I’ve been slapping you in your collective faces with the consistent flow of promotional, Marvel NOW “DIVIDED” images featuring two Marvel characters aligned as shattering reflections and prefaced by the phrases, “DIVIDED,” or, “DIVIDED WE…” Yes, I’ve been doing this every day for over a week, updating my article whenever new teaser images crash-landed onto my…uh…inbox helipad, detailing another disjointed Marvel pairing. Heck, I even offered a short description of each character included in each promotional pairing, as well as some speculation regarding the event!
Well, Marvel just released some more definitive information regarding their new Marvel NOW initiative, dulling the sharp edge of fanboy speculation and actually completing the ominous text present in every bit of promotion. It seems “DIVIDED…” was the very first word in the now completed sentence, “DIVIDED WE STAND.”
And, to showcase the divided, somewhat surprising mixture of heroic/villainous/vaguely indifferent super-persons, Marvel released the promotional art (above) displaying the variously aligned super-persons in their particular, post-CIVIL WAR II camps. Let’s take a look at those newly forged, contentious groups.
From left to right-
Solo, Foolkiller, Jessica Jones, Quake, Captain Marvel, Elektra, Thor Odinson, American Kaiju, Victor Von Doom, Slapstick, Steve Rogers, Black Panther, Gamora and Cable.
From left to right-
Gwenpool, Mosaic, Miss America Chavez, Squirrel Girl, Wasp, Prowler, Moon Girl, War Machine(?) (Riri Williams), Hawkeye (Kate Bishop), Hulk (Amadeus Cho), Spider-Man (Miles Morales), and Doctor Strange.
Yep, the fallout of Civil War II has super-persons taking specific sides over….something occurring in the time between CW II and Marvel NOW (Mark III). Yep, this time, there’s no shaking hands and making amends after CW II, as Marvel EIC Axel Alonso maintains this division is more than a singular event, “It’s the status quo of the Marvel Universe in the aftermath of the war.”
So, why are these particular characters choosing these particular sides? According to our friends at fastcocreate, the reasons are very specific.
“They’re all there because they matter… They’ll either be in a solo series, or they’ll be a key member of a team, or they’ll do something that you will be talking about in a Marvel book that will bring them into a position of prominence. They’re there for a reason.”
So, what do you think? And where the HELL is Tony Stark??