SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “All-New, All-Different Avengers” #4.
Back in October, Marvel Comics got fans talking when they unveiled Alex Ross’ cover for “All-New, All Different Avengers” #4, which depicts Thor and Captain America sharing a kiss high above New York City. Now that the issue is here, writer Mark Waid and artist Mahmud Asrar have provided a bit more context for that scene — and it’s not exactly what the cover makes it out to be, though there’s a chance it may develop that way as the story arc progresses.
In the issue, the team heads to Atlantic City, where a weather-controlling mercenary named Cyclone is hellbent on leveling the casinos in the area, regardless of whether or not innocents are harmed in the process. Once Cyclone is defeated and the cleanup process is underway, Captain America expresses his frustrations to Thor after he overhears someone call them “the understudy Avengers.” Thor laughs off the insult, just before kissing him and telling the thunderstruck Avenger he worries too much.
“Always act on your impulses, Sam Wilson,” she tells him as she flies off. “Life’s candle burns too briefly not to live in the moment.”
While those who have been following Thor’s adventures in Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman’s “Thor” are well aware of her true identity as Jane Foster, her teammates aren’t in the know — at least, not yet. After hearing her parting words, The Vision points out that it’s a weird sentiment coming from an immortal, which causes the team to wonder how much they really do know about the Goddess of Thunder.
In addition to the kiss, the issue also reintroduced a rather unimpressed Edwin Jarvis to the team headquarters. Though not totally absent from the series, Jarvis didn’t have a large role during Jonathan Hickman’s run on the title; however, that seems to be changing, as he receives a detailed debut in “All-New, All-Different Avengers” #4.
Waid and Asrar’s “All-New, All-Different Avengers” #4 is now on sale.