Marvel Comics' Avengers are founded on a simple, but incredibly practical principle: “Earth's Mightiest Heroes” joining together to defeat the foes they couldn't on their own.
It's a pragmatic concept that's led to the formation of numerous Avengers teams. In recent months, it's been revealed to have even united a band of prehistoric heroes to take on an incredibly powerful cosmic threat to the planet. Readers first met these Avengers of 1,000,000 B.C. in last year's Marvel Legacy one-shot by writer Jason Aaron and artist Esad Ribic, and in May, they'll see that team's legacy extend into the modern age as Aaron and artist Ed McGuinness kick-off a new volume of Avengers as part of Marvel's “Fresh Start” Initiative.
This new volume launches with an arc that pits Captain America, Tony Stark, Thor, the Black Panther, Carol Danvers, Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk, Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes); and their ally Doctor Strange against a host of Dark Celestials, much like the one their prehistoric predecessors battled. In the months ahead, readers will learn more about the 1,000,000 B.C. Avengers, and see the modern team take on new threats as well as classic ones given new spins.
CBR spoke with Aaron about the scope and scale of his Avengers plans, his individual cast members, the rotating membership spot on his team, and the role Loki and other elements from his Thor run will play in the book.
CBR: Jason, your Marvel work over the past few years has involved big, imaginative stories with a colossal scope and scale. You're currently doing that in Thor. You did it with the Marvel Legacy one-shot you worked on last year, and it looks like in Avengers you're looking to do an even bigger and crazier story. Is that a fair description of your approach to the book?
Jason Aaron: Yeah, I think so. This stuff definitely builds directly on the seeds we planted in Marvel Legacy in terms of the prehistoric Avengers stuff and the Celestials stuff. A lot of what I've done in Thor will also play into Avengers.
This is kind of the next step up for me in my work at Marvel. I'm spreading out and getting a chance to play with a lot of the toys I haven't been able to play with yet. I'm also trying to reflect the Marvel Universe as a whole and everything that goes on in the different books, and shape quite a bit of the Marvel U as well.
I consider a lot of the stories you've been telling are Jack Kirby-like in that they're super-imaginative. It feels like with Avengers though you're leveling up in Kirby in terms of the genres you're playing with and the scale.
Right, in my mind there was always a healthy dose of Kirby in the Thor stuff I was writing. And, yes, with Avengers it's a much bigger story in that we've got a big cast. I wanted an iconic group of Avengers that were very much the heavy hitters of the Marvel Universe. I also want every arc of this book to feel like an event. These really are Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and they get together on “a day unlike any other.” I want these stories to feel like events in terms of the characters involved, the stakes, and the epic scope of things.