The mutant heroes known as the X-Men celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2013, and Marvel Comics is promoting the anniversary with a 10-part weekly crossover called “X-Men: Battle of the Atom.”
The series kicks off on Sept. 4, and will feature the past, present and future of the X-Men characters.
The original X-Men have been trapped in our present — their future — in the pages of the comic “All-New X-Men.” But in “Battle of the Atom,” a different team of X-Men comes from the future to warn the All-New X-Men: They must return to the past.
“The story itself hinges on the All-New X-Men and whether or not they need to be sent back to their home time,” said X-Men Senior Editor Nick Lowe at Marvel.com. “This causes the X-Men of the past, present and future to pick sides.”
The creators of the crossover event include writers Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron and Brian Wood; artists include Frank Cho, Stuart Immonen, Chris Bachalo, David Lopez and Giuseppe Camuncoli.
“This event really celebrates everything that we all love about the X-Men, to the extent that you get the X-Men of the past, present and future all coming together in one epic story that spans all the major locations of modern-day mutantdom,” Aaron said at marvel.com.
“X-Men: Battle of the Atom” is also the name of an upcoming mobile game coming this fall to the App Store and Google Play. The game is based on the comic event. According to a news release, players recruit teams of mutants and form alliances with friends to battle against classic enemies spanning multiple eras in X-Men history. The card-collecting style game allows gamers to battle in the past, present and future of the X-Men universe.
The next X-Men film will feature time travel as well, as Wolverine must go back to the past. The film will include cast members from both the original “X-Men” movies and the “First Class” film. Filming wrapped Saturday, according to a Twitter update from director Brian Singer. The movie stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Nicolas Hoult as Hank McCoy and James McAvoy as Charles Xavier. Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry and Ellen Page return from the original “X-Men” trilogy of films. Jennifer Lawrence and Lucas Till from “First Class” also are set to be in the film.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is set for a May 23, 2014 release.