Meet Marvel's Avengers NOW!
Yes, the next phase of Marvel NOW!, Marvel Comics' initiative that's run twice offering new first issues and refreshed looks at characters, new creative teams, and some drastic changes, is focused solely on the Avengers line of their superhero universe. In an announcement late Wednesday night at EW.com, Marvel announced the new initiative, which will feature fresh first issues for their "big three," plus new issues, storyarcs, and pushes for other Avengers characters. The characters in the teaser poster will all be getting "prominent" roles in the Marvel Universe as 2014 closes out and 2015 begins.
We already know about Thor #1, starring a new female Thor in October, and All-New Captain America #1 is confirmed as beginning in November, starring Sam "The Falcon" Wilson as the newest person to lift Captain America's shield. Add to that Superior Iron Man #1 in November, featuring Tony Stark in San Francisco (incidentally, where Daredevil just moved earlier this year) with a new version of his suit, and "very ambitious plans for the city that some of its residents embrace, but not all," teased Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso.
Alonso says the new take on Tony Stark, written by Tom Taylor and drawn by Yildiray Cinar (two creators known primarily for their DC Comics work up until now) will be "hard to root for," but will not have his mind taken over by a villain like the "Superior Spider-Man" had.
The newly-confirmd All-New Captain America #1 is still written by current Cap writer Rick Remender, and will be drawn by Stuart Immonen. Thor's new female version will be someone close to Thor, though Alonso still isn't telling. "There are several women in Thor's life, and one of them is going to be the new Thor. you aren't going to find out who it is for some time. This is a slowly unfolding mystery," the E-i-C teased.
Of course, fans can all but rule out one often-speculated contender, Thor and Loki's newly revealed half-sister Angela, as she appears in the Avengers NOW! teaser poster. Along with Angela, (new) Thor, Sam Wilson Captain America, and Iron Man in his new duds, we see The Winter Soldier and Deathlok, both of whom have newly-announced ongoing series, plus upcoming Marvel Studios "Phase 3" stars Ant-Man and Dr. Strange, Avengers: Age of Ultron star Scarlet Witch, and finally Medusa and Inferno of the Inhumans rounding out the list.
We'll have much more on Avengers NOW! and any additional new series at Comic-Con International: San Diego next week.