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C2E2 2011: FEAR ITSELF Panel

Will this be the biggest comic book event of 2011?


The panel for Fear Itself began to a packed room. C.B. Cebulski, Fred Van Lente, Matt Fraction, Brian Michael Bendis and Nick Spencer sat in to tell us all about the next big event. The series begins in April. The Red Skull (Sin) discovered that Odin might not be the all-father and unleashes a new evil. Now Captain America (Steve Rogers) finds himself up against a Red Skull more powerful than any Red Skull's he's faced before. Thor finds himself questioning everything about who he thought he was.  
 
You will not have to follow the other tie ins. They are firm that you get the complete story in the main series while the others will expand on certain events. Every issue will have something shocking. The series will be full of them. Fraction said he can't wait for the world to see it and for it to get out of his head.  
  == TEASER ==
Other books tying in: Fear Itself: The Home Front, Invincible Iron #503 and Journey Into Mystery 622. Tony Stark will have to realize that there is more to the world than just science and technology. Fraction's Thor will not tie in directly as it will be new-reader friendly (for the release of the movie) and will focused on in Journey Into Mystery. There's also Avengers #13 (new romance, roster change, Chris Bachalo fill in), Secret Avengers #13 (how do the events affect the individual characters, the issues will focus on the impact) Iron Man 2.0 #5 (the Immortal Weapons will be looked at). Alpha Flight (no visuals provided) will show what's going on North of the border. The original team is back. The government has changed and Alpha Flight is fighting a new government super group. 
 
Fear Itself: The Deep will launch by Cullen Bunn and Lee Garbett. Namor has been targeted by one of the hammer wielders and forms a new team with Savage She-Hulk, Doctor Strange and Silver Surfer.
 
Rob Williams and Matt Clark will be taking on the new Ghost Rider series, beginning with a 0.1 issue in June and a #1 right after in July. Who will be the new Spirit of Vengeance? 
 
The Q & A began. 
  • Will this affect the FF? Profoundly. 
  • Will this cross over with Power Pack and Runaways? Power Pack members are scattered.  
  • How will it compare to Civil War? It's a global catastrophe. "It feels bigger." Sets up the next couple years for Marvel.  
  • What characters or teams get hit the most? FF ("gets hit pretty hard") and Avengers. Cap and Thor. Which Cap? "Yes." 
  • Is Johnny Storm going to come back as a "flaming zombie guy"? Fraction said, "Yes, you've discovered Hickman's secret plan." 
  • Any magic stuff? Yes, quest for new Sorcerer Supreme. Brother Voodoo's brother is pissed.  
  • Will we see the original Red Skull in physical form? The focus is on Sin. She is the Red Skull. She's like a "trust fund kid" who's been handed everything. 
  • Will we see more of Bruce Banner Hulk tied into rest of the Marvel Universe. Starting in issue #3.
  • Who's the strongest between Thor, Hulk and Sentry? "Boy are you going to love Fear Itself."
  • After Fear Itself, can we finally see Marvel and DC crossovers again? "There's some great crossovers told in the past that can be read over and over again."
  • Will Ragnarok have an appearance? No.
  • What Avengers rosters will change? Bendis says his books, Avengers and New Avengers will see roster changes.
  • Is Thor a momma's boy or a daddy's boy? Earth or Asgard? That's what Odin asks Thor in the first issue.
  • What about The Worthy? Issue #2 will answer some of that.
  • What about fear-based characters like Man-Thing or Dormammu? Man-Thing will be in the Fearsome Four with Howard the Duck and others. They may pop up in other books.
  • Any plans for Spider-Ham? "Because most of us are Jewish, we don't like him."
  • How much has Disney tried affecting direction? Not a bit. They made it clear in the deal that they would not even touch them creatively. Marvel is still in complete control.
  • What about other Thor supporting cast members? They'll be in Journey Into Mystery with Kid Loki.
  • Will Nick Spencer be on Secret Avengers after the Fear Itself issues? Nick said, "No. And when you hear who's coming after me, you'll forget I was ever on.
  • Will Puck be in Alpha Flight? "Maaaaaaaybe."
  • Will we see the return of Iron Fist's green suit? Bendis said there's a lot of internal debate over it. He likes the white. "You'll see the white in my book and the green may pop up elsewhere. It gets dirty easy."
 
