Marvel held a press conference on Tuesday at Midtown Comics in New York City to make a massive announcement. In May, the Marvel Universe that was started back in 1961 will be ending as we know it.
According to Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, in May starting with Secret Wars #1, the multi-verse that currently is the Marvel Universe will be colliding together to make one brand new shared universe, rebooting the entire Marvel comics lineup. Parts of every currently existing Marvel Universe will be coming together to make Battleworld, the new shared universe.
“Once we hit Secret Wars #1, there is no Marvel Universe, Ultimate Universe, or any other. It’s all Battleworld,” said Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort.
This huge move has been in the works for quite some time and is finally coming to fruition. Late last year Marvel started sharing newly animated covers for their major comics events over the years, teasing what was finally announced today. This type of move isn’t unheard of, as DC Comics rebooted their universe several years ago with the New 52 initiative.
“This is putting an endcap to decades of stories and starting a new era. When you see the scope of the event, [you will] see what we’re willing to do. This is a place where we’re going to be bringing new pieces onto the board and taking old pieces off. You guys will be yelling and screaming, loving and hating in equal measure,” Alonso said.
Writer Jonathan Hickman has been working towards this for some time, as events that have taken place in his current run of Avengers comics will be the building blocks for what is to come in Secret Wars.
Marvel Studios has been dominating the box office in recent years with their shared cinematic universe, so it is very possible that a large part of this major change in the comics is to help both coincide better with one another. This could also mean that the publisher will be putting less emphasis on characters from the X-Men and Fantastic Four, because Fox currently owns those properties and Marvel has shown no interest in helping to promote their films.
Secret Wars will be an eight-part event which will usher in the new era for Marvel, but the publisher will also be announcing a batch of new titles in the coming weeks.