Invincible Iron Man #600 brought to a close Tony Stark’s weird and wild journey back from the brink of death, but that’s not all. The finale issue also introduced a new team headed by a time-traveling Leonardo da Vinci. It sounds like that team will be the basis for a new S.H.I.E.L.D., an organization Da Vinci helped found in his own time. But every new superhero team needs one thing: warm bodies (preferably ones with awe-inspiring superhuman powers attached). Invincible Iron Man #600 provides manpower in droves, but you might not have recognized them all on sight.
There are the heavy hitters, of course. Fan favorites like Riri Williams, Miles Morales and Blade all made the cut, but there are some lesser known Marvel characters tucked away in there, too, many of whom were pulled from Avengers Academy and the fallout from the first superhero Civil War. So, who are these characters, where do they come from and what are they capable of? Let’s break it down and see just who Da Vinci is placing at the foundation of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s rebirth, starting with the big names.
Riri Williams likely needs no introduction. The genius inventor was first introduced as an equal to Tony Stark when she created her own suit of armor and started going by Ironheart. Invincible Iron Man #598 saw Blade encourage Riri to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and, in doing so, recruit her to his cause. We now know Da Vinci was behind that message, and that the cause in question is recreating S.H.I.E.L.D.
Miles Morales is another Marvel character fans are likely already familiar with. Miles joining Da Vinci’s S.H.I.E.L.D. rebuilding project is a major win for the inventor. Miles was recruited into the new S.H.I.E.L.D. effort after Spider-Man #240, in which he was left battered and bruised in a fight with his uncle, Aaron Davis, who had returned as the Iron Spider. Cable assisted in getting Miles, his mother and his father to the super-secret training facility.
Toni Ho will likely fit in just fine in Da Vinci’s new S.H.I.E.L.D. Readers paying close attention will likely have noticed Da Vinci’s emphasis on the difference between the new S.H.I.E.L.D. and the old S.H.I.E.L.D. According to the inventor, the new S.H.I.E.L.D. is all about “super science,” something Toni is intimately familiar with as Iron Patriot and the Supreme Leader of A.I.M.
Blade, the half-human, half-vampire hunter of all things undead (but mostly vampires), looks to be Da Vinci’s new trainer. The slayer can be seen drilling recruits in the nascent S.H.I.E.L.D. base. Blade brings a veteran superhero’s eye to the team. What remains to be seen is just what role the vampire hunter will slot into in the long run. Knowing Blade, supervising isn’t his strong suit. He might be the team trainer now, but, if he ends up sticking around, he’ll surely take to the field in time.