Brian Michael Bendis on Civil War 2 and the Future of X-Men at Marvel

Sunday, 10 April 2016 - 4:59PM
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Sunday, 10 April 2016 - 4:59PM
Brian Michael Bendis on Civil War 2 and the Future of X-Men at Marvel
Civil War 2 front-man and all-round Marvel legend Brian Michael Bendis was joined at Emerald City Comic Con by a host of the studio's key talent today, presenting a special early look at the huge comicbook event which is set to hit shelves this summer. Kris Anaka (Captain Marvel) and David Marquez (Invincible Iron Man) were on hand to represent the figureheads of the two warring factions of the upcoming Civil War series, while Marvel talent scout C.B. Cebulski, and Al Ewing rounded out the line-up.
 
The panel kicked off with Bendis showing off some of the cover art from the series, including a cover of Civil War 2 #3 in which some form of Hulk holds "a very broken" Iron Man, and some stunning art featuring a shot of Galactus towering over a devastated city. But it wasn't the art– previously unveiled at Wonder Con– that was the biggest draw for this panel. This was a chance to glean new information on what is going to be Marvel's biggest comicbook event of the year, and while he did his best to remain tight-lipped, there were a few interesting tidbits to emerge from Bendis's hour-long presentation/Q&A.


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Civil War 2 will kick off in earnest with a free #0 issue, which will only be available in your local comicbook stores on May 7th. As the panelists revealed, this free comicbook day issue of Civil War 2 #0 will feature the "inciting issue" that resonates throughout the heart of the new story. It will also give us a snapshot at what is going on across the Marvel universe at this point, meaning that even those who aren't all caught up can get into this major Summer event.

This Isn't a 'Money-grab'

Bendis also took this opportunity to respond to critics who suggested that Civil War 2 is a money grab to take advantage of Marvel Studios' Captain America: Civil War movie, saying "You mean that movie based on a comic book we made 10 years ago? Bendis went on to say that, as ever, it's the comic books that are leading the way in storytelling. "We''re all helping each other out, but the comics are always in this forward thinking mind-set. What's going on in the Marvel universe is very exciting to us. There's nothing in Civil War 2 that's going to be in the Civil War movie. It's a brand new story that's completely filled with new events."
 

Eerily Similar to the Real World

So, while Civil War 2 won't be imitating events on the big screen, the creative team behind it hinted that some of the themes going on in the real world are going to be reflected in the Civil War 2 series. Cebulski says that the events we're seeing with America's highly charged political climate right now have grown to become eerily similar to what Marvel is exploring with Civil War 2.this politically charged world that we live in, with the likes of Trump and all that' feels remarkably pertinent with what's going to happen on Civil War 2.
 
Bendis expanded by saying that the story is going it's going to see a lot of parallels drawn on the issue of accountability, and taking responsibility for the things we say in this increasingly public world. Pointing out that we currently live in a world where people can lose their jobs for sending a tweet, Bendis said "The story that's going to happen in Civil War 2 is going to be very public, it's going to be known to the public as it's happening." Bendis continued by saying the public perception of the heroes will be a major factor in the storyline, suggesting that this won't just be a battle between heroes, but a battle between ordinary people as they pick a side based on the ideologies involved. 
 

Which Characters Will Be Most Influenced by Civil War 2?

We already know that there will be a number of series tying into the Civil War 2 story, but we don't yet know how wide-reaching the effects will be on the characters involved. Without too much persuasion, the panel revealed the characters and series that will see the most significant changes coming out of the Civil War 2 story, and the names might surprise you.

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy, Miles Morales, Ultimates, and the Inhumans were the names mentioned when it came to the fallout from the Civil War story. And, while we didn't get any details on what shape they would take, Cebulski said that these books will see "surprising changes" in the aftermath of Civil War 2. Miles Morales and Kamala Khan will especially see a big change, not least because these are younger heroes that are now fighting in the big leagues, and that's going to change them forever. This can only be good news for fans of these two characters, because hopefully it will mean we see the pair having a more significant impact on the Marvel Universe in the future.

Bendis also revealed that Civil War 2 will see Daredevil get a rare chance to play a major role in a major Marvel event, something that he feels hasn't happened often enough in the past. When asked if Civil War would affect the X-Men, Bendis responded simply with "Yes. 100 per cent."

Are we Seeing the End of Mutants and X-Men at Marvel


There's been a lot of talk about whether or not Marvel is attempting to push the X-Men out of its core comicbook universe, so it was no surprise to hear one of the fans ask the panel for clarification on the issue. 
 
"Marvel hates X-Men" Bendis joked, before saying that while he can't comment on what is in store, we've not seen the end of the X-Men at Marvel, taking a dig at all those conspiracy theorists online by and clearly insinuating that such rumors of X-Men dying a death at Marvel a pure nonsense. Cebulski jumped in by adding "You'll always have X-Men comicbooks."

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