MindHut at Comic-Con: Marvel Talks Gambit, Hulk, and More
Though Marvel Now and Avengers vs. X-Men were definitely the major topics on Marvel's minds this year in San Diego, they had plenty of other projects to talk about as well. We've compiled the rest of the news the company unleashed about the future of their comics. It should be noted that some of this might tie in to Marvel Now, since details on what that relaunch includes are still pretty sketchy.
Gambit: Series writer James Asmus said this upcoming book starring everyone's favorite Cajun mutant would be a "super-sexy, sophisticated, thief thriller." Given that Asmus also writes Thief of Thieves, he probably knows what he's talking about.
Astonishing X-Men: Now that Northstar and Kyle Jinadu have tied the knot, it's time for a honeymoon! That means that series writer Marjorie Liu will be bringing the Astonishing X-Men Honeymoon Special to store shelves in October. In case you were worried this would be boring, the Marvel staff was quick to point out that Northstar and Kyle's marriage would be far from the end of their relationship troubles.
Hawkeye: Marvel teased the upcoming Hawkeye solo series from Matt Fraction and David Aja, comparing the book to last year's breakout Daredevil and saying it would be the hottest new book this year.
Captain Marvel: Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick was on-hand to talk about this new project, in which Carol Danvers (the former Ms. Marvel) gains the cosmic powers of Marvel's spacefairing captain. DeConnick stressed that this wasn't the typical action comic book—readers of both genders and all ages could enjoy the book. "We should've been doing this ages ago," she said.
Deadpool: In an announcement met with disappointment by fans, Marvel made it known that long-time writer Daniel Way would be leaving the title at issue #63 to pursue other things. During a Q&A session, Marvel defined the popular series' next direction as dreamed.
New Mutants: Another book meeting an end is New Mutants, which writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning will wrap in October, although the audience was told that many of these characters will certainly show up in Marvel Now in surprising places.
Hulk: One more change: the Hulk title's becoming Red She Hulk as of issue #58. Marvel said of the book that the Hulked-out Betty Ross would be given a mission that would put her at odds with the rest of the Marvel universe. What are they talking about? You've got to read the book to find out.
Thanos: Son of Titan: If you're one of the people who freaked out at the first post-credits scene in the Avengers movie, you might be excited for this new series from Joe Keating and Rich Elsom that will explore the origins of Thanos in a way that hasn't been shown before. This miniseries will launch in October. Thanos fans were also told to keep a careful eye on Brian Michael Bendis' Avengers Assembled.
First X-Men: First teased by legendary artist Neal Adams back at C2E2, First X-Men will show "the X-Men before the X-Men." Adams explained that he always found it strange Wolverine would hang around the X-mansion when he could do anything and be anywhere; Adams reasoned that he must have a stronger connection to these characters than has previously been established. In response, Adams and writer Christos Gage will show an X-Men team headed up by Logan before the original teen group introduced in the '60s came into being. This will be a five-issue miniseries coming in the fall that will star Wolverine, Sabertooth, and a bunch of new characters we've never seen before.
The Runaways: Fans of this property, which has been mostly dormant for a few years, may be happy with Marvel Now; several of those characters may be appearing in an upcoming book, not called Runaways. Additionally, some of Jonathan Hickman's Secret Warriors characters may appear in a title not called Secret Warriors. Secret Runaways, anyone?
Random: During a Q&A, Marvel was asked whether the robotic villain Ultron would be making a return any time soon. In a nice break from teasing answers, the publisher replied an affirmative yes. "There are big Ultron plans."