- I promise I will explain it all when we get back. I will draw you pictures, I will use puppets...but for right now, you have to just listen to me.
- -- Iron Man
Appearing in "Next Avengers, Part 5: Battle for the Future"
- Protector (Noh-Varr)
- Killraven (John Raven)
- Next Avengers (Last appearance)
- Old Iron Man (Tony Stark) (Last appearance)
- Maestro (Bruce Banner) (Last appearance)
- Spider-Girl (Last appearance)
- Apocalypse (Last appearance)
- Horsemen of Apocalypse (Last appearance)
- Earth-10071 (Last appearance)
- Earth (Last appearance)
- Earth-10943 (First appearance chronologically)
- Earth (First appearance chronologically)
- Hawkeye's Bow & Trick Arrows
- Bleeding Edge Armor
- Captain America's Shield
- Spider-Man's Suit
Synopsis for "Next Avengers, Part 5: Battle for the Future"
In the present, New York City has gone officially crazy; countless beings and objects from other times have manifested into this time period. The Avengers are at a loss about what to do. Thor's immediate concern is to help others and hope that their teammates in the future will succeed. He then charges at Galactus.
In the future, future Iron Man has his past self's armor, having known that it would be a liability against Ultron. The Avengers then start to discuss why did Maestro send Kang to alert them to time and space about to end. The only logical conclusion is that their future children didn't break the timestream -- Kang did! As future Iron Man outlines it, Kang brought an army from every period in history repeatedly in his war against UItron. As a result, he causes their time period to trap them in the midst of the timestream hurricane that was created; only Kang is free to time travel. Even as they speak, this day is going to be repeated over and over again, both past and future. As time starts to collapse, the present-day Avengers are instructed to return to their time and stop Kang before he breaks the timestream.
Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine, and Noh-Varr instantly return to the moment when they were fighting Apocalypse and his Horsemen. Once their battle is concluded, they go to restart the time machine and arrive in the future before Ultron to ask a favor.
The Blockbuster Marvel series continues! The Avengers travel to the far-flung future to stop the timestream from ripping itself apart. But with time unraveling more and more with every second it may be too late to put the world back the way it was. All this plus a brand new chapter in the oral history of the Avengers!
- Cover art to the Super Hero Squad Variant is a homage to the cover of Thor #126 (March 1966).
- Also includes Chapter 7 of "Avengers Assemble: The Oral History of the Earth's Mightiest Heroes" by Brian Michael Bendis. Continues in New Avengers Vol 2 #5.
- Pages 9-10 display a map of future events, events that Marvel editor Tom Brevoort has said actually correspond to actual planned events. Some have happened, some haven't. These include Captain America Reborn, What did Cap see? (a vision shown to him in Captain America: Reborn #6, that sparked his ideas for the future), Nine Worlds in Disarray (likely a reference to Avengers: Prime Vol 1, which features Iron Man, Thor, and Steve Rogers in the other worlds of Asgard), What is where Asgard should be? (Thor #621, which features an upheaval in the Nine Worlds involving that result in the World Eaters attempting to take control of the Asgard dimension), Three! (a likely reference to the Fantastic Four storyline of the same name), Heroic Age Begins, Hope Returns!?, Throwbacks!, Chaos!, Man Without Fear, Nova Antiquus, Master of Kung Fu, Five Lights, Night Falls?, Academy Traitor!, Return of the King, the Drumm of Revenge (a reference to the events of New Avengers Vol 2 #6 or the fallout from that issue), Iron Lad (Re)Turns?, H:I Stark Resilient, All Hope Lies in Doom!, Galactus Seed, Where's Wanda?, Schizm!, What's in the rings?!?!, Yesterday's X-Men, Steve's Vision!, Fear Without Man, Who is Worthy?, Scorched Earth?, the Ultron War (an event directly referenced in this issue) and "Yesterday's X-Men" (as in the first storyline of All-New X-Men the original five X-Men are taken to the future).
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