Back in November 2014, Marvel Comics released the final ‘Secret Wars’ teaser that said, “Everything Ends.” Since then, we’ve been getting more and more details about the new books coming our way when the upcoming event shifts into gear. But what exactly did that teaser with the date “Spring 2015” mean? Marvel’s SVP of Sales & Marketing David Gabriel recently cleared it all up and shared that it means exactly what it says.
Fans that frequently follow comic solicitations might have noticed that the Marvel Comics section for June 2015 looks to be missing something. In an interview with ComicBook.com, Gabriel revealed a good number of the ongoing Marvel titles that will come to an end to make room for all the new ‘Secret Wars’ books like ‘1602: Witch Hunter Angela,’ ‘Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps,’ ‘A-Force’, and more. However, rather than just cutting everything off in May when Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s massive event begins, Gabriel revealed that Marvel is giving its creators an opportunity to wrap everything up before moving on to Battleworld:
“Battleworld IS the Marvel Universe when Secret Wars #1 hits in May. But before that, there will be a number of titles reaching, what we’re calling, a ‘616 finale’, ending those stories and characters as you knew them – for now!
Now in a perfect world, we’d have stopped every book with its April issue, putting out a nice clean May Previews catalog. Everyone would have seen upfront all those titles that had their finale, and all those titles that were starting fresh. But things don’t always go so easily.
Instead we gave our creators the option to end their stories the way they wanted to; we let them tell ‘Last Days’ stories if they wanted to; we let them tell Secret Wars stories if they wanted to. So in the end ‘Secret Wars’ truly has been a creative driven process.”
The executive went on to compare this event to an entirely new television network’s fall line-up. So what titles exactly are getting the axe to make room for this new line-up? Here’s the full list of series coming to an end:
- All-New Captain America
- All-New Ghost Rider
- All-New X-Men
- Amazing Spider-Man
- Amazing X-Men
- Angela: Asgard’s Assassin
- Avengers, Avengers World
- Captain Marvel
- Fantastic Four
- Guardians 3000
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Iron Fist: The Living Weapon
- Legendary Star-Lord
- Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man
- New Avengers
- Rocket Raccoon
- Secret Avengers
- Spider-Man & the X-Men
- Spider-Man 2099
- Superior Iron Man
- Uncanny X-Men
The majority of these titles will live on with ‘Secret Wars’ counterparts. For example, we learned that ‘Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows’ by Dan Slott will be the core Spider-Man book during ‘Secret Wars.’ But a big question remains about the recently released books like ‘Unbeatable Squirrel Girl,’ ‘Silk,’ ‘All-New Hawkeye,’ and ‘Howard the Duck.’ What will happen to these fan-favorite books that have just started? Gabriel explains that they’re all part of the plan:
“‘Secret Wars’ will affect every title in some way shape or form so you can definitely expect ‘Spider-Gwen’, ‘Howard the Duck’, ‘All-New Hawkeye’ and others to deal with it in their own ways. Like I mentioned before, none of our creators were blindsided by ‘Secret Wars’ so they’ve all had plenty of time to work it to their advantage – catering to their own tastes and storytelling, using the event to add something new to the Marvel Universe that wasn’t there before.
We’ve had a plan for each and every title in our line, from the ‘All-New Ghost Riders’ to the Spider-Gwens and Howard the Ducks and even throughout our core titles. Some may take a hiatus for a month or two (something the industry is accustomed to); some will reach their ‘616 finale’; some become Battleworld transformed; and still others…well we’ll get to those!”
There are big things on the horizon for the House of Ideas. What do you think about these titles ending to make way for ‘Secret Wars’? Do you have any theories about how other books like ‘Spider-Gwen,’ ‘Howard the Duck,’ and ‘Unbeatable Squirrel Girl’ will play into the massive event? Let us know in the comments below.