Marvel’s Teen Heroes Band Together In Upcoming Champions Series

Credit: Humberto Ramos/Marvel Comics via Entertainment Weekly
Credit: Humberto Ramos/Marvel Comics via Entertainment Weekly

It’s an interesting time to be alive.

With the younger generation (of which 4YE is a part of) starting to demand their voices be heard, things are changing. Whether for better or for worse depends on the subject, but there is a lot of youth movement going on in the world as the younger generation starts to demand respect from the older.

This is felt not only in real life, but also with movements online, in tv/film, in books, etc.

So it makes sense that the Big Two of the comics industry would bring these ideals into the comic realm.

With faith shaken in the old guard in the Marvel Comics universe, the teen heroes must band together and save the world on their terms.

This is what Marvel hopes to channel with their new Champions series.

The series will be written by modern comic great Mark Waid and feature the art of Humberto Ramos. In the series, a younger version of Cyclops, Ms Marvel (Kamala Khan), Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Hulk (Amadeus Cho), Nova, and Viv Vision break away from the older heroes to tackle the world on their own terms.

According to Waid in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the series will channel “youthful activist energy”.

Waid clarified about precisely what he meant by that statement.

He said: “Tom and I talked about how there’s been a very interesting generational shift in the last 15 years. When we were growing up, the general perception was it takes adults to fix the world. Kids can do little things, but basically you have to wait till you grow up to make the big choices and the big decisions. Well, Mark Zuckerberg would disagree with you. Some of the other young trend-breaking scientists that are coming to light, online especially, would beg to differ with you. Those are the inspirations, as much as anybody else, for the idea that we don’t have to wait until we grow up to be Tony Stark or Captain America to make a difference in this world. We’ll find our way, and we’ll find our own way.”

Waid also talked about the fun that he has with writing younger characters.

He said: “ Younger characters are just much more emotional. When you’re a kid, regardless of the age you grew up, everything is high opera. With hormones raging, you have to fight external and internal battles that you’ve never had to deal with before. Unlike Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, who have seen it all and been through it all, everything heightens the drama. I couldn’t have a better partner in crime in this than Humberto Ramos, with whom I did Impulse. If you need evidence that Humberto knows a little something about teenage superheroes, you don’t have to look very far. The two of us have a pretty unique handle on what makes teenage superheroes work. Again, it’s high emotion. No one in a Humberto panel, even if they’re in the background, no one is just standing there not doing anything. Somebody’s got their mouth wide enough to eat a banana sideways, and somebody else looks like they’re gonna explode from rage, and that’s just the way Humberto draws people. It’s awesome.”

Well I’m definitely excited to see what Champions will bring to the table. I needed something like this since Young Avengers. 

Bec Heim