Mighty Avengers returns in Infinity.

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  1. Specter313 Ghost of all things X

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    For the past several days, Marvel Comics has been teasing fans with a graphic labeled "Mighty" featuring a growing number of icons representing their superheroes and assembled in the design style championed by writer Jonathan Hickman. The accumulated images have led many to expect that the publisher will be launching a new "Mighty Avengers" title out of their incoming "Infinity" event series, and today they confirmed it.

    As part of their latest "Next Big Thing" press call, Marvel assembled writer Al Ewing, SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort to confirm that a new volume of "Mighty Avengers" will debut this September from the writer and artist Greg Land and will feature a team including Power Man, She-Hulk, White Tiger and Blue Marvel.

    "It's a fairly key 'Infinity' component," Brevoort said of the book. When the core Avengers team leaves earth to deal with the threat known as the Builders and Thanos attacks the planet they leave behind, this team forms around Luke Cage in order to battle back again the Mad Titan. "That will be the core cast that makes up this book...really the course of our first number of issues will show our cast coming together."

    The editor said that it was him who saw the potential for another Avengers team to roll out of this event, and after working out the place within the larger "Infinity" framework, he recruited Ewing to write. "Immediately, I thought of a niche. I'm pretty sure this was the niche you guys were going for anyway, but it was for a team of Avengers on the ground as part of the community – almost a community outreach thing," the writer said.

    The call promised that many more characters beyond the ones teased this week would be a part of the team including Monica Rambeau who Ewing was very excited to write. "She's got a new costume and a new name, but she's kind of rejoining the superhero set in terms of rebranding herself. She's basically coming back as Spectrum, which we batted around possible names, and you could tell that one had a kind of hard science-fiction feel to it. One of the things I love about Monica...is that she was once the leader of [the Avengers] team, and it's great to have her in that position again." He added that he's finding new ways to use the former Captain Marvel's powers and ways to incorporate her history into the group and book.

    The series will also use Falcon and a new version of the mystery hero Ronin which Ewing joked was "the character find of 2013" but the identity of the hero would remain in shadow. "We'll find out why we don't know who he is and why he's remaining hidden" in the first issue, the writer noted adding that there will be some costume changes and identity changes over the first issues and first year of the series.

    Overall, the team will be full of heavy hitters, though Luke Cage won't take the field leadership role due to his responsibilities as a father. But Ewing said the Blue Marvel would be a take charge character in the adventures of the new Mighty Avengers. Meanwhile, the Falcon and Power Man represent two sides of the coin in that the former is a team player who follows orders well while the latter bristles at being told what to do. "They're all going to have different ways of putting their ideas forward, and a lot of sparks will fly," he said.

    "It's a very idealistic assortment of characters which is embodied by Luke," Brevoort said. Cage has an idea for what the Avengers can be, and this series will allow the character's view on the role of the organization going back to Brian Bendis' issues of "Avengers" focusing on his home neighborhood of Harlem to be seen in a better light.

    The call spoke to Land's role in the series as this is the artist's first "Avengers" title. "He's got a really tight looking superhero art style," Brevoort said. "He can do action. He can do storytelling...and as he's done for us in the past, Al is writing this book in classic Marvel Style. He's working plot first, so hopefully Greg is getting an opportunity to flex some storytelling muscles he doesn't always get to use.

    This will be Ewing's most recent Marvel project focusing on many fan favorite heroes after his "Age of Ultron" tie-in for "Avengers Assemble." "It's something I take very seriously," he said. "I've never been a fan of A-list or B-list or C-list character...you never say to the first firefighter that comes along to save you 'Oh no, you're a C-list firefighter.'" He said that his previous work at Marvel utilizing characters like Captain Britain and the Black Knight were because they were personal favorites, but with the Blue Marvel, he had to be introduced to the character. Since then, however, he's fallen in love with the hero. "He's almost the opposite of the Sentry in that instead of the mental instability that marked that character, this is a guy who thinks very carefully and seriously about everything he does." The writer said he knows what it's like to have a favorite character that never shows up that much, and he's happy to bring back a hero certain fans have been clamoring for.

