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CCI - HEROIC AGE: AVENGERS PANEL


Marvel has provided Comic Related with images from the Marvel Heroic Age: Avengers panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con International, running from 5:45-6:45 PM PST, Friday, July 23, 2010.

Here is the blurb from the panel listing at www.comic-con.org/cci:

Marvel: The Heroic Age: Avengers-- The Heroic Age is here! Heeding the call, Earth's Greatest have assembled for the most anticipated comic's event in a decade! With Steve Rogers back leading the charge, what kinds of threats can his teams expect to face? Find out here as the creators behind your favorite Marvel heroes answer your questions and let you in on what happens next! Editor-in-chief and CCO Joe Quesada, Marvel's talent liaison C. B. Cebulski, and creators Brian Michael Bendis,(Avengers), Matt Fraction (Invincible Iron Man), Jim McCann Hawkeye & Mockingbird), and more shed some light on the Heroic Age.

You can watch a replay of Marvel's live blog of the panel here:
http://marvel.com/news/comicstories.13154.sdcc_2010~colon~_heroic_age_panel_liveblog

There were some technical problems with Marvel's live blog this time around, so the first 10 minutes or so of the panel, which was just introductions mainly, were lost to us viewing it. One announcement that did come during that down time, though, was the revelation of the newest member of the Avengers starting with issue #7... Red Hulk! Here are the covers for the issue:

More teasers on who the new Man Without Fear is. If you don't know, throughout the Marvel panels, they've been teasing who will now carry the moniker that Daredevil has always been famous for. The latest teaser featured Falcon.

Bendis promises fans more women will be coming in the Avengers. Then he asks for suggestions for a super-powered nanny for Luke Cage and Jessica Jones.

In reply to a fan, Bendis stated the current arc of Ultimate Spider-Man is leading up to USM #16, which, including the original numbering, is the 150th issue of the series, and the 10th anniversary of it, so it will be quadruple sized. Not sure whether that was a joke or not.

And if you're wondering how this got onto Spider-Man, it was a question about why Spider-Man was on the Avengers that caused a series of questions about the character.

I guess this panel was largely a Q&A, because the rest are fan questions, so we'll just mention the interesting ones.

One fan asked if there was a process in picking Avengers characters. Bendis replied that most of it was organic and flowed out of the story, using Cap, Thor and Iron Man coming together in the aftermath of the Dark Avengers as an example. Someone else added that writers also came in with a list and those were discussed for availability and such.

Ultimate Comics Thor will be the next Marvel digital day & date release for the entire 4-issue mini-series.

I Am An Avenger comes out this Fall.

New Avengers is about the team gelling again, getting their groove back.

The panel liked the fan suggested idea of Molly from Runaways as Luke and Jess' nanny.

Speaking of Runaways, the book is on hiatus, said CB Cebulski, but the characters will be popping up here and there, and something bigger is being built for those kids in the Marvel U.

And that's that.

The images below, in order, are an Avengers spread by John Romita Jr., Hawkeye & Mockingbird #7 covers (A and then A and B combined), and a 6-part poster formed by issues of the book, just like the X-Men one shown during the X-Men panel earlier today.




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