Marvel pits Earth’s Mightiest Heroes against each other to decide the new host of the Phoenix Force in Avengers #40

“ONLY ONE WILL RISE! The infamous firebird of cosmic destruction and rebirth known as the Phoenix Force returns to Earth in the pages of Jason Aaron’s AVENGERS this December. On the hunt for its next host, the Avengers and some of the most powerful heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe will engage in a globe-spanning competition that will ultimately decide…who will be the all-new Phoenix,” states the official press release for Avengers #40, whose cover by artist Leinil Yu depicts Phoenix-powered versions of Black Panther, Wolverine, She-Hulk, Captain America and Namor.

“The most iconic, primordial powers of the Marvel Universe have been central to my AVENGERS run,” Aaron stated in the official press release for Avengers #40. “And few forces in the cosmos are more world-shaking and potentially world-destroying than the Phoenix Force. It’s legacy on Earth goes back to the Stone Age, as we’ve seen, but we haven’t seen much of the firebird in the present day. That’s about to change in a very big way,” Aaron added.

“The Phoenix is back and in its spirit of fiery rebirth, it’s seeking a brand new avatar. So begins the greatest tournament the world has ever seen, as some of Marvel’s most powerful heroes and villains are called to battle for the right to become the all-new Phoenix. All will be transformed. But who will burn?”

The latest Phoenix Force designs will come courtesy of Javier Garron, who Aaron explained “has been doing simply gorgeous work on the ‘Age of Khonshu,’ and now he’s busy bringing to life the biggest, most powerful, more fiery group of Avengers we’ve ever seen. Plus a few really wild surprises.”

Avengers #40 will be available in December; the issue will be written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Javier Garron. What do you think of the return of Phoenix Force in Avengers #40? Sound off in the comments.

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