    Brevoort said it was "no accident" that this team is very diverse in its makeup saying that he's used to fielding questions about Marvel doing a team of "Black Avengers" or any other group with a minority focus. He said that he'd always felt the concept was fake and forced, but "The reality is that he people who are interested in these characters and want to see heroes that reflect them have a genuine point. We first started conceptualizing this book in February around Black History Month, so there was a lot of talk around that." He said particularly a huge inspiration for the book was the late writer Dwayne McDuffie. Brevoort said he wanted to make a book that McDuffie would have made in terms of there being at least 50% non-white, non-male characters. And as it turns out, the final balance is more than 50%. Brevoort promised the series didn't mean that more diverse characters won't show up in other titles, but this series needed that as an anchor thanks to the guiding presence of Luke Cage.

    Speaking of which, asked about the presence of the new Power Man on the same team as the original hero to hold the name, and Cage will not likely take to his spiritual successor. "It's not the kind of teach/student relationship that Danny [Rand] and Vic have. When we first see them, Vic is doing an internship for Heroes For Hire...it's like when you're running a business and there's a slot for your friend's kid who you don't really get along with because he's kind of a jerk," the writer said.

    The Superior Spider-Man will also take a part on the team, though with the mind of Otto Octavius in the driver's seat, questions abound as to his motivations. "He's not going to miss a giant, horrible thing happening in the middle of New York," he said of the "Infinity" launch for the series. From there, Otto takes a "Who do you people think you are?" approach to the new team trying to protect "his" city, and his place on the team will be a rather antagonistic one as he forces his way into the proceedings.

    As for the overall team dynamic, the creators promised that would develop over time since they first come together amidst a crisis. "It's going to be a classic, free-form Avengers team of the sort you would have seen in the '70s or '80s," Brevoort said.

    Ewing said that he jumped into writing in the "Marvel Method" of plotting when he got his first gig on "Avengers Assemble." Now "There's a lot of dialogue in it, but it leaves plenty open for Greg to do what he wants," the writer said. "So far, we've got a few pages that are kind of thrilling. Every time I get a new page, I get what everybody is saying [about the process]. I'm quite enjoying it so far." He spoke about one sequence in an early issue featuring the villain the Plunderer where Land drew Ewing's request for the bad guy to be "ranting" in a way where the writer said the final text would be "One of my top ten all time rants." Ultimately, he called the style of scripting much more dynamic than writing out everything for an artist to follow to the letter.

    The call confirmed that Iron Fist will not be a big part of this series. "I think it's inevitable that eventually he will turn up in the book...but not initially," said Brevoort.

    Ewing said that there is potential for a lot of strange pairings and complex character relationships as each member of the team has a different role. She-Hulk will be along for both her brawn and her legal knowledge since this team will not be associated with S.H.I.E.L.D. like the classic Avengers.

    On the villain side of the equation, Thanos and his "Infinity" generals will appear, but some new villains are showing up as well as some classic bad guys – one with a connection to White Tiger. "The Plunderer is not the toughest threat they'll ever face in their time as a team," Ewing deadpanned.

    The writer also said that of the lessons he's learned from his years writing for "2000AD" is to write with a certain density to the stories in each issue as well as working in some humor bits amidst the action.

    Locale wise, the team won't be restricted to the streets of New York. "There will almost certainly be some kind of terrible hidden mountain," Ewing said. "I'm thinking in terms of who they'll be fighting and where that might take them."

    They also revealed that one character who was in the mix early on but didn't make the cut was Wolverine, which led to quite a bit of laughter as this may be the only Marvel franchise expansion that doesn't involve the X-Man. The book will feature Jessica Jones at moments, and Cage's wife won't be entirely happy that he's getting back in the superhero team game. But she does support Cage's vision for a new kind of Avengers and a new kind of superheroing.

    "Mighty Avengers" #1 ships in September from Marvel Comics.

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  2. OutcryX Registered

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    am LOVING this cast! They should have had Spiderman 2099 instead of Superior though.
     
  3. The Squirrel Le Rongeur

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    I'm definitely interested in it.
     
  4. chamber-music Infinity Ammo

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    Damn five black superheroes in one book!:eek::up:

    Its cool that they aren't altogether just because they are black too

    Lets hope they don't kill them all :o
     
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  5. hippie_hunter The King is Back!

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    This just continues to show just how horribly stretched out the Avengers brand has become: Avengers, New Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, Secret Avengers, Avengers A.I., Mighty Avengers, and Avengers Arena is just too much IMO.
     
  6. chamber-music Infinity Ammo

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    And to think people used to complain there were too many X-Men titles. Marvel doesn't have to worry about going bankrupt again now Disney owns them so they can milk the Avengers brand for all it worth I suppose.

