10 Candidates for the Post-Schism UNCANNY X-MEN Team1 of 12The X-Men are getting a divorce over what looks like Wolverine and Cyclops's irreconcilable differences.
Now comes the messy part - the lawyers have to divide up the X-Men between who wants to go live with Scott, and who wants to go live with Logan.
Thursday Marvel gave fans some sense of the philosophical lines that will be divide Cyclops's new Uncanny team and Wolverine's squad, so, today and tomorrow we're taking our best stabs at who will wind up where (along with a dash of our own wishful thinking) on the new teams in Uncanny X-Men #1 and Wolverine and the X-Men #1 in Fall 2011.
We start with Uncanny X-Men. Cyclops's roster, which according to writer Kieron Gillen, is "aspiring to be to be the world's premier super team." With that in mind, we countdown 10 characters we think would both represent those global ambitions, and best serve as the more public "face" of the mutant race.
Click the "Start here" button on the upper left to see our top choices for Cyclops's new squad.
CYCLOPS (well, duh...)2 of 12The leader of the team, he won't have the roster to pull from that he used to after Schism, but that doesn't mean he can't finally achieve his goal of making the X-Men a world-class superhero team.
Working for the cause of mutants and humans alike longer than just about anyone else, he's a clear leader, soldier, and heroic archetype.
He'll have his work cut out for him, but if someone can pull this off, it's Scott Summers.
HOPE3 of 12She's a pretty, young, charismatic redhead. She has ambiguous, but overall non-threatening powers to a general public. She may or may not have some blood relation to the Grey or Summers family, but regardless she considers Cable, Scott's son, as her own father.
With Cable dead, Hope has helped usher in the next generation of mutants, but that doesn't mean she can't pull double duty with the "face" hero team.
KITTY PRIDE4 of 12Continuing the "non-threatening power" trend, here's another pretty, younger girl who knows how to work a crowd (she had a career in politics, folks!).
Kitty's been trained by Wolverine in combat, which might make this a slightly surprising choice for her given those ties, but we think she'd want, and Logan would understand her wanting, to be on a "real" superhero team.
COLOSSUS5 of 12Let's be honest, where Kitty goes, Piotr is pretty sure to follow.
What's great in this case is in their quest for worldwide exposure, having a prominent Russian superhero may be a boon.
He's big, strong, shiny object; all things people dig. Give him a public perception makeover of "mysterious exotic foreign guy" and the American public will eat him up.
This guy is already a true hero, once giving his life to stop the Legacy Virus.
STORM (and BLACK PANTHER while we're at it)6 of 12If you think "international" and "X-Men," chances are Storm is at the top of your list.
She's been a goddess, a queen, and a field leader. She's a trusted teammate, and already has a strong public persona.
Having Black Panther on the squad as a reserve, a well-known and respected Avenger, would also be a boon to Cyclops's goals.
ICEMAN7 of 12While the original X-Men won't all stand at Scott's side, Bobby would fit in well with the big team.
We've heard for decades now about his untapped potential (with just a couple teases), and now's the time to let him unleash.
Granted, we'd like to see him on the Wolverine team if for no other reason than to see Chris Bachalo draw him again, but on Cyclops's squad he has the potential to stand out, use his experience, and become the superstar he's always really wanted to be.
CANNONBALL8 of 12This one's a natural for a "face" team of X-Men. He's a corn-fed southern boy. His fit physique and blonde hair complete with his southern drawl make him fit for lots of press conferences and photo ops.
Yes, he's the leader of his own team, but come on, when has one team membership ever stopped a mutant from being on another?
Attitude-wise, this is probably the younger mutant that is most likely to grow up to be Cyclops, and a good fit for his squad.
PSYLOCKE9 of 12This would be another surprise, as she's been working with Wolverine in Uncanny X-Force. But, when you really think about it, she's been something of a reluctant member of that squad. She'd also pull double-duty for the international flavor of the squad, given she's a Brit trapped in a Japanese woman's body.
She has a past with Cyclops that could produce some tension Gillen could exploit, and she'd make a great one-two punch with our #2 entry...
CAPTAIN BRITAIN10 of 12Our last international member for this "world-class" team is also our nomination for co- or field-leader. He has led teams before, of course, and is the premiere hero of England... also the home of Uncanny X-Men writer Kieron Gillen.
Captain Britain would instantly give the X-Men more pull in Europe, and is quite the powerhouse as well. Teaming with his sister Betsy (Psylocke) would show off a cool sibling dynamic we don't see enough in the X-Men. While he's not a mutant, that should be less important on this new squad, and his connections to their world are undeniable.
JEAN GREY11 of 12The time is right for the Phoenix to rise from the ashes.
Dead since the end of Grant Morrison's run on New X-Men, it's always been a matter of when, not if, Jean would return. With the possibility of this Schism also breaking up Emma Frost and Scott Summers, the return of Slim's true love couldn't be timed better.
On top of this, you'd have a new mentor for Hope and possibly establish once and for all that Hope has not been Jean all along... the possibilities are endless.
How will Jean react to all that happened while she was gone, like: House of M, Decimation, Civil War, Messiah Complex, Secret Invasion, Utopia, Dark Reign, Second Coming, and Schism?
Gillen could have a field day having her sort through all that she's missed.
Of course, Jean's return would have its marketing and sales advantages too. What better way to help launch a new series than to include the long-awaited return of a fan-favorite character early in the new title's run?
Oh, and how utterly pissed would Wolverine be when he found out she's back and chose Scott's team?
That ought to help keep the feud raw for a while...
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