I’ve spoken in the past that I believed that Marvel’s brand new, post Secret Wars universe would not be a reboot. But since it’s been declared “All New, All Different,” I was wrong, right? Well, looking at that image above, and checking out what Marvel announced in the pages of USA Today this morning, not exactly. Their universe is moving forward in some fascinating and interesting ways, but a total reboot is not a part of it. Hit the jump to learn what’s in store, True Believers, for the upcoming years of Marvel comics.
The theme of the new universe seems to be big changes. While the continuity of the comics is staying the same, almost every major hero will be either continuing in their recent status quo shake ups, or moving into a new era. Marvel says there will be 55 to 60 new #1s for their continuing comics post Secret Wars. As you can see in the image above, Thor will remain [Spoilers], and Sam Wilson will stay on as Captain America, while Steve Rogers looks to take on an advisory role. I’m going to say with some confidence that that’s not Tony Stark in the Iron Man armor, only because they’ve skirted around Iron Man’s identity so much in regards to the upcoming books.
Marvel’s also going to continue in their efforts to diversify their main casts, with new #1s for Ms. Marvel and Black Panther, and a brand new series for their 1970s hero Red Wolf, who is apparently getting a 21st century update. (The costume pictured above is kind of worrying, but benefit of the doubt and all that.) There will also be a “huge change” to the Hulk, one that Axel Alonso promises will freak out the same people who freaked out over a female Thor. Which will be hilarious to watch. Finally, they’ve announced that there will be a brand new Wolverine joining the universe as well. (I’m guessing the currently-a-good-guy Sabertooth takes up the mantle.) Says Alonso:
“We’ve put the onus on the creators to come up with big changes in the lives of our characters, whether it’s Spider-Man or Ms. Marvel or Daredevil or the Hulk. You’re going to be looking at, in certain cases, new characters inhabiting those roles, and new characters dealing with profound changes in the relationships with others around them and where they live.
“We’ve challenged everybody to come up with the right ‘Oh (expletive)’ reveal for their character to shake it up and make it interesting.”
Oh, and in regards to that reboot question, David Gabriel, Marvel’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, had this to say:
Still, he says, this upcoming superhero world “resembles the Marvel Universe that 60 years of readers have come to love.”
Gabriel agrees that it will definitely feel familiar, especially at first. “There are tweaks and nips and tucks here but we’re not re-creating, say, the Marvel Universe as the Ultimate Universe.
“This is simple: This is Marvel and if you’ve loved it all these years, you’re going to continue to love it.”
It’s interesting to see that most of the major fears around Secret Wars – it being used as a retcon to undo Marvel back to its old status quo – have proven to be unfounded. And the storyline so far has been really interesting. I’m excited to see what else Marvel has up their sleeve.
UPDATE: Marvel just unveiled a second teaser image. Check it out right here:
Still Iron Man in the center, but now we’ve got Old Man Logan, Star Lord, a back-to-angst Daredevil, Dr. Strange with a honkin’ big axe, Rocket Racoon, Medusa, Thing and Hyperion. Where the hell is Groot? Please don’t tell me he’s staying “dead.” Plus! Citizen V, who was once an alter-ego for Baron Zemo but now could be anybody, and it is apparently confirmed that X-23 will be our new Wolverine. Honestly, having Old Man Logan and X-23 in the same universe is damned smart. It allows Marvel to take the character in a Legacy direction, while still having a Logan around to not piss off the fan boys. I’m sad to say I have no idea who the lady in the upper left is, someone fill me in. (Apparently, she’s Dr. Spectrum. Thanks, DP!)