It’s time for a new generation of heroes to make their mark on the Marvel Universe. Following various teasers last week featuring many of the newest and youngest heroes at the comics company along with the phrases “I Quit” or “We Quit,” Marvel Comics is officially launching a brand new Champions title featuring those young heroes, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The new Champions series comes from writer Mark Waid and artist Humberto Ramos and features Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Nova (Sam Alexander), The Hulk (Amadeus Cho), the time displaced and younger Cyclops (Scott Summers) and Viv Vision the daughter of the sythezoid Avengers member Vision. These young heroes are splitting from the older heroes and the old ways of superheroics.
According to Waid this team will still fight villains and solve problems with their super powers but they will be channeling youthful activist energy as they approach things differently then the traditional superhero teams.
“You’ll know we’ve failed if by issue 5 the Masters of Evil show up and there’s a fight with the Absorbing Man. Clearly at that point we will have been a victim of mission creep. Tom and I talked about how there’s been a very interesting generational shift in the last 15 years. When we were growing up, the general perception was it takes adults to fix the world. Kids can do little things, but basically you have to wait till you grow up to make the big choices and the big decisions,” Waid said to Entertainment Weekly. “Well, Mark Zuckerberg would disagree with you. Some of the other young trend-breaking scientists that are coming to light, online especially, would beg to differ with you. Those are the inspirations, as much as anybody else, for the idea that we don’t have to wait until we grow up to be Tony Stark or Captain America to make a difference in this world. We’ll find our way, and we’ll find our own way.”
The name Champions is of course no stranger to long-time Marvel fans, as the name was originally used for a series in 1975 that similarly featured various characters from across the different areas of the Marvel Universe. That original team was Angel and Iceman from the X-Men, Hercules, Black Widow, Darkstar and Ghost Rider and they were based in Los Angeles for the whole 17 issues that the series ran.
During the the original 2007 Civil War event one of the teams that was being set up as part of the 50-State Initiative, a plan to give every state a super team, was to be called The Champions. Matt Fraction was set to start a series with them but a trademark dispute led to the title having to be changed to The Order, a dispute that has now been dealt with.
“Champions is sort of like the great lost Marvel team name. We published Champions in the ’70s and haven’t been able to publish it since. We’ve now come to an agreement with the people who held the mark before, which allows us to publish it and they keep doing the things they were doing,” Marvel editor Tom Brevoort said. “So basically it’s like this name, that I think of as a fundamentally Marvel name, is coming back home. It feels good in that, when we first started talking about names for this group, we tended to go for “something something Avengers.” That always seemed off-mission for me. If they’re cutting the cord, if they’re going off on their own to establish themselves as a thing onto themselves, they kind of need their own name. They are ultimately very socially conscious, very activist-minded, and very positive about being superheroes, so the name had to feel like a really upbeat superhero name.”
There is no date listed so far for the series debut, but it is very likely to arrive some time this fall after Civil War II ends and the Divided We Stand/Marvel NOW initiative begins.