Original Sin in the next big Marvel Event coming to Marvel with the Watcher Uatu being murdered (supposedly by a Marvel hero) and it looks like there will be some mini-series coming out of it that will delve back into the history of Marvel Comics and look at some of the “original sin” of some Marvel Heroes. Reported on USA Today:
The Marvel Comics event series Original Sin is promising the revelation of several important secrets when it begins next month, but this one is a doozy if true: Is Tony Stark responsible for creating the Hulk?
That’s the driving question of the four-issue tie-in miniseries Original Sin: Iron Man vs. Hulk, beginning with an issue 3.1 in June by Indestructible Hulk writer Mark Waid and Iron Man scribe Kieron Gillen.
“Original Sin reveals a deeply buried secret shared by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner that dates back to the fateful gamma-bomb explosion that created the Hulk,” says Marvel editor in chief Axel Alonso. “After this, all bets are off between Iron Man and the Hulk. There is no going back. There’s only manning up and facing the consequences.”
Original Sin revolves around the murder of the all-seeing Uatu the Watcher in his lunar headquarters and the manhunt for the killer before all his secrets get out. However, whomever offed the Watcher also stole his eyes, which contain all the history that’s ever happened in the Marvel Universe, and an incident occurs where knowledge is exposed about several superheroes.
The possible connection between Stark and the day that changed Bruce Banner’s life is one that comes to light, and both men team up for an investigation to explore the truth as they dig into what Stark was up to at the time as well as both men’s pasts and presents.
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Bruce Banner and Tony Stark are in for an emotional roller coaster, courtesy of Mark Waid and Kieron Gillen.(Photo: JG Jones/Marvel Comics)
The ultimate answer is “quite surprising,” Waid says, “and it’s not what not you would expect but neither is it a cheat.”
The story also speaks to the core of the characters, according to Gillen.
It dips into the prehistory, friendship and rivalry of the two guys, the writer adds. “At the same time, it’s absolutely delineating their characters and saying a lot about them.”
Of course, Gillen considers even the question mark of the central story enough to spark an abundance of emotions, from Tony’s possible guilt about the revelation to Bruce’s anger, since he’s had the Hulk hanging over his head like a muscular green sword of Damocles for so long.
Their relationship will change as they go through the investigation, Gillen says. “This is going to be the proverbial emotional roller coaster. These are not unemotional men.”
Adds Waid: “Neither is Banner a terribly forgiving human being if he feels like he’s been wronged. He may be, but the Hulk is about as forgiving as a hurricane.”
He also compares the tale to HBO’s True Detective: It’s “a really screwed-up emotional journey” with two partners unearthing a lot of creepy, dark secrets they’re unprepared for when it comes to the consequences.
Plus, there is the potential third investigator — when dealing with such sensitive material, Stark has to worry a little about his partner turning into a natural disaster and smashing stuff.
“It’s safe to say that a lot of this story is Tony trying to dive deep into this investigation and yet be careful about what he shares with Bruce,” Waid says. “You never know with Bruce what’s going to set him off.”
Gillen feels that the Original Sin series focuses on what makes Marvel characters special, and that it’s ultimately about both Iron Man and Hulk, among others, overcoming their failings.
On some level with DC Comics superheroes, Gillen says, “the world is the problem in many ways. They’re trying to make sure paradise returns. Batman was fine until his parents were killed.
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Both Iron Man and Hulk will have to overcome their failings in “Original Sin.”(Photo: JG Jones/Marvel Comics)
“But with Marvel, as well as wanting to make the better world, there’s a sense that on some level they are the problem as well, as big a problem as anything else.”
Stark has actually had a bunch thrown at him lately in Gillen’s monthly series, including the revelation that he was adopted and has a long-lost brother in the form of Arno Stark.
Waid admits those recent events informed his and Gillen’s story, and instead of making him a victim again, they want to use Original Sin to show Stark in a surprisingly and unexpectedly positive light.
“Even given the question on the table, there is sill something very heroic about the decisions he makes in this story,” Waid says.
“It’s easy to write a cynical story where you find out that there’s an original sin and somebody’s done something wrong. It’s easy to reveal something dark about a character, but the hard part — and to me the most rewarding part — is to try to figure out a way in which that helps define them as a hero rather than just tarnishes them.”