Marvel skips Captain America, Thor, Avengers, more in May

Cover of Excalibur #20
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Marvel has a lot planned for May 2021 from the looks of it, but there are also several conspicuous absences from the publisher's just released May 2021 solicitations.

Several key ongoing, monthly titles including Captain America, Thor, Excalibur, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Savage Avengers, and Avengers have no issues planned for the month of May.

While the absence of a May Avengers issue might be presumed given the 'Heroes Reborn' event (which spins out of the Avengers ongoing series), the simultaneous absence of the other titles raises questions - especially when other titles overlapping with 'Heroes Reborn' such as Amazing Spider-Man are continuing in May unabated.

That said, Iron Man writer Christopher Cantwell states on Twitter that the reason for the Avengers titles' absences, including Iron Man, are indeed due to the advent of Heroes Reborn, which may mean the titles could also be absent in June, as Heroes Reborn 2021 continues.

And of course, that doesn't account for Excalibur's absence from the schedule, as it is not an Avengers title.

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Newsarama reached out to Marvel about the missing titles and will update our readers when a response comes in.

This could all come down to individual 'skip months' for each title that just so happens to be occurring simultaneously, with plans for the titles to resume in June - however, Marvel has not announced that is the case.

Eternals #3 is scheduled for March 10, with #4 on April 21.

Thor #13 goes on sale March 17, with #14 following on April 7. A collection of Thor #7-14 is scheduled for a June 16 release.

Avengers #43 is scheduled for March 3, with #44 on April 21. A collection of Avengers #39-45 is due out June 16.

Excalibur #19 goes on sale March 24, with the next issue scheduled for April 7. Excalibur #11 and 12 are included in May 26's Dawn of X vol. 16 collection.

Captain America #28 goes on sale March 24, with #29 scheduled for April 14.

Captain Marvel #27 is due out March 17, with #28 due out April 21.

Iron Man #7 is due out March 17, with #8 scheduled to follow on April 14.

Savage Avengers #19 is due out March 24, followed by #20 on April 28.

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George Marston

I've been Newsarama's resident Marvel Comics expert and general comic book historian since 2011. I've also been the on-site reporter at most major comic conventions such as Comic-Con International: San Diego, New York Comic Con, and C2E2. Outside of comic journalism, I am the artist of many weird pictures, and the guitarist of many heavy riffs. (They/Them)