Posted by : Wendy B Monday, 8 October 2012
DISCLAIMER: This is a work of revisionist fanfiction for my personal entertainment (and maybe yours). X-Men, Avengers and all related characters are the property of Marvel Comics. RATING: Grown ups.I went to bed this afternoon with a headache, trying to take a nap. Apparently, my headache was actually the seed of this monster. I concluded that Marvel messed up with AvX, so I decided to fix it. A few things that happened:
- More Emma Frost
- Less versus
- Less asshole Avengers
- Slightly more asshole Scott Summers
- More Phoenix and the White Hot Room
- More Hope Summers
- No Iron Fist or dragons
- More remembering that the Phoenix has been here before and what was done
- More Rachel Summers
- Less Wolverine
- Less Thor
- Less Thor punching kids
- Less Avengers kidnapping kids
- Less Phoekinis
- Less inappropriate divorces (for inappropriate weddings)
- Less demon pits and lobster whales
- Less out of character characters
- Less Tony sitting around drunk
The Avengers have been tracking an energy signature of immense proportions for some time now. It is the Phoenix. But this time, the Avengers are ready for it. Hank McCoy and Tony Stark, working with a similar device to the one Beast once used to control his friend Jean Grey, the original Phoenix host, they are confident that they will be able to defeat the Phoenix before it reigns its destruction on earth.
The Avengers' attempt to detain the Phoenix fails and Hope is already manifesting its powers. Captain America approaches Cyclops to discuss the situation. They argue in private, but outside the briefing room, Hope hears it all, channeling Emma's telepathy. "They are discussing your fate, messiah," Emma says, "It is only fitting that you be a part of that discussion." As the argument in the room heats up, so too do Hope's emotions and she manifests once again, ripping the room apart and confronting the men who would control her life. She threatens and almost destroys them both, but pulls herself back at the last moment, fearfully realizing what she has done. She runs away. Captain America determines that they should work together to find her, but Cyclops refuses. The race is on.
Cyclops and his full team arrive on the moon. A battle ensues as the Phoenix Force approaches and Hope begins to lose control, begging Wolverine to end her life.
Cyclops and Emma proceed to "fix" the planet. T'Challa addresses Storm and the Avengers, following a United Nations meeting where Cyclops and Emma laid down ultimatums and introduced their "Pax Utopia" plans. Storm admits that she is concerned about where this is heading, but can anyone deny the good they are doing? The only thing the teams can do at this point is monitor the couple and avoid provoking them in a way that might lead them down the dark path sooner, rather than later. No one believes the darkness won't come eventually.
There is still no sign of Hope.
Emma's voice calls to her and Rachel Summers awakens. She reveals that Hope is trapped in the White Hot Room, as The Scarlet Witch enters, presenting her premonition of destruction at the hands of the Phoenix Force. Rachel is still angry with Wolverine, but she stays with the Avengers to help Hope.
Magneto summons Charles Xavier to Utopia to talk sense into Scott. Xavier expresses his concerns over Scott's motivations, but Scott argues that this is what Xavier raised him for. Xavier also speaks with Emma, who says she was wrong to contact him before. Neither she, nor Scott have need of his help as they know what is best for mutantkind. Scott is angry with Emma when he learns that she has spoken with Xavier about him; that she had doubted him. Emma confesses that she feared what the Phoenix Force would do to Scott, but Scott snaps back at her that there is only one person who had the right to question him. Emma knows of whom he speaks and seethes as she watches him depart.
Meanwhile, Hope and Wanda overcome their issues and begin to train together with Rachel to prepare her for the task ahead.
More and more X-Men leave Scott and Emma's side, fearful of what they are becoming as their frustration in not finding Hope manifests in destruction, culminating in Emma's whisperings in Namor's ear that lead to the destruction of Wakanda.
And without Emma Frost.
As her powers flow into Scott, Emma reaches out to Xavier. She tried before to manipulate and overcome the Phoenix and failed then, but with Xavier's help, perhaps they can defeat him together.
The Avengers and X-Men take the battle to Scott and throw everything they have at him as Xavier tries to reach into his mind with Emma's help, but Scott is the Dark Phoenix now, and he has no need for Charles Xavier, either.
Hope turns up at The Jean Grey Academy. She no longer has any powers, but she still wishes to learn and no longer wishes to fight. She just wants to be a normal girl.
Somewhere, a baby is born with the mutant gene...