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The Marvel Universe is getting rebooted in Secret Wars

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It’s the end of the world, as we know it. And I feel fine. Since 1961, Marvel Comics have published tales that have primarily all taken part in the same universe, a reality known as Earth – 616 if you want to get official. That’s over 50 years of continuity, that has been ticking around, while other comics expanded on that multiverse, such as the Ultimates line from the early 2000s. This year however, Marvel is pulling a DC, as they’ll be restarting their entire Marvelverse of titles.

At a Secret Wars press event (via Newsarama), Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Senior Vice President of Publishing and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort announced that the upcoming Secret Wars series would kill off both the mainstream Marvel universe as well as its sister Ultimate Comics Universe. The Ultimates universe, was an attempt by Marvel to revitalise their key characters and franchises, by creating a new world wherein characters debuted for the first time, but in a more realistic setting.

Describing the upcoming event as a collision wherein the Ultimate and Marvel Universes would “smash together” Alonso and Brevoort revealed that by the time the first issue of Secret Wars was on sale, the current comic universes will have already been destroyed, with fragments forming a new Battleworld. “Once we hit Secret Wars #1, there is no Marvel Universe, Ultimate Universe, or any other. It’s all Battleworld,” Brevoort said.

Post-Secret Wars, Marvel comics will then take place in the “All-new Marvel”. “The Marvel Universe will be Battleworld, and every single piece of those worlds will be building blocks for the universe,” said Alonso of the upcoming event, explaining that all the universes represented in “Battleworld” will have “legs” as the series moves on and concludes

We are taking the best and biggest pieces of [Marvel history] and seeing how easily they coexist with one another.We don’t expect all our moves to make everyone happy, but we think it will make for a really fascinating read through Secret Wars and beyond.

According to Alonso, Secret Wars would also allow Marvel to potentially resurrect older characters who have been dead and buried for a while now.

“If we wanted to resurrect Gwen Stacy,” Alonso said, “this would be the place to do it.”

That also means that every single Marvel comic on stands today needs to resolve some storylines. Something which the various creative teams have known about for a while now.

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“Every creative team has known this was coming,” Brevoort said.

We’ve had a line of demarcation in the sand. Get your most immediate business done by this point because we’re going into Secret Wars and it’s going to have an impact on everything. Most of those creators are working on books during Secret Wars. They may not be exactly the same book. There may not be a Guardians of the Galaxy book but there’s probably going to be something that involves some bit of that business, or stuff that may be done in Guardians in the future. Everything is going to kind of change and shift as we go. We’re not entirely ready yet to map it all out for you.

It’s a massive step for Marvel. Rebooting a universe is usually the best way to clean house, something that its distinguished competition is familiar with. DC Comics have been doing this since the 1980s, with Crisis On Infinite Earths, Zero Hour and a soft reboot in Infinite Crisis that was caused by Superboy Prime punching reality hard enough to cause changes in the status quo. Yes, that actually happened. A few years back, The Flashpoint Paradox led to the latest DC reboot, with the New 52 line-up of comics.

But I’m eager to see how Marvel handles their own Secret Wars Crisis event.

Last Updated: January 21, 2015

7 Comments

  1. It’s interesting – from what I’ve been told by some really invested comic book fans, Marvel is approaching this soft reboot in a considerably better way than DC ever has – in that they’ve actually been building up to it in planning and comic events for nearly four years. That extended planning apparently already puts the Marvel reboot heads and shoulders above any reboot DC has done.

    Of course, I don’t read DC, and rarely read Marvel – so I’m just regurgitating what I’ve been told 😀

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    • The D

      January 21, 2015 at 21:39

      They’ve definitely been testing the waters over the last couple of years. There have already been several crossovers between universes. And when it comes to long-term planning, Marvel is way ahead of the curve.

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  2. Geoff Murphy

    January 21, 2015 at 20:07

    DC’s reboot allowed me to get into comics without a massive need to catch up, so I’m definitely looking forward to this. I just hope they don’t lose my favourite Marvel characters like Kamala Khan, Kate Bishop, Miles Morales, etc.

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    • The D

      January 21, 2015 at 21:39

      I will riot if Kate Bishop disappears. As for Miles Morales, it’s been confirmed that his book will be the only Ultimate comic, going forward.

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  3. Hammersteyn

    January 22, 2015 at 07:42

    Don’t let people vote again weather Gwen gets resurrected or not. They already killed her off once.

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  4. Ryanza

    January 22, 2015 at 15:17

    Secert Wars rap song: Dig this and dig it deep.

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  5. Sang Toàn N?ng

    May 5, 2015 at 12:27

    why don’t they create one title for all?it’s the way japanese books do,like one piece or naruto..i mean the title like “Marvel Universe”contain everything about Avengers,Shield,..and for personal character like Spider man,always should be Amazing Spider Man and the stories go only about him,..it must be easier for readers,but they(Marvel) never done it..i love Spider man but sometime i had to read Spectacular spider man or Peter Parker spider man..like Amazing Spider man 128 then Spectacular spider man 4 or something call Scarlet Spider..i’m stuck at marvel..if they are going to reboot..i hope they created a tittle for all..one for marvel universe and one for personal characters..like Amazing Spider man 1 and stories keep going,the way they did with Spider Verse made me sick to follow the stories..anyway Spider Verse was a great stories but..their titles drove me crazy…

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