Although Marvel often likes to spotlight characters that are being featured in their movies and TV shows, the “All-Different” part of the teaser suggests that the new team of Avengers won’t necessarily look like the one in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The team shift is occurring soon after one chapter of the Avengers comes to a close. Earlier this week, Marvel announced that their Avengers and New Avengers books would print their last issues in April as their writer Jonathan Hickman is penning the 8-issue event Secret Wars, which will see a variety of Marvel heroes and villains fighting on Battleworld, a planet comprised of different locations from Marvel’s multiverse.
Marvel is notorious for renumbering their books after certain storylines have been wrapped up, so even though Hickman’s run on the Avengers books is ending, it was unlikely the company wasn’t going to replace them with new Avengers adventures. This lineup change is reminiscent of the series Uncanny Avengers, which was one of the many books introduced during the Marvel NOW relaunch. While Avengers mainstays like Captain America and Thor remained part of the team, mutants like Havok and Rogue, who are typically X-Men members, were also recruited. If we’re taking this announcement at its word, than the May lineup could be much more dramatically different. This new team could include other X-Men, Inhumans, a few villains looking for redemption or even alternate versions of superheroes. The possibilities are numerous!
So Avengers fans, if the more recent iterations of the team haven’t been to your liking, head to your nearest comic book shop in May, and prepare yourself for the unexpected.