Comics are no stranger to changes. Hell, you could easily say it’s their bread and butter! Marvel alone have made some pretty drastic changes in the past 6 months, including some rather polarising decisions- which honestly, shouldn’t be a fucking issue to begin with-, like the mantle of Thor being taken up by a woman and Captain America being a black man. However, now Marvel has its sights set on the big the one. A book-wide, universe spanning, reboot!
Now this doesn’t mean little things change, like Peter Parker will now be a girl or Iron Man will be something other than a boring alcoholic- although, then again it could- it means BIG, fan-rage inducing changes! Everything you’ve come to know and love about the Marvel Universe will no longer exist.
There will no longer be an Prime Universe, an Ultimate Universe, or any other Universe for that matter, as they’re all going to collide in a crossover called ‘Secret Wars”. The staging event for the future of the MU will have each world destroyed, with fragments of each clumping together to form a new world, Battleworld.
“Once we hit Secret Wars #1, there is no Marvel Universe, Ultimate Universe, or any other. It’s all Battleworld,” Senior Vice President of Publishing and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort, confirmed at a press event a few days ago.
Bad news for any readers who have an affinity for the Ultimate run of books, as Miles Morales (Ultimate Spider-Man) is the sole remaining title from that world. Farewell Ultimates, I shall miss you.
The resulting Universe, post the Secret Wars event, will be a world amalgamating not only the Prime and Ultimate worlds but whatever other pieces Marvel decides to throw into the mix- c’mon Captain Carrot and Howard Duck! This new U will go under the moniker “All-New Marvel” and will be a place where writers and creators can basically go nuts, ignore the ingrained 70 years of continuity and do what they want.
“We don’t expect all our moves to make everyone happy, but we think it will make for a really fascinating read through Secret Wars and beyond.” said Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, adding with a wry smile “If we wanted to resurrect Gwen Stacy, this would be the place to do it.”
Marvel have already teased this month that they will launch an All-New, All-Different Avengers heading into Secret Wars (with the Avengers and New Avengers ending in April) but now Alonso has also confirmed that Marvel will be launching a “wealth” of new series, both ongoing and mini-series, during the cross-over event.
What do you think of this new move for Marvel? Have you got the scratch to add more books to your pull list? Do you think they could of come up with a better name, instead of recycling one from the 90s? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter!