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Cable is not and never was the son of Cyclops.
Cable is the baby from Genosha who first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #235, and then Madelyne Pryor got hold of in #238. During an offscreen moment during Inferno, Pryor switched her baby with the Genoshan baby (just like Zira switched Milo/Caesar) as a secret Screw You at both Cyclops and Mr Sinister. The (never named) Genosha baby became Cable, while the actual Nathan Christopher Charles Summers is still out there somewhere in the world.

Jack Winters is related to Emma Frost
Jack Winters the Living Diamond from X-Men #40, was an evil mutant with telepathic powers who, as a result of exposure to a radioactive element, mutated even further into a man made of "living, flexible diamond."This power combination, telepathy, combined with the ability to turn to diamond acquired as a further mutation later in life, is incredibly idiosyncratic.What we saw of Jack showed him as a working-class, criminal sort, bank robber and burglar, which fits with Emma Frost's background as growing up poor and working class.Jack Winters was certainly old enough to be Emma's father, as a balding male when Cyclops was barely post-pubescent (and it is known Emma Frost is the same age as the original five X-Men).The two have oddly similar last names: Jack Winters, Emma Frost.
  • We do get to know Mr Frost, but given how screwed up their family was, assuming Jack Diamond was secretly Emma's natural father doesn't seem so far fetched.
  • But how would Cyclops respond if he found out this was the case? I mean finding out your ex-girlfriend is the daughter of your abusive foster father who you were forced to kill by your next foster father is pretty soul destroying. Although given how their relationship started par the course with his relationship with Emma.
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  • Never confirmed because Marvel has forgotten Jack Winters existed, but this troper would be personally amazed if that wasn't the case.

One of Sunfire's mutant powers is longevity.
Sunfire's parents were killed by America's use of atomic bombs on Japan. Assuming he was a baby, that would make him about 67 in 2011, and thus far there hasn't been any explanation of his longevity. Baron Zemo II has a similar origin, although his longevity is explained by regular use of Chemical X.

It's possible the atomic bomb reference may be "topical," but 1) thus far all World War II references haven't been topical (with the possible exception of Ben and Reed's wartime careers), and 2) it's something of a defining moment for the character difficult to shift off to a later event like Tony Stark's Vietnam origin.

Wolverine's healing factor requires periodic use of his claws
Wolverine's old, uses his claws a lot and doesn't age. Meanwhile Old Man Logan has him being old and not using his claws since the villains took over and aging. Clearly he needs to use his claws to keep his healing factor sharp.
  • Doesn't merely having adamantium bones in the first place keep it busy?

Apocalypse isn't immortal, just hiding his age with the rejuvenation chambers.
I find it hard to believe that someone could simply be born immortal, so he's about 85 but the chambers keep him young and fresh.
  • The comics go back and forth on this, so Depending on the Writer this could sometimes be true. Keep in mind though that an entire subclass of immortal mutants exists (the Externals) so Apocalypse's immortality isn't as far-fetched as it seems at first glance.

Alternatively, Apocalypse has Healing Factor related Longevity.

Destiny was infertile
In-universe explanation for why Mystique was originally going to be Nightcrawler's biological father, but was later decided to having Azazel be his father. Mystique's original plan was to get Destiny pregnant as a man, but when Destiny was tested for infertility Mystique sought an alternative solution. Azazel was understandably surprised, but agreed to the deal. 9 months later, Kurt was born.

The current Bishop is not the same as the 90s character.
Given the massive Character Derailment, and the fact that his home future that's been seen recently bears only a passing resemblance to the one described in 90s flashbacks, he's obviously been switched with an Alternate Self.

Wolverine is Jesus in disguise.
That whole thing about being a Canadian from the 1700s? Total Red Herring and he's really a poor carpenter from Israel who was born around 1 BC. Think about it both were short and Jesus was presumably hairy. Wolverine could survive crucifixion and come back a bit later after being knocked out. Also Mary Magdalene is often associated with red and to quote wolvie in that awful new Spider-man cartoon he "likes [him] a redhead." Also something about Dan Brown. As for the complete change in personality? Well thinking about all the terrible stuff that the universe has put wolverine through in the last 200 years alone I wouldn't blame anyone for being a dick if they went through that kind of crap for ten times longer. As for how he is on so many teams at once? Jesus did it.

Xorn was Onslaught.
After the events of Onslaught: Marvel Universe he survived as a ghost on astral plane, Shadow King-style. After mustering up enough strength he possessed Xorn and created the solid telekinetic projection of Magneto's face containing his white hole of a head. And later he inhaled the drug containing alien parasite Sublime who started to fight Onslaught for control over Xorn's body which explains the subsequent irrational behavior of "Magneto". All that and the murders they had forced Xorn to commit drove him insane so when he came back in New Avengers he was a genuine sociopath.

The entire Mutants as Metaphor gimmick is a well placed Batman Gambit to make the fans really think deeply about them.
I realized this a while ago when posting on the JBM/Headscratcher page. Some fans Agree that mutants are dangerous and a Mutant Registration act is actually a plausible idea. Think about it, this is the exact thing Marvel wanted to do with Civil War. Look at it carefully:
  • For Mutants are Dangerous:
    • Omega Level mutants can kill entire worlds and in some cases have done.
    • Mutants can be unstable and Ax-Crazy psychos with Destructive powers is hardly unheard of.
    • They do pose a real threat.
  • For Mutants are people too:
    • Omega level mutants are rare and Non mutant-Supers are just as dangerous, if not more so.
    • Everyone can be unstable, including non-mutant supers.
    • The Majority of mutants before House of M are harmless.
So The writers had really planned for the readers to notice both these points, so they can really have a 'Which side are you on?' gimmick.

Klaus Schmidt is a cousin or brother of Johann Scmidt.
Now, I realize that the surname is merely the German version of "Smith," but it is remarkable how similarly they both turned their back on National Socialism as an economic policy in of itself to embrace even worse evil, if you consider it.

