Conference calls! You love them, Marvel loves them, and today saw the first in a new wave of conferences take place. This time we were here to talk about a surprise, which turned out to be Kieron Gillen, and his second arc for Iron Man – ‘The Godkiller’.
Acting as a link of sorts between Iron Man’s work on Earth and his forthcoming membership with the Guardians of the Galaxy, this arc will see repercussions from AvX hit Tony Stark when he goes off on an adventure into space. As you can see from the promo image, the shadow of the Phoenix is haunting Iron Man (who is wearing spiffy new spaceproof armour, yay) as a result of his actions during the event. It looks as though Stark’s work in removing the Phoenix Force as a threat may now result in people looking for revenge, or perhaps the equilibrium of the Universe snapping back into his face.
Greg Land will provide art for the second arc too, in which Stark goes into space in order to live out the dream of any technician: a chance to pretend to be James T. Kirk. Stark has a mission at hand here – a secret one, as we’re only one issue into the book so far, and this arc starts with issue #6 – but that isn’t going to stop him from pausing to try and seduce some alien babes. Which, I can’t believe I just wrote. Cowabunga, man. This will be an arc in which Stark does a bit of self-realisation, Gillen says:
There’s a hunger. He wants to know about the thing that he’s been avoiding previously. He’s driven. This is him being driven. It’s like he’s found a new wing in the library and he wants to read all the books.
Mapping all of space? That sounds like a job Stark could really have fun with. The press asked all sorts of questions regarding the story (I asked about Tony’s moustache, which is NOT getting a relaunch. Some things are iconic and shouldn’t be touched), including whether there would be any ‘robots’. While playing down the likelihood he’d be using Danger or UNIT, Gillen did mention that Death’s Head would be making an appearance in the story, at some point. So SWORD fans should be happy.
The requisite question was raised about the playlist Gillen made while writing the arc, and the answers included: Europe, Kraftwerk, Magazine and New Order. Oh, and Sam Sparro. Don’t think I didn’t hear that, Gillen. For shame.