Overland Park, Kan. — The Avengers — including Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor — are some of Marvel’s highest-profile heroes, set for a new movie release on May 4. The X-Men have long been fan favorites, with characters like Wolverine, Storm and Cyclops.
The two groups come into conflict in “Avengers vs. X-Men,” a 12-issue miniseries from Marvel Comics.
The otherworldly Phoenix Force is coming toward earth, seeking the X-Men’s Hope Summers as its host. The X-Men hope the force may signal the rebirth of the mutant species. The Avengers, meanwhile, look at the force as potentially deadly to the human race.
X-Men senior editor Nick Lowe and “Wolverine and the X-Men” writer Jason Aaron talked about “Avengers vs. X-Men” in a panel focusing on the X-Men at the recent Planet Comicon. Lowe said the project is “the biggest thing out this year on the horizon.”
The book will feature five writers and three artists.
“It’s an event unlike any we’ve done at Marvel that I know of, as far as our big giant events,” Lowe said.
Writers on the book include Aaron, Brian Bendis, Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction. Artists for the book are John Romita Jr., Olivier Coipel and Adam Kubert.
“Avengers vs. X-Men” No. 0 is on sale now, featuring the prelude to the conflict. Hope and Scarlet Witch play prominent roles in the zero issue of the book.
“Avengers vs. X-Men” No. 1 will go on sale at special launch parties at more than 1,100 comic shops across the country at 8 p.m. local time on April 3. Stores were able to choose in advance whether they supported X-Men or Avengers, and will have special variant covers to the first issue available.
Lowe said the conflict is especially tough for certain members of the X-Men.
“One of the crazy things about the X-Men for ‘Avengers vs. X-Men’ is they have to choose what side they are going to be on,” Lowe said. “Because there are certain X-Men like Wolverine and like Storm, who are part of the Avengers as well.”
A tie-in book, “AVX: Vs.” will take a closer look at individual conflicts in the “Avengers vs. X-Men” battles.
“Each issue has two fights, and each fight is half the book,” Lowe said. “We pull a fight from the pages of AVX and we expand that fight.”
In the first “Vs.” issue, Aaron writes a battle between Iron Man and Magneto as drawn by Adam Kubert.
“That might sound like it would be a quick fight, guy in a big metal suit versus the master of magnetism,” Aaron said. “But Tony Stark’s no dummy. He’s going to have a plan in place, he’s going to have a bunch of plans to throw against Magneto.”
“AVX: Vs.” No. 1 goes on sale April 25.
One fan compared the upcoming battle between the X-Men and Avengers to the current political rancor in the United States.
“We always do try to reflect the real world,” Lowe said. Aaron said this story wouldn’t play out as a simple misunderstanding.
“This is a very different kind of story,” Aaron said. “This one’s a fight with very real stakes. … two sides with very firm standings, both feel like they’re in the right in what they’re doing. Which makes for an epic fight.”
- By Matthew Price
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