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Who Will Survive the AVENGERS ARENA?

Marvel is showing that becoming an Avenger won't be as easy as it used to be.

Marvel has always had numerous titles featuring the younger characters in the Marvel Universe. We've had titles such as NEW MUTANTS, NEW X-MEN and recently AVENGERS ACADEMY. While it wasn't always a walk in the park for the younger characters, it was safe for the most part. Some have seen their share of violence but that will be nothing compared to what's coming up.

Last week we saw the mysterious teaser with blood splattered letters but no clue what it was about. Today, Marvel has revealed what that means.

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Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker will be giving us AVENGERS ARENA. What the heck is that about? It's going to be about death.

Arcade, the funny guy with a bowtie that previously was responsible for kidnapping people and putting them in his Murderworld will be targeting 16 young heroes. Murderworld is moving to its own island. According to Marvel:

There’s only one item on the itinerary for this nightmarish getaway: Kill or be killed.
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Sounds a little like...The Hunger Games but I'm actually okay with that.

In an interview with Hopeless, he points out that in the past, there weren't really a lot of murders happening in Arcade's Murderworld.

I don't want to give too much away, but I can promise a lot of murder in this new Murder World.

Who will the contestants be? You can see from the image above that we will finally see the return of Darkhawk! Hopefully he'll be able to survive. We'll also be seeing X-23, Hazmat, Mettle, Reptil from AVENGERS ACADEMY and Nico and Chase from RUNAWAYS among others.

Maybe it's not such a good thing that these characters are returning in this series. This will definitely be an interesting read. Let's hope we don't see too many senseless killings of our favorite characters.

Read more over at Marvel.

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Posted By TheCrowbar

@joshmightbe:

Doctor Doom with a boombox over his head at the base of Baxter Building.

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okay, sounds cool people they're probably not going t o kill each other off I can't see nico or laura killing someone because Arcade wants it.

and people the cover is meat to look exactly like the poster it's a tribute to it or you could say a little laugh towards it.

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Posted By JMLG

NO WAY x-23 doesnt win this.. from any standpoint

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Posted By Outside_85

@Icarusflies said:

Yes, because this is SOOOOO different from Countdown: Arena. Or Terror Titans. Or Roulette's 'House'.

Also, LAAAAAAAME. :P

Not to mention the Culling.

But yeah, the House of Ideas really does seem to have run out of ideas.

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Posted By joshmightbe

@TheCrowbar: Crossbones, "Can't we just go blow some s**t up while they're busy?"

Red Skull, "Sit down and shut up."

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Posted By TDK_1997

LOOKS GOOD!

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Posted By TheCrowbar

@joshmightbe:

Red Skull "Can't believe I missed Matlock for this s%^&"

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Posted By joshmightbe

@TheCrowbar:

Red Skull knocks on the Avengers mansion door, "Hello, Hello Is Steve there, it's Johan we have a 3 O'clock."

Avengers hide behind couch and snicker.

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Posted By TheCrowbar

@joshmightbe said:

@TheCrowbar said:

@joshmightbe said:

Is anyone else picturing a room full of really depressed Marvel super villains complaining to each other that the good guys won't play with them anymore?

I just see Ultron holding a cosmic rod in his hand, knocking on Pym's door going "Can Hank come out to play today?"

"Sorry Hank has declared war on Mr. Fantastic, maybe try again tomorrow."

Ultron lowers head, "Okay Mr. Bendis can you tell him I stopped by?"

Fat bald man nods, "Sure kid, whatever."

Ring ring ring

"Hey this is Peter leave a message after the beep"

"Hey Peter, it's Norman...*sigh* this is my fifteenth message, I'm going to reveal your secret identity now. Seriously, you should hate me for it too I mean come on!! I KILLED GWEN STACY!! I think that at least garners me a sarcastic comment or a fight on bridge. Call me, we'll have lunch my tr---"

BEEP

Inbox Full

"MOTHER F___"

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Posted By TheAmazingImmortalMan

I'm actually excited for this title

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Posted By joshmightbe

@TheCrowbar said:

@joshmightbe said:

Is anyone else picturing a room full of really depressed Marvel super villains complaining to each other that the good guys won't play with them anymore?

I just see Ultron holding a cosmic rod in his hand, knocking on Pym's door going "Can Hank come out to play today?"

"Sorry Hank has declared war on Mr. Fantastic, maybe try again tomorrow."

Ultron lowers head, "Okay Mr. Bendis can you tell him I stopped by?"

Fat bald man nods, "Sure kid, whatever."

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Edited By NuclearLife

Is it just me, or does the girl with the X over her look like Mimic, or if he had a daughter.

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Posted By MadeinBangladesh

looks good. really excited for this.

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Posted By joshmightbe

@Jonny_Anonymous: Not saying its a bad movie, just saying its not the first time its been done. But almost every movie, book, comic and video game now days is redoing something that's been done before anyway so its barely even an insult to say something isn't original anymore.

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Posted By TheCrowbar

@joshmightbe said:

Is anyone else picturing a room full of really depressed Marvel super villains complaining to each other that the good guys won't play with them anymore?

I just see Ultron holding a cosmic rod in his hand, knocking on Pym's door going "Can Hank come out to play today?"

