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Welcome to MARVEL A-I-C: AXEL-IN-CHARGE, CBR's regular interview feature with Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso!
An editor with years of experience who's brought out comics to both critical acclaim and best-selling status, Alonso stepped into the chair at the top of Marvel's Editorial department and since then has been working to bring his signature stylings to the entire Marvel U. Anchored by regular question and answer rounds with the denizens of the CBR Message Boards, each week Alonso will shake things up with special guest stars, exclusive art reveals and more!
This week, we get into Spoiler Warning territory as the end of "Infinity" #3 sent literal shockwaves through the world of Marvel's Inhumans. How does Thanos' mad act impact both the ongoing story of "Infinity" and the upcoming "Inhumanity" event? Axel answers those questions and more, plus he goes into Marvel's theories on how to be capitalize on the incoming "Thor: The Dark World" film as writer Jason Aaron brings its villain Malekith The Accursed to "Thor: God of Thunder." Plus, your fan questions! Read on!
Kiel Phegley: "Infinity" #3 had literally an explosive ending, but before we get to that, I wanted to talk about the series as a whole. So far, we've been watching a battle play out on two fronts -- the Avengers and the Buildiers in space and then the Inhumans and Thanos on earth. How closely will these stories tie back together in the end? With Jonathan Hickman writing, I've got to assume things fit together like a puzzle.
Axel Alonso: Hell yeah. It all snaps together like a puzzle. This is a story that Jonathan refined over a couple years, adjusting here and there to account new developments in the Marvel Universe.
Well, let's talk about that ending then. The explosion of Attilan is a huge moment for this story and a huge moment for the Inhumans. They've been connected to that location for so long in the Marvel Universe, in which ways does this set them free as a concept?
Alonso: If blowing up the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier rates a five on the Richter scale, this is a ten. The Inhumans are a nomadic people that's traveled throughout the galaxy in search of safe haven -- the one difference being that their kingdom, Attilan, has always traveled with them. [Laughs] Take that away, and what do they have? Let that sink in.
And is the idea of them being adrift or on the run again the thing that drew out Matt Fraction's story for "Inhumanity"?
Alonso: Who said they're going to be on the run? [Laughs] Don't forget that the Inhumans are extremely powerful beings that predate the birth of the superhero. They were here first. In coming months, we are going to reveal new layers of their long and complicated and bloody history. Maybe some of them are sick and tired of running? Matt's going to be telling a multi-layered story.
How does this all set "Inhumanity" up? Is there a way in which that event and this one will run parallel more so than one after the other considering the impact of this event?
Alonso: The events in "Infinity" are kind of like the shot heard 'round the world that started the American Revolutionary War. One bullet sets in motions a chain of events. There's a turning point in "Infinity" after which nothing will ever be the same for the Inhumans -- or the entire Marvel Universe -- again. That's Ground Zero for enter the Age of Inhumanity.
Let's shift topics a bit and talk about the just launched story in "Thor: God of Thunder." Just like we talked about the need for an Electro story to tie to the new "Amazing Spider-Man 2" film, Jason Aaron is playing with the villain Malekith just as "Thor: The Dark World" is getting ready to hit theaters. You guys are always looking for ways to create jumping-on points for movie fans of Marvel in the comics without letting the tail wag the dog, but I was wondering if Thor's very expansive world has made the task of delivering on that idea even harder since the first movie hit.