Worlds collide in Spider-Men and Avengers vs. X-Men!

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe and the web-slinger is now back on the silver screen once again in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War”! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story…

Carlie Cooper deduced Spider-Man’s secret identity in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #673, and the web-slinger found himself honored by the city for saving it from the spider-plague. Later, he battled the Vulture and his crew in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #674 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #675, and witnessed the return of both the android Vision and Norman Osborn in AVENGERS #19.

During the Kree invasion of Earth in FANTASTIC FOUR #600, Spidey welcomed his good friend Johnny Storm back to the land of the living and joined him and the Annihilation Wave in FANTASTIC FOUR #601 to confront the Mad Celestials in FANTASTIC FOUR #602. Galactus fell in battle against the powerful beings in FANTASTIC FOUR #603, but future versions of Franklin and Valeria Richards arrived to turn the tide and allow the wallcrawler to return home in FANTASTIC FOUR #604.

Spidey and his fellow heroes dealt with the revelation of Norman Osborn’s newest “Avengers” in NEW AVENGERS #19 and clashed directly with them in NEW AVENGERS #20. Following their retreat from the fight, Osborn’s Thor clone followed and confronted the team in NEW AVENGERS #21, prompting another hasty flight and Spidey’s interrogation of Victoria Hand, Osborn’s former associate, in NEW AVENGERS #22. In NEW AVENGERS #23, the heroes finally gained the upper hand with their foes.

Fantastic Four (1998) #600

Fantastic Four (1998) #600

  • Published: November 23, 2011
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 08, 2013
  • Rating: T
  • Writer: FIRM 15
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An ailing Doctor Octopus outlines his latest scheme to his new Sinister Six in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #676, and Spidey and Daredevil began investigating a case concerning the Black Cat in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #677. At Horizon Labs, the webslinger stepped into a fellow scientist’s new time doorway in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #678 and into a devastated New York one day in the future, prompting a race against entropy itself in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #679. Afterward, Morbius the Living Vampire turned up at the company, as well as the Lizard, in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #679.1.

The wallcrawler confronted a monstrous Norman Osborn with his teammates in AVENGERS #24, then blasted into space with the Human Torch in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #680 to tangle with Doc Ock’s octobots and zombie astronauts on an orbiting station. As its orbit decayed, the heroes moved to rescue the crew and themselves from the compromised station in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #681. Back on terra firma, the webslinger learned of the incredible Phoenix Force’s approach to Earth in NEW AVENGERS #24, and stood beside the Avengers as they scrambled to head off Hope Summers, a young mutant targeted by the Phoenix, in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1 and AVENGERS #25.

Spidey and Wolverine tracked Hope down in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #2, but the girl escaped after besting them both. Captured X-Men escaped the heroes through trickery in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #3, and Spidey flew off to Latveria in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #4 to attempt to stop the Juggernaut and his posse. Later, our hero avoided the Phoenix-possessed X-Men in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #7, but clashed with a possessed Namor in Wakanda in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #8. Hiding out with other Avengers in the mystical K’un-Lun, Spidey imparted a lesson in responsibility to Hope in NEW AVENGERS #27, and later while in Limbo battling Magik fell to a savage beating by the X-Men in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #9. The Avengers assembled once more when Cyclops gained the full Phoenix Force in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #11, but he lost it to Hope in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #12.

Avengers Vs. X-Men (2012) #1

Avengers Vs. X-Men (2012) #1

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Mayor Jameson announced he’d close Horizon Labs in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #682, and Spidey gathered the Avengers together when Doc Ock announced his intention to “save the world” before dying. The Sinister Six crushed the team in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #683, and world governments decided to give into Ock’s demands while the webslinger fought the Sandman in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #684. Wanted by the authorities, Spidey and his friends tried to stop further satellite construction by Ock in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #685, but the villain took control of the heroes using Peter Parker’s own inventions in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #686. In the end, some of the Sinister Six turned against Ock in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #687, while Spidey fought the man himself, but felt he failed overall when the Rhino and Silver Sable died in the final skirmishes of the war.

Mysterio opened up a portal to an alternate Earth in SPIDER-MEN #1, through which Spider-Man fell and met Miles Morales, the webslinger of that world. Captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. in SPIDER-MEN #2, Peter joined forces with Miles to push Mysterio back to his corner until the Ultimates arrived in SPIDER-MEN #3. Our hero made the sour acquaintance of the world’s May Parker and Gwen Stacy in SPIDER-MEN #4, and made it back to his own universe after defeating Mysterio in SPIDER-MEN #5.

