Avengers writer Jason Aaron is launching a second team of Earth's Mightiest Heroes concurrent with his run on the main title, and these heroes aren't West Coast Avengers - they're multiversal Avengers, starring in the upcoming ongoing series Avengers Forever.
Taking its name from the popular '90s event series Avengers Forever (and a bit of its spirit from the '90s X-Men title Exiles), Aaron's Avengers Forever is launching this December as part of a wave of eight new titles Marvel describes as its "tentpoles" for the next year.
"Avengers #50 lights the fire. Avengers Forever is the explosion that follows," Aaron says. "A slam-bang supernova of a megabomb that sends shockwaves across all of reality, to Earth after Earth that's been defaced by the new Multiversal Masters of Evil, to the ruins of Asgard at the end of time, to an Avengers Tower that sits atop a bedrock of fallen gods at Infinity's End."
The team, officially called 'Avengers of the Multiverse' by Marvel (like Guardians of the Galaxy), will be organized by the main Marvel universe's Robbie Reyes (AKA Ghost Rider), and his first recruit will be Tony Stark variant from another reality - where instead of becoming the Invincible Iron Man, he has become the Invincible Ant-Man, while also acting as an archeologist.
But as series artist Aaron Kuder's Avengers Forever #1 suggests, they'll find a few friends along the way.
"Along the way, we meet some new versions of Avengers we know, as well as witness the return of some dear old friends, in a series that will swing for the fences with each and every issue, as the Mightiest Heroes of all the Earths in the heavens look to assemble as never before," Aaron says.
While this isn't a definitive list, we spot on this Avengers Forever #1 cover Sandman's daughter Susie; the Giant Man android from Earth X; Quicksilver from Morgan le Fay's alternate medieval reality; Mister America; Doctor Druid; an alt-reality Noh-Varr; Killraven; Thunderstrike; Starhawk; D-Man; Namor; Wonder Man; 3-D Man; Box; Deathlok; Speedball: a classic version of Hawkeye; an alt-version of Amadeus Cho as the Hulk; and an alt-reality Wasp.
But it'd be impossible to identify them all. Marvel has confirmed some of the characters will be making their first appearance in the series.
Avengers Forever will be Marvel Comics' third ongoing Avengers title, joining the flagship Avengers title and also Savage Avengers.
Avengers Forever #1 goes on sale on December 22.
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