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Monday, March 30, 2015

Uncanny Avengers Variant Cover

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Jason Pearson Shares His Process For An Uncanny Avengers Variant Cover

Over on his Facebook pageJason Pearson shared these images showing the stages for his Uncanny Avengers variant cover. With the images, Pearson explains that he is a huge fan of Rogue so she got center stage and he admitted he doesn’t like Sabretooth much, hence he got pushed to the back.

It’s also interesting to see just how much the cover changed between the initial sketch to the finished product… like swapping Vision and Falcon and removing the missiles all together.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Marvel Introduces 'A-Force Presents,' An Anthology Collection Featuring Female Heroes

From Comics Alliance:

http://comicsalliance.com/marvel-introduces-a-force-presents-an-anthology-collection-featuring-female-heroes/

  Marvel has announced a new bi-monthly book called A-Force Presentsthat will collect issues of various Marvel comics featuring female heroes in trade paperback format. Rather than the traditional collection of a single storyline, these collections will be more of sampler of what’s going on at Marvel at any given time. This is a great idea from Marvel, and a really exciting example of how the publisher is taking women seriously as an audience. In their press release, Marvel explained the concept:

A bi-monthly series focusing on the strength, courage and power of Marvel’s female heroes, A-Force Presents collects a new selection of Marvel’s critically-acclaimed female led titles for fans to explore. Targeted towards young adult readers, each volume of A-Force Presents includes 6 issues and offers a clean entry point into the Marvel Universe through some of the most popular titles. Releasing this September, the first volume, A-Force Presents Vol. 1 collects the critically acclaimed first issue of Ms. MarvelCaptain Marvel,ThorShe-Hulk, Black Widow and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Don’t miss your chance to jump on board with Marvel’s mightiest superheroines when A-Force PresentsVol. 1 bursts on to the scene later this year!

In terms of outreach to an audience that isn’t necessarily going to comic shops, this is how it should be done. Last year, Bookscan sales of comics were up 17% while Diamond comics sales were up 4% — and the comics doing well at bookstores are overwhelmingly those created by or aimed at women and girls. It’s a mark of the drastic sea change in comics that a publisher as large as Marvel is putting together an initiative like this. The only real concern about a book like this is that consumers may be confused — will they know they’re not buying a complete story, but rather a sampler? Will future volumes continue the story by publishing second issues of the comics listed above, or will it sample a completely different list of comics? There’s also the question of where the collection will be shelved. It would be interesting if Marvel can manage to get these trades shelved in the YA section. That would be a spectacular coup that many publishers in comics would love to pull off. One reason many observers give for the failure of DC’s Minx line is that the initial plan to have the books shelved with YA titles rather than with the comics at bookstores was never implemented. For readers who want to pre-order the first A-Force Presents, it’s up on Amazon already. Volume Two is up as well, and the cover suggests that the series will at least continue the stories of Thor, She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel.   

Thursday, March 19, 2015

SECRET WARS CORRESPONDENCE: AGE OF APOCALYPSE

From Marvel:  http://marvel.com/news/comics/24283/secret_wars_correspondence_age_of_apocalypse

In 1995, the X-Men as we knew them ceased to exist.

In the blink of an eye, a powerful mutant rewrote history and the Children of the Atom entered the Age of Apocalypse, dragging an excited and apprehensive fan base along with them. For months, the characters and comics we knew ceased to be, replaced by a familiar faces given new roles on a world where mutants ruled and only the strong survived.

This daring break from the norm proved a daring gamble that paid off, as the saga earned a place in Marvel lore as one of the most dynamic explorations into alternate reality storytelling to date and set the bar for massive events to come. Now, beginning in June as part of Secret Wars, one of the architects of the original epic, Fabian Nicieza, welcomes artist Gerardo Sandoval to one of the Warzones! he knows all too well with AGE OF APOCALYPSE.

“This Age of Apocalypse, taking place on Battleworld, is a story about the choices heroes have to make after they have already lost,” explains Nicieza. “What are the X-Men about if a dream of coexistence between humans and mutants has become a lost cause?”

