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How The X-Men’s Roster Could Change Following the Hellfire Gala

The X-Men have been through a lot this year. With the Hellfire Gala on its way, will a new team of X-Men be formed, or will the roster stay the same?

This article contains spoilers for the comic book series, X-Men #12 on sale by Marvel Comics

With the Hellfire Gala fast approaching, it’s almost time for the X-Men elections. Last year, mutants were able to telepathically cast their votes for who they felt should be on the team, not only representing Krakoa, but the mutant race as a whole.

Unfortunately, based on the end of X-Men #12 (by Gerry Duggan, Pepe Larraz, Marte Gracia, and VC’s Clayton Cowles), it looks like the lineup could go through a drastic change. Will fans see the same faces for the coming year, or will new members be added to the roster? Each of the X-Men have their own opinions about either staying or leaving, which could clue readers in on what the team will look like after the event.

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After Cyclops and Synch confronted reporter Ben Urich in X-Men #12, it’s up in the air whether Cyclops will be re-elected onto the X-Men. There have been rifts between him and the Quiet Council ever since his death in X-Men #7 (by Gerry Duggan, Pepe Larraz, Marte Gracia, and VC’s Clayton Cowles) and he became Captain Krakoa. Scott was not happy about this change and tried to fight it, to no avail. Perhaps this is an ulterior motive for leaking the story back to Urich, so he could go back to being Cyclops.

Jean Grey has no interest in leaving the team, and plans to stick by her husband’s side. Jean’s missions haven’t changed: she wants to reform the X-Men and save as many lives as she took when she was a host to the Phoenix Force. It seems like a heavy goal, but after stopping Cordyceps Jones on Gameworld, it’s revealed that she and the X-Men have saved over a trillion lives on various planets. With that in mind, she could continue to be an X-Man, or she could get the peace she deserves. But based on her heroic personality, she’ll most likely stay on the team for as long as she can.

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Synch wishes to stay on the team. Despite his doubts in X-Men #8 (by Gerry Duggan, Javier Pina, Marte Gracia, and VC’s Clayton Cowles), he’s found a place within the team, and with his mutant ability to “borrow” powers from mutants within his vicinity, readers have seen how big of a powerhouse he is. He and Cyclops have seemed to form a friendship, and they work well together. If Cyclop’s position is in jeopardy, maybe Synch will make a case to keep him on the team.

Wolverine isn’t sure yet, and hasn’t made a decision. Laura has been through a lot, especially during X-Men #10 (by Gerry Duggan, Javier Pina, Marte Gracia, and VC’s Clayton Cowles), when she rescued Lady Deathstrike from the Orchis lab on Phobos. She’s still trying to live up to the mantle of Wolverine, despite reassurances that she’s doing her best. Perhaps there are still things she’s trying to figure out. Despite whatever she may be thinking, she’s told them that if they ever need her, all they have to do is say the magic words.

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Polaris has been a relaxed member of the X-Men. The circumstances of her election allowed Jean to turn her words around so that she nominated herself. She expected more as a member of the team, but hasn’t explicitly stated any intentions of leaving. She wishes to go with the flow, and whatever happens, happens. She hasn’t had many on-panel moments to shine, but if she remains with the team, hopefully readers can expect more from her.

Rogue has expressed her interest in staying on the team, however, fate has other plans for her. After an encounter with her adoptive mother, Irene, she’s left to believe she’s needed on Arakko. Could that involve her joining Storm’s recently formed Brotherhood? Or will she find a way to rejoin Excalibur and be with her husband? Whatever the case is, she’ll be on a path to protecting mutants, as she’s always done.

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Sunfire hasn’t had much time in the spotlight as an X-Man, and hasn’t given his opinion yet whether he’ll stay a member. Before Orchis claimed Phobos, he’d been spending a lot of free time on Arakko. He’s been harboring some guilt over the Arakki that lost his life there, and all the ones who tried to oppose Feilong. In X-Men #9 (by Gerry Duggan, C.F. Villa, Marte Gracia, and VC’s Clayton Cowles), he expressed to Storm that he aspires to travel through space. Thanks to his mutant abilities, it’s possible, and is something he could pursue.

Unless things change at the Hellfire Gala, there are at least two or three spots available for new recruits. There are many possible candidates to replace these empty slots. It would be easy to look at mutants who aren’t currently serving on any teams such as X-Factor, New Mutants, or Legion of X.

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Single mom and former X-Man, Jubilee would make a great addition to the team. While her son is away in Otherworld, she could join the team to ease her worry. Dazzler could also make an impact on the team. Though Marvel’s attempts to give her a live action show have failed, giving her a spot on the X-Men would be a great way to reintroduce her. If Cyclops were to be replaced, what better candidate than his brother, Havok? The two are equally matched in power and strength, so he’d be the best option to fill his brother’s spot, should The Quiet Council feel obligated to remove him.

Of course, there’s the option of recruiting former members of the team such as Angel or Iceman. In all honesty, it’s still up in the air on how much change the X-Men will be going through. With all the events occurring on the mutant homeland, it’s safe to say that something needs to change, but how the mutants will go about that is still a mystery. For now, readers can look forward with anticipation for the Hellfire Gala.

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