Neil Gaiman to Return to Marvel with Spawn Character Angela
It’s been a long road to get there, but Marvel has officially confirmed that Neil Gaiman is returning to write comics for the company.
In an epilogue to the event storyline Age of Ultron due out in June, readers will see the introduction of Gaiman’s original creation Angela to the Marvel Universe.
Now sporting a redesign courtesy of artist Joe Quesada, Angela will reportedly have a major impact on the Marvel world and her appearance will carry over into July’s Guardians of the Galaxy #5, which will be written by Brian Michael Bendis and Gaiman.
Created by Gaiman for the Todd McFarlane series Spawn in 1992, Gaiman and McFarlane spent several years in court disputing the ownership of certain characters in a Gaiman-scripted story. Last year, the case was finally settled and Gaiman was dubbed co-owner of Angela, with all the royalties that come with it.
In a New York Times article, Quesada said the arrival of Angela has “been in the works for some time” and that—with the hype surrounding the Ultron event—it felt like a good time to introduce her.
Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso further clarifies that Angela’s appearance is not a spoiler but rather “like the post-credit scenes in one of our Marvel studio movies.”
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