As the months went by in Mighty Avengers, like most Wonder Man fans [and even some who weren't] I couldn't figure out why he'd been included on the roster if he wasn't really going to be used.
The answer looks to have been given in an interview:
Bendis: There were a couple people I thought would be interesting Skrulls, that were on my list at the outset, we were very clear who was and was not a Skrull, but we got to the story and realized we didn't need them. And we felt that the fewer Skrulls the better.
IGN Comics: Anyone specific?
Bendis: Yeah, Simon Williams a.k.a. Wonder Man, was supposed to be a Skrull. He was such a quieter character – the quiet, noble, easy-to-imitate guy – but there was nothing he could do that Hank Pym couldn't. And Hank was more interesting because they kept having to switch him out.
I have conflicting thoughts about this.
Had they followed through, then maybe Wonder man would be a featured character in Dark Reign.
Since they did not - then that Wonder Man 'legacy' talk may not lead to the death that I'd been worrying about since I heard it.
So the good news is that Wonder man should be available for other writers to use. The bad news is that early signs do not point to anyone using him - though Dan Slott does seem eager to do a Wonder man/Beast story. But that is still not the regular gig we thought he'd be getting in Mighty Avengers. Maybe this also ties into Wonder man's erratic use in Ms. Marvel.
In any case, I thought you'd al like to know about Brian Bendis' comments..if you didn't already run across them yourself.
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