Runaways' once-dead turncoat and arch-nemesis Alex Wilder is back and setting up shop in New York City, and coming directly in conflict with Luke Cage and Danny Rand.
As announced at Friday's "Marvel NOW!: Divided We Stand" panel at New York Comic Con 2016, Alex Wilder will prominently feature in an upcoming Power Man & Iron Fist storyline. Series writer David Walker has told Newsarama that Wilder will become "one of the most crucial villains in the Marvel Universe" beginning with this arc.
Walker spoke with Newsarama about this new facet to Power Man & Iron Fist, beginning his second year on the book with Sanford Greene, and what it's like writing the title while Netflix's Luke Cage series is debuting.
Newsarama: David, after dealing with Civil War II, Luke and Danny have a new problem to deal with – sort of. What can you tell us about Alex Wilder’s involvement in Power Man & Iron Fist?
David Walker: Alex is one of several characters trying to take over the crime business uptown that's pretty much run by Tombstone. He seems like an unlikely crime boss, but as we'll soon see, Alex Wilder is a force to be reckoned with.
Nrama: The information we’ve seen says Alex has a “devious intellect and deadly intentions.” Why is the newly villainous Alex targeting Luke and Danny?
Walker: He's not targeting Luke and Danny, he's looking to take over all the criminal operations north of 110th Street, and just happen to be in the way. On top of that, some very bad things went down or Danny and Luke in Civil War II, and Alex may be involved.
Nrama: It also seems the Pride is returning under Alex’s command. Who’s going to be part of his new villain team?
Walker: I don't want to ruin the surprises, so I'll just say that most people looking to stay alive, avoid prison, or not get banished to hell will be looking to Alex for employment.
Nrama: You and Sanford Greene have been working together on Power Man & Iron Fist for a while now, and you both have a strong grasp on these characters. How do you find ways to challenge each other as creators?
Walker: As a team, Sanford and I want to give the reader the most for their dollar. We are always bouncing ideas off each other. I know that I'm always thinking of new ways to get Sanford to push himself, and he yells at me. But it is all in fun. He wants to make sure that when it is all said and done, our work together will stand the test of time.
Nrama: Over in Jessica Jones, which just launched this week, there seems to be trouble in paradise between Jessica and Luke. What’s your take on that? Is that going to come up in Power Man & Iron Fist?
Walker: Brian Michael Bendis and I have had long talks about where things are going, and I'm down for the adventure. Eventually, there will likely be some impact on our book, but for now, Bendis is doing his thing, and I'm just sitting back and enjoying the ride.
Nrama: 2016 seems to be Luke Cage’s moment. How does it feel to be part of the renaissance of a classic Marvel character?
Walker: Honestly, it is very surreal, mixed with a healthy dose of exciting and humbling. I'm the kid that grew up loving Power Man & Iron Fist, dreaming of someday writing a comic starring them, and now my dream has come true. My life is pretty cool right now.
Nrama: Bottom line, what’s in store for Luke and Danny as Power Man & Iron Fist rolls into this new arc?
Walker: Luke and Danny will find themselves caught in the middle of a deadly gang war in Harlem. Old loyalties will be tested. New loyalties will be formed. And as always, the adventures of Power Man and Iron Fist will be a fun mix of humor and action.