The Fantastic Four may be the celebrated first family of the Marvel Universe as we know it, but in the unfamiliar Age of X, drastic change has hit far beyond simply those who would be the X-Men.
“The intensifying anti-mutant hate campaigns fed on themselves in a process that was manifestly out of control,” elaborates Age of X writer Mike Carey on this timeline’s history. “Calmer voices called for a truce and a nationwide debate on human rights. But in the charged atmosphere of those times, even to express doubts about the mutant culls was to become a focus for suspicion and surveillance. Reed Richards' outspoken opposition to the Exonim program put him on the watch lists of a great many agencies: they were waiting for any infringement of the mutant sequestration laws, and when the opportunity opened up, they moved quickly.”
While Richards and his family fell to the charged racial atmosphere of this twisted reality, other champions of justice confronted crossroads of their own.
“All non-mutant heroes now faced a bitter decision: whether to stay within a framework of laws that was appallingly unjust and inhumane, or to follow their own consciences and become, by that very act, rebels and insurgents against their own government,” says Carey. “For the Avengers, who enjoyed the official patronage of that government, the tensions were particularly painful...”
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