For the past eight years, since the end of Marvel’s original Avengers comic in Avengers Disassembled, the chief architect and writer for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes has been Brian Michael Bendis. Late last year, Bendis announced that after this summer’s upcoming Avengers Vs. X-Men mini-series, he would be leaving the Avengers franchise behind. And now Bleeding Cool has the scoop on what he’s doing next: Bendis is jumping ship to the X-Men titles.
This isn’t confirmed yet of course, but Bleeding Cool has a pretty damn good track record with this kind of stuff (they broke Before Watchmen almost a full two years ago.) And there are no details as to what exactly the Bendis lead X-Men books would entail. It was less than a year ago that the Schism storyline happened, resulting in two separate branches of the team, one lead by Wolverine and one led by Cyclops, and both books have barely had any time to enjoy this new status quo. I hope Bendis doesn’t give us “X-Men: Disassembled” or something, because technically we just had that. In any event, We likely won’t see any of these Bendis X-Books till 2013 anyway, as he isn’t leaving the Avengers books till the end of this year. Plenty of time to speculate on whether or not Bendis will reveal that Luke Cage is really a mutant and make him an X-Man.