Axel Talks Hercules Again, Teases Power Man And Iron Fist And What Of The Fantastic Four?

herculesLast week, Marvel EIC Axel Alonso told CBR, regarding the upcoming Hercules comic book, and the identification of the Greek God as bisexual in the Marvel Universe.

Hercules and James Howlett's relationship in "X-Treme X-Men" took place in a unique alternate universe, similar to how Colossus was gay in the Ultimate Universe, but is straight in the 616. Same goes for Hercules here.

Despite scenes in the 616 indicating otherwise. This week he revisited those comments, saying,

the simple fact is: Hercules wasn't on anyone's radar as a bisexual character — not the series writer, Dan Abnett and editors Katie Kubert and Tom Brevoort, who pitched this series, and not mine.

He expands,

The only implication that shows or suggests that Herc is bisexual is an alternate universe story ("X-Treme X-Men"), two-three scenes in Marvel Universe stories, where other characters speculate about his sexuality, and a Marvel Wikia page that is fan-generated content — none of which was on Dan's radar or his editor's radar. Had it been, and had they felt there was completing evidence that Herc was bisexual, it's something that they might have explored in their pitch, and it's something that I would read with an open mind. But it wasn't.

That said, I've spoken with Dan and I know he is processing all of the feedback and taking it to heart. How that is reflected in his stories — who knows?

He also laid out a schedule for the X-relaunch books (All New X-Men and All-New Wolverine in November, Uncanny X-Men in December, Old Man Logan in January)

He teased a return of Power Man and Iron Fist together and as for a Fantastic Four comic book, "I can't tell you because "Secret Wars" isn't over."

Also, as we stated earlier the FF won't return until the promotional cycle for the DVD/Blu-Ray is done. November? December? January? February?


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