USA Today and Marvel announce the new Heroic Age era, or event, or change of direction, or Magic Kingdom-ing or whatever:
“Heroes will be heroes again,” says Marvel editor in chief Joe Quesada. “They’ve gone through hell and they’re back to being good guys — a throwback to the early days of the Marvel Universe, with more of a swashbuckling feel.”
The change begins with a relaunch of Avengers #1, which will reunite Iron Man, a reborn Captain America and Thor as comrades rather than foes.
Despite the timing of this and Marvel’s focus on women, Quesada says that this is NOT a Disneyfication of Marvel’s gritty, edgy characters:
Quesada says that Marvel’s return to “good guys” was in the works for two years, was finalized eight months ago and that the Disney takeover had no role.
“There is no sanitizing of the Marvel books at all,” he says, promising stories will remain “edgy” and contemporary. “Our philosophy here is to just keep telling good stories.”
Given Marvel’s long range planning, it does seem plausible that it’s just fantastic timing for a return to the basics.
Looking at the above graphic (click for a larger version) it does seem to be a return to the Licensing Era of Marvel when Iron Man was a good guy and Cap was alive. Look at it this way: With order restored, the cycle of destruction and change can begin anew!