Earth’s mightiest heroes are about to save the world, but this time, it’ll be on the printed page.
In the wake of the recent success of Guardians of the Galaxy at the box office, Marvel has announced that comic book writer Dan Abnett will be taking on a new project featuring a different team of superheroes.
The New York Times best-selling author, who delivered the comic book giant’s first original prose novel (Rocket Raccoon & Groot: Steal the Galaxy) and whose work, along with co-writer Andy Lanning, has been credit with inspiring the story and characters brought to life by director James Gunn, is currently working on a book titled Avengers: Everybody Wants to Rule the World.
Scheduled to come out a month before the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the story will see the team scattered across the globe: Captain America will be fighting off the forces of Hydra in Berlin; Black Widow and Hawkeye are on a mission in the Savage Land; Thor is battling an entire army in Siberia; Hulk and Nick Fury team up in Mangapore; and Iron Man goes head to head with Ultron in Washington.
In an interview with Marvel, Abnett had this to say about the project:
The Avengers are my favorite Marvel team. So that helped enormously. The idea was to do a great big, epic story that represented the Avengers at their best, doing what they do best, taking on planet-threatening monstrosities. The main guide Marvel gave me to begin with was to start from that core team roster from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’ve added to that a bit. Then I gave them an Earth-shaking, staggering threat, which I hope won’t be too much for them to deal with. It’s got to be big. Without the artwork of comics to give you the fun and games, you need the fun and games to be present there in the prose for it to be big and expansive. It needed to be ambitious.
The Avengers aren’t just taking on one of their classic foes, which would make a great novel in itself. They’re taking on multiple classic foes at the same time in a desperate scramble. They have to sub-divide to meet these threats, threats they’d normally have to stand together to deal with. And while they’re contending with Hydra and A.I.M, they’re sort of going, ‘Why is all this happening at once?’ Everyone seems to be making this mad grab for the Earth, and of course, that’s the point. There is something at stake, something motivating all these villainous entities to act at the same time.
While there are some things in the book meant to mirror the movies, like the team-line mentioned above, the incarnations and personalities of the characters featured stem from the comics. The timeline aspect also appears to stray from the present-day films, given that the story is said to take place in “an as-yet-undisclosed point in their history.”
Avengers: Everybody Wants to Rule the World flies into shelves April 2015. Check out the cover art here, and let us know if you plan on picking up a copy in the comments!