***This article contains spoilers for Avengers vs. X-Men #11.***It's been expected for months that a character was going to die in this week's Avengers vs. X-Men #11, and the New York Daily News has revealed who: Professor Charles Xavier, the founder of the X-Men. More than that, they've also revealed that Cyclops is responsible, seemingly at least partially due to the influence of the Phoenix force that's been a part of him since June's Avengers vs. X-Men #5. "What Cyclops has to do now, is dig himself out of the biggest, deepest hole in the history of comic books," Brian Michael Bendis, who wrote the issue, said in the article. The article states that Xavier had become "anachronistic" in current comics, with Bendis saying that the character "would matter more in death" due to the subsequent story potential. "The moment is shocking, and certainly will be talked about by message boards forever and ever, but it's really about what you get afterwards," Bendis said. "He needed to be the casualty in this story," Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told the Daily News. "There's no more oh-sh-- moment that you can bring than having a son killing his father." Addressing skeptics who might think that Professor X is bound for a swift return like so many comic book characters before, Marvel senior vice president of publishing Tom Brevoort is quoted in the story as saying, "this is about as serious and lasting a death as you're apt to get in one of these." Marvel billed a "fatality!" taking place in Avengers vs. X-Men #11 in their solicitation for the issue, released this past June. Keep reading Newsarama for more on Professor X and Avengers vs. X-Men. Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!
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