Following last night’s reveal of the first teaser for the “All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe,” a number of interviews with Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso have popped up online — like at Entertainment Weekly, NY Post, USA Today, NY Daily News and Fast Company — that feature more insight into what’s in store for the MU post-“Secret Wars.”
Here’s a rundown of what we know so far about what’s coming up for the House of Ideas.
- “All-New, All-Different Marvel” will feature around 60 new #1s, all designed to be jumping-on points for new readers.
- These new #1s will take place eight months after the end of “Secret Wars” and feature very different status quos for the characters: “[W]hen we pick up after the event with #1s, the goal is that some time will have past and all your favorite characters will be in a new place,” teased Alonso.
- Alonso also made it clear that this is not a hard reboot of the Marvel Universe, telling the NY Post that they are not “throwing away decades of history… There may be some new characters. There may be some changes to the relationships. But it’s the Marvel Universe. It’s just the next chapter.” In the NY Daily News interview, he bluntly states, “This is not a reboot.”
- There will be an all-new Hulk: “I’ll go ahead and tell you the Marvel Universe is about to see the arrival of an All-New Hulk — not a Hulk that you’ve seen before,” Alonso told EW. “And this development is deeply rooted in story. I am personally excited about it and its ramifications and it’s a fascinating story that I think Bruce Banner fans will definitely want to read.”
- A new Spider-Man and Wolverine will emerge: “You’ll also see the arrival of a new Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe and you’ll also see — spoiler alert — a Wolverine emerge on the scene,” said Alonso. “I’m not going to say who, but a Wolverine that is certain to provoke reactions.”
- The new Wolverine won’t necessarily be Logan, and Fast Company’s interview states that Alonso wouldn’t comment further on the X-Men’s status in the new MU. In the NY Daily News interview, however, Alonso “bristles” at the idea that Marvel is downplaying the X-Men because their movie rights belong with Fox. “I need to sell a lot of X-Men comics to keep my job, trust me!,” said Alonso in the NY Daily News piece. “We have very big plans for Wolverine.”
- Additionally, Iron Man will sport a new suit of armor.
- The line makeover will see the high profile return of Red Wolf, a Native American Marvel character from the ’70s who will play a part in the upcoming “Secret Wars” series “1872.”
- New additions won’t be limited to just characters, as Alonso told NY Post: “Look for an influx of really fun, new stuff in the Marvel Universe. It could be an artifact of great power. It could be a region.”
- Both Sam Wilson’s Captain America and Jane Foster’s Thor are sticking around.
- Ms. Marvel will remain a vital part of the Marvel U: “She [Kamala Khan] is Peter Parker for the 21st century,” Alonso told EW. “Peter Parker can be a 16-year-old Pakistani girl from Jersey City. If her story is universal, then people are going to come and read it. If it feels true, if it resonates, people are going to come.”
- The NY Post notes that some characters will switch teams, using the Avengers and X-Men as an example. Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day flip-book hinted at this already, featuring Johnny Storm/Human Torch as a member of the Inhumans.
- Writers involved include Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Mark Waid, Dan Slott, Charles Soule, G. Willow Wilson and Jeff Lemire. No artists have yet been named.
- The Marvel Universe will be shifting towards a season model reminiscent of TV: “I think that the comics industry — certainly, we are — slowly working into a season model that’s not too unlike what we see in our favorite cable TV shows: a seasonal model that offers accessible entry points for new readers and is respectful of long-term fans,” explained Alonso. “We did Marvel NOW! and All-New Marvel NOW!, which were both two very successful campaigns. And this is the latest campaign.”
- The Fast Company interview states that an undisclosed number of Ultimate Universe characters will be a part of the new Marvel Universe; Miles Morales’ inclusion in the teaser art alludes to this, but Alonso states that he’d rather “leave to speculation” whether or not the Ultimate Spidey joins the MU. That said, the FCBD “Avengers” story did feature Miles as a member of the team.
- Alonso also commented on the publisher’s relationship with the movies in the NY Daily News interview: “We are under no pressure to fall in line [with the films]. All those movies started on the comic page, and with the freedoms creators had to bend the universe — and occasionally break it.”
Keep checking CBR for more “All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe” news as it breaks.
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