Marvel exec explains major superhero death
Published Jun 11 2011, 14:23 BST | By Tom Ayres
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Marvel's senior vice president of publishing Tom Brevoort
has explained the company's decision to kill off a major Marvel superhero.
Last week the conclusion of Fear Itself #3
saw the current Captain America Bucky Barnes seemingly killed by the new Red Skull.
Brevoort said that the character's death was not just something thrown into the event to raise the stakes, but had been planned out by Captain America writer Ed Brubaker
for some time.
"We don't go into these things thinking that you have to have a death," Brevoort told Comic Book Resources
. "What we do go in thinking is that you have to have a change; something has got to change from the beginning of an event series to the end."
The Marvel executive also claimed that Brubaker had always intended for Barnes to be killed off in his series, but that the timing had meant the death could occur in Fear Itself
and have more significance as a result.
"In the situation of the Captain America fatality, it was a case of all roads leading to the same place," Brevoort explained. "This was a nice point in his storyline that Ed was going to get to around this time and it synced up very nicely with Fear Itself
"The reality was, had there been no Fear Itself
, we wouldn't have done that moment exactly the same way but we would have gotten to it anyway."
Brevoort noted that although he had received some negative feedback over the death of Barnes from fans, he had received about the same amount when Brubaker resurrected the character around seven years ago.
"It's not the only fatality we'll have by the end, so there's more change of that nature to come in Fear Itself
continues on July 20.