There was speculation Emma Frost was heading to the dark side again when she revealed Transonic’s location — a revelation that prompted Namor to declare war and suddenly attack Wakanda to wipe out the Avengers.
It turns out her motivations weren’t so sinister after all. Matt Fraction says her passion has always been protecting and teaching mutants, so she’s going to do what she wants to protect them.
CBR: What’s going on with Emma Frost in this scene? Why is she acting like Lady Macbeth and winding Namor up?
Fraction: This picks up something I seeded in my “Uncanny X-Men” run and always meant to get back to, but I had to leave before I could revisit it. Emma has always been about protecting and training mutants at all costs — from the earliest days of the character onwards, that’s always been what drives her and motivates her to do absolutely everything. She’s out to teach, protect and save as many mutants as possible. That trumps everything else in her life. She’s sacrificed everything she is, everything she has, historically, to protect mutants.
This is what we’re seeing here. She agrees with Namor and thinks Scott is being obstinate. Plus she knows how to push Namor’s buttons to get him to do what she wants him to do. In this case, she wants him to be proactive and keep mutants safe. That means taking out the Avengers by any means necessary.