In this final installment of Martian Luthor Kang & Biff’s discussion on Chris Claremont’s defining run as X-Men writer we turn our gaze to the future. The future that never was. Since Claremont’s departure from the franchise in 1991 he has openly discussed his plans for what was to come next and story lines that were intended for the future of the X-Men. We’ve gathered up everything we had access to and attempted to make a coherent time line of what was to be. We also take a look at what Claremont actually did when he was given the chance to pick up where he left off with these characters in X-Men Forever 18 years later. Get your headphones handy and get ready to experience Chris Claremont’s vision for an X-Men timeline that could have been.
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I’ve recently rekindled a love of the first series that brought me into comic books, the X-Men. Despite its faults I have nothing but love for the Claremont tenure on it; I find it both fascinating and innovative. He really had a grip on the core characters of that book and helped to build the foundation of so much of what was to come in the future. However in 1991, after 17 years on the book he wrapped up his time abruptly after a disagreement with editorial and rising star artist, Jim Lee. Uncanny X-Men became so massively popular that they introduced another book simply titled X-Men and split the teams. Claremont helped launch the new title but his last work for the franchise was with X-Men #1-3. What should have been his swan song was a decent but rushed and convoluted story involving the “death” of Magneto.
Claremont did return to various X-Men titles in the early 2000’s to less than stellar results. He complained that part of his issue was that there was so much continuity and events that happened since he had left it was almost impossible for him to write the kind of stories he wanted to. Finally in 2009 Marvel threw him a bone with X-Men Forever. The idea was that this series would continue directly after the events that happened on his last storyline from X-Men #1-3 and nothing that has happened since 1991 would have any bearing on it. He could for all intents in purposes pick up exactly where he left off.
Be forewarned, after the jump I’m going to spoil the hell out of the first five issues of this series. It’s virtually impossible to discuss anything about it without getting into the major details. So if you want to be surprised by this book should you read it, turn away now.