Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Stefano Caselli are taking the reins of Avengers Assemble as part of the Marvel NOW! initiative. We spoke to the new team along with editors Tom Brevoort and Lauren Sankovitch.
It all starts in November with issue #9. Though not pictured on this cover, the roster includes Thor and Captain Marvel. We’ll also see Black Widow somewhere down the line. It’s a rotating cast composed and dictated primarily by the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but given the opportunity, DeConnick has eagerly added Carol Danvers and Jessica Drew to the lineup. She’s already the ongoing writer for Captain Marvel’s solo series, but she has just as much love for the “crazy and broken” Spider-Woman. Her read on Drew is based on Brian Michael Bendis’ take, though the rest of the cast sound the way they do in the movies.
Despite their (compulsory) exclusion from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers Assemble will also include cameos from the likes of Wolverine and Scarlet Witch.
DeConnick describes the tone of the book in four letters. ACDC. The writer expresses real fondness for Iron Man’s introduction in this year’s Marvel’s The Avengers film coupled with iconic Aussie rock. She hopes to infuse this comic with the same level of bravado and thrills.
Though DeConnick suggests it’s too early to pin down a group philosophy for this motley crew–she prefers to view them each with their own individual mission statements–Brevoort offers that the current portrayal of the Avengers in general has a bit of an Aaron Sorkin corollary. The editor points to Sorkin’s love for competent, often combatant people thrust together to bring about a better future.