It looks like Marvel has finally pulled the trigger and decided to reboot their entire comic book Universe, in a move that will probably undo 50 years of fantastic continuity. Expect to see male characters turned female, more stories focusing on homosexuality, and white characters being changed to different races. You know, the moves that say, ‘I really need to sell this product desparately’. For a prime example see, ‘Female Thor‘. For all the details on what is going to happen, check out the news below, and share your thoughts AFTER THE JUMP!
Marvel Comics has just officially announced the end of the Marvel Universe that began in 1961 as fans know it.
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The Marvel Universe, as we have known it since 1961, is ending.
Yes, you read that right.
During a live “Secret Wars Kick-Off” press event at New York City’s Midtown Comics, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Senior Vice President of Publishing and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort confirmed that the eight-issue series Secret Wars will represent the end of both the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe.
Saying that the mainstream Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe would “smash together” during the upcoming Secret Wars crossover event, Alonso and Brevoort went on to elaborate that, by the time Secret Wars #1 hits the stands, every world in Marvel’s multiverse will be destroyed, with pieces of each forming Battleworld, the staging ground for the Secret Wars storyline
“Once we hit Secret Wars #1, there is no Marvel Universe, Ultimate Universe, or any other. It’s all Battleworld,” Brevoort said.
Speculation regarding the end of the Ultimate Universe has been rampant, as fans have known for some time that, as of February, Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man will be the sole remaining title in the Ultimate line. What has been less clear is the future of the mainstream Marvel Universe moving out of Secret Wars.
We now know that the Marvel Universe, post-Secret Wars, will be an all new world combining elements not just of the Ultimate Universe and the mainstream Marvel Universe, but possibly bits and pieces of other worlds as well.
“The Marvel Iniverse 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.
Driving home the point that anything will be possible, Alonso also teased the possibility of bring back old characters during Secret Wars. “If we wanted to resurrect Gwen Stacy,” he said with a smile, “this would be the place to do it.”
While Marvel already teased earlier this month that the company would launch The All-New, All-Different Avengers , after having confirmed Avengers and New Avengers would end in April, Alonso confirmed that Marvel would be launching a “wealth” of new series, both ongoing and minis, during Secret Wars.
The events of Secret Wars represent what Brevoort described as “the culmination of Jonathan Hickman’s plans from when he first came onto Avengers and New Avengers.”
Brevoort added that Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day issue, Secret Wars #0 written by Hickman, will bring readers “up to speed” for the event before it begins in may with Secret Wars #1 and an oversized issue #2.