Things just aren’t going to get any easier for the Avengers Unity Squad. The team at the heart of “Uncanny Avengers” is currently dealing with the return of Ultron — or is he Hank Pym? That’s the question nagging at Rogue and her Avengers team right now, and as if that wasn’t enough, pretty soon they’ll have to deal with the effects of “Civil War II.” And, as if that’s not enough, there’s the whole “Inhumans vs. X-Men” thing on the horizon, which may or may not drive a wedge in the mutant/human/Inhuman team.
CBR News: Welcome back to X-POSITION, Gerry! Let’s start things off this week with an “Uncanny Avengers” question from Christian.
With the fallout of “Civil War II” and the Hydra Captain America story line, will we see new members join the team? Also will characters step up to take more leadership like Cable or Rogue?
New characters will be popping up. I’m not sure how the Avengers would categorize some of them, but I think something really exciting and unexpected happens in our “Civil War II” issues, and it will be fun as they try to manage the repercussions.
Next, Lee wants to know more about Rogue’s relationship with the X-Men and her sickness.
It seems that with each issue of “Uncanny Avengers,” Rogue becomes less of an X-Man and more of an Avenger. Can we expect her and her team to interact with any of the X-Books any time soon?
Issue #14 of “UA” will be relevant to your interests. I don’t really want to say more than that except that she was born an X-Man but made an Avenger. Hard choices are inbound.
I’m also wondering if we’ll get an update on Rogue’s disease; we haven’t heard anything about the M-Pox in quite a while.
You’re going to hear a lot more about this — not just in upcoming issues of “Uncanny Avengers.” Count on it.
In addition to Rogue, Mike has a question about her teammate Synapse.
Would you be willing to elaborate on Rogue and Synapse’s current strength level? The fight with the Shredded Man kind of confused me in that regard.
Synapse’s powers are still emerging, and Cable is taking her under his wing to help refine them. If this book were a D&D group, Synapse would be the “Cleric” class. She can reach inside your head and flip some switches. We think of her as a neural electrician. There are enough flying and punching characters. She has synesthesia, a “crossing of the wires” in her own head. She’s an Inhuman lie detector. Lies smell one way to her, truth creates the sensation of a different smell. There’s a story coming up that will help clarify her abilities. As for Rogue, she’s back to being the flying and punching Rogue we all loved courtesy of absorbing Wonder Man. We’ve simply not had time to touch on that story yet, but there are plans down the line to do so.
Looking ahead down the line, ChronoRogue wonders what’s in store for the Avengers Unity Squad.
Will “Inhumans vs. X-Men” affect the team in any way? The team seems to be splintering due to revelations of a certain member and because of “CWII’s” effects, so I’m curious if the chaos from this (“IvX”) new event will further splinter the team.
Yes. Though, the chaos will begin early for the “Uncanny Avengers.” The end of the “Civil War” arc will be extremely disruptive.
With all the crossover mayhem going on, Jackraow21 has a question about a dangling plot thread.
You mentioned that you’ll be following up on the whole Stryfe subplot a while back. Any more light you can shed on that upcoming story at this point?
Yes, sooner than you think and maybe not exactly where you expect.
Psimitar wants to know more about the balance between the “X” and “A” halves of “Uncanny Avengers.”
So far, your run on “Uncanny Avengers” feels decidedly like an Avengers book (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), with it’s involvement in storylines like “Standoff” and not “Apocalypse Wars,” and villains such as Red Skull and Ultron whereas previous writers were able to straddle both the X-Men and Avengers storylines equally. In the upcoming issues of “UA,” will we see a heavier involvement in mutant issues when Rogue/Cable take control of the team?
Well, I actually see a lot of chatter going the other way — that they feel the book skews too heavily to “X,” so I think I’m doing something right with the mix because there doesn’t seem to be a consensus. True, the big bad wolf of this book is the Red Skull, but the secret mission of the Unity Squad is to liberate the brain of Charles Xavier from the Skull’s grip. It’s a critical objective for the Avengers, but it’s personal for the X-Men. That story will be coming to a head soon.
Switching gears, Alucard2099 has a couple non-“UA” questions, one about a one-shot you wrote and another about “Deadpool.”
The “Doctor Strange: Last Days of Magic” issue was really enjoyable. I was wondering if some elements would play out in Deadpool’s ongoing series or perhaps “Uncanny Avengers”?
That was a neat one and done with excellent pencils and inks from [Scott] Koblish. There are some seeds for future stories in that one and done comic.
It’s been a while since Wade met Ellie in the current timeline or the 2099 one. Is a confrontation/reunion in the future?
Yes. In at least two eras.
Kamose1234 is curious about how all the Deadpool books will interact moving forward.
With Cullen Bunn’s “Deadpool and the Mercs for Money” series now underway, does that mean we’ll be seeing less of Wade’s crew in his solo series or perhaps have more opportunity for characters to interact with each other like Domino and Cable?
I think the Deadpool I’ve written has always been an ensemble book, but it’s true, the ensemble will be getting smaller. I think the best is yet to come in the pages of both “Uncanny Avengers” and “Deadpool.” I also love that Cullen, Joe [Kelly] and so many other folks are getting to tell Deadpool stories.
And we close out this week with a hypothetical from Doctor Diagonal.
Let’s say Assistant Editor’s Month is coming for both “Uncanny Avengers” and “Deadpool.” If telling us is possible without spoiling the story, what wacky ideas would you like to pitch? Or is that question irrelevant for any comic starring Deadpool?
I think Deadpool is a character you have to drive like a rental car that you took full insurance out on. I think after all these years our craziest issue yet is just being colored now. It’s the 2016 “Deadpool Annual.” Wade really destroys youthful innocence in this one.
Special thanks to Gerry Duggan for taking part in this week’s X-POSITION!
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