This week Empyre # 4 ended with some huge surprises - the least of which was the revelation of Billy Kaplan / Wiccan and Teddy Altman / Hulkling / Emperor Dorrek VIII were secretly married beforeTeddy leaves Earth to lead the Combined Kree / Skrull Empire.
Page d 'Empyre # 4 (Image credit: Marvel Comics)
We 'have all the details on Teddy and Billy's wedding (at least everything we know) in our writing the events of Empyre # 4 - but Marvel broke the news itself, with the publisher issuing a press release containing statements.rations from the two Empyres co-writing Al E wing, who ed the scene, and Hulkling and Wiccan co-creators Jim Cheung and Allan Heinberg, who envisioned the characters and their relationship in the first volume of Young Avengers .
"I 've got a lot of love for Hulkling and Wiccan, both individually and as a couple," Ewing says in Marvel's announcement. "So, it 'sa good feeling to be able to give readers that kind of' shock ending ', which hopefully lifts fans' spirits a bit rather than knocking them down. "
"When I was asked for the firste time designing Wiccan and Hulkling for the Young Avengers, I had no idea how longevity they would have, or even what impact they would have on the hearts and minds of readers, "Cheung adds. Image 1 of 2
Ji m 2004 concept art by Cheung for both characters (Image credit: Jim Cheung (Marvel Comics)) Image 2 of 2
(Image credit: Jim Cheung (Marvel Comics))
"Billy and Teddy have truly become people of their own to me, thanks to Allan 's Amazing Writing, and it has been wonderfully rewarding to follow their growth and evolution under the guidance of other creators over the years. Now that they are taking their relationship to the next level, I can't wait to see where their next adventure takes them! "
Teddy and Billy were both founding members of the Young Avengers, and their relationship quickly developed throughout the series. The second arc of the original Young Avengers title has revealed the truth on Teddy the latter's parentage and established him as heir to the Skrulls and the Kree.
"I am eternally grateful to writers Al Ewing and Dan Slott, artists Valerio Schiti and Marte Gracia, to the editoreur Tom Brevoort, - and of course cover artist Jim Cheung - for telling Teddy 's story so beautifully - on such an epic stage - and with so much heart, "says Heinberg. " and for inviting me and Jim to the wedding! "
Empyre # 5 , which will likely include more details about the wedding and what has happened to them since, is scheduled for August 12