For Avengers fans, this has been a head-spinning week. First came news of a new, female Thor, followed by the not unexpected but still intriguing revelation that Sam Wilson would be taking over as Captain America.
That’s two-thirds of the Avengers “trinity,” so what about the third? According to an exclusive report in Entertainment Weekly, Iron Man is getting a makeover of his own this fall, complete with new armor and a new city to call home.
November’s Superior Iron Man #1 by writer Tom Taylor and artist Yildiray Cinar will see Tony Stark move to San Francisco with plans for the city that won’t go over well with everyone living there. Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso described Stark’s new status quo this way:
Like the Superior Spider-Man, Superior Iron Man is a character that’s hard to root for.
Actually Axel, that’s the way some of us have been feeling about Tony for a while.
Perhaps more interesting is the image that Marvel provided EW, which is supposed to represent the Avengers NOW! initiative that will encompass all of the changes to the three most noteworthy Avengers and other characters that will be getting more of the limelight. As you can see here, they include the Inhumans Medusa and Inferno, Scarlet Witch, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, the Winter Soldier, Angela and Deathlok along with the new Thor, Captain America and Iron Man. It doesn’t mean this is an Avengers lineup we’ll be seeing as a team, but it would be hard to imagine the various Avengers comics won’t be drastically affected by the shake-ups and new series launches.
An even better question would be how Marvel is planning to emphasize some characters who will be in their own movies relatively soon (like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange) while having versions of familiar heroes that will be different from the ones seen on-screen in obvious ways like gender and race. It could mean nothing or it could mean we can expect some big things to go down in Avengers: Age of Ultron to make the movie and comics counterparts align more closely.
Or, you know, that reboot rumor …
Here’s where to see the new Avengers take their first steps:
- Thor #1 debuts in October by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman.
- All-New Captain America #1 is coming in November from Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen.
- Superior Iron Man #1 is also due in November from Taylor and Cinar.