After helping the Fantastic Four fight the Maestro in FANTSTIC FOUR #609 and A.I.M. in FANTASTIC FOUR #610, Spider-Man investigated a strange connection between Morbius and the Lizard in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #688. Curt Connors retained the Lizard’s evil mind after transforming in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #689, and attempted to change back to his scaly form in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #690. Spidey managed to cure him and all his lizard-lackeys in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #691, thankfully.

Spider-Men (2012) #1

Spider-Men (2012) #1

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The past assailed Peter Parker in the form of an old warehouse in PETER PARKER:SPIDER-MAN #156.1, the new Vulture in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #33.1 and SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #33.2, and the so-called “Brooklyn Avengers” in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #129.1 and WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #129.2. A young man named Andy gained super powers from “Parker Particles” at Horizon Labs and became a hero called Alpha in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #692, got kidnapped by the Jackal in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #693, found it hard to handle fame in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #694 and lost some of his powers to a draining invention of Peter’s.

Spidey reflected upon Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ departure from Avengers Mansion in NEW AVENGERS #31, but when the hero’s spider-sense malfunctioned due to Tiberius Stone’s device in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #695, he juggled two battling Hobgoblins and the Kingpin in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #696. Afterward, the Avengers received a distress call from the Microverse in AVENGERS #31, and the web-slinger stayed behind in Central Park as the team’s founders shrunk down into the subatomic realm to answer it in AVENGERS #32.

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The battle for hope pits husband against wife as T'Challa and Storm fall on opposite sides of the conflict!

Read through some of T’Challa’s most thrilling adventures on Marvel Unlimited to mark Black Panther’s 50th anniversary!

What could bring Marvel’s two most prominent super squads to blows in the pages of AVENGERS VS. X-MEN? The return of the potentially apocalyptic Phoenix Force.

Given the world-destroying entity’s history, Captain America and the Avengers stepped in to take its most likely host—Hope Summers—into protective custody, but the X-Men planned on looking out for their own. The confrontation—written and drawn by the biggest names in comics over the 12-issue 2012 series—became more intense when Cyclops, Emma Frost, Namor, Colossus, and Magik each took on part of the Phoenix Force and, essentially conquered the world.

Given the potential threat level and the intelligence needed to combat this kind of menace, you can bet Black Panther stood among his fellow Avengers to help keep the planet safe. Present from the first confrontation between the two teams, T’Challa battled his estranged wife Storm, who initially sided with her fellow mutants when it came to protecting Hope. In fact, before the Force came to Earth, the X-Men faked five different potential locations Hope could have jumped to, one of which was Wakanda.

A+X (2012) #3

A+X (2012) #3

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In the early days of the conflict, the Panther joined Iron Man and Beast to track the Phoenix Force in space, bringing up the point that, at that point, it had done nothing against them. Later, after the Phoenix Five started giving food and water to the world in exchange for a promise of no more war, T’Challa sat in the U.N. as they announced their intentions. He even noted to the President of the United States that, for the first time ever, refugees actually left Wakanda and returned to their home countries.

Though he refused to take part in a mission to acquire Hope Summers, T’Challa eventually offered the Avengers a place in Wakanda to help figure out a way to stop the Phoenix Five. This proved to be a fatal choice for many Wakandans as Namor attacked the country. Panther put up a good fight—and threatened to kill the sea king—but it took the assembled might of the Avengers to actually take down the Sub-Mariner.

The heroes eventually figured out how to put an end to this conflagration, but Black Panther still dealt with the partial destruction of his kingdom as well as the annulment of his marriage after X-Men were banned from Wakanda following Namor’s attack. 

Secrets of Wakanda

When T’Challa left to find himself in the States as seen in BLACK PANTHER: MAN WITHOUT FEAR and BLACK PANTHER: THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE, he made Ororo promise not to offer him any aid, which certainly didn’t help their marriage. That soon lead into Avengers Vs. X-Men which lead to the dissolution of their vows. In a Jason Aaron-written and Pasqual Ferry-drawn story from A+X #3 that takes place after the main conflict, the pair met up and T’Challa made it very clear that he didn’t want to split from his wife, but they both had their own paths to walk down at this point with Storm returning to the X-Men and his joining the Illuminati to help save all reality. Still, that doesn’t make the dissolution of one of the greatest super hero marriages around any easier for us—er, them, to handle.