And be sure to check out our interview with Matt Fraction where he tells us how Fear Itself ends.
49 Comments
Posted by SC

Ooh, nice! Thanks G-Man! Ooh that Fear Itself The Deep sounds badass!!!! Like an even cooler team of Defenders!!! 
 
Not so amped for a new Marvel event, but with these creative teams.... 

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Posted by Overlander

Sounds groovy

Posted by Golden Cod

So many useless answers :( 
 
I'm tentatively on board for Fear Itself and good call to keep the main story in one book.   
 
I'm excited for Alpha Flight!

Posted by shawn87

love those new covers

Posted by Mercy_

I'm looking forward to it, but also extremely wary. 

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Posted by MatKrenz

I want a Runaways tie-in dammit.
Posted by haydenclaireheroes
@MatKrenz said:
" I want a Runaways tie-in dammit. "
Posted by marvelunivers_deleteme

do you think i should get the prelude before getting issue 1

Posted by Nefilim927

I just want to see this get going already.  I feel like it's been amped up for so long.
Posted by Fantasgasmic

"Because most of us our Jewish, we don't like him."     


Seriously Tony? mixing up "our" and "are" … good thing you weren't an English teacher.  
:-p
Posted by spider-man 2996
@marvelunivers said:
"do you think i should get the prelude before getting issue 1 "

I did it's pretty good
Posted by G-Man
@Fantasgasmic: Yeah, that's what happens when you're live blogging trying listen and type to get all the information to you guys. Thanks.
Posted by doomsilver

dude this looks cool
Posted by mrrpm01

Can't wait for this event!!!!

Posted by sladewilson30

what will dracula's role in this be

Posted by TDK_1997

nice

Posted by ghostrider fan1

wait theres a picture of Ghost Rider here but hes not mentioned, is he involved to?

Posted by SirSparkington

Oh great. Another event that will change the Marvel universe, until the next event comes around, forever. I am so excited. Hurray.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

A new Defenders team wooooo

Posted by G-Man
@ghostrider fan1:  

Rob Williams and Matt Clark will be taking on the new Ghost Rider series, beginning with a 0.1 issue in June and a #1 right after in July. Who will be the new Spirit of Vengeance?     

Posted by Tmul501

This was the first panel I ever went to and it was awesome. Fraction was hilarious and there was a lot of great info. I'm psyched for this event. And I got to meet Gman. Thanks for the pin!

Posted by TypingKira

*gasp!!!*  
 
As long as Balder comes back, I can't wait for Thor's role in this!  
 
By the way, has anything been mentioned about Alex, Ares' kid? 

Posted by red_rover
@G-Man:  Thanks for the updates!
Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

"wich Cap"  
 
"Yes" 
 
 
all i needed to hear
Posted by G-Man
@Tmul501: Fraction is great. Glad you enjoyed your first panel and got a pin from me (and the panel)!
Posted by Meteorite

Dammit this looks so good! Why aren't I picking this up?!

Posted by ReverseNegative

I can actually NEVER see Ghost Rider working in big Marvel events.

Posted by ghostrider fan1
@G-Man: oh thanx lol didnt see it earlier
Posted by dewboy01

whatever the kind of fear it is, the heroes will survive through this one.
Posted by DH69

its gotten to the point where the only way you can get a new team roster is with some overblown pointless event... 
 
what happened to the days where they could just say, "oh so-in-so went to the bermuda triangle for a couple months so this guys on our team now"

Posted by They Killed Cap!

Im excited to see how this turns out, I guess I am always an optimist at the begining of new story arcs. 
 
