The Marvel Universe which has been running since 1963 is headed for a massive change; so big that it will mean the end of an era. Everything that fans have known for decades will come to an end, making way for something new. Sure, we have seen a New Universe, Heroes Reborn and Heroes Return along with the Ultimate Universe… but throughout those events the world that readers are familiar with has kept turning. When the heroes and villains travel to Battleworld this Spring, this will apparently not be the case.
“Once we hit Secret Wars #1, there is no Marvel Universe, Ultimate Universe, or any other. It’s all Battleworld,”[Executive Editor Tom] Brevoort said.
Secret Wars will be built upon the foundation that Jonathan Hickman has laid out in his capacity as writer on both Avengers and New Avengers. It will also feature ideas and characters both obscure and familiar, all duking it out on Battleworld.
“The Marvel Universe will be Battleworld, and every single piece of those worlds will be building blocks for the universe,” said Alonso, adding that all the universes represented in “Battleworld” will have “legs” moving forward.
“…We are taking the best and biggest pieces of [Marvel history] and seeing how easily they coexist with one another,” Alonso said in answer to a press question about this being a ‘reboot.’ “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.”
Whatever comes next is hinted to be a seismic shift for the guys in union suits. While Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man, The X-Men and other heroes will still exist they will be all-new and all-different… kinda.
Official Press Release
The skies go dark and the world begins to fracture. Secret Wars is coming, and with it the destruction of the Marvel Universe as we know it. Today, Marvel is proud to announce LAST DAYS, the first of three different types of series taking place during the upcoming, highly anticipated Secret Wars!
“What would you do if you learned today was your last day on Earth?” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “That’s the question your favorite Marvel heroes are going to ask themselves in their LAST DAYS story lines as they brace for Secret Wars and the end of the Marvel Universe.”
Battleworld is set to transform the Marvel Universe as you know it. But before Secret Wars can begin, this chapter must come to a close. What will our heroes do with their final hours? What secrets will be unearthed? Who will they want to spend their LAST DAYS with?
“LAST DAYS is the first of three new brandings for series unique to Secret Wars,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Each branding will bear its own unique trade dress and logo treatment, clearly defining its relationship to the main Secret Wars story. This will make it easier for fans to experience the full scope of Secret Wars. Don’t dare miss these epic tales as our heroes face their impending obliteration!”
Before Secret Wars can begin, the Marvel Universe must end. And it all starts this May as the entire planet faces their LAST DAYS!
So it goes. Thoughts?
(Oh and DC is doing something very similar with its Convergence event comic)