By Andrea Towers
Updated February 11, 2016 at 02:45 PM EST
Credit: Phil Noto/Marvel

All-New, All-Different Avengers, assemble! EW is excited to unveil the official 2016 poster for C2E2, Chicago’s annual pop culture convention, which will take place at the Chicago’s McCormick Place Mar. 18-20.

The poster, designed exclusively for the show by artist Phil Noto (Black Widow, Chewbacca, Marvel’s upcoming Poe Dameron series) features Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Vision, Ms. Marvel, Nova, and Miles Morales standing their ground — where else? — in Chicago’s historic Michigan Avenue. Noto, who has become one of the industry’s most notable artists since splashing onto the scene with DC’s Birds of Prey in 2001, was excited to take on the task of portraying the newest group of Avengers.

“I was asked to do an image of the All-New Avengers and to have it be set in Chicago,” Noto tells EW. “I did a few rough sketches of the characters in different positions and from a few different angles. Originally ‘the Bean’ was going to be in the background but there was some question of rights and usage so I put them on Michigan Ave.”

Making the poster specific to Chicago wasn’t one of Noto’s biggest challenges as an artist, however — it was adjusting to the scope of the project itself, and the fact that the poster was going to be printed at a large size. “Usually in comics, you work bigger and then the art is downsized and it looks much tighter,” he explains. “I had to make sure everything was detailed enough so it didn’t look too loose in the final image.”

Noto’s work has made him one of the most recognizable talents, as his characters all have an element of “real worldness” that makes them come alive in a story, and his unique takes on many distinct characters come from a variety of inspirations. “My style is greatly influenced by the illustrators of the ’50s and ’60s,” he says. “They would create realistic pieces of art but usually with a unique design element and/ or slightly stylized figures. Coming from an illustration and animation background, I didn’t really draw in a typical comic style. It definitely helped my art stand out but it was a bit of a learning curve once I started to do interiors. I had to mentally make that switch from the illustration style to comic-paneled storytelling.”

And on that note, having drawn so many characters in his work, who is his favorite to take on? “I’d have to say the Vision, as he was one of my favorite characters when I was a little kid buying comics off the spinner rack at the 7-11.”

You can attempt to snag your own exclusive poster at events leading up to the show, as well as in local comic book stores in the Midwest area. Marvel’s All-New All-Different Avengers by Mark Waid, Mahmud Asrar and Adam Kubert can be found in comic stores now. Tickets for C2E2 are on sale now.

Credit: Phil Noto/Marvel