This week Mark Paniccia, Marvel’s Senior Editor, talked about several upcoming releases in Axel Alonso’s place for his weekly discussion with CBR. Two things he touched on were Kieron Gillen’s Iron Man and Mark Waid’s Indestructible Hulk.
Paniccia reiterated what we’ve heard several times, the first arc of Iron Man will be standalone stories that are connected by an overall theme. Tony Stark will be going on a quest in Gillen’s story involving the techno-virus Extremis. Paniccia commented on how Tony will change coming out of AvX:
While “Avengers Vs. X-Men” gives Tony a “you don’t know everything you thought you did” slap in the face, Extremis presents a more complex conflict to him. It challenges him on a very fundamental level. Here’s something that was created to cure disease and it’s been turned into a weapon…and who knows more about weapons than a military contractor? Underneath his cool façade, he’s tortured by the potential of this twisted technology. Keiron understands this dynamic and is writing some of the strongest stuff of his career with it. And wait till you see what happens in issue 6. There’s a price for his role in “AvX.” And after that? Wow. The surprises we have in store. The family secrets! When you look back at it all…what is it they say about hindsight?
We also get a good look at Greg Land’s art for issue 2.
Paniccia also commented on Mark Waid’s new Hulk. We know we’re getting plenty of smashing, but we’re also going to see a focus on Banner’s brains. He’s one of the smartest men in the Marvel Universe, but he’s often only seen as a walking tank.
Waid and Leinil’s run will still have plenty of “smash” in it but also “smarts.” The thing I love about this take is a very clear acceptance by Bruce that he’s the Hulk. Period. And he’s moving on. He’s tired of the other Marvel geniuses like Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four or Tony Stark saving the day with their brains. He looks at his legacy and it’s destruction. He wants to change that. He wants to do something that will change people’s perception. He’s not stupid. He knows he needs to earn it. And this is his chance. He joins S.H.I.E.L.D. and the rest will be history.
Here’s a look at Lenil Yu’s art for issue 2.
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