Nearly a year ago, in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic that is still going on, Marvel Comics announced the Infinite Destinies event that would tie together their 2020 slate of annuals. The world had other plans, though, and after a Diamond shutdown, a pencils-down order, and a slow return to a normal publishing slate, Marvel is finally ready to put those annuals out into the world. Today the publisher announced release dates for the first three annuals of the event, as well as revealed a previously-unannounced creative team for one of the annuals.
Here’s the slate of three Infinite Destinies annuals that have been given release dates for this June:
IRON MAN ANNUAL #1
Written by JED MACKAY
Art by IBRAIM ROBERSON
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
On Sale 6/2
CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #1
Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art by MARCO CASTIELLO
Cover by ALEX GARNER
On Sale 6/9
BLACK CAT ANNUAL #1
Written by JED MACKAY
Art by JOEY VAZQUEZ
Cover by C.F. VILLA
On Sale 6/23
Creative teams for the Iron Man and Cap annuals were announced a year ago; the Black Cat annual will be written by the character’s regular series writer, Jed Mackay, and feature art by Joey Vazquez, who previously drew 2019’s Black Cat annual.
Along with the creators, the publisher released new teaser artwork for the event, seen above, as well as an updated release timeline for the annuals, though specific dates or creative teams were not specified for any titles past June. The timeline also teases a follow-up story in the pages of Black Cat, and promises that the events of the annuals will set up stories for “the next FIVE years”:
Where the Infinite Destinies event’s original 2020 timeline spread the annuals over four months, the updated schedule has them coming out in three. Also of note are the ‘CLASSIFIED’ guest-stars for the Thor and Avengers annuals. The 2020 announcement had the same for Avengers, but listed Danny Ketch’s Spirit of Corruption as the guest-star for the Thor annual. Plans may have changed in the last twelve months, though.
Look for the Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Cat annuals, all tying in to Infinite Destinies, to arrive in stores in June 2021.
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The annual event had been previously postponed from last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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