Shuri’s run as the protector of Wakanda continues in BLACK PANTHER #7-12 by Jonathan Maberry and Will Conrad with Reginald Hudlin and Ken Lashley.

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The WWE Champion talks about penning the foreword to the AvX hardcover!

CM Punk (photo courtesy of WWE)

Photos courtesy of WWE

By James Viscardi

When the biggest event of the year arrives in a hardcover collection on November 7, it will kick off with the best in the world.

Diehard Marvel fan and WWE Champion CM Punk has been tapped to write the introduction to the AVENGERS VS. X-MEN hardcover collection. Who could be more qualified to welcome fans to the most massive super hero smackdown in comic book history than a man who has turned back the challenges of Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, John Cena and more?

We tracked down Punk to find out what he thought of AvX, plus whose side he took and more.

Marvel.com: After reading all 13 issues of AVENGERS VS. X-MEN, what were some of the stand out moments?

CM Punk: Geez, I don’t want to single anything out, honestly—it was all so good. I also just don’t want to give anything away. It’s a delicate subject. I get real cranky when people spoil things for me. I just think the combination of all those artists and all those writers, [who] for years have just been my favorites. I could go on and on and gush about every single one of them. And I mean, John Romita Jr.? He’s awesome.

The funny thing is about it is that I’ve never been a big mutant guy, it’s just one of those things [but] after reading this, I may go back and read some more. It’s the crazy thing with crossovers like these; I loved Civil War, and found out that there are more characters in the Marvel Universe to like. Reading the two biggest teams in Marvel history go toe to toe, and watching them end up fighting, I think the whole thing is interesting.  

Marvel.com: You mentioned warming up to mutants, and finding new characters to like—were there any in particular?

CM Punk: Wolverine for starters. I think mutants in general I sided with a whole lot more, they even jived with my personality. Who would have thought? Right? I have a ton of respect now for the history and all the trials and tribulations that they’ve been through. I’ll say it: Cyclops was right.

Marvel.com: So who in the cast do you see yourself in?

CM Punk: I’m kind of a megalomaniac and see myself in a lot of characters. Who doesn’t want to think [they] are Wolverine? There [is] some Captain American and Cyclops in me, maybe coming from a dark place.

Marvel.com: Well speaking of Cyclops, that’s a guy who was coming from a place where he thought he was right and nobody, including the Avengers, would respect that.

CM Punk: [Laughs] Sounds familiar, no? I’ll say it again: Cyclops was right.

Marvel.com: I don’t know if you remember this, but before the event started, we got you on camera saying you would side with the Avengers. But now, having read it, are you siding with the X-Men and Cyclops more?

CM Punk: Not even a little bit more, all the way.

Marvel.com: So when you were asked to write the introduction to the hardcover, what was that like?

CM Punk (photo courtesy of WWE)

CM Punk: It’s a geek dream come true! Initially I had a bunch of ideas I was going to write for it, and then I just bought a keyboard for my iPad which I thought would have been easier. After a week of learning how to use the stupid keyboard, I just sat in front of it and started typing. It came to me so naturally and before I knew it, I had two pages of material. Stuff would just spill out of my head and I would just read it over and over again, then correct it, then read it, correct it, all as I went along. I’m not sure if that’s what most writers do, but I’m happy with the finished product. So to write the foreword, I was kind of taken back by it. It was a very cool thing to be a part of.

Learn more about CM Punk on WWE.com

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Brian Michael Bendis discusses the death of a Marvel icon in AvX #11!

Avengers Vs. X-Men #11 cover by Jim Cheung

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #11

By Ben Morse

A large part of the dream has died.

In AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #11—on sale now—X-Men leader Cyclops, driven to extremes by the Phoenix Force, ended the life of his mentor, teacher and surrogate father, Charles Xavier. A Marvel Universe institution since debuting in 1963’s UNCANNY X-MEN #1, Professor X founded the X-Men to further his vision of peaceful coexistence between humans and mutants and has served as a beacon for his own students as well as other heroic individuals and organizations.

We spoke with Brian Michael Bendis, writer of the issue, about how this tragedy came to pass, what it means for the conclusion of AvX, and the long-lasting ramifications moving into Marvel NOW!

Marvel.com: What brought us to this point? Why did this story lead to Professor X’s death?

