Champions #11



"The Champions are about confronting the injustices of the world, particularly the ones younger people face. As a Marvel comic, though, we can’t be too on the nose. It’s sort of disrespectful to do a story about Ferguson, call the city Ferguson, and act like the superheroes can have anything to do there, because that belittles the efforts of the real heroes in that town. If we take situations like that, though, and sort of tweak and fictionalize them a bit, it’s clear what we’re doing." - Mark Waid

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Avengers #10



"Every moment Octavius doesn't kill [Deadpool] is a moment of restraint." - Mark Waid

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Avengers #9



"I've done a lot of tie-ins to other folks' events. To me, when they succeed or when it's easy to write tie-ins are when the folks who are writing the event give you sandboxes to play in, where you can have a little more room and you can have a little more use. Instead of kind of peripherally connecting, you give them environments and stages that you can build stories out of. So, in a behind-the-scenes sense, I looked at this event and said 'If I were a tie-in writer, what would be useful to me here?' Setting up these arenas in the Darkforce and behind the planetary defense shield, and a few others that'll come into play as we go..."- Nick Spencer

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Avengers #7



"This speaks to me of a guy who, like I perceive Doom, doesn't believe that he should own the world because he feels like he is worthy and nobody else recognizes it. To me, Doctor Doom's big secret, although he would never even admit it to himself, is that he wants to own the world because secretly he believes that if he does, it will validate all the things he wants to believe about himself. It's a complete 180 of the way we tend to think about Doom." – Mark Waid

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Champions #8



"I’m in that tiny sliver of people who think Scott Summers is the best X-Man there is. I’ve loved Scott Summers ever since I first started reading X-Men comics back in the mid-60s. So I campaigned quite heavily to get young Scott Summers on that team." - Mark Waid

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Champions #7



"A little while back, Grant Morrison and I were discussing the old Superman lore, specifically all the various items he had in the Fortress of Solitude. He had that giant key, and the Bottle City of Kandor, but he also had a Zone-a-phone. It was a device that Superman used to look into the Phantom Zone. And, whenever Superman would look into it all he ever saw were these people shouting 'I hate you, Superman!' and 'I'm going to get you for this!'

"So, the obvious question came up: Why would anyone want to keep a device like this in their house?! A device that is just full of people telling you how much they despise you whenever you turn it on! And then I realized that I had a Zone-a-phone in my house; it's called the Internet."
-- Mark Waid

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Champions #6



"The trick is that Marvel has always been to a large extent the world around us. It has to be evocative of the world around us, the feelings people are feeling. At the same time, it’s a superhero comic, so you take real-world concerns and you put a Marvel face on it." -- Mark Waid

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Champions #5



"You’ll know we’ve failed if by issue 5 the Masters of Evil show up and there’s a fight with the Absorbing Man. Clearly at that point we will have been a victim of mission creep." -- Mark Waid

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Avengers #2.1



"Much as I did with CAPTAIN AMERICA: MAN OUT OF TIME, I wanted to pick a moment in Avengers history that had been kind of glossed over and go into greater depth. The story of the Avengers drafting three known criminals into their ranks is more timely now than it was back then, even, as reporters in our story worry that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are foreign terrorists!" -- Mark Waid

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