The X-Men – No Longer a family?

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?

26 Comments
26 Comments
Posted by jrock85

Marvel will never let us wake up from this nightmare.

Posted by jhazzroucher

Sounds like it is. They're still a family but divided into two. : (

Posted by ReVamp

Families fight.

Posted by lorex

I am sure this has been said before but the whole Schism storeline was a contrived piece of crap that introduced conflict where there was none in order to shake up the X-Men status quo. This 
has to have be an editorial decision so Wolverine gets even more focus placed upon him, Marvel riding that popularity gravy train even more. Its funny that issue #3 of Wolverine and the X-Men 
has on the cover "Remember when Wolverine was cool? Me neither". For me its been a while since Wolverine has been cool and I think Marvel is the only one that does not see the problem. 
As for the whole family breakup well we all know this split is not going to be permanent an eventually they will be reunited.

Edited by The Impersonator

I think that the X-Men should stay close together and no matter what happens, they have to protect their own mutantkind and humans. I doubt that the split of Cyclops and Wolverine' team will stay any longer than we expected. Because if a powerful enemy strikes these both teams, they will have to work together at some point rather than doing it separately.

Posted by BlackArmor

Right now the X-men are two things. 1 Their a unit, mutants don't need a family right now that's a luxury they can't afford right now the X-men are a force and for those that don't realize it it's time to stop living in the past. and 2 The X-men are pigheaded and stupid right now a compromise would have been easy and both sides have a point as I have said on another thread it would have been simple to build a school on utopia and restrict students from missions unless it is deemed necessary to send student members along

Edited by Rabbitearsblog

@lorex: I agree. Schism was just so poorly done. The characterization of the characters were so off and the story seemed forced then just having it flow with the events that were currently going on. I would have enjoyed Schism more if more care was taken with the characters. I wonder how long "Wolverine and the X-Men" is going to last?

@The Impersonator: I agree. I think it wasn't the smartest idea in the first place for the X-Men to split up, especially in a situation where all of mutant-kind is at risk. They need to stick together in situations like this and because it seems like they are both going to have big threats coming towards them, they going have to come together eventually.

@BlackArmor: Exactly! I don't know why Wolverine couldn't just have the school on Utopia if he has a problem with the students fighting. But I guess as long as Cyclops is there, the students will be forced to fight. I also agree that both Wolverine and Cyclops have good points and they should have found a more better solution for this problem, but this event was created just to have something to shake up the X-Men universe.

Posted by Rabbitearsblog

Bump.

Edited by jhazzroucher

The only way to make them united again is make Storm the leader

Posted by Sir_Deadpool

in familiest there will always be conflicts especially when you live this close togeether. everybody always defended each other this was never a problem, but when two of the main guys argue (here cyclops and wolverine) it is clear that you have to choose a side. who likes whom more? so every family member must answer this question for his own and after he did the result is of course a split. i guess logan is doing things better as far as familarity is concerned. he still defends his people wants them to stick together. there will always be family but know there are 2 different insted of 1 big family!

Posted by Pbott

IMO X-men is not really a word for a family anymore, but the marvel brand for mutant. Its just that if you put an X on it, it will sell more.

Posted by WarMachineMarkV

- They have not been a family for quite a while, they have expanded past the point of having that feeling

- At the point that they had: X-Men - Blue and Gold, X-Force, X-Factor, Excalibur, Generation X it was more like a fraternity

Posted by AgeofHurricane

@Rabbitearsblog said:

@lorex: I agree. Schism was just so poorly done. The characterization of the characters were so off and the story seemed forced then just having it flow with the events that were currently going on. I would have enjoyed Schism more if more care was taken with the characters. I wonder how long "Wolverine and the X-Men" is going to last?

@The Impersonator: I agree. I think it wasn't the smartest idea in the first place for the X-Men to split up, especially in a situation where all of mutant-kind is at risk. They need to stick together in situations like this and because it seems like they are both going to have big threats coming towards them, they going have to come together eventually.

@BlackArmor: Exactly! I don't know why Wolverine couldn't just have the school on Utopia if he has a problem with the students fighting. But I guess as long as Cyclops is there, the students will be forced to fight. I also agree that both Wolverine and Cyclops have good points and they should have found a more better solution for this problem, but this event was created just to have something to shake up the X-Men universe.

Quite long by the looks of it.

Posted by Kairan1979

I think X-Men family started falling apart after Xavier turned out to be the false idol ( Deadly Genesis).

Posted by Rabbitearsblog

@AgeofHurricane said:

@Rabbitearsblog said:

@lorex: I agree. Schism was just so poorly done. The characterization of the characters were so off and the story seemed forced then just having it flow with the events that were currently going on. I would have enjoyed Schism more if more care was taken with the characters. I wonder how long "Wolverine and the X-Men" is going to last?

@The Impersonator: I agree. I think it wasn't the smartest idea in the first place for the X-Men to split up, especially in a situation where all of mutant-kind is at risk. They need to stick together in situations like this and because it seems like they are both going to have big threats coming towards them, they going have to come together eventually.

