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Savage Avengers Debut With Anti-Hero Line-Up With Wolverine, Venom and Conan The Barbarian?!
Conan the Barbarian will star in a new Avengers comic series
Marvel Comics more or less invented the concept of the interconnected fictional universe as we know it, but that doesn’t mean they’re not open to outsiders every now and then. Last year, Marvel reacquired the license to the Conan the Barbarian comics, and the company kicked off 2019 with two new series featuring the character. (In fact, Savage Sword of Conan #1 hit stores just this week.) But Conan’s new reign at Marvel won’t be limited to just his own titles: EW can exclusively reveal that the character will be a key member of the new Savage Avengers series, fighting evil alongside classic Marvel superheroes Wolverine, Venom, Punisher, Elektra, and Brother Voodoo.
“This is an unsanctioned team of heroes,” says Gerry Duggan, who will be writing both Savage Avengers and Savage Sword of Conan. “It has to be something that visually makes sense to you, and I think it does. [Artist] Mike Deodato Jr. is illustrating this book in both worlds. We envisioned a threat, a magical green zone where the evil wizards of Conan’s world are trading spells with the Hand in Japan. Conan is on a very Conan-like mission; he’s heard a tale of an amulet so he’s chasing it, and the evil magic sorcerers are doing something that would be a Marvel Avengers problem. It feels like we have found some very fertile ground that is a Venn diagram between those two worlds.”
Though the “savage” in the title resonates both with Conan’s history and the prehistoric Marvel jungle known as the Savage Land (where much of the action begins), Duggan jokes that Savage Avengers might as well be called the “Stabby Avengers,” because “without checking, this has the most stabbing out of any Avengers book.” Between Wolverine’s claws, Venom’s teeth, Elektra’s sai, and Conan’s swords, it’s easy to imagine how much stabbing might go on. Though it will likely take a while for all these characters to see eye-to-eye (Conan and Wolverine will clash almost immediately), they definitely share common ground when it comes to fighting…
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