COMICS: Allan Heinberg On The Deaths And Resurrections In THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE
The Avengers: The Children's Crusade writer reveals his motivation for killing off two of the Young Avengers and bringing back a long dead Avenger to the Marvel Universe. Read on for more.
Avengers: The Children's Crusade started back in 2010 and finally came to a close with the ninth issue last week. Written by Allan Heinberg, with art from Jim Cheung, the series brought the Scarlet Witch back to the Marvel Universe and served as a prologue of sorts to Avengers Vs. X-Men. Most shocking however was the death of Young Avengers, Vision and Stature (Cassie Lang). However, it also brought back a character who was killed off in 2004's Avengers Disassembled - Scott Lang, a.k.a. Ant-Man.
"Cassie's death was foreshadowed as early as Crusade #2," revealed Heinberg in a recent interview with Newsarama. "Her objective was always to bend or break the rules of time and space to bring her father back from the dead. The Vision and Kate each warned her that there would be a price to pay if she succeeded. And her death was the ultimate price. I love Cassie — and I'm not a big fan of killing comic book characters in general — but it felt to all of us that there had to be high-stakes — and even tragic — consequences to the kids' actions," he said. "Just as Wanda's actions had tragic consequences. To me, that felt very much like the lesson the kids had to learn from Crusade. No matter how noble your intentions, the life of a super-hero comes with huge costs and consequences.
As for the decision to bring back Scott Lang (who will more than likely take back the Ant-Man mantle after the death of Eric O'Grady in the pages of Secret Avengers) the writer had this to say. "To us, it seemed like a logical outgrowth of Cassie's motivation for wanting to find the Scarlet Witch in the first place. And it seemed a terrible waste to bring Scott back for an issue or two, only to kill him again. Plus, I've always been a fan of the character. Particularly Geoff Johns' take on him from his Avengers run." Scott Lang was always my favourite Ant-Man, so I for one am glad to see him back! How about you guys? For more, be sure to click on the link below to read the interview in full.
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