Marvel is in the midst of Civil War II, the new face-off between that comic universe’s superheroes that has divided them and forced them to fight each other rather than, you know, the bad guys. While these big events are used to get readers back to the comic book store, the secondary objective is to shake things up so that the fans don’t get too used to where their favorite characters are, what they’re doing and who they’re do it with. The first Civil War was followed by “The Initiative,” which showed how the fallout of the war effected the Marvel Universe; Civil War II, meanwhile, will be followed by “Divided We Stand.”
So just like how after the first Civil War, it seems that superhero community will remain divided following the present War. “This is not an event. It’s the status quo of the Marvel Universe in the aftermath of the war,” explained Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso in an interview with CoCreate. “It’s a glimpse as to whom we can point to in the coming year, with just enough ‘What the heck’s going on there’ spots to get people speculating. ‘There’s no Tony Stark in that picture, but who’s that guy holding the helmet? Is that Doctor Doom?’ ‘The young girl in the gray armor looks a lot like the new War Machine.'”
In the above image by Mike Deodato, we see one side lead by the now mask-less Doctor Doom (holding the Iron Man helmet) Foolkiller, Solo, Jessica Jones, Maria Hill, Captain Marvel, Thor, Elektra, Captain America Steve Rogers, Slapstick, Gamora, Cable, Black Panther, and something that looks like Godzilla. On the right hand side is the other group led by Riri along with the new Wasp, Miss America, Gwenpool, Squirrel Girl, Prowler, Moon Girl, Spider-Man Miles Morales, Doctor Strange, Hulk, Ms. Marvel, and Hawkeye Kate Bishop. What are C-List characters like Solo, Slapstick and Squirrel Girl doing standing next to prime time players like Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel, all of whom – coincidentally I’m sure – are about to appear in their own big screen adventures?
“They’re all there because they matter,” Alonso said. “They’ll either be in a solo series, or they’ll be a key member of a team, or they’ll do something that you will be talking about in a Marvel book that will bring them into a position of prominence. They’re there for a reason. Including that big, big, big what appears to be a Godzilla foot.
“Our catalog rolls deep,” he added. “We have an incredible catalog of characters. I think that some of our C-, D-, and F-list characters are the coolest, for very different reasons than the guys who you see up on the silver screen.”
Here’s a close-up look both teams thanks to the original jigsaw version of the image.
“Divided We Stand” begins this fall in Marvel Comics following the conclusion of Civil War II.