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Hickman on The Avengers (Interview)

On Leaving Fantastic Four To Take Over Two Of The Core Avengers Books:

I was pretty honored to be asked. Obviously, with everything that's gone on this summer with the movie and the track record [departing "Avengers" writer] Brian Michael Bendis has had over the past, oh, countless number of years, it's a big responsibility, but one I'm pretty excited about. I know what I want to do and everyone seems to be onboard with it. It feels big. It feels ambitious. We're positioning it as the next logical step of the Avengers, which is both pretty interesting and what I think what we should be doing -- figuring out what's next, right? What comes after a billion dollar franchise? There's a whole different level of expectation because 'Avengers' has a certain density and importance to the company that, for various reasons, no other books have. It's a big deal, but I think I'm ready for it.

On His Take On The Avengers And How He Will Handle The 18 Character Roster:

The idea is that the Avengers have to get bigger. That means bigger in every sense. That means the roster has to be bigger, and the missions have to be bigger, and the adversaries and scenarios they find themselves in have to be larger. I've played with this stuff a little bit over in the Ultimate Universe. Obviously, it's a completely different weight class here, but in a lot of ways that's the kind of velocity that the book should have. We (Tom Brevoort and I) also felt like that if the book was going to be about an Avengers world, it should look more like the world. Of course there are complications starting out when the necessary movie characters are five white dudes and a white lady, but, you know, bigger roster. Frankly, I'm really, really excited at how we address that. The lineup is killer. The way I've set this up is we'll do bigger stories where our entire cast or almost all of our cast take part in a really big adventure.We'll do around three-issue arcs of bigger stories, and then we'll do three done-in-one issues where we focus on a smaller group of characters. It's not a problem getting to everyone, and it's not a problem making it feel like everybody's important.

On How He Intends To Use The Various Heroes In The Book:

I think the writers of the 'Thor,' 'Iron Man,' 'Captain America,' etc. should be writing whatever stories they want to write for those characters," Hickman stated. "'Avengers' isn't the place where Thor is going to have a huge character arc. That's not how it works. That stuff happens in 'Thor.' 'Avengers' should be a reflection of that. The book very quickly becomes about all the characters that surround the big guns of the Marvel Universe. Once people see how the issues work, it will become very clear. This isn't about a random group of characters I just decided to put together. This is about a bunch of heroes who feel the same way about the main Avengers as we do. You want to see Thor? So do these guys.

On What We Should Expect From His Other Marvel NOW! Title, New Avengers:

There's one big massive Avengers team that is the Avengers, and there's this other thing that's going on in 'New Avengers.' When we announce exactly what 'New Avengers' is, it will make perfect sense and everybody will like, 'Oh yeah! Of course.' 'Avengers' and 'New Avengers' are the same book -- just from two different sides of the world. Since 'New Avengers' and 'Avengers' are closely related, we've got this kind of super-structure for where we're going down the road. Where I was going to end up was always a fixed point. One of the first things I pitched was where we end up. That's how it works for me. I understand the end point, and I work backwards from there. So the fact that I know where I'm going to be at in issue #63 is not unnatural or odd for the way I do these things. At this point, I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do for the bulk of the 'Avengers' and 'New Avengers' issues, but I'm leaving myself a lot of room to play, for things to grow, for me to fall in love with different characters and let them shine and to just have a really good time. And while I'm very excited about 'Avengers' -- that it's a very strong book, and I don't think I could have started it off any better than the first issue, and I love where it's going -- I think 'New Avengers' is going to be the sleeper hit of the year when people see what it is."

On Working With Artist Jerome Opena:

This is all about giving Jerome a really big push and marking him as one of the top talents in the industry. And while the latter is obviously true, it's always great for a creator when Marvel gets behind you. I think being put on what is arguably the flagship book is a great move for Jerome. He deserves it, and I'm incredibly fortunate to get to work with him. He's fantastic.


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Top 3 reasons why AVSX could be the most epic crossover ever

1) Guess who is back!

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Is the real HIM finally? And, will this comeback totally ruin the character? Epic or flop, i don't see other options

2) Gods need to talk.

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Now this is gorgeous. And this can be everything. Will thor "talk" to the phoenix convinving her to hold back? Will they fight?

3) Iron....Phoenix?

What's happening between Danny and the Phoenix Force?

Other reasons? Avengers vs X-Men (Nerdgasm). Scarlet is back and wanna kick some assess. Finally they use Wolverine as a HUMAN and not just a stupid assassin, and he seems to be a very important part in this conflict. There is so much that could happen now. All the best marvel writers are working to this. EVERYTHING could happen, the most epic crossover ever!


New Avengers: Shuld they take a new direction?

La Marvel presenta al suo interno troppi gruppi di vendicatori, considerando soprattutto che hanno membri troppo simili, e ben due di essi operano a New York. E' chiaro che il nome "Avengers" viene abusato per le vendite, ma esso dovrebbe simboleggiare qualcosa, non un altare al dio Denaro, giusto? Non sarebbe meglio trasformare i Nuovi Vendicatori in qualcosa come la JSA? Un vasto gruppo di eroi, maggiori e minori, che si spalleggiano e si danno il cambio? Magari anche qualcosa di più della JSA, una vera associazione di Eroi, (e la Villa dei vendicatori è la base ideale) con un nuovo nome, così da dare a noi lettori, un nuovo sogno in cui credere? Insomma, prendiamo in analisi alcuni gruppi Marvel tra i più famosi, quanti di questi danno spazio ad ogni genere di eroi e sono abbastanza importanti oltre ai Vendicatori?

Vendicatori: Non tutti sono degni di essere tra i migliori eroi della terra no? Infatti nella JSA inizialmente non compariva nessun membro importante, proprio per dare spazio ai personaggi secondari
X-Men: Non tutti sono mutanti, vi pare?
Fantastici Quattro: Beh lo spazio è limitato sollo alla Più Grande Famiglia Marvel
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O ad ogni modo con la fondazione futuro, solo ai più cervelloni

Eroi a Noleggio: Non si possono definire poi così famosi, vi pare?

 Voi che ne pensate?

(Sorry for bad english, the concept will be a little confused ^^)
Marvel has too many teams of Avengers in it, especially considering that some members (Wolverine, Spider-Man) are in too many groups, and two of them operate in New York . It ' clear that the name " Avengers "are abused for sales , but it should symbolize something, not an altar to the god of money , right ? Would not it be better to transform it into something like the New Avengers JSA ? A large group of heroes , major and minor , which is backed and take turns ? Maybe even more than the JSA , a real association of Heroes (and the Villa of the Avengers is ideal base ) with a new name, so as to give us readers a new dream to believe in ? In short , we stick to some of the most famous Marvel groups , many of these give way to all kinds of heroes and are quite important than the Avengers ?

Avengers : Not all are worthy of being among the best heroes of the earth not ? In fact, no member of JSA initially did not appear important , just to make room for secondary characters
X - Men : Not everyone is a mutant , is not it ?
Fantastic Four : Well space is limited relief to the larger family Marvel and with the Future Foundation, there is space only for genious
Heroes for Hire : You can not define so famous , is not it ?

What do you think ?
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