We’re only one issue away from the end of Act 1 of Marvel’s “Avengers Vs. X-Men” event and already plenty has happened: Hope—and a vestige of the Phoenix Force—is on the run, the Avengers gave Wolverine the boot, and there are some hints of dissension amongst some of the students at Wolvie’s Jean Grey School. With so much going in on so few issues there’s only one proper course of action to take at this time: Play Nostradamus and make some predictions!
1) Wolverine Leaves the Avengers
No Marvel hero has every truly seen eye-to-eye with Wolverine due to his violently unorthodox solutions to problems. And when it comes to Hope embracing the powerful and unpredictable Phoenix Force, Wolverine believes that the best way to prevent the apocalypse is by killing Hope. In Avengers Vs. X-Men #3, we watched as Captain America got wise to Wolverine’s intentions, subduing him and dropping the feral mutant somewhere in Antarctica. Now that the Avengers view him as a hindrance in trying to preserve some shred of peace between themselves and the mutant population during the war, why would Wolverine even want to be a part of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes when they no longer trust him?
2) New Avengers Disassembled
The foundation of the New Avengers made logical sense in that they filled an empty void left by the original Avengers. But upon the reunion of the main Avengers team, the New Avengers, while still operating, seemed out of place. Their “we can do what we want” attitude coupled with their very loose recruitment standards resulted in more losses and semi-wins than victories, not exactly making them media darlings. Not to mention unsettling personal threats from enemies. So far these threats led to the resignation of teammate Jessica Jones, wife of New Avengers leader Luke Cage. Fearing for the life of their newborn daughter, Jessica approached Luke and urged him to leave the super hero life behind and raise their child in an upbringing free of super villains, mere minutes before the Avengers engaged the X-Men in war. With the potential loss of a leader, public ire and the stress of the Avenger’s war with the X-Men, does this spell the end for the New Avengers?
3) Captain America Will Resign as Avengers Commander
When Captain America took the role of Avengers Commander, he vowed to the world that the Avengers would be there to handle any threat that should arise in the absence of S.H.I.E.L.D. In a short amount of time, however, the public is beginning to change their tune with their view of the Avengers and Cap. A smear campaign orchestrated by former Director of National Security and (Dark) Avengers leader Norman Osborn added fuel to the fire of doubt. With Cap's mind elsewhere, these troubles are affecting his leadership skills in the war with the X-Men and they serve to only drive the mutant community even farther away. Currently, S.H.I.E.L.D. is back up and firing on all cylinders while Cap’s s Avengers limp along. Once the conflict with the X-Men comes to an end, Captain America might just step down and stop playing world cop.
4) The X-Men Will Reunite
Since the X-Men's split, it seems that many of their enemies have been taking advantage of their fragmented state. And as the war with the Avengers (who now represent government oppression) continues, perhaps many of them will see that there is definitely safety in numbers. It’s becoming more apparent that Cyclops was correct in his notion that mutants—for now—can’t afford the luxury of assimilating into the general population and live a life free of conflict. And with his belief that the Phoenix Force can actually revive the dwindling mutant population, many will surely flock to his side. As it stands, Wolverine’s drive to kill Hope—and by extension her connection to the Phoenix Force—is only putting the mutant race on the road to extinction.
5) The Return of Dead Characters
The Phoenix Force is an unpredictable cosmic entity. But as stated in myth, the phoenix has always been a symbol of rebirth. Perhaps come Act 2, the Scarlet Witch will to step up to the plate and use her reality-bending powers to harness the Phoenix Force and do something to turn it into a force for good as the ultimate act of redemption for her past transgressions (despite the fact they really weren’t her fault... to a degree). As such, the Phoenix Force might be used to bring back deceased characters such as Wasp and Nightcrawler, among others.
What do you think will happen next in Avengers Vs. X-Men?