Last Wednesday was a pretty big week for Emma. However way Cyclops’ intentions are interpreted, she loses the Phoenix Force after Cyclops attacks her so he could keep the power for himself.
He also murders Professor Xavier, but moving on…
So, now depowered, Emma gets taken to prison, but first here’s the quick scoop on Uncanny X-Men’s shocking (or is it not?) revelation.
Uncanny X-Men #18
Meanwhile as Emma and Cyclops fight the X-Men and Avengers (in AvX #11), they’re so beyond their humanity that they can eat steak and Homo sapien blood (not real steak and blood, psychic stuff). Emma furthers her point that the Phoenix Force’s power is getting out of hand when she tells Cyclops she had psychic sex with Namor while he was trashing Wakanda. Any stray thought they think can happen very easily, so she tells him she’s sorry.
Cyclops tells her enough and blasts her away. He can take the full Phoenix Force himself.
Avengers vs X-Men #11
40 pages of action in summary: Captain America asks Hulk to help them win the fight against Emma and Cyclops. He then orders his teammates to keep the fight on Summers and Frost (because, apparently, there are other threats around).
Cyclops goes on a rampage and chokes the Phoenix Force out of Emma to get the full power of the Phoenix. He then kills Professor X and goes Dark Phoenix.
New Avengers #30
Daredevil and Luke Cage are on a truck taking non-PF, power-suppressed Emma to an Avengers prison. She defends her actions but acts like nothing else happened and says the Phoenix Five were just trying to do what the Avengers are trying to do — save the world.
They’re interrupted when the mutant hating Purifiers try to kill Emma. While the Avengers and Purifiers are fighting, Emma tries escaping but Daredevil knocks her out with his baton.
She’s fine after the Avengers defeat the Purifiers. Iron Man is shocked the Purifiers have such tech. Emma says weapons and money aren’t a problem when religion is involved.
Brevoort interprets Cyclops’ actions in Avengers vs X-Men #11
CBR: Here we have the scene where Scott takes Emma’s Phoenix power for himself. You mentioned earlier that there was a bond between them and it was questionable whether or not the power of the Phoenix would cause it to snap. Why does it snap here? Did Scott feel that he needed Emma’s power? Did he feel that it was his to begin with?
That all having been said, in my interpretation Scott reached a moment where in essence he was weighing two factors: his commitment to what he sees as the future, betterment and survival of the mutant race on one side, and his love, affection, and relationship with Emma on the other. In that moment and weighing those two things while under attack by Professor X, the X-Men, and the Avengers he makes a choice that is sort of the culmination of the path he’s walked since “House of M” and the aftermath of M-Day.
He’s had this stalwart laser like focus of “I must save my people.” In this moment that was a stronger thing for him than his relationship with Emma. I think he did this out of a belief in necessity rather than something he needed, wanted, or did on a whim. I think this isn’t something he would have wanted to do. This is a case where he felt there was no other option and that he had to do this or else all would be lost and any hope for the mutant species would go out the window.
On the previous page we see Emma’s reaction to this, and she was surprised even though she knows Scott better than anyone else and knows how laser focused he can be.
True. This is another case where I don’t want to read too much into things for people, but I think this is a fairly substantial betrayal for Emma. For all that she may have been sort of flighty and quick to skirt the edges of the rules of her relationship with Scott, if not out and out break them, I think they had a true connection and true bond. She believed in that and I think one of the things that she found and finds attractive in him is that he is so absolutely stalwart. He is the right guy. So I don’t know that she ever truly thought he would do this.
I think there were probably moments where she thought she would do it to him. That could have been part of what was on her mind two issues back where out in the desert she said to Scott, “Something is not right. I’m not feeling right and I need to talk to you.” He was busy tracking down Hope though. So they didn’t have that conversation.
Assuming both of them survive this, does this betrayal mean their relationship is over?
Not necessarily. Emma is a character who certainly in her own way, style and personality has been just as stalwart in her protection and defense of the remaining mutants. On a metaphorical level all the mutants that are left; the X-Men and Utopia’s other inhabitants who were less active as super heroes, were all her students now in a way that she had the Generation X kids back in the day and all the kids on Genosha that were wiped out. For all that she put on certain airs, she was absolutely stalwart herself in the goal of protecting, defending, and maintaining her species.
So while this is a harsh moment and there will certainly have to be after effects, I could see a world in which Emma looked at this moment and would say to Scott, “You did what you had to do. I would have done the same thing.”So I don’t think their relationship is necessarily done. Or it could go horribly awry and now we have two characters that are eternally opposed to one another moving into a new chapter of the Marvel Universe. We just won’t know for a few more weeks.
CBR’s full interview is here, so go ahead and read it as I’m not going to copy and paste the entire article.
What just happened?
I’m just dumbstruck by this entire event, so I will leave a wonderful comment left by Khino.
I’m not talking about the “fight” per see, nor the result. Pushing a character is fine, heck, it’s what happened with Emma right until Dark Reign. But X-Men is still a team book, whoever’s writing it has to at least try to write in a way there’s no “main character”. Emma was the character marvel was pushing during Whedon’s run, and they still allowed Kitty and Cyclops to shine. Emma’s fanbase has never been so big in feats, so even if I think it’s laughable when they try to write it as if Scott had more control than her, that’s not the problem.
What I mean is that there’s no problem with using Cyclops as the main character for this event, but that’s no excuse for mistreating the other characters involved. And I do know Emma had more presence than any character not called Cyclops so far, but the way I see it that’s not really a good thing. It means she’s getting part of the blame and will suffer the consequences of a storyline that wasn’t really taking her character in account.
Marvel went out of their way to keep Emma and Cyclops together. They made her stay on Utopia when she herself said she should be at the school. Yet most of the time what we got is how hard it is to Cyclops to be viewed as “new Magneto”, not how she feels about her sacrifice, not about how Storm faces the problem of being the moral compass of the team, etc. Now Emma was pretty much the only character on Utopia who was strictly against using the phoenix. Did they take that into account at any time of the event? Or the various phoenix signs she alone received before that? Nope. Even as a guest character, if the character in question is even more tied to the subject of the event (the phoenix) than the main character himself, isn’t it expected that said character will have more impact than Emma got?
And from another spoiler I’ve seen (I think it was the #30 issue of an Avengers book), after losing her part of the bird, while being taken by the avengers, she talks as if she too was willing to use the phoenix. That has nothing to do with this being Cyclops’ story or not, it’s just that marvel is disregarding Emma’s own development because it’s apparently not that important for them. While it’s absolutely important for her to admit to Scott she had psychic sex with Namor right at the middle of the battle.
All the other X-Men are rebuilding post Marvel Now, with potential new storylines and hopefully get written in a way where none of the main characters has to be held back so the writers’ favorite will shine. Emma, just like the rest of the P5, is still not on any of the revealed upcoming titles (All New X-Men is still a maybe). I’m sure she is appearing, I have no doubt about that, but as the titles get revealed, it looks more and more like she’ll be stuck in Cyclops’ team again. If that’s how it is, from all the X-Men, she is the one that already has the worst start of all, since her motivation will be once again just an extension of Cyclops’ own motivations.
I hate to be that guy to say these things, I know it sounds pessimistic, but Emma has been held back for around 3 years now, ever since Cyclops has become undisputably the main character. And now that it seems the focus won’t be on him anymore, when her character gets a chance to go back to her own story, all I see are signs that they are dragging her down with him.
My “be strong, people” was more of me expressing how I think Emma’s character won’t be at a very good position in Marvel Now, though that’s of course just my prediction
Now get your drama violin out because here is a song for all of us.