Since New York Comic Con where they announced ‘Secret Wars’, Marvel Comics has been rolling out a series of teasers featuring some of the most iconic comic book storylines that the company has ever produced. ‘Civil War’, ‘Planet Hulk’, ‘Armor Wars’, ‘House of M’, and ‘Age of Apocalypse’ are just a few of the events teased for next summer, but now things have gone from nostalgic and adorable to troubling, which has True Believers all over the world thinking the worst.
But before we get to the dark and dreary, first we’ll share the cutest teaser yet. From fan favorite artist Skottie Young in his signature baby style, it looks like the polarizing 2012 crossover ‘Avengers Vs. X-Men’ is getting on the action now as well, although potentially without the threat of the Phoenix Force returning to threaten the Earth. Featuring Hulk, Wolverine, Storm, Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Deadpool, and surprisingly the king and queen of the Inhumans, Black Bolt and Medusa, this image shows a lovable lot of heroes that appears to have broken something that they shouldn’t have been playing with.
Next, for fans of the X-Men cartoon from the 90s, the House of Ideas has unveiled a teaser for ‘X-Men ‘92’. Based on ‘X-Men: The Animated Series’, which aired on Fox’s Saturday morning lineup back when Saturday morning cartoons were still a thing, this image by Pepe Larraz shows Storm, Rogue, Gambit, Professor X, Cyclops, Wolverine, and Jubilee as they appeared in the iconic cartoon costumes. Mysteriously missing from the piece is Beast, Nightcrawler, and Jean Grey, who were all prominent parts of the team as well, but maybe they’ll pop up somewhere later on.
With DC Comics recently publishing ‘Batman ‘66’ and ‘Wonder Woman ‘77’ on it’s way, it looks like Marvel is also embracing it’s former television glory in their comics as well. We already know that we’ll be seeing some of it during ‘Spider-Verse’ in Christos Gage’s ‘Spider-Verse Team-Up’, but to see them revisit what much of their audience might consider their introduction to the Marvel Universe is just so awesome. I’ll even go so far as to say that this is my most anticipated comic event of 2015 so far because of how much I love ‘X-Men: The Animated Series.’
Finally, while Marvel giveth, they also taketh away. The latest teaser features no artwork at all. There’s simply fading text that reads, “Everything Ends.” Then, unlike the other teasers, the bottom of the image says, “Spring 2015.” Previously, we learned that Jonathan Hickman’s current run on ‘Avengers’ and ‘New Avengers’ would wrap up with the storyline titled ‘Time Runs Out.’ This teaser is probably a reference to that, but we really have no way of knowing. It could also mean that all the events that have been teased could be ending in the spring. Or it could actually mean that all the rumors of a reboot like DC’s New 52 are actually coming true. Regardless of what it actually means, Marvel Comics definitely has our attention.
What do you think of the latest teasers from Marvel Comics? Are you any closer to figuring out what’s coming in 2015 from the House of Ideas? Do you actually think that there’s some sort of reboot or relaunch in the works? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.