In a CBR exclusive first look at Marvel Comics' "Uncanny Avengers" #14 by Rick Remender and incoming artist Steve McNiven, Kang the conquerer does more than travel through time -- he appears to be uniting some of the far-flung future stories of the Marvel Universe as Remender looks to set up his next big arc -- and possibly tee up the rest of the Marvel U for the next year.
In the preview, Kang travels to:
- 3806, where he gathers Stryfe amidst the Mutant Liberation Front
- 2033, where May Parker, the "Earth X" version of Venom, is about to be sucked in to the vortex
- 2099 to pick up that era's Doom
- 2020 for Arno Stark, the Iron Man of that era
- 2014 to pick up Ahab
- 2043 to enlist Elizabeth Braddock of the future
- 2055 to get a Deathlok Abomination.
Each of these eras relate to either a past story of Remender's or recall another major plot point from the extended Marvel Universe. 2043 is the same era Remender's "Uncanny X-Force" traveled to during "Final Execution", 2055 recalls both Remender's "Deathlok Nation" arc of "Uncanny X-Force" and his "Secret Avengers" run. We've already seen the 2099 Universe pop up in modern comics thanks to Dan Slott's most recent "Superior Spider-Man" arc, and Arno Stark was just introduced as Tony's long-lost brother in Kieron Gillen's "Iron Man." It's also already been confirmed that Stryfe is the main antagonist for the "Uncanny X-Force"/"Cable and X-Force" crossover, "Vendetta."
However, that does still leave a few outliers: why go to 2014 -- which is mere months away in real-time? And is Remender really planning to fully integrate the "Earth X" reality into the 616? And those are just the questions and observations we have after reading the first four pages of "Uncanny Avengers" #14!
UPDATE 11/20/2013 11:18 AM PT: Sharp-eyed reader Andreas Kounelis on Facebook pointed out that 2014 is the last time Ahab appeared in Alan Davis' final two issues of "Excalibur." Thanks, Andreas!