For the past couple of days, Marvel Comics have been slowly teasing out the new members of their first post "Secret Wars" comic, "The All-New, All-Different Avengers." Now we've finally got a good look at all of then, and boy do we like what we see!
As exclusively revealed by Wired earlier today (March 26), the line-up includes a large number of the recent "legacy" characters (meaning that they've taken on a superhero name from a previous hero who held down the title) Marvel's been introducing over the past couple of years: we've got new Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan, Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales, the female incarnation of Thor, Sam "Falcon" Wilson as Captain America, and what looks like the younger Nova, Sam Alexander. The Vision and Iron Man also round out the team -- although a lot of people have speculated recently that someone ELSE might be in the iconic Iron suit other than Tony Stark...
Anyway, two things are great about this line-up: one, it's clear that Marvel is doubling down on its commitment to better representation in comics by making their latest bunch of diverse characters part of the biggest and most well-known team in comics history.
Two, Miles Morales has always been part of a different comic continuity than these other fan favorites -- he's in the "Ultimate" Universe, while Kamala and new Thor are part of the "Marvel" universe. But now that Marvel is breaking down all the barriers between their worlds in the upcoming Secret War event, they have the freedom to introduce Miles to anyone they want in the rest of their comics. Hey, can we get Phil Coulson to cameo in this series, too?
"It’s an All-New, All-Different Avengers for an All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe!" Tom Brevoort, Senior Vice President & Executive Editor of Marvel said via statement. "So throw out your preconceptions about Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as we change the game, rewrite the rules and destroy childhoods with an Avengers team that more closely reflects the world outside your window!"
The Free Comic Book Day issue of this comic features the writing talents of Mark Waid, with art by Mahmud Asrar and colorist Linda Martin -- and you'll be able to check it out on May 2!