Volume 4, Issue 24!
“The All-New, All-Different Marvel!”
As expected, Marvel has started to reveal what their universe will look like after Secret Wars wraps, and while it would be nice to finally get through an event without having what’s coming next spoiled, that’s clearly not the name of the game for the House of Ideas. However, the two images Marvel has released for their “All-New, All-Different Marvel” not-a-reboot do bring up a lot of questions, and actually lives up the title of “All-Different”.
Our first image features Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Miles Morales Spidey, Thor, Old Man Steve Rodgers and the Sam Wilson Captain America, Spider-Woman, Ant-Man, Agent Coulson, The Vision, Iron Man, Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, and surprisingly enough, Red Wolf, the Native American hero of the Secret Wars spin-off 1872. All of these characters have made huge splashes for Marvel this year, both on the big screen and on the printed page (well, except for Red Wolf); so seeing them here isn’t a huge stretch of the imagination. It’s been heavily rumored that Miles Morales will still be around after Secret Wars, and while Marvel’s STILL playing the “is that really them in the costume” game when it comes to the many Spider-Characters on the poster, come on, we all know that they’re going to try and make both Peter and Miles work as separate Spider-Men in the new Marvel Universe, something we’ve all kind of suspected since we first got inklings of the Ultimate Universe going the way of the Dodo. I just hope they’re not both going to be named “Spider-Man”, and that Miles isn’t going to be “Spider-Boy” or something like that.
So yeah, that first image didn’t have too many surprises on it. But the second one? To quote Samuel L. Jackson, “hold onto your butts”.
The second poster features Iron Man (again), Medusa and few other Inhumans (because Marvel is STILL hoping you like them more than mutants), Hyperion, Doctor Spectrum, Citizen V (Baron Zemo’s Thunderbolts alter ego), Daredevil (in a new, darker costume), a Guardians logo-less Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, The Thing, Doctor Strange with a big ass axe, and not one, but TWO Wolverines.
Yup, two Wolverines. One is clearly Old Man Logan, confirming a rumor that Bleeding Cool ran at the start of Secret Wars that OML would continue on after the event had ended. The other is definitely X-23 in a yellow and blue suit that matches the one her clone made famous. I’m not surprised seeing either of them here, and while I do initially bristle at Marvel taking one of all time favorite stories with Old Man Logan and milking it dry, I won’t lie, I’ve missed Wolverine since his “death”, and it could be really cool to see the this version of the character interact with the Marvel Universe he thought died long ago.
It’s not just the double dose of adamantium that’s made me curious though. If you look closely at The Thing’s outfit, he has the Guardians of the Galaxy symbol on his outfit. This also pretty much confirms that he’s joining Marvel’s box office champs, but what does this mean for Star-Lord? I can’t imagine he’ll be leaving the team. Most likely I’m expecting either Captain Marvel or Venom to swap out for Ben Grimm, since they’re both the “Avengers liaisons” for the team, and haven’t really contributed to the series since they joined.
Alongside the “All-New, All-Different Marvel” initiative is the launch of brand new #1 issues. Yup, Marvel’s doing what they do best and renumbering. Again. Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso has stated that from now on Marvel will be formatting their series like “seasons of TV shows”, something that I had heard Jeph Loeb say he wanted to do years ago on Kevin Smith’s Fatman On Batman podcast. While this plan isn’t nearly as extreme as Loeb’s (he wanted to relaunch at a new number 1 with EVERY new creative team change), it’s still something that will take some getting used to. While I wasn’t a fan at first at the thought of Marvel renumbering every year, it could work in their favor. But the part of me that works in a comic shop sees the uphill battle that I’ll face when these series start to go past the midway point and I’m trying to pitch a series to people that will just be restarted in a few months.
Marvel’s new promotional line is pretty different, but I’m actually pretty interested in some of the new series and ideas they have planned. I’m not a huge fan of the renumbering, but at this point that ‘s like getting mad that I get wet after jumping in a pool. Plus, as always with Marvel, if I don’t like the changes I can just wait a few months, when they’ll just reset everything again.