Big Shake-ups in the Marvel Universe
A week of big shake-ups in the Marvel comics “Big 3” leads to some interesting new developments in the Marvel Universe.
With San Diego Comic Con coming up next week, Marvel has jumped the gun with some huge announcements for Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man.
Leading up to Avengers #35, which is subtitled “8 Months Time” and shows an older, enfeebled Steve Rodgers, Thor wielding Jarnborn The God Killer, a glowing Iron Man, and a different Captain America, comic fans were excited about 3 big reveals that came this week..
Starting the week off on ABC’s the View, Whoopi Goldberg had the honor of announcing that Thor will no longer be worthy of his hammer Mjolnir, and thus the name Thor. Picking up his title and signature weaponry is an as of yet unnamed female. Lead artist Jason Aaron states “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”
Following this was an image of “Unworthy Thor”, sporting his Axe and, after losing his left arm to the son of the Apocalypse, using the arm of the Asgardian protector The Destroyer.
Following on from the re-cast of Thor was the continuation from Captain America #21; in his battle with The Iron Nail, Steve Rodgers has the Super Serum drained from his body, turning him back to his frail self, and also aging him dramatically. In the days that followed, speculation was high over who would pick up the mantle of the Cap, with Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, being the top contender.
This time Marvel took to the ever popular Colbert Report to reveal that Sam would, in fact, pick up the stars and shield, with Steve taking more of a mentor and strategist role in The Avengers.
This new Captain will debut in All-New Captain America #1 this autumn, written by Rick Remender and with art by Stuart Immomen.
Announced in this weeks Entertainment Weekly is the news that Iron Man will be shedding his traditional red and gold armour and will be sporting a new silver “Genius bar” look for the upcoming series ‘Superior Iron Man’, starting this Autumn.
Aside from the costume change, Tony will be relocating to San Francisco, and “has very ambitious plans for the city that some of its residents embrace, but not all,” says Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.
The last time we saw the word “Superior” in front of a hero was with the polarizing Superior Spiderman, when Villian Doc Ock took over Peter Parker’s body and mind. We have been told that that will not be the case with Iron Man, with the description of “A hero who is hard to root for.”
With Age of Ultron being released next year, will we see the start of these changes permeate into the Marvel cinematic universe? We’ll have to wait and see. For now, fans will be eagerly awaiting more potential news from San Diego Comic Con next weekend.
all images from IGN.com