Marvel is Definitely Still Trolling the X-Men
We’re only 2.5 issues into Inhumans vs. X-Men, but it’s quite clear to me that Marvel is still trolling the X-Men as hard as humanly possible. I’ve written about this before, and I don’t know why I’m surprised that Inhumans vs. X-Men is continuing the trend. Of course Marvel is trolling the X-Men in favor of the Inhumans. They’ve been doing it for years, and they’re quite good at it.
My theory is this: Ever since X-Men: Schism, and definitely peak Avengers vs. X-Men, Marvel has been writing the X-Men as the clear, reasonable good guy in any situation, but they’ve been presenting the X-Men as the bad guys.
It’s a clear case of history being written by the winners.
It happened to Cyclops in Schism. It happened to the X-Men in Avengers vs. X-Men. It happened to Cyclops again in both Uncanny X-Men and Death of X. And now that the X-Men are going up against Marvel’s beloved Inhumans, it is happening again in Inhumans vs. X-Men.
Join me after the jump to let me lay out my theory. And beware full SPOILERS for Inhumans vs. X-Men so far.
Allow me to first set the scene for you all, in case you’re not familiar with what’s going on. Feel free to skip ahead if you already know the dilly, yo.
The X-Men are mutants, the next step in human evolution. Mutants are born with the X-Gene, which manifests into a super-power during puberty. Mutants have been around for a couple of decades now, living among humans, even though the human races hates and fears them for being different.
The Inhumans are an off-shoot of humanity. A bunch of aliens genetically tampered with ancient humans, and these new Inhumans walled themselves off from the rest of the human race to live in seclusion. When Inhumans are exposed to the Terrigen Mist, they develop super powers. For centuries, the Inhumans lived as a secret society, undergoing Terrigenesis as a religious experience to perpetuate their race.
Then a couple years ago, the Inhumans were forced to abandon their seclusion and they exploded the Terrigen into the atmosphere. Since then, two massive clouds of Terrigen Mist have been floating around the planet, transforming any humans who have a trace of Inhuman DNA in their system.
The Inhumans have embraced this new way of life, gladly recruiting all these new people into their society.
But then everybody found out that the Terrigen Mist is lethal to anyone with the X-Gene. Most mutants exposed to these two clouds will immediately become sick and die of this vicious M-Pox disease. The clouds also render mutants sterile.
So the Inhumans unleashed these clouds on the world and have embraced them as part of their religion, only it turns out the clouds are going to wipe out all mutants on the planet.
It’s here that things get weird and the trolling begins.
You’d think that it would be a perfectly normal reaction for mutants to want to stop these clouds. Doing so would effect the Inhumans’ religion, but it would save hundreds, if not thousands of lives.
In fact, that’s what Cyclops, leader of the X-Men, tried to do. He and his team ignored the warnings of the Inhumans and vaporized one of the clouds. One of the X-Men even died in the process. No Inhumans or regular humans were hurt.
The Inhumans promptly murdered Cyclops for his transgression against their religion.
Since then, Cyclops has been painted as a full-on super-villain in Marvel Comics. Characters compare him to Hitler. All because he stopped one of the clouds. And the Inhumans have gone right on being the biggest new superhero force in the world. Nobody cares that they murdered Cyclops.
Rather than risk any further bloodshed, the X-Men agreed to a truce with the Inhumans. The X-Men’s super scientist, Beast, would start working with the Inhumans to find a cure for the M-Pox while the Inhumans would try and clear any mutants out of the path of the remaining Terrigen Mist cloud. The X-Men as a whole would start living in the demon dimension of Limbo, a hellish place, but safe from the cloud.
And this brings us, finally, to Inhumans vs. X-Men.
It has been eight months since the truce, and Beast has found no possible cure for M-Pox. The first issue opens with Beast telling the other X-Men that there are only two weeks until the remaining Terrigen Mist cloud saturates the atmosphere, making the very air toxic to mutants.
Beast says there are only two options: die from M-Pox or flee the Earth and live on some other planet or in some other dimension.
The X-Men tell Beast that they have a third option: fight.
If they can vaporize the second cloud, like Cyclops did the first, then they don’t have to die or leave the planet. Nobody will get hurt. It’s just a cloud.
