Nick Spencer and Luke Ross will be teaming up with S.H.I.E.L.D. for an official secret agent superteam with the Secret Avengers relaunch at Marvel NOW! in February 2013. Announced Saturday morning via Entertainment Weekly, the book will feature a very unique new twist: the team members, made up of military lifers, mainstream Avengers heroes, and even a villain or two, won't actively know they're on the team. They'll get called up for missions via codewords implanted years ago, and disperse after.
"S.H.I.E.L.D. has decided that they want their own Avengers team," Spencer told EW. "But Avengers are loose cannons: They’re independent operators, they
don’t have security clearance, they have a history of becoming bad
That memory keyword won't just activate the team, it'll also mindwipe them of the mission they just completed after each one - and if comic book fans know one thing, it's that mindwipes can be undone, and never turn out well.
“It’s a very different kind of book, a covert ops, black ops spy book," said Spencer.
As for that lineup, Marvel's The Avengers movie fans will recognize Nick Fury, though in the main Marvel Universe this one is actually Nick Fury, Jr. and "a field agent" says Spencer, who will be active on missions. Tragic hero and fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulston also appears on the cover of the book, while fellow movie alums Hawkeye and Black Widow are also along for the ride. Hawkeye's ex-wife Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird, the mostly-villainous Taskmaster, Hulk (green version, who has already been listed as a new S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Marvel NOW!), and a new Iron Patriot are the other initial reveals to the team. Spencer also promises while not a team member, secret agent and former frequently-mind-wiped hero The Winter Soldier will be around quite a bit, too.
The S.H.I.E.L.D.-centric Secret Avengers team comes at a fortuitous time, with a show being developed by Joss Whedon that may have some themes, and characters, in common with the book. While Spencer had already started writing when that announcement hit, “It’s not a bad announcement to get when you’re working on this book!” he proclaimed.
Stay tuned for more on Secret Avengers at Marvel's NYCC 2012 panels later today!
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