Marvel Comics has debuted an all-new piece of Alex Ross artwork, depicting a number of the publisher’s biggest heroes from the past and present. Accompanying the painted piece is a single word — Generations — while the tweet’s text promises it will arrive in summer 2017.
Whether this is an upcoming event, a high-profile series or the next umbrella approach to the Marvel Universe’s over-arching storyline a la Marvel NOW remains to be seen. What we do know, however, is that the image depicts the classic, original versions of eleven of the biggest players in the MU, along with their legacy incarnations. From left to right, we see both the original and modern versions of Jean Grey, Wolverine, Thor, Captain America, Nova, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Spider-Man and the Hulk.
GENERATIONS – coming Summer 2017. pic.twitter.com/YdLf37UL8G
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) February 16, 2017
The question is, does this mean we’re poised to see the return of dead characters like the original Jean Grey, Wolverine and Hulk? Is the current Hydra-loyalist Captain America set to find his reality re-set once again, resorting Steve Rogers to his former status as a true paragon of virtue and patriotism? Or, again, is this less of an announcement of things to come and more of a statement that Marvel plans to continue to develop and cement its legacy heroes as major players in their own right? Considering the original tweet included a “Coming summer 2017,” odds are good it’s the former.
Of course, as this is a teaser, no creative team has been announced, though if it’s a series, it’s probably safe to assume Ross will be providing covers, if not interior art for the project.