Taking Off The Marvel Silhouettes And Revealing Axis

The silhouettes are starting to come off. The cover to the retitled Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #1…

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Now features the fellow we are calling The Unworthy Thor…

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Though note how the axe suddenly appears… it was silhouetted here though.

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So we presume it's Unworthy Thor here too. Then as for the others…

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That would be Falcalp.

But do Marvel Comics have anything left to actually announce at San Diego Comic Con regarding this? Well, I think so. They haven't exactly explained what AXIS is. We've had a stab, with the good buys and bad guys switching places, being flipped, on the morality scale. And some of the solicitations might hint that way too…

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We know that Thor will do something "unworthy"… but what? And now we get details on Superior Iron Man spinning out of all this. The "Superior" may intentionally bring to mind Doc Ock as we get a darker Tony Stark. Mashable tells us…

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"What we're doing here is a little different — it's Tony Stark, the one and only Tony Stark — and in the aftermath of the Axis event, he will surrender to his id and his legendary ego," Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso tells Mashable. "You'll see Tony in a new place spiritually and intellectually."

And this new Tony Stark isn't an "alternate universe" creation, nor is he being replaced or mind-controlled, like Spider-Man was (by arch-enemy Otto Octavius in the book's spiritual predecessor, Superior Spider Man, the 2013 title that was initially met with nerd-rage but lasted a whopping 31 issues.)

"Yes, this is Tony," Alonso said. "What you're seeing in Superior Iron Man is a Tony Stark who's seen both his worst and best impulses all let loose. It is Tony, but he's going to be in a zone now where he's never been. He's more ambitious, cunning, egotistical … all of those quantities are unharnessed. He has a vision for the world. I like to think his position is defensible — controversial, but defensible."

San Diego will tell us more…

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