As with the initial tale, this slice of Battleworld sees the immortal mutant Apocalypse having filled a power vacuum left by the absence of Charles Xavier from the larger landscape. Nicieza recognizes the potential in mining this perennial challenger to the X-Men in a realm where he has found the success that’s eluded him in the Marvel Universe.


He is no longer the challenger to the status quo, he is the status quo, and that makes for a different approach to the character,” the writer elaborates. “He doesn't have to scheme to prove his worth over others, he already has.

“And that’s where the real fun begins in exploring the character. So for Apocalypse, the question becomes, once you have proven you are the fittest in your crazy Darwinian game, then what do you do?”

While they may look and act drastically different from the mutant champions we know, the X-Men still oppose Apocalypse and his rule. Who will make the roster cut remains to be seen; Magneto leads the team and Age of Apocalypse stalwart Blink remains a key member, but the balance of the squad will be a mystery for now.

“The X-Men, whose branding as ‘freedom fighters’ in this world has long ago degenerated to the label of ‘terrorists,’ have seen their membership whittled down quite a bit—especially after our opening scene, he said with a cackle of evil in his voice,” teases Nicieza. “As with the original series, I decided to take one character and redesign them pretty dramatically. That should play out both in terms of a minor mystery and some fun character conflict as the series progresses.”

Beyond Apocalypse and the X-Men, expect to see a wide cast participate in AGE OF APOCALYPSE, with both sides—and more in between—padding their forces and vying for power.

“The Four Horseman serve [Apocalypse], though their composition is a little different from the original series,” Nicieza says. “Also, one gets taken off the board early on, setting up a secondary storyline about the characters vying to take his place.

“Cyclops and Havok still lead the Elite Mutant Force and their squad consists of multiple mutant siblings. Angel’s Casablanca-like nightclub plays an important part in the chess game between humans and mutants. And pay attention because you may see a partially lobotomized red-haired young lady working there as a hostess.

“And speaking of the humans—though in this world they are relegated to slave-caste status and live in a very small, defined ghetto—we’ll see familiar faces including Peter Corbeau and Carol Danvers.”

Surprisingly, the most key player in the fight against Apocalypse could be one of the most underestimated figures in X-Men history: Doug Ramsey, aka Cypher.

“The only thing I’ll say is that Doug Ramsey can not only interpret all languages, he can also discern the intent behind the words spoken,” Nicieza intimates. “That’s a very important power to have when one group of mutants is trying to find out what secret weapon the humans seem to be working towards and another group of mutants is trying to convince everyone that Apocalypse is bat-crap crazy!”

While readers will no doubt relish the opportunity to return to the Age of Apocalypse, it represents a significant homecoming for Nicieza as well, who not only crafted the original story, but spent years shaping the X-Men in the 1990’s, contributing hugely to the mutant tapestry that spread mightily across Marvel.

“The characters are so haunted and hopeful, megalomaniacal and majestic, that I imagine it’s what writing an opera would be like if I knew the first thing about opera,” he reflects on this latest assignment. “Working with [editors] Mike Marts and Xander Jarowey has been an absolute pleasure. The one aspect of the series that has really surprised and delighted me the most, because I wasn’t familiar with his art, was the dynamic, incredible power of Gerardo Sandoval's work! When I open up a new page on my laptop, they threaten to  burst my screen apart from sheer, brute force!

“I can’t wait for people to see this book—new and old fans alike! Original AoA readers or those who have joined the mutant merriment more recently will find everything they love about the X-Men rippling through this series!”

