It started in Spawn when Neil Gaiman co-created a character named Angela. The aptly-named angel became hotly contested, as Gaiman and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane fought in a decade-spanning legal battle over who owned the copyright to Angela (as well as other character co-created during Gaiman's time on the book), which ended in 2012. The ruling affirmed Gaiman's co-ownership of Angela, as well as Medieval Spawn and Cagliostro, also co-created by Gaiman in Spawn #9. So now, Angela is coming to the Marvel Universe as a special guest star in the mega-event Age of Ultron. First teased (quite cleverly) by Rich Johnston on BleedingCool, Marvel released the news officially via the New York Times Arts Beat blog Thursday morning. In the announcement, Marvel Entertainment chief creative officer Joe Quesada said Angela's arrival at Marvel has "been in the works for quite some time. We were looking for a good entry point to tease our fans and to let them know she was going to be a major player." Newsarama can confirm the idea of Angela appearing in the Marvel Universe goes back to at least 2004, when Quesada was editor-in-chief. Marvel later confirmed on their own site that the appearance of Angela will be at the end of the series, with editor-in-chief Axel Alonso likening her appearance to the post-credits scenes at the end of Marvel Studios films. The epilogue will be written by Brian Bendis and drawn by Joe Quesada, as part of the "unguessable ending" Bendis has teased since press for the series began. The character won't just pop into Age of Ultron and disappear, however, with Marvel promising Bendis will continue to use her, even revealing her next appearance, in the Bendis-written Guardians of the Galaxy #5. That issue will be co-written by Gaiman. More on Angela and her role in the Marvel Universe soon. Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!
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