Okay, so there use to be this guy named Chris Claremont who wrote the X-Men for about 15 years single handedly. He brought them to the popularity they would achieve and created a good deal of character and concepts that would live on in the X-books for a long time afterward. Unfortunately, differing opinions from the artists and editors forced him out,and now, about 20 something years later, the X-Men are terrible. The same characters doing the same things and fighting the same villains over and over and any major changes they do make seem illogical and forced (Cyclops). So much so that I am not even really all that interested in the X-Men anymore
A big thing with the 80s X-Men books I always noticed is Claremont had the characters grow and change and there was a sense of revival and renewal that remained consistent. This was great, the characters didn't stagnate this way. I am pretty much using this idea as my basis.
So, basically this is my "What If" X-Men book. This is the pretty much 8-10 years from the present and features an X-Men team that constantly evolves and grows with most of the members that were prominent in the early 90's are not around anymore. They went the same way as the characters of the past, they did stuff like retire, quit, die or become evil. This is the X-Men of the future
Why Him?- Xavier dies PERMANENTLY. He realizes for like the third time that he is just contradicting himself, while he is attempting to free his people from prosecution (mutants) he is subjugating humanity like a dictator once did to his people. I think at one point it was always intended for him to become the X-mens mentor, the story started building with Uncanny X-Men # 150 it just ad many wrenches thrown into those workings. I am just basically following through with the original idea
His powers- Same old powers.
Personality- A lot more militant than Xavier ever was, definitely doesn't trust humanity as much either, but encounters with a lot of villainous mutant doesn't leave him with a lot of trust for a lot of mutants either these days. His inheritance of the X-Men has actually led to some more well known members defecting
Why Him?- Up until X-Force 1st series ended, Sam Guthrie was seemingly always supposed to be the future leader of Mutantkind, then he was the first New Mutant to join the X-Men, then I guess the writers forgot he existed, poor Sam.
His powers- Flying, namesake abilities he always had. In addition I would greatly boost his H2H combat skills. In which he couples his fighting abilities with his kinetic field so that he is able to throw down with super humans. He would overall be a dangerous opponent in battle.
Personality-Look, this has guy has trained under Professor X, under Magneto, under Cyclops (in this reality) and under freakin' Cable. There is no reason to think that Cannonballs leadership wouldn't be better than the likes of Captain America.
He wouldn't be perfect though, his time with the X-Men has seen a lot of death and tragedy, he is sort of jaded at times and second guesses himself but he I wouldn't have him as a boyscout type. He would kind of function like Dick Grayson when he led the Titans
Why her?- I don't know, I just have always liked Jubilee. Just a fact: Jubilee led the X-Men in a reality called "MC2"
Her Powers- In an issue of X-Men in the early nineties it was said that Jubilee could detonate things on a sub atomic level. That always intrigued me, along with this development I would have her able to use paffs on Dazzlers level.
Personality- One thing I always liked about Jubilee is that she didn't seem to invested in "Xaviers dream" I always felt she enjoyed the "being a super hero" aspect of being an X-Man more. So she considers herself more of a super hero and often tries to convince the public that the X-men are just as good as The Avengers. When they decline, she calls them lame wads, because thats what she does.
Why Her?- Wanted a magic user, I like Magik but I think her past is too convoluted, not like Danis' is easy to follow, but I feel she should not have been resurrected anyways seeing as her death by the Legacy Virus felt more meaningful. Besides, lt had always seemed like Dani would have an important future, along the lines of someone like Storm.
Her Powers- She learns Asgardian magic at some point and gets Helas cloak at another, she is a valkryie and regains her mutant ability to create astral weapons
Personality- Becomes harsh and cold. Her powers also make her unstable to points where there will be a Dark Phoenix feel going on. Not that I am saying I will just rehash that story, I am saying that her power and mental stability will be at frightening levels
Why Her?- The writers at X-Men seemed to be heavily pushing Marrow in the late 90's. Then abandoned her. I always thought she was an awesome, unique character and definitely has more potential
Her Powers- C'Mon, Marrow has the abilities to not only fire sharp projectiles but she can just whip out bone swords at any time, not to mention a healing factor which became almost as fast as Wolverines and her high pain threshold makes her pretty unstoppable. How is Marrow not awesome??
Personality- I always preferred "feral" Sara. So she will very much fill the Wolverine analogue void that is commonplace in comics. She won't be exactly like that, in fact, a lot of the future X-Mens antagonists are merciless and more volatile than anything the "Cyclops/Professor X era" teams ever faced. So Marrow makes Wolverine look like Dr. Suess. She is not totally savage, she retains likable qualities and strives to be more human.
Why Him?- I like this character. He has a unique look and his abilities kind of separate him from generic team bruiser
His Powers- Extreme strength as an adult put him at really high levels imaginably. However, the strain on his body only allows it temporarily, I just think the fact that he cannot maintain this form for a long time leads to a lot of cool situations in stories.
Personality- He has been represented as calm and passive, which I would also have him become highly intelligent over the years, studying under Wakandas best scholars. He is a shining beacon for Mutantkind following in the footsteps of Professor X and Henry McCoy.
Who?- Another male. Original character. I was thinking maybe as an homage to Claremont, who created the Neo to be a big deal, they just never panned out. Have this character be a Neo who left his Warclan to be an X-Man
His powers- Look, you can try to be original all you want, it rarely ever works especially now of days in mainstream comics like X-Men. People love archetypes, so I was thinking this character could be that "super cool fanboy character" archetype, You know characters like Longshot, Gambit, Shatterstar Fantomex, Grifter have perpetuated this paradigm. So naturally, he would have enhanced reflexes, agility, maybe carry a sword or gun and be a ninja or something
Personality- well, he could be a bit different from his predecessors, perhaps more noble and comedic as opposed to being a generic "bad ass". Perhaps he will sometimes mess up and put his team mates at risk due to him being a rookie, a well trained rookie, but a rookie none the less
What would happen?- Days of the Future Past slightly happens, meaning mutants are openly hunted but the world isn't post apocalyptic. Its just a lot more dangerous similar to Operation Zero Tolerance story, only more vast. Lots of new villains and there are still villains operating under the Brotherhood moniker and the Hellfire Club banner. Though it isn't the same characters the X-Men we know have always fought.
I think an adult Quentin Quire would be a great primary antagonist.
Let me know what you think about this please!! Would you read something like this? What would you change?? What would you add?