Mutants Shine from the Shadows of iPhone 5

Avengers vs. X-Men #11 hits shelves today.

While an enormous amount of the media will be covering (and coveting) the slightly longer, slightly lighter, and slightly faster iPhone 5 (don’t look for a link here), they may miss a larger news story that began 50 years ago.

SPOILER ALERT FOR X-MEN FANS

Today marks the release of “Avengers vs. X-Men #11” and the death of the founder of the team of mutants. Since September of 1963, Charles Francis Xavier, aka Professor X, had been the mentor to numerous famous X-Men including the first batch (Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast, and Marvel Girl) and the reader favorites (Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Rogue).

Martin Luther King, Jr., as fans and pop culture enthusiasts know, inspired Professor X’s character development, and that may have ultimately been his downfall as the X-Men aged out of the Professor’s lessons.

“He was this thing that was just floating around the X-books, with not the same amount of gravitas that he once had,” Brian Bendis, who wrote the issue, told the New York Daily News. “I did point out that he would matter more in death.”

So the task was given to Cyclops, Xavier’s cherished student.

“He needed to be the casualty in this story. There’s no more oh-sh– moment that you can bring than having a son killing his father,” Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso told the Daily News.

So what’s next for Professor X? Will he stay dead or be brought back to life as we have seen done to so many of our superheroes?

According to the Daily News report, we really shouldn’t get our hopes up:

Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort promises, “This is about as serious and lasting a death as you’re apt to get in one of these.”

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