One of the most interesting books from the Marvel Now series is “Secret Avengers.” This book takes an interesting concept, as S.H.I.E.L.D. has a team of superheroes that take on special top secret missions, but have memory chips implemented in their heads that erases their memories of the missions, so top secret information remains top secret. Writer Nick Spencer spoke to Newsarama on Dec. 12 about the project.
Spencer revealed that the team includes two new S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in the new Nick Fury (formerly Marcus Johnson) and Agent Phil Coulson (who fans know from Marvel films). They put together their own team, which looks like it will include a new Iron Patriot, The Hulk, Mockingbird, Black Widow and Hawkeye. The Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnes) will also play a role, but not be part of the official team.
Spencer also said that he has had a lot of fun writing the characters so far, especially Agent Coulson, which he said he designed the speech patterns off of actor Clark Gregg. He also said he is enjoying helping create this new Nick Fury.
“A big part of the thrill of this new Nick Fury is that he’s in the field, he’s on the missions,” Spencer said. “He’s the guy that’s on the ground with the team, and that’s a contrast to what we saw from Nick Fury Sr., especially over the last decade. A lot of times Nick would come in, and he would sort of deliver some exposition, but he was a background guy. It’s fun to have a Nick Fury that’s in the thick of it. It’s also fun to be writing a Fury that, this is all new to him. This whole world is fresh to him, and he’s still learning the ropes. Getting to write that journey is a blast.”
Spencer said that he is trying to balance the real world espionage with the world of superheroes. He said that these missions for the Secret Avengers could never play out as a Bond film, and they all fit into the Marvel Universe. He also said that, despite the confusion in the synopsis of the books, all the characters joined and agreed to the memory implants on their own free will. However, their memories of that agreement are also erased, so that remains slightly sketchy as well.
The big thing is that, when the activation keyword is spoken, they remember they are part of the team and kick into action.
“Secret Avengers” #1 hits newsstands in February 2013.
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.