With the events of Dark Reign turning the Marvel Universe yet again on its ear, with Doctor Strange no longer fit to be Sorcerer Supreme, with the Savage Land Scarlet Witch still unaccounted for (could "the Witch" whose nullification the Skrull Spider Woman seems so relieved about actually be a Skrull agent run amuck?), with the return of several yet-to-be-named core-classic Avengers to the team roster . . . I suppose anything is possible. Let's hope that's a good thing for Wanda.
: News of Wanda's not-too-distant reappearance .
: . . via several Newsarama.com reports from
: this weekend's Baltimore Comic Con.
: Baltimore '08: Slott Takes On Mighty
: Avengers, More Marvel
: The Marvel Comics Q & A, titled "A
: Cup of B," at Baltimore Comic Con
: featured editors and writers answering fans'
: questions about the Marvel Universe.
: The panel featured:
: Writer Dan Slott
: Editor/writer C.B. Cebulski
: Editor Tom Brevoort
: Lauren Sankovitch, who joined the panel late
: from the audience.
: Bendis said there were no announcements. But
: Slott cleared his throat. Brevoort, after
: looking at Slott, said there could be one
: announcement. So Bendis told the audience:
: "I'm leaving Mighty Avengers with Issue
: Bendis said he's moving on to a new series
: called Dark Avengers with art by Mike
: Deodato. "It's very, very dark,"
: he said.
: Dan Slott will take over Mighty Avengers
: with Issue #21.
: - Plans for the Scarlet Witch ? Brevoort:
: You'll see her sooner rather than later.
: - Why isn't Dr. Strange involved in Secret
: Invasion? Bendis: He has failed as a
: Sorcerer Supreme, so the question is -- if
: Dr. Strange isn't the Sorcerer Supreme, who
: is? That will all be answered in New
: Avengers post-Secret Invasion.
: Dan Slott on Mighty Avengers: The
: "AVENGERS Avengers"
: NRAMA: Who's on the new roster?
: DS: Everybody on the new roster is totally
: Mighty Avengers pedigree. You're going to
: get characters that really deserve to be on
: this book.
: NRAMA: But sounds like you're saying, 'don't
: worry -- they'll be good characters.' Does
: that mean the current roster is gone?
: DS: The world of Dark Reign will drastically
: change what's going on in the Marvel
: Universe. There will be lots of shake-ups,
: lots of break ups, lots of make ups. The
: Marvel Universe is going to be completely
: changed -- you've got to keep reading Secret
: There will be characters in common with
: Mighty Avengers. But there will be, like
: with any roster or any time a new team comes
: on, there is going to be some shake up.
: NRAMA: Will we see some of the more
: “non-Avengers” Avengers in the book?
: DS: We are going to be the most Avengery
: Avengers book you can get. We've got no
: Spider-Man, no Wolverine -- but we've got
: Jarvis. And we've not only got Jarvis, but
: we've got lots of people that Jarvis has
: waited on before, and people that Jarvis
: NRAMA: So we're talking about some
: old-school Avengers?
: DS: There will be a founding Avengers member
: on the team. And like I said, some big
: pedigree members. And some surprises.
: Aaaaaah! There is so much stuff I can't say
: that I want to say. But one of things I want
: to say is that Avengers: The Initiative is
: going to continue with Chris Gage. It's
: going to continue with a lot of the
: Avengers: The Initiative characters. Big
: secrets and things and plans that Chris and
: I were working on will still emerge and grow
: and prosper.
: NRAMA: So will some of the characters from
: The Initiative perhaps be following you to
: DS: Someone who has been in the Mighty
: Avengers book, who's been in the Avengers:
: The Initiative book, will move over to
: Mighty Avengers. One character, but it's not
: who you think. It will surprise you.
: NRAMA: But you did say there's an Avengers
: DS: We will have one founding member. And
: there's -- oh, wait. OK, I can spill
: something. I'll tell you this: We've just
: brought in Jocasta in Avengers: The
: Initiative. Somebody besides her is going to
: move with her over to Mighty. Jocasta will
: be one of our team.
: NRAMA: Dude, Jocasta's totally old-school.
: DS: Yeah, so if you like that classic
: Avengers feel, and if you grew up reading
: Avengers for years and years and years, and
: there are all these characters that you love
: looking at, like, George Perez drawing and
: the Geoff Johns run or this run or that run
: -- they're all these characters who really
: have a strong Avengers pedigree.
: NRAMA: So we could guess a lot of names
: here. I'm dying to ask. We were told in the
: panel that we'd see her sooner rather than
: later. Scarlet Witch?
: DS: Um... I'm just going to give the very
: patented "keep reading/stay
: tuned." But I think people are really
: going to freak out when they see our first
: few covers, when those come out.
: NRAMA: Are those coming out when the
: solicits are revealed for post-Secret
: DS: Our book will start after that, but they
: might reveal the first three covers, since
: they all link up and make a giant image
: NRAMA: And the covers are by whom?
: DS: Koi Pham. And when you see all these
: characters, you might freak out, if you're
: an Avengers fan. There's a good freak-out
: character on every character that people
: will say, "WHAAAAA???" But
: everyone's got a lot of Avengers juice.
: These are major characters. Especially if
: you're like, an AVENGERS Avengers fan. Like
: one of the things that Brian has masterfully
: done is that New Avengers has the biggest
: guns. It's got Wolverine; it's got
: Spider-Man; it's got all these really big
: characters. And more than any book in the
: Marvel Universe, New Avengers really charts
: the course of the Marvel Universe, and it's
: this all-encompassing, big thing. And if
: you're a fan of AVENGERS Avengers, you're
: just going to fall in love with who we've
: got in the Mighty Avengers book.
: NRAMA: But still big guns, right?
: DS: Yeah. No Gilgamesh, no Death Cry --
: we're talkin' good characters. But the guys
: we don't have on the roster -- there will be
: guest appearances.
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