Deadpool really is a mutant
While he was artificially endowed with his healing, he already had one mutant ability shared with Squirrel Girl and She-Hulk: The ability to see the Fourth Wall. However, he is officially classified as a mutate, due to behind artificially endowed with another power, so when characters insist he's not a mutant, they're technically right as a mutant in Marvel's sense means to only have powers they were born with. However, it means mutants like Beast, who's powers were artificially upped and as such no longer fitting the classification, actually have no right to tell him he's not allowed into the X-Men on the grounds of not fitting the classification of mutant. So he is a mutant, but not anymore.

Dr. Manhattan created the X-Men
Bald guy with freaky abilities? Check. Most popular character is a mass murderer? Check. Is it a Mind Screw? CHECK!
  • X-Men created before Watchmen? Check. X-Men and Watchmen coming from different, competing companies? Check.
  • Doctor Manhattan being an omnipotent being who is dislocated from time? Check.
    • Amusingly enough, Dr. Manhattan ended up being used in exactly this way for the DC Rebirth event. Maybe he didn't create the X-Men, but hey, he did create the New 52!

ALL Mutants have the power to come back from the dead.
It would explain so much.
  • It doesn't explain Doug Ramsey. Or Laurie Collins.
    • Wait for it...

  • Well just remember how long it too Siryn in X-Factor to accept her Father was dead. Her exact phrasing was somewhere along the lines of "Banshee is an X-man and they always come back." So perhaps the statement should be all mutants who are X-MEN (main team members to exclude X=Corp) have the power to come back from the dead...unless it's the future and Armor just snapped your neck or burned out your healing ability.
    • All mutants who are X-men, and Magneto!
      • And the Maurauders, and Madelyne Pryor, and Omega Red, and Unus, and...

Everything shown in the X-Family-related media is a result of psychic manipulation.
Every use of mental powers that looks the slightest bit fishy is proof. Everything that might disprove it is a memory fabricated by psychic mutants to cover their tracks. First, Xavier led the hive mind; later, Emma Frost took over. In the Ultimate Marvel universe, they rule separate hives.
  • Except in the Ultimate universe, it's been pretty firmly established that Frost's only power is the "turn to diamond" trick. She's not a psychic.
    • Not quite, at least once telepathy was hinted. It is possible, she did hide them.

The Celestials who added the mutant "x-factor" gene to humanity feed on psionic energy released by mutant powers.
All the battles between mutants are hors d'oeuvres to them. The powers themselves are a side effect. The reason all mutants are different is that they like a variety of flavors.
  • ... And now a variation of this theory has been used in the new Eternals series, with the Deviants being the multiflavored snacks. Do the Knauf brothers read TV Tropes?

Alternatively, The Celestials created the mutants to sow the seeds of bloodshed, which they could use as human sacrifices to feed their Magitek industry.
In The Eternals, The Celestials' technology is described as being made of rock imbued with magical power. Various magical traditions believe stone can be enchanted by absorbing the blood or Life Energy of people sacrificed upon it. The Celestials plan to sit back and watch the superpowered freaks they created wipe out each other & the normal people; then, when there's nobody left, they will harvest the bedrock of the planet, which will be empowered with massive amounts of magic energy by the deaths of entire species, and use it to build countless devices for export throughout their intergalactic empire.
  • And Aaron Stack was sent away for getting too close to the truth.
    • Nah, he's just a total ***.

Corsair is just fine.
At the risk of being obvious... it seems unlikely that Corsair's really dead, even though he's the sort of C-List Fodder that you can get away with killing. (He hadn't been seen for some time, and so he's more expendable to The 'Verse than characters who got a lot deader.) Anyway... "The Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire" was a lot bloodier than many an X-Men arc, with limb-ripping ahoy. Corsair's "death" was much cleaner than any other in the entire arc (and there were many), and his body was buried on a habitable but uninhabited planet... the perfect place to leave a character you want to get better but not return right away.
  • Eventually proven half-right: Corsair did indeed return, but his recovery was explained: he was dug up, revived as a Cyborg and now must regularly ingest nanomachine pills to stay alive.

The scene where Phoenix fights Galactus is from the future.
The Phoenix lander recently discovered water ice in the Martian arctic. This discovery leads to people building Martian colonies and surviving a catastrophe that destroys all humans on Earth. (Probably an asteroid impact or pollution) However, humanity survives, because of their Mars colonies, and in the far future, people only remember that "Once there was a Phoenix that dealt fierce blows to a destroyer of civilizations."

The Phoenix will Retcon out the Decimation, End of Grey's storyline, Civil War, and One More Day once Joe Quesada leaves Marvel.

Jean Grey's gonna come back. When she does, she'll find out the world's been rewritten since she's been gone into a place she really, really doesn't wanna be. So, either we have another cosmic temper-tantrum looming on the horizon, or one massive Fix Fic by the Powers that Be after Quesadilla leaves. Maybe both.

  • Or she will show it to be all an illusion by some mad god trying to alter reality. It doesn't make sense for all that to happen in the Marvel universe even in an erased reality, because that implies that the erased reality was still a possible reality. It should be revealed as something like Mojo rewriting the universe according to some bad fanfiction he wrote.
    • Or that it never happened at all, it was only someone's bad fanfiction (well, it is just that in reality, so why not in canon too?)
      • Orrrrr Jean Grey and the Phoenix get over their collective mental problems and realize something is fishy so she gathers a dream team of dead and forgotten characters to help her find, gang-up on and collectively beat the ever loving crap out of whoever is doing this. (the characters I have in my head for this are Wasp and the Pat Mulligan version of Toxin) Cue them finding Mephisto about to erase the Parker's marriage while hiding either a Cosmic cube or the Infinity Gauntlet behind his back. Cue the Phoenix smacking the Macguffin out of his hand and a hilariously over the top curbstomp battle. Then they could either just retcon stuff out at their leisure or they could pull a Crisis on Infinite earths style reboot.
      • Honestly, I would love to see Phoenix tapping Mephisto on the shoulder and his Oh, Crap! expression thereafter.

Apocalypse is a lost Primarch
Think about it: he's immortal, his parents are unknown, he was found in a place a baby shouldn't be able to survive, and he is trying to take over the world. The way he looks is a result of Warp mutation.

