All New Avengers // artwork by Stuart Immonen, Yildiray Cinar, Russel Dauterman and Sara Pichelli (2014)

Well, Marvel’s big event of this year (Axis) hasn’t come out yet but we already know the outcome will be a brand new team of Avengers as Steve Rogers and the classic Thor will lose their mantles and will pass them on to new bearers. Sam Wilson the longtime hero “The Falcon” will don the red, white and blue costume while sporting the classic wings of his former namesake along the shield. A “familiar face” in the Thor lore will be worth it of the mantle of Thor as hinted by Jason Aaron. And Tony Stark will go the “Superior” route becoming more of a bastard while donning a new all-white suit or armor in a new location (He will move to San Francisco). The Avengers will also get an extreme makeover paring down the “army” feel of the roster to a more manageable team including (l to r, top to bottom): Medusa, The Scarlet Witch, Superior Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Ant-Man, The Winter Soldier, Angela, Thor, Captain America, Hellstrom and Deathlok.

Another shocking move by Marvel to keep readers hooked I guess. Since I’ve reading the publisher for years I’m accustomed to these "bold changes" that tend to last very little (specially when you got a big movie featuring the original characters coming up next year). And while I think this could make for a really good story a la Superior Spider-Man I will not hold my breath for it since It feels very rushed, a move done to avoid a bullet released by the recent Kirby State lawsuit heading to the supreme court. Also, am I the only one who thinks that  making one of your most popular characters wear an all-white garment and call himself “Superior” it’s a little politically incorrect? 

Marvel’s Art Jam // by Marvel Comics (2014)
Featuring: Iron Man (by Skottie Young), Wasp (by Frank Cho), Hulk (by Ed McGuinness), Captain America (by Ron Garney), Thor (by Michael Golden) & Daredevil (by Jim Cheung)

Marvel’s Art Jam // by Marvel Comics (2014)

Featuring: Iron Man (by Skottie Young), Wasp (by Frank Cho), Hulk (by Ed McGuinness), Captain America (by Ron Garney), Thor (by Michael Golden) & Daredevil (by Jim Cheung)

Secret Origins Of Iron Man // artwork by Greg Land, Jay Leisten and Joe Weltjens (2014)

Secret Origins Of Iron Man // artwork by Greg Land, Jay Leisten and Joe Weltjens (2014)

The Guardians Of The Galaxy // artwork by J.Scott Campbell and Jeremiah Skipper (2013)

The Guardians Of The Galaxy // artwork by J.Scott Campbell and Jeremiah Skipper (2013)

Iron Man “Silver Centurion” & Iron Monger // artwork by Mark D. Bright and Bob Sharen (1986)

Did you know?…

Obadiah Stane wasn’t Tony’s “father figure” as the first “Iron Man” film suggests. He was actually an rival industrialist who took over Stark Enterprises. The climactic showdown of the 2008 film, with Tony Stark/Iron Man facing Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger is based on the comic “The Invincible Iron Man #200” published in November 1986. A face-off occurs between Stane’s larger, more powerful Iron Monger and Stark’s greater experience. (Even a exploding reactor appears!). However, while the movie ends with Obadiah defeated by a massive short-circuit of his armor, the comic concludes with Stane committing suicide with a repulsor ray blast to his head. This comic was also the debut of Iron Man’s 80’s staple: The Silver Centurion Armor.

The Avengers: Trinity // artwork by Stephen Jorge Segovia and Hitotsumami (2014)
The Avengers: Phase Two // picture by TheCollectionPossession (2014)
Marvel Legends/Marvel Select mash-up for a great picture!

The Avengers: Phase Two // picture by TheCollectionPossession (2014)

Marvel Legends/Marvel Select mash-up for a great picture!

Marvel Studios: Cinematic Universe - Phase Two // gifs by Kane52630 Gifs (2014)

Iron Man // artwork by Jason Metcalf and Efrain Elijah (2008)

Iron Man // artwork by Jason Metcalf and Efrain Elijah (2008)

Iron Man & War Machine // artwork by Hary Istiyoso (2013)

Iron Man & War Machine // artwork by Hary Istiyoso (2013)