Saturday at New York Comic Con, a slew of Marvel’s top-tier writers took to the stage, along with Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski, to discuss what the future holds for the House of Ideas during the Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing Panel. Joining Cebulski on stage were Jason Aaron (Avengers, Conan the Barbarian), Donny Cates (Guardians of the Galaxy), Gerry Duggan (Infinity Wars) and Dan Slott (Fantastic Four, Tony Stark: Iron Man).
Cebulski came on stage first, to a huge round of applause.
“Man oh man, this is one big panel!” he said, before introducing Aaron, Cates, Duggan and Slott, as well as Jim Zub (Champions), editor Sarah Brunstad and executive editor Tom Breevort.
“We have a bunch of announcements to make,” Cebulski said, before turning things over to Aaron to discuss Avengers #700.
“Everything we’ve been building towards starts to explode,” he said. “You’ve got Namor, you’ve got a talking bear, and the debut of our next new Avenger.”
Cebulski then showed off the cover art for Avengers #10 by David Finch.
On the Thor front, Aaron said that Thor #7 will be a young Thor story, and that Issue #8 will bring in Angela.
Slott then began discussing Tony Stark: Iron Man.
“It almost feels like we’re coming up to the year 2020,” he said. “It almost feels like we’ve got a slow burn coming.”
“I don’t wanna give stuff away,” he added. “The thing that Arno [Stark] is doing [in Issue #5] is very weird. Nick Lowe wouldn’t let me do this in Spider-Man.” He also said Issue #6 is the start of the first big mega-arc and encouraged retailers to order heavy on that issue.
Regarding Fantastic Four, Slott showed the first artwork of the team reunited.
“We’re doing the real wedding,” Slott said regarding Thing and Alicia Masters, pointing out how 2018 has been the year of the non-weddings. “It will happen, we’re doing the dang thing.” Slott noted that the wedding issue will be triple-sized and “out on time.”
Slott also revealed some Fantastic Four #5 interior art by Adam Hughes.
“You will get a wedding, but then after the wedding, we’re going to Latveria,” Slott said while showing off a very Doom-centric cover of FF #6.
Cebulski then turned things over to Cates, who quickly caught fans up on the happenings of Cosmic Ghost Rider, then showed off some interior art for Issue #5.
Speaking about Venom, Cates said he was gonna “bring some brand new players into the Venom field. Some new supporting characters. If you are a Venom maniac, I plan to touch upon every corner of things. If you’re a fan of anything to do with that character, read that book.”
Duggan was up next to discuss Infinity Wars.
“Guardians was act one,” he said. “Countdown was act two, Infinity Wars was act three. Things are coming to a head, the Marvel Universe is at stake.”
Breevort then discussed the upcoming Defenders book, noting how the four preceding one-shots “come together in sort of a non-crossover way.”
“We’ll all wrap up with Al Ewing and Joe Bennett doing the Defenders one-shot,” he added.
Cebulski turned things over to Aaron again, this time to discuss Conan.
“This is basically the book I’ve wanted to do since I was 12,” he said. “I’ve been wanting to write Conan for so long. When I heard Marvel got the rights, I sent C.B. a picture of this shelf with all the same ratty, dog-eared Conan books from when I was a kid. This is one big 12-issue story.”
Cebulski also announced a second Conan title, The Savage Sword of Conan, by Gerry Duggan and Ron Garney. Additionally, in the back of each issue of Conan proper and The Savage Sword of Conan, there will be serialized novellas.
Cebulski also announced a weekly sequel to Avengers: No Surrender, titled Avengers: No Road Home, by Mark Waid, Jim Zub, Al Ewing, Paco Medina and Sean Izaakse, launching in February.
“We’re telling the biggest, craziest Avengers story we can, again,” Zub said. Additionally, Breevort announced a return in the series on par with the return of The Hulk.
Next, Cebulski revealed that Captain Marvel will be relaunching with a new #1 in January, written by Kelly Thompson with art by Carmen Carnero.
“She’s coming back, she’s having conversations with Tony Stark to rejoin the Avengers on the front line,” Brunstad said. “We’re gonna be showing Carol back with some of her strong friends and reestablishing those relationships.”
Zub chimed in once more, this time to announce that Champions is getting a new #1 in January, with art by Steve Cummings. “We’ve got surprises you’ve never seen coming,” he said.
With Marvel’s 80th anniversary coming up, Cebulski teased a return to form with Journey into Unknown Worlds and War is Hell, as well as Ziggy Pg Silly Seal and Love Romances one-shots.
“Next year’s also another anniversary,” Cebulski said. “It’s the 25th anniversary of Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross’ Marvels. We are happy to announce Kurt and Alex will be back next year to curate and assort all sorts of Marvel projects. We can’t talk about them yet.” Breevort, however, did reveal there would be Marvels 25th anniversary Alex Ross variant covers.
During the Q&A, a fan asked if there’s anything more planned for Gwenpool.
“Yes,” Cebulski said. “We’ve also been talking about another Gwenpool project that we’re not ready to talk about yet,” Breevort added.
Another fan asked if there were plans to bring back Amalgam.
“We sent Brian over there, didn’t we?” Breevort said, referring to Bendis going to DC. “Currently, there are no plans, though,” Cebulski added.
Finally, Aaron teased War of the Realms, by him and Russell Dauterman. “It will be the sword and sorcery Marvel story of your dreams,” Breevort said. “And Jane Foster will be making an appearance,” Brunstad added.
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