Mutants are actually several different subspecies.
Even if all mutations are activated by the same genetic sequence, mutants can pretty clearly be separated into elementals, psionics, superhumans, and bestials.
  • What about mutants with multiple powers or secondary powers that are different from the first? Emma Frost comes to mind. Are they hybrids?
    • One assumption would be to go by whatever is considered the primary power. Wolverine, for example, is known best for his metal claws and bones, whereas his healing factor is only ever mentioned if he gets hurt.
      • The metal isn't a power, it's an external effect that he survived because of his healing power. It's bone claws (bestial) or healing power (superhuman).
  • The implication is that all mutant powers are basically psionic; in one early story mutants with multiple unrelated powers, some of them seemingly physical, are used by the Secret Empire to power a superweapon (a lame unarmed flying saucer "superweapon", but still.)
  • They're really more like breeds. Somewhere, a taxonomist is crying.

Mutants all have one power: the first instance of major duress in their lives activates a corresponding power based on their personality and the problem at hand to protect them.

Most mutant powers seem to be random. The X-Gene is actually a complicated, semi-sentient genetic code that activates when its host first experiences stress and applies a reactionary solution to the problem.

  • Kitty Pryde's "reactionary solution" to being nervous about meeting her prospective new boarding school principal and having a killer migraine was to fall through the floor and land directly on her butt in front of her parents and said prospective new principal?
    • She was thinking of jumping through the wall and running away. It didn't work out quite like she planned.
  • Alex Summer's was activated to defend himself from the Living Pharaoh.
  • Angel's love of heights caused him to develop wings, not vice versa as it's implied.
  • So that means that Darwin is nervous about everything?
    • There was a story in a Hulk annual where Doctor Samson theorizes that getting powers from gamma rays is expressly tied into your personality and its desires. It's been shown to be true, to an extent.note 
  • I thought the idea of peoples' personalities unconsciously deciding their powers was somewhat canon? Or maybe I'm mixing it with fanon, since I've heard of this idea more than a few times over the years. Though in some instances it doesn't seem to make sense: Jean Grey's reaction upon seeing her friend die is suddenly reading everyone else's minds? Cyclops' reaction after losing his family and living in an orphanage is to shoot red beams out of his eyes? Storm makes sense, Colossus makes sense, but after a while, the theory kind of fails. Or maybe it's that only the stronger personalities can select their powers, whereas those who aren't as willful get whatever the gene gives them?
    • Same troper as above: then again, I've also heard of the environment deciding, usually in regards to Storm.
      • Cyclops' power just needs to be interpreted a little symbolically to make sense. So, we know he's this absolutely stoic, Sugar-and-Ice Personality who represses his emotions in order to deal with life. I think that his Eye Beams are the manifestation of all the emotion and trauma he bottles up in his soul. Note that the beams are impossible for him to control/stop, under natural circumstances (He needs to close his eyes to do so if no glasses are available, which in itself is very interesting symbolism.) They're also bright and heavily destructive when he does show them- not easily ignored, and Scott's angst over not being to turn them off divides him from others and cripples his emotional self-confidence. If we assume that his beams are the outer expression of Scott's hidden pain, given form by the X-Gene, a lot of things start making sense. (Although this almost certainly wasn't what the authors intended.)
      • Jean, we know, is the Team Mom, and very insightful as to how others are feeling/thinking- even without telepathy. But more than that, her telepathy is a gateway to the Phoenix Force, which allows her to channel godlike energy. Depending on the canon you follow, Jean always knew this subconsciously. Maybe Jean's desperation over her friend's death led her to reach for this power- power enough to, she hoped, save her friend. Either that, or this was Jean's telekinesis unlocking itself. Telekinesis would be very useful in trying to avert a car accident.

Magneto has been playing everyone, or really really fails.
He can generate magnetic fields of several million Gauss. Magnetism is, as we all know, an aspect of electro-weak force. He should be able to induce radiation and massive electrical fields at will. He should be able to throw ball lighting and kill with a thought.
  • Why should he do that when he can just magnetically rip out your blood using the traces of iron it contains?
    • He can do all that, but only when the writer remembers or has any knowledge of physics, or when it wouldn't make the story last five seconds because the entire X-team just got flash fried.
      • See the "mental blocks" WMG below.
      • Another common explanation is that feats like that take a lot more out of him than just controlling metal.

Wolverine is a Dungeons & Dragons troll with some make up slapped on
This explains the regeneration, plus every time Wolverine is cut up, a new Wolverine grows and joins a super hero team. This is how we have Wolverine Publicity, because he really is everywhere
  • ...this reminds me hilariously of an episode of the 90's X-Men cartoon, where Jubilee told some kids a campfire story where the Wolverine Expy was a troll.
    • Which was based on the comic, where Kitty is the one telling the story to a sick Illyana.

Alternatively, Wolverine has another mutant power: colocation.
That's why he can be having adventures with the X-Men, the Avengers, and on his own in three different parts of the world simultaneously. No one notices or thinks to call him on it because, compared to Wolverine's other powers, colocation is pretty subtle.

Layla Miller is the Marvel Universe's Haruhi Suzumiya, and X-Factor is her SOS Brigade.
It does make sense that a girl whose never appeared before House of M could have a massive ability to have an impact on reality due in part of Scarlet Witch. Her powers is to spot changes in reality, restore the memories of an individual in said altered reality, the ability to spot paths of causality and a chance to change the results, and precognition, but that could be her changing reality and changing it back every little while? She subconsciously rounded up a group of people to keep an eye on her after House of M and willed everything in the series to happen herself.

The Homo superior thing is not just Artistic License – Biology, but someone's propaganda
In mainstream Marvel continuity, the idea of mutants as a "new species" doesn't stand up to biological scrutiny [or even far less so than the idea of superpowers]. Mutants are described as being a single new species, but they're wildly divergent variations off a clear human mainstream. Mutants and humans can interbreed and produce viable offspring; more pointedly, humans can have mutant babies, and mutants have had normal human babies. Mutants aren't an isolated population speciating from normal humanity; they're a population distinguished from normal humanity based on strangeness.

People like Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, and Peter Parker are considered "human" because their powers manifested after contact with radiation or drugs. Scott Summers, Jean Grey, and Erik Magnus Lehnsherr are not considered "human" because their powers didn't manifest after contact with serums or gamma rays. Yet, rising levels of ambient radiation due to nuclear testing have been cited a few times as a cause for the growth in the mutant population during the latter twentieth century.

