Marvel Comic’s Marvel Legacy initiative has begun, and editors Nick Lowe and Mark Basso, writers Ed Brisson, Gerry Duggan, Matthew Rosenberg, Rainbow Rowell and Charles Soule, and artists Javier Garrón and Erica Henderson stopped by NYCC to discuss the future of their comics.
First topic on the table – what is X-Men villain Sabretooth doing in Iron Fist?
“He debuted initially in Iron Fist,” Brisson explained, “Iron Fist and Sabretooth have a longstanding beef… they have to work together, and it’s super awkward… Sabretooth does not forget. He holds grudges… they’ve got to somehow get past it together.”
It seems that, ultimately they will have to work together to save Kun L’un.
On the subject of Daredevil, Soule explained what he was doing with the comicbook series, “I gave the city away. I gave it away to Mayor Wilson Fisk. The idea of this came from the idea that Daredevil and Wilson Fisk both love New York very much. They just have very, very different ideas… What would be a bigger thing than Wilson Fisk having all the power of the mayor’s office?” Fisk now has “everything he needs to make Daredevil’s life hell… The premise of this is that the Kingpin is not just the Kingpin. He’s the King.”
One to watch for is Daredevil #600 which will be “a massive story,” in which Soule promises something that has never been done with these characters before.
Elsewhere, in Punisher, Rosenberg plans to give Frank Castle the War Machine Armour. “He is going to take the War Machine armour while no one is using it [since James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes has died] We give him a nuclear weapon and send him off to war… In a lot of ways, I think the book is taking what Frank is and accelerating it.”
Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov’s Punisher: The Platoon, will follow “Frank Castle’s first tour of Vietnam […] You’ll recognise one of the characters… if you’ve read the MAX comics before… a young woman named Li. She causes some new problems for Frank and his platoon.”
About Secret Warriors, Garrón explained, “The Inhumans group of characters… they are in a unique position. So dramatic! We have people who don’t seem to fit… The thing is, they work together as a team because they face something as a team that is greater than anything they faced as individuals… Things are not as simple as it seems.” And as such, the team will begin to ‘fall apart’.
Garrón does, however, promises that the book will have ‘humour’: “It has a little bit of everything. It has action. It has humour… It doesn’t feel forced. It comes out natural. It all comes from Inhumans vs. X-Men. Everything continues to evolve in the second arc,” which will be a direct consequence of the first arc.
“They’re looking for a cure for this in a certain way… a cure for the death of their people,” Rosenberg pitched in, revealing that Mister Sinister will also appear in the series, “So we added someone to the roster who’s a little more used to going up against Mister Sinister,” he added, revealing Magick will be putting in an appearance also.
Moving on to Runaways, Rowell explained what drew her to the project, “When Nick [Lowe] and I started talking a few years ago, I was desperate to bring Runaways back. It’s about these kids who are thrust together when they realise their parents are super villains.”
In the first arc of the new series, Rowell decided to give the characters the choice to decide whether or not they wanted to be Runaways. “All of the characters that you remember… which is difficult because some of them are dead… we kind of get them back together. [Kris Anka’s] artwork is stunning… His character designs tell so much.”
With regard to the Runaways show versus her current comic run, Rowell explained, “We kind of just keep them separate. Do what you need to do. I was writing inside comics continuity… I believe the show is an origin story. We were able to keep those universes separate… I wrote it so that you could come on board… I don’t know if you’ve ever read fan fiction. Something that fan fiction has taught me is that we can recognise the soul of a character in many different ways.” And she hopes that both versions of the characters will resonate with fans.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Duggan spoke a little about his run on Guardians of the Galaxy, “In Legacy, we started a lot of fires… Gamora is a quest for the Soul Stone. There are other people questing for Stones now… In Legacy, the Nova Corps has been sabotaged from within.” And it seems that a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, who became a member of the Nova Corps, will reach out to the Guardians for help.
In Guardians, the Nova Corps will be in new headquarters. “They are mining an asteroid and selling off the pieces to pay for being the Nova Corps.”
Duggan also revealed that Ant-Man Scott Lang, a new member of the team, will discover a personal reason to stay with the team during the upcoming arc. He also touched, briefly, on his run of Deadpool, that will explore the fallout and consequences of the events of Secret Empire. “In this particular moment, that’s when Strife comes calling, and he owes four names. We’ve done some really awful things to Wade, and this feels like some of the worst stuff.”
When a fan asked Rosenberg about Black Widow and her recent death, he said, “There’s a book coming up that’s coming up in December, called Tales of Suspense… and that is a story of people dying, people that Black Widow didn’t like, and they’re dying in Widow-esque ways.” He revealed that Hawkeye and Bucky will begrudgingly team up to investigate these murders, believing that she could still be alive.
The Marvel Legacy initiative began on September 27th with Marvel Legacy #1, a 50-page one-shot from writer Jason Aaron and artist Esad Ribic that told the “startling origin of the Marvel Universe” and explained how “it’s all connected.”