Thor’s Identity Revealed – Massive Spoilers

For months and months now, the identity of the new Thor has been a complete mystery. Comics fans have thrown out theory after theory, and after the jump we can finally confirm who she is, thanks to a leaked comic panel from this month. So who is it? There have been some great theories – Sue Storm, Lady Sif, Black Widow, and all of those are great…
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Who will be the All New, All Different Avengers?

Marvel released a nice little teaser today for their Free Comic Book Day issue of their All-New, All-Different Avengers, with two members revealed and four in shadow. So who will be the newest members of the Avengers post Secret Wars? Here’s our thoughts, with some educated guesses and some rampant speculation. Hit the jump to see more.

Let’s start by talking about the characters that are clearly identified. First of all:
You have no idea how happy this makes me. Kamala’s acceptance by the Marvel fanbase, and her ability to bring in new readers, is fascinating and groundbreaking. But as someone who absolutely loves the character, and how much she nerds out at the site of superheroes – can you imagine Kamala’s reaction to getting to join the Avengers? Oh man, I absolutely cannot wait for that issue. 
The other great thing about Kamala’s inclusion is the role she’s likely play in the story – as the audience’s in. We’ve talked about Kamala’s ability to connect with audiences, so what better way to bring in a new audience than to give them a central character that’s easy to identify with? I expect we’ll see a lot of this tale from her perspective, which is fantastic.
A lot of people cynically assumed that Marvel would use Secret Wars to reset their status quo and undo some of the changes that have been happening in the universe recently. Instead, we get Female Thor right up top, and a silhouette that’s clearly Sam Wilson (with the wings and the shield) directly below her. This is great news, and means that, even with the major changes that are probably happening in Secret Wars, these two new and interesting character changes are not going back to square one. Bravo, Marvel, for sticking to your guns despite some fan backlash.
Now, who are the rest of the team?
The flyer on the bottom right just feels like Nova. The pose, those arm bands, most comic fans would identify the character outright as Nova. But the question becomes – which one? The Sam Alexander Nova that was launched by Jeph Loeb has been the Nova for a while now, but Richard Ryder’s following is huge, and if they were going to launch Nova in the films (say, in Guardians 2), they might decide to go with Ricard instead of Sam. Admittedly, since we can’t see the headspikes, the costume looks more like Sam’s – and the writers may want two young characters for the audience to identify with. We’ll have to see, but my money’s on Sam for now.
Top left looks an awful lot like Iron Man. Since the Axis crossover event, Iron Man’s been a bit…well, evil. He’s calling himself the Superior Iron Man now, and wearing a white armor that looks like it was designed by Steve Jobs. Art for Secret Wars has already shown us that version of Iron Man going up against an Iron Man from an alternate universe that looks more like classic 616 Tony Stark. So which Iron Man are we seeing in the Avengers? My guess is, the more heroic Tony. The silhouette shows a lot of angles coming out of the armor, where the Superior suit is all curves. That leads me to believe that we’ll get classic red and gold Iron Man back before the end of Secret Wars, and he’ll be serving as an Avenger. Business wise, it makes sense – with this many unfamiliar characters on their flagship team, Marvel will want a proven money maker.
And now, for the out-of-left-field pick…
In the upper right, that sure as heck looks like Doctor Doom. “Doctor Doom?! An Avenger?!” you say. Well, there have been stranger members of the Avengers, and Doom has been a “good guy” before. Add that to the fact that Secret Wars will be pulling characters from a multitude of universes into the Marvel universe proper, and there’s a chance that this Doom may be from a What If, or 2099, or some other place where he wasn’t all bad. Still, I don’t think there’s a Doctor Doom out there without an ego the size of Mars, so we’ll certainly be seeing some interesting clashes of personality with Iron Man, at least.
And finally…
That’s Spider-man in the middle, as much as I might hope it’s The Scarlet Spider. Peter Parker is the safe bet. But we know for sure that Miles Morales will be joining the main universe post-Secret Wars, and Marvel is already putting some awesome and diverse choices in this line-up of the Avengers. So yeah, my money’s on Miles. Will I be surprised if it’s Peter? No, but I’d still be willing to bet that Marvel will continue to put their money where their mouth is on diversity, and stick an African American Spider-man in the center of the cover on their big Avengers relaunch. We’ll see.
What do you guys think? Who will be an Avenger, and who would you like to see?
Mike Fatum is the Editor in Chief of the Ace of Geeks, and a co-host of the Ace of Geeks Podcast. He’s really excited for the world of Marvel post-Secret Wars, especially as evidence mounts that it’s not a reboot.

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Marvel’s Movie Schedule through 2019 revealed!

Marvel Studios, the folks behind the monster hits The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, had a special press event today to announce something “secret.” Speculation ranged from announcing actors in specific films to announcing their entire slate for the next few years. Well, it turns out…they did all of that.

UPDATE: The Infinity War Teaser Trailer was recorded by some kind soul. Check it out!

First up! The news that was all but confirmed a few weeks ago. Captain America 3 will be:

Robert Downey Jr will be joining the film to jump start the war between Iron Man and Captain America, and Downey and Evans were both at the event to try and win fans over to their side. Next up:

While we have no confirmation – yet – that Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing him, we do know WHEN the good Doctor’s movie is coming, and we have confirmation that it will be directed by Exorcism of Emily Rose director Scott Derrickson.

Next up!

Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios, thanked everyone for making Guardians of the Galaxy the Number One Movie of the Year. So, as a reward, we all get the sequel a few months early! All right! Meanwhile, taking over the Guardians’ former summer slot:

The world of Asgard ends in Thor: Ragnarok. Not many details were released at the event, but we know what Ragnarok has meant for Thor in the past. When it happened in the comics, Asgard was destroyed and Thor died, only to return as an evil clone in Civil War (probably won’t happen in the MCU) and finally, as himself in J. Michael Straczynsk’s acclaimed run. What will happen here? We’ll find out in 2017. Next up!

Marvel’s taking aim at DC’s sudden reputation for diversity by releasing a film for their premiere African superhero, the Black Panther. This film got the most information for any film in production so far. We know two things, it’s star: Chadwick Boseman, from 42:
He’s had several acclaimed performances in the past few years, and he should certainly be able to carry T’Challa’s part. We also know what he’ll be wearing:
Which looks suitably amazing. It fits the comic book approach, but adds a touch of realism that the MCU has been known for.

Speaking of diversity, Carol Corps, get ready. Your Captain will be coming to the big screen in 2018. While that’s a long way to wait, the fact that they’re releasing Carol’s movie as a summer tentpole speaks volumes about how much faith they have in the character. I’m really excited to see what they do with her – and I hope they hire some female talent behind the scenes, too.

The last non-Avengers news is the release date for the Inhumans movie. Look, I don’t know about this one. The Inhumans were always even weirder than the Guardians…but I hold out a lot of hope, because it’s Marvel and they haven’t let me down yet.
Finally, the biggest news. Prepare yourself for a long wait between 2018 and 2019, because the rumors were true. Right before the next logo came up, Marvel showed this trailer, which ended on this image:

And then they hit us with this:

We know the gems are out there. We know Thanos is coming. And now we know that we’ll have to wait a year to find out what happens after the first Infinity War movie. Is this likely to be the big team up that’s been rumored, where everyone and their brother shows up? You bet your ass it will be.

Marvel knocked it out of the park today. I couldn’t possibly be more excited about what the future holds. Now bask in the glory of the full timeline, via our friends at Aggressive Comix.

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