Avengers vs. X-Men vs. Fantastic Four?

Anyone who’s been reading my Avengers vs. X-Men reviews knows that I have a few problems with the story. Mostly it’s the fact that the PhoeniX-Men were immediately painted as the villains, even though the comic itself told us that they were doing good in the world. They were feeding the hungry, bringing water to thirsty nations and ending war. But the comic seemed to take the Avengers’ standpoint in that they were automatically evil just because. It was frustrating.

But fortunately, it seems that someone at Marvel had the exact same thoughts as me – and he just so happens to be the smartest man in the Marvel Universe!

The recent tie-in issue, New Avengers #29, shows us what Reed Richards, leader of the Fantastic Four, thinks of the whole Avengers vs. X-Men thing.

Thank you, Reed! Leave it to a super-intelligent person to point out the major problem with Avengers vs. X-Men. Why did this have to happen in one of the tie-ins? Why did this even have to be a thing at all? This scene happened prior to Namor attacking Wakanda and the PhoeniX-Men coming off as evil. But why didn’t Marvel just make them evil right away? Why make them world saviors and turn Captain America and Iron Man into bitter losers who can’t admit that they were wrong?

The entire conflict of Avengers vs. X-Men continued because, as Reed said, the Avengers just kept poking the PhoeniX-Men with a stick. If the PhoeniX-Men were evil from the get-go, then the Avengers would actually be heroic to continue fighting them.

Instead, they’re just a bunch of whiners.

About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on August 12, 2012, in Avengers, Comics, Marvel, X-Men and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Two thumbs way up for this post. I was surprised Marvel was able to detach their lips from the Avenger’s posterior to publish this piece; maybe there’s hope for AvX: Consequences/whatever-the-aftermath-arc-is-called? Prior to this, I’ve resigned myself to Marvel using Consequences to further cement how ‘evil’ Scott is, given their track record with this event including _every single_ tie-in apart from Uncanny.

    I love Rob Downey Jr’s Tony Stark to bits, but Tony here is such a dick. Seriously, Stark? Is that the response you can come up with when Reed points out your flaws?

    As for why Marvel chose to put this in a tie-in, I’m betting it’s because if Marvel placed this in the actual story, the Avengers will lose face, and Marvel cannot have that happening when the Avengers have become the world’s favorite team thanks to the movies.

    • Glad to hear I’m not the only one hating on the Avengers in this story. I wish the main series featured more of this, but throwing Mr. Fantastic randomly into the mix wouldn’t have been a good move. It was better that they left him to a tie-in. Though Thing still sticks out like a sore thumb.

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