Jim Zub and Kim Jacinto are taking over Marvel Comics' Uncanny Avengers with the ongoing series' June issue, #24. The issue will begin a two-part tie-in to this summer's Secret Empire event, which Zub is already dealing with in Thunderbolts. The writer says that the Uncanny Avengers team - specifically the older heroes Wasp, Rogue, and the Human Torch - are considered a threat by Captain America.
"As you might imagine, Secret Empire is filled with secrets so I can’t reveal too much just yet. The Uncanny Avengers are quite powerful and capable with older and experienced heroes like Rogue, Wasp, and The Human Torch on the team. [Captain America] and the forces of Hydra understand that and they make plans to, let’s say, keep them out of play," said Zub. "We’ll see the team getting caught up in machinations they hadn’t expected, and it will sideline and threaten them in unexpected ways."
Following Uncanny Avengers' Secret Empire tie-in, Zubs says that he'll be further developing the relationships of the team that original series writer Gerry Duggan established since the title's' relaunch following Secret Wars.
"I think every team book needs those relationships; it has to have that heart beating under the surface, otherwise you wouldn’t keep reading it," said Zub. "The Secret Empire tie-in issues throw the [Unity Squad] into the deep end, so we won’t see too much relationship material initially but, after they make it through that, we’ve got cool plans and will continue developing those relationships and friendships. Gerry’s run emphasized that these characters stay together because of shared ideas, not just a government mandate or anything like that. They don’t have a charter or chairperson. They have an emotional, mission-based connection."