Interviews on Thor: God of Thunder, The Indestructible Hulk and All-New X-Men.

Newsarama published 3 interviews about the upcoming Marvel NOW! books, Thor: God of Thunder, The Indestructible Hulk and All-New X-Men. Here are the quotes that grabbed me and some thoughts.

Thor: God of Thunder

Stringing all three of these stories is one new villain, basically a serial killer of gods,” Aaron says of new antagonist, Gorr the God Butcher.

The series, as noted previously, features Thor from three different eras: Viking-era Thor, current Thor, and “old King Thor.

The story introduces a lot of new “space gods,” Aaron discloses.

In battle, King Thor replaces his missing arm with the arm of a Destroyer.

I like it when Thor goes strange and cosmic.

The Indestructible Hulk

“As it was with Daredevil, part of the edict was, ‘let’s make sure we strengthen Hulk’s ties to the Marvel Universe in general,'” Waid says. Accomplishing that involves Hulk facing off against familiar villains he’s not known for interacting with, and taking him to new (to Hulk) locales. The best way to accomplish this, Waid says, is to make Hulk an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

“Bruce Banner’s biggest takeaway of Avengers vs. X-Men is, he never gets to be the science hero,” Waid says. “He’s the guy who smashes stuff. In the context of the Marvel Universe, Banner spends almost all of his time in a lab trying to make himself not the Hulk anymore. He realizes, after the events of Avengers vs. X-Men, two things: Hulk is a chronic condition. Hence ‘Indestructible Hulk.’ No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to get rid of the Hulk permanently.”

Next question, from iFanboy: “What kind of leash does S.H.I.E.L.D. have on this guy?” “S.H.I.E.L.D. has what they believe is a fairly tight leash on the Hulk,” Waid says. “They are mistaken.”

There was a while in David’s run when I was a kid where Hulk and Banner were pretty integrated but Doc Sampson made it clear that he wasn’t thinking like a scientist but like a Hulk, smashing his way out of problems.

All-New X-Men

I like where Bendis took the Avengers. I’m curious to see what he does with the X-Men and his concept, with the original 5 X-Men coming forward in time to see what has become of the world is damned interesting.

“Sometimes I get a reputation for torturing characters, but it is because I love the characters so much, that I want to put them in the most interesting situations to see where the heroism lies,” Bendis says.

Reminds me of Mouse Guard and Burning Wheel.

Every scene with Jean Grey in it has been just the best. I literally have to stop myself and move onto other characters. Young Jean Grey, in this situation, is everything I love about comics.”

What I like about a young Jean Grey, is he can take this whole cycle of women not being able to handle power that has been present forever and turn it on its head through this character.

Next press question, from us: Any lower-rung X-Men characters you’re looking to develop? And what villains might we see? “Yes and yes,” Bendis says. “There will be quite a lot of question as to ‘Who is a villain?’ Some people will see modern-day Cyclops and his associates as the villains, and some will see them as the heroes. I’ll be showing it to you from all angles, and let the reader decide.”

I like how he’s turned Cyclops into the most interesting kind of villain, the kind who truly believes that he’s a hero.

Next question, from iFanboy: What generation do the original five come from, given the sliding scale of Marvel time? Bendis says “specificity of this would be the death of this book. It’s not Back to the Future, it’s not Austin Powers. I’m very specific on where they’re coming from, after that, it’s just a general idea that you’re 16-year-old, and you’re looking at yourself at however old Cyclops is now, and acting accordingly.”

It is a fun time to be a Marvel fan.

I have a blog post coming on using Previews and monthly comic book solicitations to jump-start a Marvel Heroic campaign.

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