AXIS has come to an end and it has brought about some major changes for various heroes and villains. While many of Marvel's characters have reverted back to their usual mentalities, some characters remain inverted and now, the Uncanny Avengers is going to have a brand new roster. The comic won't go on sale until January 28, but Marvel hosted a conference call with writer Rick Remender, executive editor Tom Brevoort and editor-in-chief Axel Alonso to talk all about it. Along with several other sites, we joined the call to talk with Marvel about what we can expect from the upcoming series and its characters. Also included is a look at UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 and its covers by Daniel Acuna and Leinil Yu .
Rick Remender says forming the new team is kind of like fantasy football. He mentions individual powers and personalities are important to weigh, as is how each individual can help him with what he wants to accomplish. The writer explains it's important to get Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch together, adds it's nice seeing them back together and their inclusion makes it feel more like an Avengers team. Remender also says he wants to do big things with Vision and he has a lot of love for Brother Voodoo and Sabretooth. As for Rogue and Scarlet Witch, Remender says they've earned each other's trust because they went through hell together and they learned the most. He describes them as co-leaders.
Regarding Sabretooth, he's trying to redeem himself and even though he helped saved the world, it doesn't change the fact he's a serial killer. Because of that, trust is an issue. "When the craziness begins, we'll get to examine his state of mind and see where he's at." When asked if we're seeing the rise of a new Wolverine, Brevoort says fans try to stay ahead of the company by looking at solicits, but says if they're doing something right, fans shouldn't be able to tell where they're going. Basically, he's saying don't jump to conclusions about Creed's future just yet because he has an "awful" past and "literally 100 years of misdeeds." Brevoort reminds us that it's uncertain how long the inversion spell will last; it was an unnatural thing that made Sabretooth like this.
"Where the series picks up, you have Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver frantically trying to discover the truth about who they are and who created this grand lie that they have believed to be their ancestry." The first story will revolve around this duo and it sounds like we won't have to wait long for a big development. As for their new history, Remender states the upcoming reveals "fit continuity" and described them as "exciting" and "long-term."
Remender says Counter-Earth is one of the "coolest and most exciting ideas" in the Marvel Universe; he also calls it underused. The reveals behind the new Counter-Earth and the villain behind it all is what got Remender excited about the story. Says Daniel Acuna's artwork for the sci-fi story is "the icing on the cake" and it's "the work of his career."
When it comes to the dynamic between Scarlet Witch and Vision, Remender says he wants to "respect the continuity." Implies there isn't complete animosity there, but the history between them is certainly felt. He adds the High Evolutionary is an element in the story and a character that has really grown on him. "There's some real meat on the bones of that character."
When asked about Sabretooth being on a leash, Remender says Creed is pretty much okay with it. "Doesn't appreciate it, but he also recognizes he has a lot to make up for. With his moral compass and state of being inverted, he's not there to make a big stink about some of the precautions the Avengers have to take. As for why he's brought along, I have a specific reason for that."
When asked about the Avengers of the Supernatural, Remender says he really, really wants to do something with the team and he loves the supernatural corner of the Marvel Universe, but there's nothing going on at the moment. "There's no plans for it right now, but it's something Tom and I have discussed at length."
Rick says Tom pitched the idea of the story. Remender viewed it as a big and frightening job, and that helped attracted him to it and he became really enthusiastic. Says the size and danger of it is really appealing to him. "As the mystery grew and developed, that fear of people's reaction, that's something creators should embrace." Says mysteries like this one keeps the universe exciting and, as for the answer to the mystery, he "likes it quite a bit."
Where will we see Havok next? "We put a pretty big arrow on that at the end of AXIS." UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 starts you "in the middle of the chaos" and "figures readers are savvy enough to pick up on it all." Comments the issue feels more like a second chapter, implying they skipped heavy amounts of exposition but still made sure new readers won't be lost.
Will Magneto appear in the first arc? "Whether it's this arc or if it's later, Magneto is going to be involved at some point."
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