New York Special Edition comic con is well underway this weekend and Marvel kicked it off yesterday with a major announcement. Marvel mainstay Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez will be the creative team on a new Invincible Iron Man series debuting in the Autumn.
The creative team and book were announced at Marvel’s Next Big Thing panel and the book will be a new number #1 as part of the All-new all-different Marvel initiative after the company’s ‘Secret Wars’ event. In an interview with USA today, Bendis called the upcoming book “a futurist’s first look at what he has to do next as a superhero” and confirmed despite doubts that Tony Stark IS in the Iron Man suit.
Bendis and Marquez have previously worked as a team on the Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-man book to lots of acclaim. Bendis has written the armoured avenger several times as part of the Ultimate line of books and Avengers books but this will be the first time the writer in his long tenure at the company has worked on an Iron Man solo book. However he did write the end credits scene at the end of the first Iron Man movie which kick-started Marvel’s shared cinematic universe. (Continues)
Marvel are quoted as saying that they believe Iron Man to be the crown jewel of the company and wish to position him within the comics as he is in the movies. Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort had this to say: “I think Iron Man’s prominence is something pretty much everybody who encounters Marvel in every other medium already knows.
“While the masked head of Spider-Man has historically been most associated with Marvel as a defacto mascot, in the last ten years in every field outside of publishing Iron Man is Marvel Comics. If you’re talking about the people who see the films, buy the t-shirts or merchandise, watch the television shows, it all comes back to Shellhead. We’re going to make a concerted effort with ‘All-New All-Different Marvel’ to make Iron Man the forefront of the comic books’ universe as it is elsewhere.”
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