Expect a big shakeup for the X-Men and their affiliated titles in 2022! Marvel has promised “revolutionary status quo changes” next year. The news comes as writer Jonathan Hickman preps for his exit from the X-Men franchise following the miniseries Inferno. After relaunching the X-Men in 2019 with the “Krakoan Age,” Hickman has paved the way for another major relaunch.
From the Ashes of the Inferno
Out of the ashes of the Krakoan Age comes Destiny of X (or the second Krakoan Age). Some of the brand-new titles expected to hit shelves next year are Immortal X-Men, Knights of X, Legion of X, and X-Men Red. These titles will be joining an already action-packed lineup of Marauders, New Mutants, Wolverine, X-Force, and X-Men.
The new titles signal the revival of an old favorite in X-Men Red, and Legion of X is likely a sequel to the more recent Way of X storyline featuring Nightcrawler’s Legionaries team. Knights of X and Immortal X-Men on the other hand promise something entirely new which has yet to be revealed. Marvel promises more details on those titles soon.
A New Beginning Does Not Signal an End
Just because the X-Men are going through another Regenesis does not mean readers should expect a complete reboot. According to Senior Editor Jordan D. White, the current story will continue: “The journey of the Krakoan Age is far from over!” White promised. “Our long-term plan that all our creators have been working on in our secret Council Chamber has only just begun to come to fruition. With the filling of the two empty council seats, the Reign of X has ended, and it’s time for mutantkind to reach for their destiny!”
A Glimpse into the Future
Promotional art from Leinil Francis Yu and Sunny Gho has already been released, which reveals the new lineup of X-titles, and teases some team shakeups. Professor Xavier, Magneto, and the X-Men take center stage. Fans can also expect appearances from Mister Sinister, Madelyne Pryor, Juggernaut, and Destiny. What exactly lies ahead in 2022 is anyone’s guess, but it’s sure to be an exciting ride.