Six by 6 | Six characters M.I.A. in Marvel NOW!
Marvel’s turning over a new leaf, so to speak, as it enters the Marvel NOW! era. But in that amid the flurry of new titles, new line-ups and new creators, we’re finding some notable absences — notable to us at least. While some missed heroes like Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Mockingbird have popped up in cameos here and there, there are still a significant number of popular players waiting to be brought onto the field. In this installment of “Six by 6,” we suss out six such characters and zero in on their last whereabouts, and where some of them might show up next.
War Machine: You know, for being Iron Man’s right-hand man and a movie star in his own right, James “Rhodey” Rhodes sure has trouble finding a seat at the table. While he’s headlined his own series, there have been long swaths of time in which Rhodey is nowhere to be found … and we’re in one of those now. War Machine’s last in-continuity appearance was in the pages of Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s 2012 Avengers Assemble run, but since then he’s become difficult to find. We hope that with a certain movie on its way we might see War Machine make his whereabouts known in the very near future.
Nick Fury: Nick Fury Sr., to be exact. While his long-lost son Nick Fury Jr. is heading up the Secret Avengers squad, the elder Fury has been keeping his head down. He appeared last year in both Defenders and Ed Brubaker’s final issue of Captain America, but now he’s in the wind. He’s due to pop up in Winter Soldier, where I hope he’ll play a larger role.
Moon Knight: Ah, Moonie. Less than two years ago you were the subject of a Hail Mary revamp by Marvel’s top writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev. Twelve issues later, and not much changed. In the past six months, Moon Knight has shown up in X-Men Legacy and in Bendis’ Avengers finale, but in Marvel NOW! he’s been invisible.