Virus or not, Marvel Studios and Disney are full steam ahead on their projects, and the latest news will have you scrambling for Mighty Avengers #13, but there are implications of a bigger picture here.
Earlier this month, the GWW reported that a Secret Warriors production was underway. It’s in early development, and at this point, we don’t know if it will be a feature film or a Disney+ series. I lean toward the latter, considering that Disney has been more focused on its streaming service than theatrical releases for the past few months.
By no means is this Earth-shattering information. After all, the Secret Warriors are already part of the Marvel Rising cartoon series. Still, bringing them to live-action could light a fire under a couple of key issues.
SECRET INVASION IS COMING
Secret Warriors may not seem like major news at this point, but there is a bigger picture that’s being hinted at. In the comics, the Secret Warriors were formed during the Skrull’s Secret Invasion, and it’s long been rumored this is coming to the MCU. We’ve already got live-action Skrulls, they’ve been posing as Nick Fury and Maria Hill for some time, and S.W.O.R.D. will be connected to Disney+’s WandaVision. With the Secret Warriors, the pieces are in place for a Skrull invasion.
THE KEYS YOU NEED
Nick Fury’s Secret Warriors first appeared in this 2008 issue. There hasn’t been much sales activity for this issue, but that’s good for buyers. According to CGC’s census data, there are only 32 CGC-graded copies. For the past two years, from the 9.8 down to the 8.5, the first print of Mighty Avengers #13 has only sold a total of eight times.
A 9.8 hasn’t sold for the past year, and it last went for $50. Before that, it swapped owners only once in 2018 for just $10. Two years ago, the 9.6 sold for only $2 – and that was for a graded copy. Only one traded hands online in 2019, but it did bump up to $25. It’s more than doubled recently, selling for $53 on May 6. Of course, that’s the only sale this year so far.
When it comes to the Secret Warriors, this is the comic to have. Again, there’s been very few sales for this issue, but with the recent live-action news, it will get more popular in the coming weeks. Since 2008, there have only been five recorded sales for the second print. Of course, when CGC lists just 12 total copies having been graded, it is not surprising that the numbers are low.
Still, prices for the second print are outperforming its counterpart. After two years without a sale, two traded hands last year for $80 and $90, respectively. There hasn’t been a sale of any grade in 2020, but I expect that to soon change.
If you’re going to collect the Secret Warriors keys, you can’t ignore this issue. It was in these pages that we first saw the group formally introduced.
Sales have been marginally better for Secret Invasion #3. By my count, there are four variants for this issue, but the standard cover is the only one with a 2020 sale. Last year, a single graded 9.8 sold online, and it was for $57. Back in March, another copy traded hands, this time for $68.