Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso has added fuel to the fire about a purported second Iron Man title first teased by Invincible Iron Man writer Brian Michael Bendis on Wednesday.
"Brian and David [Marquez] are playing the long game with Invincible Iron Man," Alonso told CBR. "When Brian pitched us, he said there was an idea for a sister-title that would spin out of the first germinating in his brain."
When asked what convinced Alonso and Marvel that two ongoing Iron Man series could be supported by the industry, Alonso said he relied on Bendis' opinion that it would.
"I can't say much, but I will say this: The reveal on the last page of Invincible Iron Man #1 is big enough that it might need an entire series just to deal with. Retailers -- plan accordingly!"
Invincible Iron Man #1 goes on sale October 7, and Bendis has said he'll be delving into the recently introduced facet to Tony Stark's life that he is adopted. Could Alonso's phrasing of a "sister-title" be subtlely inferring to a female Iron Man series, perhaps one even related to Tony Stark?
If Marvel does indeed launch a second ongoing solo series for Iron Man, it wouldn't be the first time. In 2007, Marvel renamed the then-ongoing Iron Man series as Invincible Iron Man and subsequently launched a new Iron Man series by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca coinciding with the release of the first Iron Man movie.
With the "All-New All-Different Marvel" flagship series being Invincible Iron Man, there is room on the shelves once again for an adjective-less Iron Man title once again.