Magneto will have some company as they ring in the Last Days leading into the summer event Secret Wars. After Newsarama's reveal earlier Tuesday that Magneto will be part of the Last Days banner, Loki: Agent of Asgard and Captain America & The Mighty Avengers - both written by Al Ewing - have been revealed as part of the group as reported by CBR and ComicBook.com respectively.
"... it's a little strange to be on board at Marvel for the end of the Marvel Universe," says Ewing about Captain America & The Mighty Avengers in the ComicBook article. "There have been 'THE END' stories before, and I suppose part of me is always wondering what I'd do if I was given the brief of "this is the final story of so-and-so"... well, now that moment is here! In the present day! And it turns out this is the story I'd do."
Ewing said his "common man" style of Avengers group will feature not just costumed superheroes but casual citizens standing up in these final moments of their world.
"We'll be seeing both sides - the Last Days issues will be about people helping where they can at the end of the world. Some of those will be superbeings with awesome powers, and some are just people," Ewing tells ComicBook. "If the current plan comes together, we'll be going from 'Time Runs Out' right up to the final seconds of life on Earth... as seen through the eyes of the most unexpected Mighty Avenger of all - you! The person reading this! That's going to be a wee bit tricky, mind."
Regarding Loki: Agent of Asgard, Ewing tells CBR that that who exactly will be the protagonist for his Last Days tie-in arc is still up in the air - dependent on who wins in the current arc's battle between Loki and the sinister King Loki. That's despite King Loki appearing on the Loki: Agent of Asgard #14 cover which begins the Final Days arc. Whomever makes it out will be splitting time between Manhattan and Asgard, according to Ewing, in the Final Incursion between the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe.
"As for where we'll be - we'll be dividing our time between Manhattan and Asgard, where the end of all that is is definitely resonating. Gods and mythical beings are sensitive to things like that."
Asgard and its denizens will apparently step up in this presumable final day for their realm and the universe according to Ewing.
"The apocalyptic war is what happens when the Ten Realms realize, with their God-sight and magic powers, that the universe is coming to an end. This isn't like previous incursions, which went by without comment -- this has a unique symbolic weight, because it really is the end, and creatures of story like the Gods can feel that primal ending resonating in their blood and bone. So suddenly, everyone wants to settle scores."
Ewing goes on to tease appearances by Odin as well as Beta-Ray Bill in the Final Days arc of Loki: Agent of Asgard, but remained mum on if this Last Days arc is the finale of the series, or at least his run on the title.