Follow the latest updates on Secret Wars daily on Marvel.com and via our social channels!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"X-TINCTION AGENDA," "RENEW YOUR VOWS" JOIN "SECRET WARS" IN MARVEL'S JUNE 2015 SOLICITATIONS

From CBR:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/x-tinction-agenda-renew-your-vows-more-join-secret-wars-in-marvels-june-2015-solicitations


A-FORCE #2
MARGUERITE BENNETT & G. WILLOW WILSON (w)
JORGE MOLINA (a/C)
Variant Cover by KRIS ANKA
• With monsters appearing on the utopian island of Arcadia and threatening its inhabitants, She-Hulk and her team of Avengers set out to discover the source.
• But when they stumble upon a conspiracy that reaches far beyond Arcadia, She-Hulk may just find herself on the wrong side of the law!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99



Friday, March 13, 2015

X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES LIVES ON IN X-MEN '92

From IGN:  http://m.ca.ign.com/articles/2015/03/13/x-men-the-animated-series-lives-on-in-x-men-92

Marvel revealed more information about the upcoming comic series X-Men '92 which takes place in the world of X-Men: The Animated Series. As revealed by Polygon, X-Men '92 will pick up where the animated series left off in 1997 and chronicle the continuing adventures of this iconic X-Men cast.

X-Men '92 will be the latest addition to Marvel's Infinite Comics digital line. The first digital chapter will debut on services like Comixology in May, with the first print edition hitting stores in June. The series will be co-written by Chris Sims and Chad Bowers (Down Set Fight), with Scott Koblish (Deadpool) providing the art.

X-Men '92 was originally teased last fallalong with a number of other Secret Wars tie-in comics. And while this series is being marketed as a Secret Wars tie-in (with the animated X-Men presumably occupying their own corner of Battleworld), Polygon revealed that X-Men '92 is planned as an ongoing comic rather than a mini-series. The solicitation for the first issue teases, "When Baron Kelly charges the Clear Mountain Project and its mysterious new director with 'mutant rehabilitation,' it's up to the X-Men to investigate!"

This should come as exciting news to anyone with nostalgia for X-Men: The Animated Series. The show was notable for adapting a number of iconic X-Men storylines from the comics and introducing the franchise to a wider audience. The show eventually led to an entire animated Marvel Universe during the '90s, including shows for Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Hulk, and Iron Man.

"I was ten years old in 1992," Sims told Polygon, "and that was the perfect time to get into the X-Men. There was just so much going on, and all those complicated stories and over-the-top characters were just so enticing, and not just because they were time-travelers with huge guns and scrappy little dudes with knives on their hands. It was this whole weird, complex world that I wanted to see more of, and now we're getting the chance to go in and make it even weirder."

The first chapter of X-Men '92 will debut in May at a price of $3.99. Let us know if you're excited for the return of this team in the comments below. And click here for the full scoop on all of Marvel's Secret Wars tie-ins revealed so far.

'90S ANIMATED X-MEN RETURN IN DIGITAL-FIRST "X-MEN '92"

From CBR:


If you're a '90s kid, there's a good chance the "X-Men" animated series that ran from 1992 to 1997 on Fox Kids has a special place in your heart (and that you've never quite gotten Gambit's accent out of your head). It's also likely that you were very intrigued by the "X-Men '92" teaser that Marvel released back in November

Four months later, all has now been revealed via Polygon: "X-Men '92" is a digital-first "Secret Wars" series from the team of Chris Sims and Chad Bowers, co-writers of "Down Set Fight" for Oni Press, and "Deadpool" artist Scott Koblish -- and indeed, it's based on the beloved '90s cartoon.


"I was 10 years old in 1992," Sims, a longtime writer at ComicsAlliance, told Polygon. "That was the perfect time to get into the X-Men. There was just so much going on, and all those complicated stories and over-the-top characters were just so enticing, and not just because they were time-travelers with huge guns and scrappy little dudes with knives on their hands. It was this whole weird, complex world that I wanted to see more of, and now we're getting the chance to go in and make it even weirder."

"X-Men '92" is slated to debut in Marvel's digital-exclusive Infinite Comics format in May -- Polygon says it'll be the first series to spin out of "Secret Wars" -- with a print version available starting in June.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Thought I'd change the header back to the one that Russell Dauterman designed for us way back in 2010!  Truely a talented artist and I'm so honored that he took the time !!!
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Monday, February 23, 2015

‘Wonder Woman’ Solo Film Will Begin Shooting This Fall

I used to love Wonder Woman and the Bionic Woman TV shows when I was a kid, they both showed me that a woman could have strength and character and be a hero. I hope this is good!

