You might have read Marvel Comics is holding an editorial retreat this week, so Newsarama had just a small window to squeeze in some questions about this week’s potentially game-changing and far-reaching developments in Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #7.
Click on over here to read about what happened in full detail [and SPOILERS from here on], but briefly: the "inverted" Scarlet Witch casts a spell that immediately calls into question whether Magneto is her and her brother Pietro’s real father.
The reveal seems pretty straightforward, but these are comic books we're talking about where both elaborate retcons and story misdirection are commonplace, so readers can’t take anything for granted. With that in mind, we were given the opportunity to send Marvel Senior Vice-President of Publishing Tom Brevoort a few brief questions about the sequence and its possible implications for him to respond to in-between his retreat responsibilities.
Here are the results:
Newsarama: Tom, can you confirm what readers found out today in Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #7 was that Magneto is not actually related to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver?
Tom Brevoort: I don’t know that there’s any definitive proof of that one way or the other. But something pretty strange and unexpected is going on, certainly.
Nrama: Will be find out later about any other character(s) beside Pietro that was affected by the spell?
Brevoort: I tend to think that the spell in question was localized to the immediate area. Otherwise, it’s possible that Polaris might have been affected — or that she might not have been. Wiccan and Speed, likewise, may have been affected were they in the spell’s sphere of influence — but my feeling is that it was a localized phenomenon.
Nrama: Should readers assume at this time whether or not Wanda and Pietro are actually even mutants? Or should readers question that part of their history as well?
Brevoort: The history of both Wanda and Pietro is shrouded in a lot of mystery and mistaken assumptions, and has been virtually since day one. So I think you should definitely be wondering about all of it.
Nrama: And if we were to ask you directly if it's possible they're actually Inhumans, you'd reply...?
Brevoort: Uncanny Avengers #1 ships in January!
Nrama: Tom, finally, being just months before Avengers: Age of Ultron, one obvious inference of this development is that it may dramatically alter and perhaps bridge something of a significant mismatch between the Marvel Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Can you say whether any part of this is about making the MU and MCU more closely match up right before Wanda and Pietro's introduction into the MCU?
Brevoort: It’s all about us telling a story, as it always is.