While there are many characters and factions that make up the Marvel Universe, the Avengers are the company’s premiere super team. Featuring a roster consisting of just about every major name you could think of plus heroes from every corner of the universe, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes has been built up to be the team to be on right now. And enrollment is so high that the team cannot be contained to just one book. There’s Jonathan Hickman’s ‘Avengers’ and ‘New Avengers’, the A+X mash-up ‘Uncanny Avengers’, ‘Secret Avengers’, ‘Avengers Assemble’, ‘Avengers Arena’, ‘Young Avengers’, and soon there will be ‘Avengers A.I.’ after ‘Age of Ultron’ wraps up. But if you’re into picking every book with the word “Avengers” in it, prepare to add one more book to your pull list.
All last week, Marvel has been teasing fans with the question, “Who is Mighty?” We had learned that a brand new team of Mighty Avengers, a team that we haven’t heard from since 2010, would be emerging from the pages of the upcoming ‘Infinity’ crossover event. Written by Al Ewing with art from Greg Land, the new ‘Mighty Avengers’ finds Luke Cage coming out of retirement when the core Avengers team is off planet and the Earth is in dire need of protection from Thanos and the Builders. Joining Cage will be a formidable assortment of heroes including She-Hulk, Falcon, Spider-Man, White Tiger, Monica Rambeau, Blue Marvel, the new Power Man, and the new Ronin.
According to Comic Book Resources, SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort joined the creative team of this new book on one of Marvel’s “Next Big Thing” press calls to talk about what fans can expect once this book hits shelves. First, the editor revealed that he saw a great opportunity for a new team to be unveiled after the groundwork for ‘Infinity’ was laid out. He said, “Immediately, I thought of a niche. I’m pretty sure this was the niche you guys were going for anyway, but it was for a team of Avengers on the ground as part of the community – almost a community outreach thing.”
Then, they went on to mention their cast, which is full of heavy hitters. Ewing spoke about his excitement over the inclusion of Rambeau, who will be getting a new costume and a new mantle, and the new Ronin, whose identity is being kept under wraps for the time being. With such a strong group of diverse people on one team, the writer promises that things won’t always be easy for this Avengers team. “They’re all going to have different ways of putting their ideas forward,” he said. “And a lot of sparks will fly.”
And speaking of diverse, Brevoort explained that it was “no accident” that the team features a number of minorities. While some may look at the new Mighty Avengers as the “Black Avengers”, the Marvel veteran assured fans that the book isn’t meant to just satisfy a certain group of people because it contains a team of at least 50% non-white, non-male characters. Rather, it’s meant to represent how diverse the world really is and how many different sorts of people exist:
“The reality is that the people who are interested in these characters and want to see heroes that reflect them have a genuine point. We first started conceptualizing this book in February around Black History Month, so there was a lot of talk around that.”
Finally, after revealing that Wolverine was one hero that was initially part of the project but ultimately benched (probably since he’s on every other team already), Brevoort mentioned that this team will be like “a classic, free-form Avengers team of the sort you would have seen in the ’70s or ’80s” that won’t be associated with S.H.I.E.L.D. like some of the other teams in action right now.”
From the sounds of the announcement, it seems like there is a lot to be excited about in the pages of the new ‘Mighty Avengers’ which ships in September. While it’s inevitable that it will garner some criticism like the new all-female ‘X-Men’ book that came out recently, I’m sure that the fanbase will come to look past that and enjoy the book for what it ultimately is: a new Avengers title that shows that heroes can come from anywhere.Issue #1 covers by Greg Land & Bryan Hitch
For me personally, I’m really excited to see Luke Cage back in action after taking a hiatus to care for his child. Now he’s fighting with the kid who took his old name and some of my personal favorites like the Superior Spider-Man and She-Hulk. There will definitely be some interesting pairings once this book takes off that I am looking forward to.
What do you think of ‘Mighty Avengers’? Who are you most excited to see join this new team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? How do you think Luke Cage will do as a leader after being away from the game for a little while? Is this title already on your pull list? Sound off in the comments.