SDCC 2014: Marvel - Next Big Thing Panel WEAPON X, S.H.I.E.L.D. Series Announced, More
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 cover by Mike Deodato
Marvel Comics cam to their Sunday Afternoon Comic-Con International: San Diego panel with several announcements with new series, specials and creative teams in the mix.
Marvel editor Nick Lowe moderated and introduced the panelists.
Executive Editor (X-Men/Guardians family) Mike Marts. Daredevil writer Mark Waid. Deadpool and incoming Hulk writer Gerry Duggan. Death of Wolverine, Inhuman, and She-Hulk writer Charles Soule. Legendary Star-Lord writer Sam Humphries. Amazing Spider-Man and Silver Surfer writer Dan Slott, who came out and said "I'm not on this panel, I was just talking to someone on the side of the stage!" and finally Star Wars and Deadpool editor Jordan D. White.
"We're really excited about Avengers NOW! and our first three announcements, All-New Captain America with Sam Wilson, Superior Iron Man, and Thor #1 with the new female Thor.
And that's not all. Deathlok has a great new series, after coming to prominence with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier is a new ongoing series by Ales Kot and Marco Rudy in October.
"But now, the Death of Wolverine by Charles Soule. Can you give us some setup for that?" "Well, it's about the Death of Wolverine," Soule quipped. "He's lost his healing factor and doesn't bounce back the way he used to. That's all the setup you need to have."
"It's a real global journey. To me it feels like a really amazing "man with no name" Clint Eastwood movie. It's all building up to an epic moment, but really personal and emotional for Wolverine. I even said in the last few pages of the script that it was tough to write." Marts said it genuinely brought a tear to his eyes.
Each issue will have "a slightly different genre feel. Issue 2 is kind of James Bond Wolverine. Just because it's the Death of Wolverine, and yes you know that will happen at the end, that doesn't mean you can't have some fun along the way."
After that, we'll see the previously announced Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy, a seven issue series, with Soule writing #1 and #7. They wil be "very tied together" said Soule to the first mini-series. The five issues in-between will be done by various writers and artists (for the uninformed), each featuring a character with close ties to Wolverine.
There's also a special issue called Death of Wolverine: Captain America & Deadpool #1 by Gerry Duggan and Scott Kolins, featuring the now Super Soldier Serum-less Steve Rogers. "We felt like it would be a lot of fun to go back to the story we started with The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. It's a fun adventure but also has a lot of meat to it. It even has a call back to Cap Annual #8."
New series announcement! Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program, a five-issue series by Charles Soule and Salvador Larroca that runs in November and December.
Soule said he can't talk too much about it yet because it deals very directly with what happens in Death of Wolverine and specfically with how he actually dies.
Inhuman, also by Soule, followed the announcement. He explained the series' origins out of two events. "There's a lot of people in the world who want to use the new Inhumans as assets. It's connected to everything," and has Ryan Stegman joining with the fourth issue of the series as the new artist.
"One of the fun things about Inhuman is that we get to make up new superheroes. We have a secret agent Inhuman who isn't one of the brand new ones, he's been around for awhile. His name is Reader. They found out that if he reads something, it becomes real - so if he reads "fire" then it lights a fire. So the town he was living in figured this out and blinded him, put out his eyes. So now he carries around little metal sheets of braille so he can read those to activate powers.
Original Sin, the current Marvel Event comic was next. Original Sin Annual #1 starring Woodrow McCord is by Jason Latour, Enis Cisic, and is announced here.
It will go through the history of "the man who hired Nick Fury" for his special universe-protecting job.
Legendary Star-Lord was next, and Humphries promised big things for Star-Lord's first ongoing. He praised Paco Medina's work.
Thanos is on the cover to #4, and "The tie-in from Original Sin is coming into that issue directly, with some unfinished business with Thanos."
John Layman and Javier Garron are the new creative team of Cyclops starting with Issue 6, the panel announced. It's Space Pirate adventures, still - with an emphasis on the pirates. "Really sad that Greg had to step off, but his novel schedule was getting really intense - we'll see him back in the X-world realy soon."
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 launches in December by Mark Waid with rotating artists, in-continuity and starring the characters from the TV show.
Carlos Pacheco, Alan Davis, Chris Sprouse, and more artists will be on it. "This is SHIELD the TV show but with an unlimited budget," Waid said. "The structure of the series is done-in-one. Coulson and his team have a mission, and if we need someone for a mission, everyone in the Marvel Universe is available as a potential Agent."
"I love Coulson because he knows everything about the Marvel Universe. He knows every powerset and eveything that he would need to get jobs done. Rocket Raccoon and Howard the Duck are right for the job? We'll bring them in.
"I couldn't be happier about this series."
Daredevil, also by Waid was next. "He has had his toughest fight yet in the Original Sin tie-in issues." Matt has to ask his mother a question he "never wanted to ask her: Why did you leave? And the answer changes everything for him."
Original Sin: Hulk vs Iron Man is co-written by Waid and Kieron Gillen. Waid loves writing "Science Bros," but also seeing the characters "dig deeper and deeper" as they remember more and more about the past.
