Tuesday, June 28, 2016

X-Position: Bunn Brings "Civil War II" to Marvel's X-Men

CBR: This week in X-POSITION, "Uncanny X-Men" and "Civil War II: X-Men" writer Cullen Bunn answers all of your questions about everything from writing big event tie-ins and his usage of sound effects to Psylocke's brush with a promotion -- and he even offers up the greatest idea for a "What If...?" story ever.

You said there was a chance that the Nasty Boys and Otherworld might get arcs. Seeing how quick editorial is to reboot series, do you think you will be able to squeeze them in? Especially with the "Civil War" tie-in and the "Death of X" events coming into play.

Bunn: We'll have to see. I'd love to write stories about them, but the last thing I want to do is force them into stories where they don't really work. That wouldn't serve the characters or the locale well at all.

I am excited about your upcoming arc this fall. What do you consider unique and interesting about this new iteration of the Hellfire Club?

Bunn: This is not an iteration of the Hellfire Club that you have seen before, but there are elements of the group that will seem very familiar. The most interesting thing about the group, to me, is how they interact with the Uncanny X-Men. You'll see what I mean when we get there!

How fun was it writing the Psylocke vs Fantomex fight? I loved how you managed to weave in all the development they've had over Rick [Remender] and Si [Spurrier]'s runs on "X-Force."

Bunn: When I settled on the team for "Uncanny," one of the first things I wrote in my notebook was "Psylocke and Fantomex fight!" I knew I wanted to see these two lock horns in a no holds bar brawl. It was fun adding the psychic/misdirection beats to the battle. The fight you saw was actually the third version of the battle. Originally, it was much long and much, much bloodier!

I've been reading Psylocke's comics from before she joined the X-Men and was surprised at how rich her background is, especially when she was written by Alan Moore. Her time in the "Captain Britain" comics is often forgotten and to me it feels more interesting than the whole ninja stuff. Any plans to revisit some of that considering 2016 marks Psylocke's big 40th anniversary?

Bunn: We'll see, Ben. My original plan was to launch this series with Psylocke holding the mantle of Captain Britain. As much as I loved that idea, though, it wouldn't have been the right move for a series launch. It would have been way too confusing for new readers if I had added that in with a character's already confusing backstory. Maybe one day, though.


Erik Stoop said...

The last point Bunn made is so true. The next step in Betsy's life should be that she becomes Captain Britain again and does it right.The one thing that allways buged me about Betsy, Brian and Jamies past is that their father is from otherworld. It should have been her mother. The Braddocks are an old english family that has been around since the dark ages. So are they all otherworldians. Like I said it should have been her mother and her mother should have been Roma. That would make not Brian but Jamie and then Betsy the rightful king/queen of otherworld. Betsy is the older twin. She is the once and future queen of otherworld in my eyes. But all of this is now just a bit of fan fiction.

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