The young X-Men brought forward in Time.
3 of them grew up to be (New) Defenders at one point.
That could be a different albeit familiar star to witch their wagon to rather than growing up to be X-Men again?
Gargoyle could mentor them?
How do they make a Defenders series that doesn't suck?
If Avengers can sell 6 books, it can't be that difficult?
I found the revelation that if you left Betty Banner together with the Silver Surfer long enough, that they would hook up to be charming.