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A Week of Hope

A Week of Hope: Jason Aaron Q&A

The writer of Wolverine and the X-Men prepares to take the mutant messiah into Avengers Vs. X-Men

By Ben Morse

When Avengers Vs. X-Men explodes, few players will be more crucial to the proceedings than the young mutant “messiah” Hope Summers. As the drums of war beat toward AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #0 on 28, we will spend this week looking at all aspects of Hope in order to get you set for the biggest super hero conflict of all-time!

Earlier this week, we spoke with Kieron Gillen and James Asmus about Hope’s life to date and the forces that have shaped her. The next step for the fiery young girl will be directly onto another battlefield, one that will be set up by Jason Aaron and Frank Cho in the pages of AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #0.

We got Aaron to preview what’s ahead for Hope and give his take on the mutant messiah.

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #0 preview page by Frank Cho

Marvel.com: How have Hope's experiences up to this point prepared her for AvX? Jason Aaron: Well, that's a big question at the opening of the series. Is she prepared? Does she even really know what she's getting herself into? She was raised by Cable in a time-traveling Lone Wolf and Cub style adventure. She's been told all her life she's destined to do something great. But when the Phoenix is involved, a force that can be used for good or that can destroy entire planets, people are always going to be a bit uneasy. In Hope's mind, she's ready for whatever's coming—or at least that what she says. Regardless, her resolve and readiness will be severely tested, all throughout AvX.

Marvel.com: What does Hope see as her role in regards to the mutant race to your thinking? Does she really think she is the "mutant messiah" or that it's just something other people want to believe in?

Jason Aaron: I think at this point there's no question she's the mutant messiah. When Hope came back, new mutants came back with her. Just a few, but still, where once there were no new blips on Cerebro, now there are blips. I think people's faith in her—especially that of Cyclops—has been resoundingly rewarded. But everything that came so far was just the warm-up. Her true destiny still awaits. As for Hope's feelings, I think she's still trying to figure out what her role is. She most definitely doesn't want to just stand around and let herself be defined by other people. She's going to get out there and figure things out for herself.

Marvel.com: Why do Hope and Cyclops clash? What is at the root of their conflict? Deep down does Hope have a problem with Cyclops or is it something more complex?

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #0 preview page by Frank Cho

Jason Aaron: I think she blames him in part for the loss of Cable, who was the closest thing she's had to a father. And plus, she's just a fiery, independent girl at heart. When she feels like Cyclops is trying to control or confine her, she rebels. He sees it as protecting her. But she doesn't want to be protected. She's been on the run for most of her life. Now she just wants to live.

Marvel.com: What does your story in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #0 set up for Hope moving forward in the event?

Jason Aaron: I think it establishes her mind-set and relationship with Cyclops. Longtime X-Men fans will see Hope anxious to embrace the destiny that has for so long been teased for her, a destiny of which she seems to have a little bit better understanding. And for fans new to the X-Men who've never read a story with Hope in it, hopefully this issue will show them why they should care about her in the first place, why she's an interesting character, and why she's totally badass.

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