‘Heroes Reborn’ Presents A Marvel Universe Without Avengers

by James Ferguson

Marvel started teasing a “Heroes Reborn” for 2021 last week complete with new versions of some of its biggest characters. The publisher has now revealed that these heroes and villains will be part of a new vision of the Marvel Universe without the Avengers. If Earth’s mightiest heroes never assembled, what new super team would step up to fill the void? What deadly threats would go unchecked? And what would become of these characters if they never became heroes? This storyline serves as the culmination of writer Jason Aaron and artist Ed McGuiness‘ work on Avengers. Artists Iban Coello and Espen Grundetjern turned in an awesome triptych which you can see below.

Welcome to a world where Tony Stark never built an Iron Man armor. Where Thor is a hard-drinking atheist who despises hammers. Where Wakanda is dismissed as a myth. And where Captain America was never found in the ice, because there were no Avengers to find him. Instead this world has always been protected by Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Squadron Supreme of America. And now the Squadron face an attack from some of their fiercest enemies, like Dr. Juggernaut, the Black Skull, the Silver Witch and Thanos with his Infinity Rings. Blade is the one man alive who seems to remember that the entire world has somehow been… reborn. And so begins his search for the cause behind this ominous shift in reality.

“Maybe the wildest story I’ve ever put on paper. I got to cut loose on this and release my inner comic-reared child in a really profound way, and together with a cadre of immensely imaginative artists, we built a world that I’m pretty confident in saying is quite unlike any version of the Marvel Universe you’ve seen before,” Aaron said of his latest Marvel saga. “It grew out of the pages of my Avengers run, but kept getting bigger and bigger as it went, and the more pieces I put in place for this Reborn world, the more gleeful and excited I became. This project really stoked the fires of my love for comics in all the right ways.”

“It’s only natural that after the Phoenix burns the world to ash, there should come a rebirth, and so Reborn is the next big step in the massive super-story that Jason and Ed have been crafting in Avengers,” Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said. “Prepare to enter a very different yet hauntingly familiar Marvel Universe!”

“I’ve been having an absolute blast designing and drawing some new spins on old favorites Jason Aaron has brought to the table,” McGuinness said. “They are all with a purpose story wise which makes them really cool to get into from the art side of things. He may be the maddest scientist of all!”

I’m a sucker for alternate takes on heroes. I eat that stuff up, even though they all basically follow the same formula. It’s an all new world and one person sees the truth and has to convince people to go back to normal. Regardless, I’m intrigued by Heroes Reborn. I do wonder if it has to have the same title as the controversial aftermath of the Onslaught attack in the ’90s to execute this, but hey, it definitely got people talking. Heroes Reborn #1 is set for release in May 2021.

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