Word of God at different times has suggested that the Celestials long ago put a "kink" into human DNA allowing the development of powers. Perhaps it's all part of the same biological mechanism, and the only real difference between a mutant and an "altered human" is how close somebody was to having that superhuman capability triggered (either through genetics, environment, or both) and therefore how little an impetus it took to push them over the threshold. (Consider how nobody's managed to properly duplicate the super-soldier serum's effects. Perhaps it's because nobody else had Steve Rogers.)

Going by the weirdly biased name Homo superior itself, which would more likely have been called Homo mutandis or some such by a reasonable biologist, the whole "mutant species" idea was probably coined by a mutant supremacist very early on. Human reactionaries seized on the fear of mutants supplanting humanity, and unfortunately, even peacefully-inclined mutant separatists like Charles Xavier found the idea useful or unavoidable.

  • The name, at least, comes from Magneto, who used it when taking over an army base in X-MEN #1. So yeah, propaganda.
    • Wait, so why does Prof X still use it? Is he just a dick?
    • Well, some versions like Ultimate Xavier did showed dickish behavior.
  • The name Homo Superior long predates the X-Men. It started in the 1930s, before Evolutionary Levels (and its dark side social Darwinism) were debunked.

Storm isn't really the happily married wife of Black Panther. She's acting as a secret agent.
That whole "Wakanda won't share the cure to cancer with the world cause y'all suck" thing? That really burned Storm up. So much so that she decided to infiltrate Wakanda, obtain the cure for cancer, and smuggle it back out. And what better cover could she have than the wife of the ruler of Wakanda? The divorce papers are already lined up, once she's got the secret, she's out of there!
  • I like how the fans have ideas that make more sense than the actual writers.
    • That's because we're actually trying to make sense of it, while the fanboys in charge are just doing whatever they think would be neat to try out that day.

The government is fanning anti-mutant hysteria... because they created them.
Mutants are the result of the government isolating the genetic quirk that gave Wolverine his fantastic and using it in a early version of the super-soldier program. The original test subjects displayed no superhuman abilities but it sure did pay of in the long term!
  • Except mutants were around long before the Government. The oldest one, Selene, has been around since the Hyperborean people.
    • Maybe she was created recently with false memories.
    • Also, Time Travel exists in the MU.
    • Selene is not the only ancient mutant though. Apocalypse, Exodus, the Externals, and others all predate the US Government by hundreds to thousands of years. An Ultimate Marvel-style mutant conspiracy would not only require Time Travel but a Government Conspiracy of unprecedented scope even by comic book standards.
  • In Ultimate Marvel, so-called Mutants are the product of the Canadian (!) superhuman-project.

There is no Rule 34 in the X-Men universe.
And no Rule of First Adopters to help with mutant acceptance.
  • Actually, mutant porno has had a few explicit mentions.

Mystique and Changeling were/are the same person.
This is why the X-Men trust Mystique time and again despite her many Heel Face Turns—because Xavier trusts her. The Changeling never existed to begin with. He was just a cover identity. Any sightings of his ghost or his body being turned into a zuvembie are merely tricks of the imagination. Alternately, Mephisto did it.
  • Except that it's been established, thanks to alternate universes, such as Age of Apocalypse and Exiles, that Morph used to be Changeling when first starting out. In the AoA, they're on two entirely different continents during consecutively running stories, X-Calibre and Astonishing X-Men, respectively. Changeling died while posing as Professor X. The team keeps trusting her because she's just that manipulative, and the writers keep handing them the Idiot Ball.
    • As of The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier, Chuck and Mystique had a secret marriage that no one knew about. Given Xavier's prodigious Psychic Powers, it's almost a sure bet that he's done some psychic tampering with his students where his old flame is concerned (sadly, this wouldn't even make a top ten list of the shadiest things he's done).

Jubilee is actually the Jubilee line.
Well first, they share a name. Secondly, they're both new(ish). Thirdly, the resemblance between the London Underground logo and Jubilee's earrings in the '90s cartoon is uncanny.
  • So Jubilee's from London Below? Awesome.
  • I don't know why, but that idea makes me so happy after the whole M Day debacle. "Wondra." Argh.

Continuity Errors/Alternate Timelines/Comic Time/Multiple Wolverines are the result of the recent major reality warping events in the last couple decades.
Avengers Disassembled. House of M. One More Day.

All were major events that happened in a relatively short time apart in Comic Time. With the amount of stress placed on the 616 universe from all these events, something had to give. And something did. After surviving House of M's irreversible Mutant Decimation, the 616 Universe was permanently damaged, resulting in temporal anomalies. These anomalies include Compressed time (Comic Time), Spacial and Temporal Distortions (Having at least 3 damn Wolverines running around), and branching timelines that result in multiple pasts and futures. Every alternate continuity is a shock wave from the "ground zero" of 616's damaged existence with the epicenter being House of M, with One More Day and Avengers Disassembled amplifying the effects.

So yeah, thanks Spider-Man, Scarlet Witch, and pretty much mutants in general. No wonder you guys get so much hate, everyone throughout multiple timelines knows sub-consciously you're to blame for Crapsack Worlds like Days of Future's Past and Marvel: Ruins.

  • And then they all punched Superboy.
    • Don't forget all the weird stuff coming out of the cosmic events. The universe basically has had 2 major rips within a year from one another

  • All continuity gaffs are fallout from when Thanos had the Infinity Gauntlet, Warlock fixed most of it but a few things leaked through. Like he couldn't remember where Wolverine was exactly, so he put multiple Wolverine's back in multiple places. Since one of the gems is also the Mind Gem Warlock just sent out an "all's well" thought to everyone in the universe so even when they bump into evidence of the continuity snarls they just take them all in stride and move on.

Magneto's powers actually make sense!
You see, Magneto has either reality warping, or energy control, just restricted by a mental block. He only can do things he thinks electromagnetism can do. This explains the Selective Magnetism. He's either deluded or misinformed.
  • Magneto having mental blocks about his powers has been implied in canon several times over the decades. It supposedly results from his realization that he could have saved his family from the Nazis had he known earlier that he had these powers.
  • Alternately, the mental block thing still applies, but his power is telekinesis.

