Why Marvel’s New and Classic Avengers Shouldn’t Be Mutually Exclusive

An all-new Avengers series has kicked off over at Marvel Comics with a brand new team roster — “new” in this case being extremely relative. Avengers by writer Jason Aaron and artist Ed McGuinness has set out to return the team to their classic roots, anchored by the familiar likes of Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor for the first time since 2014. No one is particularly surprised by this turn of events given that the pattern of benching and returning major heroes in comics is so regular you could set your watch by it. The fact that they’re back isn’t what makes this time special, nor is it really the problem — it’s who they’re ousting in the process, and the way it looks from the outside.

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