Mere days before 2016 comes to a close, Marvel's "winter" event series Civil War II has released its last issue. But Civil War II wasn't going to go down without at least adding a few more twists to the future of the Marvel Universe... and oh boy, did it add some.
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There might be Team Tony and Team Carol, and there might even have been distractions like Hawkeye vs Bruce Banner, but we've known from the get go that Civil War II would all boil down to one almighty clash: Iron Man vs Captain Marvel. That major scrap might already be over though, if the latest issue is anything to go by.
Tony Stark's future in the Marvel Universe has been thrown into doubt ever since the start of Civil War II — and made even more doubtful when we learned that he would be replaced as Iron Man by not one, but two different characters. One of those Iron Men debuted today in Infamous Iron Man, giving us a major hint about Tony's fate.
Whose side is Justin Trudeau on in Civil War II? Is the Prime Minister of Canada, making his comic book debut today in Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5, Team Tony or Team Carol? Turns out, he's neither. He's Team Justin Trudeau Doesn't Give a Shit About Your Superhero Infighting Nonsense.
Civil War II has already been about making some pretty bad choices. But when it comes to a close, the leaders of either side of the conflict are going to make an even worse choice than the ones that lead to Civil War II in the first place: Trusting the not-so-trustworthy-at-the-moment Steve Rogers.
Doctor Doom is one of the two new people taking on the role of Iron Man in this spring's "Marvel Now!" lineup, and to do so, he's getting his own suit of Iron Man armour. In true Doom style, it's been remade in his own image — and it's a pretty awesome mash-up of Doctor Doom and Iron Man's designs that really, really works.
Yesterday, Marvel announced that Tony Stark would be walking away from his latest suit of power armour. His replacement is going to be Riri Williams, a genius MIT student who isn't old enough to drink yet. (So no "Demon in a Bottle" storyline for her, I guess.)
It looked like Riri Williams was going to be the next War Machine, taking the spot of the recently deceased James Rhodes. But it turns out that the subplot involving the teenage genius will be going somewhere else entirely. Marvel says that Riri will be wearing red-and-gold power armour soon and becoming an Iron Person.
Earlier last week we posted part of Evan's chat with Brian Michael Bendis, a five-time Eisner award winner and a long-standing writer for Marvel Comics. In the full interview, Bendis talks about his early career, the difference between the Powers TV show and the comics, Jessica Jones, the second Civil War, story grenades and much, much more.
While the world is raving about the new Captain America: Civil War trailer, on my shelf it's still The Age of Ultron.