I've just started reading the Wolverine and X-Men series without reading all the backstory and was wondering how on earth it was these two that ended up heading the new school, especially Wolverine? I would have thought there were much better and more suitable options available amongst the X-Men.

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    You mean like people who actually have an education? Apr 4, 2012 at 20:16
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    @JackBNimble - education is overrated. I have a CS graduate degree and no SciFi degree. Guess which site I'm barely top 400th or so user on and which #1. Jan 26, 2014 at 15:17
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The reason for the duo to be headmaster and mistress is that:
1. Kitty Pride represents respectability and a defensive face for the public.
2. The Wolverine represents a mutant whom all mutants respect for his power and prior acts.
This is discussed in the first couple issues of Wolverine and the X-Men prior to the state inspectors showing up.

  • It may be worthwhile to take stock of the mutants who went with Logan to found the Jean Grey academy; afaik, the only mutants more qualified to lead a new school were either still in San Fran or dead.
    – DougM
    Feb 4, 2014 at 17:32

After the events of X-Men: Schism the team split into two groups. I won't go into the ideologies that led to the split (as it's a fairly new storyline that I don't want to spoil), but Cyclops now leads a group of X-Men based in Utopia (an island off the California coast) while Wolverine leads a group at the School for Gifted Children back in New York.


There may be X-Men who are better suited as leaders, but Wolverine has historically settled himself into a role of mentor or older-brother to a number of younger members. Kitty Pryde and Jubilee were probably the best examples of this. Becoming a headmaster is something that actually seems right up his alley.

As I recall, Kitty is one of the few members who actually went off and studied at a more traditional (read: non-mutant) college. This also seems like a reasonable fit.

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