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Who Will Survive the AVENGERS ARENA?

Marvel is showing that becoming an Avenger won't be as easy as it used to be.

Marvel has always had numerous titles featuring the younger characters in the Marvel Universe. We've had titles such as NEW MUTANTS, NEW X-MEN and recently AVENGERS ACADEMY. While it wasn't always a walk in the park for the younger characters, it was safe for the most part. Some have seen their share of violence but that will be nothing compared to what's coming up.

Last week we saw the mysterious teaser with blood splattered letters but no clue what it was about. Today, Marvel has revealed what that means.

Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker will be giving us AVENGERS ARENA. What the heck is that about? It's going to be about death.

Arcade, the funny guy with a bowtie that previously was responsible for kidnapping people and putting them in his Murderworld will be targeting 16 young heroes. Murderworld is moving to its own island. According to Marvel:

There’s only one item on the itinerary for this nightmarish getaway: Kill or be killed.
== TEASER ==

Sounds a little like...The Hunger Games but I'm actually okay with that.

In an interview with Hopeless, he points out that in the past, there weren't really a lot of murders happening in Arcade's Murderworld.

I don't want to give too much away, but I can promise a lot of murder in this new Murder World.

Who will the contestants be? You can see from the image above that we will finally see the return of Darkhawk! Hopefully he'll be able to survive. We'll also be seeing X-23, Hazmat, Mettle, Reptil from AVENGERS ACADEMY and Nico and Chase from RUNAWAYS among others.

Maybe it's not such a good thing that these characters are returning in this series. This will definitely be an interesting read. Let's hope we don't see too many senseless killings of our favorite characters.

Read more over at Marvel.

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Posted by joshmightbe

@TheCrowbar said:

@joshmightbe said:

Is anyone else picturing a room full of really depressed Marvel super villains complaining to each other that the good guys won't play with them anymore?

I just see Ultron holding a cosmic rod in his hand, knocking on Pym's door going "Can Hank come out to play today?"

"Sorry Hank has declared war on Mr. Fantastic, maybe try again tomorrow."

Ultron lowers head, "Okay Mr. Bendis can you tell him I stopped by?"

Fat bald man nods, "Sure kid, whatever."

Posted by TheAmazingImmortalMan

I'm actually excited for this title

Posted by TheCrowbar

@joshmightbe said:

@TheCrowbar said:

@joshmightbe said:

Is anyone else picturing a room full of really depressed Marvel super villains complaining to each other that the good guys won't play with them anymore?

I just see Ultron holding a cosmic rod in his hand, knocking on Pym's door going "Can Hank come out to play today?"

"Sorry Hank has declared war on Mr. Fantastic, maybe try again tomorrow."

Ultron lowers head, "Okay Mr. Bendis can you tell him I stopped by?"

Fat bald man nods, "Sure kid, whatever."

Ring ring ring

"Hey this is Peter leave a message after the beep"

"Hey Peter, it's Norman...*sigh* this is my fifteenth message, I'm going to reveal your secret identity now. Seriously, you should hate me for it too I mean come on!! I KILLED GWEN STACY!! I think that at least garners me a sarcastic comment or a fight on bridge. Call me, we'll have lunch my tr---"

BEEP

Inbox Full

"MOTHER F___"

Posted by joshmightbe

@TheCrowbar:

Red Skull knocks on the Avengers mansion door, "Hello, Hello Is Steve there, it's Johan we have a 3 O'clock."

Avengers hide behind couch and snicker.

Posted by TheCrowbar

@joshmightbe:

Red Skull "Can't believe I missed Matlock for this s%^&"

Posted by TDK_1997

LOOKS GOOD!

Posted by joshmightbe

@TheCrowbar: Crossbones, "Can't we just go blow some s**t up while they're busy?"

Red Skull, "Sit down and shut up."

Posted by Outside_85

@Icarusflies said:

Yes, because this is SOOOOO different from Countdown: Arena. Or Terror Titans. Or Roulette's 'House'.

Also, LAAAAAAAME. :P

Not to mention the Culling.

But yeah, the House of Ideas really does seem to have run out of ideas.

Posted by JMLG

NO WAY x-23 doesnt win this.. from any standpoint

Edited by Loki9876

okay, sounds cool people they're probably not going t o kill each other off I can't see nico or laura killing someone because Arcade wants it.

and people the cover is meat to look exactly like the poster it's a tribute to it or you could say a little laugh towards it.

Posted by TheCrowbar

@joshmightbe:

Doctor Doom with a boombox over his head at the base of Baxter Building.

Posted by neiliusprime

X-23 all the way. She will literally tear everyone up

Posted by mattwing87

When I saw Darkhawk's face I just shit my pants!!!

Posted by joshmightbe

@TheCrowbar: I can't top that right now

Posted by TheCrowbar

@joshmightbe:

It took me two minutes to write it I was laughing so hard.

