Thursday's news that Angela — a character long entangled in a legal dispute between creators Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane — would be making her way from Image's Spawn world to the Marvel Universe in June's Age of Ultron #10 seemingly gave away the "unguessable" ending of the story that Marvel had been hyping for months.
Given how sensitive Marvel had declared the ending — Age of Ultron writer Brian Michael Bendis told Newsarama in January that "literally five people" knew what it was, and Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada is drawing the issue's final pages reportedly partly to help prevent a leak — some observers wondered why they'd reveal the surprise months in advance. According to those involved, it's because they haven't — at least not entirely.
When asked by Newsarama if Age of Ultron #10 would still be polybagged as solicited, despite the Angela reveal being out in the open, a representative for Marvel stated that it would indeed, "Because we haven’t given away the ending. There are more surprises to come. The Angela stuff is like the post-credits scene of the story."Age of Ultron
#10 cover.On Twitter, Bendis addressed the ending on Thursday with similar sentiments, writing, "today's news does not spoil the end of Age of ultron. well, one part of it :) but there's A LOT more going on in that issue as well."
This will likely only further serve already-prevalent speculation — as posited in places including Blog@Newsarama — that the Angela appearance is possibly a prelude to the return of another character originally from another publisher and closely associated with Gaiman, Miracleman/Marvelman. Marvel announced their acquisition of the character (similarly mired in a complex legal situation) in July 2009, but other than releasing reprints of older material, they've yet to publish new work featuring the character. Gaiman is co-writing Angela's next Marvel appearance, Guardians of the Galaxy #5, with Bendis.
Over on his message board, Bendis responded to detractors skeptical of the Angela news, saying that it should be viewed as "a creation of one of the great authors of our generation is bringing that author back to comics so this character who has been dormant for many years, a character who they had just scratched the surface of, can find its way into the place you would least expect her."More from Newsarama:
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