Secret Wars is going to come to an end eventually, and then Marvel Comics will have a whole new, refreshed universe to play with! We don’t yet know all the details — though we’ve seen hints — but because of early solicitations, Marvel has started letting us know what our comics books will be like this fall.
We already know about the new Invincible Iron Man. Over the weekend, we heard that Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli are going to write Miles Morales in adjectiveless Spider-Man. And Kelly Sue DeConnick is leaving Captain Marvel.
Today we found out that Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo are going to launch a new Doctor Strange comic!
No big surprise there, considering the Doctor Strange movie coming up. It was only a matter of time before Marvel gave the good doctor his own book. And I’m beyond excited that Jason Aaron has the job. He’s one of my favorite writers at Marvel! His Thor comics have been amazing, so I’m confident he can really handle Doctor Strange.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Aaron said:
We wanted a Doctor Strange who was always having to work for what he gets, and to show that when he shows up and uses his powers, it’s not like Captain America throwing his shield or Thor throwing his hammer. Strange has to worry about repercussions that those other heroes don’t have to worry about, because he’s a Sorcerer Supreme. We’re talking about the forces of magic. So whatever he does has repressions.
Sounds like a neat take on Doctor Strange. I only hope Bachalo’s art does’t get so weird that we can’t make anything out. These preview pics look great, but we all know that Bachalo can get pretty wild.
Still, consider me on board this fall!
Marvel revealed the details of their upcoming Secret Wars event today, simultaneously kind of announcing the end of the Marvel Universe. I guess it all depends on what you want to read into Marvel’s marketing dialogue. Personally, I’m in a wait and see kind of mood, but the rest of the comic book Internet media is pretty convinced this is a reboot and will mark the end of the Marvel Universe as we know it. Those are definitely some major headlines.
What we know is that Secret Wars will see a clash between the regular 616 Marvel Universe, the Ultimate Universe and a bunch of other alternate realities. They will combine into Battleworld, and will mostly likely get into a bunch of fights with each other, this being Secret Wars, after all.
Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said, “Once we hit Secret Wars #1, there is no Marvel Universe, Ultimate Universe, or any other. It’s all Battleworld.”
Alonso and company went on to say that at the end of Secret Wars, we’ll have a new, re-shaped Marvel Universe. I guess the idea is that the 616 Universe, the Ultimate Universe, and bits and pieces of the other alternate universes will all combine into a new, singular universe that will be christened All-New Marvel.
Is it a reboot? We don’t know yet. Marvel were quick to point out that all of the characters’ histories remain in tact. Secret Wars is a story moving forward, so everything we already know happened, then Secret Wars happened, then things changed into All-New Marvel. Secret Wars isn’t going to wipe out or rewrite the past, just the future. That sounds like a weak Band-Aid to me, but it’s the sort of Band-Aid a company like Marvel is going to try and use to appease fans. Personally, I’ve grown past the point of getting freaked out over every little change. I’m more interested in the basic idea that Marvel keeps putting out quality comics.
Which means I’m just going to wait and see what Marvel produces in the Fall. Will it be a blank slate reboot? Maybe. Or will it be business as usual, but with a few random characters crammed in, like Miles Morales in 616? Maybe that too.
I’m more excited than anything else. Marvel is putting out great comics these days, and there’s no reason why my favorite books, like Ms. Marvel or Silver Surfer, can’t just continue in this All-New Marvel. So until the company announces a weak-ass New 52-style destruction of all my favorite comics, I’m just going to coast along and hope for the best. There’s probably very little that will ever get me to stop reading comics.
But I will take it personally if they put the New 52 whammy on Kamala Khan!
What do you henchies think? Are we going to get a full reboot? Is this Marvel’s secret way of making their comic universe more like the movie universe? Are you going to stop reading Marvel forever? Let us know in the comments!