What's New with Marvel NOW? 10 Potential Series

<i>By <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/LucasSiegel>Lucas Siegel, Newsarama Editor</a></i> <p>A lot is still unknown about the "Marvel NOW!" revamp starting this fall with <i>Uncanny Avengers</i>, but the company showed their hand slightly with the reveal of five characters (or groups of characters) appearing on the cover of October's <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marvel-now-point-one-teaser-reveal.html><b>Marvel NOW! Point One</b></a>. <p>Right now, four series and creative teams have officially been confirmed: <i>Uncanny Avengers</i>, <i>All-New X-Men</i>, <i>Avengers</i> and <i>New Avengers</i>. But with around 20 new and/or relaunched series planned through February, that leaves a lot more question marks than the one surround Nick Fury in the early versions of that <b>Point One</b> cover. <p>So using past interviews and some educated guesses, here are our predictions for 10(ish) series that will be joining the Marvel NOW! lineup. Some are givens, some are definitely not, but all look at least somewhat likely to be appearing in the next few months. Click "start here" in the upper-left corner to begin. <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p> <p>


OK, these are obvious. With <i>Invincible Iron Man</i>, <i>The Mighty Thor</i> and <i>The Incredible Hulk</i> all ending in October, it's clear that these characters each part of the now world-famous movie <i>Avengers</i> lineup will all be getting new series in the very near future, perhaps as soon as November. <p>What's considerably less clear is who will be writing and drawing those books. An unconfirmed report from <a href=<a href=http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/05/27/iron-man-from-gillen-and-land-to-follow-avengers-vs-x-men/>Bleeding Cool</a> has Kieron Gillen and Greg Land on Iron Man, which though not official, would seem to make sense, if only that it would continue a pattern of Gillen and Matt Fraction working on similar projects (Gillen was on <i>Thor</i> before Fraction; the reverse happened on <i>Uncanny X-Men</i>). <p>And hey, what about Gillen back on <i>Thor</i>? His initial run was pretty brief, and it would seem to be a natural extension of what he's doing in <i>Journey Into Mystery</i>. And speaking of runs cut short...


It's another no-brainer that <i>Captain America</i>, also ending its current run in October, will resurface soon, but for the last several years, under Ed Brubaker's watchful and critically acclaimed eye, Captain America's adventures have been focused on spy-style missions, covert ops, and only the occasional larger-than-life superhero adventure (mostly seen recently since the 2011 relaunch). Whether Steve Rogers or Bucky Barnes was in the star spangled outfit, they both dealt a little more with the "realistic" side of the Marvel Universe. <p>Like Daredevil before him, this is what makes now a perfect time to bring Mark Waid aboard. Just as he took <i>Daredevil</i> the series and the character a bit out of the grim and gritty and back into the superhero spotlight, now is the time for Waid to do the same for Cap. With the current world climate, an upcoming presidential election that will no doubt divide the nation, and a general malaise that has hung over the real world and comics world alike, a fast-talking, hard hitting Captain America would be just what the doctor ordered. Let's see the modern day equivalent of Cap punching Hitler on the cover, and get back to some high-stakes action... NOW!


It was never more apparent that Marvel has plans for their, er, "space-faring" heroes (they're shying away from the "cosmic" word these days) than it was this past weekend at Comic-Con in San Diego, when it was announced that Marvel Studios is indeed planning a <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> film for 2014. <p>So, it wasn't a shock to see Nova as one of the five reveals on the <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marvel-now-point-one-teaser-reveal.html><b>Marvel NOW! Point One</b> cover</a> this week. <p>But though he was heavily involved in Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's cosmic stories like <i>Annihilation</i>, there's a lot more to Nova than just hanging out in space he was a member of the New Warriors for years, and the new Sam Alexander version of the character is one of Peter Parker's classmates in the current <i>Ultimate Spider-Man</i> animated series. <p>So if Marvel is looking to bridge the worlds between cosmic Marvel and the rest of their universe, a <i>Nova</i> ongoing series makes a lot of sense. So who's going to do it? Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness wrote the Nova story in last year's <b>Point One</b> one-shot, and the former has worked with the new version of the character in his capacity as head of Marvel TV. Though neither might be on board for an ongoing series for long, they're a good bet to help fully introduce Sam Alexander into the Marvel Universe.


Both <i>Fantastic Four</i> and <i>FF</I> are ending in October, but it's highly unlikely that Marvel will go without "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine" for very long. <p>What is less certain is exactly who is going to follow writer Jonathan Hickman's celebrated run on the book, and whether both books will continue to exist or if the concept of the "Future Foundation" will even still be around in the post-<i>Avengers vs. X-Men</i> era. <p>One rumor from <a href=http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/06/13/matt-fraction-and-salvador-larocca-take-on-fantastic-four/>Bleeding Cool</a> has the current <i>Invincible Iron Man</i> team of Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca transitioning over to <i>Fantastic Four</i>. Though unconfirmed, the FF would seem to be a good fit for Fraction to explore his fondness for far-out concepts that he's currently showcasing in <i>Defenders</i>. <p>One curiosity is the role of Invisible Woman in Marvel NOW! she's the only Fantastic Four members seen in the Joe Quesada-illustrated Marvel NOW! teaser image, suggesting that she might be taking a leadership role or a greater presence elsewhere in the Marvel Universe (the Avengers, maybe?).


