AvX Post Game, Week 15: Who's Afraid of Scarlet Witch?
***Spoilers for Avengers vs. X-Men #7 and Uncanny X-Men #15 follow.***
THE BIG QUESTION:
Matt Fraction, who also wrote last month's Avengers vs. X-Men #5 and the big Phoenix Five reveal, returned to the series this week, and he talked to us about putting Scarlet Witch back on the board, and once again fighting alongside Earth's Mightiest Heroes after some well-known unpleasantness.
Newsasrama: Matt, in Avengers vs. X-Men #7 we see Scarlet Witch take on an active role within the Avengers for the first time in years, and it's really the most we've seen her in action outside of Avengers: The Children's Crusade. What was it like writing Wanda's return to something of a more familiar role? And how do you approach writing a character that's essentially been solely defined by two major events (that both happened before your tenure at Marvel) — "Avengers Disassembled" and House of M — for nearly a decade?
THE BIG HITS:
- So, the "Marvel NOW!" news sure prompts you to look at AvX in a little different light, right? Even things like Havok — who hasn't really been around in the event so far — appearing among the X-Men taking on the Avengers in the opening fight scene of issue #7, which is countered by the knowledge that he'll be the leader of Uncanny Avengers starting in October. In classic C&C Music Factory fashion, it's a thing that makes you go "hmm."
- It should be noted that not only does second act Avengers vs. X-Men artist Olivier Coipel's Hope look like an actual teenage girl, his Tony Stark and Captain America have much more realistic bodies as well — which, seeing as how the most famous iterations of the characters now are the movie versions played by real-life humans, seems like a smart choice.
- Even in the midst of AvX, the Danger/Unit storyline in Uncanny X-Men continues to develop — but given the newly revealed fact that All-New X-Men is set to supplant Uncanny in November, one wonders when things will come to a head with all of that. (Super-educated, informed guess: Probably before November.)
- So, the Avengers now have their own X-prisoner, Transonic — though, on the bright side, she gets to hang out with Hope again.
- Bad things continue to happen to Hawkeye when Scarlet Witch is around.
NEXT WEEK:preview here); the Avengers imprisoned in the X-Brig attempt to rectify that situation in New Avengers #28 (preview here); and Adult Gladiator and the intimidatingly named Death Commandos go Phoenix-hunting in Wolverine and the X-Men #13 (preview here). AND FINALLY: Got an Avengers vs. X-Men-related question you'd like us to ask in a future installment of the Post Game Report? Find us on Facebook or Twitter. More from Newsarama:
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