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Posted By joshmightbe

Is anyone else picturing a room full of really depressed Marvel super villains complaining to each other that the good guys won't play with them anymore?

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous
@joshmightbe said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: I see it and the poster wasn't Original when Battle Royal did it either.

If you say so dude
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Posted By joshmightbe

@TheCrowbar said:

So the avengers are done killing everyone else so now they must fight!!!!....wait for it... EACHOTHER!

Super villains must be getting pretty bored in the 616 these days since Marvel doesn't seem to like using them anymore.

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Edited By AlKusanagi

Dammit Marvel, you just HAD to get me with the Battle Royale reference. I'm in!.

Also, EFF YEAH DARKHAWK!!!!!!!

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Posted By joshmightbe

@Jonny_Anonymous: I see it and the poster wasn't Original when Battle Royal did it either.

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Posted By Dedpool

What i don't get is when did Darkhawk return from space?

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Posted By TheCrowbar

So the avengers are done killing everyone else so now they must fight!!!!....wait for it... EACHOTHER!

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Posted By shackle

@moywar700: That's ignorant. I'm sorry, it's just flat out ignorant. I'm not defending AA, because I haven't a clue what it's about, but the idea that a story "needs to be told" is ignorant. In truth, NO story, ever, NEEDS to be told. And they certainly don't have to endure YOUR litmus test of what is an "acceptable" story. You, and people like you, are the ones who are responsible for the homogenization and watering down of storytelling. I'm flabbergasted by the arrogance and ignorance of your post.

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous
@joshmightbe said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: By that logic I can call that a rip off of some of the Mojo story lines from the 80s and 90s where its shown that the entire mojoverse pretty much revolves around televised gladiatorial combat. Which could be considered a rip off of countless other stories as well.

You mean you don't see the exact replica of that poster?
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Posted By pspin

Well, ten bucks says that they kill some no name characters, release X-23's trigger scent. her friends stop her, then the all team up an break out, this is to much like a mini series to be a successful ongoing because X-23 can't die, Hazmat and Mettle are too popular to be killed and so are Nico and Chase. This will last twenty issues max.

That being said, if this replaces Avengers Academy, I will be angry.

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Posted By joshmightbe

@Jonny_Anonymous: By that logic I can call that a rip off of some of the Mojo story lines from the 80s and 90s where its shown that the entire mojoverse pretty much revolves around televised gladiatorial combat. Which could be considered a rip off of countless other stories as well.

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Posted By judasnixon

  

  Yo! Marvel! While you're at it why not an Ichi the Killer inspired comic! I would buy the sh*t out of that comic!
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Posted By Gonzo33

Is Avengers Academy continuing into Marvel Now? It's recently become one of my favourite comics

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Posted By shackle

People, check out Battle Royale. It predates Hunger Games by nearly a decade.

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Posted By LifePool

Seems interesting actually, I'll be getting it.

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Posted By Or35ti

That sounds damn dark...

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous
@joshmightbe said:

Okay all you hunger games fans, unless you're willing to call hunger games a rip off of the countless stories of gladiatorial combat that came before it or the few thousand years of it actually happening in real life then you can't really call this a rip off of that.

Nope but I can call it a rip-off of this:
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Posted By Eivion

Wow, I think this is the first time any premise I've seen for comics since I started reading in the last few years has actively pissed me off. Pretty much no chance in hell I'm buying this.

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Posted By AgeofHurricane

EXXXXXCCCCCIIIIIIIITTTTTTEEEEEEEDDDDDDD.

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Posted By Mercy_

@Brazen_Intellect said:

"Lets kill off some niche favs and piss off the fans who already haven't lost their minds after reading AvX"

This is what I'm assuming went through the Architects mind when reading this

AHAHAHA. So much win right here.

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Posted By Dernman

So what The Darkhawk plot is just going to disappear?  I hope Justin and his sentinel do not die.

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@oldstevens said:

@Babs said:

Hunger Games, what?

I was going to say it reminds me more of Battle Royal. I'll be honest I'll give this a try for a couple of issues and see what happens.

As long X-23 doesn't get killed!

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@Babs said:

Hunger Games, what?

I was going to say it reminds me more of Battle Royal. I'll be honest I'll give this a try for a couple of issues and see what happens.

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Posted By deactivated-5791595859013

"Lets kill off some niche favs and piss off the fans who already haven't lost their minds after reading AvX"

This is what I'm assuming went through the Architects mind when reading this

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It really sounds pretty messed up to take new characters and put them in a book just to have them kill each other off. Also really sounds desperate for ideas they clearly wanted to evoke Hunger Games but probably suspected that they would sue so they ended up using Battle Royale imagery instead not many original ideas at Marvel.

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Posted By joshmightbe

Okay all you hunger games fans, unless you're willing to call hunger games a rip off of the countless stories of gladiatorial combat that came before it or the few thousand years of it actually happening in real life then you can't really call this a rip off of that.

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Posted By No_Name_

Hunger Games, what?

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Posted By MatKrenz

God I hope none of the Runaways characters die in this. I don't want my all time favorite team to die.

Also is Hopeless going to explain the stuff that's been happening with them recently ? Like how Chase survived getting hit by a truck, cause the two issue's they were in Avenger's Academy were terrible.

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Posted By ComicMan24

Who are those two with the red X on the their faces?

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Posted By Icarusflies
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