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I very deliberately wrote a Post-Nextwave Monica instead of Nextwave Monica, precisely because it was time to move on. Bringing Nextwave into a form of "continuity" was a way of metabolizing it, so it needn't hang over those characters forever. (Warren's a big influence for me in terms of his ability to cut to the heart of a character or concept, find The Thing That Makes It Cool, and then present that simply and with style.) -- Al Ewing

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The Mantlo/Mignola/Gordon “Rocket Raccoon” limited series got reprinted in one of the Marvel UK comics of my childhood, so I do have some rosy, cosy memories of it. He was pretty much a totally different person back then - and from what I recall, a much less troubled one. Occasionally, bits and pieces of that old life will surface - someone will get past his defenses by reminding him of the old days, or he'll have retained a piece of kit from his time as Ranger Rocket - but to remember is painful. It's a very noir trope - the old, good time that the hero lost and can never get back. The long-buried sadness. -- Al Ewing

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Hawkeye's desperate desire for public validation [in old comics] is fascinating in light of what will follow for him. Especially in terms of his current characterisation as The Old Man Who Used To Be Cool. At least that's my interpretation of him - once a semi-major figure in an important cultural scene that's since left him behind. In a way Hawkeye's the only Marvel superhero who's realistically aged. -- Al Ewing

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WARNING: Hulk and Hawkeye will not be sharing a friendly laugh about recent events. AT ALL. -- Al Ewing

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I’ve accidentally called it Avengers Forever more than once in conversation. That’s kind of the gold standard in a lot of ways, the bar to clear. We’re doing something very different from what that was, but at the same time, we’re telling a grand story on an epic scale, and right at the core of it is the idea of what it means to be an Avenger. -- Al Ewing

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One thing that stands out is that everyone was really scared of the Hulk in the very early days, in a way they haven’t been since – they were afraid of what he might do, because they had no idea what he could or would do. That’s our Hulk. He’s a terrifying mystery... -- Al Ewing

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So – this is not a friendly green Hulk. This is not a recognisable Hulk. His eyes are dark shadows with little points of glowing light – the whites of his eyes black, the pupils are doorways into whatever hell is going on inside him. There is nothing human in those eyes. He doesn’t shout, or bellow. His mouth is a cold, brutal snarl, with frozen breath coming from it, as if he’s constantly in sub‐zero temperatures. He is the sub‐zero temperature – the anger inside him is like ice. -- Al Ewing

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Essentially, we had the idea of a whole squad of Avengers against the Hulk, and at first that was going to be all the heavy hitters – which would have been exciting, but would also have had the scent of pro-wrestling to it. Like, if we know the Hulk’s going to beat the hell out of everyone – and we do know that, he’s the Strongest One There Is – it’s much more interesting to pit him against the weak and the wounded, back at HQ. It turns it from an exhibition match into a desperate last stand. (And it is going to be the last stand for a couple of Avengers. There are casualties. You’ve been warned.) -- Al Ewing

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Squirrel Girl faces the challenge of fighting some bad guys. Will she beat the bad guys? She usually does, admittedly, but it’s always possible that this is the time she won’t. I mean, we killed off Cannonball. -- Al Ewing

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It's an ending. I'm not a big fan of conclusions that are basically nesting dolls. Epilogues are a great place to tease what's coming/fallout, but a final issue should aim to deliver resolution first and foremost in my opinion. [...] Often these things end with 'and here's what the next event/linewide shift' will be. I like real endings. -- Nick Spencer

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I’m aware I’m on thin ice with Brian’s fans, but it wouldn’t be Brian Braddock for me if he didn’t occasionally get peevish at the ongoing madness of the world of capes. - Al Ewing

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USAvengers abroad is gonna be so much fun. It's by Al Ewing and Paco Medina, so you don't need me to tell you it's good. -- Nick Spencer

How the team will make it through [Secret Empire] – they won’t, not in their current form. If they did, it wouldn’t be much of an arc, because there’d be no consequences. So not all the team members who come out of this particular crucible are going to be exactly the same as when they went in. And they might not all come out! Cannonball, for example, is a hundred per cent dead. I would never lie about something like that to promote a surprise reveal where he turns out to actually be alive. Never. And I would also never lie about lying about that, or lie about lying about lying about that, so I hope anyone reading this knows exactly how trustworthy I am when it comes to Cannonball’s unfortunate, and definite, death. -- Al Ewing

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Roberto has no idea how tough things are about to get — he’s a master of long-term planning, but in Steve Rogers’ Hydra agent, he’s almost definitely met his match in that department, and the wheels the evil Cap has set in motion could end up crushing A.I.M. in their path. So when things get really bad for him — and for the world — a little hope and caring might just go a long way. Not to mention that helping other people, and letting other people help you, is just good policy for life in general if you can do it. -- Al Ewing

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