As Infinity Countdown, the lead up to Marvel’s next cosmic epic, rounds its mid-point, writer Gerry Duggan isn’t ready to divulge what’s next for the Infinity Stones – but he does have a few hints at what’s to come.
Newsarama caught up with Duggan ahead of June 6's Infinity Countdown #4 to talk about what’s at stake in the upcoming Infinity Wars, the future of Duggan’s work in Marvel’s Cosmic wing, and the potential return of the Infinity Watch.
Nrama: Gerry, we’re approaching the penultimate issue of Infinity Countdown, and some of the Infinity Stones have now changed hands a few times. When the dust clears, are we going to be looking at a new Infinity Watch as Marvel teased earlier this year?
Gerry Duggan: It sure seems that way. You may even hear the characters refer to themselves as an "Infinity Watch." We'll have to see what happens. The characters are still deciding. I'm just DM'ing this story.
Nrama: Ok dungeon master, speaking of classic Marvel concepts, Infinity Countdown #3 brought back a big one – and we’re not talking about Drax’s saxophone. What are the chances we’re gonna see Galactus take on the Soul Stone-wielding Ultron before all is said and done?
Duggan: Galactus and the Soul Stone is a fun beat. It's the button on my weirdest rule of three ever.
Nrama: From the looks of future solicitations, Adam Warlock and the Guardians may not be on the same page about the future of the Infinity Stones. What’s Warlock’s ultimate goal in relation to the Stones?
Duggan: Warlock likes to keep things safe and calm. His interests may not align with the Guardians.
Nrama: Which wielder of an Infinity Stone should readers most keep their eyes on going into the conclusion of Infinity Countdown?
Duggan: It's the one not holding a Stone you have to worry about.
Nrama: You’ve worked with a murderer’s row of artists on this series, and you’ve got two more issues left featuring multiple artists. Is there a scene that most blew you away once you saw how it was translated from the script to the page?
Duggan: Aaron Kuder and Mike Hawthorne are both exceptional drawing some difficult ideas into existence. Jordie Bellaire has been wonderful coloring them. I'm very proud of this book.
Nrama: The Guardians of the Galaxy seem to be co-wielding the Power Stone right now. How long will that sharing last? And speaking of the Guardians, can we expect a new ongoing title for them in the future?
Duggan: Let's see what exists of them at the end of Infinity Countdown.
Nrama: After the end of Infinity Countdown, Infinity Wars begins. What can you tell us about what’s at stake in that series, once the hunt for the Stones is over?
Duggan: The stones have been destroyed, they've been collected and scattered, they've been used to kill and now they'll be used to create.
Nrama: What can you tell us about Requiem?
Duggan: I'll let him introduce himself in Infinity Wars Prime.
Nrama: You’ve got a bit more of your current roadmap for Marvel’s cosmic titles left to go. Will you be sticking in that corner of the Marvel Universe following Infinity Wars?
Duggan: No, that will be the end of my story.
Nrama: What do you think is the worst case scenario for the Infinity Stones in the Marvel Universe? And, should readers be worried about it coming to pass?
Duggan: Don't let me write them.