Indeed, news is washing over us that Hickman will be taking over adjectiveless Avengers, and he's doing to such an extent, that he seems to be swallowing up New Avengers and going bi-weekly with it! 0.o
In order to do so, he's putting together a ginormous team, that he can write bi-weekly, back-to-back issues.
So... who do you guys figure he'll use? And what on Earth can the big hook for the team be...? The story-engine, so to speak.
Hopefully he will realize that the Avengers are NOT the Ultimates, and do something completely different. No doubt it WON'T be like his FF, which is cool, because it shouldn't be.
What will the big idea be?? Pro-active, global Avengers...? Multi-species Avengers? UNIVERSAL?? 0_o ( thinking a merge with the Guardians of the Galaxy concept here)
But most importantly... who will he use?? And which characters do you all wish that he did?
I'll give my own 10 cents on this, with the ones that I deem the most likely:
2. Captain America
3. Iron Man
7.Black Panther ( Hickman likes him and Wakanda-concepts)
8.Giant-Man ( mentally disturbed poly-math. right up his alley)
9.Wolverine ( can't do it without the cash-cow)
10.Spider-man ( as above, but Hickman actually likes him as well)
RIGHT! That's the usual suspects... but whom do we have left then? This is where the list starts to get interesting... Will we see old fan-fave's returning? NEW recruits? (I'm thinking mutants here) Or perhaps the return of really obscure ones? Hard to say... but I'll give it a go, with a rather safe load-out.
11. Captain Britain ( Hickman loves BIG ideas, and by laying his hands on CB, he gets access to a TON of big ideas)
12. Beast ( poly-math, mutant connection)
13. Marcus Fury ( new SHIELD-liasion, Hickman likes SHIELD)
14. War Machine
15. Captain Marvel - Carol Danvers ( gives him access to Cosmic and Kree-stuff, Marvel will want her on the book as well)
16. Vision ( bound to touch on Remenders descendants stuff)
17. Human Torch ( first wild-card! It kind of makes sense. Last FF-er to be an Avenger)
18. Nova ( time to go cosmic...And Marvel no doubt wants to showcase the new Nova)
Basically more or less the expulsion of every down-to-Earth or street-level hero, as well as mystical ones, from the Avengers. I see Hickman as more of a high-concept Sci-fi -writer and less of a Fantasy one.
The following char's will then end up in limbo or simply in their own series:
Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Dr Strange, Daredevil, Red Hulk, Valkyrie, Thing, Jewel, Mockingbird, Spider-Woman.
Daredevil always has his own series, Dr Strange is bound to get a new one in the relaunch, Valkyrie may well get to headline the Lady Liberators - since it's been in the works since FI: Fearless, Red Hulk has his own series - AND the Parker-penned Agents of Smash, Thing has always got FF.
Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jewel, Mockingbird and Spider-woman will no doubt however (SADLY) be thrown on the obscure-char' scrap-heap to rot for another 10 or so years.
Well... I suppose in theory one could make a pretty awesome Heroes for Hire line-up with that roster, but what the hell do I know...