UPDATE: ANT-MAN Gets a SECRET WARS Series... But Wait, Is That PHOENIX?

Marvel C2E2 Announcement Art
Credit: Marvel Comics
Credit: Marvel Comics

Update: April 25, 2015 at 2:36 p.m. EST: Although at first the mystery heroine on the cover of Ant-Man: Last Days was unknown (and purposefully unrevealed by Marvel), Newsarama has now determined the identity of the character -- 1940s heroine Miss Liberty. We've added that to the original story, which is below.

Original Story: Although the recently launched Ant-Man series has been missing from recent solicits, it looks to be returning - just in time for its last days - in a new Secret Wars one-shot, and he is joined by another hero who looks familiar.

Announced at Saturday's "Marvel's Secret Wars: Last Day" panel at C2E2 in Chicago, Ant-Man: Last Days sees series creators Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas return for a Battleworld-era tale for release on August 5. And according to Spencer, Ant-Man and his new adopted hometown of Miami are counting down the last days in Miami style.

"What you're going to see is a very Miami-esque response," said Spencer in a CBR interview. "One of the things that I thought about immediately was that the closest real world parallel we have to this is probably New Year's Eve 1999. So I thought it would be fun to take a look at it from that perspective. Miami has a not entirely somber response to the impending doom."

No mention was made at all in the CBR interview of the female hero pictured in Mark Brooks' cover to Ant-Man: Last Days, but at the C2E2 panel Marvel called her a "golden age hero who we've already seen" but didn't go into any further specifics.

The red hair, the yellow-and-red color scheme and the symbol on the heroine's chest brings to mind Jean Grey's the Phoenix despite the fact Jean Grey didn't operate in Marvel's "Golden Age" era. Could it perhaps be another Golden Age herione such as Clair Voyant possessed by the Phoenix Force, or perhaps someone else from the 616 or another timeline given the door to all possibilties Secret Wars opens wide?

In fact, it's lesser-known character Miss Patriot, created way back in 1940's Human Torch Comics #3. Miss Patriot's real name is Mary Morgan, and Spencer recently introduced a character in the Ant-Man ongoing series named Mrs. Morganstern who hints she's more than what she seems. Could Mrs. Morganstern be Mary Morgan, a.k.a. Miss Patriot?

Although Miss Patriot was created decades before the Phoenix, it's interesting that Marvel would revive the character -- and keep the all-too-similiar chest emblem -- which is so close to the much more known Phoenix emblem.

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