A New Secret Wars On The Horizon

Marvel, via USA Today, has revealed plans to revamp Secret Wars as their next major event in 2015!
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Marvel announced Thursday night at New York Comic Con that the new company-wide Secret Wars comic — written by Avengers scribe Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Esad Ribic — will not only affect the entire publishing side when it debuts in the spring but boasts a story that crosses over to digital platforms, introduces new consumer products from various licensees and will work in a synergistic fashion across the Marvel brand.

The seeds of Secret Wars have been germinating since Hickman began his run on the Avengers and New Avengers titles in 2012. He took both books eight months into the future last month and kicked off a “Time Runs Out” story line, and “when time runs out, Secret Wars is happening,” says executive editor Tom Brevoort.

A Secret Wars teaser image painted by Alex Ross shows the possible cosmic ramifications of the event, and it also showcases a variety of characters, from obscure supporting players to different versions of high-profile Avengers such as Iron Man, Hawkeye and the Wasp.

Sam Wilson, the new African-American Captain America, is shown, as is his predecessor Steve Rogers and a woman in familiar star-spangled garb, while the new female Thor is seemingly looking for a rumble with the old Thor — and a third Thor isn’t far from the action either.

Brevoort confirms that each one of those versions is an incarnation of those heroes from some point within Marvel’s 75-year publishing history. “None of it is random and none of it is brand new.”

The Ross image “sort of sums up what we’re doing,” he adds. “However massive you think this is, let me assure you it is bigger than that. It’s by far the craziest thing that I’ve dealt with.”

When the first Secret Wars debuted in 1984, it was earth-shattering at the time for Marvel readers, with the Beyonder plucking all their favorite characters, good and evil, from Earth and taking them to a strange intergalactic place called Battleworld. (The 12-issue maxiseries also spawned a wave of action figures.)

People who have an understanding of what Secret Wars means to Marvel lore will find aspects and elements of the upcoming event that are familiar, Brevoort says. “It’s the prototype for doing this kind of story.”

Decades later, though, the expectations for an epic like this have grown exponentially.

“Our hope is that as seismic as the original Secret Wars was to the Marvel Universe and the readers, this new Secret Wars will be to the readers of today,” Brevoort says.

“People are certainly going to be talking about it 30 years from now.”

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