In his last column for CBR before the new year, Marvel Editior-In-Chief Axel Alonso once again answers fan questions about a bevy of topics. Here are some of the highlights of that Q&A.
In response to the announcement that Marvel would start producing Toy Story comics, Axel responds to the notion of Marvel similarly producing comic books for Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, etc.:
ALONSO:"There are no immediate plans for us to produce comic books featuring Walt Disney characters. That said, "Deadpool vs. Goofy: This Time It's Personal" is a dream. Mark Millar writing, Geof Darrow drawing...just sayin'."
Brian Michael Bendis was recently revealed to be passing on writing duties to someone else on Marvel's Avengers titles. Axel responds to a question about whether New Avengers a spinoff of the main title would be ending:
ALONSO: "We have a plan, but it's far too soon to reveal any details about "Avengers," "New Avengers" or any other Avengers title. Let's just say that the Avengers franchise will be in excellent hands. As for Brian, if you're a fan of his work, you won't believe what he'll be writing next for us. My lips are sealed."
An observant question was put to Alonso on the subject of writer Johnathan Hickman being amongst the writing collective working on the Avengers vs X-Men crossover event. Being a Fantastic Four writer and not working on any X-Men of Avengers title currently, Axel was asked if that is an indication that the FF or maybe Doom or the Guardians of the Galaxy will play a big role in Avx:
ALONSO: "Jonathan is one of our key writers so we wanted him in the mix to help sculpt the event -- for obvious reasons, but also one big reason that will become evident over time."
Another fan asked, "When will we see the situation with Iron Fist as the Immortal Weapon of Agamotto addressed? It's been a year since it happened, isn't it time he goes back to being the Immortal Weapon of K'un-Lun we all know and love?"
ALONSO: "All I can say is that Iron Fist -- and, indeed, K'un-Lun -- will play a key role in 2012's "Avengers Vs. X-Men." Danny Rand's profile in the Marvel Universe is about to get a whole lot bigger. I've loved this character ever from his first appearance in "Marvel Premiere" #15 to Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and David Aja's masterful handling of him in "The Immortal Iron Fist." If you're dying for your Iron Fist fix, check out "Defenders" #6."
Axel reveals that he approached Warren Ellis to write an ongoing Ant-Man series but..er..didn't receive a favorable response:
ALONSO: "Warren is taking a bit of a breather in 2012, but he assures me he intends to write more for us once his schedule frees up. Thus far, he has politely declined my offer to redefine the science of the Marvel Universe in the pages of an all-new "Ant-Man" ongoing series -- "Ant-Man is bull$#$," I think he said -- but I haven't given up hope. Any love for Ant-Man out there?"
Hmm. Iron Fist will be front and center it seems in an event that doesn't necessarily have significance to him, at least at first glance. Is Danny Rand's prominence in Avengers vs. X-Men something that will be a fluid part of the story or is this something that's being shoe-horned in because Iron Fist will coming to the big screen or small screen [AKA Jessica Jones] sometime in the near future?
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