A few months ago it was revealed that Jonathan Hickman will be taking on the writing duties for Marvel’s comic series The Avengers as a part of their Marvel NOW! relaunch initiative. He first revealed that his plans would entail a very large roster for the team and the stories would be much bigger in an interview with CBR.
“The idea is that the Avengers have to get bigger,” Hickman told CBR, “That means bigger in every sense. That means the roster has to be bigger, and the missions have to be bigger, and the adversaries and scenarios they find themselves in have to be larger.
“The way I’ve set this up is we’ll do bigger stories where our entire cast or almost all of our cast take part in a really big adventure.We’ll do around three-issue arcs of bigger stories, and then we’ll do three done-in-one issues where we focus on a smaller group of characters. It’s not a problem getting to everyone, and it’s not a problem making it feel like everybody’s important.”
Marvel has revealed the interlocking covers for the first three issues and we have a good idea who is on the team now. The active members of The Avengers are Captain America, Captain Marvel, Cannonball, The Hulk, Wolverine, Black Widow, Falcon, Thor, Sunspot, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Hawkeye, and one mystery guest in the back left. Who is it? Ant-Man maybe? Time will tell as Hickman’s The Avengers starts this Decemeber.