The third teaser for Marvel NOW! Point One reveals Ant-Man as one of five characters who will shape the future of Marvel NOW!
Source: Press Release
The internet is abuzz today with literally dozens of people talking about Ant-Man, the latest character to be revealed in a series of teasers for Marvel's Marvel NOW initiative that features an image of Black Fury, known in some circles as "Blurry," indiscriminately tossing classified files at the reader. Each of the files is obscured by a question mark, but Marvel has been revealing the question marks one by one, first showing time-travelling mercenary-Jesus Cable, followed by an unpopular legacy version of Nova, and now revealing... Ant-Man.
Some readers might question the seriousness of putting a low-visibility character like Ant-Man in a position of influence capable of shaping the future of an entire publishing universe for at least six months before another world-shattering event and new status quo, but, as one can plainly from the stern look Black Fury gives the reader while casually ignoring S.H.I.E.L.D. protocol to toss top secret documents at a reader whose security clearance is questionable at best, Marvel is not "fucking around."
The Outhouse reached out to Ant-Man for comment on his unexpected inclusion in such an important group of heroes. "I'm really pleased and excited," he told us, or at least he would have if he were not a fictional character. "Being added to a group that already contains two solid C-List characters, plus ol' "Blurry," is a big step up for a D-List character like myself, and I would just like to thank..."
"Shut up, Ant-Man," we replied, tired of listening to him. "No one cares about you."
He slunk away, dejected.
One thing that is clear from these teasers so far is that the future of Marvel NOW! looks an awful lot like the Marvel Universe, with Black Fury representing the Avengers franchise, Nova representing the recently confirmed Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ant-Man starring in his own feature film in Marvel Phase 2, directed by Edgar Wright. It is unknown whether Cable will be featured in a movie anytime soon, but this reporter will choose to wildly speculate that his inclusion may indicate an attempt to distance him from the X-Men family of titles, as Fox holds the movie rights to the X-Men, thus freeing the character up to be used by Marvel Studios in the movie-verse.
An important question remains, however. Who will be wearing the Ant-Man helmet in the Movie-verse, and if the wearer of that helmet is Hank Pym, will Pym be returning to the role in comics as well?
Stay tuned to The Outhouse for another exciting Marvel NOW! Point One reveal. Our money is on Howard the Duck.
MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, MATT FRACTION, JEPH LOEB, NICK SPENCER, KIERON GILLEN, DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by MICHAEL ALLRED, ED MCGUINNESS, STEVE MCNIVEN, JAMIE MCKELVIE, SALVADOR LARROCA and LUKE ROSS!
Cover by ADI GRANOV
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