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The Marvel Universe is Dead; Long Live the Marvel Universe

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 4:57 pm by Tyler Waterman

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This afternoon, Marvel had a press event to pull back the curtain a bit on the upcoming Secret Wars event, and as many people expected, the event spells the death of the Marvel Universe. Fear not, however; it also spells the beginning of a new one!

Needless to say, such an announcement has the internet buzzing, making it a bit hard to discern fact from conjecture. Below, you’ll find an easy-to-digest breakdown of what we know, and nothing else. However, make no mistake; love this or hate it, there’s no question that the Marvel Universe we’ve known and (mostly) loved for the better part of a century is coming to a close.

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Here’s what was revealed at the press event, hosted by Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Senior Vice President of Publishing and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort:

  • This entire storyline is a culmination of Jonathan Hickman’s long-term plan, that started when he took over Avengers and New Avengers. (This will come as a surprise to no one who is reading those titles.)
  • As has been long expected, the Secret Wars event will mean the “smashing together” of the regular Marvel universe and the Ultimate universe. In regards to characters in the Ultimate universe, it was made clear that not all of them would make the transition.
  • While the combining of the Ultimate and “vanilla” universes is getting the most attention, it’s important to understand that every other Marvel universe is also a part of that as well. As Alonso explained, “…We are taking the best and biggest pieces of [Marvel history] and seeing how easily they coexist with one another. 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.”
  • Every iteration of the Marvel Universe will come together into a single world made up of pieces of each, referred to as “Battleworld.” If that idea blows your mind, fear not: Marvel has created an interactive map to help make sense of it all.
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Here’s a non-interactive version to give you an idea of how the new Marvel Universe will look

  • This isn’t just for the event, either; this is the status quo going forward. As Alonso put it, “The Marvel Universe will be Battleworld, and every single piece of those worlds will be building blocks for the universe.”
  • A brand new world will of course mean lots and lots of new titles. Alonso promised a “wealth” of new mini and monthly series spinning out of the event. (A new Avengers title has already been teased.) However, this doesn’t mean a massive new strain on your wallet; Brevoort made it clear that every creative team has been aware this was coming, and that we could expect to see many of the same creators working with the same characters, just in different titles. In fact, the event will eventually result in slightly fewer titles every month; as Alonso put it,  “I think we’ll be putting out a few less titles, but not remarkably less.”
  • If you’re completely in the dark on this, one of the offerings Marvel will have for this year’s Free Comic Book Day will be Secret Wars #o, which will bring anyone who hasn’t been following along up to speed.
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The cover to Secret Wars #2 was also revealed, by legendary artist Alex Ross

This is the essential info from the press event, but it’s not all we can expect; both Marvel bigwigs made it clear that more announcements were planned, and will be rolling out over the next few weeks. That being said, this was definitely a big one! Are you ready for this brave new Marvel world? Let us know if you’re cheering, panicking, or somewhere in between!

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