Marvel, who have been revealing upcoming titles for summer 2015 over the past few weeks, have just dropped an exclusive at the doorstep of Comicbook.com and it’s a doozy.
They say that the image (above) is “offering the possible return of the early 90s-era X-Men team. Anchored by Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Jubilee, Beast, Jean Grey, and lots (and lots) of pouches, the X-Men of the early 90s were one of the franchise’s most prevalent in pop culture. X-Men #1, published in 1991, still holds the world record for the highest-selling comic with almost four million copies sold, and X-Men the animated series, which ran from 1992 to 1997, still remains a fan-favorite take on the characters.”
But why return to this era? Well, they speculate there may be more to it than just fan-pleasing: “The possible return of the Jim Lee-designed team wouldn’t be out of the question for Marvel. They’ve already brought the First Class X-Men to the modern era through time travel, so why not pluck a few more past iterations of their mutants? It could be a backdoor way of bringing the recently-expired Wolverine back to their publishing fold. Indeed, they already pulled that trick with Jean Grey in “All-New X-Men.”
They also speculate that perhaps Marvel are bringing the whole animated universe into the comics fold.
Whatever it means, we know that it will be a pleasing sight to the long-term comic fans out there and a real treat to the newbies.