Spoiler Sport: How Big Can the Marvel NOW! AVENGERS Get?
***This article contains spoilers for Avengers #3, in stores now.***
The opening three-issue arc by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Jerome Opeña, which wrapped this week with issue #3, showed just how big these Avengers are. Along with iconic members including the movie squad of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Hulk — plus famous Marvel faces like Spider-Man, Wolverine, Captain Marvel and Spider-Woman — the team has been joined by a new version of Hyperion, a fresh take on the Imperial Guard's Smasher, and the latest incarnation of Captain Universe. All three are incredibly powerful, as displayed in Avengers #3 — Hyperion and Smasher play a vital role in neutralizing the considerable threat presented by Ex Nihilo, and Captain Universe fairly effortlessly dispatches Aleph, an android destroyer of worlds.
We asked these questions to Marvel senior vice president of publishing and Avengers series editor Tom Brevoort, and here's what he had to say.
Newsarama: Tom, certainly we heard a lot about how big the Avengers lineup would be before the book was out, but now that we've seen it in action, it's certainly formidable, especially with new additions Captain Universe, Hyperion and Smasher. Obviously it's still early in what's surely planned to be a long run, but has it been at all a challenge to come up with increasingly commensurate threats, or is that just something that, as one would expect, comes natural to Jonathan Hickman? Is there any danger of making an Avengers team too powerful, or is that not a concern?
So we’ll be switching things up. The next three issues, #4-6, each focuses on one of our new recruits in turn, Hyperion, Smasher and Captain Universe, and will give readers a much greater sense as to who these characters are and what they’re about beyond being a costume and some powers. Thereafter, things will get big again. It’s certainly not a problem for Jonathan to think on a large scale — that tends to be his natural inclination, after all.
Brevoort: What’s left of them will, yes.More from Newsarama:
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