<i>By <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>We're less than a week away from the official kick-off to <b>Avengers vs. X-Men</b>, with the #0 issue by Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis and Frank Cho out this Wednesday, March 28, and <b>Avengers vs. X-Men #1</b> following one week later on April 4. <p>The series co-written by Aaron, Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman; and illustrated by Olivier Coipel, Adam Kubert and John Romita Jr was first announced in December, and the concept is pretty simple: It's, well, Avengers vs. X-Men. It's Marvel's two biggest super-teams (and two of their biggest movie franchises) slugging it out in a story written and illustrated by some of their top talent. <p>If you're a Marvel fan worth your weight in No-Prizes, as soon as you hear the title, your mind starts running, dreaming of potential match-ups to take place during the 12-issue, biweekly series. Marvel has done their part to fuel that speculation, with a couple of different marketing campaigns focusing on potential Avenger vs. X-Man fights. <p>For our latest countdown, we've put together our own list of 10 possible conflicts we'd like to see at some point during <b>Avengers vs. X-Men</b>. Some are obvious and have already been teased or effectively confirmed, some are considerably less so, but all would be pretty cool. <p>Of course, with teams that have as many members and iterations as the Avengers and X-Men, the possibilities are very nearly endless so head over to Facebook and Twitter and tell us the match-ups between Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Children of the Atom that you want to see. <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p>
This one is a no-brainer. Not only are both of these teams black-ops squads that do the things that their parent teams don't want to do (or don't want to know about), both of the books are currently written by Rick Remender. <p>The individual combinations are also exciting Venom's now a Secret Avenger, which could mean a'90s-tastic collision with Deadpool. Sibling rivalry in the form of Captain Britain vs. Psylocke. And Fantomex is cool against pretty much anybody. Fantomex vs. Hawkeye. Fantomex vs. Black Widow. Fantomex vs. Ant-Man? Make it happen, Marvel! <p>If this does happen, don't look for it to happen in <i>Uncanny X-Force</i>, as Remender has confirmed that series won't tie into AvX. <i>Secret Avengers</i> will, so there's a chance the two teams might have some amount of interaction in that title or elsewhere in the main series or one of the tie-ins.
Dr. Strange and Magik are two of Marvel's foremost dealers in the supernatural arts heck, Illyana Rasputin's connections to magic are so strong, she even took it as a name. That's commitment. <p>But while Dr. Strange has usually been pretty responsible with his magical dealings, Magik can sometimes be... less so, having a tendency towards getting mixed up with things like demonic possession. Maybe <b>Avengers vs. X-Men</b>, with some help from Dr. Strange, will be the event to set her straight. <p>While we haven't heard a lot about Dr. Strange's involvement in AvX keep in mind, he's also busy in <i>Defenders</i> we do know that Magik is co-starring in the June issue of spinoff title <i>AvX: VS</i>, squaring off against Black Widow.
OK, we're not exactly going out on a limb here. Several pieces of <b>Avengers vs. X-Men</b> promo art have focued on Red Hulk fighting Colossus now Juggernaut-ified (and thus even more powerful) as a result of recent events in <i>Uncanny X-Men</i>. So it looks like it's definitely going to happen. <p>Still, the implications are cool: While Red Hulk is trying to make good for his past misdeeds, Colossus has been struggling with the effect the demon Cyttorak has had on his psyche. Plus, they're both red. It just works!
This might not seem like the most natural pairing, but stick with us. Both are powerful. Both seemed like unlikely candidates for memberships of their respective teams at first, but now play very important roles. Both are fiercely protective; Luke Cage, of his family, and Namor of his underwater kingdom. <p>Also possibly significant? They're both constantly rumored to be the subject of feature films, but neither has actually been in one yet. What better way to take out that frustration than on each other? <p>If that wasn't enough, just last week Marvel sent out an AvX teaser image that featured Luke Cage and Namor talking smack and laying the smackdown on each other. So look for this fight at some point in the story, possibly right in the first act.
Another one that probably looks a little odd, but in a climate where mainstream publishers are often criticized for not placing enough value on female comic book characters, here are two that play vital roles in their respective organizations, and also happen to be incredibly tough. <p>Strictly from a physical standpoint, it's not really a fair fight Maria Hill doesn't have any powers. But in terms of cunning, strategy, and ability to deliver cutting dialogue? Much more of a contest. <p>Maria Hill hasn't yet shown up in any AvX promotional material, but given her role in this spring's <i>Avengers</i> film, it's a good bet she'll show up in the story itself. Emma Frost has been seen in AvX promotional material against the original, green Hulk, plus Iron Man as one of the leaders of the X-Men, she'll probably be pretty busy throughout the story.
