While Marvel fans love Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe — which officially launched with Robert Downey, Jr.’s Iron Man (2008) — all of the MCU’s most beloved characters first appeared in Marvel Comics.
Now, it has been confirmed that “Iron Man” comic writer, the Eisner Award-nominated Christopher Cantwell (“Iron Man, The United States of Captain America”) will be working on a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer series featuring the fan-favorite character, Angel.
Cantwell will team up with comic artist Daniel Bayliss (“WWE The New Day: The Power of Positivity”, “Labyrinth: Coronation”), colorist Patricio Delpeche (“Origins”), and well-known letterer Becca Carey.
Per one article about the eight-part BOOM! Comics “Angel” series, which will join the ever-expanding “Buffyverse”:
In Cantwell and his collaborators’ twist on the Angel formula, Angel lives a double life as a monster-fighter by night and the star of a television series by day, co-starring none other than his partner, Cordelia Chase.
“I love writing character ensemble stories, stories about seemingly random individuals who suddenly find themselves trapped in the orbits of others. Angel has one of the best ensembles to ever grace the TV screen, and theirs is a story about a family of choice,” said Cantwell in a press release. “When BOOM! approached me, I leaped at the chance to honor and celebrate the original series in a fresh way, pulling on some loose threads and weaving new ones. It takes all the characters and plays 52 card pick-up with them, reshuffling their roles and identities into a literal alternate universe that LOOKS and FEELS like Angel, but is also something else entirely.”
“Angel” will debut sometime in 2022.
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The series did, however, feature a number of returning Avengers franchise alums including Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/the Hulk), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym), Michael B. Jordan (Erik “Killmonger” Stevens), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), and late actor Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther).
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As for RDJ, he won’t be returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Sherlock Holmes actor has made clear he has done “all I could” with Tony Stark, and his death in Avengers: Endgame (2019) was his exit from the MCU.
However, with the Marvel Multiverse in full swing after Loki, never say never to a Tony Stark live-action recasting in the future.
Are you looking forward to seeing a popular “Iron Man” comic writer tackle the Buffyverse?