Marvel Comics has announced plans to revitalize its entire publishing line in 2018, promising new creative teams, new series and more.
The publisher has released a piece of promo art by Jim Cheung, along with a video hosted by current Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski, promising a new direction for the Marvel Universe in the coming year.
"I can say, walking through these halls, I have never seem more enthusiasm and more excitement for where Marvel Comics is going this year, Cebulski effuses in the video. "Not since Marvel NOW! have we have we had such an ver-arching, line wide change of talent on the Marvel Comics line."
While the video stops short of detailing any specifics, there are a few things that indicate at least some of Marvel's plans. First, the prominence given the various characters co-created by Brian Michael Bendis, who signed an exclusive deal with DC Comics in late-2107, indicate that as promised, Miles Morales and Jessica Jones will remain a major part of the Marvel Universe following Bendis' departure.
We also see the return of the original, male Thor to the lineup of heroes, apparently no longer "unworthy," and in possession of of a new hammer, perhaps indicating the possibility that Jane Foster may continue to bear the Thor mantle as well. The video places an obvious emphasis on Ant-Man and the Wasp, indicating that the publisher will likely be attempting to increase the prominence of the character as their sequel heads to theaters this summer.
Check out Cheung's art below, and check back later for more on Marvel's plans for 2018 and beyond.