AVENGERS: Right To Assemble 4: The Power Trio And A SIEGE
By now you’ve all heard about Marvel’s upcoming SIEGE event. It’s interesting for two reasons: first, Cap’n Steve, Thor and Iron Man will reunite, and second, “Siege” is in the name of a pre-existing Avengers story, and one that’s regarded as a bit of a classic. Let’s take the second part first.
Under Siege II?: In another example of continuity symmetry or just the plain old-fashioned twenty-odd-year pop cycle, the new “Siege” perhaps hits some similar beats. There’s an overwhelming force of villains out there rallied by a familiar foe (Norman Osborn, of course), and they’ve invaded and occupied a lot ground that’s traditionally been covered by the Avengers and their allies. Again, it falls to the founders to help save the day.
Above the Law: Obviously, one big difference will be how the infrastructure of America and the U.S. government will be affected, given Norman’s predisposition for stacking the 50-state teams with villains. There’s also the added wrinkle of putting the heroes squarely against government officials and troops. Certainly, public sentiment may ride with Steve Rogers returning, but let’s not forget that the last time that the American people saw Cap and Iron Man together, they were beating the crap out of each other until public service workers pointed out the cost of the battle.
Marked for Death: That’s assuming, of course, that the heroes survive the current machinations of Norman’s “List”. The X-Men managed to hold against Marrina, but Ronin was captured and more havoc is on the way. The conventional wisdom is that Cap, Thor and Iron Man will emerge unscathed to lead a new, uh, Newer Avengers. However, what if someone doesn’t make it? Might Tony go down as final contrition of initiating the chain of events that lead the country to this point? (Answer: Probably not with a sequel coming out. Downey would not be amused.)
Out for Justice: So when the takedown of Norman finally occurs, who should be there? I think we’ll see the Big Three. What about Hank Pym? You know Spidey needs to be there. Wolverine owes him for dragging his son into it. There’s Frank Castle, Punisher, of course. How about Dr. Strange? Ronin and Luke Cage need to get some shots in, too. Ms. Marvel and Spider-Woman, definitely. Interesting collection of people, isn’t it? Interesting that they’d need to . . . avenge . . . some things, isn’t it?
Executive Decision: This brings me to one question to leave you with: at the close of “Siege”, presuming that Norman is defeated, the Dark Reign is over, and the heroes get out alive . . . who should be The Avengers?
Look at the layout: we have New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Dark Avengers, Avengers: The Initiative, Young Avengers, and maybe even Secret Warriors (what’s their role once Norman goes down?). If Dark Avengers sticks around as the X-Force-like Avengers team, who should be on it? Should we have one big team split between Mighty and New? How about the Initiative? We know they have another mini coming, but will the Young Avengers get a regular book again beyond that? I have some thoughts on all of this, but I want to hear you. Talk to me, people.