation of many mutants during the “House of M” event.
Another obstacle could have been the departure of Professor Xavier, the founder of the X-Men. When X-Men first started out, he was the one who kept the X-Men together and he treated his students like his own family. Unfortunately, recent events have shown Professor Xavier in a very negative light as he has done some horrible things and now the X-Men don’t seem to trust him anymore. So, whether or not Professor Xavier’s return to the X-Universe will reunite the X-Men again is unknown at this point since we don’t know what direction the X-Men are going at this point.
Even if all of these terrible events happened to the X-Men, they still would have stuck through this together and also, letting Cyclops and Wolverine split the team seems a bit odd considering that the other team members probably would have talked both Cyclops and Wolverine out of splitting the team, especially if they are so close to each other.
Personally, I think that there needs to be more scenes of the X-Men becoming the family that they once were. Yes, “Schism” split them up, but who knows how long that will last and the important part of the X-Universe that made the X-Men special characters in the first place was the fact that they treated each other like a family, despite their differences and that they were willing to stick together through anything that was thrown at them.
So considering all that has happened to the X-Men over the years, do you think that the X-Men will ever be the close knit family they were years ago or will these disastrous events leaves scars on their relationships with each other?