When X-Men Blue #7 hits stores next week, X-Men fans will be treated to the return of both Emma Frost and Polaris to the X-books. Writer Cullen Bunn appeared in an interview on Marvel.com to talk about the issue, revealing where Emma has been since the events of Inhumans vs. X-Men (aside from the appearance in Secret Empire United, we guess), and whether she’ll return to the status of hero any time soon:
“Emma has been in hiding since the events of [Inhumans Vs. X-Men]. But don’t think that means she’s been doing nothing. She has been very busy. She’s been building alliances and positioning herself to make some big moves. You’ll see some of that play out in the Secret Empire story. But we’re really going to be setting something really, really big up for Emma in the future. Ever since we revealed her return, I’ve been receiving messages asking me to immediately return Emma to her status as a hero. I understand the sentiment, but that’s not something I can do right away. Emma can’t just come back from where she was with the flip of a switch. She’s in a dark place right now, and if she comes back from it—that’s a big ‘if’—it will take time.”
Bunn also teased additional returns that we don’t know about yet:
“We know about Emma and we know about Polaris. But even in the Secret Empire arc, there will be several other mutant returns. Some of the mutants that will be popping up will be changed in mysterious ways. These changes play into something big that we’ve already been building in X-MEN: BLUE and we’ll be exploring in future issues of the series.”
X-Men Blue #7 by Bunn and Cory Smith hits stores on July 12th.