Marvel is at a spot right now where they’re just kind of rehashing old event stories with a new coat of paint. Considering how much money they made altering the story of Infinity Gauntlet into two feature films, I don’t know if I can blame them. In the past few years, they did new takes on Secret Wars, Civil War, and even Amalgam. Next up is dusting off Acts of Vengeance and rebranding it as Acts of Evil.
Acts of Vengeance was an event from the early ’90s with a simple and incredibly fun concept: a bunch of villains got together and decided to trade targets in order to hit the heroes off-guard. Spider-Man fights Graviton, Punisher fights Dr. Doom, Thor fights Juggernaut, etc. It was mainly remembered for Spider-Man briefly turning into Captain Universe and a rad scene where Magneto betrayed Red Skull and left him to die in a bunker with no escape.
Now we have Acts of Evil coming up and it’s the same basic concept. Heroes are going to fight villains that they aren’t accustomed to. Creative teams have just been announced for five of these matchups.
Deadpool Annual #1 by Dana Schwartz and Reilly Brown will have the mental mutate go way above his pay grade by facing Doctor Strange villain Nightmare. Considering how messed up Deadpool’s memories are to begin with and how much tragedy there is buried in there, this should be an interesting one. They did clash years back in Deadpool Team-Up, but nobody really remembers that.
Ghost Spider Annual #1 has Vita Ayala and Pere Perez telling us about Gwen’s battle with Arcade. Makes sense that Arcade would go after a Spider-Man-adjacent character considering he made his debut in a Spider-Man/Captain Britain team-up. Plus there was that awful Spider-Man/X-Men team-up video game.
Moon Knight Annual #1 by Cullen Bunn and Ibrahim Moustafa will have Moon Knight do battle with Kang the Conqueror. A very bizarre mix of personalities here, the two at least worked together during Infinity Wars. This one could be the most ridiculous mix-up.
She-Hulk Annual #1 by Alexandra Petri and Andy MacDonald is based on She-Hulk vs. Bullseye. I guess with all these trades, some villain is going to have to end up the underdog. A fresh pairing as the only time I recall Bullseye clashing with any Hulk character is when Hulk gruffly told him, “Pay your taxes,” and Bullseye immediately gave himself up to the police.
Wolverine Annual #1 has Jody Houser writing, but the artist will be announced later. Wolverine will take on Morgan Le Fay. Coincidentally, Wolverine’s son took on Le Fay as part of the Dark Avengers and didn’t do so great.
We’re also going to get issues of Ms. Marvel vs. Super Skrull, Punisher vs. Brood Queen, and Venom vs. Lady Hellbender. It all starts in July.
Gavin Jasper writes for Den of Geek and thanks the Acts of Vengeance omnibus for getting through four days without power after Hurricane Sandy happened. Read more of his articles here and follow him on Twitter @Gavin4L