Warning: SPOILERS for Immortal X-Men #10
A key Marvel hero has prevented nuclear war for decades now, and in a massive reversal of their stance toward humans, the X-Men are behind the plot. In the real world, nuclear war remains a terrifying threat, as all it takes for a war to break out is a single mistake or one person misreading a situation. But in Immortal X-Men #10, Professor Xavier holds the entire world in his hands, and the mutant leader has his very good reasons for controlling the nuclear situation in the Marvel Universe.
In the Marvel Universe, the last four years of the X-Men have changed the franchise irrevocably. The emergence of Krakoa, the mutant nation, has finally united all mutants, both heroic and villainous; Magneto sits side-by-side with Professor X, and Mr. Sinister and Apocalypse sit at tables with the likes of Cyclops and Jean Grey. But Krakoa is not without problems, and Mr. Sinister, for his own nebulous reasons, has set his sights on murdering Hope – one of five key mutants who is integral to mutant resurrection.
In Immortal X-Men #10, written by Keiron Gillen with art by Lucas Werneck, Mr. Sinister’s plan to kill Hope ends in failure as the remaining five (four) mutants are able to resurrect Hope. After a brief battle, Mr. Sinister is consigned to the Pit, Krakoa’s home for the most vile of mutant criminals. Xavier reminisces about his precisely how he uses his powers. “There will never be a nuclear war,” he muses to himself as Mr. Sinister is dragged below; Xavier has implemented a psychic block in any human who dares push the nuclear button. “If one tries to bypass that, those who are trained to fire the missiles would similarly halt in their tracks.” He doesn’t do this to save humanity from itself – he does it to save humanity from mutants.
Xavier secretly admits that mutants are dangerous, and humanity has every right to be afraid of them (especially the more deadly ones, such as Omega-level mutants). Knowing that a nuclear war could be caused by a human overreaction to mutants, Xavier’s plan is not only a safeguard against nuclear Armageddon, but the last and best defense for the island of Krakoa. This way, not only will a worldwide nuclear war be prevented, but a strike against Krakoa will almost certainly never happen.
Xavier also realizes that he could do far more with his powers than prevent any human from launching a nuclear missile. If he truly wanted to, he could conquer the world with his telepathy: it would be trivial for him to control the mind of multiple world leaders at once (he could, for example, force Great Britain to recognize Krakoa’s existence). Xavier will never do this, however – even if he believes it would be in the best interest of the X-Men and the world.
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