I like Uncanny Avengers. It's a good read and a great-looking comic. I'm behind it 100%. I just can't shake the feeling that this leg of their story arc is just re-treading other plot lines, done by other Marvel teams. (Spoilers follow for Uncanny Avengers #20.)
So a while back, a pair of evil bastards saw to it that the world ended. Thor got out of it okay, and every last mutant was transported to Mutopia.
Flash-forward a few years and you've got two sides warring over one thing: the Wasp, Havok, and his team think they should go back in time to undo the catastrophe. Magneto and his followers think it's too dangerous to risk when they've already lost so much.
This chapter ends with Psylocke mentally transporting five Avengers back through time so they can get what is essentially a temporal/cosmic do-over. In the words of Biff Tannen in Back to the Future II, "There's something very familiar about all this."
Also, I can't help but notice they're attempting a Days of Future Past Hail Mary, just in time for the movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past.
I credit Rick Remender, the writer behind all this. Even after the Avengers undo this disaster (Because, c'mon. They will.), Kang the Conqueror may deliver a time-kid into the arms of Havok and Wasp— a child conceived in a relationship they haven't even started yet. That'll be a new wrinkle, not to mention a lasting consequence, which I am all for.
So, is it fair to make such comparisons? Is it fair to call these chapters as a re-hash of a different plot? Of being vertical integration marketing for a movie in a different franchise?
I legitimately don't know. It's frustrating, I know that much. I don't know what else to say about a story that, the entire time I'm reading it, reminds me of another story.
Marvel's job is to create comics, TV series, and movies. Marvel's job is also to sell comics, TV series, and movies. This time around, it just feels forced. The flavor is off, somehow.
What do you think?
Casey Jones is a writer of comics and screenplays. You can find his work here.