Destiny was the Irene Adler.
...or at least was supposed to be when this would have only made her 90-something as opposed to 120-something. Think about it: who better to get the drop on Sherlock Holmes than someone who can see what he'll do?

Kitty Pryde will lead a revolt against Scott Summers' Utopia.
Once she recovers from having been stuck in the giant bullet, Kitty will take a good long look at Utopia and declare it a mutant ghetto. Given her ancestry (at least one grandparent survived the Holocaust), she's not going to like the idea of a mutant ghetto. And given that Scott left her to drift in the giant bullet, and Kurt died on Scott's watch, she's going to want to have words with Scott.
  • Didn't Wolverine also leave Kitty in the giant bullet? And since she and Wolverine have, traditionally, had a much much closer relationship than she and Scott, if she's gonna feel betrayed by anyone should it be him instead?
  • And Scott did try to get her out, in fact its said they tried all they could possibly do, they just couldn't. Utopia isn't a mutant Ghetto, really, its more along the same lines as the X-Mansion. Mutants live free of persecution, and train and learn to use their powers safely. The only problem they could have with it would be the same problems with the X-Mansion. Also, Kurt's death was a Heroic Sacrifice, and effectively saved all mutants. it wasn't either Scott's fault or anything he could have stopped or avoided. And as pointed out, Logan is just as much at fault, and with your logic, is just as much at fault for Kurt's death, probably more so since he was just with him.

There is another Sean Madrox.
Baby Sean Madrox received a slap while he was at the nursery. That made two of him. And one was kidnapped.
When we see him again, he will go by the code name of Chorus, having the powers of both his parents.

Wolverine is the Anthropomorphic Personification of gravity
Comics closely related to Wolverine (where he has a starring role) tend to end up revolving around him, as one mass does to the other, while comics that are only tangentially related to Wolverine still have him show up anyway, even if he doesn't do much - gravity has infinite range.

The Hulk's children shall become the new Horsemen of Apocalypse
And the Hulk will have to put aside his differences with Xavier and the X-Men to take them down. Skaar will become the new War, Hiro-Kala shall become death, Carmilla Black will finally be confirmed as Banner's daughter and become the new Pestilence, and Lyra will become Famine because there was nothing left.

Mystique was Sherlock Holmes
...needs no further explanation.

Azazel was once a devout member of the Russian Orthodox Church
When his powers (and thus his demonic appearance) manifested, he was declared a demon, driven from his village, and excommunicated. The trauma of being exiled from his religious community is what drove him to embrace the atheism of Stalinism. Also, makes for very interesting contrast with his son.
  • I assume you mean Film!Azazel. In that case, it makes perfect sense.

Wolverine is an ephebophile
  • For a beer-swilling tough guy, Wolverine sure has a marked tendency towards teenage girl sidekicks, who tend to get replaced after the previous one gets too old. First was Kitty Pryde, age 13. Next was runaway orphan Jubilee, age unknown, but young. She managed to spend a while secretly living in the same Australian ghost town as the X-Men and stealing their food, apparently without Wolverine ever smelling her. Then came Pixie, age 14, and recently he was shown eating ice cream with new recruit Idie, age 14.

    Wolverine: No offense, but you trying to act... sexy... seems so wrong.
    Jubilee: Not thirteen anymore, Wolvie.
    Wolverine: I sort of wish you were.
    • Ultimate Wolverine certainly seemed to be. He slept with teenage Jean Grey, dated teenage Storm, secretly hid in bushes and watched teenage Scarlet Witch have sex with her brother, and tried to do something adult with Mary Jane Watson, high-school freshman.

    • And don't forget Hisako (a.k.a. Armor) in Astonishing X-Men.

  • Commented on by Hellion to Armor in Death of Wolverine.

    Julian: I mean, everyone knows Logan was like that creepy uncle always hanging around with young girls. Pryde, Jubilee, you, Laura, Idie—
    Hisako: [Punches Julian in the face] WHAT'D YOU SAY?!
Silver Fox is Rose from Origins
I have always believed that.

Nate and Hope are warring with each other for the fate of the world
But neither of them realises it.
When Nate re-manifested himself during Dark Reign, he had developed a few new applications of his powers, one of which was essentially precognition ('300 ways to tell the future'), which seemed to work by glancing at every way the future could potentially go from a situation and work out which were the most likely. While tangling with the Dark X-Men, he glimpsed the future that several have come to fear, where Hope wrecks the world and creates a dark and hopeless future. Essentially, what Bishop fears. He realises that in the future she uses her ability to mimic powers at their highest potential to copy his own unbelievably powerful abilities, and either tried abusing them or simply couldn't control them. Whatever she was trying to do to with them, it ends up with a horrific disaster that kills a million humans in an instant. Nate fears that any attempt to confront her directly would just give her the opportunity to access his powers, and uses the fight with the Dark X-Men to start an alternative plan. He somehow can't win a mental battle against Norman Osborne, he sets up the release of the Green Goblin persona which doesn't do anything to help him, and he walks right into a trap that gets his powers nullified. He then gets hooked up into the Omega Machine and is tortured by Sugar Man until he performs an action that burns out his power set...but not until the New Mutants arrive on the scene and are already battling to rescue him. The explanation for his powers being destroyed is acute nerve damage, which is an odd explanation for someone who has destroyed and reformed his entire body on a semi-regular basis. This was all part of a plan to only encounter Hope after he had lost his power set, denying her the ability to mimic it. Sealing his memory of what he foreseen was also part of his plan, trusting in himself to recover it as his powers returned and to find a way to stop the future cataclysm.
Unfortunately, what Nate didn't realise is that there's more to Hope's power than simple mimicry. It has been observed that people that she keeps close to her have a tendency to be affected by her, where they become almost respectful of her. Her Lights have been hinted to have fallen under her influence, and to not necessarily be wanting to stay with her of their own volition. Without his powers, Nate had no defense against this ability, and when Hope started working with him to train him in powerless fighting, he started falling under her influence as well, to the point where he has said he sees her as his sense of hope. She has noted that she thinks his powers are gradually getting stronger, and given her past of finding and igniting the powers of those who come to follow her, she may have the goal of helping X-Man get his powers back. By the time Nate recovers enough to remember what he saw, he may be too far under Hope's influence to stop it.
  • Hope's control is only over the Lights, which seems to be a by product of the Phoenix. People are only otherwise deferential to her because of what she represents. Also, this doesn't stand up, as Nate still possesses all the genetic potential for his incredibly vast powers. The only reason he can't access them is because his nerves are too fried after the whole thing with Sugar-Man and the Omega Machine. So if Hope was around him, she could theoretically access his godlike power levels.

