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Angela (from SPAWN) and Neil Gaiman Prepare for the AGE OF ULTRON

How the former Image character will enter and fit into the Marvel Universe remains to be seen.

AGE OF ULTRON is underway and there are lots of questions after the first two issues. Despite the story taking place "now," readers are left unsure how this fits into the rest of the Marvel Universe, the repercussions the story will have and how it will all end. It was announced earlier that Marvel CCO Joe Quesada would be drawing the final pages to the story. It's been said that this is in part with keeping the ending a secret.

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It turns out there's another secret they've kept under wraps but this apparently doesn't deal with the ending. This morning in the New York Times it was revealed that not only was Neil Gaiman making his return to Marvel Comics, he's also bringing his character, the angel Angela, first seen in Todd McFarlane's SPAWN comic.

Despite appearing in SPAWN, Gaiman was the copyright holder for several characters that appeared in the issue he wrote. It was in 2012 McFarlane and Gaiman reached a confidential settlement over the ownership and royalties owed to Gaiman for the characters he created. With full ownership awarded to Gaiman, the plans are to now bring her into the Marvel Universe.

It's mentioned that the plans for Angela to crossover to the Marvel Universe have been underway for "quite some time." It was decided that AGE OF ULTRON would be a good "entry point" for the character.

Some may complain about spoilers over this news but Marvel Editor in Cheif Axel Alonso insists this doesn't count as a spoiler. He refers to her presence as a bonus, similar to the "post-credit scenes in one of our Marvel Studio movies."

AGE OF ULTRON will not be her only appearance. It's been revealed that her next appearance will be in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #5 by Brian Michael Bendis and co-written by Gaiman. What this means for the character and the Marvel Universe remains to be seen.

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Posted By VenomMelendez

@lorex: There is a heaven in the Marvel universe and Ghost Rider has teamed up and fought against Angels before. Angela will fit right in really.

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@edblank: But this is part of 'Their own stories " now. She is now a Marvel character.

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Posted By z3ro180

Ok is this the Angela from spawn comeing into marvel or is to the marvel version of Angela ?

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Posted By SupremeHyperion

why do I care about this character? I don't....... excite me with something half-way exciting.... Real happy to see Gaimen working some Marvel but hopefully there are some more suprises ahead.

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Posted By hqn

@DaltonMunnal said:

I'm not okay with this. If you want your character to be creator owned, then keep him/her out of the universe of other creators so you don't screw it up when you don't want to work with them anymore.

well actually it would be all sorts of awesome if some characters could roam free from one fictional universe to another and still be in continuity. of course it takes interesting characters and interesting storylines otherwise it's just a gimmick.

i have never read the spawn's stories featuring Angela but Gaiman is a blank cheque for good stuff so bring it on.

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Posted By Yung ANcient One
I have a crazy Idea that the All New X-Men[aka the original teen X-Men] will go back in time and a giant Time Tornado or TimeQuake will change Marvel Universe (+)
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just never saw this need Gaiman? WHY?


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Posted By turoksonofstone

Why? Just Why? and in mainstream continuity?? Did Marvel buy Angela to get Neil to work for them?? Mcfarlane should go draw a bunch of Batman books and stick it up Marvel A$$.

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Posted By ForeverMan

@SandMan_ said:

When is Marvelman gonna be finally introduced to the Marvel Universe??? Make it happen Marvel!

This tbh

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Posted By RedheadedAtrocitus

It sounds like Gaiman completely contradicted himself with Angela here to put her into the mess of AoU considering what he just went through with Todd MacFarlane and that the copyrights relating to her and Medieval Spawn. But whatever though..its Gaiman...can't do any wrong..right?

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@Z3RO180: Yeah...issue 100

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Posted By evilvegeta74

She's gonna have issues with Hellstorm and the Ghost Riders!

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Posted By haydenclaireheroes

Marvel having a crossover and Neil Gaiman joining the company is going to be very fun to see

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Posted By benette_rivera

is there any angels in the Marvel U? Angela's gonna be lonely there...

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Posted By captain_oblivious

@EpicMeltDown: I hope they worked out reprint rights. Kind of like watching WKRP in Cincinnati and not hearing the same music as when watching it when it first aired. Would Marvel have to erase Angela in reprints and TPBs or place some generic character in place?

@SandMan_: Heard Gaiman has issue 25 written of Miracleman. That property may be locked in copyright limbo in perpetuity. Would love to see Gaiman finish his story.

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Posted By rasx

I stayed away from the internet for one day and you see what happens. An indie character who can jump to different universes.

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Posted By cuddles666

I'd rather see Marvel revive the Ultraverse guys...........

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Posted By Night Thrasher

@TheReaper111: I don't see how she doesn't fit. She could fit perfectly with the Midnight Sons sub universe or the Mythological patheons in Marvel. As a matter of fact Marvel has far more Demons, Angels and Divine Beings than McFarlane's universe. She could slide in the Marvel Universe with ease.

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Posted By SandMan_

When is Marvelman gonna be finally introduced to the Marvel Universe??? Make it happen Marvel!

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Posted By TheReaper111

why not just bring her back in the spawn comics? let mcfarlane and gaiman get over they're pissing match, angela does not really fit with the marvel universe.

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Posted By EnSabahNurX
@Night Thrasher said:

Gaiman either licensed the character to Marvel or sold the rights outright. I'm pretty sure that Gaiman really didn't have plans for the character per se when he created her and just wanted to add something to the pale universe MacFarlane had created but expected to be compensated for it. So it would make sense that he would sell (or lease) the rights to someone else.

