The company plans to blatantly rip off Battle Royale in a new series.
Marvel announced a new series called Avengers Arena, which will place sixteen teenaged superheroes on an island version of Arcade's murdrous Murder World. The series will feature alumni from the Avengers Academy in addition to Cammi from Annihilation, Nico and Chase from Runaways, and Darkhawk. In total, the cast will have 17 characters, just one shy of Hickman's Avengers cast. The series will also feature the Braddock Academy, which hopefully is a less hypocritical version of the Jean Grey School of Mary Sueness.
The series will be written by Dennis Hopeless, with art by Kev Walker. In an interview with Marvel.com, Hopeless admitted that the series was thematically similar to Battle Royale, the Japanese cult classic. Hopefully, this means that the series will fulfill the company's quota of periodic shock deaths for a while so the rest of Marvel's characters are spared for the next few months.
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