Jeez Marvel, same some stuff for Comic Con… Seriously, it’s been a jam-packed week for Marvel news, and not just of the big screen variety. After revealing the new, female version of Thor on The View, and new Captain America Sam Wilson on The Colbert Report, Marvel is now revealing the new Avengers line-up that will be coming to a comic book show near you this fall. The watch word for this new line-up: diversity.
As you can note in the above image, this new Avengers team seems to be about good demographics, of its 10 members, four are women and two are black. If you want to break that down further, you can also say that the team has four aliens, two cyborgs and a mutant too.
So who makes the cut? We’ll in case you can’t tell with all the costume changes, or maybe you haven’t read the actual Avengers comics in a while, the team includes:
Top Row (left to right): Medusa of the Inhumans, the mutant hero Scarlet Witch, the recently upgraded Iron Man, Sorcerer Supreme Dr. Strange, and Ant Man (not sure which one, but likely Scott Lang).
Bottom Row (left to right): The Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes, former Image Comics character Angela, the all new female Thor, Captain America Sam Wilson (formally The Falcon), the Inhuman Inferno, and Deathlok (obviously inspired by the J. August Richards rendition of the character on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Initial internet reaction has been swift and brutal with many exerting anger at Marvel for going overboard with the upgrades and putting political correctness above tradition, or even logic. Call be crazy, but this is a team shake-up that makes sense. If you’re going to rejigger the whole thing, do it with gusto and an understandable goal! Besides, if you don’t like the Avengers line-up now (heh) wait a year to 18 months and we will inevitably get a new team.
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Here’s the press release from Marvel Comics:
New York. NY—July 18th, 2014 — The most popular characters. The most acclaimed creators. The most ambitious stories. This is the recharged Avengers NOW!.
This Fall, the Marvel Universe heads in an exciting and ambitious new direction as the industry’s top creators and brightest rising stars join the top Super Heroes – Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and more – to deliver the most exciting and energetic comics on the market with can’t miss all-new ongoing series!
“Avengers NOW! is the start of a Marvel Universe like you’ve never seen before,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “With massive changes coming to some of our biggest characters, Avengers NOW! is ready to kick off a bold new era of the Marvel Universe and will certainly close out 2014 with a bang.”
It all starts this October when Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman bring the thunder in Thor #1. Bereft of his mighty magic hammer Mjölnir, Thor must contend with a new God of Thunder in the Marvel Universe – and she’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! Who is this new mysterious leading lady? Not even Odin knows! Prepare for a senses-shattering new beginning as the all-new Thor thunders her way through the Marvel Universe!
Then, Avengers NOW! soars to new heights in All-New Captain America #1! From superstar creators Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen comes the next evolution of the Captain America mythos. Drained of the Super-Soldier Serum, the frail Steve Rogers has handpicked his shield-wielding successor – Sam Wilson, the Falcon! But as the winged warrior assumes his new heroic mantle, he’ll have to contend with a gauntlet of Captain America’s most terrifying foes! Can the new, untested Captain America stand up to his predecessor’s most vile villains? Find out this November in All-New Captain America #1!
It only gets bolder from there as the billionaire playboy unleashes his dark side in Superior Iron Man #1! Rising comic stars Tom Taylor and Yildray Cinar craft an all-new tale of a Tony Stark you’ve never seen before! Releasing the dangerous Extremis technology to the citizens of San Francisco, he’ll transform the City by the Bay into the City of Tomorrow! But at what price? And what does a world look like when it’s consumed by technology? Find out this November in Superior Iron Man #1!
Once again, the biggest creators bring you the biggest characters in the biggest stories…and it’s happening NOW!
For more on Avengers NOW!, please visit www.marvel.com and join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #AvengersNOW.