Yea good for Gaiman getting his prize. Not sure how Angela will fit in but I'm officially intrigued O_O 
Gaiman probably licensed it as part of his deal to write for Marvel, if it was me I wouldn't sell a character that I finally won back from someone else lol Psh it's Gaiman he does what he wants lol
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Posted By Night Thrasher

Gaiman either licensed the character to Marvel or sold the rights outright. I'm pretty sure that Gaiman really didn't have plans for the character per se when he created her and just wanted to add something to the pale universe MacFarlane had created but expected to be compensated for it. So it would make sense that he would sell (or lease) the rights to someone else.

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Posted By ShadowSwordmaster

I did not see this coming

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Posted By Avenging-X-Bolt

but......if Angela isnt in the same universe as Al......who will i ship him with.

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Posted By EdwardWindsor

Awesome Gaiman, is great Angela is great win win.

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Posted By AskaniSon295

Bet her and Ghost Rider ending up fighting at some point. Oh and she can become an avatar of the phoenix probably join the Avengers. So is Neil Gaimen selling the rights to the Character or will he retain the rights and creative control?

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Posted By EpicMeltDown

So when I heard this the first thing that popped into my head is that this must be Gaiman's way of slapping McFarlane across the face with his court victory. I don't know if Gaiman is the sort to be petty but if I was him and really wanted to piss off McFarlane this is exactly what I would do.

As to whether or not this means that Marvel now owns Angela. I doubt it means anything of the sort. I'm sure it's just a licensing agreement like Dark Horse publishing Star Wars Comics or Boom Studios using Disney characters. Robert Kirkman used Invincible in an issue of Marvel Team Up once. I'm sure Gaiman still owns Angela.

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Posted By SavageDragon

Wow this is weird but cool at the same time.

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I was reading Spawn back when she was created and I will always associate Angela with Spawn. As created Angela is an angel bounty hunter working for Heaven to kill hell spawns that have been sent to earth. Perhaps I am wrong here but to me Marvel and DC have shyed away from the one god and Heaven and focused on fictional pantehons like the Greek or Norse characters. I wonder how they will intergrate this character into Marvel as it already contains a number of gods already. Also and this is more of a personal opinion, the last thing Marvel needs is another red headed female character.

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Posted By JamDamage

@benette_rivera: No company is dishing out as many good titles as Marvel is writing now. Compared to where they were last year, they're killing it right now, and nobody complained when DC decided to incoporporate the rest of their universes into one.

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Posted By JamDamage

this just seems weird. I bet McFarlane is scratching his head right now. Good for Gaiman. Wait a minute. How come everyone is making the news about Angela when GAIMAN IS COMING BACK TO MARVEL!!!!!!! Awsome!!!

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Posted By MadeinBangladesh

SPAWN in MARVEL Universe would be sick

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Posted By ThomasElliot

@kid Apollo said:

but seriously, what company would merge with two smaller companies just to pump out confusing story-lines and leave out dearly missed characters?

LMAO. Bravo. Seriously... cracked me up today!

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Posted By Lonestar9

I'm very curious to see how this turns out. I always like Angela, it's a shame that she wasn't able to continue on in Spawn due to all the legal issues but it's good to see she'll be back.

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Posted By Perfect 10

lol. can't believe it. they actually got me excited for age of ultron now. let me know when she appears then ill read it

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Posted By TommytheHitman

... why?

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HA everything in this article is great and i hope Todd is happy

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Posted By SolthesunGod

I don't like this at all. It's bad to completely disconnect a character from their universe.

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Posted By kid Apollo

the big secret ending of Age of Ultron will be the merging of Marvel, Image and Skybound properties. Battle Pope to join the Avengers, Hulk to join the Guardians of the Globe, Rocket Raccoon to battle the Mice Templar, and Marvel Zombies to join the Walking Dead!

but seriously, what company would merge with two smaller companies jus to pump out confusing story-lines and leave out dearly missed characters?

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Posted By nappystr8

When I first heard speculation of this I thought it was too crazy too be true. It's certainly still crazy, but apparently authentic. I don't know anything about Angela or how she could possibly fit in to a scifi story like Age of Ultron, but if this means Gaiman will be taking an active role at Marvel again, then I'm willing to see where it leads.

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Posted By ptigrusmagus

Soo I don't really care much one way or the other about this character since I've never read Spawn but I do care GREATLY what this means for Sandman???

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Posted By xkoenig

They have to simplify that costume. Waaay too much going on there. Is it ribbons? A bikini? A mask? What? :)

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Posted By Mucklefluga

! :D

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Posted By iaconpoint

As I've never read Spawn I'm not familiar with the character other than the "panty-less" version of the toy from 15 years ago. But my first thought is, "New love interest for Thor?"

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Posted By mrpandopool

Well although i'm on the fence here I think I´m going to give her a try. But please don´t use it just for sell some issues and then put her in comic book limbo o just a guest appereance here or there. She has to be substantial or don´t use it at all. But I think they are going to do that and eventually add her to the cast of Fearless Defenders..

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@misterfuffles : Sometimes people exaggerate for effect. What I am trying to say is that these guys should spend some time on their own stories instead of retreading other peoples'. I find it boring and unoriginal, just like the character Spawn. Although: Spawn is way more interesting than "an angel". While I am at it: Angels are not made from the souls of dead humans nor do humans become angels upon death. Angels existed before humans and the whole Satan episode happened because G-d wanted angels to bow down to humans, who angels considered inferior. If they are gonna bastardize ancient mythology, at least make it cannon with the source material SHEEESH.

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