When it comes to the X-Men, it’s hard to find a creator who has left a bigger impact than Chris Claremont. The legendary writer had a 16-year run on the team, from 1975 through 1991. During that time, he created many iconic characters, like Gambit, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Mystique, and Emma Frost. He also scripted many of the X-Men’s most iconic storylines, such as “The Dark Phoenix Saga” and “Days of Future Past.”
Claremont has returned to the X-Men over the years with various projects, such as New Mutants Forever and X-Men Forever. You would think he’s run out of ideas for the merry mutants, but Claremont revealed that he still has stories left to tell. During an appearance at the Uncanny Experience fan event, the writer was asked if he would ever return to the X-Men title. “I’ve been around the X-Men since 1969, and that in and of itself is an answer. Whether anyone on the side of the desk is interested in listening is another story,” Claremont said.
However, Claremont went on to explain that he’s been in touch with incoming X-Men editor Tom Brevoort. Earlier this year, Brevoort announced that he was ending his long tenure as Avengers editor and taking over the X-Men titles.
“I made a pitch to Tom Brevoort,” Claremont said. “He’s now taking over. I said, ‘Let’s sit down.’ He said, ‘I haven’t even figured out which desk it’s on. Let me do that first and we’ll talk.’’’
Claremont then spoke about how he’s always up for more X-Men, but he’s never quite sure if editorial is waiting to hear from him or not. “People make plans. I don’t know if the higher authority is sitting there going ‘I’m waiting’ or if the higher authority is just rolling on the floor laughing.”
Claremont’s next X-Men project is Wolverine: Madripoor Knights, a limited series set to be released in February 2024, just in time for Wolverine’s 50th anniversary. The story will serve as a sequel to Uncanny X-Men #268 (1990), one of Claremont’s classic Wolverine stories.
After that, who knows? Whatever happens next, it’s clear that Claremont’s relationship with the X-Men is far from over.