This is the first confirmation I've seen that Ares is joining the Avengers - I knew it was speculated, but I hadn't seen confirmation.
Also looking forward to seeing Echo expanded on - the first story was decent but kind of weak.“The difference between the two books is that Mighty Avengers is the big, giant, ‘world’s coming to an end’ Avengers,” explains Bendis of the new title where power-heavy heroes like the Sentry and Ares join up with what the writer calls “an” Iron Man. “Where New Avengers—as it’s been from day one—is dealing with some seedy underbelly thing that’s going on in the Marvel Universe. Even the creation of the Avengers was brought together by some seedy, shadowy person who we don’t know, and all of that continues. There is a conspiracy going on, a massive one that will be revealed this year.”
What won’t be revealed anytime soon is the lineup of New Avengers, whose former roster of Bendis favorites from Spider-Man and Wolverine to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones now only draws sharp laughter from the writer. “I’m not sure that they all make it out of Civil War,” grins the secretive scribe.
Two cast members Bendis will reveal before the book’s first post-Civil War arc are Echo—the David Mack-created character who was last seen posing as new hero Ronin—and a familiar character taking up the Ronin guise. “There is a reason that Echo is Ronin, and we’ll find all of this out in issue #27,” says Bendis. “At the end of this story, she won’t really need to be Ronin, but there will be someone else in the Marvel Universe who is without a costume who fits the bill and kind of sees themselves as a masterless samurai.”
And could this character be a certain shield-slinging hero currently on the outs with the government? “We are not commenting on Captain America’s existence post-Civil War,” says Bendis. “Could Captain America see himself as a masterless samurai? Or maybe it’s Tony? Maybe Cap is in the armor? I don’t know.”