With big name movies like Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World heading to theaters in the next few weeks, as well as the Age of Ultron currently flying off the shelves at local comic book shops, 2013 looks to be a big year for Marvel Comics. Indeed, fans of the comics on which these films, and popular online casino games like The Incredible Hulk slots and X-Men Scratch, are based will find plenty to be excited about in the upcoming year. At the recent Emerald City Comic Convention held in Seattle, Washington, the company laid out some of its plans for 2013, and it looks like your favorite heroes and villains have big things on the horizon. So too, there are many upcoming Marvel slots in the pipeline for the coming year.
Marvel Comics Success On an Intergalactic Scale
With the enormous success of 2012′s Marvel’s The Avengers, it should be no surprise that the company’s marquis team is looking to be everywhere in 2013. Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers title has already made waves with its expanded roster, which features fan favorite characters like Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor fighting alongside popular first time avengers like Cannonball, Sunspot, and Hyperion, who come from the X-Men and Squadron Supreme families of comics, respectively. This expanded lineup comes in response to larger scale threats, as the Avengers face off against entities powerful enough to affect the entire galaxy, including the villainous Thanos, who is hinted to serve as the primary antagonist in the next Avengers film.
This new focus on the cosmic scope of the Marvel Universe will also be led by the relaunch of the Guardians of the Galaxy. The series, which will be the next of Marvel’s original properties to hit the cinema in 2014, follows a group of space warriors as they protect the galaxy from those who would do it harm. The team of Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, and Groot will also be joined by the Invincible Iron Man, who will don new armor (similar to that glimpsed in the previews for Iron Man 3) and head into space with these space-age superheroes.
Also heading to space is the human rocket Nova, who will scour the universe in his own series in 2013. Fifteen-year-old Sam Alexander is the latest member of the Nova Corps, an intergalactic police force that gifts its members with super speed, strength and energy blasts, and will be facing off against villains from Earth and beyond.
There’s Mutant Mayhem On the Horizon
Fans of X-Men slots may be waiting with bated breath for the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past film, but Marvel’s favorite mutants will be quite busy in the meantime. The flagship Uncanny X-Men title will follow team leader Cyclops’ outlaw band of revolutionaries as they attempt to liberate the mutant race from global oppression. As a counterpoint to the often dark and serious take of the series, Jason Aaron’s Wolverine and the X-Men will follow the staff of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning as they teach the next generation of mutant heroes how to deal with the often crazy life of a Marvel mutant.
Combining the best elements of the two is Brain Michael Bendis’ All New X-Men, which sees the original five team members transplanted into the modern day. Rife with humor yet still rich with drama, the series looks to be a breakout among X-Men fans, who have been longing for the return of Jean Grey for years. Also straddling the line between all-out action and comedy is Uncanny X-Force, where the foul-mouthed Psylocke and fan-favorite Storm chase after the rouge X-Man Bishop with a ragtag group of X-men who have never teamed up before.
Get Ready to Experience Solo Books Galore
Though team books like the Avengers and X-Men are typically the most popular titles at the comic shop, several solo titles are looking to make a splash in the coming months. The Avengers’ resident archer, Hawkeye, will continue his incredibly popular adventures under the pen of David Aja, who promises more action, more of the Tracksuits and more of Pizza Dog.
Elsewhere, Marvel’s “Merc with a Mouth”, Deadpool, will finish its current story arc with issue 6 before sending our hero back in time to the 1980s. Here, he will team up with an alcoholic Tony Stark in what writer Gerry Duggan claims could have lasting ramifications to be felt throughout the Marvel Universe.
Fans of Daredevil slots will be happy to hear that the “Man Without Fear” will finally face off against the mysterious villain who has been pulling his strings for the past several months. Daredevil will also team up with the newly rechristened Indestructible Hulk, who will soon be written by superstar scribe Walt Simonson.
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