Following the ending of Marvel’s summer blockbuster Avengers vs X-Men, Scott Summers, host of the cosmic entity the Phoenix force, was sent to jail for the murder of Professor Charles Xavier and other related crimes whilst he was possessed. Whilst AVX Consequences is dealing with the fallout of the event, it is mainly centered on Scott and the remaining members of the Phoenix Five (and by extension, the Extinction Team). Within this story we have seen Scott show feelings of remorse for the death of Prof X, argue with Wolverine over the recent mutants that have been showing up and be willing to martyr himself for the mutant cause. Recent developments have shown that he is in contact with a former member of his extinction team, Magneto and that now he is planning to escape his cell and return to the Marvel Universe.
But I feel that there are some questions spinning out of these developments. On a personal note, as much as I do not like to see him vilified (and I believe that Cyclops was right within AVX), I have to admit that I am more interested in Scott Summers now than I have been before. I would like to take a moment and reflect on what could happen next for the former leader of the X-Men.
The activation of the new mutants across the world leaves the Marvel Universe with a dilemma. Not all mutants will want to reveal themselves and those that have will likely be met by fear and force. Who will protect these new mutants? Wolverine has the Jean Grey School for Learning but what of those mutants who do not wish to go to the school or be apart of the teaching staff? Cyclops could use the remainder of the Extinction team to act as the basis for a group previously affiliated to Magneto. The Brotherhood of Mutants.
Rather than act like terrorists, they could be the protectors of mutant-kind. With Magneto and Emma Frost by his side, Cyclops has powerful allies and they could use this to ensure that mutants across the world are protected and looked after, potentially by any means necessary. I can happily imagine Cyclops and the Brotherhood breaking various international laws to go in and take mutants to add their ranks. The similarities between this and Magneto’s Brotherhood from the X-Men would be deliberate and this would likely cause Scott to be elevated to a messiah-like figure within the mutant community. Something that is bound to cause conflict with Wolverine…