UPDATE 6/6/2015 8:15 AM PT: CBR’s Brett White has an update direct from Marvel’s “Next Big Thing” panel at Special Edition: NYC, with Brian Michael Bendis talking the newly announced “Invincible Iron Man” series he’s writing, to be illustrated by David Marquez.
“He’s getting new armor, a new girlfriend, new villains, a whopper of a last page and thanks to Kieron Gillen who revealed that Tony Stark is adopted, we’re going to find out who Tony’s biological parents are — and I’m gonna tell you right now, they are Thomas and Martha Wayne,” Bendis told the crowd. “This new armor design has new cool things that it does, including — you know how Tony has 20-30 armors that show up? This one can turn into all of them.”
Bendis also confirmed that his Iron Man is 100 percent Tony Stark. “Everything that has happened to Tony is in continuity and will be reflected in the new series.”
Marvel’s first post-“Secret Wars” series has been revealed: “Invincible Iron Man,” featuring the creative team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez. The news was set to be revealed Saturday at Marvel’s “Next Big Thing” panel during Special Edition: NYC in New York City.
Bendis and Marquez have worked together extensively in the past, on “Ultimate Comics Ultimate Spider-Man” and “Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man” — both starring breakout character Miles Morales — and issues of “All-New X-Men.” This is the first time either of them have worked on an Iron Man solo book, though Bendis wrote Iron Man for years during his eight-year run on the “Avengers” titles and more recently in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
The specific title “Invincible Iron Man” has been used since the 1960s, most recently for Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca‘s acclaimed run on Tony Stark from 2008 to 2012 — a run that began the same month as the release of Marvel Studios’ first “Iron Man” film, which helped catapult the character to the major pop culture prominence.
Iron Man was the focal point of two teaser images (illustrated by Marquez and Matt Wilson) released earlier this week promoting “All-New, All-Different Marvel,” the name for the publisher’s upcoming line-wide refresh following the conclusion of the universe-altering “Secret Wars” event. Under the new initiative, Marvel plans to launch new #1s for all of its Marvel Universe series — around 55 to 60, over a span of three to four months starting this fall.
Though changes to the familiar Marvel Universe have been promised, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso was clear in his weekly AXEL-IN-CHARGE Q&A with CBR that All-New, All-Different Marvel is not a reboot, and that existing readers will recognize the post-“Secret Wars” Marvel Universe. Keep reading CBR all weekend long for more from Special Edition: NYC.