Marvel has revealed a new upcoming mini – series Marvel Universe Vs. The Avengers with art by Leandro Fernandez written by Jonathan Maberry (Marvel Universe Vs. Punisher, Marvel Universe Vs. Wolverine).
“The story is intensely personal, as all stories of great cultural trauma,” the writer asserts. “These are horror stories, and MARVEL UNIVERSE VS THE AVENGERS takes the horror down to a very personal level. We are no longer witnessing the world’s hurt or the cultural hurt, we’re inside the head –and heart—of a man who is experiencing the most personal kind of hurt.”
The man in question, the archer extraordinaire Hawkeye, acts as the readers’ eyes and ears in this shocking, sickening world, though he does not stand alone.
“The story is told from Hawkeye’s perspective, but most of the big guns are there: Thor, Hulk—red and green versions—Iron Man, Giant Man, Luke Cage, Black Widow, Mockingbird, Spider-Man, and others,” reveals Maberry. “We also check in on the kids at Avengers Academy. The events in these four issues cut a bloody swath across the entire Avengers landscape.”
As the story unfolds, the normally sardonic arrow slinger finds himself struggling with a mixed blessing. While undeniably more powerful heroes become victims the plague, he appears to have a heightened resistance to it.
“The world is becoming a horror show and no one has the power to stop it,” Maberry explains. “Then we look down at the street-level, at a man like Hawkeye who has no super powers and who isn’t really the go-to guy for a world-threatening crisis and for reasons we’ll explore in the story, he doesn’t succumb to the plague as quickly. More and more of the responsibility for this fight falls to him, and he’s extremely mortal.
“That is a special kind of horror, and it’s a special kind of heroic tale,” Maberry promises. “I think people are going to bond pretty heavily with Hawkeye in this tale.”