WonderCon: Marvel Avengers vs. X-Men

At Marvel’s panel today were Tom Brevoort, Jeph Loeb, and Mark Waid. They gave us a glimpse into what to expect in the exciting, upcoming 12 part series Avengers vs X-Men, which will be shipping twice monthly. According to the panel, if you were on the fence about getting into Marvel, this series will pull you in, even if you don’t know all the back stories.

With Loeb’s Avengers: X-Sanction wrapping up next week with issue #4, it will lead directly into Avengers vs X-Men. The last page of the issue will contain the first scene of AVX #0. In Avengers vs. X-Men #0, the story will be mainly on Scarlet Witch and Hope Summers.

In April, Marvel are also launching Avengers vs. X-Men vs., which will contain as they said 1 percent of story and the rest will be epic battles between heroes. Some of the face offs we’ll see are Juggernaut/Colossus versus the Thing and Iron Man vs Magneto.

You will be glad to know that the new AVX series will contain a lot less tie-ins with other single hero series, unlike Civil War. After listening to complaints from the community about stories going too deep, an editorial decision was made to focus on Avengers vs. X-Men and its sister, Avengers vs. X-Men vs. series. Tie-ins to deepen the story will mostly be limited to those that actually have Avengers or X-Men in the title, but not all. For example, Astonishing X-Men will not tie-in, but Uncanny X-Men will.

Some tidbits during the Q&A section showed that while Civil War was a metaphor on what was going on in the real world, AVX will not be the same. It will have two groups taking a stance on what they believe is right. While Civil War was more about how society wanted heroes to be, AVX will be more about how heroes think they should use their powers to help the world. Also, while AVX will be crazy and shake up the Marvel Universe, it will not be an event that will lead to a reset or reboot like DC’s new 52. When asked it was said that Young Avengers and Dark Avengers won’t be showing up in AVX.

Starting with the release of Avengers vs. X-Men #1, Marvel will spearhead its Marvel ReEvolution Infinite comics format and Marvel AR. People purchasing the fancy print copy of AVX #1 will get codes to redeem a digital copy of AVX#1 Infinite. The new comic format is geared to enhancing the reading experience for smartphone and tablet users, but it isn’t a motion comic. Marvel AR app will launch at the same time for use with the AR print version of AVX#1. Basically, the augmented reality app will enable you to view material like a recording of the editor explaining a scene, information on topics referenced in the story, or even a de-evolution of the artwork so you can see how the panels were created. It’s kind of like bonus material added on to DVD movie discs. Initially, there are no plans for digital versions of comics to work with AR unless you have another device to scan it with, but they mentioned it might be a possibility in the future.

Check out Marvel’s page on Avengers vs. X-Men at avx.marvel.com.

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