Posted by Mycroftian

Not really crazy about this idea. So far as I can tell, this is an ongoing, not a miniseries. How long can this possibly last? Are we just going to get a Gilligan's Island situation where the characters comically botch all their attempts to escape, or are we going to constantly see new contestants? There can't be too much murder if this series is meant to go on for any amount of time. (if it is a mini and I just missed that little tidbit, then I forgive it that complaint) Also, all characters in this series can't be anywhere else, logically, so I guess X-23 is kinda out of the spotlight for a while, since she'll be sharing the lead role with fifteen other characters.

Posted by Schabbe

"Sounds a little like...The Hunger Games but I'm actually okay with that."

Wow.. hunger games..

try Battle Royale..

Posted by RedOwl_1

Mmm....... I'll see :P Sounds too much as Huger Games hell even recent DC thing "The Culling" but if the reviews say well, I will give it a shoot :P

Posted by TheSmallvillefan12

I don't read a lot of Marvel but I'll definitely check this out.

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

Spider-man survives.

Posted by Cavemold

I only care about x-23

Edited by jinxuandi

Who Will Care about AVENGERS ARENA?

Marvel is showing that giving a crap about the Avengers won't be as easy as it used to be.

Posted by RedQueen

Like the homage to Battle Royale. Sounds interesting, might check it out....

Posted by RedQueen

Also (I apologise for the double post- editor isn't working at the moment) I'm going to assume it won't be exactly like BR.... There's only supposed to be one survivor. Surely this won't stick/ isn't canon. How would the Avengers justify that? Throwing X-23 into the equation seems a little unfair. Plus, I would seriously hold a grudge against Marvel if they kill either X-23, Chase or Nico.

Posted by EnSabahNurX

@thveej said:

well something with x-23 is better than nothing.............

Yea my thoughts exactly, I hope she is shown as being very tactful like an assassin and not like wolverine charging into battle.

Posted by Inverno

Hummm...

I don't know what to make of this...

Posted by X35

@joshmightbe: there's a difference between a rip-off and a cash-in. And this is clearly an attempt at trying to cash-in on the success of the Hunger Games.

Posted by daredevil21134

sigh

Posted by cmaprice

They can kill the Avengers Academy characters, but they'd better not kill Nico.

Posted by joshmightbe

@X35: My point is who cares, Hunger games was just an attempt to cash in on the whole girl power trend using an ancient concept as its focal point.

Posted by Loki9876

All these complaints and you guys haven't even read it.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@Loki9876: why are they complaining anyway, this looks interesting

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Posted by spidergirl2012

Love how their bringing in pop culture stuff into comics! The Hunger Games is a great setup for Avengers to die, looking forward to this. Hopeless and Walker should make this fun to read! Team X-23!

Posted by guttridgeb

Damn, so many of these Marvel NOW titles look awesome but I can't afford them

Posted by fodigg

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

At least they're honest about it I suppose.

Posted by Bestostero

love the Battle Royale homage

Posted by x_29

I will only read for X-23, Nico and Chase.

Posted by Loki9876

@TheAcidSkull: Yeah and they complain that it's like BR but it's meant to look like it. Arcade probably saw the movie or read the manga and thought I'm gonna do that.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@Loki9876 said:

@TheAcidSkull: Yeah and they complain that it's like BR but it's meant to look like it. Arcade probably saw the movie or read the manga and thought I'm gonna do that.

for now it sounds cool to me, hope x-23 gets treated well, i'll read then judge

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Posted by Loki9876

@TheAcidSkull: exactly, I don't say it will be good but you could atleast give it a change.

Posted by TheHeat

If this is any good as Battle Royale, then I'm definitely in!

Posted by Jaymundo

Looks more like Battle Royale than Hunger Games but I'm excited, should be a really interesting read. #pumped

Posted by sora_thekey

Say what you will.. this sounds interesting!!!

Posted by Meteorite

Does this mean that Avengers Academy is finishing up?

Posted by Eivion

@Loki9876 said:

All these complaints and you guys haven't even read it.

Have you read the interview where they plainly state a lot of people will die? Its pissing some people off because they are flat out planning to kill characters they like in a bs storyline that is coming out of no where. It might be decently written, but its a pretty crappy thing to pull regardless.

Posted by Loki9876

@Eivion: They're probably going to kill the new characters.

Posted by fACEmelter88

With The Runaways long cancelled and Avengers Academy wrapping up soon I'm sold on this series. I need my Chase Stein, Nico, Mettle, X-23, Reptil and Hazmat oh, and THE RETURN OF DARKHAWK, HELL YEAH! Kinda sad Molly Hayes, Striker and Finesse aren't involved and why not include Troll from Thunderbolts. Though I'm excited I am kind of skeptical about this premise.

Posted by sora_thekey

Why does the title of the book have to have "Avengers" in it?? Couldn't it have been named Murderworld?

There's too many Avengers titles titled Avengers (that sentence is right, as ironic as it may sound)! Come up with better titles!

Posted by Ironhawk22

Oh no. I have a bad feeling about this. Nico and Chase better not die.

Posted by mikeclark1982

Wow marvel, throwing shade on Battle Royale with that cover... I give you a thumbs down. THUMBS DOWN!