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Dane Whitman




Imagine you were launching Avengers Academy #1. Who would you use?
My suggestion would be:

Hawkeye and Mockingbird as the instructors.

Speedball as a student.
Aegis (sort of dead, but still).
Mattie Franklin (again).
Lacuna.
Smuggler.
Amadeus Cho as the new Yellowjacket.
Gorilla Girl.
Trauma.

Thoughts?


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mjyoung





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    Imagine you were launching Avengers Academy #1. Who would you use?


Idea 1: Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne mentor the Young Avengers. The YA get their much needed mentors in a monthly book, and it gives Hank and Janet a purpose again. While they are never going to be on the level of the big three, they are still very important to the Avengers.

Roster: Giant Man, Wasp, Patriot, Hulkling, Wiccan, Kate Bishop, Speed, Stature, Vision

Idea 2: Merge the concepts of the Initiative and the current Avengers Academy idea. The title would consist of three group of characters by having veteran Avengers as teachers, less experienced and younger Avengers as student teachers, and the inexperienced younger students. But like the Initiative, it would consist of many more characters. Each student teacher would be assigned a certain group of students as well, where they would take the team out on superhero adventures. Great way to include many superhero characters that would otherwise just stay in limbo.


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    My suggestion would be:
    Hawkeye and Mockingbird as the instructors.
    Speedball as a student.
    Aegis (sort of dead, but still).
    Mattie Franklin (again).
    Lacuna.
    Smuggler.
    Amadeus Cho as the new Yellowjacket.
    Gorilla Girl.
    Trauma.


Hawkeye and Mockingbird don't seem to really fit as being mentors for younger children. I still like them better as Thunderbolts leaders.





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FirstChAoS




My ideas for a new avengers academy are:

MENTORS: Justice, Speedball, Ultragirl, Pym, Gauntlet, etc.

MEMBERS

Trauma: Returning from walking the land to serve as an almost graduated field leader.

Wiccan: Adds magic to the team.

Hulkling: Adds a lover for wiccan.

Butterball: Returns with a special stark tech harness to give him flight and weapons. If you cannot improve him physically use tech.

Crusader: Back and openly skrull. His wish DID return him to life, and the avengers now realize that despite him wanting to keep his truth secret for both safety and suprise his training is not somplete until he uses all his capabilities.

and finally the monkey trio

Ape-X: I liked this guy, a pitty he didn't stick around long.

Gibbon: showed potential to be a fairly good hero in marvel apes.

Gorilla Girl: returning to training to hone her abilities more and filling out the monkey trio.


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    Imagine you were launching Avengers Academy #1. Who would you use?
    My suggestion would be:




We've had a TON of "young" hero teams recently in the Marvel Universe, with them usually not being able to sustain an ongoing for very long. Plenty of them have been worth keeping around though.

So what if we combined all those teams into one book, with them training at the Avengers Academy? They'd be rivals mostly, but could team up when big threats come around. Some could be "good". Some could be on the verge of being "bad".

Fans of each group might buy it, though they could possibly be disappointed when their favorite doesn't get enough focus. One way around that would be to have your main characters be the leaders of each team, who then are in a leadership class together. But then, any particular issue could give spotlight to an individual team and all the members when they have a mission.

Possible teams to include:

The current Avengers Academy kids.
Runaways
Loners
Young Avengers
The Komodo/Trauma/ThorGirl wave of Initiative cadets.
The Geiger/Crusader/Melee class.
The Butterball/Batwing/GorillaGirl team.
Secret Warriors (Hickman created a few squads other than the main one too)
Liberteens
Young Masters? Too evil?
Young Allies? I don't see the appeal of Arana or Nomad, but I suppose the Young Allies should fall into this scenario. Firestar definitely doesn't fit with them though. If anything, she's an instructor.

Then I'd also use some of the newly created or obscure, largely unexplored characters that were spread throughout the Initiative state teams. And some of the "potential recruts" that never made it in. You'd have to stick to unestablished younger heroes.



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    Idea 2: Merge the concepts of the Initiative and the current Avengers Academy idea. The title would consist of three group of characters by having veteran Avengers as teachers, less experienced and younger Avengers as student teachers, and the inexperienced younger students. But like the Initiative, it would consist of many more characters. Each student teacher would be assigned a certain group of students as well, where they would take the team out on superhero adventures. Great way to include many superhero characters that would otherwise just stay in limbo.



Your second idea is pretty much the same thing I was thinking would be cool.


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Ron Burgundy




I would love to see it as a combination of The Initiative and Academy X.

Large cast of new recruits, who are divided up into there own teams. Bring back some of the Initiative favorites, combine them with the Young Allies, Young Masters, and the current Academy kids. And when the teams are made, mix the kids up to create rivalries and hostilities among the teams, but they come together eventually to make it work.

I think the Runaways should be left with there own book, because their dynamic is that they aren't heroes in training.

Young Avengers should have their own title.

So we would have 3 young hero books, each with its own draw, and cast of great characters.


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mjyoung





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    Your second idea is pretty much the same thing I was thinking would be cool.


The problem is that books with massive casts aren't really that successful. You would have to focus of a core group for the readers to become interesting. This is going to be a hard thing to do because you have to have the right combination of characters, which would in theory be a mix of students and teachers, but also pulling members from different casts. A cast such as Justice, Firestar, Wiccan, Patriot, Nico, Lucy in the Sky, Gravity, and Mettle may work for some readers but not others.

This idea is what they used for the New Mutants/Academy X/New X-Men title a few years ago, where students were divided into groups and mentored by select X-Men characters. While the book focused on one group (called the New Mutants), we see other groups in the background.


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      Your second idea is pretty much the same thing I was thinking would be cool.



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    The problem is that books with massive casts aren't really that successful. You would have to focus of a core group for the readers to become interesting. This is going to be a hard thing to do because you have to have the right combination of characters, which would in theory be a mix of students and teachers, but also pulling members from different casts. A cast such as Justice, Firestar, Wiccan, Patriot, Nico, Lucy in the Sky, Gravity, and Mettle may work for some readers but not others.


True. I'm not sure who would be the best to use as the core group with all those teams in the mix.

Readers buying the title for Runaways would be annoyed not to get enough Molly. And Young Avengers might just want to read about them only and wouldn't necessarily care about the Loners. (who I liked a lot)


The Avengers Initiative title somehow worked pretty well with a huge cast. There were the original cadets and students. The teachers. Then more cadets and Taskmaster. Plus the Shadow Initiative. Counter Force. Constrictor and Diamondback...

I think the reason it worked was that we as readers had no expectations, nobody that we would be upset about being excluded. So long as the storytelling was good, which it was, we were happy.



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    This idea is what they used for the New Mutants/Academy X/New X-Men title a few years ago, where students were divided into groups and mentored by select X-Men characters. While the book focused on one group (called the New Mutants), we see other groups in the background.


That was a fun setup for the young X-Men, exactly what I was thinking about when I posted.




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First_Mungk




I agree that Young Avengers should have their own book. Capitalize on the Young Justice cartoon.

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