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Warning: beware of spoilers for Thor #11 and Spider-Man: Life Story #1!
The War of the Realms Looms
Marvel’s latest summer crossover is kicking off in two weeks with the release of War of the Realms #1. This week’s Thor #11 basically sets the stage for that event. Even as Thor continues to mourn the loss of Mjolnir, Malekith and his massive army finish raising Vanaheim and begin their final march into Midgard. This issue also sets some other interesting wheels in motion. Volstagg finally awakens from his Mangog-induced coma, apparently ready to become the war Thor all over again. And Jane Foster learns her body is finally cancer-free. Could we see her also take up a hammer during the course of War of the realms?
6 Big Announcements From Emerald City Comic-Con
Another convention season is starting up, and this year’s ECCC brought with it some intriguing new announcements. Check out our ECCC news roundup to learn about Valiant’s Bloodshot relaunch, Silver Surfer: Black, Superman: Year One and other upcoming titles.
Captain America Defects
Spider-Man: Life Story applies a unique twist to the story of Peter Parker. This series takes place in its own version of the Marvel Universe where Peter and his fellow heroes age in real-time and not everything unfolds how you’d expect. Case in point – Spidey spends much of this first issue wondering if he should enlist and use his powers to help end the Vietnam War. Captain America gives him the pep talk he needs to remain a Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. However, as this issue ends, Cap himself has apparently been driven mad by his ordeal in Vietnam and defected to the other side.
Jonathan Hickman Returns to Marvel
Marvel has been running a series of cryptic, text-only teasers in its books this month. This week’s teaser is simple but effective, promising “Hickman – July 2019.” At long last, writer Jonathan Hickman is making his return to Marvel. It’s not entirely clear what book is being teased here, though the prevailing theory is either an X-Men comic or The Eternals. Whatever the case, we should learn more at C2E2 this weekend.
What Is Captain Marvel’s Weakness?
“It’s no secret that Carol Danvers is a powerhouse. She’s a Kree-hybrid who, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was empowered directly by a blast from an Infinity Stone, which puts her inarguably within the ranks of the MCU’s strongest heroes — but no character can be completely without weakness, not even the mightiest of Earth’s Mightiest Avengers. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has already assured fans that Carol will have some sort of Achilles’ heel, but unsurprisingly withheld the details about just what that weak spot might be. While there’s no Kryptonite-like substance that can easily take Captain Marvel down, there are some notable disadvantages she has in the comics.” -Meg
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