Marvel’s morning announcement of a ‘fresh start’ this May with new creative teams and new directions and more for their stable of titles was followed by a new announcement. One that finally confirms a long-standing rumor: Jason Aaron is taking over Avengers.
Marvel announced that Aaron and artist Ed McGuinness will take on the brand new relaunched Avengers series in May with a team of Captain America (Steve), Iron Man (Tony), Thor (Odinson), She-Hulk, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider and Doctor Strange.
“Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be rolling out new beginnings for a few of our key franchises—new creative teams, new starting points, new storylines—all the big stuff that we’ve been building towards since LEGACY began,” says SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “This isn’t a clearing of the slate—while these new starts will kick off with new #1s, we’ll be maintaining the classic LEGACY issue counts as dual numbering on these titles as well. Oh, and don’t read anything into not seeing a character on the Jim Cheung piece…we can only squeeze so many characters onto there without killing poor Jim!”
According to IGN, Strange’s time on the team will be short as he’s filling a slot that will be a rotating one that will feature other characters. Shipping 18 times a year, Avengers will be the flagship book for Marvel but for the first time in years, it will be the lone Avengers branded title.
Over the last decade or so the company has been shipping at least two, many times more, titles featuring teams of Avengers. Recently the Avengers: No Surrender 16-week event combines all the Avengers teams into one which seemingly was a precursor to this move of just one team going forward like the old days.
Just like Aaron’s previous Thor run, the new Avengers series will bounce between two timeline storylines with the main present day Avengers and the 1,000,000 B.C. Avengers he introduced in last year’s Marvel Legacy #1 which featured Odin and ancient versions of Marvel characters like Phoenix, Ghost Rider and more.
“We wanted to get back to a small, core lineup. With big, iconic characters at the heart of that,” Aaron told IGN in a phone interview. “So we get Steve, Tony, and Thor Odinson back together at the heart of this new team, and the rest of the team we build around them over the course of the first arc. My aim with this series is basically, if you only read one Marvel comic — not that you should read just one Marvel comic, but if you did — if you picked this book up, this would show you the landscape of the Marvel universe issue after issue. We want to feature the biggest characters and go to the coolest, most exotic locations around the Marvel U.”
Avengers #1 will carry a new #1 of course but will also feature the recent return to legacy numbering, in a smaller capacity. Much like Marvel did in the early 2000s where the new smaller number was bolded and the larger legacy number was faded out next to it.
The new series arrives in May.