Gerry Duggan and Mark Bagley are the creative team of Hulk as of August's issue 5. (Waid whispered: Tough Act to Follow!) "Hulk is one of my favorite characters in the world, and I'm taking over from one of my favorite writers in the world, so no pressure," Duggan said. "There's a new persona called Doc Green. There's a big change to the Hulk, and it will be very evident in #5. Bagley is turning in some incredible pages. You'll see a lot of Hulk on Hulk action - a lot of fisticuffs. The "Omega Hulk," this story, is a bit of an Armor Wars for the Hulk crowd. Doc Green has some very specific ideas of what the world needs, and it will be very interesting to see how people react to that."
With that the panel turned to Fan Q&A.
Q: More female creators? What's being done?
Duggan: "Some of my favorite collaborators are women. Jordie Bellaire, Sana Amanat, I definitely get a lot out of working with them."
Waid: "Marvel has the strongest editorial staff of females in comics! They might not be up on stage right now, but believe me, when Ellie Pyle tells us something, we listen. She's the boss!"
Lowe: "More women would make me very happy, too. Beleive me, our door is always open to it."
Q: Will the other Guardians come into the Star-Lord comic?
Humphries: "Well this is the solo book - but what's fun for me is to show the influence taht they have on him, on the way he approaches things, and doing that without necessarily having them in the actual book."
Duggan: "And Rocket's in Nova coming up."
Lowe: "And there's the Rocket Raccoon series that Skottie Young is doing, so there's more Guardians everywhere."
The first question Waid asks when he sits down to write S.H.I.E.L.D. is what two characters he's never seen together. "I love that compare and contrast. I love to take two characters who see the world so differently from each other."
Humphries added, "The conflict within Peter Quill is my favorite thing about writing Legendary Star-Lord. The feelings within him are so interesting to write."
Soule: "Yeah, starting two characters in the same place, then seeing where they diverge - like Punisher and Captain America, both started as soldiers, but now couldn't be more different in their approach is a really cool source of conflict."
Marts also called out All-New X-Men as a great place for organic conflict with the way the characters interact with each other.
Slott loves the new conflict he's finding with Silver Surfer, wherein he has this crazy power and freedom, but is always just depressed and holds himself back.
White praised Duggan for doing a lot of great contrast where he has real funny moments, and then contrasts them with real hear-wrenching or gut-wrenching moments. "The end of the Original Sin tie-ins brings Deadpool to a 90s issue that's really funny - but has the worst thing Deadpool has ever done."
Q: How lnog will Wolverine stay dead?
Soule; "This is the perfect time to tell everybody the ending. Don't worry about it, Lowe. So on the second to last page, Wolverine has won the day, we're all so happy, he's gonna make it out. And on the last page, Jubilee pops out and bites him. He dies, and he comes back as a Vampire. So he died so it counts." Don't worry, we're 90% sure he's joking.
Q: Where oh where is Taskmaster in the Marvel Universe?
Duggan: "Did you read Deadpool #27?"
Fan: "Yeah, he was riding a motorcycle at the tail end."
Duggan: "There are plans for him."
Waid: "I wouldn't be surprised if he shows up in S.H.I.E.L.D."
Q: When will Daredevil and She-Hulk clash in the comics, since their both lawyers with ongoings?
Soule: "Yes. There is a storyline coming up in 8, 9, and 10, and it will be them going up against each other in court. That's never happened before! So we will see that." And Matt Murdock is the prosecuting attorney in the story.
Q: Any chances of Silk from Amazing Spider-Man getting a series?
Lowe: We just announced Spider-Woman this morning, and Silk is in that!
Slott: "Yeah, Silk is a new character that we revealed was also bit by the same spider that bit Peter, but Ezekiel hid her away. As soon as Spider-Man revealed her existence, that's what set Morlun off on his quest to kill the Spiders."
Q: Why no X-Men panel this year?
Marts and Lowe said it was just a victim of circumstance, and lots of new and "exciting" X-Men stuff will be coming in the next year, especially after the AXIS crossover.
Lowe: "And I wanted to say, there have been rumors that we're cancelling or sabotaging the X-Men and Fantastic Four - we're not. We don't put leading creators on titles we want to 'sabotage'."
Q: Any chance of the original Thunderbolts coming back or revamping the series again?
White: "Yeah, I'm sad that the current version is ending. There have been talks about what the next itteration should be and a lot of those talks have been about the original versions. I do say, we have Hawkeye in this final arc, and he's investigating what all these Thunderbolts have been up to."
Q: Do you think Deadpool can transition to film and maintain the feel of the character and series?
Lowe: "Sadly Fox has all the motion picture rights to Deadpool so we don't have any control over that at all."
Humphries: "That said, who would like to see a Deadpool movie written by Gerry Duggan?" Duggan: "Is anyone here from Fox? See me after the panel!" (lots of cheers)
Q: For Dan Slott, is it hard finding a balance and "dancing in the rain drops" of the past in Amazing Spider-Man: Learning to Crawl?
Slott: "It's not a thing that's hard, it's a thing that they have to pull me off of and stop me from doing. I love doing that stuff."
Q: Long plans for Silk?
Slott: "Long, serious plans for Silk, and you will see her in the Spider-Verse."