From Comics Alliance:

Last we heard, Warner Bros. hadn’t yet officially given the Wonder Woman solo film the green light, which wasn’t entirely surprising given that a script wasn’t firmly in place. But this weekend brought good news on the Wonder Woman front: shooting will begin this fall for the hero’s upcoming solo adventure, with — as previously confirmed — Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad vet Michelle MacLaren in the director’s chair.

In an unrelated casting story over at Deadline, the trade reports that filming for Wonder Woman will begin later this year, with Gal Gadot in the leading role. Gadot will make her first appearance as the hero in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 before moving onto her solo film, which is set for release in 2017. The actress will then reprise the part for the first Justice League film, hitting theaters later in 2017.


MacLaren will direct from a script by Pan screenwriter Jason Fuchs, marking the director’s second feature film effort (she previously directed the 2006 low budget thriller Population 436). MacLaren also recently helmed the second episode of AMC’s Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spinoff focusing on Walter White’s lawyer, Saul Goodman.

WB is reportedly planning a Wonder Woman trilogy, with the first film set in the 1920s on Paradise Island, the home of Themyscira/Diana Prince and the Amazons. When a mysterious stranger arrives asking for her help, our hero follows him to our world, where Wonder Woman finds herself disappointed by the vast gender inequality. The second film would follow Wonder Woman during World War II, in the ‘30s and ‘40s, while a third film would move her to present day with the Justice League.

It’s also been reported that Batman v Superman will explain Wonder Woman’s origins, which seems a bit redundant with the solo film also addressing her beginnings.

We’ll see Wonder Woman make her debut when Batman v Superman hits theaters on March 25, 2016. The Wonder Woman solo film is set for release on June 23, 2017, with the first Justice League film arriving on November 10, 2017.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Marvel Solicts May 2015

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From IGN:  http://m.ca.ign.com/articles/2015/02/17/marvel-comics-solicitations-for-may-2015

FORCE #1

AFORCE_1



G. WILLOW WILSON & MARGUERITE BENNETT (w) • JORGE MOLINA (a)

Cover by JIM CHEUNG

INHUMANS 50TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT

VARIANT COVER BY RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

VARIANT COVER BY STEPHANIE HANS

VARIANT COVER BY JORGE MOLINA

YOUNG VARIANT BY SKOTTIE YOUNG

BLANK COVER VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE

• Marvel’s Mightiest Women finally get their own explosive series!

• In a secluded corner of the Battleworld, an island nation is fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has only ever been glimpsed before…

• Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that’s left, the Amazing A-FORCE stands shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on the horde!


UNCANNY AVENGERS #5

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RICK REMENDER (W) • DANIEL ACUñA (A)

Cover by KRIS ANKA

NYC VARIANT COVER BY TBA

• The truth that will shatter the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

• War between the Low and High Evolutionary.

• An Avenger has to choose between his friends and a perfect future.

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99




Friday, February 6, 2015

AXEL-IN-CHARGE: The End of The Bendis "X-Men" Era, The Arrival of "A-Force"

From CBR:


Finally, today's announcement of "A-Force" certainly has a lot of people very excited. We've talked a lot in the past about increasing representation at Marvel of both female characters and creators -- how major of a step do you view "A-Force" in that larger movement? And just to clarify: Will this be "the" Avengers book during the course of "Secret Wars," and is this the G. Willow Wilson-developed project that was teased back in December with the news that she was now exclusive with Marvel?

Alonso: Yes, during the course of "Secret Wars" and beyond. And yes, "A-Force" is what we were alluding to back in December. This plan has been hatching for some time. We are… I am very excited.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

AXEL-IN-CHARGE: Preparing for the "Ultimate End" (Uncanny X-Men #2 Preview)

From CBR


That's a lot of talk of things yet to come, so let's focus on a book released this week: 'Uncanny Avengers," 
 which kicked off a second volume with a unique mix of characters, including several former villains. What is that Rick Remender and Daniel Acuña are doing in this new series that has you, as editor-in-chief, excited?

