Marvel has (seemingly) announced the newest creative team for Iron Man as part of its Marvel Now! initiative.
The Marvel Now! initiative is working something like DC’s the new 52 — just not as drastic. Marvel isn’t rebooting continuity, but swapping out creative teams on a number of their big books (and cancelling some) to give new readers a jumping on point.
The books getting canned are:
- Captain America #19
- Fantastic Four #611
- FF #23
- Incredible Hulk #15
- Invincible Iron Man #527
- New Mutants #50
- The Mighty Thor #22
- Uncanny X-Men #20
- X-Men Legacy #275
The majority of these books will likely be rebooted in some fashion. Many characters are expected to get costume facelifts, too.
This whole thing spins out of the current Avengers vs X-Men series, which will soon draw to a close. One of the other big announcements is the launch of Uncanny Avengers, a book mashing up Marvel’s biggest franchises.
It’s being written by Rick Remender (Venom, X-Force) and John Cassady (Astonishing X-Men, Planetary.)
“There are some events at the end of AvX that I think naturally feed into something like this,” Remender said on Marvel.com. “Sort of a healing book that would not just deal with the ramifications but with sort of a new flagship bridge between the two worlds that had been separated in their own little pockets for so long.”
In the book’s first arc, the team is set to face the Red Skull — old hat for Captain America, but a new one for most X-Men characters.
“I needed to create things that were gigantic,” Remender said. “So the Red Skull’s motive in the first story starts at ground level and then we really ratchet things and build from there all of the crazy sort of sci-fi shenanigans that I like to delve into.”
You can read more about Marvel Now! over at Marvel.com.