With the impending departure of Jonathan Hickman, the original architect of the so-called "Krakoan Age" of the X-Men, fans have been wondering what will happen after the close of Hickman's Inferno miniseries. And Marvel has now revealed the next stage to be the Destiny of X, or the Second Krakoan Age.
Marvel shared the news in a press release, which also explained the next phase will launch out of both Hickman's Inferno and Benjamin Percy's upcoming X Lives of Wolverine and X Deaths of Wolverine time-travel series. It was additionally reported that Destiny of X will tie into the recent "Choose Your Destiny?" promotional pieces released by Marvel, suggesting the future might truly not be written for the X-Men.
"The journey of the Krakoan Age is far from over!” Senior Editor Jordan D. White is quoted as saying in the release. "Our long-term plan that all our creators have been working on in our secret Council Chamber has only just begun to come to fruition. With the filling of the two empty council seats, the Reign of X has ended, and it's time for mutantkind to reach for their destiny!"
New Destiny of X promotional artwork by Leinil Francis Yu and Sunny Gho also revealed a handful of titles that will launch as part of the new initiative. Those titles include Immortal X-Men, Knights of X, Legion of X and the return of X-Men Red. Additionally, Marvel confirmed the X-Men, X-Force and New Mutants titles will see "dramatic status quo shifts" moving forward, while a new creative team will lead Marauders into the Second Krakoan Age. It's unclear at this time who the creative teams will be on the newly announced books.
While Marvel teased a general Spring 2022 release on the Destiny of X promotional artwork, it's not totally clear when the new line-wide era shift will launch. In the meantime, fans can look forward to the release of Inferno #4, which is scheduled to hit shelves on Jan. 5, 2022. X Lives of Wolverine by Benjamin Percy and artist Joshua Cassara and X Deaths of Wolverine by Benjamin Percy and artist Federico Vincentini series will also debut on Jan. 5, 2022, and Jan. 12, 2022, respectively.
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