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Angela (from SPAWN) and Neil Gaiman Prepare for the AGE OF ULTRON

How the former Image character will enter and fit into the Marvel Universe remains to be seen.

AGE OF ULTRON is underway and there are lots of questions after the first two issues. Despite the story taking place "now," readers are left unsure how this fits into the rest of the Marvel Universe, the repercussions the story will have and how it will all end. It was announced earlier that Marvel CCO Joe Quesada would be drawing the final pages to the story. It's been said that this is in part with keeping the ending a secret.

It turns out there's another secret they've kept under wraps but this apparently doesn't deal with the ending. This morning in the New York Times it was revealed that not only was Neil Gaiman making his return to Marvel Comics, he's also bringing his character, the angel Angela, first seen in Todd McFarlane's SPAWN comic.

Despite appearing in SPAWN, Gaiman was the copyright holder for several characters that appeared in the issue he wrote. It was in 2012 McFarlane and Gaiman reached a confidential settlement over the ownership and royalties owed to Gaiman for the characters he created. With full ownership awarded to Gaiman, the plans are to now bring her into the Marvel Universe.

It's mentioned that the plans for Angela to crossover to the Marvel Universe have been underway for "quite some time." It was decided that AGE OF ULTRON would be a good "entry point" for the character.

Some may complain about spoilers over this news but Marvel Editor in Cheif Axel Alonso insists this doesn't count as a spoiler. He refers to her presence as a bonus, similar to the "post-credit scenes in one of our Marvel Studio movies."

AGE OF ULTRON will not be her only appearance. It's been revealed that her next appearance will be in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #5 by Brian Michael Bendis and co-written by Gaiman. What this means for the character and the Marvel Universe remains to be seen.

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Posted by AskaniSon295

Bet her and Ghost Rider ending up fighting at some point. Oh and she can become an avatar of the phoenix probably join the Avengers. So is Neil Gaimen selling the rights to the Character or will he retain the rights and creative control?

Posted by EdwardWindsor

Awesome Gaiman, is great Angela is great win win.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

but......if Angela isnt in the same universe as Al......who will i ship him with.

Posted by ShadowSwordmaster

I did not see this coming

Posted by Night Thrasher

Gaiman either licensed the character to Marvel or sold the rights outright. I'm pretty sure that Gaiman really didn't have plans for the character per se when he created her and just wanted to add something to the pale universe MacFarlane had created but expected to be compensated for it. So it would make sense that he would sell (or lease) the rights to someone else.

Posted by EnSabahNurX
@Night Thrasher said:

Gaiman either licensed the character to Marvel or sold the rights outright. I'm pretty sure that Gaiman really didn't have plans for the character per se when he created her and just wanted to add something to the pale universe MacFarlane had created but expected to be compensated for it. So it would make sense that he would sell (or lease) the rights to someone else.

Yea good for Gaiman getting his prize. Not sure how Angela will fit in but I'm officially intrigued O_O 
Gaiman probably licensed it as part of his deal to write for Marvel, if it was me I wouldn't sell a character that I finally won back from someone else lol Psh it's Gaiman he does what he wants lol
Posted by TheReaper111

why not just bring her back in the spawn comics? let mcfarlane and gaiman get over they're pissing match, angela does not really fit with the marvel universe.

Posted by TheReaper111

@Avenging-X-Bolt:LOL

Posted by SandMan_

When is Marvelman gonna be finally introduced to the Marvel Universe??? Make it happen Marvel!

Posted by Night Thrasher

@TheReaper111: I don't see how she doesn't fit. She could fit perfectly with the Midnight Sons sub universe or the Mythological patheons in Marvel. As a matter of fact Marvel has far more Demons, Angels and Divine Beings than McFarlane's universe. She could slide in the Marvel Universe with ease.

Posted by cuddles666

I'd rather see Marvel revive the Ultraverse guys...........

Posted by rasx

I stayed away from the internet for one day and you see what happens. An indie character who can jump to different universes.

Posted by captain_oblivious

@EpicMeltDown: I hope they worked out reprint rights. Kind of like watching WKRP in Cincinnati and not hearing the same music as when watching it when it first aired. Would Marvel have to erase Angela in reprints and TPBs or place some generic character in place?

@SandMan_: Heard Gaiman has issue 25 written of Miracleman. That property may be locked in copyright limbo in perpetuity. Would love to see Gaiman finish his story.

Posted by benette_rivera

is there any angels in the Marvel U? Angela's gonna be lonely there...

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

Marvel having a crossover and Neil Gaiman joining the company is going to be very fun to see

Posted by evilvegeta74

She's gonna have issues with Hellstorm and the Ghost Riders!

Edited by SovereignDivinity

@Z3RO180: Yeah...issue 100

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

It sounds like Gaiman completely contradicted himself with Angela here to put her into the mess of AoU considering what he just went through with Todd MacFarlane and that the copyrights relating to her and Medieval Spawn. But whatever though..its Gaiman...can't do any wrong..right?

Posted by ForeverMan

@SandMan_ said:

When is Marvelman gonna be finally introduced to the Marvel Universe??? Make it happen Marvel!

This tbh

Posted by turoksonofstone

Why? Just Why? and in mainstream continuity?? Did Marvel buy Angela to get Neil to work for them?? Mcfarlane should go draw a bunch of Batman books and stick it up Marvel A$$.

Edited by turoksonofstone

just never saw this coming..you need Gaiman? WHY?

MARVELMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Yung ANcient One
I have a crazy Idea that the All New X-Men[aka the original teen X-Men] will go back in time and a giant Time Tornado or TimeQuake will change Marvel Universe (+)
Posted by hqn

@DaltonMunnal said:

I'm not okay with this. If you want your character to be creator owned, then keep him/her out of the universe of other creators so you don't screw it up when you don't want to work with them anymore.

well actually it would be all sorts of awesome if some characters could roam free from one fictional universe to another and still be in continuity. of course it takes interesting characters and interesting storylines otherwise it's just a gimmick.

i have never read the spawn's stories featuring Angela but Gaiman is a blank cheque for good stuff so bring it on.

Posted by SupremeHyperion

why do I care about this character? I don't....... excite me with something half-way exciting.... Real happy to see Gaimen working some Marvel but hopefully there are some more suprises ahead.

Posted by Z3RO180

Ok is this the Angela from spawn comeing into marvel or is to the marvel version of Angela ?

Edited by VenomMelendez

@edblank: But this is part of 'Their own stories " now. She is now a Marvel character.

Posted by VenomMelendez

@lorex: There is a heaven in the Marvel universe and Ghost Rider has teamed up and fought against Angels before. Angela will fit right in really.