SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Uncanny Avengers” #7, on sale now.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Standoff!” event continued this week in “Uncanny Avengers” #7, by writer Gerry Duggan and artist Ryan Stegman. At the climax of the issue, Deadpool spots something highly unusual — and this time, it may be more than just Deadpool being Deadpool.
The issue finds the Avengers Unity Squad called to Pleasant Hill after running across a fleeing Wrecker (of the Wrecking Crew) and the villain’s mysterious passenger. Wrecker, who was just arrested again in the previous “Uncanny Avengers” issue, reveals that instead of going back to jail he was sent to a “Matrix”-esque super-prison. His mystery passenger reveals herself to be Maria Hill, who is also on the run after she “almost became a permanent resident” of the Pleasant Hill prison/suburb.
But the identity of Hill is called into question on the penultimate page when an Avengers Quinjet confronts the Unity Squad just outside Pleasant Hill’s borders in Connecticut. Deadpool notices that the pilot looks suspiciously familiar — like S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Maria Hill.
The last issue ends on a cliffhanger calling the fate of the entire team into question. Whether or not the Hill that was on the run with Wrecker or the Quinjet pilot is the real one remains a mystery, especially given that “Standoff” has already played with themes of perception and reality. This begs the question, will doubles and imposters play a major role in “Standoff” moving forward? That remains to unfold, as the two-month story is set to continue later this month in “All-New, All-Different Avengers” #7.