UPDATE: Marvel Reveals More New INFINITY Details
The following is Marvel's press release: New York, NY—April 1st, 2013—Earth has been marked as an “Avengers World”, protected by Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and more from the deadliest threats facing humanity. A powerful and destructive race is on a collision course with Earth and the only thing in their path is the Avengers! But even Earth’s Mightiest Heroes realize the one hope of defeating this dire threat is to unite every great hero across the cosmos…because only with a united Avengers Universe is there any chance of survival! With our heroes at the other end of the universe, who is left to protect Earth? Enter Thanos, the galaxy’s most ruthless threat and an unparalleled force of brutality who brings order to the chaos of life through murder. The greatest threat to the Mad Titan’s work—and perhaps the universe’s greatest hope—is something he created leaving no world safe. Earth’s last hope may lie in the hands of a man who can level cities with a single whisper – Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans. But can the fearsome leader of a race hated and feared by his world, lead his people against Thanos? If they fall, so does the Earth—and the entire universe with it.
The August-debuting, six-issue series, which will be preceded by Marvel’s 2013 Free Comic Book Day preview special in May, will be written by Jonathan Hickman and illustrated by Jim Cheung, Jerome Opena, and Dustin Weaver. According to USA Today, Hickman has been planting seeds toward the event in his brief time on Avengers and New Avengers, both of which will serve as tie-in books to the main series.
The story, which of course the cover/promo art of the FCBD special already reveals, features Thanos in a prominent role, and includes an expanded roster of Avengers who head off on a “galactic journey to rally the universe.”
The FCBD preview will reportedly look at “what nefarious business the cosmic villain Thanos is planning to do to Earth, since the Avengers' departure has left the planet vulnerable.”
"The universe's greatest serial killer is cut loose to do bad things to our most precious world," Hickman told USA Today.
In the Avengers, the "space opera" tale of Infinity teams Avengers stalwarts like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor with cosmic heroes like Nova and the Guardians of the Galaxy on a mission to unite the Skrulls, the Kree, the Brood, and other intergalactic species against a common foe, the Builders, the villains from Hickman’s first Avengers story arc.
New Avengers as well as Infinity proper focus on, “Thanos' secret agenda and the superheroes who are left to deal with him and his army running roughshod over Earth.”
"Somebody like Daredevil, who's used to dealing with more street-level problems, has to suddenly face foes and situations that are a little bit out of his ordinary weight class," Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort told USA Today.
Playing a key role in the series will be the Inhumans, who show up to serve as a cavalry-like force for Earth, and Infinity serves as a springboard to elevate them into a much more important part of the Marvel Universe than of late.
Said Hickman: "There are huge plans for the Inhumans. They're such great characters, and this will be a pretty good example of why."As previously reported, pictured in the Infinity teaser/cover image clockwise from the top to the best of our ability are: Medusa, Karnak, Doctor Strange, Gorgon, Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Bolt, Iron Man, Falcon, Wolverine, Ex Nihilo, Spider-Woman, Black Panther, Havok, Mr. Fantastic, Gladiator, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Sunfire, Smasher, Hulk, Sunspot, Wasp, Thor, Rogue, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Beast, Captain Universe, and Namor. Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!