After releasing all those “wordy” teasers last week, Marvel spent all this week putting their money were their mouths are by providing exclusive interviews with each of the new creative teams for several of their new Marvel NOW! titles. In case you’ve forgotten, we have:
- Kieron Gillen and Greg Land on Iron Man
- Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic on Thor: God of Thunder
- Mark Waid and Leinil Yu on Indestructible Hulk
- Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan and Tony Moore on Deadpool
- Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley on Fantastic Four
- Matt Fraction and Mike Allred on FF
- Rick Remender and John Romita Jr. on Captain America
- Si Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat on X-Men: Legacy
I’m focusing on going out into the world and adventuring. There will be action every issue of one kind or another. It will be about the armor and about him being the grail-knight. It’s going to focus on whether or not he’s worthy and the internal/external factors affecting him.
It’s going to be a book that hangs off its theme; Tony questioning his fundamentals and his relationship with the world. That’s the backbone. Everything else will build around that. It’s why I’m confident, there’s a load of things I want to do with it. I have a load of pieces and I’m choosing how to approach them; improvisation and free.
Jason Aaron is bringing an exciting hook to his “dark-Kirby” Thor story, as the book will be told from three different places in time: a young Thor, present-day, Avengers Thor, and finally, an old King Thor, set years in the future. Aaron will also bring Gor: The God Butcher as a serial killer of Gods to be the series villain. The writer stressed that he didn’t want the book to have one specific setting and that the series will be constantly moving around.
On the Hulk side of things, Mark Waid detailed that his take on Hulk will be similar to his work on Daredevil. Banner will be moving from a ‘woe is me’ outlook to something more interesting. Waid hinted that the “Indestructible” part of the book title was chosen for a specific story purpose and that it will tie-in to Banner’s new lease on life. Maria Hill and Bruce Banner will have an ongoing-partnership throughout the series and Hulk will avoid more of his normal rouges gallery for some different villains, including the likes of the Frost Giants, Psycho-Man, Kang the Conqueror, and Attuma to name a few.
Shocking news as it relates to Deadpool everyone: he’s still going to be nuts. Comedians Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan are planning on building a new cast of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents around the character as he continues to be taken seriously in the hero community. The merc with a mouth will run into several guest characters within the first issues. Also? A US president will come to Deadpool’s aid as one of the voices in his head. Seriously.
Matt Fraction is using an interesting angle to write his story on Fantastic Four: his own family. The writer is using the book to tell stories about his own family through the lens of the Marvel Universe and claims that the Pixar movie, The Incredibles, was a huge influence. “If this could be the Pixar version of the Fantastic Four, something that everyone can enjoy, not just our medium 30-year-old white-dude reader, I’d be happy,” said the writer. Reed will be taking the entire Richards clan on a road trip through space and time.
While the Richards family is exploring the univers, a new team will stay in their place while they’re gone. The new members of FF were handpicked by each of the Fantastic Four: Reed picks Ant-Man, Sue chooses Medusa, Ben recruits She-Hulk, and Johnny selects Miss Thing (a ‘Lohan-esque celebutante blonde’). Fraction describes FF as a dark-twist on the Fantastic Four, ‘the other side of the coin.’
As with most of Rick Remender’s work, Captain America will deal with material that’s within the writer’s wheelhouse. “I’m leaning in to what I like to do, which is high adventure, sci-fi, with spy fantasy, with a heavy focus on the man under the suit. It’s very character-focused conflict stuff.” The book won’t focus on much of WWII, but instead will deal with Steve’s younger days, growing up in the Lower East Side during the Great Depression. Remender wants to explore the past and origins of a man that was so willing to go to war and become a symbol for his country, answering the questions of what led him to that point. He’ll also reintroduce Arnim Zola as the major villain along with the Green Skull, who wants to turn human kind into soil for all the plants.
And finally in X-Men: Legacy, Professor X’s son Legion will lead the team which will see major changes in the wake of Avengers Vs. X-Men. Writer Si Spurrier says the book will be the ‘black sheep’ of the X-Men family. Legion will be looking to follow in his father’s footsteps and change the sins of his past.
So. With all that said and done, what books are you excited about? There’s a LOT here to be passionate about (if Fraction’s run on Fantastic Four is Doctor Who meets The Incredibles, I’ll be very, very, very happy), but what’s got you the most hyped? Sound off in our comments below and check out the full gallery of covers for each of new Marvel NOW! titles.