Old Man Logan lays it out pretty simply.
Except, of course, that the Terrigen Mist is part of the Inhumans’ religion and they will slaughter anyone who stands in the way of that. Beast lays it out pretty simply too.
I hate to be redundant, but I want to make sure we’re all completely on the same page here. Look at what they’re saying. Look at how convinced Beast is about the Inhuman response to attacking the cloud.
The Inhumans are religious extremists who will slaughter anyone who stands in the way of their religion.
Beast literally used the words “destroy us”.
All the X-Men want to do is live peacefully on Earth. But the Inhumans launched a dangerous disease into the atmosphere that is killing mutants. The X-Men are fully capable of removing the disease without anybody getting hurt, but the Inhumans won’t stand for that.
How is this even a conflict? How is this up for debate at all?
Because Marvel is trolling the X-Men.
You have to look at how the conflict is presented. Beast, one of the longest serving X-Men, who has always been a hero, is the one recommending that mutants run away, while Emma Frost and Magneto, two classic villains, are the ones recommending that mutants stay and fight.
Look at how Emma, dressed in her black costume, is confronted by Rogue, another heroic X-Men who represents the heroic Uncanny Avengers in this issue.
The heroic X-Man is alarmed at the suggestion, while the villainous X-Man is portrayed as mean and “warlike”.
Then the X-Men put the whole idea to a vote. Do they flee or do they fight?
Again, you’ve got to look at Rogue’s response. She is a true blue, classic superhero. She’s a member of the Avengers. Rogue is a good guy. She votes to flee.
She seems to be forgetting the part where the Inhumans unleashed the Terrigen Mist into the atmosphere, that was no accident. And the part where they murdered Cyclops, longtime leader of the X-Men.
Then it’s treated as shocking that the normally heroic Storm would vote to fight.
The idea of the X-Men standing up for themselves and taking on the Inhumans is presented as a villainous plan hatched by Magneto and Emma Frost, who has been written as slightly unhinged since Cyclops was killed. The X-Men don’t even want to fight the Inhumans. They just want to destroy the cloud, but they know that the Inhumans will try to kill them if they try to destroy the cloud.
Running and hiding, fleeing the very planet, is presented as the right thing to do in this scenario. Fleeing the planet? Come on!
And what’s going to happen to any future mutants who are born? If the very air is toxic to mutants, and the X-Men are all off living in some other dimension, who is going to stop this mass baby extinction?
And it gets worse as the story goes on.
The second issue of Inhumans vs. X-Men is told from the perspective of the Inhumans. The X-Men have launched an all-out attack on the Inhuman headquarters. The Inhumans have been preparing for this possibility, since they did not have full confidence in the Beast finding a cure. So they are prepared to defend themselves.
The entire issue is written as if the noble Inhumans are only defending themselves from the vicious X-Men assault.
See? The Inhumans were working with Beast! They were trying to find a way to stop the Terrigen Mist! But, of course, what they are willing to allow has limits. They won’t stand for the cloud being destroyed.
Look at how the X-Men are being written in this issue. They are constantly having to remind themselves that they don’t intend to hurt anybody. It’s like they need to constantly reassure themselves that they are doing the right thing.
Why? Why are the X-Men being written as so feeble? They’re trying to quell a sect of religious extremists who are hellbent on a form of genocide!
There is absolutely no doubt: the Inhumans are being presented as the good guys in Inhumans vs. X-Men.
Even though the characters explain quite clearly that the Inhumans won’t hesitate to destroy the X-Men if they dare touch their precious cloud, and even though the Inhumans have already murdered in their name of their religion, they are clearly being written as the victims here against the aggressive X-Men.
Such is the skill and breadth of Marvel’s trolling. It’s mind-bogglingly cool. No matter what situation they throw the X-Men into, no matter how clearly and logically they establish the X-Men as being in the right, they will always present the scenario as if the X-Men are the bad guys.
The Inhumans are willing to kill an entire species to protect their religious beliefs. They are the good guys. The X-Men want to stand up for themselves and peacefully protect their entire race. They are the bad guys.
I don’t know how Inhumans vs. X-Men is going to turn out, but already it is another master class in Marvel trolling. This has been going on for years now. I truly applaud the masterminds behind this scheme.