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X-POSITION: Lapham Rules the "Age of Apocalypse"

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  • Posted on 15th Sep, 2022 22:03 PM

"Age of Apocalypse" writer David Lapham answers all that you dare ask about his mutant-ruled alternate X-Men universe in this week's X-POSITION. Plus

Among the various incarnations of the X-Men throughout the years, the Age of Apocalypse iteration remains a favorite with X-fans. Is it due to nostalgia, as the original series came out in 1995? Or is it a result of the changes made to the AoA Universe made by writer Rick Remender in his "Uncanny X-Force" ongoing series. Of course, it could just be due to the fact that the characters of AoA kick a lot of arse!

Writer David Lapham is the man in charge of this Apocalyptian brouhaha, and he's rolled up his sleeves to join me as I dive into our X-POSITION e-mail bag today. We're up to our elbows in alternative universe questions, so let's get to them before someone's query creates a dimensional rift...


Our first letter of the day is by far the longest... but it also contains the most interesting inquiries. Ah, what the heck -- I'm going sit back and let X-fan Derek do all the heavy lifting:

Lapham has discussed AoA characters entering the standard Marvel U with editor Nick Lowe and Remender

Art from "AoA" #5 by Davide Gianfelice & Lee Loughridge

2) I am sure it is a long way off, but what about having characters like Jean or Sabretooth permanently relocate to the main Marvel U? They could try to rediscover normalcy while living in a world where they're either dead or a sociopath. Or maybe you could have some of the X-Terminated see their legacies in the main MU?

I have a great idea for one of the X-Terminated if relocated to the main Marvel-U, where their sense of normal is the extreme of the AoA world and how that causes massive problems in a world that's not nearly as extreme. However, currently that would probably mean no one bought "AoA" and we got cancelled, and that would be awful!

As time goes on though, we'll see some characters flip over into the Marvel U. It's something I've talked about with Remender and with [editor] Nick Lowe. We have to be careful, though, not to undermine what AoA is -- humanity fighting overwhelming odds for survival. Again, I don't want messiahs just falling out of the sky from the 616.

Excellent suggestions! And now, it's my turn for a little get-to-know-you fun with a segment that we like to call "Behind the X." If you wouldn't mind, please share your idea of the perfect date...

My wife and I have been married for twenty-one years. We have four kids we love to death. The perfect date would be any date that involves a babysitter.

And with that sweet sentiment, our X-get-together is at an end. However, in seven days we'll be back with one of the scribes dealing with "AvX" fever -- "Uncanny X-Men" writer Kieron Gillen! He's ready to answer all your questions -- even the ones that don't involve fiery birds -- so type them up and send them my way posthaste. Throw an "X-Position" in the subject line, and you'll help me start the summer off right (well, that and a mojito). Come on folks, I'm waiting...

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