@BlackArmor: Exactly! I don't know why Wolverine couldn't just have the school on Utopia if he has a problem with the students fighting. But I guess as long as Cyclops is there, the students will be forced to fight. I also agree that both Wolverine and Cyclops have good points and they should have found a more better solution for this problem, but this event was created just to have something to shake up the X-Men universe.

Quite long by the looks of it.

Yeah, I have a feeling that Wolverine and the X-Men is going to run for a long time.

@Kairan1979 said:

I think X-Men family started falling apart after Xavier turned out to be the false idol ( Deadly Genesis).

Yeah, I think the moment that Xavier turn bad, the X-Men just fell apart.

Posted by Rabbitearsblog

Bump.

Posted by rawr

I have begun to think Schism which could have been a really interesting philosophical debate was just a big excuse to setup AvX. I love your post but I think it just made me depressed...

Posted by GREGalicious

JEAN's departure (she is constantly called the heart and soul of the team) and the PROFESSOR and that whole "Hidden" X-Men (VULCAN, DARWIN, SWAY, and PETRA) business really hurt things...

Posted by Rabbitearsblog

@rawr said:

I have begun to think Schism which could have been a really interesting philosophical debate was just a big excuse to setup AvX. I love your post but I think it just made me depressed...

Oh I'm sorry! I agree that Schism just mess things up for the X-Men's relationship with each other. Whether or not they will ever get back together is something we'll have to wait and see.

@GREGalicious said:

JEAN's departure (she is constantly called the heart and soul of the team) and the PROFESSOR and that whole "Hidden" X-Men (VULCAN, DARWIN, SWAY, and PETRA) business really hurt things...

I agree that the moment that Jean Grey and Professor Xavier left, the X-Men just fell apart.

Posted by DATNIGGA

there more like a mutant army at this point

Posted by Rabbitearsblog
@DATNIGGA said:

there more like a mutant army at this point

I agree and it's so sad that they have to get to this point.
Posted by DATNIGGA

@Rabbitearsblog: yep but its to be expected really all they've been through all the mutants that have died at the hands of the people tried to protect. cyclops can be a jerk sometimes but his current course of actions make sense when you take everything into account

Posted by Silver_Raven

I really hope that after AvsX that the world will be a much brighter and hopeful place with new mutants emerging in the aftermath. The past decade has been so dour and desperate and full of doom. After Morrison's little run, we endured the genocide and razing of Genosha, the breaking of the X-family and the loss of Jean Grey. That run really set into motion the Decimation that took out even more mutants and turn the X-world into a dark, deadly place.

I think with the current schism both teams will have to turn to each other more for support and guidance, which will be a great thing. I just hope more moments are shown and explored. The team at the Jean Grey School are already lightening the mood, by letting the kids be kids and having the older X-men mentor the younger one. The Extinction Team just needs a few more positive people on board and stories that help bond the team more. They don't have to be in a conflict every book or fighting some big baddie, just let them interact and be human beings. Have Storm, Psylocke, Dazzler and Jubilee have a girls night out, show Emma connecting with her Cuckoos without telepathy, or see Magneto instruct the recruits like he did the New Mutants.

I want the old status quo to return to the X-men, where they had fun and went on adventures, while helping to create a world where humans and mutants can live in peace. No more endangered mutants.

Posted by Rabbitearsblog

@Silver_Raven said:

I really hope that after AvsX that the world will be a much brighter and hopeful place with new mutants emerging in the aftermath. The past decade has been so dour and desperate and full of doom. After Morrison's little run, we endured the genocide and razing of Genosha, the breaking of the X-family and the loss of Jean Grey. That run really set into motion the Decimation that took out even more mutants and turn the X-world into a dark, deadly place.

I think with the current schism both teams will have to turn to each other more for support and guidance, which will be a great thing. I just hope more moments are shown and explored. The team at the Jean Grey School are already lightening the mood, by letting the kids be kids and having the older X-men mentor the younger one. The Extinction Team just needs a few more positive people on board and stories that help bond the team more. They don't have to be in a conflict every book or fighting some big baddie, just let them interact and be human beings. Have Storm, Psylocke, Dazzler and Jubilee have a girls night out, show Emma connecting with her Cuckoos without telepathy, or see Magneto instruct the recruits like he did the New Mutants.

I want the old status quo to return to the X-men, where they had fun and went on adventures, while helping to create a world where humans and mutants can live in peace. No more endangered mutants.

I definitely agree with this! Just because things look so dark right now, doesn't mean that the X-Men shouldn't be closer to each other than ever. The X-Men should have tried to work through this tragedy together and come to a reasonable solution in handling the endangered mutant situation. Splitting them up is not going to make the situation any better and it's now more important than ever to come together to take care of this problem. I agree that with Uncanny X-Men, there needs to be more moments between the characters instead of constantly putting them in peril all the time. I liked the moments between Colossus and Magik, so hopefully, we would be able to see more moments of the other X-Men interacting with teach other.

Posted by jhazzroucher

I think the avengers vs x-men will make the x-men united again

Posted by Rabbitearsblog

@jhazzroucher said:

I think the avengers vs x-men will make the x-men united again

I really hope so. :D