Marvel’s conference call on the AGE OF ULTRON wrap up and new series Hunger by Josh Fialkov and Leonard Kirk just kicked off and here’s the cosmic Hunger art:
It looks like the Marvel U and the Ultimate U are going to be getting more friendly in the coming months, following the ending of The Age of Ultron in which a dimension spanning rift sends Galactus over to eat up the ultimate Earth.
At the same time the ultimate Universe may be getting smalled, as Brian Michael Bendis promised several times, “Someone’s getting eaten!”
Bendis, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Tom Brevoort and Mark Paniccia took part in Marvel’s latest press call. Bendis spoke about the end of Ultron and introduction of Angela, the character created by Neil Gaiman in Spawn, into the Marvel universe. Bendis said he been trying to think of the craziest things he could do do show the univeral blending—he’d been pushing for Rom, the toy-based character whose comics will never be reprinted because of rights issues—but when Joe Quesada called and said “You worked for Todd, how would you like Angela?” he was pretty excited. (Bendis and McFarlane are said to not get along too well because of Bendis’s time writing Sam and Twitch and McFarlane controlling the movie rights to Bandis’s Torso.)
He also debunked rumors that Angela is a future version of Jean Grey, like everything else in the universe. “She is at face value what she appears to be. As crazy as it sounds that a character with this odd history has ended up in the Marvel universe, she is not going to pull off her clothes and reveal anything.”
Fialkov talked about Hunger, a four issue minis series that deals with Galactus trying to chow down on the UU Earth coming out in July. Rick Jones will be the hero who is trying to stop the gobbling. “I’m a huge Jack Kirby nut, and I especially loved Galactus,” said Fialkov. “Everything they’ve seen [in the UU] has logical roots. The idea that a giant guys shows up and starts sucking the life from your planet is so beyond the lives of these characters it gives you a chance to tell stories you haven’t seen before.”
Fialkov hopes for a sense of wonder. “Rick has been off in space when a gigantic man from another universe crashes through and sends everything into chaos. That’s the root of the story is Rick coming to terms with this responsibility.” There will be other cosmic heroes however including the Silver Surfer, the Kree, an emperor of the Chitauri and more.
When asked how the story ties in with the revelation of the 616 Spidey learning something about the Miles Morales Spidey, Bendis got cagey. “That’s a very observant question. There’s the promise of things to come between the Marvel U and the Ultimate U— it’s a door we have not opened up for 13 years until we knew we had something special and unique. The promise is so huge and here comes this gigantic piece, which offers an anything can happen connection between the two things. We’re not going to say anything. You are 100% right the potential is huge. It is our job as writers and editors to find the best and most unique angle.”
When asked if the Hunger story would cross over into other Ultimate books, the three Marvel folks on the line answered variously “Yes.” ”No.” and “Maybe.” So take your pick.
Bendis also expressed his enthusiasm for Angela even beyond her bizarre publishing history. “She’s this force of nature, trying to understand why she got here. As you saw in the mini series she’s a very very caustic character who will not put up with this kind of nonsense. Right away she’s a fish out of water. I love fish out of water stories and the Guardians of the Galaxy are a perfect fit for telling how she will acclimate to the Marvel Universe. There is an elaborate back story that Joe and everybody has put together how she belongs in the Marvel universe. It really is unique. And it’s in the right hands with Neil [Gaiman] on board and Joe loving the character and giving it everything he has.
In a sad side note, The Beat’s resident Marvel reporter Steve Morris was unable to handle this press call, as he was at his nan’s, and Steve’s favorite subject came up when Bendis mentioned that “The three subjects I get asked about Nightcrawler, Pixie and the Roxxon Corporation. To the person who keeps bugging me about Pixie, I look forward to seeing you at San Diego dressed as Pixie.” That person is not Steve, to the best of our knowledge.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.