Avengers vs X-Men #7 sets up the Phoenix Five in conflicting ways. The characters have different philosophies on how to deal with the Avengers. Cyclops wants to stick straight to the rescue mission of finding Hope (even though he stated he wants Scarlet Witch’s head on a platter and “no more Avengers”), while the others want death and the Scarlet Witch to pay for her crimes against mutantkind.
Well, first, I’m not sure what Colossus is doing, but he sure looks gorgeous.
Magik has been throwing stray Avengers into limbo in X-Men Legacy #269.
Namor is getting impatient with Cyclops’ boyscout tactics and thought Emma should have killed them all when she burned away Hawkeye.
And it seems Emma Frost has about had it as well. So, after the Avengers captured Transonic while the Scarlet Witch tore Namor to pieces and put him back together, Emma tells him that she knows where Transonic is…and kisses him, too. Emma is, obviously, very much aware of what Namor would do with the information: attack Wakanda, where the Avengers are camping.
Of course, any crass actions that the Phoenix Five takes will probably not be entirely blamed on them as their actual selves since they’re possessed by the Phoenix Force.
The Phoenix Force enhances the emotions of those it possesses, so we have seen them all act very passionate, but the covers for the last issues of AvX reveal a showdown between Cyclops and Emma. Could this set each character up for the impending death in issue 11?
A few theories are floating around about Emma’s intentions.
- She is sick of Cyclops and is betraying him.
- Already aware of what Namor would do with the information, she’s trying to rally Cyclops into doing something more volatile against the Avengers too.
- The power is seducing her, so she is losing control of the Phoenix Force — which will lead to her death.
- All of this is planned by both Emma and Cyclops, like in the Dark Reign cop-out that Matt Fraction also wrote.
Or, maybe as Emma and Cyclops fight for ultimate power, Squirrel Girl kills them both, steals the Phoenix Force and then shares the power with all the squirrels in the Marvel Universe!