Avengers: Standoff! Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega introduces a new hero to the Marvel Universe, albeit one who's taking on a legacy that stretches back almost 40 years. The new Quasar is a female SHIELD agent named Avril Kincaid, and she's the creation of writer Nick Spencer and artists Daniel Acuña and Angel Unzueta.

In an interview at Marvel.com, Spencer gave more details about the character and her origin:

Avril Kincaid is a high-level S.H.I.E.L.D. agent stationed in Pleasant Hill when Baron Zemo stages his revolt. Seeing the crisis around her, she seeks out the most powerful weapon hidden in the town: the Quantum Bands. When she arrives to retrieve them, though, she’s greeted by a surprise—the owner of the bands and the original Quasar, Wendell Vaughn. He gives them to her, and from there, she uses them to help turn the tide of the battle in Standoff!. It’s a real “step up and be a hero” moment for Avril, and sets her on the path to becoming the new Quasar.

Wendell Vaughn first appeared as Quasar in 1978, and had his own series in the late '80s and early '90s. He was also a SHIELD agent before finding the Quantum Bands, cosmic weapons that were originally created by a being known as Eon to empower his chosen "Protector of the Universe."

 

 

The mantle was later taken up by Phyla-Vell, daughter of Marvel's original Captain Marvel. She wielded the Quantum Bands as a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, serving alongside her longtime girlfriend, Moondragon. However, she later received different powers and changed her name to Martyr, before losing her life in a battle against Thanos.

Nick Spencer promises that this new Quasar will be continue to appear in the Captain America comics, and also in other, yet-to-be-announced places. Check out her debut below, provided by Marvel.com.

 

 

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