COMICS: Rick Remender Talks UNCANNY AVENGERS; Confirms Apocalypse And Kang As Villains
The Red Skull won't be the only villain making his return to the Marvel Universe this October as Rick Remender confirms plans to use both Kang and Apocalypse in Uncanny Avengers, as he and Tom Brevoort talk in great detail about the series.
"The origins of the team are unlike most of these groups where someone is picking these people, it's more of a chaos factor," said Rick Remender of this October's Uncanny Avengers. The series will see Captain America and Thor teaming up with Wolverine, Havok, Rogue and Scarlet Witch in a team which unites Avengers and X-Men alike. "Wolverine, I'd been in for a while. The events of 'AvX' and the end of the current arc of 'Uncanny X-Force' do things to Wolverine -- there's going to be some character development and change based on what he's endured and been through. Wanda's on the redemption arc. Scott's going through some wacky business and this speaks to Alex and why he's on the team. Rogue is not dealing with certain events very well -- she's almost more of a Wolverine than Wolverine."
The last decade or so has seen the X-Men kept very much apart from the Avengers, especially in recent years as Cyclops moved the team to Utopia on the coast of San Francisco. Tom Brevoort had this to say about finally bringing the two sets of heroes together in the post Avengers Vs. X-Men Marvel Universe. "In the post-'AvX' world, the X-Men...had kind of been ghettoized in the best way possible. They stuck to their own corner of the Marvel Universe and stuck to their own stuff. That artificial boundary is really just going away. That's not going to be there anymore after 'AvX' is done. It's a new kind of Avengers group for the Marvel Universe and it's expanding the boundaries of what we do. The particular goal and mission of Uncanny Avengers is on top of being a typical Avengers team. They're there to promote the cause by example that mutants are not people to be feared. They're just like you and me."
As for how Professor X (Charles Xavier) feels about all of this, Brevoort added, "I think it's fair to say that Xavier is fairly important to Uncanny Avengers. With all the AvX stuff that's bubbling up, I don't think we want to go much deeper than that. Yeah, he's pretty critical. You'll definitely see him in the book." Of course, it's also fair to assume that Magneto will have some fairly strong opinions about this new team, although that all depends on whether or not he survives Avengers Vs. X-Men. "To some degree, it all depends on 'AvX.' I would say given the relationships of the characters, given the worldview of the team and what they're trying to accomplish, it seems like it's inevitable if he's alive and ambulatory that he'll be around at some point."
"Some of the plans we have for the Red Skull are going to be Earth-shattering," Remender said of his plans for the villain in the series. "You're not going to see his ultimate goal for a year, but when you get there, I think it's going to be exciting to see the classic Marvel. We're trying to find ways that Avengers villain A and X-Men villain B can lead to stories that we've never seen before,. It's all very natural and the story dictates the choices. By issue #7, you'll have a really good idea of the three big players on the board. I have no question that what we've put together will make people very excited." He currently has Uncanny Avengers mapped out right up until issue #20 and it will all culminate with another two major villains Remender will be bringing to the forefront in the Marvel NOW! flagship series. Kang the Conqueror and Apocalypse! The appearance of the latter will apparently spin out of the events of Uncanny X-Force, forming a, "grand huge story that I'm wildly excited about."
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