The surprise ending of Avengers vs. X-Men #5 has proven one thing: The Phoenix Force apparently has no fashion sense whatsoever. Spoilers for those who haven’t read it and have, somehow, avoided spoilers until now.If you’ve clicked through, then chances are you already know that Cyclops, Colossus, Magik, Emma Frost and Namor all ended up with the Phoenix Force as the result of Tony Stark’s attempt to destroy it in the most recent issue of AvX; it’s like when the Worthy ended up with their hammers, in that (a) it creates alternate versions of the characters that ultimately bodes ill, and (b) said alternate versions have far, far uglier costumes. I mean, seriously – look at Cyclops’ new look here:
He’s now got a bright red thong. Somehow, that seems even worse than whatever the hell has happened to Emma’s outfit (Although you can’t help but feel as if she’s going to be the more embarrassed one afterwards. “I had ultimate power and you let me go out the house dressed like that, darling…?”).
We shouldn’t be too surprised, of course. After all, as well-designed as Jean Grey’s original Phoenix costume was – RIP, Dave Cockrum, who made costume design look far more graceful and easier than it is – the Phoenix is also historically responsible for this look:
But still… Cyclops has a bright red flame thong now. For that alone, I think we all have to agree that Avengers vs. X-Men is clearly the greatest Marvel event since Secret Wars II and the Beyonder’s Michael Jackson hair.