According to an <a href=http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/07/17/comic-con-greg-rucka-says-goodbye-to-the-punisher>IGN</a> interview, Greg Rucka's Punisher run is coming to an end at least <i>partially</i> because the antihero is joining a team with the Marvel NOW! relaunch. But what team would have him? And is it a new series, or an existing one? <p>Then it hit us... with the Marvel Universe a more cohesive unit, there's one existing team that Frank Castle would fit pretty darn naturally on. They are willing to kill, they exercise extreme judgment, and love the good old fashioned preemptive strike. With Deathlok around, there's even an established precedence for a non-mutant member on the team. Could The Punisher wind up as a human member of <i>Uncanny X-Force</i>? Given series writer Rick Remender's history with Frank Castle, it certainly wouldn't be that much of a stretch and the fact that Punisher appears to be on the cover of August's <i>Uncanny X-Force #29</i> (seen here) might just be the proverbial smoking gun.


Marvel has had a long time to prepare an Ant-Man solo series, as director Edgar Wright has been attach to a film starring the character since 2006 two years before the first Marvel Studios movie, <i>Iron Man</i>, was released. <p>But what once seemed like a maybe now appears to be an almost-definite after Wright appeared at the <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/film/sdcc-2012-marvel-studios-guardians-of-the-galaxy.html>Marvel Studios panel</a> last weekend at Comic-Con, and showed off test footage. Marvel followed that by releasing an official <i>Ant-Man</i> movie logo. <p>So though it's not a guarantee this will prompt an Ant-Man-starred ongoing comic book, it certainly doesn't seem like a bad idea to get more material with the character in front of readers a notion effectively confirmed this week with Ant-Man's appearance on the <b>Marvel NOW! Point One</b> cover. <p>Though we don't know yet what version of the character this is remember, Scott Lang recently came back to life at the end of <i>Avengers: Children's Crusade</i> _ one creative team possibility might be writer Nick Spencer, who has been confirmed as one of the <b>Marvel NOW! Point One</b> contributors. He hasn't written anything for Marvel in a while, but that very well might be due to getting <i>Ant-Man</i> ready again, the company has had plenty of advance notice and his <i>Thief of Thieves</i> collaborator Robert Kirkman is known for his additions to the Ant-Man legacy, as tenuous of a connection that might be.


Thanks to the Point One teaser, it's a safe bet that some form of Young Avengers will be appearing in the Marvel NOW! relaunch. Also thanks to the teaser, it looks like this will be a <i>very</i> different Young Avengers than what we've seen before. <p>The teaser shows three characters: Wiccan, the only previous member of the team, Kid Loki, the still de-aged trickster god who has been engaing in less nefarious mischief in the pages of <i>Journey Into Mystery</i>, and the new Miss America, seen last in the somewhat obscure <i>Vengeance</i> miniseries. <p>Is this a sign of an expansion of the ranks? Is this a team that will absorb members of, say, <i>Avengers Academy</i> or <i>Runaways</i> while they're at it? (At Comic-Con, Marvel's C.B. Cebulski did say some Runaways cast members will be in a new book not called "Runaways.") The idea of an all-new all-different <b>Young Avengers</b> is a somewhat intriguing one, though any of the previous characters left in limbo would surely be missed. Given Kieron Gillen's affinity for Kid Loki, he seems a prime candidate for such a squad, though Nick Spencer, with his band of misfit teenagers in the creator-owned <i>Morning Glories</i> would be an equally strong candidate and Dennis Hopeless, another <b>Point One</b> issue contributor, recently wrote an ensemble of young heroes in the <i>X-Men: Season One</i> graphic novel. One way or another, the Young Avengers look to be back in Marvel NOW!.


At this point, every indication is that it's a very long shot that writer Dan Slott is leaving <i>Amazing Spider-Man</i> any time soon, and rotating artist Humberto Ramos seems to be staying put as well. <p>Still, it's difficult to imagine that Marvel's most recognizable character won't have some role to play in a line-wide revamp, right? After all, he's right there in that Marvel NOW! teaser, and Slott has hinted about big changes coming to the character in issue #700. <p>With a big anniversary number approaching, <i>Amazing Spider-Man</i> might not be getting a new #1 (though that didn't stop Marvel from relaunching Avengers shortly after #500 back in 2004), but a new series joining <I>ASM</i> maybe taking the place of <i>Avenging Spider-Man</i>? sounds like a possibility.


<i>Uncanny X-Men</i>, <i>X-Men Legacy</I> and <i>New Mutants</i> are all ending in October, and at this point we only know of one replacement the November-debuting <i>All-New X-Men</i> by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen, said to be taking the place of <i>Uncanny X-Men</i> in the publishing line. <p>Given the last 20 or so years of Marvel history, that looks very unlikely to stand, as the publisher tends to put out as many X-books as possible. <p>So here's our guess that there will be at least one new X-book in Marvel NOW! other than <i>All-New</i>, and we'll take it one step further and say that it'll very likely feature Cable another character featured on that <b>Marvel NOW! Point One</b> teaser in a prominent role.


It's not exactly a bold proclamation to say that with a <I>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> movie on the way, Marvel will likely have a series starring the character at some point before the film hits in 2014. Star-Lord being the final reveal on the <b>Marvel NOW! Point One</b> cover was just the icing on the cosmos-traveling cake. <p>And with the characters currently appearing in <i>Avengers Assemble</i> by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, it's certainly not out of the question to presume that one (or both) of those creators, exiting <i>Avengers Assemble</i> in October, might be making the jump to a <I>GOTG</i> book. <p>A <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> ongoing series with a high-profile creative team seems as sure of a bet as any in the comic book industry right now, and look for Marvel to position it as a very big deal as the movie grows closer, to help introduce the semi-obscure characters to a larger audience.

What's New with Marvel NOW? 10 Potential Series

Date: 20 July 2012 Time: 08:18 PM ET