Cup O’ Joe: Origin II, Young Avengers After Party, Marvel UK & More [SDCC 2013]
There were three big announcements at this year's Cup O' Joe panel at San Diego Comic-Con - the return of Marvel UK, a sequel to Wolverine: Origin, and a Young Avengers jam story. As usual, however, the hour was dominated by questions from the audience.
Joe Quesada was on hand to answer questions, joined by Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, editors Steve Wacker and Nick Lowe, talent liaison CB Cebulski, writers Brian Michael Bendis, Rick Remender and Sam Humphries and artist Skottie Young.
Arguably the biggest of the three announcements is the sequel to Origin, the 2001 series that revealed the early years of Wolverine. The first series, from Paul Jenkins and Andy Kubert, introduced us to young James Howlett and his broken family. The follow-up comes from writer Kieron Gillen and artist Adam Kubert.
According to Marvel PR, Origin II picks up where the first story left off - with James now calling himself Logan and running wild in the woods - and pits the future X-Man against future X-Men villain Sinister. You can read more about the series in our interview with Kieron Gillen here on ComicsAlliance tomorrow. Origin II debuts in November.
Cup O' Joe also broke news of an upcoming Young Avengers two-parter with guest art from Becky Cloonan, Joe Quinones, Ming Doyle, Christian Ward and Emma Vieceli. We'll have more on that story in an interview with Gillen on Sunday.
British fans of a certain age may be excited to learn of the comeback of a whole raft of characters from the early '90s Marvel UK imprint in Revolutionary War. The series from writers Andy Lanning and Alan Cowsill and "various superstar artists" brings back lost characters Death's Head II, Motormouth, Dark Angel, the Knights of Pendragon, Warheads and Digitek, and ties them in to the current Marvel universe! Read our interview with Andy Lanning on the site tomorrow. Revolutionary War begins in January 2014.
The Q&A featured a lot of the usual collection of aired grievances and weird pet peeves, but highlights included:
Q: Does Marvel worry about losing readers by bunching its output into too many "families" of titles, like X-Men and Avengers?
Quesada said it's a democratic process; they'll put out the books that readers demonstrate a hunger for. Alonso said he doesn't expect readers to read everything in a family; they strive to differentiate the titles so that different books appeal to different readers.
Q. Will there be an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series?
"You never know," said Quesada, but there are no current plans, according to Alonso, and SHIELD will play a big role in coming X-Men stories.
Q. Who is involved in the Creative Committee that advises the guys who make the movies, and what impact have they had?
Quesada says it varies according to the project. Brubaker consulted on the Captain America: Winter Soldier movie. Adi Granov and Matt Fraction consulted on Iron Man 3.
Q. Any plans for more all-female teams?
Q. Can we expect to see minority heroes in the Marvel movies now that Captain America, Iron Man and Thor are well established?
Q. Will there be a new Daredevil movie now Marvel has the license back from Fox?
"We're just trying to air it out," said Quesada, adding, "We're trying to air it out."
Check back tomorrow for out Origin II, Young Avengers and Revolutionary War interviews.