Avengers fans know the founding members of Earth's Mightiest Heroes by heart: Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Hank Pym, and the Wasp. Captain America has been given founder status as well, having joined the group in Avengers #4. However, Marvel Legacy is looking to reshape history by giving that status to a completely new character named Voyager.
Released in 1962, Avengers #1 brought together five Marvel superheroes to form what has become one of the most well-known brands in comic books. Teenage sidekick to the Hulk, Rick Jones, united Thor, Iron Man, Hank Pym as Ant-Man, the Wasp, and the Hulk in a battle against Thor's evil brother, Loki. After two issues, Hulk betrayed the team and left the group. Soon after, Captain America's body was found frozen in ice. Fifty-five years later, these six characters are still an important staple of Avengers history.
Earlier this month, Marvel teased the introduction of a new character named Voyager in their coming relaunch, Marvel Legacy, but offered no details of her identity or her role in the story. A page from Marvel Legacy #1 reveals that Voyager will be heavily tied to the history of the Avengers in the most unexpected way.
The Avengers' butler, Edwin Jarvis is possessed by a feeling that despite his decades of serving the Avengers, something is "wrong" and that not everything is as it should be. A glimpse out the window at the statue of the Avengers explains Jarvis' bad feeling. The statue of the six founding Avengers suddenly includes Voyager. Promotional art for the three-month weekly event, "Avengers: No Surrender," features the same statue with Voyager once again standing alongside Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Hank Pym and the Wasp.
Also, it may mean nothing at all and may simply be an artistic oversight, but the Wasp is not included in the panel in Marvel Legacy #1. However, the character is depicted in the art for "Avengers: No Surrender."
Fans will surely be left to wonder how this change could have taken place. Was reality rewritten without the heroes' knowledge? Could this have something to do with the Cosmic Cube fiasco in Secret Empire? Fans are already curious about the character's identity. Fans are already speculating that Voyager could be a different version of an established character, including Valeria Richards, Kobik, Invisible Woman, and Ayesha.
Voyager won't be the first character to be retconned into Marvel history. This happened with Sentry and Jessica Jones in the early 2000s. More recently, female supervillain Avenger X was introduced as a fifth member of Cap's Kooky Quartet, the second Avengers lineup.
More details on Voyager are expected to come on Friday, September 29.
Source: Marvel Legacy #1