Or more recently, this:
|Spoiler: They hugged it out.|
I actually did an article on this. In it, I speculated that the mysterious man swapping spit with X-23 is O5 Iceman. My main reason was that O5 Iceman hasn’t done jack shit since All New X-men began. He’s due for a major story and I like to think that Marvel tries to be balanced with their classic characters. I also like to think the IRS doesn’t screw me over on my taxes each year, but even I can’t get that stoned. So I guess I shouldn’t have been too shocked when I found out that I’m dead fucking wrong.
Whether by accident or part of the recent round of revelations from the New York Comic Con, the undoctored cover was revealed. It wasn’t Photoshopped either. This shit comes directly from Marvel’s official website. And the identity of the lucky guy kissing Wolverine’s clone/daughter is…well, I’m too sober to tell so I’ll just show.
It’s fucking O5 Cyclops. Apparently, Marvel isn’t done demonstrating the sheer power of Cyclops’s penis. Even as a teenager, it’s so powerful that it soaks the panties of a living weapon who happens to be related to Wolverine. I can already hear the slash fanfiction writers everywhere using this to justify the kinkiest gay smut ever between Wolverine and Cyclops. Considering that Wolverine and Cyclops currently hate each other, this sort of thing represents the ultimate “fuck you” from Cyclops to Wolverine. I guess it’s not enough that he banged Jean Grey and he never could. Now he’s looking to bang his teenage clone/daughter. That may very well be the single greatest act of pwnage in the history of any universe.
As epic a pwnage it is, it also raises some distressing concerns for a sober mind. Ever since Battle of the Atom began, O5 Cyclops has been hung up on Jean. He’s been so hung up on her that he has been willing to follow her and trust her everywhere. While he doesn’t seem to know that she swapped spit with O5 Beast (and neither of them seem to know that he got flirty with a stranger in All New X-men Special #1), his emotions for her have been a driving force since All New X-men began. Yet this seems to imply, assuming the cover isn’t a ruse, that something changes.
This could mean any number of things. It could mean that when Battle of the Atom ends, O5 Jean basically gives a big middle finger to O5 Cyclops, rips up the wedding invitation he gave her, and says she doesn’t ever want to have a future with him. That would be pretty fucking cold, but given how Marvel has treated long-term relationships lately (see Spider-Man and Mary Jane), I think it’s a possibility. I think this would really fuck a lot of things up in addition to taking a bit shit on the most storied romance in the history of X-men. But again, Marvel is not above pulling shit like that.
It could also be something that is a bit less of a dick move on Marvel’s part. Seeing as how the Cyclops/Jean/Wolverine/Emma Frost love fest was so epic in Grant Morrison’s New X-men, maybe Marvel wants to capture that four-way orgy of emotion again. This time with X-23/Cyclops/Jean/Beast. When O5 Cyclops finds out that O5 Jean kissed Beast, who is basically his friend, he might be upset enough to try and push her away. It could just be another emotional wedge, not unlike the many Brian Michael Bendis used with Peter and Mary Jane during his Ultimate Spider-Man run (until he fucking killed Peter). In fact, they broke up twice during his run and Peter dated Gwen for a while so this may just be the same story with different characters. And I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to an approach like that. Bendis has shown that he’s good at making shit like this work and playing up the drama. I would love to see him do for O5 Cyclops and O5 Jean what he did for Ultimate Peter Parker and Mary Jane, minus the part where he fucking killed Peter Parker.
Or perhaps it may be the complete reverse. In Battle of the Atom, O5 Cyclops and O5 Jean come closer and they try to embrace the future rather than avoid it. But they find out that by trying to be together and fix all the things that ended up going wrong in their relationship (and that list is pretty long), they encounter new complications. X-23 might be one of those complications. I think this isn’t likely since Marvel is allergic to any kind of happiness within relationships, even if it is between teenagers. They seem to adopt the DC mentality of, “Fuck long term relationships, present and future. Let’s just have every character stay single.” I believe that relationships like Superman and Wonder Woman have shown that it is possible to tell a decent story that people will enjoy by showing a relationship grow rather than tearing it apart. But maybe that’s just the romantic in me and maybe that’s also because it has been too long since my last trip to Tijuana.
I’m sure if I smoked a bit more weed, I could come up with some other crazier theories. Right now, I’m not sure which is the most likely. I think the odds are I’m wrong on all three because I can’t seem to guess anything right with Marvel lately. And maybe that’s the point. Marvel doesn’t like being predicable. They love having as many WTF moments as possible and this definitely qualifies. As for what comes of it, that’s not clear. The end of Battle of the Atom in a few weeks may offer insight, but for now I’m just going to get stoned and try to come up with as many theories as I can. Nuff said!