"All-New All-Different Avengers #1" cover by Alex Ross
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Although the "All-New All-Different Marvel" era won't begun until after Secret Wars ends, readers got a glimpse of it in the May Free Comic Book Day title All-New All-Different Avengers. And now in an article by Wall Street Journal, series writer Mark Waid and Senior VP of Publiching Tom Brevoort are pulling back the curtain on the artists involved, the villain, and the modus operandi of the new team. A key thing according to WSJ is diversity.

“I like the fact that we ended up with an Avengers team with one white guy on it,” Waid said.

The team line-up will be that from the FCBD issue, with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Vision, Nova, Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man.

“We got lucky by happenstance in that Thor was the way Thor was and Cap was the way Cap was,” adds Brevoort. “The fact that we were so balanced that there’s only one white guy is more than we would have expected when we started out. It’s pretty cool. I think that potentially gives you a wider chance to connect with a wider spectrum of the audience who may be able to see and invest themselves in the characters.”

One new addition to the team is artist Adam Kubert, who'll be joining Mahmud Asrar with the goal of All-New All-Different Avengers delivering more than 12 issues per year. Kubert comes with decades of experience, and has recently worked on both Avengers and Uncanny Avengers.

The inaugural adversary for All-New All-Different Avengers will be be a Chitauri warlord introduced recently in Gerry Duggan's Nova series named Warbringer.

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“He’s not quite like any other alien invader we’ve ever seen,” said Waid. “He will be our first big bad.”

The key thing about the beginning of All-New All-Different Avengers is that they won't be assembled as you'd normally expect Marvel's flagship superhero team.

"We get to do something that hasn't been done since the beginning of the series back in 1963, which is we get tot ell an origin story for the Avengers as the team rebuilds from the ground up," said the series writer.

“There are other teams that sort of fulfill those functions in the Marvel universe, but Iron Man is busy doing Stark Industries stuff, and Captain America is busy with his own career,” said Waid. “Avengers Tower is out of the mix for reasons we’ll get into as the series unfolds.”

And although Tony Stark will be part of the team, they won't have unlimited funds from him -- or anyone -- as they have had in previous Avengers books.

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“They’re poor, and they have to manage their assets,” said Brevoort. “Another new wrinkle: Half the team goes to school. They’ve got hours of operation, and if they get stuck in Zimbabwe, somebody’s going to have to write the absentee slips.”

The dynamic between the adults of the team -- that being Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Vision -- with the teenagers -- Nova, Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel -- will be a new facet never before seen in an Avengers title. But according to Brevoort, it's not just about the teenagers, but about the adults as well.

"It cuts both ways,” said the editor. “When a Miles or a Kamala addresses Sam Wilson as Captain America that impels him to have to be Captain America.”

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