With 2015 now a full two days old, Alonso follows last year’s look back with a look ahead, and opines on the future of Marvel Comics — starting with the two big “Wars” of the comic book new year — “Star Wars” and “Secret Wars.” With Marvel’s new “Star Wars” line set to debut in less than a fortnight, Alonso talks what he thinks the beloved franchise adds to Marvel’s publishing slate. Given that readers have already been told that the year-long “Secret Wars” is going to be a really big deal for Marvel, Alonso shares his thoughts on what excites him about the story itself. Beyond that, Alonso talks Disney/Marvel collaborations, publishing priorities for 2015, “Uncanny Avengers” and the increased role of Sabretooth, plus drops a pretty big (albeit certainly open to interpretation) hint about a Marvel character poised to have a big year.
Right now, it feels like Marvel is trying to have it both ways, trying to cater to new fans by remaking the MU in the MCU’s image, which means they’re also trying to cater to Disney — the massive entity that purchased the company because of it’s character library and has seen great success with it on the big screen. It’s also catering to hardcore comic book fans by publishing some of the most artistically inventive superhero comics on the shelves today. This is the company that gave us a nearly all LGBT team in Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s “Young Avengers.” This is the company that let Fraction, David Aja and Annie Wu do “Hawkeye” on their own terms. Marvel Comics gave Dan Slott and Mike Allred “Silver Surfer” and said “Go nuts!” This is why these efforts to shoehorn elements from the films into the comics feel disheartening.
Following the video reveal earlier this week that the past three weeks of Marvel event-based teasers were indeed connected to Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s impending “Secret Wars” event — in fact, locations in a new version of “Battleworld” — Alonso talks the origins of those images, what they mean for the larger story and the Marvel Universe and the extent in which this “Secret Wars” relates to the original. With “Spider-Verse” in full, ahem, swing, Alonso also discusses Spidey’s ability to be many different things while retaining a central appeal — something that’s certainly in play with the dozens of Spider-Men in Dan Slott and Olivier Coipel’s story. Alonso also addresses Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen’s soon-to-debut “All-New Captain America,” the new “Constantine” TV series on NBC, plus answers your questions, straight from the CBR Community!
It’s been a very eventful week for Marvel as a whole — what with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announcing a slate of films all the way through the year 2019 — and Alonso discusses what excites him about the upcoming Marvel movies, and the especially significant impact of both 2017’s “Black Panther” and 2018’s “Captain Marvel.” Plus, Alonso talks what he likes about the new “Deathlok” series that launched this week from writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Mike Perkins, from his perspective as both Editor-in-Chief and a major fan of the original ’70s incarnation of the cyborg antihero. All that and more insight on the rapidly unfolding Marvel event-based teasers, Alonso’s take on his hometown San Francisco Giants beating the Kansas City Royals to win their third World Series in five seasons, plus answers to your questions, straight from the CBR Community!
After not having done one in a while, I decided to respond to this week’s Share Your World.
And here we go! 🙂
Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?
Why tell you my preferences when I can show you? 😉
UPDATE: Want to find out more books I’ve read? Check out my Goodreads profile!
What is your biggest fear or phobia? (no photos please)
What is your favorite cheese?
It’s a toss-up between mozzarella and provolone. 😉
What is your favorite month of the year?
I dunno. 😛
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