Victorian Squid wrote:
That would lend so much credence to claims of it being Civil War Redux--it would be a very lazy ending, too.
So it will totally happen.
I think there are definitely similarities but the difference is in what the decisions mean. Cap needed a bunch of emergency workers tackling him to make him "come to his senses" or whatever. He went to jail reluctantly and he never really believed that his side was wrong because... well, they weren't.
Cyclops has already shown that his past decisions weigh heavily on him. I'm not as up on my X-Men reading as the Avengers so I don't know how most of post-Schism plays out (though RU tells me it has been very, very crappy) but I'm pretty sure he still isn't entirely comfortable with his part in X-Force. He's been leading a diminishing population of mutants for far too long and they keep on getting wittled down. It should be wearing him down. If that hasn't been shown since Schism, then I don't know how he's REALLY feeling about all of this.
But if the mutant race was restored. If all (or many) depowered mutants got their powers/ abilities/ mutantness back, I can seem him believing that he know longer has to hold the line. He's done what he needed to do to keep the mutants alive and I can see him taking a well deserved vacation from those responsibilies. He could believe he has too much blood on his hands to continue as the self appointed mutant leader.
The going to prison this would be a further extension of that. While I don't think Cyclops is going down the path to becoming Magneto, he's made some decisions that, while safeguarding the remaining mutant race, were much less than heroic. Someone has to take the fall for his mutant death squad and we all know that the current leader isn't going to be the one to do it because he has too many books that need his support. No, Scott started it and I can see him hitting the big house in penance and as a beginning to his "path to redemption." He will go willingly, weighed down by his regrets. He won't be murdered ten seconds after being placed in SHIELD custody, either.
They have ten issues to get him to this point and numerous tie-ins. It leaves the mutants without a leader which means many other mutants can vy for power. Things with get factional again just because there are too many mutants to all live on an artificial island off the coast of San Francisco. Jean Grey's School will get more students. The remaining X-Men will be hard pressed to police the restored mutant population... many of which will be damn angry for getting their powers back, losing their powers in the first place, and/or being treated like second class citizens by both the humanity and humans alike.
But the fallout can't just be a restored mutant population (which I GUARANTEE), Cyclops stepping down (PRETTY certain), and him being incarcerated (also pretty certain). There needs to be some Avengers fallout as well. I'm betting that the Avengers will be left more fractioned by the event as various team members start to question Captain America's leadership. Captain America won't be America's Top Cop when this event is finished. I'm pretty sure Nick Fury Jr. is being positioned to take over but if Black Fury stays as a field agent, then another top agent will step up to fill the role. We'll get line-up changes for the two main Avengers books with the new writer taking over but I can't really think of anything else. Definitely nothing as major as what I imagine will happen to the X-Men.
Eh. I'm having a lot of fun with this event so far.