The dark elf provides the catalyst for an awesome A-Force event!
With Dormammu dealt with, the Sorcerer Supreme takes up his new post among the students of “Marvel Avengers Academy.” Our heroes prepare to enjoy the start of winter as snow begins to fall on campus.
But they’re forced to cut their celebration short, as they learn this snow isn’t natural. Malekith has unleashed the power of an ancient mystical artifact to bring eternal winter to Earth and create a new kingdom for the Dark Elves and Frost Giants. Luckily, a number of new faces—including some Asgardian warriors—pour into the Academy to help our students fight the villain and his armies and prevent this new ice age.
Marvel.com: While our heroes were focused on battling Dormammu, Malekith has quietly gathered new power and now threatens the world. What evil will the Avengers Academy students and faculty be up against as the first snow falls on campus?
Allen Warner: There have been mentions of the Casket of Ancient Winters being somewhere in New York going all the way back to our Spider-Man event, and during our Doctor Strange event, we learned that the evil Dark Elf ruler Malekith had finally gotten his hands on it. Marvel fans know that it’s one of the most powerful artifacts in the universe, and can be used as a weapon of mass destruction to unleash infinite icy storms across the world. Malekith wants to use its powers to plunge our world into the next ice age, so that the Dark Elves and Frost Giants can take over. The Avengers Academy students not only have to defend their campus from Malekith, his minions, and angry Frost Giants, but they also need to deliver supplies around the world to help people survive the storms, and fight back against the Dark Elves.
As someone who actually has bipolar disorder, Magnus making light of his mother having bipolar disorder wasn’t remotely offensive. Isak was already in a place of being completely terrified and doubting his entire relationship with Even so far. He didn’t need Magnus to go on about all the scary parts of bipolar disorder, Isak has seen or Googled it. The point of the scene was to highlight that just because someone happens to have a mental illness, that doesn’t mean that they’re not “normal”. In the case of Even and Magnus’ mother, they just have some periods of being up or down. And yes, it can be scary sometimes but that doesn’t make the relationship any less meaningful or important and it’s not always going to be terrifying and scary. The difference between Magnus and Sonja is that Magnus has come to accept that his mother has bipolar disorder. He’s willing to accept that it’s just part of who she is but not all of who she is unlike Sonja who invalidates Even’s feelings and attempts to control him. So yes, Magnus laughs about, but it comes from years of experience and understanding. If you’ve gotten to the point in your family or your relationships with people where you can laugh or joke about aspects of your mental illness, then that’s a pretty good place to be in.