In the latest issue of Wolverine: Black, White, & Blood , Logan comes up with an idea that could herald a serious change to the X-Men’s future.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for “Red Planet Blues,” in Wolverine: Black, White & Blood #3, by Jed MacKay, Jesús Saiz and VC’s Clayton Cowles, on sale now.
Wolverine is often very outspoken in his personal opinions. Whenever the X-Men need a push, Logan is almost always there to do what needs to be done or say what needs to be said. However, his latest bold new idea could possibly change mutant-kind forever.
In the story “Red Planet Blues,” Logan goes on a mission to Mars. Apparently, a sub-division of A.I.M., called Martian Advanced Ideas Mechanics, is starting their own Martian civilization. Creating a new race on the red planet, M.A.I.M. also plans to destroy Earth by sending origin bombs down from their new society. In an effort to put a stop to their plans, Wolverine fights and defeats M.A.I.M.’s other-dimensional robot before killing the scientists themselves. When Magik arrives to take Logan back to Krakoa, he mentions that perhaps mutants should make a place for themselves on Mars.
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This innocuous remark could hold several consequences for mutants down the line. There have been a number of mutant planets featured in some of Marvel’s many alternate futures. One of these planets, called Haven, first appeared in 1991’s Guardians of the Galaxy #8, by Jim Valentino and Steve Montano. In this future, the Martian Masters decimated the Earth’s population, with only a few mutants escaping the planet. Following the loss of their leader, Magneto, the mutants made a home on a new planet. This planet, despite being filled with many active volcanoes was dubbed Haven.
Oddly enough, after Wolverine reluctantly took charge of this new mutant planet, his descendant, Rancor, became Haven’s queen. However, Haven isn’t the best example of an ideal mutant planet, since it was born out of desperation, with few mutants living on this world. Additionally, Haven seems to have succumbed to society’s typical power struggles, with one ruler oppressing others, with the few humans on the planet treated as a persecuted class.
Another mutant planet was introduced in Uncanny Avengers #20, by Rick Remender and Daniel Acuña. In this future, humanity was completely wiped out. The children of Dark Angel, however, managed to save the mutant population. Mutants ruled this new “Planet X,” helmed by a council similar to Krakoa’s Quiet Council and an X-Force team led by Magneto. On the surface, this world was a great departure from Haven, thriving with technological advancements. The planet was also governed by a fair council who created a paradise for their fellow mutants.
Unfortunately, Planet X still held the same types of feuds and prejudices as those maintained on Earth beforehand. Eimin, a child of Dark Angel, blamed Earth’s destruction on the Avengers, initiating a planet-wide hatred for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. As a result, any who were associated with the Avengers were hunted down. Planet X was based on a lie, as Dark Angel’s children were in reality the ones responsible for Earth’s destruction. Moreover, Magneto’s X-Force was comprised of the old Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, making them a very militant, aggressive peacekeeping force.
Most recently, in Powers of X #1, by Jonathan Hickman and R.B. Silva, a glimpse was given into a potential future where mutants had their own habitat on Mars. Shortly after this colony was established, Mister Sinister was tasked with creating Martian breeding pits. Sinister interbred mutants with more aggressive power sets on Mars so mutants could win their war against the Man-Machine Supremacy.
Sadly, things didn’t turn out well in this future either. The fourth generation of Sinister’s mutants destroyed forty percent of the mutant population and demolished the Martian breeding pits. This future, where mutants had their own Martian territory, illustrated how a mutant planet would once again lead to disaster. In fact, the mutants were nearly wiped out in their war with the Man-Machine Supremacy. Within one hundred years, mutants would be forced out into space, and within one thousand years, the very few surviving mutants would be held in preservation habitats by The Librarian.
Fortunately, for now, the idea of a mutant planet seems to be off the table. When Wolverine tells Magik about this idea, Illyana scoffs. Magik points out how difficult transit between Krakoa and Mars would be, especially since she would be responsible for ferrying mutants everywhere. From this comment, it seems that a mutant planet, although possible, is still quite far away.
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