The New Avengers Team Is Set to Storm Into Action Later This Fall
During the recent 4th of July celebration, Marvel took the opportunity to release information and art for a new Avengers team. This team, known as the U.S.Avengers, will feature a diverse starting lineup, and will reportedly play a pivotal role in the aftermath of the ongoing Civil War II comic event.
The team will be headed by billionaire Brazilian mutant Roberto Da Costa, better known to Marvel fans as Sunspot, at times a member of the New Mutants, X-Force, and X-Men. In the past, the Avengers enjoyed the support of S.H.I.E.L.D, but with recent events causing America to lose trust in that organization, who will have their back? Well, how about A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics), a scientific / terrorist group sworn to the overthrow of all governments worldwide through technology? Well, ha ha, see, that was all before Da Costa staged a hostile takeover of A.I.M., got rid of all the bad apples, and restructured and rebranded the company as American Intelligence Mechanics. Guess everyone was so busy paying attention to Sunspot’s flashy mutant powers, they didn’t notice his razor sharp business acumen moving in for the kill.
In a recent interview with The Washington Post, writer Al Ewing (who will be handling writing for the series, with art by Paco Medina) discussed his interest in exploring the character of Sunspot further:
“He came to America in his teens, and, as both an actual and fictional minority, a South American mutant, he’s experienced the ugly side of it. But he’s seen the best of America, too. He has an absolute love for his adopted country, and he’ll fight to the end to save lives and help people.”
The U.S.Avengers Lineup
Joining Da Costa / Sunspot on the new Avengers team will be an all new Iron Patriot (Dr. Toni Ho); Thunderbolt Ross as the Red Hulk; fellow New Mutants teammate Cannonball; Pod, a suit of adaptive armor that fused with Norwegian Aikku Jokinen (discovered by A.I.M. and rescued by Sunspot during the takeover); and the unbeatable and oddly popular Squirrel Girl, who once stopped Galactus from munching Earth by befriending him and convincing him to instead feast on an alternate and uninhabited, but nut-rich planet. The group will also be joined, at least for the first arc, by Danielle Cage, a female Captain America from the future who is the daughter of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones.
Ewing also had some interesting things to say about the involvement of some of the other members of the team:
“We wanted a couple of members that’d speak to the U.S. in the title — hence super-scientist and supporting player Dr. Toni Ho stepping up to the main team as the new Iron Patriot, and General Ross waiting in the wings as the Red Hulk … It’s one thing [for the Red Hulk to] take orders from Steve Rogers/Captain America, it’s another to take them from Roberto Da Costa, a man decades his junior who he doesn’t know. There may be friction.”
Concept Art for the U.S.Avengers
And regarding Squirrel Girl, Ewing acknowledged the popularity of her solo title The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, calling it “unalloyed genius, month after month.” He says, however, that, “We’ll be presenting a slightly different flavor of Squirrel Girl, but I swear on a stack of nuts I will do everything in my power to maintain that awesomeness.”
So, what do you think of the new Avengers team? Are you excited for this fall when the U.S.Avengers assemble?
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