Last year in 2011, X-Men Schism happened and it caused a great divide among the X-Men which was split up between Cyclops’ team, the blue team, which consists of “Uncanny X-Men,” “Generation Hope (now canceled),” “New Mutants” and “X-Men” and Wolverine’s team, the gold team, which consists of “X-Men Legacy,” “Wolverine and the X-Men,” “X-Factor,” and “Uncanny X-Force.” Not only are the main X-Men split up, but the students are also split up and some of the students have stayed on Utopia with Cyclops while the other half of the students decided to go with Wolverine at the new school. So the big question here is, shouldn’t the students be more involved in the decisions being made after Schism?
When I mentioned the young X-Men or the X-Men students, I mean the cast from the “New X-Men” which includes Surge, Dust, X-23, Hellion, Rockslide, The Stepford Cuckoos, Armor, Anole and many others. When the split between the X-Men started up, it was over whether or not children should be soldiers or not and Cyclops wanted the children to fight for the safety of mutant kind while Wolverine wanted the children to have a normal childhood. So, the students who wanted a normal childhood left to stay at Wolverine’s school while the students who wanted to help Cyclops fight for mutant kind stayed on Utopia. Even though the students chose the sides they wanted to be with and they made their choices very clear, it seems like they just easily accepted the situation at hand without talking about whether or not there would be consequences in splitting up the team. Some of the more peaceful students probably would not want the split to happen and would have alerted the older X-Men about this situation and how it is not a good idea to split up the team in the first place. Also, this has been pointed out before, but many friendships were broken when this event happened and it is unknown at this point whether or not the X-Men or the students in this case will ever come back together again.
In the recent event, “Avengers vs. X-Men,” the Phoenix Force is meant to take on Hope Summers as its next host. Cyclops wanted to use the powers of the Phoenix Force to harness it and use it to save mutant kind. However, the other X-Men are a bit skeptical about this and they said that the Phoenix Force is difficult to control and that Hope Summers should make the decision about what to do with the Phoenix Force. This situation may not be directly related to Schism, but it does involve how the younger X-Men do not have much involvement in the decisions that the adults are making lately. Hope Summers is obviously upset at not being able to have a say in the matter (while also being upset that Cyclops is not telling her much about the Phoenix Force) and we must wonder if Cyclops could at least allow Hope a choice in the matter instead of assuming that he cannot tell everything that Hope needs to know about the Phoenix Force so she could find a way to control it.
In my personal opinion, I think that the students should be more involved in the decisions that the adults are making since this involves their future too. The New X-Men have been in enough tough situations (the bus incident is one that they will never forget) and they have been trained for situations where they have to defend themselves against any threat, which is what they are in the middle of. Sure, they are young and they might not be ready to handle such extreme situations, but since they have been trained enough to deal with these situations, they should be able to voice their concerns about the current structure of the X-Men team and how they could try to work as a team to fix the situation they are in. Also, if Schism was about dealing with whether or not the students should be soldiers or be regular children, then the students should be the ones who decide the outcome of Schism since it is their future that is being affected here. If the students disagree with the idea about the X-Men splitting up, then they should have the freedom to create their own teams that can take care of any business regarding the current state of the mutant population.
So what do you think? Do you think that the X-Men students should have a say in the matter or do you think they were wise to stay with the older X-Men?