Who will be left standing after Civil War II? According to Marvel Editor-In-Chief, the 27 characters in the newly-released 'Divided We Stand' image by Mike Deodato Jr. will be the new status quo after this summer's 7-part event.
"This is not an event. It's the status quo of the Marvel Universe in the aftermath of the war," Alonso told FastCompany. "It's a glimpse as to whom we can point to in the coming year, with just enough 'What the heck's going on there' spots to get people speculating. 'There's no Tony Stark in that picture, but who's that guy holding the helmet? Is that Doctor Doom?' 'The young girl in the gray armor looks a lot like the new War Machine . . .'"
Described as a signpost of the key figures post-Civil War II, it's notable for omitting several franchise characters including Iron Man, Sam Wilson/Captain America, Deadpool, Black Widow, Hawkeye, the Inhuman royal family, and any X-Men save Cable. Will those characters be pushed aside for these 27 characters? It's too soon to say, but according to Alonso all of these 27 will be key figures going foward.
"They're all there because they matter," said Alonso. "They'll either be in a solo series, or they'll be a key member of a team, or they'll do something that you will be talking about in a Marvel book that will bring them into a position of prominence. They're there for a reason. Including that big, big, big what appears to be a Godzilla foot."
The Editor-In-Chief wouldn't confirm the identity of the character with that foot; Marvel has published Godzilla comic books in the past under a licensing deal, but it could instead be referring to the cult-favorite green monster Fin Fang Foom or the recently introduced American Kaiju from New Avengers, who happened to have the real name of 'Todd Ziller.'
Speaking of "cult" characters and lesser-known stars however, Alonso said it's a conscious choice to put lesser-known characters in these type of images to raise their popularity.
"Our catalog rolls deep. We have an incredible catalog of characters. I think that some of our C-, D-, and F-list characters are the coolest, for very different reasons than the guys who you see up on the silver screen," said Alonso "Part of it is individual writers who have an obsession with a character, and convince us that they've got the right angle. Part of it is a cameo that provided a nice springboard for us to go all-in on them as we've found that people really like them, and we need to be able to do more with them. But it's not a one-size-fits-all strategy—part of it is just that we roll the dice and put our best foot forward in the presentation of the characters."