With the Marvel Legacy initiative hitting this fall, the publisher has been slowly pulling back the curtain on what new direction all of the titles will be taking, and IGN has the details on four books: Invincible Iron Man, Defenders, Despicable Deadpool, and America.
Check out the solicitation information for each comic below, which reveals the creative teams and the synopsis for the story that will debut with Marvel Legacy. We also have a few words from the creative minds behind these books, with an especially intriguing quote concerning the whereabouts of Tony Stark.
IGN Comics: How does Invincible Iron Man embrace Marvel Legacy?
Writer Brian Michael Bendis: Well, the theme of Legacy was already very strongly in the forefront story of the Iron Man series. Not only has Tony’s mantle been passed on as he lays in a coma, but it’s been picked up by Riri Williams, a newcomer and relative stranger, and Victor Von Doom… who is one of the great villains of all time anywhere. On top of this, Tony had JUST discovered the identity of his birth mother and was just getting to figure some stuff out about himself and his legacy when the events of Civil War 2 came crashing down on him. So we have Tony’s legacy, Riri discovering her place in it, and Victor trying to reinvent his… and that’s just the stuff I’m willing to say.
IGN Comics: With Riri Williams and Doom both vying to replace Iron Man, will we see a battle for the armor and a definitive Iron Man crowned?
Bendis: I promise as unique an Iron Man story as has ever been told. All of these characters are in a unique and delicate place and what will come out of it is new and surprising stories for all.
IGN Comics: Will this story lead to the return of Tony Stark?
Bendis: Yes. But in what shape? Or size? Or armor?
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #593
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Penciled by Stefano Caselli
Cover by Adi Granov
THE SEARCH FOR TONY STARK
Continuing directly out of the pages of MARVEL LEGACY #1 and the transformative events of GENERATIONS!
Tony Stark has vanished! The mystery deepens as Stark friends and foes must decide, finally, who will wield the power of Iron Man! All the contenders are in position, and all the armor is polished. There can only be one Armored Avenger! The path to the most startling Iron Man story ever begins here!
IGN Comics: How is Defenders embracing Marvel Legacy?
Bendis: These amazing characters are attempting to protect the streets of Marvel with nothing more than each other’s back. They are up against some of the most ruthless criminals in Marvel history who are actively fighting over who will be the new Kingpin. It’s scary, bloody, and a lot of fun.
IGN Comics: What does the story title “Kingpins of New York” imply?
Bendis: The Defenders are going to attempt to take back the streets just as one criminal rises to the title of Kingpin. But who will it be and what kind of legacy has Wilson Fisk left for them?
IGN Comics: What does Deadpool have to do with all this?
Bendis: His involvement is a big clue to who ends up being the new Kingpin. Don’t worry, it’s not him 🙂 Oh wait, maybe it should be. That’s not a totally terrible idea. Deadpool is the new kingpin? Hmmmm… 🙂
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Penciled by David Marquez
Cover by David Marquez
KINGPINS OF NEW YORK!
The Defenders: Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Daredevil, protectors of the people, are in a desperate struggle to keep New York City safe in the wake of the power vacuum caused by the Kingpin’s absence and the all-out street war that results! So what could make things even worse for our team of harried heroes? Would you believe — Deadpool?
IGN Comics: How does Despicable Deadpool embrace Marvel Legacy?
Writer Gerry Duggan: Mid-way through the event it’s not a secret to readers that Deadpool will get burned in Secret Empire. He will receive the blame for everything he did, and none of the credit for any of the strings he pulled behind the scenes. Peter Parker’s luck has nothing on Wilson’s. Deadpool’s origins were that of a villain. That’s what we’re honoring in Legacy.
Editor Jordan White: Deadpool started off as a bad guy when he appeared in New Mutants, and we’re bringing him back to those roots. Wade’s spent the last few years trying REALLY HARD to be a hero, to do the right thing. And what did it get him? A big steaming pile of… uh, tears. A steaming pile of tears. That’s a thing, right? Anyway, if that’s all he’s gonna get for all that effort… why even try?
IGN Comics: Why would Deadpool want to kill his best frenemy Cable?
Duggan: Just before Secret Empire began Deadpool needed help to save the Preston family, and his friends weren’t immediately available — so he turned to an enemy: Stryfe. Stryfe saved for lives for him, and now Deadpool must pay his price: he has to kill 4 people for him. Cable is the first name that Stryfe gives him. Deadpool might have been able to do some damage control after Secret Empire, but now with Stryfe calling in his maker.
White: It makes a lot of sense, really—Cable was the first friend Wade had that did the heavy lifting of bringing him around to the good-guy side of the fence. What better way to break bad than to betray the first guy who saw good in you?
DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #287 & 288
Written by Gerry Duggan
Penciled by Scott Koblish
Cover by David Lopez
DEADPOOL KILLS CABLE
Continuing directly out of the pages of MARVEL LEGACY #1!
Deadpool’s going back to his vile beginnings as a mercenary and wanted killer. No more being a hero. No more X-Men. No more Avengers. And if he wants to break bad again, what’s more despicable than killing your best friend? Cable better get ready because his old friend Wade has him in the crosshairs.
IGN Comics: How have you applied the idea of Marvel Legacy to America?
Editor Sarah Brunstad: While America doesn’t have the publishing history of a character like Captain America, she’s an important part of Legacy for us because she represents core Marvel values. She’s had this tough life, losing her moms and striking out on her own, and could’ve easily chosen to use her powers for evil, or not at all. Instead she became this interdimensional fighter—someone who maintains her own integrity and reminds her friends why they keep doing this impossible thing. A natural leader. We saw that in YOUNG AVENGERS with Loki and Kate Bishop especially, and of course in THE ULTIMATES, and it’s a thread we’re maintaining in the AMERICA book.
IGN Comics: What makes Exterminatrix a good match for America?
Brunstad: Exterminatrix is such a fun character, and so diametrically opposed to America in visuals and methods. She’s got the iconic gun and extreme costume, versus America who always wears practical, kind of street-style clothing and doesn’t use or need weapons. And Exterminatrix, as the CEO of Midas Corporation, represents this whole style of villainy that presents a huge challenge to America: How does she fight something she can’t punch? There’s a power dynamic between them that Gabby is going to play up in a big way.
IGN Comics: What can you tease about America’s “all-new untested powers”?
Brunstad: We’ve seen America’s powers building in this whole first arc, and it’s all related to this question of heritage. Without her mothers to guide her, America’s been using her powers on instinct, and she’s finding out there’s a whole wealth of powers she didn’t even know she had. Like time travel, which we saw her use successfully for the first time in AMERICA #4. I don’t want to give away too much, but this Madrimar character we see influencing events through the first six issues is a big part of America’s power boost.
Written by Gabby Rivera
Penciled by Joe Quinones
Cover by Joe Quinones
Everyone’s favorite no-nonsense powerhouse, America Chavez, may have finally met her match. Introducing – the deadly and exotic Exterminatrix! Can America continue her hard-hitting journey to defend the multiverse against the oncoming warpath of Exterminatrix and the ominous Midas Corporation? It’s the start of a daring adventure as America gains all-new untested powers, and she’ll need them against the coming horde of villains!