Marvel Comics' Avengers band together to take on the threats that no hero can face alone. That means they must be ready tackle any all large scale menaces to Earth be they cosmic, supernatural, superhuman, or manmade. Often times this means several different groups of Earth's Mightiest Heroes are protecting the Earth at once, but this spring a new era will begin where one incredibly formidable Avengers team will take on any malefactors foolish enough to threaten Earth.
It all starts this May when writer Jason Aaron and artist Ed McGuinness kick of a new volume of Avengers as part of Marvel's Fresh Start initiative. The book will feature a line up of iconic team members (Captain America, Thor and Iron Man); fan favorite Avengers (She-Hulk, Black Panther and Captain Marvel); and new blood (Ghost Rider, aka Robbie Reyes). What connection will the group have to the Avengers of 1,000,000 B.C., though? What kind of role will Earth's Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange, play in the group? And who will lead the team? For the answers to these questions and more, CBR spoke with editor Tom Brevoort.
CBR: Most readers probably assume that Avengers will pick up threads from Jason Aaron's work across the Marvel Universe. Will it focus on any specific plot lines from the Legacy one-shot or his current Thor run, or are we seeing an all-new storyline kicking off?
Tom Brevoort: Jason’s initial Avengers story directly picks up on elements that he set up for that purpose in Marvel Legacy #1 several months ago, so people might want to pull their copies out and refresh their memories (not that we won’t do that within the pages of Avengers #1 itself as well.)
At some point, we've got to see the modern team cross paths or become aware of the Avengers of 1,000,000 B.C. Is that a moment Jason has already planned out? If so, how far down the line is it?
That’s a huge spoiler question, I can’t answer that! But what I can tell you is that the very first page of Avengers #1 opens with the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC, and that the existence of that group will be a running story thread throughout Jason’s entire tenure on the series, much in the same way he’s been weaving the dual legends of Young Thor and Old King Thor throughout his time on Thor. We’re planning on doing a series of stand-alone issues along the way, each one focusing on a different member of that primordial group, The first one will be Avengers #7, the origin of the Mastodon-riding Ghost Rider of 1,000,000 BC, with artwork by Sara Pichelli.