NEW AVENGERS: The Marvel Universe's 'Most Important Book'
by Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer
Date: 07 December 2012 Time: 03:48 PM ET
In talking about the ego-heavy lineup of the team — the Illuminati from the Brian Michael Bendis era of Avengers, along with additions Beast (taking the place of Professor X) and Black Panther (who declined membership in the group's original incarnation) — Hickman said, "The hierarchy is that each of them thinks they are in charge... They just see things from their own perspective and their own experience that they’re going through." Hickman, working on the series with artist Steve Epting, also revealed that the series opens in Wakanda, which was recently devastated thanks to a Phoenix-influenced Namor (also part of the New Avengers) in Avengers vs. X-Men. "Something happens there that is actually a catalyst for Black Panther to reassess his long held position on the Illuminati being a very very bad idea," the writer said. Hickman is known as a long-term planner, and told Marvel.com that he already has an ending in mind for New Avengers, even if it's not precisely set how he's going to get there. "I always leave myself room to play, but I’m telling a story and I know what the end of it is," the writer said. "I'm a big believer in knowing your ending." Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!