Hope Summers is a Summers by birth
  • Thing the first: red hair and green eyes, while oddly common in the 616 Marvel Universe, isn't that common and only really comes with an X-Gene with one family.
    • Thing the Second: The part of the birth certificate that would allude to her father is blank, and her biological grandmother vaguely refers to her daughter having had several boyfriends. This means that her dad could be Cable, Stryfe or Nate Grey (all genetically the same person). There is some credence to the latter theory as while Nate was discorporated at the time, he discorporated himself a few months to a year before Hope was born and did the Mutant Messiah gig before Hope. Therefore, he could have psionically impregnated Hope's mother (work with me here, this is the X-Men we're talking about, and in particular, the dude who had a relationship with a woman who was genetically his mother - not that he knew that she was, of course). Or, since he said he was 'part of everyone', a slightly larger part of his essence could have altered Hope's genetics. And if it wasn't Nate, both Cable and Stryfe are time travellers, who both could have gone to impregnate Hope's mother as part of a stable time loop/Stryfe's latest attempt to screw with the Summers family.
    • Thing the Third: the Phoenix refers to her as 'my child'. Jean is the Phoenix. The Phoenix is Jean. The Phoenix has never been big on metaphors and cryptic - drama, yes. Cryptic, no. This means Hope is her daughter. Technically, she's either a clone a la Madelyn Pryor, or she's Cable's sister.

Kurt Wagner and Hank McCoy are both Muppets
Unless it's a case of interspecies adoption, The Muppets would seem to indicate than humanoid muppets can, like mutants, be born of human parents. And they certainly look the part. It might also explain why they're not bundles of massive angst.

Earth-616 Nightcrawler will come back to life.
Considering all the other major characters who have died and returned, it's no stretch. His teleportation ability will somehow factor in. When he returns he will have an awkward exchange with the AoA Nightcrawler, who is currently in the Earth-616 universe.

Illyana is still dead.
In "Colossus: Bloodlines", we learned that Piotr Rasputin is a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin, who needed a living descendant's body to inhabit. Unable to take over Piotr or his brother Mikhail, he took over Illyana when he learned she was still alive. As the current Magik, Grigor coerced Colossus into becoming the new Juggernaut, and is now manipulating him to become Grigor's mindless slave.
  • Woah, this is an old one. Magik has been back since before Avengers vs. X-Men, which at the time of writing was four years ago. Also, Colossus lost his Juggernaut powers when he became part of the Phoenix Five (along with Magik, Cyclops, Emma Frost and Namor) during that event.
  • Also also, the thing about the Grigori Rasputin resurrection was that he could only revive in one of his descendants if that descendants was the only surviving member of his bloodline, which is why he and Mr. Sinister convinced the mentally ill Mikhail to go on a family-killing spree (and why Mikhail exiled himself when he came to his senses). With Mikhail sealed in a dimension where time stands still and nothing ever dies, there is no way that Rasputin could revive in Illyana, even if she was dead. His only possible resurrection now is if Colossus and Magik both die, upon which time he'll resurrect in Mikhail but it won't matter anyway because he'll still be a Sealed Evil in a Can.

Cyclops is currently mentally ill
A lot of people are quick to bash Scott because of the way he's acting is very extremist, or bash him for having an affair with Emma or whatever reason, but what a lot of people seem to forget is the reason why his affair with Emma started. Emma began giving him therapy because he was still suffering from PTSD and she used that to start the affair. Cyclops was unwell when it started, and instead of helping him she used it to have an affair. The entire thing meant that Cyke was in serious need of help, and by the end he lost his wife and was essentially mindraped by her from the future to push him past his guilt and have a serious relationship with her...But, he was never shown to be given any therapy for any of this or his already present problems. Then, there's what happened in Astonishing X-Men which likely screwed him up a bit, and the fact that students around him all lost their powers and got attacked and/or killed. Since that, The X-Men have been broken, pushed, and faced extinction, and during which Cyke never got any therapy for his numerous issues. The guy is a ticking time bomb waiting to break down, and that, combined with the situation, is making him behave how he is. Someone needs to do something quickly before he suffers a mental breakdown in the middle of a crisis.
  • There's also the interpretation that all the male members of the Summers clan have a genetic mental disorder, which would mean that Scott's would have been built on, if not by the brain damage, then certainly by the PTSD. Even if this was not the case then he still spent most of his childhood in the hands of either a madman or a criminal. So another question is why didn't anyone get him therapy as soon as he arrived in the school as a teenager, as it seems that one trauma after another has broken him down.

In the 90's cartoon, Cortez would escape the dimension as a more powerful mutant than ever before.
After being disillusioned by Magneto's unwillingness to attack humanity and Apocalypse using him, he starts to believe he himself is the true "messiah" of the mutants.

Somebody will try to make Dust wear more revealing clothes...and it'll go badly.
There've already been three alternate versions of her with a drastic change of character, and while this is my opinion I feel she's best the way she is (though granted the shyness part could use a bit more work in my opinion, but that's a different matter.)

Cyclops' new team will get their own book.
It will be titled something along the lines of the 'Unforgiven X-Men', and will feature X-Men and women who's credentials have been soiled by Never Live It Down moments and/or been considered villains at some point, as they try to keep peace between humans and mutants without support from others, save for SWORD. Like a mix between X-Force, X-Factor, and Xtreme X-Men. They won't be taking lives, but they'll be more proactive then previous versions of the group.
  • Confirmed, although it'll be the new Uncanny series (most likely for trademark reasons).

Chris Claremont created Excalibur to protect Kitty Pryde
Claremont could sense the rise of the Dark Age Of Comics and wanted to protect his creation, both from the overly-sexualized artwork of the future Image stars and from the likelihood of her being killed off as Marvel went Darker and Edgier. This way, he got to write her and Alan Davis, an artist with older sensibilities, got to draw her. Being able to keep Rachel Summers and Nightcrawler safe was an added bonus.

