AVENGERS VS. X-MEN 12-Part Event Coming From Marvel in 2012

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN 12-Part Event in 2012

Marvel's 2012 event — the one hailed by those "It's Coming" teasers — is Avengers vs. X-Men, a 12-part, biweekly miniseries starting in April.

The publisher revealed details on both Marvel.com and in an article on USA Today on Tuesday, announcing that the series will be co-written by Marvel's five "Architect" writers: Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman. Avengers vs. X-Men be illustrated by John Romita Jr., Olivier Coipel and Adam Kubert; all eight names appeared on the "It's Coming" teaser revealed at New York Comic Con.

As the teaser imagery — and November's Point One one-shot — strongly suggest, the conflict between the two super-teams arises from the arrival of the Phoenix force, and the resultant attempt to make Hope Summers its new host. The X-Men want to "protect and prepare her," while the Avengers want Hope surrendered to their custody.

"You've got two populations whose motivations are simple and understandable and defensible," Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told USA Today. "That's part of the beauty of this. You're seeing a story that evolves out of 'What would you do?'"

The text of the USA Today article suggests that Cyclops and Wolverine will be on the same side for the first time since X-Men: Schism ("Cyclops, Wolverine, Magneto and the other X-Men want to protect her and prepare her if she's to be the new Phoenix") but the promotional image revealed (seen here) appears to show Wolverine fighting against the Uncanny X-Men team.


Avengers vs. X-Men starts with a zero issue prologue in March, written by Bendis and Aaron. The prologue focuses on Scarlet Witch, written by Bendis; and Hope, written by Aaron.

In a separate USA Today article, the creative team discusses the collaboration process — each installment is scripted by a different writer from issue-to-issue, and the three series artists are illustrating a four-part arc each. Each issue will be available on Marvel's digital platforms the same day the print product goes on sale.

"You don't want to be the weak link who lets the team down," Aaron told USA Today. "Each issue, every guy's trying to throw down the gauntlet and one-up the guy who came before him."

Avengers vs. X-Men brings together two of Marvel's biggest movie franchises the month before the live-action Avengers feature film his theaters. Since Avengers is controlled by Marvel Studios and X-Men is licensed by Fox, the odds of the entities clashing on the big screen any time soon are low, which is a fact not lost on the creators involved.

"If you want to see it, come look what comics does because there are things we do better than anybody," Bendis told USA Today. "And this is one of them."

Newsarama will have much more on Avengers vs. X-Men as it develops, plus live coverage of Marvel's Livestream event on the series scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. eastern time.

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