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Alex Ross’ ‘Secret Wars’ image digs deep into Marvel’s bench

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Alex Ross’ ‘Secret Wars’ image digs deep into Marvel’s bench

When Marvel’s new Secret Wars series hits next year, one of the biggest secrets may be who exactly is in this comic.

Since the publisher released a high-res version of Alex Ross’ promotional painting for the Jonathan Hickman/Esad Ribic event this morning, fans have been spotting a number of left-field additions to the fray – some which barely qualify as Z-listers.

In addition to modern Marvel mainstays like the new female Thor, Sam Wilson as Captain America and the Ultimate Universe’s Miles Morales, the image also includes a variety of alternate-universe combatants, including:

  • Not only the classic iteration of Marvel’s Superman stand-in Hyperion, but also his counterpart from J. Michael Straczynski’s Supreme Power universe. The two don’t seem to be getting along.
  • In addition to the original incarnation of current Avengers member Starbrand, the New Universe is also represented by armored fighter Spitfire.
  • And speaking of alternate Marvel realities, the MC2 line is represented by teen superhero American Dream, who joins a host of Captain Americas as well as Darkdevil.
  • The further future of the Marvel U is also held down by what appears to be Ghost Rider 2099.
  • Multiple iterations of Marvel’s Big Three run rampant in the image; multiple Daredevils are joined by their 1602 counterpart. Meanwhile, the Iron Mans (Iron Men?) include the likes of Iron Man 2020, Superior Iron Man and classic roller skating-era Iron Man.
  • Epic’s Shadowline characters Doctor Zero and St. George are part of the melee.
  • Obnoxio the Clown is taking in the battle from his vantage point in the upper-right corner.

Can you identify any of the other figures in Ross’ image? Share your discoveries in the comments below!

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