X-Men comics will have a lot of Sentinels in 2013/2014
Following Avengers vs. X-Men, mutants are hated and feared more that ever before, which could cause the government to start using the Sentinels again. Also, considering that the Bad Future of the original Days of Future Past storyline was set in 2013, as well as the fact that the X-Men: Days of Future Past film is coming out in 2014, it will be a nice Shout-Out to the former and a great tie-in for the latter.
  • For better or worse, the X-Men ended up being too distracted by Inhumans that year to worry about Sentinels much.

Cyclops' current mental state is entirely caused by Emma Frost
Because in 90% of cases, being in a sexual relationship with your therapist makes your mental issues worse, this is the case even up to two years after the therapy. In Scott's case his therapist lied to him, telling him the only way for him to get better was to telepathically sleep with her, such a breach in trust would almost certainly place him in that 90%. Not to mention that none of his teammates seemed to care.
  • Don't forget that he was in a long-running relationship with Jean Grey, and Madelyne Pryor after her (if you buy into the retcon that she was subconsciously manipulating people around her with her nascent telepathy). Being in relationships with no fewer than three telepaths, and then being subject to the whims of an even more powerful fourth (Xavier), has got to do strange things to a person's mind.

The Wolverine Publicity is a result of cloning.
He's already been cloned once, and suffers from amnesia. Who's to say that his regenerative factor, some scientists monkeying with his DNA or both resulted in Wolverine copies and thus he ended up everywhere. Hey, if Doctor Doom can make completely realistic and identical copies so that the fans don't say "they ruined Doctor Doom!", why can't James Howlett?
  • Amusingly enough, at least one story supports this X-Factor Forever features Cloning Blues aficionado Mr. Sinister as a villain, and he notably pumps out clones en masse of both Sabretooth and Wolverine (who apparently never reformed and is a Marauder in this reality) to throw at that X-Men. If Wolverine can be cloned in one reality, it's safe to say he can be cloned in any of them.

There will be a new X-Man character introduced with a mutant power to produce Pepsi.
They will be one of the few, if not only, mutants who is not discriminated by society, and might be the one bringing mediation between mutants and non-mutants.

Jean Grey made Iceman repress his bisexuality.
He had dated too many women to be explained by repressing his homosexuality alone. However, when the five original X-Men traveled to the present, Jean outed him and made him believe that he was gay rather than bisexual, as he suggested himself. Suddenly, the older Iceman "remembered" that he was gay all along. Just like killing the younger Cyclops made the older one disappear, putting the label "gay" on young Iceman made the older one repress his feelings for women.
  • Maybe Jean changed his sexual orientation because she was tired of his constant flirting off-panel. She probably got fed up with his flirtation and womanizing, so she altered his memories, thinking he's only into men. Jean could have a sadistic side to her that we don't know about. I mean, She had an old mentor who had the hots for her when she was a teenager.
  • Closeted gay gays date large numbers of woman quite frequently, and flirt with women aggressively. That's the whole point, it's a screen to hide behind. Bobby doing it deliberately very much explains away his absolutely terrible choice in female love interests up until now.
  • Iceman has always been something of an emotionally stunted manchild, which was the pre-retcon explanation for his perpetual lack of luck with the ladies. Interestingly enough, this can be used to argue for or against his sexuality retcon. This seems to be a rather popular theory in X-Men fan circles even outside of TV Tropes, though, for whatever that's worth.

Wolverine is transgender.
Which would explain why he's short, and why his clone is female.

Mr. Sinister manipulated Squirrel Girl's DNA test.
During All-New, All-Different Marvel, as part of their efforts to reduce the presence of the X-Men and mutants in general, Marvel attempted to retcon Squirrel Girl's status as a mutant by having her take a DNA test that seemingly confirms that she's only a human with irregular DNA. Perhaps Mr. Sinister got involved in a two-fold purpose — first, to collect Squirrel Girl's DNA sample for his DNA database, and second, to switch it with a bogus sample to dupe her into risking her life getting M-Pox. Of course, given her track record, perhaps she did catch it, only for her immune system to somehow beat it.

In Marvel 616 having any ability to get super powers make you immune to sanction bacteria.That's why other superpower people in comparison don't have problems with mutant.

Telepaths are actually telekinetics.
Who specialize in brain surgery. The "seeing people's thoughts" thing is a necessary empathic component.

Mr. Sinister is part of the reason that Mystique has so many children
Mystique has had a large number of sexual partners, which isn’t really unusual since when you cast the net far enough across the marvel universe it’s an Everybody Has Lots of Sex series. But it should also be noted that she’s had children with several of her partners. The fathers of those children including Azazel, Sabretooth, Wolverine and Professor X and these are just the ones we know about.

Mr. Sinister, for his part, has been practicing clandestine Mutant Husbandry for at least a century and has canonically been responsible for Grigori Rasputin being such a playboy.

What if at some point in the past Essex and Darkholme crossed paths and he (perhaps though telepathy) planted a post hypnotic suggestion of sorts into her mind so she would impulsively travel the world and procreate and eventually leave and repeat the cycle. Considering that out of all of her biological children only one of them has her shapeshifting abilities, Mr. Sinister may have seen her as a genetic wild card and decided to breed her with multiple partners to see what kinds of powers would be developed.

Chaos Magic is inconsistent because it's, well, chaotic.
Chaos magic like the kind Wanda sometimes uses is in a constant state of existential flux. This is why sometimes it explicitly doesn't exist while sometimes it does. This could also be a contributing factor to Wanda's occasional erratic behavior– she's using magic that periodically just stops being real in the context of her reality.

Wanda really was Magneto's kid...and a mutant.
She was also the Franks' kid...and the Maximoffs'. Her powers have repeatedly retconned her past (and by extension Pietro's). When she decided to put an end to mutants, she made herself not one, and changed parents again out of shame over Magneto's world.

