In four new covers, Drake, Missy Elliot, Future and Curren$y get the Marvel hip-hop treatment in variants for “Silver Surfer,” “Black Widow,” “All-New Inhumans” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which have been revealed by MTV.
Cliff Chiang throws it back to Drake’s “Nothing Was The Same” for the “Silver Surfer” #1 variant; Phil Noto pays tribute to Missy Elliot and “Supa Dupa Fly” with a “Black Widow” #1 variant; Dave Johnson channels Curren$y’s “Verde Terrace” album with the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” #1 hip-hop variant; and Marco D’Alfonso takes inspiration from Future’s “DS2” album for an “All-New Inhumans” #1 variant.
“We knew that we were doing a variant to coincide with every number one launch that was part of this All-New All-Different Marvel Now launch,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso explained. “So these [covers] will encompass every book that’s launched between October and April. Since most of these titles come out in those first few months, we’ve been able to preview 3-4 every week.”
As to whether a hip-hop artist will get a chance to pen their own Marvel story, Alonso said, “I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility at all. I know that I’ve had creative flirtations with hip-hop artists in the past. What’s more important to me is that more and more people — I despise the term people of color but I’ll use it, because it’s a shorthand — more and more people of color feel that they understand that there’s a place for them here. That they can see more writers and artists as our talent pool expands, that look like them and have the same experiences as them.”