Avengers: No Road Home has featured an eclectic cast of characters, ranging from Avengers mainstays like Scarlet Witch and Vision to more surprising recruits, such as Rocket Raccoon. The most unexpected hero involved in the story, though, might just be Conan the Barbarian. Teaming up with Scarlet Witch after she's transported to his time, Issue #6 of the story focuses on their journey together across his world.
While such an appearance could be written off as a stunt to entice readers, the series' writers argue that isn't the case. During an interview with CBR, the writing team of Al Ewing, Mark Waid and Jim Zub spoke about their decision to bring Conan into the event.
"I get that gut reaction," Zub explained, "the feeling that it's not "right" to mesh bits from these different narrative worlds together, but it's been shown time and time again that comics are the perfect place to go crazy and attempt things that would give other stories pause. There's a reason why movies and TV have been rushing to catch up to the potential of comics and I think a big part of that is the fact that, as a medium, we take more risks and do stranger stuff."
Apparently, the group considered creating a brand new character or mining a more obscure figure for the story. But they ultimately decided that only the actual Conan would suffice. The character has also been confirmed for Savage Avengers, and the interview implies that he may be set up for more than just that story. Zub said that "like No Surrender, our final issue sets the stage for some great stuff coming down the line, not just Savage Avengers.
Conan's adventures will continue in continue in Avengers: No Road Home #7 by Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub and Sean Izaakse, on sale Mar. 27.