10 Things Marvel Wants You To Forget About The X-Men

5. Chuck Austen’s X-Men

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Chuck Austen wrote for the various X-Men comics from 2002 to 2005, and his work isn’t looked on too fondly by fans.

For starters, Austen introduced Nightcrawler’s father Azazel, another Devil-like character in Marvel. Azazel was looking to escape his dimension to get to Earth 616. He decided he needed teleporting offspring that would be able to combine their powers to create a portal. Azazel achieved this by... just... coming to Earth to impregnate women. Apparently, Azazel can get to Earth just fine, making the whole scheme somewhat redundant.

Another negative element included the Purifiers attempting to trick people into believing the rapture is taking place. They also wanted to make Nightcrawler the Pope but have his image inducer fail. Thus, showing Nightcrawler’s demon-like form to the Catholic faithful.

Another fan-hated story was the Polaris, Havok, Iceman, and nurse Annie Ghazikhanian’s love square as it was mess. Finally, there was Angel and Husk deciding to have sex in the air while Husk’s family are below watching on. Needless to say, a lot of characters did not act like themselves.

Once Austen was removed from working on anything Marvel produced, there was a lot of damage control to save the mutant crew. After the work of Grant Morrison and Joss Whedon on Astonishing X-Men, Austen’s run is something fans, critics, and Marvel wants everyone to forget.


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