Meet the Uncanny Avengers

The Avengers has traditionally been an oddball assortment of heroes from various backgrounds. Mutants, time-traveling knights and cowboys as well as aliens, mutants and demi-gods have filled out the roster of the Avengers over the years. More recently even less traditional heroes have been Avengers such as Wolverine, Daredevil, Iron Fist and Storm.

In the wake of Avengers Vs. X-Men, it appears that the two superhero groups are going to become more closely related than ever before. If the promotional image of The Uncanny Avengers is anything to judge by, the times they are a’changin.’ Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force, Fear Agent, Sea of Red and the Punisher) and John Cassiday (Astonishing X-Men, Planetary) are joining forces to create an incredibly eye-catching version of the superhero team, redefining the look and feel of the comic all over again.

via EW:

Remender talked to us about Uncanny Avengers and offered some intriguing teases about the characters who will form the superteam’s initial lineup. “Captain America comes out of Avengers vs. X-Men recognizing that he didn’t do enough to help the mutants. He’s going to fix that.” That leads to the formation of a team focused explicitly on human-mutant relations. And although Uncanny Avengers has its share of heavy hitters — Captain America, Thor, and Wolverine have all starred in multiple movies that collectively grossed one katrillion dollars — Remender sounds even more excited about playing around with the team’s other characters. That’s especially true of Havok, the brother of Cyclops, who will be the team’s leader. “He is put in a very difficult situation,” says Remender. “Havok’s always been the black sheep rock-and-roller of the Summers family. He can’t do that anymore. You’re going to see Havok become one of the biggest players in the Marvel Universe.”

Uncanny Avengers will also feature the mutant Rogue, who Remender describes as “the Wolverine of the team now. Her adoptive step-mother was Mystique, so she was raised to hate the Avengers.” And there will be some interpersonal turmoil around the final member of the team: Scarlet Witch, who recently returned to the Avengers after years of being mostly in the background of the Marvel Universe. “She’s the character responsible for eradicating the mutants in the first place,” says Remender, who describes the Witch’s role in the book as a “redemption arc.”

5 thoughts on “Meet the Uncanny Avengers

  1. Who’s in Uncanny Avengers then, Rick? Captain America, you say? And Wolverine? Wow, unpredictable!
    Sarcasm aside I’m a fan of Havok so it’s good to see him get some attention. However, I think Uncanny Avengers is one of the silliest, lamest, and most predictable of ideas. Moreover, I suspect that something nasty is going to happen to Cyclops at the end of A Vs X but seeing as they have turned him into an ass over the past five years or so I guess it’s a blessing!
    One good thing about Uncanny Avengers is the fact that John Cassaday is on art he be quite good… Oh, and you’ve had good things to say about Remender in the past, so maybe they can redeem the awful, dull concept (hey remember when Marvel comic books could be counted on to have their own distinct identities? That was good wasn’t it?)


  2. I have to be honest… I swear every time I blink it seems like another Avengers vs X-Men thing is going on.

    The funny thing about team books to me… I remember the days of Marvel Team-Up with Spidey & somebody different each month… and Marvel Two-in-One with two people (often the Thing and someone different)… and I remember how hard it was for them to come up with good stories month to month to team up just two heroes! So… Avengers, X-Men, and so forth… they don’t seem to fare well when a lot of the time the writers don’t know what to do with the whole team.

    I remember reading a long time ago, maybe it was John Byrne, talking about writing team books and usually disabling multiple members of the team each month… kidnap somebody, blow somebody up or have them sick… etc… until he was down to a manageable few characters to juggle for that story.

    I’m reminded of my analysis of Star Trek TNG season one… which most recognize as the worst season of that show… I myself gave up on the show until returning sometime in season 3 I think. But once you get into TNG and like it later on… go back and watch season one again. What you’ll notice, if you’re like me, is that the stories aren’t as bad as you remember. The problem, though… is that you have the whole bridge crew in every scene… so dialog that would be fine for 3 or 4 people ends up spread over 6-8 people… and you have what feels like characters finishing each others’ sentences! They tried so hard to keep everyone on screen that they weakened the story by spreading around the dialog too thin.

    This is what I see all too often in team books. Stories that would be good with half or less characters seem crowded by superfluous heroes who are just there to be there really, and not necessary to advance the plot.


  3. You’re right about larger teams sometimes being unmanageable, all too often you get writers who give virtually all the characters the same voice (Bendis) or the same attitude (Millar sometimes, Johns on the “new” Justice League), while the use of the “cast” becomes mechanical. However, there *are* writers who have been skilled at writing for large casts – Roy Thomas on Avengers in the 1960s, the Steves Gerber and Englehart on The Defenders and The Avengers in the ’70s, Claremont on The Uncanny X-Men from the late seventies to mid-eighties, Roger Stern on Avengers, Paul Levitz on Legion of Super-Heroes, and Marv Wolfman on New Teen Titans in the eighties (tho’ Wolfman ran out of steam after George Perez left), and Giffen & Dematteis on JLI in the late ’80s-early ’90s. So it can be done but since the early 1990s there have been a lot of trainwrecks. The good writers know that it is the characterizations that matter rather than showing off superpowers and giving, say, Cap or Wolverine too much of the limelight.
    Re. ST:TNG, I think that from Season 3 they had a handle on the characters, whereas previous to this they weren’t quite sure how the characters should *be*. That said, in later seasons (5-7)there was a little *too much* Picard, Data, Worf, and even Troi, while Beverley lost out. Boo.


    • I think that’s part of what drove Gates McFadden to leave in season 2 (not liking her character’s development, or lack thereof)… but then when she wasn’t happy elsewhere, I think she must have just decided to take whatever they would give her when she came back in season 3. A shame, since she could have been a stronger character on the show IF they had chosen to go that way.

      Meanwhile, the Avengers can’t leave the comic if they don’t like their development🙂 I agree, the team book can be done… and you cited some great examples. I think fans of Legion of Super-Heroes also would cite Jim Shooter (as a teenager no less) on that book as well as your list. I don’t know how you would go about qualifying writers for team books… but it sure looks like they could use a weeding out process to help get writers capable of juggling multiple characters on those books.


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