The Quicksilver we see now is not the real Quicksilver, but a creation of Wanda's powers.
Wanda killed the real Pietro in yet another fit of insanity, and to deal with this, replaced him with one created from her reality-warping abilities, similar to how she made her children. At first, it acted much like the real Pietro did; however, as Wanda removed herself farther and farther from reality, so did the Pietro clone, and began to act erratically. When everyone realized Wanda was losing it, Pietro, being part of her mind and symbolizing all she wanted to hold on to, attempts to protect herself by urging her to create the House of M world. The reason why Wanda was able to 'resurrect' Pietro when Magneto killed him out of rage, was that it wasn't Pietro, but something she created from her memories. Afterward, without Wanda to direct his actions, Pietro went completely off the rails going off her last state of mind. It isn't until Wanda chooses to live in obscurity and relative normalcy that 'Pietro' begins to regain a modicum of sanity.

Lorna's Emotion Eater powers were because of her possession by Malice.
Malice was specifically stuck to Lorna because of her magnetic abilities. When Zaladane stole them, it's possible that Malice was still stuck in Lorna but was not unconscious, so that Lorna was using Malice's Emotion Control abilities subconsciously. When her biology underwent a hard reset which freed her from the Shadow King's machine, it may have freed Malice as well as restoring Lorna's original powerset.

Penance was always a part of Monet
  • House of X #4 shows that she has the power to transform into Penance at will. When her brother tries to recruit her to rule other dimensions at his side, she mocked his appearance and the fact he's turned into a monster for the sake of power. She then notes he can't walk in public without nauseating people but expects her to turn into a monster for the sake of lording power over freaks in another world. She continues to laugh in his face, and a fed up Emplate traps her in the Penance body. It's possible the form was always apart of her power-set, and Emplate just brought it out with his sorcery. As a form of punishment, and irony of her having a part of her that was equally as non-human as he was. Sadly Monet not being able to deactivate it made it a prison. Eventually she was "freed" from the body and it became it's own entity. However, it may have actually split her very being in two and Penance was another side of her that she'd forsaken due to her brother's abuse. It is possible she has merged back with Penance, and learned to control the form, also reclaiming a lost part of her soul with the development.
    • JOSSED: During X-Men Monday #32, Hickman implies that Monet's Penance form is due to some tweaking in the resurrection process. She revealed the form just before getting killed in House of X #4. This also hints that House of X #5 was not her first resurrection by The Five, and as such, she died sometime before the events of Hickman's X-Men.

Rachel's father is Wolverine.
  • It fits with Cyclops not being her biological father (a throw–away plot point that Chris Claremont had intended to explore), it explains her hair style when it's short (flatter up top, naturally pushed back away from her temples) and her fiery tempper, and it'd make for a nice symmetry with Cable (who isn't actually Jean Grey's kid).
    • First, it's been repeatedly stated that she's Scott's daughter. Second, she was introduced long before certain writers ended up Running the Asylum and making Wolverine's thing for Jean anything more than totally one-sided. Third, Claremont stated that her 'father' was the Phoenix Force, explaining her affinity for it and her uncanny resemblance to her mother. This has been quietly ignored by everyone else.

Storm is a Half-Human Hybrid.
  • Specifically, her ancestral line is descended from the Faltine, the same other-dimensional race as Dormammu. Most of the women in Storm's family line possess her unique traits of white hair and blue eyes, and many have been skilled magic users — one of them was even Sorcerer Supreme, before the Ancient One (Doctor Strange's mentor and predecessor). In addition, Strange's wife Clea, who hails from the Faltine's native dimension, also possesses white hair and blue eyes. Lastly, when Storm gets sufficiently angry (as has only happened a small handful of times), her hair turns into a combination of fire and lightning, looking much like the Flames of Regency (the burning halo of flames around the head) that mark a Faltine. She still qualifies as a mutant, since her weather powers are not magical in origin, and Faltine ancestry is well back in her genealogy, but the signs are still there, especially since so many alternate universe versions of her are also sorceresses or tied to magic in some way.

Sabretooth's stint as a hero may not be over just yet, and we will see more of heroic Creed in Jonathan Hickman's X-Men.
  • Greg Pak's Weapon X (2017) left him in a lobotomized state, and whether he was still inverted or finally reverted was ambiguous. Marduk Kurios thought he was mentally broken at first, but theorizes he may have been fixed instead. Not wanting to claim Victor while he was mentally deficient, Marduk released him from Hell to heal & earn his way back. Mathew Rosenberg was the next writer to use him in his Uncanny X-Men (2018) tie-in for War of the Realms. There, Sabretooth is unquestionably evil again. But Rosenberg's Uncanny X-Men, along with the other current X-run has been stated by Hickman, and assistant editor, Chris Robinson, to be very lax on editorial mandate. The former saying the only mandate was for writers to go nuts & swing away. That being the case, Rosenberg's evil Creed may be filler that has no bearing on Hickman's future plans & use of him. The images from Hickman's run show Creed sporting his Weapon X-Force design, compared to Rosenberg's long-haired, street-clothed, Creed. He appears to be working with Magneto, who is sporting a trademark '''X''' costume & whom he worked for during Cullen Bunn's Uncanny X-Men (2015).
    • JOSSED: With House & Powers of X completed, it's made clear Sabretooth is a full blown villain again, and not only that, but he's the only one bad enough to be exiled from Krakoa.

Sabretooth escapes the Depths of Krakoa and may have more kids in the cards.

Mystique will release Sabretooth from the depths of Krakoa.
  • She was made a member of the council due to being identified as a problem, along with Apocalypse, Sinister, and Exodus. She took some persuading and joined on the grounds she get Destiny back. As Moira, Charles, and Magneto talk, they agree that Precogs shouldn't be allowed on Krakoa. When Mystique hears she joined their cause and died on one mission already while they had no intention whatsoever to bring Destiny back, she will not be happy. In Destiny's absence, her most frequent relationship is with Sabretooth, so with Destiny still being kept from her, she'll likely go get Sabretooth back. To have a consistent partner when she needs one, and to cause some trouble on Krakoa for their betrayal of her.

Most people with superpowers are probably immune to Sublime.
  • In fact People with the potential I'll probably be immune to him and in fact if you hang out with people without superpowers but are often allowed, people with super-powers also become immune.
    • Look at the evidence. Newspaper man JJJ personally get involved with super-powered individuals and is off in it so I can with Spider-Man in person and has never really had a anti-mutant problem despite where is showing he's constantly stand-up to superpowered people.


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