The Avengers constantly call upon various X-Men to help with their psychic problems, but the Avengers rarely (if ever) return the favor.
Warning: SPOILERS for Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #8It’s really hard to argue that the X-Men and Avengers have an equal relationship as it’s typically a one-way street. While the Avengers are happy to call upon Marvel’s Merry Mutants whenever they need a hand with a psychic problem, they have a history of remaining silent on matters of mutant rights. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have often treated the X-Men with distrust, if not open hostility.
It appears as if Steve Rogers is in big trouble lately in his latest ongoing series, Captain America: Sentinel of Libery. He is taking on a secret organization known as the Outer Circle that has apparently been in control of the globe’s geopolitics since the end of World War I. They have been manipulating both Captain America and Bucky Barnes for some time. Bucky thinks the only way to destroy them is from the inside, so he kills one of their members and takes his place. In order to try to combat the threat and help his friend, Cap recruits a team of super spies to help.
However, in Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #8 by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, and Carmen Carnero, things don’t go as planned. Cap’s entire team, which includes Nick Fury and Peggy Carter among others, suddenly blacks out and wakes up in various places, having lost several days’ worth of time. During their absence, an AIM force field went up over Manhattan. The group has suffered from a psychic attack, and so Captain America calls X-Men’s Emma Frost to help. Using her psychic abilities, she uncovers that a variant of MODOK called MODOC has gone inside their heads and scrambled their memories.
The Avengers Use X-Men Psychics Too Much
It’s pretty telling that when faced with a psychic problem Emma Frost is the first person Captain America turns to. It makes sense given that some of the most powerful psychics on earth are mutants, but this seems to be a reoccurring trend with various Avengers. In The Variants, Jessica Jones is having a problem with the Purple Man. She believes he has placed a psychic time bomb inside her head, and she calls on Professor X to help her remove it.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with the Avengers reaching out to the X-Men for help. They are all supposed to be heroes and heroes help each other out. However, this relationship appears to be a one-way street. X-Men are helping out Avengers way more than the other way around. In fact, the X-Men are constantly under threat either from various governments or mutant-hating bigots, and the Avengers don’t step up often enough to take the X-Men’s side in these situations. If anything, they stand on the sidelines and don’t want to get involved. This just goes to show that the Avengers use the X-Men way too much without the mutants getting anything in return.
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #8 is now available from Marvel Comics.