Alonso: "AXIS" drew a line in the sand for that series, and this is the next chapter. Rick and Acuña have a new season of stories to tell -- and have you seen Acuña's art? That is Next Level $#!&!!!

Obviously "Uncanny Avengers" is a title that's historically had a lot of significance to the overall Marvel picture, as we saw with "AXIS" -- will "Uncanny Avengers" be playing a part in the lead in to Secret Wars?

Alonso: Like all Marvel books, "Uncanny Avengers" is on a direct beeline for "Secret Wars."




Friday, January 30, 2015

IGN Reviews Uncanny Avengers [2014] #1

From IGN:

By Jesse Schedeen

After a relatively lackluster first story arc, Uncanny Avengers quickly developed into one of Marvel's best ongoing books. That came to an end pretty abruptly as Uncanny Avengers transitioned into AXIS and most of what distinguished the series vanished. But perhaps the Red Skull is just a curse on this series. As Rick Remender reunited with Daniel Acuna and relaunches the Uncanny Avengers franchise, the quality level immediately returns. Anyone who soured on this property over the past few months will be relieved.

Uncanny Avengers Vol. 2 reads like a natural extension of the first, which may be surprising considering that only two cast members return for the new team (well, three if you count the disembodied mind of Wonder Man). Since the previous volume ended, Wolverine has died, Thor and Captain America have been de-powered, Havok has turned evil and absconded with Wasp, and various other woes have befallen both the Avengers and X-Men. Luckily, Remender has assembled quite the eclectic bunch to form a new Unity Squad. New additions like Quicksilver, Sabretooth, and Brother Voodoo help the new series reflect the fallout of AXIS, while Sam Wilson is contractually obligated to fill in as the new Captain America.

Remender doesn't burden readers with any of that first issue setup nonsense that plagues so many superhero team books. No pages are wasted on scenes of team members being selected or any of that nonsense. Remender simply dives straight into the action as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch cut a swath through Counter-Earth and the other Unity Squad members try to track them down. Each character receives a bit of time in the spotlight as Remender shifts from one hero's perspective to the next. By the end, readers have a firm idea of what drives each character, whether it's Wanda and Pietro's post-AXIS identity crisis, Sabretooth's personality change, or Cap's perfectly understandable desire not to have his life force drained while trapped on a strange world millions of miles from home.

Of the bunch, Brother Voodoo emerges as the standout character of the bunch so far. This is perfectly understandable given Remender's prior experience with the character. Jericho's death always struck me as an incredible waste of an up-and-coming character, and it's great to see him back in the hands of a writer who understands him so well.

In a larger sense, this issue works because it packs in so many of those trademark Remender elements. The dialogue oozes with flavor. There's plenty of humor and banter to offset the bigger drama. The setting is suitably bizarre and sci-fi flavored with its sleek, futuristic architecture and talking, humanoid animals. Counter-Earth and the The High Evolutionary are great choices on which to hinge this arc since they have relevance to both the Avengers and X-Men camps.
And Daniel Acuna was definitely the ideal artist to render this story. Acuna worked on the previous volume more than any other artist, and he really set the tone for Uncanny Avengers. His work is both sleek and otherworldly, and it constantly crackles with energy. His colors are especially impressive, heightening the mood in many scenes and going a long way towards establishing Counter-Earth as its own unique setting.

Acuna also has the opportunity to redesign several costumes in this issue. Rogue, Quicksilver and Vision definitely benefit from the visual makeover. Scarlet Witch... not so much. Her form-fitting, cleavage-baring new costume stands out a bit from the rest of the group and their more functional outfits.
A couple other quibbles stand out in this issue. At times the narration comes across as a little melodramatic, particularly early on when Pietro reflects on how fundamentally his world has been altered with the knowledge that Magneto isn't his father. In general Uncanny Avengers could do with a little less reliance on narrative captions.  The final page also falls a little flat in that it hinges on a reveal that most readers will know is coming from the beginning. It's a slightly underwhelming way to cap off this relaunch. But those problems aside, it's good to see Remender back in top form with this series.
THE VERDICT
The new volume of Uncanny Avengers should help readers wash away the bad taste of AXIS. Even though much of the cast has changed, this new volume retains the same strengths as the old. This is a fun debut issue that wastes no time on setup and allows each team member a chance to shine. It also looks fantastic. There's a bright future ahead for the Unity Squad, assuming Secret Wars doesn't blow it all up.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Uncanny Avengers #1


So, my local comic book shop closed its doors forever and I stopped collecting comics.  Partly because I was disgusted with how Rogue was being written and partially because I was too busy to bother anymore.