Brian Michael Bendis: When I joined the X-Men office I was quite surprised what a polarizing figure Charles Xavier had become among the editors, creators, and readers. Maybe it’s because he’s bald but I never have a problem with him. Analyzing it, it is clear that the franchise just simply outgrew him. All of the characters had moved on to a place where Charles himself wasn’t really needed anymore. I don’t think anyone did it on purpose; it was just one of those organic storytelling things.  

I spent a lot of time championing his place in Avengers Vs. X-Men only to find that I was really one of the only [people] who cared how he felt about the whole thing. After one of our retreat days a small group of us got together and the question was brought up that maybe he would be more interesting dead post-AvX than he was in life pre-AvX.

Avengers Vs. X-Men #11 art by Olivier Coipel

Knowing what my plans were post AvX [with ALL-NEW X-MEN], the death of Charles Xavier made every scene I have coming up for the next year more passionate, more interesting and more controversial. I was very happy that we voted to whack the man.

A small group of us getting together to decide to murder Charles Xavier is all sounding very Godfather-ish. [Laughs]

Marvel.com: What are the immediate consequences of this moment?

Brian Michael Bendis: Charles Xavier is a founding father of the pro-mutant movement. If there is a mutant living by that manifesto, he or she is living a manifesto invented by Charles Xavier. The other mutants all around the Marvel Universe will have very strong feelings about his death. Some will try to carry on his message, others will decide that the dream is dead, and others will never forget Scott Summers for what he has done and will do everything in their power to make every day of his life a nightmare.

Marvel.com: Who does this hit the hardest?

Brian Michael Bendis: The list of X-Men that this hits hard is very long; and not many people are going to deal with it in the same way.

Marvel.com: What does this mean for Cyclops? Can he come back from this and find redemption?

Brian Michael Bendis: I really don’t know but that sounds like an awfully good hook for an X-Men comic book [Laughs]. That sure is a book I would like to write.

Marvel.com: Which Marvel NOW! titles will explore the ramifications of Professor X’s death?

Brian Michael Bendis: I think you will find this is the subtext and backbone of all of the X-Men books going forward and a big part of UNCANNY AVENGERS.

Avengers Vs. X-Men #11 art by Olivier Coipel

Marvel.com: What was it like to write this moment, both as a professional and somebody who is a longtime X-Men fan?

Brian Michael Bendis: It felt very Shakespearean. I don’t always write in a very Shakespearean way but as I was putting the final touches on the scene and then when I saw the pencils I was quite surprised how large the tragedy truly felt. Not only does Cyclops, who is arguably not in control of his own actions, [to] murder his father, for lack of a better word, but he does it in front of every major player in the Marvel Universe. This isn’t some rumor that’s been spread around. Everyone saw him do it. Scott knows what he has done.

And then I was struck with the feeling that as the new writer of X-Men I was walking into the franchise as the man who murdered Charles Xavier, gave Wolverine his memories back, and decimated the mutant population without even being on an X-Men book. And then I thought I may need to unplug my computer once and for all. [Laughs]

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Deadpool rules on this cover to the Avengers Vs. X-Men finale by Carlo Barberi!

Avengers Vs. X-Men #12 variant cover by Carlo Barberi

AVENGERS VS X-MEN #12 (of 12)
Written by JASON AARON
Art by ADAM KUBERT
Hastings variant cover by CARLO BARBERI
Extra-sized final issue! It’s all come down to this! The final battle—as the world burns!
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

ON SALE OCTOBER 3!

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The Avengers continue battling the hosts of the Phoenix in these pages by Olivier Coipel!

The biggest comics event of the summer hits it’s red hot penultimate chapter as Marvel is pleased to present your first look at AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #11! From Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel, the Avengers gather together to take on the remaining hosts of the Phoenix Force with the aid of Charles Xavier! Can the combined might of Earth’s Mightiest, Professor X, The Scarlet Witch, Hope and more put an end to their reign once and for all?
  
Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!
  
Here comes the pain as all your favorite super heroes enter the battle—and only one team will emerge victorious! Don’t miss out AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #11, an extra sized issue at no extra cost, on sale this September in comic shops everywhere, on the Marvel Comics app, and the all-new Marvel Comics Webstore!
  
For more on Avengers Vs. X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com
  
AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #11 (JUL120528)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by OLIVIER COIPEL
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
FOC – 8/20/12, ON-SALE – 9/12/11

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Find out what happens when the Avengers face off against Cyclops in K'un L'un!

