The Marvel Universe is over. Time to get a look at what comes next.
Marvel has just released two new teasers for the rebuilt, “All New, All-Different” Marvel Universe it will be launching in the wake of “Secret Wars” — the ongoing story that destroyed the Marvel Universe in its first issue, and will determine how it’s rebuilt by the final issue. The teaser images feature art by David Marquez and colorist Matthew Wilson depict a remixed lineup of marquee heroes for Marvel’s future.
Most of the heroes are, naturally, recognisable Marvel Cinematic Universe — particularly in the first image, where the only obscure character is Red Wolf — the publisher’s first Native American character with a history stretching back to the 1970s.
Take a closer look at them below:
However, it’s worth noting that it seems to indicate that the companies recent big changes — namely the new, female Thor and Sam Wilson as Captain America — aren’t going to be undone, and two popular alternate-universe characters (Gwen “Spider-Gwen” Stacey and Miles Morales as Spider-Man) are joining the mainstream universe in a big way.
The second image is where things get interesting. It’s full of less recognisable or seemingly recontextualized characters.
There’s a lot to think about here: Is the Fantastic Four character The Thing now being treated as a Guardian of the Galaxy? Will Wolverine’s female clone X-23 assume the iconic role while the older version of Logan (From the “Old Man Logan” stories) looks on? And are they really going to be using Dr. Spectrum from Jonathan Hickman’s “A Perfect World” arc on “New Avengers?”
Who knows, man.
What we do know is that Marvel will be attempting a massive, ambitious relaunch this fall, with new first issues for every series — most of them set eight months after “Secret Wars.”
On an extremely superficial level, it sounds like DC’s New 52 initiative (which went poorly), but if you’ve been following “Secret Wars,” it’s quite apparent the publisher has been taking its time with this in a way that feels much more organic (particularly if you’ve been reading writer Jonathan Hickman’s run on “Avengers” for the past three years).
Granted, it can be kind of frustrating to be following a big, ongoing story like “Secret Wars” and already start seeing bits of the endgame creep out when it’s not even half done, but superhero comics trade on hype and speculation, and, the more questions fans have, the more books they will want to read.
Like, why is Iron Man the only hero in both of these images, and is he really Tony Stark? We’ll have to wait and see!
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