Marvel Comics’ young superhero team of Champions formed in the fallout of “Civil War II,” when Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Ms. Marvel and Nova found themselves disenfranchised with their adult teammates on the Avengers. They were joined by the Hulk (Amadeus Cho), Cyclops and Viv Vision as they set out to bring positive change into the world.
Soon, the teen heroes will be put to the test when Marvel’s summer blockbuster event, “Secret Empire,” kicks off in May. The event’s writer, Nick Spencer, and Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso divulged to Entertainment Weekly just how big a role the Champions will play.
“Our youngest characters, and in particular the Champions, are gonna have a really central role in the event,” Spencer revealed. “They seem to be in a perfect position to pick up the torch here when a lot of the other heroes maybe weren’t in the best shape. They would really be the ones to keep up the fight, who wouldn’t want to give up in the face of this.”
Alonso added, “I want to stress though that it is a universe-wide event that involves all of the heroes. There’s Avengers, Spider-Man, Deadpool, X-Men. Everyone’s got a role in this. This is very much a point where the heroes have to rally, get past minor differences, and deal with a real relevant threat. It’s all black and white, no shades of gray.”
It seems that many of the heroes in the Marvel universe will be left shellshocked once Captain America shows his true allegiance to Hydra. The Champions’ youth may be their advantage, as they will be able to quickly brush off the initial surprise of Cap’s betrayal and get down to the business of fighting back.
Though the Champions are central to “Secret Empire,” Alonso makes sure to stress this is a “universe-wide” event that will pull in heroes from all corners of the Marvel universe. Where “Civil War II” saw heroes fighting heroes, “Secret Empire” will be a rallying call for everyone to put their differences aside for the greater good.
“Secret Empire” will follow up on the conclusion of “Civil War II,” which saw Steve Rogers – now a double agent working for Hydra after having his reality manipulated by a sentient Cosmic Cube – assume command of S.H.I.E.L.D. Likewise, we know Cap will no longer be working in the shadows, and the series will serve as a culmination of the events from titles such as “Captain America: Sam Wilson” and “Captain America: Steve Rogers.”