After years of teasing Marvel finally revealed why the original 5 X-men, or the All New X-men, can no longer return to the past. Back in the Battle of the Atom story arc, the future Brotherhood of Evil Mutants tried to send the Original 5 back to their time but were rebuffed. However, when Raze tried doing so, he was able to reach the their timeline. This meant that the time machine still worked, but it no longer did for the Original 5.
In this latest issue of All New X-Men, we’re given the explanation that the universe righted itself and somehow made it that the Original 5 X-Men never left their time. So a “copy” of themselves are still in the past and they are now an anomaly.
My issue with this explanation is on Battle of the Atom, Original 5 Cyclops was killed for the briefest moment before being brought to life by the mutant Triage. In that instant the older Cyclops started to disappear — he only returned after Original 5 Cyclops was resuscitated. Shouldn’t this mean that the two are still tied together? Meaning Original 5 Cyclops can’t be an anomaly and is still the direct continuation of Older Cyclops.
Why do I have the bad feeling that Marvel’s just gonna brush this off under the rug and never explain this?
From – All New X-Men Vol. 2 #19