It's not just youthful ennui: Both of these young hero groups have legitimate reasons to have massive chips on their collective shoulders. <i>Avengers Academy</i> and <i>Generation Hope</i> both tend to have cast members with powers that are more of a curse than a blessing, and added psychological pressure, to boot the Avengers Academy were tortured by Norman Osborn and thought to be potential villains, and the Generation Hope crew are the first new mutants to be discovered since <i>House of M</i>. <p>Bonus: A fight between Hank Pym and Sebastian Shaw has definite potential, right? One keeps growing, the other gets stronger every time you hit him. When does it end? <p>It's been confirmed that the <i>Generation Hope</i> kids will play a big role in <i>Avengers Academy</i> during AvX, though they might be more sympathetic to each other's plights than combative, according to <i>AA</i> writer Christos Gage: <p>"Heck, some of the Avengers Academy kids are mutants... besides X-23, there's Ricochet and Wiz Kid," Gage <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/wondercon-2012-avengers-academy-avx.html>told Newsarama</a> earlier this month. "And the others are not robots; they all have their own feelings about what's going on. It's almost inevitable that there will be dissension in the ranks."
Sure. Part of the reason for wanting to see this is the obvious Magneto is the master of magnetism. Iron Man is not only, well, Iron Man, but now as a result of <i>Extermis</i>, his armor is literally a part of him. So, there's that whole thing. <p>But now they actually play pretty similar parts in their own teams Iron Man is one of the main Avengers, right behind Cap, and Magneto is one of Cyclops' top advisors. Yeah, they've met before, but haven't had a full-scale conflict with that kind of juicy context. <p>No need to really speculate on this one: It's been confirmed that Iron Man vs. Magneto will be seen in the first issue of <b>AvX: VS</b>, rendered by the <i>Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine</i> team of Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert. Only one question remains: Who wins?
Two long-time friends, and both are currently members of Avengers teams and the X-Men. <p>But who's on which side? Oh, the suspense! (Throw Beast in there, too, who has the added wrinkle of being on Wolverine's side post-<i>X-Men: Schism</i>.) <p>It's clear from even the wording of their press releases that Marvel wants to keep fans guessing as to the allegiance of both of these characters, especially Wolverine. He was <a href=http://i.newsarama.com/images/AvX_WolverineCap_02.jpg>fighting Captain America in a teaser</a>, but he's standing with the Avengers on the <a href=http://i.newsarama.com/images/AvengersVsXMen_1_Cover_02.jpg>cover of issue #1</a> with Storm making her presence felt on the opposite side, opposing Thor. Where these characters and Beast, another mutant with dual membership fall in line is likely to be a major part of at least the early issues of the story. <p>Earlier today, Marvel released preview pages from <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album.php?aid=45950><b>Avengers vs. X-Men #2</b></a>, which clearly show Wolverine on the side of the Avengers though who knows how things progress from there?
"Amazing Friends" no more? <p>Other than co-starring in the iconic '80s animated series <i>Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends</i>, Spidey and Iceman also play the comic relief role in their teams. Though, of course, both are more than that Iceman has been exploring the full extent of his powers over in <i>Wolverine and the X-Men</i>, and Spider-Man is pretty much the conscience and voice of the common man in all of these mega-events. <p>Marvel has released a Spider-Man vs. Iceman teaser by Mark Bagley, playing off the obvious history there. Of course, that doesn't mean that Spider-Man and Iceman are definitely going to fight at any point in <b>Avengers vs. X-Men</b> (these teasers are often not meant to be taken literally), but it's at least an indication that Marvel wants readers to think that they will.
This is a big "duh" for the top spot, but let's ruminate on that for a bit. <p>The fact that at this point, Captain America and Cyclops can be seen as equals, is a huge testament to the work writers like Grant Morrison, Joss Whedon, Matt Fraction and Kieron Gillen have done on Scott Summers in the past decade. While always a vital part of the X-Men and frequently in a leadership position, Cyclops was always overshadowed as "the guy" by Professor Xavier in terms of influence, and Wolverine in terms of popularity. <p>Now there's no question that Cyclops embodies the X-Men as much as Captain America embodies the Avengers, and it seems like a good bet that their ideological differences will fuel much of the <b>Avengers vs. X-Men</b> affair and not just because they're front-and-center in the Jim Cheung-illustrated promo image (though that doesn't hurt). Captain America and Cyclops are the two main heads on the cover to <b>Avengers vs. X-Men #1</b>, and fighting right on the cover of #2, so, though there's rarely any guarantees in life, a fight between the leader of the Avengers and the leader of the X-Men in a comic called "Avengers vs. X-Men" certainly seems like a probable occurrence. <p>In fact, it looks like Captain America vs. Cyclops might just be <i>the</i> conflict that the entire <b>Avengers vs. X-Men</b> battle hinges on similar to Captain America vs. Iron Man in <i>Civil War</i>.