When we first saw the teasers for Avengers vs. X-men, it was stated by the Marvel staff that unlike the previous giant story arcs (like the Civil War), there would actually be a winning side. With the final issue of the main story released, did Marvel actually deliver on their promise?
Avengers: The Phoenix is coming, we must protect the Earth at all costs.
- This has been the primary mission of the Avengers since the beginning and they never once strayed from this goal. Of course, at the end of the series the Earth has been saved and most of the damage has been amended. Despite what you think about there efforts, did the Avengers ultimately win?
X-men: The phoenix is coming, in order to restore the Mutant race (and prevent Cable's bad future) it must be harnessed by Hope.
- The Avengers got the Earth saved as they wanted, but it couldn't have been accomplished without Hope harnessing the Phoenix force (the X-men's orginal plan). Not only was this accomplished but Hope manages to restore the mutant race at the same time. Did the X-men technically win?
From a superficial perspective it seems like we're supposed to side with the Avengers here. Even from the beginning, the Avengers are like rational minded straight-men while the X-men come off as zealous followers of a cult. The latter discussing their plan from a more lofty or hopeful standpoint; despite the fact that there were some legitimate reasons for using the Phoenix force. Many of post-schism X-men on Wolverine's side sided with scott out of loyalty to him, rather than any practical reasons (except Rachel, who harnessed the Phoenix Force in the past). Eventually, because of iron man's actions, 5 Phoenix hosts were created. Here their actions can be interpreted as either making the world a better place, or a dictatorship (I'll weigh in on my opinion in the comments). But at that point they did nothing evil until they were provoked by the avengers. Each host was eventually defeated after they performed some heinous act. Eventually Cyclops was all alone, and while he was the one who seemed to have the most control he still eventually followed suit to the other hosts, and was defeated.
It seems that marvel copped-out with an everybody wins ending. It was Scarlet Witch
and Hope (mostly) whose actions stopped Cyclops.