Last month, we learned that Marvel Studios’ Creative Research Director Will Corona Pilgrim would be penning a prelude comic series for ‘Ant-Man’ prior to the film’s release later this year. This adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would find Dr. Hank Pym suiting up in his size-shifting superhero suit and teaming with Peggy Carter during the Cold War. However, Ant-Man won’t be the only MCU hero getting the comic treatment before their big movie hits theaters. Pilgrim is also writing a prelude to ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ that reveals how Baron Von Strucker came to posses Loki’s scepter from ‘The Avengers’ in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’ But that’s not the only thing that the Marvel Infinite Comic will uncover. It looks like we’ll get to learn more about Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver as well.
According to Newsarama, the digital one-shot comic ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude – This Scepter’d Isle’ from writer Pilgrim and artist Wellinton Alves will show how HYDRA’s Strucker uses the scepter on subjects from the fictional European city of Sokovia to “unlock” their powers. Among the guinea pigs in the experiments are Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, so we learn how their powers emerge.
The language in the comic is especially important though. “Unlocking” their powers suggests that they were there all along, but they were just dormant. A similar thing is currently happening on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ with Skye/Daisy Johnson and the Inhumans, but they need the Terrigen Crystals from the Obelisks to reveal their true selves. Does this mean that the gem in Loki’s scepter is actually Inhuman in origin? This seems unlikely since Kevin Feige has said a couple of times that it’s meant to be an Infinity Stone. We even see its power when Loki controls Hawkeye and Erik Selvig with the scepter. In fact, the report says that the crystal and the Tesseract are connected, so that Terrigen theory seems to be null already.
While we may not get a straight answer as to what the gem in Loki’s scepter actually is until we see it on the big screen once again, it is pretty interesting that we can see what sort of experiments Hydra and Baron Von Strucker implemented to “create” Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. That being said, will you be picking up ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude – This Scepter’d Isle’ to read on your mobile device? Sound off in the comments.