Today, the comic book event of the year comes to a head in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #10, from Ed Brubaker and Adam Kubert! Time is running out as the Avengers are cornered in their last stronghold! But when Hope and The Scarlet Witch join forces, the tide may change to be in favor of Earth’s Mightiest.

Plus! Join the Marvel ReEvolution as Marvel brings fans a new comic reading experience! Every issue of AVENGERS VS. X-MEN comes packaged with a code for a FREE digital copy on the Marvel Comics App.

And that’s not all! Take the Avengers Vs. X-Men enjoyment even further by unlocking access to exclusive behind the scenes extras utilizing special augmented reality technology with the Marvel AR app powered by Aurasma. This is exciting bonus content that you cannot access anywhere else!

Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!

Here comes the pain as all your favorite super heroes enter the battle—and only one team will emerge victorious! Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime comic event in, AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #10, on sale now in comic shops everywhere, on the Marvel Comics App, and the all-new Marvel Comics Webstore!

For more on Avengers Vs. X-Men, please visit the AvX hub-page.

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #10 (JUN120599)
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by ADAM KUBERT
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
ON SALE NOW!

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The captain of the Avengers Vs. X-Men ship discusses steering the event into its final act!

By Jim Beard

You don’t rise to the top in the House of Ideas without knowing the far-reaching Marvel Universe inside and out.

Take Senior VP – Executive Editor Tom Brevoort for example; tasked with not only overseeing a bevy of Marvel’s top books, he’s also the guy who wrangles the biggest shoot-out of them all, AVENGERS VS X-MEN. From starting out as a college intern in the hallowed halls of Marvel to becoming the go-to guy for what makes its cast of characters tick, there’s no better man for the challenge.

We pulled Tom aside to ask him a few questions about the editing process and heading into the final act of AvX, and being the helpful sort, he obliged with a few answers.

Avengers Vs. X-Men #10 variant cover by Nick Bradshaw

Marvel.com: Tom, what have been the differences for you in working with a five-writer team on AvX as opposed to a single writer on other Marvel books?

Tom Brevoort: Everything is different. With a single writer, for all of the discussion, you have one person and one aesthetic driving the story. With a team of writers, no matter how simpatico, you need to get a consensus, and that means that sometimes the story will turn in directions that one writer or another doesn’t entirely agree with.

Marvel.com: If you had to cite a moment in the AvX process that surprised you and challenged you to make the story even better, what would it be?

Tom Brevoort: I don’t know that there’s any specific moment that fits the bill here. The closest thing is that, especially as the writers wrote the second act, there was a lot of elbow room for improvisation and innovation. And each time that a particular writer added something in these moments, the subsequent writers all had to adapt to it a little bit. For all that, it’s been a surprisingly smooth process.

Marvel.com: Has there been a single directive from you to your writer team in the beginning that’s proven to have been the most important and impactful for the entire story?

Tom Brevoort: No, not really. The closest is probably [Editor-in-Chief] Axel Alonso’s rallying cry that “five fingers make a fist” in terms of keeping the team unified and on point in telling the story.

Avengers Vs. X-Men #11 cover by Jim Cheung

Marvel.com: What has it been like working with the AvX artists to insure that the transitions between issues have been both consistent but also visually striking?

Tom Brevoort: Visually striking isn’t a concern when you’re working with John Romita Jr., Olivier [Coipel] and Adam [Kubert]. There have been points where we’ve had to coordinate designs—for the Phoenix Five, the new Utopia, even Iron Man’s big anti-Phoenix armor—but these really haven’t been any more challenging than the typical coordination between titles or artists. I’m sorry the process has been so boring!

Marvel.com: Definitely not boring to the readers! Now, what scene in the story so far has given you the most satisfaction not only as an editor, but also as a fan?

Tom Brevoort: Maybe the advent of the Phoenix Five, and the fact that pretty much nobody reading the series foresaw that outcome. I also like the concept behind AVX: VS.

Marvel.com: How would you place Avengers Vs. X-Men in the overall grand scheme for the ongoing Marvel Universe?

Tom Brevoort: Any answer I could give would sound like empty platitudes, I expect. It’s an epic story pitting our two biggest franchises against one another, so it’s pretty big.

Marvel.com: And lastly, Tom, what are you most looking forward to in the last act of the saga?

Tom Brevoort: Finishing it up successfully, and then moving on to Marvel NOW!

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