The following has MAJOR Spoilers for
House of X and Powers of X. You have been properly warned!
Jonathan Hickman and artist Pepe Larraz have shaken up the world of Marvel’s mutants with the mini-series/relaunch of
It’s a mission from which they do not return. Cyclops, Jean Grey, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Angel, Mystique, and more all die on the mission. These aren’t canon fodder mutants, these are iconic X-folks here. And they all kick the bucket.
Except we already know from advance solicitations for future comics that all of these X-Men will be back headlining their own newly relaunched
It’s All About Krakoa
Part of the premise for
Krakoa Is a Living Mutant Resurrection Machine
In one of the very first panels of
One thing fans noticed right off the bat about
My theory is this: The reason Xavier always has his portable Cerebro helmet on now is because he is in constant mental contact with all his former students, at all times. And when/if any of them die, he can “plant” their bodies—or just their DNA—into Krakoa, and “regrow” them. And then essentially download their consciousness from his own mind back into theirs. It’s still them, just in new bodies. Bodies that resemble their original ones.
It’s not something Xavier could do without assistance, but with a Cerebro permanently attached to him now, he could pull it off. Krakoa could be the means by which mutants have permanently conquered death. It could also explain why members of the team are wearing older uniforms. Jean Grey in particular is wearing her Marvel Girl costume, an outfit she hasn’t worn since 1976. If Xavier regrew Jean and she emerged at a younger chronological age, she might want to wear a costume that reflects that time in her life.
Mutant Heaven Has No Pearly Gates, Just Revolving Doors
Yes, we do see Xavier crying over the loss of his X-Men in
Even if my theory proves correct, there are still many unanswered questions about it. Do the X-Men know they die and come back repeatedly? Or does Xavier mind-wipe them of the trauma of their deaths? Jean Grey especially should be used to it by now.
The notion of the X-Men dying and coming back to life has already become a bit of a running theme. Jean Grey and Professor X once joked to each other that “in mutant heaven there are no pearly gates, but instead revolving doors.” So instead of constantly coming up with convoluted explanations as to how X-Men keep coming back to the land of the living, they could simply use Krakoa as an explanation from now on. It would also truly elevate the mutant race over humanity, making them fear them even more. If Homo Superior has conquered death and become gods, what chance to Homo Sapiens even have? If we’re right, the door to a whole new paradigm shift in human/mutant relations might have just opened up, changing the comics forever.