Civil War II – It's Iron Man Vs Captain Marvel, A Major Marvel Hero Will Die – But Dan Slott Saved Peter Parker From Brian Bendis

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Captain Marvel is the current defender of the Earth. Her new series by Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters and Kris Anka sees her as leader of the all-new Alpha Flight space program, Earth's first line of defense against extraterrestrial threats.

And she also seems to be the one up against Iron Man in the upcoming Civil War III comic book event series by Brian Bendis and David Marquez.


The New York Daily News has been given the PR on a Marvel creator summit this weekend. Famously only attended by Marvel creators who have signed exclusive contracts with the publisher (even if not everyone is told it at the time), this also might indicate that Ta-Nehisi Coates is an exclusive Marvel comics creator. He attended, alongside G Willow Wilson, Brian Bendis, Dan Slott, James Robinson, Tom Brevoort, Dan Buckley, Sam Humphries, Nick Spencer,  Emily Shaw, Sana Amanat and EIC Axel Alonso.

marvel10n-3-webAnd a breakdown on what Civil War II will be about.

"A mysterious new Marvel character comes to the attention of the world, one who has the power to calculate the outcome of future events with a high degree of accuracy," according to the synopsis. "This predictive power divides the Marvel heroes on how best to capitalize on this aggregated information, with Captain Marvel leading the charge to profile future crimes and attacks before they occur, and Iron Man adopting the position that the punishment cannot come before the crime."

Could this be Singularity from A-Force, also starring Captain Marvel? Or something new? Oh and it's about Twitter.

"People's personal accountability is the theme of this one," Bendis explains to his peers of his project with artist David Marquez. "From the way cops are acting on camera, to the way people talk to each other online."

As the story unfolds this new seer predicts the hero in question will be the cause of a major incident of destruction in three days, requiring the other good guys to make a tough call. The writer just hasn't figured what or how bad that cataclysm will be.

"It has to fall somewhere between Hitler and self-defense," Bendis says.

Well that would fit what the dead Agatha Harkness has been seeing about The Vision in his comic, and she's also been turning up in Scarlet Witch… but no.

Though they also didn't immediately settle on a big-name hero to turn into the culprit, Bendis kept referring to the doomed hero as Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man.

"Do you see me worried? I'm not worried," whispers "Amazing Spider-Man" writer Dan Slott. "This is not my first rodeo. By the end of the afternoon, it won't be Peter Parker."

And sure enough, Parker is saved a grim fate by the afternoon as mass opinion shifts attention to other characters.

And not Human Torch, saved by Bendis…

"He burns people and that's so horrible (to illustrate)," the scribe says.

And James Robinson isn't allowed to let anyone kill themselves.

"What if the pressure causes (the hero) to commit suicide," suggests James Robinson, another Marvel writer, adding that it could be a good way to draw attention to the scourge of cyber-bullying.

But editor Tom Brevoort's Spidey-sense is immediately tingling.

"I don't think you'd want a Marvel Super hero committing suicide," he interjects.

Jean Grey did, of course. Bruce Banner has tried (and failed). Karnak too. And of coure, Patsy Walker. But the paper reports that they have their death.

After hours of occasionally heated debate, Bendis and Alonso reveal they had a eureka moment during a 10-minute break and came up with the perfect superhero to sacrifice and an even better candidate to murder him. The answer actually gets a loud ovation from the crowd.

"That's like an epic," says Robinson. "I'm genuinely shocked."

But they are also aware of how cynical this all is.

"The death is the marketing hook," admits Buckley. "The thing that's really compelling is whether or not there's a story afterwards that's going to connect with readers and sustain it."

Death by committee… The New York Daily News declines to reveal who it is, which mean they probably have the deal to reveal it one or two days before the comic is published….

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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