One way of Marvel Comics capitalize on the release of any film from Marvel Studios is a new monthly series with the characters adapted from the screen counterparts. And even if they have four monthly series – Avengers, New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Avengers Academy – the Avengers will earn a new one from the release of the film.
Avengers Assemble, announced last year, will have exactly the same team of heroes as the film: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye. The purpose is to attract new fans from what they watch on the big screen.
“I think it was Tom [editor Tom Brevoort] who came to tell me that it would not be a bad idea to have a series with these same characters as the movie,”
he tells Comic Book Resources
Brian Bendis, writer of the Avengers for the last eight years and that will also take care of the new series, also serves on the committee that examines Marvel’s creative and gives tips for movies based on characters from the publisher.
The writer says that it was more complicated to write this series because they are tangentially connected to the film, and to a relevant story. The solution was to bring back the Zodiac, a criminal organization which is among the traditional enemy of the Avengers, but went missing. It returns completely changed, as shown in the preview released by Marvel below.
Bendis has also said that this will be one of his last stories on the Avengers – he will leave the three monthly magazines in the franchise later this year. And he gives a mysterious clue:
“It isn’t just the movie, it’s a completely new story with completely different stakes,”
the writer said. According to Bendis
“Avengers Assemble” will also slightly spin out of “Avengers vs. X-Men.” We have an opportunity to debut something that’s completely new in this series that Marvel is going to debut in ‘AvX’ and one of the places I’ll end up in for my post-Avengers career.”
As for the movie? Well, the writer states that he already saw the Avengers movie and says:
“is the best thing Joss Whedon has ever done.”
Avengers Assemble has drawings by Mark Bagley and is on sale in March.
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Source : Comic Book Resources