As the truth about Adam X is revealed, X-Men Legends ends with a sinister suspense straight out of X-Men: The Animated Series.
Warning: The following contains major spoilers for X-Men: Legends # 2, by Fabian Nicieza, Brett Booth, Adelso Corona, Guru-eFX, and VC’s Joe Caramagna, out now.
X-Men: The Animated Series is one of the most beloved incarnations of Marvel’s mutants, and the show’s legacy can still be felt to this day. That is certainly the case in X-Men Legends # 2, where the comic ends up echoing a memorable suspense from the animated series.
This flashback story delves into the character Adam X and confirms his connection to the Summers family. The frantic adventure confirms that Adam is the half-brother of Cyclops and Havok, as well as an heir to the Shi’ar throne. To simulate everyone’s life, Adam and everyone present have their memories of their true heritage erased, and Adam goes to live on a farm, free of obligations. However, the issue ends on a sinister note, as Mister Sinister watches Adam from a video screen from afar, while someone is also watching him.
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This ending is very reminiscent of X-Men: The Animated Series‘Season 1 finale. At the end of the episode, “The Final Decision,” Scott Summers and Jean Gray were enjoying what seemed like a happy ending, looking forward to married life. However, the final moments of the episode reveal that Sinister is watching the happy couple on a video screen from agar, with gruesome plans in mind. Throughout the following season, Sinister began to act according to his plans to manipulate Cyclops, Jean, and the rest of the X-Men.
Both sinister endings herald some future machinations on Sinister’s part and reflect his obsession with the Summers family. Knowing that Sinister is so obsessed with the Summers bloodline, it makes sense for him to keep an eye on Adam as well. The end of X-Men: Legends The number 2 is also very appropriate for the time period, as the story essentially takes place at a time when the animated series would have been on the air.
Like in X-Men: The Animated Series, Sinister was messing with Cyclops in the comics. 1993 X Men # 23, by Fabian Nicieza and Andy Kubert, Sinister hinted at a third Summers brother during an argument with Cyclops, establishing a mystery that would not be solved until the introduction of Vulcan and the confirmation of Adam X’s status here.
Inside the comics and X-Men: The Animated Series, Sinister was on the prowl, manipulating events from afar, but he’s not the only person doing that here.
The identity of the person who sees Sinister is not revealed here, but recent X-Men history points to a character who could easily fall into that role. Considering the revelations of House of X # 2, by Jonathan Hickman and Pepe Larraz, the mysterious figure watching Sinister could be Moira MacTaggert. Moira has lived nine previous lives as a mutant who can reincarnate in new timelines. With every death in mind, Moira may be manipulating Sinister as a way to preserve the mutant race, especially since Adam X could be quite useful as a potential emperor of the Shi’ar Empire.
With Adam on the Shi’ar throne, mutants would thrive across the galaxy. Behind the scenes, Moira could be silently manipulating Sinister into manipulating Adam. Moira could provide Sinister with some way to restore Adam’s memories and direct him to him on the Shi’ar throne. After several lives of violence and death, Moira would likely be working from afar as a precaution.
While there is no concrete evidence that this mysterious third figure is Moira, the presence of the figure here means that someone still knows about Adam X’s true lineage, and Mister Sinister does too. While many years have passed within the Marvel Universe since this story occurred, Sinister, Moira, and a few other master manipulators are well used to plans that take years to come to fruition. And in the same way that X-Men: The Animated Series He teased Sinister’s plans by putting him behind a video screen, it’s likely only a matter of time before the truth about Adam X becomes one of the most important facts in the Marvel Universe.
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