    I imagine some of these Avengers titles will get cancelled. Its good that this title doesn't have Avengers who are already in another Avengers books I guess.
     
  7. jonathancrane I love Marvel, DC & EC!

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    Yeah, the Avengers line is following the footsteps of the X-brand.

    While I am happy to see Cage heading another Avengers team, the lineup for the book is somewhat underwhelming.
     
  8. hippie_hunter The King is Back!

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    I would say that the X-books are a bit more controlled. You have the four core books (Uncanny X-Men, All-New X-Men, X-Men, and Wolverine & the X-Men) which are about the actual X-Men team plus various side titles that are a genuine part the X-Men universe.

    Meanwhile you have books like New Avengers and Secret Avengers which aren't actual Avengers teams. Avengers Arena which has nothing to do with the Avengers universe. Avengers Assemble which serves no purpose when you have the main Avengers title. And Avengers A.I. just scrapes the bottom of the barrel. The only Avengers title that actually has officially sanctioned Avengers teams are Avengers and Uncanny Avengers.

    And frankly, I think that most of these Avengers titles are going to end up getting cancelled.
     
  9. Specter313 Ghost of all things X

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    I could see Arena, Assemble, and maybe Secret getting cut. AI will have and uphill climb to survive.
     
  10. Havok83 Registered

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    what the hell is Infinity?
     
  11. runawayboulder 2016 NFL Pick Em CHAMP

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    This year's event by Hickman featuring Thanos.
     
  12. Havok83 Registered

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    I thought Age of Ultron was this years event
     
  13. runawayboulder 2016 NFL Pick Em CHAMP

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    Is an event still an event if no one is paying attention to it?:o
     
  14. jonathancrane I love Marvel, DC & EC!

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    I love DC and Marvel dearly, but, they need to stop with the damn events.
     
  15. Themanofbat Never Mind the Buttocks...

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    Fixed.

    :csad:
     
  16. Wine-N-Cheese Registered

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    So Greg Land is doing this AND Iron Man?
     
  17. Mr. Dent Registered

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    A lot of black characters on this team.
     
  18. Havok83 Registered

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    a lot of potential characters to be killed off on this team
     
  19. Mr. Dent Registered

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    Hey, Luke Cage and Falcon are safe at least!

    :(
     
  20. chamber-music Infinity Ammo

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    They should of just banded Secret Avengers 'SHIELD'. I think it would make more sense as a SHIELD book and with the TV show coming up I'm sure its a banding that will be strong enough.

    Avengers Arena should be called Battle Hunger Murderworld Games Royale :o

    They could of just stuck Hank Pym and Vision on one off the other Avengers team books and explored some of the themes and character based stuff over a few arcs without having to devote an entire title to it really.

    Not that I'm not interested though.
     
  21. JewishHobbit Registered

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    I'm not. I like Victor, but not enough to pay $4 an issue for him.
     
  22. runawayboulder 2016 NFL Pick Em CHAMP

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    I think he already left Iron Man. Dale Eaglesham has done the last 3 issues.
     
  23. Mad Ones Bebe le Strange

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    It's not Marvel's fault titles sell better if they have Avengers in their name. I can't blame them for wanting a title to succeed.
     
  24. JewishHobbit Registered

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    Yet, the teams don't stand on their own merits.

    When someone says "Mighty Avengers", do you think of this, or Slott's cast, or Bendis' cast? None of which have anything to do with each other nor the title having to do with them. It's just another Avengers book to get lost in the shuffle.

    What if earlier Marvel would have named everything after the Avengers? The X-Men, the Defenders, the Micronauts, etc. They wouldn't be individualized and able to stand on their own as groups. They'd just be misc. Avengers that got lost in the shuffle. Even minor teams that didn't last long has a place in history due to their unique titles. I mean, if the Challengers were named The Mighty Avengers do you think we'd remember them? Yeah, it was a weird team with a weird cast that ultimately amounted to nothing, but they're on Marvel's historic map.

    Bendis' Mighty Avengers might remain a blip on the map because they were first with the Mighty title and it made sense to split the team into two Avenger titles at the time (post-Civil War). Slott's Mighty cast and run will fade away from memory and I bet this one will as well... because it has no identity.

    I mean, who can tell George Foreman III from George Foreman IV? Because neither men have an identity that isn't already ripped off of someone else. Same with comics.

    And that is officially the strangest analogy I've ever used :huh:
     
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    Would like to see all of this on the big screen
     

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