  • Will we see the return of Iron Fist's green suit? Bendis said there's a lot of internal debate over it. He likes the white. "You'll see the white in my book and the green may pop up elsewhere. It gets dirty easy."
  •  
    I like his White suit, I hope they keep it.

    Posted by BKole

    I am so excited to see another quest for Sorcerer Supreme. I wonder who the new golden child will be this time. I would imagine it will be someone they need to murder to give a poor storyline some weight to it about five months later. 
     
    Beh. Just give it back to Strange. Although, to be fair, he's got more attention out of NOT being SS than when he was it, so...swings and roundabouts.

    Posted by CellphoneGirl
    @MatKrenz said:
    " I want a Runaways tie-in dammit. "
    SAME HERE! -____-
    Posted by The Impersonator

    Everyone dies.

    Posted by buttersdaman000
    @SirSparkington said:
    " Oh great. Another event that will change the Marvel universe, until the next event comes around, forever. I am so excited. Hurray. "
    Posted by JeredMcCorkle

    Someone's already mention this, but I find it odd that the most mysterious character on the hype poster is Dracula and nothing was said about him at all.  I can't believe they asked about Spider-Ham before Dracula.
    Posted by Larkin1388

    I'm really looking forward to this!

    Posted by scourgeoftherealworld
    @ReverseNegative: shadowland looked like ghost rider could hack it in an event until they decided to 
    a)turn up in the second issue and basically do nothing 
    b)get his ass kicked by the creative abomination that is stretchy, demon daredevil 
    so yeah i agrees wit your point
    Posted by Mumbles

    *crosses fingers* please don't mess up this relaunch of ghost rider.

    Posted by CrimsonTempest

    The answer to making a crossover with DC wasn't satisfying. I sincerely hope they can come to terms in making a new crossover with DC. It's about high time, too.

    Posted by gordocomics

    super excited for this. i'm calling the "new romance" in avengers 13 to be Spider-woman and Hawkeye. Pretty easy call. There have been a few subtle hints.

    Posted by TheBlumpk1n

    Can't wait fear itself is going to be awesome!

    Posted by ntb1124

    I originally was not excited about this upcoming event, but I am starting to warm up to it..

    Posted by ShirEPanjshir

    I'm having pretty high hopes for this event. I have full faith in Matt Fraction's writing. Invincible Iron Man is amazing.

    Posted by SirSparkington
    @gordocomics said:
    " super excited for this. i'm calling the "new romance" in avengers 13 to be Spider-woman and Hawkeye. Pretty easy call. There have been a few subtle hints. "
    I don't think so. Isn't Clint still with Mockingbird? Feel free to spoil, as I dropped New Avengers.
    Posted by gordocomics
    @SirSparkington said:
    " @gordocomics said:
    " super excited for this. i'm calling the "new romance" in avengers 13 to be Spider-woman and Hawkeye. Pretty easy call. There have been a few subtle hints. "
    I don't think so. Isn't Clint still with Mockingbird? Feel free to spoil, as I dropped New Avengers. "
    I don't think so. I'm pretty sure they broke up in the Hawkeye and Mockingbird series. I was under the impression they were done despite there still being something between them. Oh well, i could be wrong.
    Posted by SirSparkington
    @gordocomics said:
    " @SirSparkington said:
    " @gordocomics said:
    " super excited for this. i'm calling the "new romance" in avengers 13 to be Spider-woman and Hawkeye. Pretty easy call. There have been a few subtle hints. "
    I don't think so. Isn't Clint still with Mockingbird? Feel free to spoil, as I dropped New Avengers. "
    I don't think so. I'm pretty sure they broke up in the Hawkeye and Mockingbird series. I was under the impression they were done despite there still being something between them. Oh well, i could be wrong. "
    Yeah they were still together at the end of that thing. Still, I guess we'll find out in #12.
    Posted by Yung ANcient One

    another event
     
     
    *sigh*
    (+)

    Posted by ZaberCat

    wow! i wanna forward to read the Defenders! those are badasses!