“It is fantastic that there's more diverse representation going on on the page,” says writer Al Ewing, “And I'm hoping that this is only the start.”
One of Marvel’s richest, most diverse ensembles gets even more interesting as Sam Wilson joins Luke Cage, Spider-Man, White Tiger, Monica Rambeau, Blade and the rest for a bold new chapter. It all starts with CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #1 by Ewing and artist Luke Ross.
Though the former Falcon provided air support for the team in the past, his new role as Captain America means a shifted paradigm for the rag-tag roster that began as Manhattan’s only line of defense against Thanos.
“Well, it does look a lot like Sam is taking the lead,” says Ewing of the title change and new status quo. “But Mighty Avengers has always been a co-led operation, with Luke running the organizational side and Monica leading in the field. So if there's any tension building—and there will be—it’ll be going three ways. On the bright side, by the time it’s all over, the Mighty Avengers will have one, definitive leader; although on the less bright side, one of the team will have left the building.”
Aside from the chain of command, the team must contend with a few more personal matters, like dealing with Spider-Man’s earlier attempts to sic Child Services on Luke and Jessica, meddling with their custody of daughter Danielle. Sometimes it seems like Peter will never be clear of the headaches Doc Ock left for him in his tenure as Superior Spider-Man.
“Well, Otto did leave a lot of mess,” laughs Ewing. “Pete’s dealing with most of that in his own book, but Otto was so incredibly objectionable during his short time as a Mighty Avenger that it's only natural Pete would want to come back and apologize. The question is will the apology be accepted? Or is Pete going to have to work a lot harder to get back in Luke and Jess’s good books?”
As for the external threats, those baddies the team hopes to thwart once they get their own house in order? The Marvel underworld rarely looked so poised to take advantage of a heroic front so occupied with a game of musical chairs.
“Well, I don't want to spoil any of the details of AXIS that have remained unspoiled so far,” the writer says, “But I will say that AXIS does ring a couple of changes. That departing member I mentioned is going to be out the door as a direct result of the AXIS-related events. AXIS provides some early threats as well, which, again, I won't spoil—though I will mention that CORTEX Incorporated is waiting in the wings, ready to swoop in and acquire the Mighty Avengers by fair means or foul.”
Whatever the threat and however high the odds might be stacked, the Avengers team so rooted in the ethos of the Heroes for Hire remains dedicated to protect the helpless and exact swift justice on those who prey upon the weak.
“As for the mission statement, same as it's ever been,” promises Ewing. “Help those in need, however they need it. This is where all the work over the previous series pays off; the Gem is refurbished and ready, the hotline is in place, the field team is on standby to take care of the problems nobody else can handle. The Mighty Avengers are hitting the ground running.”
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