Fans of Marvel Comics are currently deep in the trenches of ‘Secret Wars.’ True Believers are exploring Battleworld thanks to the various tie-ins like ‘A-Force,’ ‘Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows,’ ‘Old Man Logan,’ ‘Master of Kung Fu,’ and more. But come the fall, everything will change once again when the House of Ideas debuts an All-New All-Different Marvel.
In a recent press release, the company announced their latest campaign for Marvel Comics that will change the entire status quo as we know it as the Marvel Universe recovers from ‘Secret Wars.’ Acclaimed fan favorite creators like Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Mark Waid, Dan Slott, Charles Soule, G. Willow Wilson, Jeff Lemire, and more will all have a hand in crafting this new world for some of the greatest heroes of all time. Editor In Chief Axel Alonso shed some light on what to expect:
“This is the Marvel Universe. This fall, we will be inviting readers into a universe comprised of bold new landscapes populated with characters and teams both familiar and brand-new.”
Just like Marvel NOW and All-New Marvel NOW, All-New All-Different Marvel will feature new #1s for around 60 titles that will show off the “universe-wide ramifications” of ‘Secret Wars.’ But unlike a reboot similar to DC’s New 52, SVP of Sales & Marketing David Gabriel reassures us that the vast Marvel mythology won’t be erased from the annals of time:
“This is going to be an absolute game changer for Marvel. Similar to the most successful comics industry program of this century – Marvel NOW!, All-New All-Different Marvel is going to be presenting fans new #1’s for every title coming out during this event. This is a brand new beginning that honors our past 76 years, yet takes a bold step with daring, and accessible, entry points. Simply stated – this is Marvel!”
Alonso got a little bit more specific in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. The Marvel EIC shared a few of the big character changes in All-New All-Different Marvel, starting with three of the company’s most popular icons:
“We’ve had a lot of time to plan for this, so as I said, there’s going to be a lot of new developments. I’ll go ahead and tell you the Marvel Universe is about to see the arrival of an All-New Hulk—not a Hulk that you’ve seen before. And this development is deeply rooted in story. I am personally excited about it and its ramifications and it’s a fascinating story that I think Bruce Banner fans will definitely want to read. You’ll also see the arrival of a new Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe and you’ll also see—spoiler alert—a Wolverine emerge on the scene. I’m not going to say who, but a Wolverine that is certain to provoke reactions.”
Speaking of this all-new Wolverine, based on the number of claws the female Wolverine is sporting in the promotional image above, my guess is that X-23 has stepped into the mantle previously held by Logan, which is SO awesome. Laura Kinney is such a great character, so it’s great to see her getting a larger role in the Marvel Universe. But as for all the others featured in these wonderful banners drawn by David Marquez and colored by Matt Wilson, there are way more questions than answers. For instance, how did The Thing come to be part of the Guardians of the Galaxy? Is that Citizen V the golden age hero or merely Baron Helmut Zemo in disguise once again? What’s so cool about Iron Man that he’s in both images? And how are we supposed to keep up with all these Spider-people? (My wallet may not be able to handle it if Miles Morales, Peter Parker, Jessica Drew, Gwen Stacy, and whoever this new Spider-Man is all have their own books.)
Here’s the most important question of them all though: What do you think about All-New All-Different Marvel? Which of these characters are you most excited to catch up with after ‘Secret Wars’? Let us know in the comments below.