The X-Men franchise has had a few animated series, and is on their way to a sixth live action movie. But how would you put together a ten season live action show with continuity and including the best stories from the various X-books over the years?
Now that the X-Men are tucked safe and sound in a place called Utopia, one would imagine they’re all happy together and throwing the best psychic slumber parties ever, right? Not so much.
Art by Ilias Kyriazis
Season 9: Schism
(Showrunners: Mike Carey & Rick Remender)
Serial 1: X-Men Legacy Aftermath, X-Men Age Of X, Lost Legions
(written by Mike Carey, art by Paul Davidson, Harvey Tolibao, Jorge Molina, Rafa Sandoval, and many others)
Legion, Professor X’s mentally ill son, is one of the most powerful mutants in existence. He has a long and complicated backstory intertwined with The Age Of Apocalypse (which he accidentally created) but let’s pretend we are seeing him for the first time here. He’s brought to Utopia by The New Mutants and in the first half of The Aftermath trade, he accidentally creates Age Of X. So put Aftermath down, check out The Age Of X trade, you can skip the Avengers and Spider-Man stories at the end of Age Of X, and then resume reading Aftermath, as Utopia struggles to understand how many of the mutants spent seven days in an imaginary world.
Age Of X. 3 episodes
Episode 4: X-Men Legacy Lost Legions
(written by Mike Carey, art by Khoi Pham)
Professor X forms a team of X-Men to track down six of Legion’s missing personalities.
Lost Legions. 1 episode
Serial 3: Uncanny X-Force Apocalypse Solution, Uncanny X-Force Deathlok Nation
(written by Rick Remender, art by Jerome Opena, Esad Ribic, and Rafael Albuquerque)
There is a run of X-Force that goes back a few years before this, and it’s a good run, but Remender’s run is excellent. X-Force is a team assembled by Cyclops to handle situations that the now public X-Men can’t be publicly involved with. Wolverine is the team leader and they do all sorts of morally dubious things. Their first mission lead them to a reborn Apocalypse who is still a child when they discover him. Their second mission gives them an opportunity to get their revenge on The Reavers from waaaay back in Season One. The only problem? Deathloks programmed to kill Fantomex. Ok, that’s not their ONLY problem.
X-Force. 2 episodes
Serial 4: Uncanny X-Force The Dark Angel Saga Volumes 1 & 2
(written by Rick Remender, art by Jerome Opena, Dean White, Esad Ribac, Billy Tan, and Mark Brooks)
Fiiiiine, here’s your Age Of Apocalypse story. Angel has been able to transform back and forth into Archangel for a while now, but Archangel is becoming a bit of a monster. In fact, he may be the next Apocalypse. Can his teammates stop him before he destroys this world?
Dark Angel. 3 episodes
Serial 5: X-Men Schism
(written by Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillen, art by Carlos Pacheco, Frank Cho, Daniel Acuna, Alan Davis, Adam Kubert, and Billy Tan)
The whole point of X-Force is to be the soldiers of the X-Men’s Utopia, so when Cyclops responds to a new Hellfire and Sentinel threat by using members of Generation Hope, Wolverine decides that the X-Men have gone astray and decides to come up with a solution. Breaking up the X-Men.
Schism. 2 episodes
Serial 6: Uncanny X-Force Otherworld, Uncanny X-Force The Final Execution Volumes 1 & 2
(written by Rick Remender and Sam Humphries, art by Jerome Opena and Ron Garney)
Wolverine has some unfinished business to attend to before he can take on his new role as headmaster of the Jean Grey school. This arc is probably not going to win him the prestigious Father Of The Year Award.
The Final Execution. 4 episodes
Serial 7: Uncanny X-Men by Kieron Gillen Volumes 1 & 2
(written by Kieron Gillen, art by Carlo Pacheco and Brandon Peterson)
Back on Utopia, Cyclops uses the adult X-Men to handle events that would previously be X-Force’s problem and dubs them The Extinction Team. Mr Sinister returns to help them live up to their name.
Everything Is Sinister. 2 episodes
Serial 8: Wolverine & The X-Men Volumes 1 & 2
(written by Jason Aaron, art by Chris Bachalo and Nick Bradshaw)
Wolverine opens the Jean Grey school for mutants on the grounds of the former Charles Xavier school in Westchester. For a guy who’s all about making younger mutants students and not soldiers, he sure puts them in a lot of life or death situations, though. Blame the Hellfire club.
New School. 3 episodes
Season 9 is 20 episodes
Interseason Special: Avengers The Childrens’ Crusade
(written by Allan Heinberg, art by Jim Cheung)
The Young Avengers go off in search of Wiccan’s mom, The Scarlet Witch, who has only been seen once since House Of M. How will the possibility of her return affect the population whose genocide she’s responsible for?