Well, I'm still pretty busy but I bought my first digital comic this week.  I thought I'd give it another try.  I can't guarantee I'll update the site regularily, but I will post the odd thing or two that catches my eye.

Having said that - Rogue has some apple sauce...




Monday, January 26, 2015

FOX CONFIRMS THEY'RE DEVELOPING A LIVE-ACTION X-MEN TV SERIES

From IGN:
Back in October, rumors started up about FOX wanting to make a live-action X-Men TV series - one that would possibly be based on Peter David's X-Factor.
Now FOX has confirmed, with TV Guide's Michael Schneider, that negotiations are under way to develop an X-Men series.
"It's in negotiations," FOX entertainment chairmen Gary Newman told TV Guide at the TCA Press Tour a few weeks back. "We're cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with [Marvel]. That will not be on a fast track creatively. This is just the deal, now we have to find the creative."
As most of you know, FOX currently holds the movie rights to the X-Men, but not the TV rights. So Marvel's approval will be needed. An issue that, reportedly, has led to "delicate talks." Especially if you consider Warner Bros. Television is currently making Gotham, based on DC Comics characters, for FOX. And that Disney, owner of Marvel, has their own TV networks (including ABC which airs Agents of SHIELD AND Agent Carter).
Due to all of this, Newman stated that an X-Men show most likely couldn't be ready before the 2016-2017 TV season. Could Marvel agree to release X-Men to FOX for TV if, say, FOX does the same with the X-Men for the Marvel movies? We'll have to see.

FOX NETWORK CONFIRMS PLANS FOR AN "X-MEN" TV SERIES

From CBR!


In a move sure to shake up the superhero TV landscape, executives from Fox has confirmed that it is exploring an "X-Men" TV show.
TV Insider has the scoop, quoting chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden on their plans for a mutant-based show. "It's in negotiations," Newman said. "We're cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with them. That will not be on a fast track creatively. This is just the deal, now we have to find the creative."
As the deal is being worked out with the 20th Century Fox movie studio who owns the rights to the Marvel characters, there is no specific talent attached to the series, and it's unlikely that a show would be ready before the 2016 - 2017 season.
The news follows Fox's strong debut season for the comic book-based Gotham, which was just picked up for a second season, and historically marks the third time the network has featured the X-Men characters after the beloved '90s animated series and the less well remembered "Generation X" TV pilot movie.
However the series will fit into the X-Men movie franchise is completely unknown, but until the plans are worked out, fans have plenty of X-Action to keep them busy with "X-Men: Apocalypse," "Deadpool" and "Gambit" in the offing between now and then.
Stay tuned to CBR News for more on Fox's "X-Men" plans as they become available.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

ROGUE MAKES A PROMISE IN NEW "UNCANNY AVENGERS" TEASER

From CBR:


As one of the inverted heroes of the recently concluded "Avengers & X-Men: AXIS," Rogue did a lot of damage to the Marvel Universe. As one of the members of Rick Remender and Daniel Acuña's "Uncanny Avengers," she'll attempt to make up for her transgressions.
Today, she's the focus of Marvel's latest teaser for the upcoming series, following in the footsteps of QuicksilverScarlet Witch and Brother Voodoo. Illustrated by Acuña, the teaser quotes the mutant hero as saying, "I'm telling you right now, sugah. This is coming to an end."
The new "Uncanny Avengers" team will include Scarlet Witch, Rogue, Quicksilver, Vision, Brother Voodoo, Sam Wilson and Sabretooth.