Gabriel Clarifies "Secret Wars" Effect on Marvel's Publishing Line

One of the common questions fans have voiced over Marvel Comics' upcoming "Secret Wars" event and the accompanying end of the 616 -- the "classic" Marvel Universe -- is how it will truly affect their favorite series. This question continued to be raised as the publisher announced and launched new titles based in the currently existing Marvel Universe even after the revelation that the Marvel U as fans have known it for decades will soon cease to exist -- at least for the duration of "Secret Wars."

"Once you hit 'Secret Wars' #1, there's no Marvel Universe, there's no Ultimate Universe," Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort said when Marvel unveiled the scope of "Secret Wars" in January. "It's all Battleworld." "None of these stories are What Ifs are alternate reality stories," Alonso added. "And they will have legs. They will impart new things into the Marvel Universe going forward."

Today, Marvel's SVP of Sales & Marketing David Gabriel has addressed the curiosity and confusion surrounding exactly what's happening with the company's various ongoing titles in the months ahead, and how the Battleworld-forming event will affect its publishing line.

"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. "Gabriel told ComicBook.com. "[I]n 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."

David also provided the site with the following list of series which will come to a conclusion as a result of the "Secret Wars" event, with the caveat that some may return in the future in some form or another.

  • 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
  • Cyclops
  • Deadpool
  • Elektra
  • Fantastic Four
  • Guardians 3000
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Hulk
  • Inhuman
  • Iron Fist: The Living Weapon
  • Legendary Star-Lord
  • Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man
  • New Avengers
  • Nightcrawler
  • Nova
  • Rocket Raccoon
  • Secret Avengers
  • Spider-Man & The X-Men
  • Spider-Man 2099
  • Storm
  • Superior Iron Man
  • Thor
  • Uncanny X-Men
  • Wolverines
  • X-Men

"Secret Wars" #1 -- which Gabriel states is on track to surpass 500K in sales -- arrives in May.

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