Marvel Legacy has yet to kick off officially, but that's doesn’t mean the comic book publisher isn't hard at work teasing the event series that will inspect whether multiple versions of the same hero can exist at once. And it's a good question, that. In the last few years, the title of Spider-Man has been split between Peter Parker and Miles Morales, while the Iron Man banner has been flown by both tech genius whiz kid Riri Williams and reputed very bad guy Doctor Doom.
Marvel fans have learned a little more about how Iron Man will be handled when Marvel Legacy launches this fall, as the comic book publisher today released a smattering of new details about various series and their storylines going forward. According to Invincible Iron Man writer Brian Michael Bendis in an interview with IGN, Tony's legacy will be pulled in three directions when the Marvel Legacy issue hits store shelves:
Well, the theme of Legacy was already very strongly in the forefront story of the Iron Man series. Not only has Tony’s mantle been passed on as he lays in a coma, but it’s been picked up by Riri Williams, a newcomer and relative stranger, and Victor Von Doom… who is one of the great villains of all time anywhere. On top of this, Tony had JUST discovered the identity of his birth mother and was just getting to figure some stuff out about himself and his legacy when the events of Civil War 2 came crashing down on him. So we have Tony’s legacy, Riri discovering her place in it, and Victor trying to reinvent his… and that's just the stuff I’m willing to say.
Bendis went on to say that, while he's not willing to confirm that there will be a climactic battle between Tony, Riri and Doctor Doom, the Marvel Legacy series will see the return of Tony Stark, the original Iron Man, though details were hazy on exactly what form Tony might take. Perhaps the cover art offers some hint:
Marvel Legacy's Iron Man arc will kick off with Invincible Iron Man #593, which will be written by Brian Michael Bendis and penciled by Stefano Caselli, with cover art by Adi Granov. The issue will follow directly off Marvel Legacy #1 and will see the contenders for the Iron Man mantle square off in the wake of Tony's disappearance for the right to call him- or herself the Armored Avenger.