We’re getting a special 50-page one-shot titled ‘Marvel Legacy’ #1 later this month and in it, we’ll be exploring a completely new era of Marvel’s history. In fact, it will take us back and show us new takes on many existing characters. The book will be penned by Jason Aaron with Esad Ribic in charge of the artwork. That being said, he’ll also be leading illustrators to work on the book which includes “Daniel Acuna, Jim Cheung, Russell Dauterman, Stuart Immonen, Greg Land, Pepe Larraz, Alex Maleev, Ed McGuinness, Steve McNiven, and Chris Samnee’. The event will also be closing with two major character returns, one of which “you’ve been waiting for” while the other “you’ve been dreading.”
There are a planned 53 ‘Marvel Legacy’ story arcs and this book kicks off each one of them. We’ll be seeing both characters that we’re familiar with as well as some new faces popping up which should make things quite interesting for our heroes.
So what can we expect from it? According to Aaron:
“Well, it’s a huge 50-page one-shot that’s sort of like a primer, as the Legacy initiative takes off, for everything that’s going on in the Marvel Universe. It touches base with almost all of the major characters in the Universe—including the different versions we have of some of our main characters. So, you know, we see both versions of Thor, we meet up with Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson…it’s a road map for all the big stories coming up in all the major books. And it also sets up a couple of new stories that’ll play out in very big ways in the months to come; they’ll affect a lot of our books coming up, including a book I’ll be working on.
We introduce some new characters, too! This book introduces a group of prehistoric Avengers from 1 million B.C. They’re a big part of this once they’re introduced. Then, when their story gets up and running, we’ll pick them up down the road in the pages of something else…”
I’m curious as to what the upcoming major stories are going to be going forward after “Secret Empire” and hope that Marvel is going slightly smaller on their event series. Smaller events are fine but I think we can all agree that taking a break from “Nothing will ever be the same” might be nice for a bit. As to those prehistoric Avengers? I’m not exactly thrilled at the notion of them though some of who they’re bringing together could tell a good tale.
As to making a fresh story for characters who already have so much history behind them and such colorful pasts?
“I think that’s always the continuing challenge, the whole time I’ve been working at Marvel. You’re dealing with some characters that have been in continuous publication for a lot longer than I’ve even been alive! There’s always the challenge of continuing that story and honoring everything that we’ve built over the decades, while, at the same time, bringing something unique to the table—taking those characters somewhere further down the road than where you found them.”
As to what Legacy means for Aaron:
“Legacy honors Marvel’s past—all the books are reverting to Legacy numbers and have all these variant covers that refer to past storylines—so it’s very much about exploring everything you love about Marvel’s history. It’s about the legacy of these characters and the legacy of amazing creators who’ve worked on them throughout the years.
I think about the rich history of amazing writers and artists who’ve worked on these books over the years—people I grew up as a tremendous fan of… going all the way back to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, of course! Those of us who work at Marvel and get to craft the destinies of these characters—we never lose sight of the fact that we’ve been given the opportunity to stand on the shoulders of giants.”
There still isn’t much known about the Marvel Universe going forward though we have been getting some hints in recent weeks. This one-shot is clearly going to be the playbook of what we can expect from Marvel. Ideally, there won’t be too many major events that affect everyone at once but it almost seems like the company can’t help itself when plotting out a year in advance.
What are you hoping to see in ‘Marvel Legacy’? Which two characters do you think we’ll be seeing return? Share your thoughts below True Believers!
‘Marvel Legacy’ #1 will drop on September 27th, 2017 at your local comic shops!